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Posted by: Dolores Davidson (ID *****8163) Date: August 25, 2003 at 05:50:37
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GLEASON in Evergreen Cemetery Town of Charlotte, Chautauqua Co NY
George H. Gleason b. 1841 d. 1902 lot 391 n/p
Mary P. Gleason [Mrs] b.1842 d. 1915 lot 391 n/p
Henry Gleason lot # 167 s/p b. 1830 d. March 5, 1898 [son of William & Polly Smith]
Eleanor Vanderwark Gleason b. August 5,1838 d. 1918 lot 167
Eva E. Fisher Gleason b.1873 d.1895 d. 167
William H. Gleason lot 254 d.April 29,1870 ae 71-1-18
Polly Gleason [wife ] lot 254 d. October 17,1865 ae 66-2-27

Jacob W. Gleason Revolutionary war soldier lot 254 d. October 12,1813 ae 75-0-20
Mehetable Gleason [his wife ] lot 254 d. February 9,1811 ae 71-6-28
William H. Gleason lot 254 d.April 29,1870 ae 71-1-18
and their story;
Rock County, Wisconsin
Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin" (c) 1901, pp. 79-80.
The pioneers of Wisconsin were a sturdy race of men, descendants of
early settlers in the Eastern States. Some came West in their youth, their only capital consisting of active brain, strong muscle and a cheery willingness to attain independence through the avenue of hard labor. The subject of this review is a fine specimen of the self-made and prosperous farmer of Rock County, in which he has resided since 1856. He was born in Chautauqua County, N.Y., Jan. 19, 1836, son of William and Polly (SMITH) GLEASON. (Town of Charlotte)
Jacob GLEASON, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of Massachusetts, of
English ancestry, migrated to Chautauqua County, N.Y., and there died at about the age of eighty years. He was a trader by occupation. He married Mehitabel HUDSON, and had a family of seven daughters and one son.
Daniel SMITH, the maternal grandfather of our subject, was also a native of Massachusetts, but
of Dutch descent. He was likewise a trader, and lived to the age of ninety-seven years. He had two sons, John and Daniel, and three daughters, all of whom lived in Massachusetts.
William GLEASON, our subject's father, was born March 11, 1799, in Massachusetts, and was
a stone-mason by trade. He migrated to Chautauqua County, N.Y., and there died at the age of seventy-three years. His wife, who was born July 20, 1799, died at the age of sixty-eight years. She was a Methodist in religious faith, while her husband was a Universalist. To their union were born eleven children, six sons and five daughters, of whom six are now living, namely: Betsey, widow of Philo GREEN, of Erie, Penn.; Matilda, wife of O. C. MOON, of Sharon, Wis.; Charles S., of near Jackson, Mich.; John E., our subject; George H., of Cassadaga, Chautauqua Co., N.Y.; and Daniel L., of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
John E. GLEASON, our subject, was reared in Chautauqua County, where he attended the
common schools. At the age of twenty years he came West to seek his fortune in the new country, and reached Janesville, Rock Co., Wis., March 24, 1856. He began his career as a farm laborer in Harmony township, and worked by the month for three years. Then, in 1859, he bought forty acres of land in the town of La Prairie. With this beginning he has acquired a splendid property of 200 acres, located in Sections 15 and 16, La Prairie township, his home being in Section 16. Mr. GLEASON has brought all this property to a high state of cultivation. He has erected a fine residence, good barns, and other buildings, and ranks as one of the most successful and progressive farmers of the township.
On Feb. 29, 1860, Mr. GLEASON married Miss Achasah A. GOODSON, daughter of William
and Esther (COOK) GOODSON, English farming people who migrated with their large family to America, locating first in Madison County, N.Y., and in 1856 coming to Wisconsin, where they arrived March 24. For a year he lived in Jefferson County, then moved to Rock County, where he died in 1875, aged eighty-eight years, surviving his wife a number of years. To Mr. and Mrs. GLEASON were born five children: (1) Livona C., a teacher, lives with her father. (2) Urban E., who married Elizabeth BENEDICT, is a farmer, and lives in Section 15, La Prairie township. They have two sons, Ray and Jay. (3) Ruby L., a teacher, is now teaching at Shopiere. (4) Nellie, who married Edward H. PAUL, of Janesville, has five children, Ora, Stanley, Clayton, Norman, and Kennith. (5) William E. lives at home with his father. Mrs. Achsah A. GLEASON died June 30, 1898, aged fifty-six years.
Politically Mr. GLEASON is a Republican. He is chairman of the town board of supervisors, in
which office he is now serving his sixth year; for many years he has served as school director and also as school treasurer and clerk; and has been eight years president of the Rock County Agricultural Society. Fraternally Mr. GLEASON is a member of Janesville Lodge, No. 35, F. & A.M. He is not only one of the old settlers of La Prairie township, but one of its most prominent and influential citizens, intimately associated with its official history, and zealous in the promotion and preservation of all good measures for the public welfare.

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