The Glenn Family in Scotland Scotland
Robert Glenn,The Immigrant Glenn Family in the U.S. Genealogical Summary -- From Robert Glenn to Emma Louise Glenn The Genealogy
John Glenn (1801-1862) , The First Pioneer
Stories by William Henry Glenn (1838-1914) Reminiscences
Official Records, Newspaper clippings and Family Bibles Family Records
Glenn Family Bible Bible Records and Bible Description

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The Glenn Family in Scotland

(From the Records of Blanche Lantis, daughter of Emory Glenn, twin brother of Emma Louise Glenn Webb.)

In Scotland the Glen family appears to have been not only ancient, but quite a distinguished one in various ways. The ancient family were of Norman extraction and the ancestor who accompanied Walter FitzAllen from Shopshire, England, to Scotland bore the name of Nase or de Ness. The family of de Ness was from Ness or Ness Strange, near Shrewsbury and descended from the Norman house of l'Estrange, the first of whom is said to have been Guy l'Estrange, younger son of the Duke of Brettanger.

The family in Scotland assumed the name of Glen from the Lordship of Glen, Renfrewshire. This lordship comprised of Bar, Brigend, Lynthills, Gayflat and other lands was granted by David I to Walter Steward; therefore, the first lords were the Stewards, and they, probably through a marriage of the daughter of one of the family to the de Ness line, granted the Lordship to Henry de Ness.

Henry de Ness held, under the Steward, the lordship of Glen, in 1180. It seems certain that John de Ness was the father of Lord Richard de le Glen and identical with John Constable of Dunoon, "who was seized of lands in Kildun". "Before 12 Nov. Edward I, 1292, (November 12, 1292, in the reign of Edward the First) Lord Richard under the designation of Richard de le Glen holding this lordship of the King, in capite, confirmed to John de le Glen, his son, (fil mio), his lands called Gayflat, in the tenure of the Glen, which Robert Nase and Cubinus formerly held of his (Richard's) predecessors by the same bounds which Richard his (ie) Lord Richards's uncle held the land of him (Richard) and his predecessors, hereditarily, John de le Glen and his heirs paying one penny yearly on the feast of Penticost at the Court of Glen." "The lordship finally became the property of the monastery of Paisley, the Glens holding the lands of Gayflat, Bar, Brigend and other lands under the Lord Abbots." From the grant of Confirmation we find Gayflat had been the inheritance of Richard, the uncle of Lord Richard, who must have granted it to his grand nephew John, whose father as Lord of the Manor confirmed the gift. Glens held positions of importance both in Civil and in Military affairs. John de le Glen, of age in 1292, during the revolt of Wallace, commanded troops of Robert Wishard, Bishop of Glasgow. He must have distinguished himself at Bannockburn for immediately after King Robert Bruce granted him the forfeited lands of Balmutache (Balmato) Fife.

John De Glen married a co-heiress of the Abernethy family and had an older son, Robert de Glen.

Robert de Glen married a Margaret, daughter of King Robert the Bruce. She was alive February 29, 1363, and as there is no other marriage of record than this one of Robert de Glen, then Margaret was the mother of his children, and hence all the lines of Glen of Bar, Renfrewshire, are of royal lineage.

"King David granted Nether Pitedge, King Horn Fife, (adjoining Balmuto) to Robert de Glen; other lands granted to him were Glasgow Forest, Thanedom of Kintare, Aberdeen." Bullock. Robert de Glen and Lady Margaret Bruce (daughter of King Robert the Bruce) had the following children:
  1. William de Glen
  2. Robert de le Glen
  3. John de le Glen

John de le Glen, the younger son of Robert de Glen and Margaret Bruce, had a son Sir John de le Glen who had a grant of the lands of Balmuto. He married Margaret Erskine, coheiress of Sir Alan Erskine. In 1605-6 Sir James Hamilton and Montgomery, having secured large grants of land in Ulster (Ireland) prepared to plant a colony of Scotsmen in that country. James and John Glen, younger sons of David of Glenlora, removed to Ireland in 1606. These brothers were ancestors of most of that name in Ireland.

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Genealogical Summary

A brief review of the family's genealogy: Robert Glenn immigrated to the United States from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland about 1770. He brought with him his son Charles A. Glenn who married Margaret Harchee of Bucks County, Pennsylvania about 1790. Four of the children of Charles and Margaret Harchee Glenn were born in the Finger Lakes area of upper New York State. They were The Glenns are first recorded in upper New York state in the Federal Census of 1810. In 1827 John Glenn married Jane Brown (Hamlin) (1808-1881). They had four children:

John and family and his two brothers and their families and sister Jinny Burkhart's family, all moved to the North Lake area of southern Michigan in 1833.

