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Re: John Milton Glenn of SC 1834-1890
Posted by: Betty Jo Date: July 30, 2001 at 15:27:01
In Reply to: Re: John Milton Glenn of SC 1834-1890 by David Locke Glenn Jr. of 4165

This is pulled from a write up on the Glenn family I did for a family reunion - it was easier than rewriting.

According to Joseph Glenn’s notes “John Milton Glenn was born in Fairfield Co [SC], when a young man went to Mississippi. Entered the Confederate Army from there and served through the war. After the war came to Anderson County and married Martha McGee. To this union seven children were born.”

In the 1860 census, a 26 year old John M. Glenn was living and farming in Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. His age and birthplace lead to the assumption that this is our John M. Glenn. A few houses away from him was William Glenn, who was a wealthy farmer, who had been born in South Carolina. It is reasonable to assume that young John Milton Glenn had gone to Mississippi to be near a relative — likely an uncle or older cousin. While in Mississippi, John Glenn volunteered for service in the Civil War. We have not yet discovered in which unit he served — only the statement above that he served through the war. After the war, he returned to Anderson County and married Martha McGee. John M. Glenn appears in the 1870 census in Anderson County and in 1880 in Oconee County; he was listed as a farmer in each census.

Hargrave A. Glenn was in Fairfield County, SC from 1830 through 1860 with wife Mary Jane and children. Based on census records, he was born about 1807 in Laurens Co, SC. He was a planter and had extensive property. His home, High Point, is listed in the Fairfield Sketch Book as an historic home. In 1845, Mrs. William Thompson deeded the place to her son-in-law, H. A. Glenn. The present owners are Miss Kitty Glenn and her sister, Mrs. E. Claude Jeter, who reside in the comfortable old home. They are descendants of the Thompsons and the Glenns who have lived here for more than 1˝ centuries.

Fair View, the home of Dr. John Milton Glenn, who might be a brother of Hargrave Glenn is also an historic home in Fairfield County. Dr. Glenn bought his property from William Thompson in 1830. His only child was Louise who married Furman McEachern, but had no children. Dr. John M. Glenn is buried in the Thompson cemetery along with his wife and possibly children.

The children of Hargrave A. and Margaret Jane (Thompson) Glenn were:
1.Jeremiah         abt 1831
2.John Milton         Feb 1834 Married Martha Elizabeth McGee (her bro. m. John M.'s sister, Sarah E. McGee)
3.Hargrave A.         abt 1836       
4.David Locke         1837, died 1922. Married1 Sallie Douglas; Married2 Clara Yarborough
Children: Bessie G., Annie, David L., others.
5. Joseph H.        abt 1839
6. Sarah Elizabeth b. Nov 1841 Married Rev. Michael McGee
7. Margaret E. T.        abt 1843

We have not yet figured out exact relationships, but there are a number of connections between the Glenns of Laurens and Anderson County and those of Fairfield County.

Hargrave Glenn died Jul 29, 1865. Margaret Jane (Thompson) Glenn died before 1860. Her father, William Thompson, was born about 1762, probably in England and died Jul 10, 1842 at the age of 80. The High Point property goes to a land grant from the King of England, dated 1773. The grant was to William Thompson, who was the builder of the present house in 1800. He is buried in the cemetery on the High Point estate.

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