John Barber White in "Genealogy of the Descendents of Thomas Gleason" states that the Joseph Gleason, the 8th child and youngest son of Benjamin and Mary (Cole) Gleason, born 27 Feb 1794 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, NH married Abigail Reed (additional information indicates they moved to Langdon, Sullivan, NH).
The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America: (Including Coles and Cowles) asserts that this SAME Joseph married Chloe Bell and moved to Wayne County, PA, and that they had five children: Mary, who married a Mr. Brown; Unknown; Lemuel, Joseph and Alvin, wh died at age 14...though these last three might have been Mary's children.
I have obtained the obituary of Chloe Belle Gleason Brown from the Wayne (Pennsylvania)Independent, dated November 16, 1904, which clears things up considerably (in short, this Joseph's wife and Chloe's mother was Sophia Orvila Allen of Wrentham, MA; they family lived for many years in Chenango County, NY, where all their children were born. They moved enmass to Wayne County, PA around 1834).
Mrs. C.B. Brown died of dropsy and failure of the heart at her home at West Damascus, at one o'clock, Thursday morning, November 10, 1904, aged 81 years. Two neighbors wer present with her, Mrs. Ross and Mrs. Rutledge. The funeral was held on Saturday, conducted by Rev. Mr. Percy, and her remains were interred at Cocheton. Further reference will be made to the deceased in our next issue. She was the sole surviving head of her household and , long before death, had made all arrangements regarding the laying out and burial of her body. Her will, which leaves everything she possessed to her nephew, W.A. Brown, of Callicoon, was read in accordance with her request, at the funeral. Her faith and life were both in the right and her white handed hope, like a hovering angel, tipped with golden wings, was never once disappointed but brought her every care and comfort, from kind hearted neighbors and friends that she needed up to the very last day of her life.
Obituary - The Wayne Independent, November 18, 1904 (includes picture)
Chloe Bell Gleason, who died at her home Nov. 1904, was born Oct. 17, 1820 in Coventry, Chenango Co. N.Y. and came to Wayne County, Pa. Dec. 15, 1831 with her parents, Joseph and Sophia Orvilla Gleason. They stopped at what was then called Dyberry Falls, but soon after removed to Bethany where they remained until a wild lot was taken in 1836 on the Dyberry, which was partially cleared. On April 20, 1834 she was baptized by Rev. Henry Curtis and on July 9, 1843 was married by him to Thomas L. Brown. After living near Carley Brook nine years they removed, in 1852, to West Damascus.
After the death of her husband, in December, 1880, Mrs. Brown gave attention to weaving rag carpets, silk curtains and rugs. Writing to the editor of the Independent on May 1903, she said "Now, when the bars between the eternity this side and the eternity on the other side are being let down one by one, I am rejoicing as I look back and can say "Hitherto the Lord has led me."
Mrs. Brown was for many years an esteemed contributor of the Independent and was also an author of a little book of poems entitled "The Light of Evening Time," copies of which she presented to her guests on the occasion of her seventieth anniversary of her birth. Reproduction of her verses have from time to time appeared in these columns.
On reading an acount of the life of an aged mother, published in the Independent in September 1895, she sent us the preface and lines given below entitled, "Waiting:"
"Mr. Editor: I was greatly interested in reading the account of that hero mother's work, and if the enclosed has no other value, it would show sympathy born of experience, my own mother having lived to four score and four,
Looking into, looking out of eternity's door,
Counting the years long after fourscore,
Years of past laor so faithfully done,
Years of rest that surely is won;
Upward the soul in its logical rise,
Clear as a lark in its song to the skies.
Nature, not waiting its song to begin,
Inside the door, looks longingly in,
And, joins in the anthem of praise that is heard,
Coming out from the door a welcoming word.
Deceased is survived by two brothers, Henry Gleason of Wisconsin and Willard of Forest City. "My children," she would say, "are all my nephews." They were the sons of a brother of her husband, Daniel Brown, who was killed in a battle of the Civil War. She reared them, the youngest being a few months old babe at the time of his father's death. He remained with her until he reached the age of fifteen. His name is W.A. Brown and he now lives in Callicoon.
Mrs. Brown knew of some of the hardships of the early settlers in Wayne County. She early cherished an ambition to be a teacher, and not withstanding that she accepted, when a girl, the duties that came nearest to her, sometimes at home, sometimes in the homes of others, to earn her clothing and books for the winter's school and sometimes gratified her earnest efforts to acquire an education by working for board, at the age of sixteen she was given her first teacher's certificate. She taught school six winters of three years before she was married. Later she contributed many articles and verses to bothe Arthur's and Godey's magazines. The last twenty years of her life were passed almost entirely alne, her principal income being from her loom. Her pen was often a pleasant pastime and its pre?tions were not withoug affording much pleasure to others. Though possessed of but little of this world's goods, she was wealthy in peace and contentment always seeming to feel that "poor and content is rich," and rich enough for her." Then she possessed faith, that higher faculty than reason, and looked on death unterrified. It was faith woven of conviction and set with sharp worth of experience.
The "Alvin Brown" found in the Cole genealogy might have actually been a composite of her brothers Wilson, who died at age 11 or 12, and Alvin, who died in the Civil War, reportedly on 20 Jun 1863 (the same day as the battle of Gettysburg....). There was also an older brother, Lyman, who died in 1890; and a sister, Orvila Sophia Gleason, who married the poet/journalist David W. Belisle of New Jersey (a MOST interesting couple! You can find out a bit about Orvilla Belisle through google, but David's escapades can mostly only be found in old newspapers).
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