John and Jane Glenn's son, William Henry, married Matilda Ann Jones Watts (1839- 1921) on October 30, 1858. Their children were Emma Louise Glenn married Richard William Webb (1852-1932) on March 17, 1880, at Howell, Michigan.

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Glenn family tradition says that following the American Revolution three brothers Glenn came to America. One was named Daniel, another Robert and another name unknown. Robert was the ancestor of our line.

We learn from a biographical sketch in the Washtenaw County Atlas that his son Charles Glenn emigrated to this country from Ireland where he was born. About 1770 he settled with his father Robert in Genoa, Tompkins County, N. Y. Later about 1790 he married Margaret Harchee of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and moved to Junius, New York, where he and his wife lived until 1810. In that year the family moved to Tyre, New York, where Charles and Margaret died.

Our direct ancestor, John Glenn, was one of about 10 children. We have only the record of Robert, John, Charles Jr., and Jane (Jinny) Burkhart. The histories of these four are closely interwoven. John Glenn born in 1801 married Jane Brown (Hamlin) about 1827. They had four children: Isaac, Lucy, Robert and William Henry. Charles A. Glenn, Jr. was born in 1802 and married Eliza Brown, Jane's sister, in 1824. There were three children by this marriage; Benjamin Hamlin, John T. and Margaret M. In 1830 while Charles and his eldest son, Benjamin, were away, a fire started from the flax being spun in the house and spread so rapidly that Eliza, his wife, and two younger children were burned to death. A nephew, Wm. Burkhart, escaped by leaping from an upper window. The next year Charles married Mary Ascena Bignall of Lockport, New York.

The third brother, Robert, was already married to a sister of Mary Ascena, Sally M. Bignall. Jane Burkhart, the sister of John, Charles and Robert lived to be 103 and, according to family tradition, did a day's spinning on that day. In 1832-33 these families, the Glenn brothers, the Bignalls and the Burkharts migrated to Michigan via the Erie Canal and steamer to Detroit, then by oxen to the vicinity of North Lake. This party of pioneers, seeking dry and fertile land, traveled west from Detroit.

Ypsilanti had been settled in 1823, Ann Arbor in 1824 and Dexter Township about the same time. The party must have passed through these settlements, probably following a trail to the Henry Warner farm about 3 miles from North Lake where they rested and looked for a home site.

John Glenn settled on the south shore of North Lake, now known as the Fraser Estate. Charles A. Glenn Jr. settled the 160 acres now known (1932) as the Edward McDaniels Farm. This land was purchased for $200.00 cash. Robert Glenn settled in Unadilla Township where he was a miller.

The North Lake Cemetery, the family burial place, and the North Lake Methodist-Episcopal Church were on the property of John Glenn. Charles A. Glenn, a very strong, large man was a lay preacher and his wife, Mary Ascena Bignall Glenn, affectionately known as Granny, a strong minded, thrifty woman. They prospered as did all the people in this new settlement and established a splendid community. The only son, Benjamin Hamlin Glenn married Lydia Ann Beakes on March 24, 1847, and his father gave him 14 acres of his land and the young man bought 160 acres more, much of it being at the time under water. He later added 80 acres more. He was an ambitious young man and at his death at the age of 44 left an estate of $16,000 to $18,000, a large estate for that time and under the conditions then existing.

Benjamin Hamlin's first home was a log house and his three eldest children were born there, Della, Mahlon, and Etta. Rupert and Alfred, the younger two were born in the house long known in the 1930's as the Glenn Whalen house, now owned and occupied by Harvey Pearce. This house was built about 1858-60 at the time Alfred Hamlin, the youngest son, was born.

Lydia Ann Beakes Glenn, Benjamin Hamlin's first wife and mother of seven children, died suddenly when Alfred Hamlin was about two and one-half years old. She had, so the story goes, been suffering with a felon on her hand, hit the hand on the stove and fell dead. Later Benjamin Hamlin married Emily Boothby of Howell, Michigan. Emily was a school teacher at Fowlerville. Three children were born to them and in 1869 at the age of 44 Benjamin Hamlin died. His wife and children continued to live in the homestead. Mrs. Glenn later married Richard Whalien, a widower and a veteran of the Seventh Michigan Cavalry of the Civil War. Two children, Mary and Amy Whalien, were born of this union and the family continued to live in the Homestead, under a life lease, until the death of Mr. Whalien in 1922.

