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Re: Ebenezer P. Gleason in Illinois 1840
Posted by: Leonard Granger (ID *****7331) Date: January 28, 2004 at 08:10:19
In Reply to: Re: Ebenezer P. Gleason in Illinois 1840 by Stephen Mihm of 2187

Continuing on E P Gleason information. While in Illinois with his Indian wife, (who never appears in any census that I can locate), and their children Ebenezer leaves his Indian wife and marries Lydia Strong the daughter of Cyrus Strong, a Disciples of Church minister. His Indian wife, mother of Mellisa Gleason Granger, moves in with the Abial Granger family and takes care of the three youngest children. When Melissa died in 1842 with youngest daughter the Granger and Gleason families living together survive somehow. E P Gleason has left area and later dies with Lydia Strong suspected of poisioning him. The sheriff is the brother of Lydia so she leaves town, later marries Dr Smith, he dies possiblly from poisoning and a few days later Lydia is found dead by her own doing. E P Gleason and Abial C Granger I believe were involved with some sort of activities that generated far more money that a small time farming operation. In December 2003,Indian stories were verified as a little red book, I now inherited, with gold binding, containing 48 glass thumbnail pictures of family Granger and Gleasons was discovered. It had been handed down 4 generation from Abial Granger. The 48 pictures and book was far too expensive for a farmer with no land in 1840/50's and then to have him in 1855 send to Iowa to buy tracts of land, his son Ebenezer Granger


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