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Need Help Connecting Gleaves!
Posted by: Dennis Glaves Date: January 26, 2001 at 07:27:13
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Hi All,

In preparation for the Gleaves Family Reunion this July, I am trying to pull my
research into a document I can distribute on a CD(now over 350 pages and
growing). While I have identified more than 1,100 individuals born with the Family
surname, I have more than 100 that remain unconnected to the Matthew Glaves Sr.
line. Below are listed 10 of these individuals I am currently researching. Please take a
look and if you can help with any of them, post a message here or email me at Thanks for your help and I llok forward to seeing many of you in

1. HAROLD B.GLEAVES was born April 05, 1883, and died January 1963. He
married DICEY SHIPLEY Bef. 1906. She died Aft. 1938 in Monett, Barry County,

"Harold Gleaves" attended the Ball School in Galveston, Texas in 1898. He was in
the 8th grade and there is a report card signed by his parents, "J. Gleaves and Mrs. J.
Gleaves". His father is likely Joseph Gleaves who appeared in Galveston City
Directories between 1888-91.
In 1938, he appears in the Monett, Missouri City Directory as the manager of the
Martin Hotel. Monett is near Springfield.
Harold also was for a time, the proprietor of the White Front Cafe, 115 East 7th
Street, Joplin, Missouri. No information regarding when or for how long he ran the
cafe has been given.
Dicey appears to be the subject of an article in a genealogy publication "Old Mill
Run" Volume 5, Issue 4, that was published in January 1991. The title is "Dicey
Shipley Gleaves, 1898 Diary, Arkansas-Missouri" .
A partial undated love-note, written on the back of an invoice, suggests that Harold
had an extra-marital affair.
Harold's birth and death information comes from the Social Security Death Index. His
father may be Joseph Gleaves (as yet unconnected to the family) who appears in the
Galveston, Texas City Directories from 1888-91. He first is listed as "canvasser" for
the Southern Time Company and later as a "porter" for the M.P. Hennessy

i. HELEN3 GLEAVES, b. 1906, Monett, Barry County, Missouri; m. CLOVIS D.
ii. ROBERT GLEAVES, b. Bet. 1900 - 1920; d. Aft. 1938; m. EDITH
In 1938, Robert appears in the Monett, Missouri City Directory listed as an
employee of the Martin Hotel. The hotel was managed by his father. Edith is listed as
iii. JACK GLEAVES, b. Bet. 1900 - 1920.

2. MARY DORCAS GLEAVES was born Bef. 1782 in Virginia, and died Aft.
1798 in probably Tennessee. She married JOHN DAVIS August 04, 1798 in
Davidson County, Tennessee, son of FREDRICK DAVIS and FANNY GRIEVES.
He was born July 30, 1770 in Halifax County, North Carolina, and died July 07,
1853 in Davidson County, Tennessee.

On August 4th 1798 a "Mary Dorcas GLEALVES" married a man named John
Davis. Davis family records list Mary as the daughter of Michael Gleaves, although
nothing to document this relationship has been found thusfar.
John and Mary subsequently moved south to Maury County, Tennessee. One of
Michael's sons, Matthew, inherited land from his father in Maury County and lived
there from 1810 until at least 1816. While there are no other records relating to Mary
that would positively link her to Michael, a man named "John Davis" served a one of
the Executors of Michael Glaves' will in 1811.
Mary Dorcas Davis was the subject of a 1993 article in a publication titled Historic
Maury Vol 29, Issue 1. The article reportedly deals with a series of letters she wrote
to family members. To date this author has not been able to locate a copy of this
publication. It may provide some valuable information in connecting Mary to Michael
Gleaves. Neither Mary nor any of the other individuals listed below are mentioned in
Michael's will.

3. CLIFF GLEAVES was born Abt. 1935.

This individual has yet to be connected to the family line. Cliff was a songwriter and
singer. He recorded at least two of his songs for Liberty Records, "Love is my
Business", 1959 and "Long Black Hearse", 1960. He was a close friend of Elvis
Presley and several reports list him as one of his bodyguards.

4. SOPHIA P. GLEAVES was born Bef. 1820 in Tennessee, and died 1849 in Red
River County, Texas. She married WILLIAM COCKE YOUNG September 25,
1833 in Davidson County, Tennessee. He was born May 12, 1812 in Davidson
County, Tennessee, and died October 16, 1862 in Cooke County, Texas.

Sophia's marriage to William appears in Davidson County Marriage Book #1.