Benjamin Hamlin and his cousins, Robert Glenn, (the son of John and Jane Glenn), and William Burkhart started a nursery business with seeds which they secured at the cider mill and which they kept growing in boxes in the cellar, grafting good stock to the seedlings and finally selling to the settlers of the vicinity. Many orchards in adjoining counties are from this stock. In addition to this enterprise Benjamin Hamlin also had a threshing outfit. John and Jane Glenn left New York for Michigan when their first born son, Isaac Glenn, was four years old and their only daughter, Lucy Melinda, was six weeks old. Their third and fourth children, Robert C. Glenn and William Henry Glenn, were born at North Lake.

The youngest son, William Henry, was born in 1838 and married Matilda Watts, the daughter of William and Prudence Watts of North Lake, in 1858. It was the daughter of William Henry and Matilda, Emma Louise who married Richard William Webb in 1880.

A cousin of Emma Louise Glenn, Charles Mahlon Glenn, the grandson of Charles A. Glenn Jr., married Jane (Jennie) Marie Webb, a sister of Richard William Webb.
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(The reminiscences which follow were written by William Henry Glenn for the local newspaper about 1906.)

BOYHOOD DAYS--Incidents Told by a Pioneer of North Lake -- Many Boyhood Pranks Brought to Light.

In thinking of our boyhood days, our minds call up many ludicrous if not funny incidents and happenings, that now in our age will bring out a broad smile. Among many others my mind recalls this one that happened when I was about nine years old. My brother, (Robert C.) next oldest by three years, and at that time Captain of the homebodies which consisted of himself and the writer of this sketch.

Our father (John Glenn) was a very indulgent parent, so much so that occasionally he treated us to a turn or two around the old log house, cheered on our way by a peach sprout that he knew so well how to apply its medicinal qualities, when nothing else would fill the bill, or make this Bill jump quite as high. Enough for an introduction now the incident:

It was one of our chores to take the stock to the lake, cut holes in the ice, as it was winter, for the cattle and horses to drink. We had been in the habit of hanging on the tail of a gentle ox, and sliding all the way, about 80 rods, in the snow path, which was very wearing to the often told tale and kept father evenings pegging soles on our boots. It was all boots then. He finally learned the cause of the departed soles, and forbid our transporting ourselves in that way any more, as the tail had become paralyzed and would be of no more use in fly time.

But the Captain undaunted by the injunction set out to invent other methods of transportation to and from the lake. He began feeding a large yearling steer pancakes, and while eating the dainty the Captain would get on the steer's back, and finally got him broke to ride, or let the Captain ride him. For a while, I, the private of the regiment, had to go and come on foot, which made the Captain feel there must be something done for me, so he said he would increase the ration of pancakes and the steer would soon be long enough for both him and me. After several feeds the Captain decided the steer was long enough to carry double, and on we mounted, Captain in front and I caught on behind.

All went well until we arrived at the steepest part of the hill near the lake and the big calf stepped out of the beaten path, slipped and rolled over, down the hill we went first one calf on top then the other two, and so kept repeating until we reached the level ground. The Captain thought it very fortunate there was two of us for the calf to roll over, as it would have squeezed one pretty flat.

When the Captain had got his wind and helped me to get up we both give a hand to the other one, and after a little steadying he made his way to the barn, but it was some time before he could put on a broad smile at the remembrance of the triplets' tumble down the hill, and never after was so ready for a rollick, and when two boys would try and get familiar with him would shake his head and walk off the other way. Father and the peach sprout didn't appear on the occasion as he was in Detroit buying goods for the new store on the four corners. If this don't find the waste basket I will from time to time relate some more of the boyish pranks of the Captain and yours truly,

W. H. G.

BOYHOOD DAYS No. 2-- Incidents Told by a Pioneer of North Lake -- Many Boyhood Pranks Brought to Light.

I jot down a few more incidents for this week, as the weather is fine and apple gathering and corn husking is in order, I will confine myself to a few lines. In early times in Michigan a funeral was almost unknown, and when a death did occur everybody, old and young, were anxious to attend the funeral. Finally an old person died. She was old when she came to Michigan, and our parents and sister and brother older than Cap and myself, went; we were told to be good boys and we too should go to the next one. But we were afraid it would be like the circus, a long time in coming, if ever.

