Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Father's Letter

Frank Richard Meyer

This is a letter written by Frank Richard Meyer (1854-1915) on March 31, 1834 to his children: Ida Estelle, Frank Richard, Arthur Bain, Eugene Flach, Irwin Louis, Clementine E, Ralph, Elmer Ray and Leslie.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

Edna Ella Elizabeth Rinehart
Birth 29 May 1928 in Safe, Missouri
Death 2 June 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee
Married Harlan Louis Meyer May 3, 1947 in St James, Missouri 

Bessie Beckham

Birth 20 MAY 1886 in Safe, MO
Death 5 AUG 1935 in Maries County, Missouri
Married George Harrison Rinehart on July 10, 1909 in Phelps County, Missouri

Ollie Glenn
Birth 20 Jan 1866 in Missouri
Death 21 APR 1937 in Phelps, Missouri
Married Green Columbus Beckham on June 9, 1884 In Phelps County, Missouri 
Elizabeth Ann Branstetter
Birth 1 Mar 1832 in Tennessee
Death 1 Jul 1919 in Mounds, Creek, Oklahoma
Married Jackson  Glenn on May 10, 1848 in Crawford County, Missouri

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Glennpool Oil Strike

Robert Jackson Glenn, son of Jackson Glenn and Elizabeth Branstetter, (1 Jan 1868 in Missouri- 10 Oct 1963 in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California) married Ida Estelle Berryhill (4 Jun 1880 in St Joseph, Andrew, Missouri- 18 Aug 1963 in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California). Ida Estelle Berryhill is the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Berryhill and Zena Ann Cooper. There seems to be some discrepancy about her birth date. She is listed as being 19 on the Dawes Enrollment card for 1890, her father is listed as Benjamin Franklin Berryhill and her Mother as Zena Berryhill. Her daughters Mabel and Grace are listed and Robert J Glenn is listed as a non citizen. Creek Nation, Broken Arrow, Mounds Post Office.  Robert Jackson Glenn and Ida Estelle Berryhill were married on 9 Aug 1894 in Payne County, Oklahoma. Witnesses were Joseph M. Branstetter & Mark Branstetter.

Dawes Enrollment Card

On November 22, 1905, wildcatters, Robert Galbreath and Frank Chesley (along with, by some accounts, Charles Colcord), drilling for oil on farmland owned by Robert Jackson and Ida E. Berryhill Glenn, created the first oil gusher in what would soon be known as the "Glenn Pool". The discovery set off a boom of growth for the area, bringing in hordes of people: lease buyers, producers, millionaires, laborers, tool suppliers, drunks, swindlers, and news people. Daily production soon exceeded 120,000 barrels (19,000 m3). The nearby city of Tulsa benefited from the production, and Glenpool calls itself the town that made Tulsa famous. From Wikipedia:  [4]  

The big strike at Glen Pool in 1905—at the time the world’s largest—caused oil prices to plummet world-wide and made the Oklahoma and Indian Territories the center of oil exploration and speculation.

By 1906, a settlement of Glenn, consisting of twelve families had grown up nearby. In that year, the Midland Valley Railroad extended a track from Jenks. By 1907, nearly 3,000 people had moved to the area, but only about 500 people actually lived in the town in 1910. Lots were platted and a post office opened on January 31, 1908. The new community was renamed Glenpool.  From Wikipedia:   [5]

Tulsa, 1907

The Morning Tulsa daily world. (Tulsa, Okla.), 26 Nov. 1922. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <

Glenn Family in Mounds, Oklahoma

 Robert Jackson Glenn and Ida Estelle Berryhill left Oklahoma sometime after 1910.  In 1920, they are living in Titusville, Florida.  1930, they are in Fremont, Santa Clara, California and from 1935 until after 1940, they are in Clovis, Fresno, California.

