THE GLYNN FAMILY
The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2015
Biography - A7 Joseph M Glenn.
|Joseph M Glenn/Glynn
(Glenn in his obituary and death certificate, Glynn on
his marriage certificate) died in Kansas City, Missouri
on 3 Feb 1926, aged 65 years 11 months and 8 days, of
cancer of the liver. A contributory factor was gradual
starvation - common for those in the final stages of
cancer. The doctor had attended Joseph since the
previous December. He died at the home of his nephew -
John William Glynn, eldest son of his brother Thomas -
at 3008 East 10th Street, Missouri. His death
certificate states that he was born on 25 Feb 1860 in
Ireland, his father was Michael Glenn, mother Mary
Mullin/Mullen, both born in Ireland. He was a widower at
the time of his death, wife's name unknown.
Joseph's occupation was given as a salesman with, what looks like, an Insurance company (possibly "KC Ins Co" or Kansas City Insurance Company). Enquiries with the KC Insurance Company came to nothing however, as their employee records don't go back that far.
Joseph's middle initial was "M", which possibly stands for Michael.
Joseph's funeral service took place at St Aloysius' Church, Kansas City, Missouri and he was buried at Mount St Mary's Cemetery on 5th February 1926. He is in Section H, Lot number 126 with his nephew John William (d. 1936), John William’s wife Mary Louise (d. 1948) and Joseph’s great nephews Thomas Edward (d. 1924 - son of John William) and James Junior (d. 1935 - son of James B), who are all, bar Mary Louise, in the index under Glynn. Mary Louise is in the index under the surname of her second husband “Groff”. She and John William are in grave number 9, Thomas Edward is in grave number 10 and Joseph and James Junior are together in grave number 11. Joseph is in the index for Mount St Mary's under both Glenn and Glynn. There is no sign of his wife or any possible children of the marriage in the cemetery records.
The informant on Joseph’s death certificate – a certified copy of the original dated February 1985 - is "Jos. Glenn" of 3008 East 10th Street but it’s not clear who this could be. It must be John William, but incorrectly transcribed, as the information is extensive and similar in depth to that recorded on the death certificate of John William's mother Mary E Glynn (nee Cooney). The fact that the informant didn't know Joseph's wife's name probably means he had never met her or she had been dead along time.
Joseph is remembered by the family as wearing glasses and being in a wheelchair. There is photo inscribed in Aunt Kathleen's handwriting as "Uncle Jo Glynn, USA" but recognised by the Cleary sisters (neighbours of Joseph’s brother Patrick and his wife Mary McGlynn), as being Patrick McGlynn? It’s possible it was indeed Joseph who looked very like Patrick perhaps?
A search of the index to the 1880, 1900 and 1910 US Census has failed to show any trace of Joseph. He would have been a mere 18 - 20 years of age in 1880 and possibly had not yet arrived in the US from Ireland. The only likely Joseph in the 1900 census, in either Kansas or Missouri, is Joseph Glenn, single, boarding on 12th Street in K.C., MO. He is however noted as having been born in Missouri (as were his parents) in March 1862. There were no Joseph Glenns in the 1900 Missouri census index who had been born in Ireland and whose parents were also Irish born.
Two Kansas City, KS directories (Kansas City Directory, 1889-1890 and 1890-1891) were checked for Joseph Glenn and Glynn. There were no listings under either spelling in any year. Situated across the Missouri River from Kansas City, Kansas is Kansas City, Missouri. City directory searches show a Joseph Glynn first appearing in Kansas City, MO in 1886/7 as a hoseman, Hose Reel No. 2, r. 611 w. 5th. In the same edition of the Hoye's City Directory there is a Joseph Glenn, labourer, r. 1331 Cherry. There is no way to tell if either of these is our Joseph. KCMO was home to about 45,000 people in 1890 and a transcription of two KCMO directories (Kansas City, MO: Hoye Directory Co., 1890 and 1891) includes the names of over 43,400 people, mostly heads of households. In addition to providing the resident's name, it provides information regarding their address and occupation. Here we finally have the first sighting of our Joseph.