So after promising not to burn the house or straw stack we watched until our folks had got over the first hill and out of sight, then Cap gave his first order, which was that I should go to a near neighbor having a large family of good boys and bring them over to our house, as Cap was planning a big time. They needed no urging as they had often before this took part in our celebrations.

While I was gone for help Cap had been busy thinking and planning, and finally decided to have a funeral of our very own. But as none of the congregation felt quite resigned to shuffle off this mortal coil, we all took to the henhouse and soon selected one we thought to be as old as the party to be buried that day. Then stones, clubs and missils of all kinds flew thick and fast, until the old hen gave up and stopped breathing. In the fusillade I got a rap on the head that came near furnishing another subject for a future event, also one of the invited guests got a rap on the nose that Cap decided would just fit us out as mourners, as we ought to have two at least. He would be the preacher, the uninjured guests would be pall bearers.

We decided as the death had been so sudden and the news not getting spread far around, each person would have to act in more than one capacity. Cap would have liked to lead the singing but on account of a severe cold his voice sounded more like ringing hogs than a funeral tone, so I was the next choice, as I knew Old Dan Tucker and Zip Coon, besides two or three verses of Pop Goes the Weasel, which Cap said would come in all right if I would be very careful and sing low. I think now Cap had other reasons than the solemnity for keeping my voice down as we had neighbors across the field that didn't attend either funeral which he though might be jealous, and expose our family affairs to public gaze.

At this late date I can't recall the features of the occasion, but one or two impressed me more than others and are lasting. Cap's sermon consisted of a warning to be on our guard as death might be on our track, as we could well believe by a sore head and bloody nose. He eulogized the departed highly, saying she had been in the habit of laying about a hatfull of eggs a day, as there was always that many where he found her setting, and had done so for the last hundred year as near as he could remember.

Now as we could hear a wagon coming down the road Cap said he must hasten, but would say that old dead hen would now do the biggest laying in her life, and that when in active business could hatch out more chickens (nearly all roosters) than a dozen skunks and a whole flock of hawks could carry away in a year. And now, as father's wagon was in sight, he said the obituary would appear in the Michigan Farmer and New York Sun. We were dismissed by the order to git, which we did, each one for himself.

I decided to hide for a time until things assumed a quiet aspect, and seeing an empty beehive, one father had just taken up, standing back of the house, I made for that and sat down in it, and anxious to be well hid I kept working nearer the bottom until my chin and knees were together. After a long search they found me, where I would be now, if father hadn't took the ax and split the hive off me. One of the others had to be taken from the top of the house, where he had gone for safety, not daring to get down.

I think father would not have found us out if Cap had omitted head marker with this inscription in chalk: "Here lies old Biddy Bobtail, and here she will lie till the day of judgment."

W. H. G.
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Some of the Early Events the Happened in the Vicinity of North Lake, as Witnessed by a Lifelong Resident.

Early in the history of this country, from 1833 to 1850, it was no uncommon thing to see deer roaming the forest. They generally went one, two and three together.

One day my brother and myself were on our way to the home of a neighbor and when p[passing our uncle's improvement we saw fourteen deer in one drove. Among them were two quite small ones that yet had their spotted coats. We thought we could catch them and keep them for pets, and would have succeeded had they not been protected by the old horned leaders of the flock. They took positions between us and the others and made an orderly retreat for the woods on the south side of the field they were grazing in, until they reached the high rail fence, then one of the larger advanced to the fence on a quick bound striking the top rail with his head, bunting it off, and then another. Then he stood out a short distance from the fence and the little fellows gave a bound onto his back and from that over the fence in safety.

We learned soon after this, although greatly disappointed at the time, that it was very fortunate we did not catch one. If we had I would not now be writing this incident, for the winter following one of our neighbors saw a young deer that had been hunted until tired and could hardly make its way in the deep snow, so he caught it in a deep drift, he being a strong, muscular man lived to tell the story.

He said he never was undressed so quick, even when going in swimming and he always said it was much easier to catch him than to let him go again. After he had given up the contest the deer stepped off a few paces and turned gave him a parting bunt which gave him a venison taste in his mouth for a long time. The same day a deer passed the school house, likely the same one, and my father seeing him ran and opened the school house door and called out for all hands to join in a grand hunt. `We had a man teacher and he knowing his boys and what would happen, put his back to the door to keep us boys from going. No sooner had he done it than up went three windows on the north and west sides of the building and out poured a live stream of boys until there was not a boy left large enough to chew gum, and master following as he was to timid to stay alone with the girls.

