Obit: Gleason, George W. (1834 - 1911)
Contact: Peter Fadden




----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 07/7/1909

Gleason, George W. (11 APR 1834 - 21 JAN 1911)

Another old soldier and old settler answered the final roll last Sunday morning, when George W. Gleason was summoned. He had been confined to his bed about a week, but had been in feeble health for the past two years.

The deceased was born in Louisville, N.Y., April 11, 1834, where he grew to manhood, afterwards going to Governor, N.Y., where he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Hall, in Sept. 1861. His wife died about two years ago. Mr. Gleason enlisted as a private in Co. K., 16th N.Y. Vol. Infantry shortly after his marriage, and served till the close of the war.

The family came to Wisconsin in an early day and settled on the farm north of Humbird, Clark County, which has since been their home. To them were born four children, three of whom survive, George of South Dakota; Henry and Mrs. Anna Pierce of this town.

The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church on Wednesday afternoon, the sermon being preached by the pastor Rev. A. A. Marcy, and were attended by a large number of old settlers and pioneer friends of the deceased. The remains were laid at rest in the family lot in the Mentor Cemetery to await the sounding of the bugle on Resurrection Day.

Note: I sent to the Register of Deeds in Clark County and received back a copy of George W. Gleason's death certificate. It indicates George was born April 11, 1834. It lists his father as Everett Gleason, born in Vermont. It lists his mother as Hannah Donal (spelling?) born in NY State. This information was provided by Henry Gleason of Humbird per the death certificate. (Henry is listed as a son in George's obituary and George's property in Section 8 of Mentor Township subsequently shows Henry as the owner.) The date of death is 1/21/1911 and time of death is 8 PM. Cause of death is "senile decline." The Medical Certificate of death is signed by J.B. Rick, MD. on 1/24/1911.

I haven't yet determined if Everett is in my family tree. I've asked my aunt to see if she can make a connection based upon her research in the book of the Descendants of Thomas Gleason, (Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Gleason of Watertown, Ma., 1607-1909. Published by John Barber White from genealogy research of dead cousins and edited by Lillian May Wilson. Published in Haverhill, Ma. By the Press of the Nichols Print in 1909.) which is the line of my family.

1880 Mentor Township, Clark Co., WI Federal Census

George Gleason @46, b. NY, Farmer, Parents b. NY

Wife: Elizabeth @47, b. Canada, Keeps House, Father b. Scotland, Mother b. Canada

Dau: Hannah @12, b. WI, Student, Father b. NY, Mother b. Canada

Son: Henry @8, b. WI, Student, Father b. NY, Mother b. Canada




Obit: Gleason, George W. (1834 - 1911)

Transcriber: Peter Fadden

The correct spelling of "Governor" is "Governeur" if any one is trying to locate it on a NYS map.


Obit: Gleason, George W. (1834 - 1911)

Transcriber: Vickie

Our wonder working Clark Co. fellow volunteer (welcome to the family Peter) has asked if there is any way I may be able to help you as my family has ties in the Humbird area. My understanding is that you are trying to determine if this George Gleason is tied into your family, is that correct?


I am posting this to the site instead of contacting you directly in the hopes that this information may benefit someone else. Humbird is special in that it is very close to both the Eau Claire and Jackson Co. lines. Families who settled in this area will commonly have births, marriages, deaths or burials in any of these three counties. For example, your Elizabeth Gleason died "near" her home, which may mean that she died at one of her children's home which could be in any of the counties. So if you have searched Clark Co. for records, also try Jackson (country seat Black River Falls) and Eau Claire (c. s. Eau Claire). The Black River Falls library has a very good History Room - they have a listing of birth, marriages and deaths which are recorded in Jackson Co. I have also heard that this library is contacting Jackson Co churches to see if they can microfiche the church's records. The Eau Claire library - L. E. Phillips Public Library website has early marriage on site - obits are also available, but be caution, this is a work in progress - the middle years, roughly 1940 - 1970 are not complete, but still is an excellent sources. An example of how families moved between counties - my mother was born in Cleveland township, Jackson Co. in 1927. The family shopped either in Fairchild or Humbird. Had family in both.

One last thought. The churches in this area are also beginning to be sensitive to the valuable family history their records hold, churches are beginning to publish a listing of these records. This is an individual effort, but it may not hurt to contact the Med. Church in Humbird - if it's still there. Some of the smaller country churches have closed and are absorbed by neighboring churches.

I hope this is helpful. Feel free to contact me off-line. P.S. To those that may have tried to contact me within the last months regarding postings I have previously made, please note my new e-mail address. My computer died - I hope a painful electronic death.  Vickie

(Additional information from Dr. George R. Nye)

Eber Gleason and Hannah Deuel were his parents. Not Everett and Hannah was a Deuel not Donal see Mentor Cemetery Index.

Hannah is buried next to George Gleason's brother Hiram, in a large lot, but her gravemarker has not survived.

Eber's gravestone has the wrong date on it, but I took the correct date from his combined service record and census records.

Eber and his sons, Hiram, George and Luke were all debilitated by the Civil War.

There was one other brother who died in perhaps Mentor Township as he appears on the Mentor Cemetery Index:

Martin Gleason, b. in NY State about 1840-1843 and d. possibly in Mentor Tsp. on 5 October 1870.

Martin was enumerated in the 1850 census in Louisville, NY and in Stockholm, NY in 1860. Perhaps in the Mentor 1870 census? George

Dr. George R. Nye, Red Deer, Alberta



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