YOUNG, WILLIAM COCKE (1812-1862). William Cocke Young, early settler,
soldier, jurist, and official, was born in Davidson County, Tennessee, on May 12,
1812. He moved to Texas in 1837 and settled at a place that became known as
Sherry's Prairie, near Pecan Point in the area of Red River County. Young became
the first sheriff of Red River County in 1837, and on February 5, 1844, he was
appointed district attorney for the Seventh Judicial District of the Republic of Texasqv
by Sam Houston. Young was a member of Edward H. Tarrant's company on an
expedition against Indians, participated in the battle of Village Creek, and helped bury
John B. Denton, who was killed in that engagement. Later Young was a delegate
from Red River County to the Convention of 1845.qv On the outbreak of the
Mexican War he and James Bourland raised a company of troops that they marched
to San Antonio. In 1851 Young moved to Shawneetown, Grayson County, where he
practiced law for six years and served a term as United States marshal. In 1854 he
and Charles S. Taylor were appointed commissioners to investigate land titles in El
Paso, Presidio, Kinney, Starr, Webb, Hidalgo, Cameron, and Nueces counties.
Young, however, refused the appointment. At the outbreak of the Civil War Young
was called to Montgomery, Alabama, to consult with Jefferson Davis. Upon his
return to Texas he organized and commanded the Eleventh Texas Cavalry, which
operated against the Indians in what is now Oklahoma. In May 1861 the Texans
crossed Red River and captured forts Arbuckle, Wichita, and Cobb. At Fort
Arbuckle the Cherokee Indians were divided, some of them entering the Confederate
Army and others supporting the Union. Because his health was impaired, Young had
to return to his home, then in Cooke County, Texas. There had gathered in the cane
brakes along Red River north of his home a gang of bandits who owed allegiance to
neither the Union nor the Confederate governments but preyed on either side without
distinction, killing and robbing for loot. While Colonel Young was hunting for a friend
who had been killed by this gang, he was himself murdered, on October 16, 1862.
His son, James D. Young, following the trail of the assassins, located one of them in
the Confederate Army. At the point of a pistol he forced this man to accompany him
to the scene of the murder and had him hanged by his father's slaves. Young's first
wife was Sophia Gleaves, with whom he had six children. After her death in 1849 he
married Ann Hutchinson, and they had two children. With his third wife, Mrs.
Margaret Ann Duty Black, he also had two children. Young County was named for
William Cocke Young in 1856.

5. FRANCIS GLEAVES was born Bef. 1780.

Francis appears around the turn of the 18th century. He is listed as delinquent on the
Smith County, Tennessee tax rolls on August 1, 1800. He is listed as owning 2,560
acres on Salt Lick Creek on the waters of the Cumberland River.
Francis would have been too old to be one of Michael's children born at Fort

6. EDWARD M. GLEAVES was born August 29, 1895 in Mt. Juliet, Wilson
County, Tennessee, and died September 1969 in Davidson County, Tennessee.

Edward appears on the rolls of World War I veterans from Wilson County.
Edward is also listed in the Social Security Death Index and that is where his vital
information is derived.
His obituary appeared in the Nashville Tenneesean on October 2, 1969, it stated that
he was a minister. It also listed him as "Senior" suggesting that he married and had a
son by the same name.
Child of EDWARD M. GLEAVES is:
i. EDWARD M. GLEAVES, JR., b. Aft. 1910; d. September 1980.
The connection to Edward's father is circumstantial. Obituaries for both men
appeared in the Nashville Tennessean and his date of death is derived from this

7. EUGENE GLEAVES was born April 26, 1884 in Nashville, Davidson County,
Tennessee, and died October 1974 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

Eugene appears on the rolls of World War I veterans from Davidson County. His
obituary appeared in the Nashville Tennessean on November 1, 1974. The obituary
also lists the title of "Reverend"
Vital statistics for Eugene are also derived from the Social Security Death Index.

8. FRANK GLEAVES was born June 14, 1896, and died October 1970 in
Medford, Jackson County, Oregon. He married ELSIE FAHRENKRUG, daughter
of HENRY FAHRENKRUG and ANNA RATH. She was born September 13,
1901, and died November 1986 in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon.

The Frank Gleaves family is identified through They have not yet been
connected to the family line.
A Frank and Elsie Gleaves appear in the Social Security Death Index, both listed as
dying in Medford Oregon. Vital statistics are derived from this source.
The death of their infant son Jack, places them in Treynor, Iowa in 1929.

ii. DEAN GLEAVES, b. Bef. 1930; m. CAROL UNKNOWN.
iii. DARLENE GLEAVES, b. Bef. 1930.
Vernon is a lawyer in Eugene, Oregon. During World War II he served as a Second
Lieutenant in the 391st Fighter Squadron.
v. GERALD GLEAVES, b. Bef. 1930; m. JANITH J. RICE, "JANNY", July 1950,
Medford, Oregon; b. January 15, 1935, Emmett, Idaho; d. December 22, 1998,
Salem, Marion County, Oregon.
Janny is listed in the Social Security Death Index.
vi. DUANE GLEAVES, b. Bef. 1930.
vii. JACK GLEAVES, b. February 01, 1929; d. March 13, 1929, Treynor, Iowa.
viii. LAREN GLEAVES, b. March 31, 1930; d. November 15, 1930, Treynor,

9. GUY GLEAVES was born Abt. 1857, and died December 06, 1926 in Osage
County, Kansas.

Guy is buried in the South 9th Street Cemetery in Osage City, Kansas. No other
information has been found. Three women named Gleaves are also buried there,
although their relationship to Guy has not been established.
Fannie, age 68, died June 7, 1937
Goldie A., age 31, died July 14, 1916
Lizzie, age 36, died March 26, 1918

10. JOE GLEAVES was born Bef. 1878, and died 1909 in Cheatham County,
Tennessee. He married BLANCHE SHIVERS December 22, 1892 in Cheatham
County, Tennessee. She was born Bef. 1880.

The only record of this individual is the marriage entry. The most likely parents of Joe
are William D. Gleaves and Louisa Lowe. More research is needed here.
Joe's date of death comes from the Tennessee Death Index and has not been
positively confirmed as being this individual.


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