The deer took across a field and onto the lake which was covered with glary ice that caused the deer to slip, so one of the largest boys came very near overtaking it, but just as he could almost touch it he set down and pulled his boots thinking to stand better, which he could, but not enough to make up for lost time in the operation, and as he got on his feet again the deer was just landing on the north shore of the lake.

After a long hunt I found the deer in some brush, and gave vent to my gentle voice, when out he ran, well rested and as good as ever. By this time two of the boys had secured guns and as the deer passed within a few rods of them neither took a shot at it until it was well away in the thick bushes, each blaming the other for not shooting the deer.

. I have learned they were attacked with buck fever, that only time and experience will cure. What became of the deer I never knew, but none of us tasted venison from that hunt.

It is a well known fact that a deer's tail is not very long, but this one will be an exception unless I come to a close soon.

When we arrived at the school house it was about time to close. Who would not live over again the care free blissful days of school life of 50 years ago. Nearly all that took part in this hunt have gone to the happy hunting ground and I can only recall four or five who will be reminded of those youthful days when they read these lines.

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THE GLENN FAMILY IN MICHIGAN RECORDED IN THE "History of Washtenaw County (Dexter Township)" Pages 729-730

"John Glenn (deceased) was one of the oldest and most respected pioneers of Washtenaw Co. He emigrated from Eyre (sic for Tyre) tp., Seneca Co., N.Y. to Michigan in 1833 and entered a tract of land along the south bank of North Lake, Dexter tp., where he resided until his death. His young wife, formerly Jane Brown, and of New England parentage, came with him, and was a faithful helper in all pertaining to the comforts of the home, and an able assistant and adviser in matters relating to the advancement of the religious and educational interest of the community.

Mr. G. in company with his brother Richard (sic) built, with their own money and labor, the first school house erected at North Lake.

He died in 1868 at the age of 62, leaving a wife and 5 children to mourn his loss. Two of his sons, Robert C. and William H. still reside on the old homestead. The former was born June 10, 1835, and in his youth received a careful school and home training, completing his studies at the State Normal school situated at Ypsilanti. At 23 years of age he was married to Jane Hudson, daughter of Alvah and Henrietta Hudson of Lyndon tp. This son occupies the old family residence and oversees his farm, which is also a popular place of summer resort, being located along the south shore of the lake. This lake is abundantly supplied with pickerel, bass, mullet, pike and trout, and attracts many disciples of Izaak Walton at all times of the year.

The other son, William H. was born on the old homestead, and received his education largely at home. Sept. 30, 1850, he was joined in marriage to Matilda J. Watts, of Lyndon tp., and immediately settled on a portion of the family farm lying south of his brother's where he still resides. In addition to farming he has lately been engaged in the Fire and Life Insurance business which has proven very remunerative to him. He inherits the characteristic energy and enterprise of his father, along with the noble and refined traits of his mother, which have aided him considerably in his way through life. He is connected with the Grange, and with his wife, is a member of the North Lake Church. Six children, 5 daughters and 1 son, have been sent to bless this alliance; Emory L, Emma, wife of R. W. Wolf(sic) of Howell, Mich., Minnie C., Lulu M., Mary L., and Rose J. Return to Table of Contents(


"The following will be of interest to the early settlers of the town and country, and to all who are interested in knowing the manes of those holding the original title to every tract of land in the township."

Section 18
Glenn, John sw qr of se qr.
Glenn, Jane, nw qr of se qr.

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Glen, John, nw qr of ne qr.
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was organized in 1836 with Rev. Chas. Glenn as class leader, and membership of 19, viz:

The society met and held services at the house of John Glenn until about the year 1846, when Messrs. Charles and John Glenn, brothers, built at their own expense a small one-story frame building 20 x 26, the use of which was given to the public for school and church purposes, and used as such until the year 1866, when the new church was built.

The present church edifice, a commodious from structure 28 x 40 feet, 14 foot posts, has a spire, is painted white, furnished with comfortable sittings for about 150, has green outside blinds, and is a credit to the society and community at North Lake. The present Church membership is 70.