Ida Estelle Berryhill died on 18, Aug 1963 in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California.
Find a Grave Link

Robert Jackson Glenn died a few months later on 10 Oct 1963 in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California. Find a Grave link
They are both buried in Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, California

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jackson Glenn and Elizabeth Branstetter

Jackson Glenn (John's 2nd G Grandfather) was born February 7, 1830 in Crawford County, Missouri. He was the son of Hugh Glenn and Elizabeth Fine. Elizabeth Ann Branstetter was born on March 1, 1832 in East Tennessee and was the daughter of Michael Branstetter and Permilia Yoakley. They were married on May 10, 1848 in Crawford County, Missouri. There are eight known children: Permilla (1849-1934) married John Wesley Matlock, Elizabeth (1851-1891) married William Carter, Minerva (1859-1896 ) married James Napoleon Carter, Michael Glenn (1859-) married Mary Atberry, Mary J Glenn (1862-1950) married James Napoleon Carter about 1898, Ollie Agusta Glenn (1866-1937) married Green C Beckham, Robert Jackson Glenn (1868-1963) married Ida Estelle Berryhill, and Ella May Glenn (1873-1937) married Ode Petty.

1850 Federal Census District 24 Crawford, MO
Jackson D Glenn 20
Elizabeth A 17
Permilia 11/12

1 July 1863 Civil Was Draft Registration

1 Jul 1869 Land Purchase

1870 US Federal Census St James, Phelps County, Missouri
Owns land, property value: $1,900, Personal Property: $600
Occupation: Farmer

Jackson Glenn
Elizabeth A Glenn
Michael Glenn
Minerva Glenn
Mary J Glenn
Marry J Glenn
Ollie Glenn
Robt Glenn
Wm C Carter
Elizabeth E Carter
Elizabeth Germs
Mary J Germs

1880 US Federal Census Dawson Township, Phelps, Missouri
Occupation: Farmer

Jackson Glenn
Elizabeth Glenn
Mary J. Glenn
Ollie A. Glenn
Robt. J. Glenn
May Glenn
Elizabeth Glenn
Mary J. Glenn

1900 US Federal Census Sapulpa, Creek Nation, Indian Territory

Jackson D Glenn 70
Elizabeth A Glenn 68
Lilly Isador Carter 12 granddaughter

Sale Notice

Jackson D Glenn died from a train accident on April 10, 1905.

1910 US Federal Census, Mounds, Creek, Oklahoma
Elizabeth Ann is living with her daughter Ella and Ella's husband Ode.

Elizabeth A Glenn 78
Ode Petty 42
Ella Petty 38
Roy Petty 17

Elizabeth Branstetter Glenn was close to her family. She visited them on several occasions and many members of the family came to Oklahoma to visit Elizabeth and the rest of the family too.
Elizabeth holding Ollie Marie Rinehart (L) and Virginia Beckham, Girl, Vivian Beckham, Boy, Delmar Rinehart

Elizabeth with Ollie Marie Rinehart and Olive Onstott

Elcanah Branstetter, Sarina Branstetter, Greene Beckham, Ollie Glenn Beckham, Nany Lorts, Eda Beckham, John Clark, May Clark, HS Pentecost, Henry, Kate

Elizabeth Branstetter Glenn, Elinor Mizzell, Elcanah Branstetter, Katheryn Dawson- Brother & Sisters

Bessie Beckham Rinehart & Delmer,Hazel Beckham Mikkelson, Green Beckham, Ollie Glenn Beckham, Mary Carter, Fred Eckstein, Frieda Beckham Eckstein, Grace Beckham Copeland, Christina Beckham, Elizabeth Branstetter Glenn holding Virginia Beckham & Ollie Marie Rinehart, Roy Beckham & Vivian

Elizabeth Ann Branstetter Glenn died on July 1, 1919 in Mounds, Creek, Oklahoma. She is buried at Twin Mounds Cemetery.

Ollie Glenn Beckham, Bessie Beckham Rinehart

Twin Mounds Cemetery

Friday, March 21, 2014

Henry Beckham and Edna Vaughn, Part 2

Obituaries for Edna E Vaughn Beckham and Henry Beckham are from Hazel Beckham Mikkelson's scrapbook.  Hazel was the the daughter of Green Beckham and granddaughter of Edna and Henry Beckham.

Corrections to information in Henry Beckham's obituary: His father was not born in England.  Henry's grandfather, Stephen Beckham served in the Revolutionary War.  Read more here.

