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Obituary from the Irish World & American Industrial Liberator, April 1890
BOYD-GLEASON - The almost simultaneous death fo Mr. Bernard Boyd and Probate Judge Patrick E. Gleason was a melacholly coincident that caused deep regret and sorrow amongst a very large protion of the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, on March 29. Both gentlemen were widely known and almost universally esteemed. Mr. Boyd and Judge Gleason were about the same age, and both died about the same hour, between half past 9 and 10 am. They were close friends. ....... (story starts giving detials of the death & life of Bernard Boyd).....Probate Judge P. E. Gleason died at his residence at the corner of East Bay and Society streets on the date mentioned above after an illness of nine month's duration. The news of Judge Gleason's death, though expected, was received with none the less sincere regret by a very large majority of the citizens of Charleston. He was born in Chel Ireland in 18432. He was intended for the priesthood and, when quite a youth, was sent to the College of Goimbra, France. During the war, however, he came back home and went out to fight for the Confederacy in the Irish Volunteers of Augusta. Both on the coast and in Virginia P. E. Gleason ws regarded as a bold and gallant soldier. He was at one time a courier on the staff of Albert Sidney Johnston. He was at all times attached to the military. He was made Major on the Governorr's staff some years ago and was Adjutant of the first battalion at the time of his death. After 1867 Mr. Gleason entered mercantile life. His first public services wee as gauger and as clerk at the Market. He was subsequently appointed Trial Justice, which position he held up to the time of the death of the late Probte Judge Vincent. He was elected successor to Judge Vincent by a flattering vote. Since entering upon the duties of the office he discharged them acceptiably and with a knowledge of the affairs of the Probate Court, which he derived from his profession as a lawyer and the practive he had in differant departments of the law. Judge Gleason was identified at differant times with the Irish Volunteers, the Montgomery Guards, the Hiberian Society, the St. Patrick's Venevolent Society. Of this latter organization he was elected President by unanimous vote not more than a month ago. The admiration of his many fine qualities and his services will cause his death to be mourned by many of his fellow citizens. In his domestic relations he was kind, indulgent, and loving - a father and a husband beloved by his family. The funeral services of Judge Gleason were held at St. Mary's Church. The internment was made at St Laurence's Cemetery.