Have a Frank Gleason born around 1855 in York Pa, moved to NYC around 1870, was dentist in Brooklyn, d. Jan 1917 at age 61. Unconfirmed info passed down to descendants and possibly mistaken in names and dates says Frank was married first to a Mary Magowan or McGowan in NY on 3/8/1874 and second to a Mary Smith. Four children of first marriage said to be Frank [unmarried], Alexis [a nun at St. Joseph's in Brooklyn], May [said to have married a Cornelius Fransen and had no children, maybe just her first marriage], and Joseph [married Anna Catherine Hugo].
Because Frank was found in the 1870 NYC census in the household of a John E. Gleason, a musican also born in York Pa, John E. is assumed to have been Frank's father, but might've been an uncle of Frank's living in NYC. Tried to find John E. Gleason's marriages on net and couldn't.
Frank is also said in an unconfirmed report to have had a daughter who married a Robert Clancy of Brooklyn. Maybe May married twice?
The name Kesson or McKesson shows up as an unconfirmed middle name of Frank Gleason the dentist. Maybe you've seen something that could explain that? It would suggest his mother's maiden name, I guess, but I have no idea who his father, if it was John E., married. In the 1870 census when John. E. states that he is 40 but may be lying, the youngest woman in the household is Katerina Gleason, 22.
To confuse matters even more, Frank E.'s household has two other apparent sons, Joseph and John Leo, 13 and 15, born in Hartford and Stonington Ct. All others were born in York Pa. Maybe John E. moved around as a musican. Frank is listed in that census as Francis, 14, and working as a dentist apprentice. The others in the household are Sahra, 20, Jenny E., 16, Katherina, 22, and Katherina, 65. The last woman may be John. E. Gleason's mother or mother-in-law. Messy and difficult.
In York Pa. according to someone on the net I've forgotten, a John Gleason was born in 1824. That could be the John E. who said he was 40 in 1870. I've seen definite age lies for men and women on censues before. The parents of the John born in 1824 were John Gleason and Catherine Fursht or something like that. Is Catherine the Katherina who was 65 in 1870 and living with John E. Gleason?
But the dentist Frank Gleason's presumed father the musican John E. Gleason born in York Pa. may have been born as late as 1830 if John E. told the truth about his age on the NYC 1870 census. John E. Gleason's middle initial may be a clue to something. It seems that the only way to find Frank Gleason's ancestors for sure would be to track John E. Gleason to a marriage, definite birthdate, and such.
Another unconfirmed note says that the musican in the family who was somehow related to Frank Gleason had been a violinist. Another note says that the family in Brooklyn had cousins in York Pa. and that there was a statue in York or thereabouts [maybe just headstone] of an ancestor Gleason who had been in the Revolutionary War. Have searched the net and found nothing like that. Nor have I found John E. Gleason.
Maybe some stray notes of yours could give other clues. The above is mostly from the 1870 NYC census and from a York Pa. newspaper obituary of Jan. 25, 1917 noting that "Frank McK Gleason" the dentist had died in Brooklyn on the previous Monday at age 61 and that he was survived by a wife, unnamed, two daughters, one of them Mrs. Robert Clancy and the other the nun, three sons Joseph, Alec, and James Clancy [?], an aunt Mrs. Joseph Gleason of Brooklyn, and two cousins Frank and Joseph Gleason of York Pa. If the obit is accurate, which is highly unlikely, Frank Gleason's father had a brother Joseph who also moved to Brooklyn from Pa.
Please let me know if anything youl've heard or have on hand even anecdotally could help clear up this mess. Evidently, though, the Frank you're looking for is this one with the daughter May.
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