Name, Business Name, Occupation, Location 1, Location 2, City, State
Catherine Hall, widow John F., r Summit southwest corner 11th MO
Mrs. J. F. Hall, widow John, r Summit corner 11th MO
Joseph Glynn, r west side Summit 1st s of 11th MO
Catherine Hall, widow John F., r west side Summit 1st s of 11th MO
J. F. Hall, widow John r Summit southwest corner 11th MO
The “r” stands for residence; “s” for south. Joseph Glynn is listed only once, living with the widowed Catherine Hall in Summit Street. Catherine is listed several times so perhaps she owned several properties, one of which was occupied by Joseph. In the KCMO directory, under the classification for occupation there is a Joseph Glynn in 1889/91 as Sergeant at Arms, City Council. This may have been our Joseph but the KC City Council was unable to provide any information on this man to verify the supposition. Pat O'Neill, author of the book "From The Bottom Up, The Story of The Irish in Kansas City" says that the Joseph Glynn buried in St Mary's Cemetery is the Joseph who was Sergeant at Arms. Our Joseph is the only Joseph Glynn in St Mary's Cemetery.
A search of the Kansas City, Missouri, city directory for the years 1910 to 1920 is inconclusive – there is a Joseph recorded in each year, except for 1910 and 1911, but it’s not clear if any is our Joseph. A KCMO directory search from 1921 to 1926 for Joseph Glenn was of interest however as it shows what looks to be our Joseph working either as a clerk or in sales and boarding in the central city area - 3320 Summit in 1921, 3212 Karnes Blvd in 1922 and 3329 Wyandotte in 1924 and 1925. His employer in 1922 was the KC Gas Company. This Joseph disappeared from the directory after 1925 – ours died in 1926.
Joseph is mentioned in his brother Thomas' obituary (August 1921) as being a resident of Kansas City and a follow up of the 1920 census showed Joseph, in his late 50s, boarding with an Irish family called Sullivan at 3320 Summit – 39 year old John J Sullivan, his wife Laura and baby John junior. At the time Joseph was working as a clerk for the railroad.
According to his obituary, Joseph was a member of the KC Council Knights of Columbus. Unfortunately, they were unable to come up with any records at all, not only for Joseph but also not for his brothers and nephews.
Research has revealed that Joseph married Alice Kirbey on 31 October 1889 at the Second Presbyterian Church, 1222 Central Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Joseph and Alice were both residents of Jackson County, Joseph was aged over 21 and Alice over 18 - no further information was given on the marriage licence. The application for the licence however tells us that Joseph was aged 27 at the time the application was made and Alice was aged 23. This gives an approximate year of birth of 1862 for Joseph and 1866 for Alice. Enquiries to the KC Second Presbyterian Church about any possible further details from their birth, death and marriage registers showed that their records were not comprehensive and they were unable to locate the marriage, yet alone any further record of Joseph or Alice Glenn. They did find the church register that covers 1889, in an unlabeled cover, in a church vault but there was no record of the wedding – the register was apparently not well kept with regard to weddings as only one was listed for the period covered by this volume. They also scanned the session minutes for several months before and after October 31, 1889, and did not see any list of weddings.
The pastor in 1889 was the Reverend George P. Hays and the address on the marriage certificate - 1222 Central - was not the church address, but that of the manse. This does not necessarily mean that the wedding did not take place in the church building but rather was the Reverend Hays’ home address. The register does not list either Joseph Glynn or Alice Kirbey as church members, or any other member under the surname Glynn or Kirbey. Those names were also checked for adult baptisms without success. Infant baptisms were not checked. Perhaps the Reverend Hays was of the opinion that since neither Joseph nor Alice was a church member, their marriage should not be listed in the church records.
Alice Glenn (nee Kirb(e)y)
Alice first appears in the census for Kansas City, Missouri in 1900. According to this census Alice Glenn was born in November 1865 in Ohio. Alice's sister, with whom she lived, Angie (Angeline) Kirby was born, according to the same census, in January of 1876, in Ohio. Their parents were also said to be born in Ohio. The head of the household, in which the girls lived, was their aunt Catherine Hall, aged 60, born in January 1840 in Ohio. Her parents had both been born in Pennsylvania. Alice and Joseph Glenn’s daughter Catherine, aged 3 also lived there but of Joseph, from whom Alice was divorced, there was no sign.