They have preaching every Sabbath, Rev. J. W. Clark, Pastor; also Sunday-school, R. S. Whalian, Supt.

"The History of the North Lake Methodist Episcopal Church" from the records of Blanche Lantis

"The Methodist Episcopal Society of North Lake, WAshtenaw County, met after its organization in 1836 at the home of John and Jane Glenn until 1846 when John and Charles, brothers, built at their own expense a small one story structure 20 x 26 feet the use of which was given to the public for school and church purposes, and used as such until the present one was completed in 1866. The present edifice a commodious frame structure 28 x 40 with 14' posts as a spire, is painted white."

Mr. Emory Glenn states that though he was only 4 years old he remembers men working on the new church and going to the old church until it was completed. The old structure stood on the southeast corner next to the Webb Farm along the road.

The church was organized in 1836 with the Reverend Charles A. Glenn as Class Leader and the following Charter Members:

The inscriptions on the stones marking the graves in the North Lake Cemetery of Rev. Charles A. Glenn, Jr. and his wife are:

"He rests from his labors and his works do follow him"
"She hath done what she could."

Note: Eliza A. Brown was the sister of Jane Brown as far as we know. Mrs. Perry Noah states that the two Brown girls Eliza and Jane were probably not born Brown but Hamlin and were foster children of the Browns. She also is the authority for the statement that members of a family named Hamlin of Clyde, New York, visited the Glenn relatives frequently.


Newspaper Clipping from the "Chelsea Standard" in 1914

Fred A. Glenn has sold his 140 acre farm at North Lake to Douglas Fraser of 80 Woodward Ave. of Detroit. Mr. Fraser is a manufacturer of automobile parts and will make the farm his summer home. This farm has been in the possession of the Glenn family for eighty-one years. The letters of patent for this land were granted to John Glenn and were signed by Martin Van Buren and Andrew Jackson.

John Glenn deeded the property to Robert C. Glenn, who a few years ago transferred it to this son, Fred A. Glenn.

This is the last piece of property on the North Lake road that has remained continuously in the Glenn family since it was taken up by the government. This family were the pioneers in that part of Dexter township, and they caused to be erected the M. E. Church near the home, and the first school house in that section.

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Matilda AnnJones Watts Glenn in her own hand wrote the following:
"I was born in Lyndon, Washtenaw Co., Mich. the 10 day of May 1838. I had 4 brothers and 2 sisters, one died when 4 months old. Parmenas, John Lyle, William, Daniel Emory Watts -- Sisters, Emily and Martha.

My father, William Watts, came to America before he was married (probably 1830) and bought 100 and 60 acres of land and then went back and married Prudence Lyle, my mother, and then started for this country but stayed in New York 4 years. My oldest brother was born there. Then they came to Michigan and lived on the farm where I was born and they lived there until they died. Mother after being here 20 years went home to England her father being dead.
(Written on a grocery list and found in the Glenn Family Bible.)

The following history is the work of Minnie Prudence Watts, sister of Emma Louise Glenn, in 1879 when she was 15 years old.

Of note is the occurrence of three sets of twins in the two generations and the using of very similar names each time a twin son and daughter were born: William and Prudence Lyle Watts produced twins, Daniel Emory and Emeline, in 1847; a generation later William and Matilda Watts Glenn produced twins, Emory Louis and Emma Louise, in 1862.

In 1871 a second set of identical twins was born to William and Matilda Glenn, Eugenia W. and Mary Lyle Glenn (Aunt Matie).

Minnie Prudence Glenn, daughter of William and Matilda Glenn, on March the 28th, 1879, recorded from family records the following history (copyed and Written by Minnie Prudence Glenn, Dexter, Mich.):

March the 28, 1879 Record In the parish of Kilehampton, England in the County of Cometl (sp?) on the 27th day of December in the Year of our Lord 1831 William Watts, Son of Parmenus Watts, and Prudence Lyle, Daughter of John and Honor Lyle, were united in matrimony by the Rev. John Davis.



William Glenn and Matilda Watts was united in matrimony on the 30th September, 1858 by Rev. Haskwell.


(Newspaper clippings from the "Chelsea Standard" and others)


One of those episodes which occasionally comes into life, bringing a world of warm sunshine and making a green spot in memory, occurred at the residence of Wm. H. Glenn, Sept. 29. Mr. Glenn and his worthy wife had just moved "from the old house into the new," when the 25th anniversary of their married life was reached. Invitations had been sent far and near and in response over 85 guests sat down to the overloaded tables, and if they did not drink the health of their host and hostess, they certainly showed their esteem by the ample justice done the viands.