His mother, Ziplha Rose was not born in England.  This line is not as well documented, but the census records for Ziphia are consistent in listing her birthplace as North Carolina.  She lists her father as being born in Virginia and her mother as being born in North Carolina.  Read more here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Henry Beckham and Edna Vaughn

Henry Beckham was born on October 4, 1826 in Hardin County, Tennessee. His census records say Tennessee, most likely Hardin County because records indicate that his parents Leonard Beckham and Zilphia Rose were there near that time.
On the 1850 census, Henry is still living with his parents.
Henry Beckham married Edna “Edney” Vaughn, daughter of John Vaughn and Nancy Matlock on November 19, 1850 in Crawford County, Missouri. (John's 2nd Great Grandparents)

Marriage Record

Their children: William Hardin Beckham (1851-19110,married Nancy Jane Fisher; Mary D Beckham ( 1853-1939), married John O Biles: Lewis (Louis) M Beckham (1858-1940), married Elizabeth Licklider. She was first married to John Glenn: Green Columbus Beckham (1859-1943), married Ollie Agusta Glenn; Rhoda Isabella Beckham (1861-1934), married Joseph W Love; Effa Beckham (1865-), married John Dillon; Thomas R Beckham (1871-1893), married Minnie Glenn (daughter of Anderson Glenn and Rachel Jane Branstetter)

1860 Census: High Grove Post Office, Johnson, Maries County
Henry age 38 born in Tennessee, occupation Farmer, Value of real estate $400, value of personal property $1,100
Edney age 26 born in Tennessee
William age 8 born in Missouri
Mary age 6 born in Missouri
Lewis age 2 born in Missouri
Green age 8/12 born in Missouri

21 Oct 1863: Henry Beckham: Cpl, Maries County Battalion EMM

20 June 1867 Land purchase Phelps County, Missouri Twsp: 39,range:7,Section:24, NE Quarter, 160 acres 

June 1868: Henry serves as administrator for Nancy Matlock Vaugh's estate (Edna Vaugh's Mother)

One page from Nancy Matlock Vaughn's estate settlement shared by Stephen

1870 Census: Lanes Prairie Post Office, Johnson, Maries County, Missouri
Henry age 43 Occupation: farmer, value of real estate $2,000, value of personal property $1,000
Edney age 37 Occupation: Keeping house
William H age 18 Occupation: working farm
Louis age 12
Green age 10
Albert age 6
Mary D age 16
Nancy J age 16 (wife of William H) Occupation: Keeping house
Rhoda age 8
Effa age 4

1880 Census: Johnson, Maries, Missouri, United States
Henry age 53
Edna age 48
Lewis age 23
Green age 20
Rhoda I age 18
Effa age 15
Thomas age 10
*This census gives Ind. As the birthplace of Henry's parents and it is transcribed as Indiana. I have found nothing else to support this and it appears to an error.

Henry Beckham and Edna Vaughn with unknown child

1898 Deed from Henry and Edna Vaughn Beckham to their son Henry.

Deed from 1898

1900 Census: Johnson, Maries, Missouri
Henry age 77 born Oct 1826 in Tennessee, parents born in North Carolina, married 1851 (actual date: Nov. 1850) Owns farm
Edna E age 65, born Nov 1834 in Tennessee, parents born in Tennessee This census states that she had 10 children and six of them are still living.
Mary P Sands

1910 Census
Henry age 84,Head of household Widowed. Speaks English, Occupation: general farmer, can read and write, owns farm and is listed as a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy
William H age 58general farmer, can read and write
Nancy J age 53 keeping house, can read and write

Henry Beckham died on July 20, 1914 in Johnson Township Maries, Missouri and is buried in Sewell Cemetery in Maries County, Missouri.

