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Jonah Glover

GLOVER, KIRKHAN, ARCHER, CASE, MITCHELL, MACK, GRAWL

Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/5/2001 at 22:41:00

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties – 1890
JONAH GLOVER
Jonah Glover, who carries on farming and stock raising on Section 34, Farmington Township, Van Buren County, was born in Orange County Indiana, March 11, 1821, and is a son of Stephen and Sarah Kirkhan Glover, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, where their marriage was celebrated. About 1810 they removed to Indiana, which at that time was a wild and unsettled region where the red men were numerous and game was plentiful. The father died in the prime of life in that state, and the mother died in this County, in her eighty-ninth year. She was a member of the Baptist Church for fifty-five years and a lady whose life was most exemplary. In the family were nine children, eight of whom reached mature years and were married, while four are yet living, namely—Mrs. Jane Archer, Mrs. Hulda Case, Jonah and Newton.
Our subject is of English descent on the paternal side, and on the maternal side is of Irish extraction. His boyhood days were spent amid the forests of Indiana, and in the old log schoolhouse with its puncheon floor, slab seats and huge fireplace, he familiarized himself with the three R’s. He used to make wooden moldboards for the plows and like a dutiful son remained at home until he was about twenty-four years of age. In Washington County Indiana he married February 29, 1844, Amanda Mitchell, who was born in that county. Their union was blessed with two children—Robert E., now a physician of Corning Iowa, and Benjamin F. a farmer of Scotland County Missouri.
In 1845, Mr. Glover removed with his family to Jasper County Indiana, where in 1852 his wife died. He was again married March 17, 1853 to Elizabeth Mack, a native of Fayette county Pennsylvania, born November 7, 1829, and a daughter of James and Catherine Grawl Mack, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. They immigrated to Ohio in 1833, and four years later became residents of Jasper County Indiana. The father died at the age of seventy-six years, but his wife reached the advanced age of eighty. After his marriage, Mr. Glover continued his residence in Indiana until 1855, when he removed to Crawford County Wisconsin, where the succeeding nine years of his life were spent. It was in 1864 that he settled in Van Buren County. Farming has been his life work, and he is now the owner of two hundred and twenty acres of nearly all arable land, highly improved and cultivated. He raises some fine stock, including thoroughbred Merino sheep, and is the owner of the largest Percheron horse in this part of the state, his weight being 2020. When Mr. Glover started out in life for himself in Northern Indiana he had no capital, but rented land until he had saved $100, with which he made a partial payment on an eighty-acre farm. He lived in a pole cabin and was his own cabinetmaker, but by hard work and good management he rose from the ranks and is now accounted on of the leading and substantial farmers of his township. Fair and honest dealing, strict adherence to correct business principles, and a determined will have won him his success, and at the same time secured to him the confidence and regard of those with whom he has come in contact. Politically he was a Whig until the organization of the Republican Party, since which time he has supported the principles of that body. In religious belief he is a Baptist, but his wife is a Methodist, and his first wife was a member of the Christian Church.
The four children born unto Jonah and Elizabeth Glover are Waldo E., who is living in Washington; Ella A. at home; Truman J., assistant in the Chief Engineer’s office of the War Department; and Newton L., telegraph operator. The family was represented in the war by Robert E., who enlisted at seventeen, and served three years in the thirty-third Wisconsin Infantry. Benjamin F., who at sixteen, entered the Sixtieth Illinois Regiment, and served a year and a half. Though not a pioneer settler, Mr. Glover is a valuable citizen, and deserves a front rank among the representative men of this county.
I am not related, and am only copying this for the information of those who might find this person in their family.


 

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