After the friends had all refreshed the inner man, they were summoned to the parlor, where music was introduced. The burden of the song seemed to indicate a serious domestic jar, out of keeping with the occasion; but it was only seeming, for the cloud had a silver lining, and sunshine soon again flooded the scene.

The presents were quite numerous and very expressive. These tokens of regard in their silver settings found but few silver threads on the heads of those to whom they were presented. Through care and toil, with much physical suffering, they have reached this point in life's journey with the rewards of their industry and frugality surrounding them, and their five children with them to rejoice in their new home. One daughter is in the far away land of Dakota.

The presentation was made by their pastor, Rev. G. Stowe, in a few appropriate words, and responded to with much feeling by Mr. and Mrs. Glenn. Then remarks followed by Rev. F. E. Pearce of Pinckney; Don Briggs, of Dexter; Wm. Wood and Robt. Glenn, who threw much pleasantry into the occasion.

The presents may be catalogued as follows:
- Fine silver teas Set, five pieces, with the following list of donors:

-Silver forks from their lifelong friends Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs, Greenville, Mich.
- One plain silver butter dish: Rev. F. E. Pearce and wife, A. M. Lown and wife, Wm. H. Wood and wife, R. Glenn and wife of Putnam.
- Engraved silver butter dish: D. E. Watts and wife, Chas. Crane and wife, Dansville, Mich.
- Silver Tea Pot: T. T. Lown and wife, Brighton.
- Silver cream spoon: Miss Maime Murdock, of Dexter.
- Silver pie knife: Woods Bros. and wives Chelsea.
-Two sets silver knives: Don Briggs and wife, Geo. Sill and wife, Dexter.
- Silver token: Miss Ida Watts.
-Silver Thimble: Mrs. Richard Webb
- Double Pickle caster: Mrs. Janet Watts, John Webb and wife, G. Marshall and wife, Unadilla. - -Silver butter knife: Rha Johnson and wife. - Beautiful large Photo Album, in silk plush, with monogram and clasp of silver with regrets of the donor Jas. Cook of Putnam for his absence.
The album is now ready for the pictures of the guests. Mr. Cook will be in the front; and those sending pictures may expect the favor reciprocated.

An aunt and family in New York sent a card with regrets. Not the least of the things that contributed to sweeten the occasion, was the most delicious honey from the apiary of Mrs. Murdock and Son, Dexter.

We would like to speak of their fine house, with its excellent and convenient appointments, but this notice is already of sufficient length.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn return their heartiest thanks to all who assisted in making the occasion one of joy, long to be remembered. When the golden anniversary comes may we be there.


The fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Glenn was celebrated on Wednesday, September 30th at their home at North Lake.

Following were those who were in attendance:

Their son, E. L. Glenn and family of Stockbridge;
daughter Mrs. Richard Webb,
husband and son, Edward, of Merricourt, Dakota; daughter, Mrs. Ashael Dutton and husband, Plainfield;
daughter, Mrs. Floyd Hinkley and husband of North Lake.
One daughter, Mrs. M. R. Griffith, husband and daughter, Golden, of California being absent.

Then came the brothers and sisters of the bride and groom;
P. W. Watts of Webster;
D. E. Watts and wife of Mason,
brothers of Mrs. Glenn, and her only sister, Mrs. John Webb and husband of Unadilla.
R. C. Glenn and wife of Chelsea brother of the groom, and
Mrs. Wm. Wood of North Lake, his sister.

Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Mapes of Chelsea, were also numbered among the guests. After a sumptuous dinner the time was taken up with songs and reminiscences of pioneer days. There were many beautiful and useful presents, besides a number of hard coins ranging in value from five to twenty dollars. The wish was expressed by many that the bride and groom might live to enjoy their diamond wedding.


WILLIAM HENRY GLENN was born in the village of Dexter, Washtenaw Co., Mich. July 4, 1838, and departed this life June 4, 1914. He married to Matilda J. Watts of Lyndon, Washtenaw Co. To this union were born eight children, four of them preceded him to the better land. Those who live to mourn their loss are the wife and four children, E. L. Glenn of Gregory, Mrs. Richard Webb of Dakota, Mrs. Asahel Dutton of Plainfield, Mrs. M. Griffith of California, and one brother and sister, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Mr. Glenn had been an active member of the North Lake M. E. church for many years, the church in which the funeral services were held on Wednesday, conducted by Rev. W. G. Stephens.