Photo Credit to descendant Stephen

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hugh Glenn and Elizabeth Fine

Wash Cemetery

This is an early account of this family:

"From "A Walk Through Time" compiled by Reagan L. Glenn
Hugh Gideon Glenn married Sarah Sappington and they moved from Madison County, Kentucky, to St. Louis county, Missouri.  Sarah died on 17 September 1811 and was buried in the long Cemetery in St. Louis.  Hugh then married Elizabeth Fine McDonald on 26 January 1813.  Hugh bought land near the Meramec River where it joins the Mississippi River in the township of Carondelet.  He bought 160 acres on Davis Creek, and when the county of St. Louis was organized on 1 January 1838, James Glenn, Hugh's Brother was listed as owning 227 acres and Hugh as owning 160 acres.  On 23 September 1817, Hugh applied for a license to trade with the Cherokee and Osage Indians from the Territory of Missouri.  Hugh sold 80 acres of land to James Glenn.  The land was in St. Louis county and sold for 110 dollars.  The sale was witnessed by Thomas Sappington and Joseph Sappington, and the deed was recorded on 30 August 1832.  Hugh and James left St. Louis County, Missouri and moved to Crawford  County, Missouri in the township of Johnson.  Hugh died before 5 April 1835.  His will left all his property to his wife, Elizabeth.  Hugh and Elizabeth Glenn owned one slave. The slave was born in 1830 and his name was George Millias."

This section is what I have found:
I have not obtained a copy of Hugh Glenn's will. The will book index is not available online and you cannot order a specific will. All that I have found is that you either have to visit in person or order microfilm rolls.
Hugh Glenn was born in Kentucky according to the census records of his children.

No marriage record had been found, but Elizabeth's name is believed to be Fine because Elizabeth is living with Ann Fine (widow in 1850).  Ann Fine is listed as the owner and the land has a value of $500.

Although this account states that Hugh Glenn left all his property to his wife, no deeds have been found for either David Fine or Hugh Glenn in in Crawford County. Few deeds exist for this time period and prior to 1850, purchasers of the federal lands in Missouri were exempt from land taxes for five years after purchase. (Source: Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, edited by Alice Eichholz, p. 386)

However, the 1850 US Federal Census- Slave Schedule lists an E Glenn of District 24 Crawford County.

The 1840 Census lists Elizabeth as the head of the household with seven (4 males, 3 females) free white people and one slave. Six of the white people are under twenty years old.

Elizabeth purchases land in Phelps County Township 39-N, range 6-W on 10 Dec 1841

Most of the information about this family comes from the 1850 census.

Hugh and Elizabeth Glenn are believed to have the following children: Martin Glenn (about 1821), Gideon Glenn (abt 1825), Anderson Glenn (abt 1827), Jackson Glenn (1830)

The 1850 Census shows:
Entry 68 Elizabeth Glenn 59 widow
Martin Glenn 29 M Farmer
Jane Glenn 18 F
Ann Fine 80 F
Entry 69 Gideon Glenn 25 M Farmer
Susan Glenn 24 F
John Glenn 6 M
Henry Glenn 4 M
Elizabeth E Glenn 2 F
M F Glenn 3/12 M
Entry 70 Anderson Glenn 23 M Farmer
B J Glenn 21 F
Alexander Glenn 1 M
F A Glenn 4/12 F
Entry 71 Jackson D Glenn 20 M
Elizabeth A Glenn 17 F
Permilia Glenn 11/12 F

No census record found for 1860

In 1870, she is living with Jackson and Elizabeth Branstetter Glenn in St James, MO
1870 Census:

Entry 260 Anderson Glenn and wife Rachel Branstetter Glenn, farmer with $2,000 real estate and $740 personal property.

Entry 261 Jackson Glenn and wife Elizabeth Branstetter Glenn, farmer with $1,900 real estate and $600 personal property.

Entry 262 Elizabeth Glenn 80, keeping house with $1,000 in real estate and and $300 in personal property.

Other family members are listed, but the cenus is very hard to read.

In 1880, Elizabeth is living with her son Jackson and his wife Elizabeth Branstetter Glenn and children: Mary J (16), Ollie A (14), Robert Jackson(12) and May (7) in Dawson Township, Phelps, Missouri.

 Elizabeth died in 1882 and is buried in Wash Cemetery. The information says that she was born February 11, 1793 in Tennessee and died November 15, 1882. Wash Cemetery (38.123697, -91.610112) is about 10 miles North of St James, Missouri.

Hugh Glenn's marker

Elizabeth Fine Glenn's marker