Card of Thanks

We wish to extend our thanks to all those who have assisted us during the hours of sickness and death, and to those who have tendered their sympathy in many forms.

Mrs. W. H. Glenn and family


Died, at Fowlerville, Oct 5, 1883, Sally, relict of Robt. Glenn, who located at Unadilla and built the first grist mill there. Mrs. G. was the last of the six (three brothers and their wives) who came from New York in 1833 and settled at North Lake. Deceased had reached the ripe old age of 79.
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The fly leaf contains the rubber stamp which says "Wm. H. Glenn" and the emblem of an eagle with a snake in its mouth. Below the stamp are the words: "Mrs. Minnie Dunton's book, given her after father died - by Mother."

The frontispiece contains the following description of the book:
"THE COMPLETE ANALYSIS OF THE HOLY BIBLE: How to Comprehend Holy Writ from its own interpretation, containing the whole of the Old and New Testaments, Collected and Systematically Arranged in Thirty Books; together with an Introduction, setting forth the character of the work, and the immense facility this method affords the reader for understanding the word of God.

"Also, three different tables of contents prefixed, a general index of subjects, a scripture index, and tables of principal subjects with their parallel sections subjoined, so elaborated and arranged in alphabetical order as to direct at once to any subject required. By Rev. Nathaniel West D.D.
Including a map of Palestine -- A Family Record - a pronouncing dictionary of scripture proper names -- an interpreting dictionary of scripture proper names -- tables of scripture measures, weights, and coins, with full explanations - statistics of the existing religious denominations in the world -- and the history of the Bible.

Diligently revised and enlarged. "Non valet, haec ego dico, haec tu dicis, haec ille dicit -- sed haec dicit Dominus."It avails not what I say, what you say, what he says -- but what saith the Lord!" Augustine. NEW YORK: A. J. JOHNSON, PUBLISHER, 276 & 278 MULBERRY STREET. 1869

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Below is an exact transcription of the Records contained in the family Bible of William Henry Glenn, now in the possession of Richard E. Webb.

The family records are written in Matilda Watts Glenn's hand except for some of the final entries.

Page 1- FAMILY RECORD"Parants (sic) F & M"
"William Henry Son of John & Jane Glenn His Wife was Born July 4th, 1838.
Matilda A.J. Glenn, Daughter of William & Prudence Watts His Wife was born May 10th 1839.
W. H. Glenn & M. A.J. Watts on Sept 30th 1858 by Rev E. R. Hascle.
The result of this union,"

"Born too (sic) W. H. & M. A.J. Glenn His Wife, eight Children.

Name & Date Below
Arthur Benjamin Son of W. H. & M.A.J. Glenn His Wife born Dec 9th 1859.
Emory L. & Emma L. Son and Daughter wer (sic) Born June 28th 1862.
Minney Prudence Daughter of W. H. & M. A.J. Glenn Born Feb 26, 64.
Luella May, Daughter was born March the 5th1866.
Eugenia W. & Mary Lyle, Daughters born Jan 31st 1871.
Rose Jane, Daughter born Jan 16, 1874."

Emma L. Glenn Third Child Recorded was Married too (sic) R. W. Webb March 17, 1880.
Emory L. Glenn was married to Marsella Taylor Apr. 7th 1886.
Minnie P. Glenn was Married to Asahel Dutton April 27th 1887.
Luella M. Glenn was married to S. A. Mapes Nov 5th 1890.
Mary Lyle Glenn was married to M. R. Griffith Aug 14th 1898.
Rose J. Glenn was Married to F. Hinkley March 2nd 1904. Minister Oficiating (sic) Rev. George Gordon.

Arthur Benjamin Son of W. H. & M A.J. Glenn died Oct 26, 1864. 4 yrs & 11 mons old.
Eugene (sic) W. Daughter of W. H. & M. A.J. Glenn Died Feb 16, 1871.
Luella M. Mapes Died Dec 7, 91. Aged 25 years 9 months & 2 days.
Rose Jane Glenn (Hinckley) died January 17th 1912
Emma Louise Glenn (Webb) Oct 25th 1926
Emory L. Glenn Jan 9th 1934.
the Mother of these children died Dec 10th 1921 M. A.J. Glenn.
the Father of children W. H. Glenn June 4th, 1914.

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