By the time of the 1910 census Alice was still living with her aunt, sister and daughter but they had moved to Independence, Missouri. Her sister Angie had married James Allan Fisher and he had become part of the household. At the time of the 1920 census there was no sign of Alice in the Independence household, which consisted of James and Angie Fisher, Catherine Hall and Catherine Glenn. We discover later that Alice had died of heart problems on 15 May 1914 at St Margaret’s Hospital, KCKS. She was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio with her parents, siblings and other relatives on 20 May 1914
The Kirby Family
The mention of Spring Grove Cemetery and the discovery of Kirby family plots there led to two Kirby families living in Newport, Kentucky - just across the Ohio River and state border, from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Alice’s father, Daniel Kirby married her mother, Mary Gerhard, on 23 Jul 1848 at St. Xavier’s Roman Catholic Church, Cincinnati. They lived in Cincinnati for a time and moved to Newport around 1860. Daniel had his own business as a lumber dealer there. His younger brother John also had a lumber business in Newport and the records appear to show that Daniel and Mary had followed John and his wife, also Mary, to Newport. Daniel, born in 1829 in Ireland, had come to the US as an infant, shortly before the birth of his brother John in Rhode Island in March 1830. Mary was the daughter of John and Sarah Garhart and she had been born circa 1830 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Over the years Daniel and Mary had seven children – Ella was born in 1849, Ellen in 1852, Mary in 1854, William in 1856, Alice in 1860, Angeline in 1862 and Daniel in 1865. Ella died of consumption a year after her birth. The others all survived childhood. Their mother died, aged 62, on 28th February 1896. At the time of her death her daughters Alice and Angie were living in Kansas City, Missouri with her newly widowed sister Catherine Hall. Catherine’s husband John F Hall had died of typhoid fever in Kansas City on 7th September 1886. Mary’s son Daniel was married with a family and farming in Kansas at the time of his mother’s death, William was working as a watch case maker in Newport, daughter Mary was single and living at home and it’s not known what happened to Ellen.
Mary junior continued to keep house for her father Daniel and brother William until after their deaths. Her father died of old age on 16th November 1911, aged 83 and William died of heart disease on 21st March 1916 aged 60. Sometime after 1920 Mary left Newport and went to live in Kansas. She became a part of the Hall/Fisher household after 1930 and she died on 11th December 1942 aged 91. Her aunt Catherine Hall and sister Angie had predeceased her. Catherine Hall, born January 7 1940 died on 19th September 1933 of pneumonia. Angie Kirby Fisher died on 6th October 1937 age 63 of heart disease. They were all buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in the Daniel Kirby Family plot.
Catherine (Hall) Glenn
Joseph and Alice’s daughter Catherine would appear to have been unmarried at the time of his death in 1926 as she is named in his obituary as “Catherine Glenn of Independence”. A check of city directories for Independence revealed a Catherine H Glenn as Assistant Secretary for Community Savings and Loan and her residence in 1930 and 1932 is listed as "Indep and Raytown Road nr E 24th PO Indep MO". There is no sign of Catherine in the 1934 or subsequent editions of the city directory.
Independence newspaper reports show however that Catherine Glenn aged 24, was married in August 1921 to Robert L Yeager aged 20, eldest son of Robert and Bessie Yeager. Robert senior was the deputy for the local county clerk and Robert junior was a shipping clerk at a nut and bolts factory. The list of principal wedding guests does not include Catherine’s father Joseph. The Yeager family dominated the proceedings and the wedding took place in the garden of the country home of Catherine’s great aunt, Catherine Hall.
The reference to Catherine in Joseph's obituary as Miss Catherine Glenn, and not Mrs Robert L Yeager, leads us to conclude that either there was a rift between Joseph's family and Catherine, such that they were unaware of her marriage, or she was divorced and had reverted to her maiden name by 1926. The census for 1930 answered the question with regard to her marital status. It shows her living on a farm on Raytown Road, Independence with her great aunt Catherine, her aunt Angeline and Angeline’s husband James Fisher: Catherine Hall was a widow, aged 90 and James and Angeline Fisher were in their mid-50s, had been married for 27 years and were childless. James was a Nurseryman - he owned and worked in a nursery sales yard. The others in the household were not working. Catherine Glenn was supposedly aged 25 and divorced.
Catherine Hall died in 1933 and Angeline Fisher inherited most of her property, which included real estate other than the farm on Raytown Road. Upon Angeline’s death (which occurred in 1937) everything was to pass to Catherine Glenn who was executrix of her great aunt’s will. The probate records reveal that Angeline was “of unsound mind” and that Catherine Glenn was “physically incapacitated for life”. Half-yearly payments from the estate were paid to Catherine Glenn, the last of which was paid on December 1st 1935 when she was living in San Diego County, California.
It is not known when Catherine Glenn died. A search of the Social Security Death Index failed to find anything conclusive. Our Catherine may not have applied for Social Security or may have re-married and be listed in the index under her married name. There were several Catherines born in January 1897 in the index but until we know if Catherine re-married and what her married name was we have no way of knowing which, if any, is ours.
Obituary notice -added July 2004
Catherine Glenn SC County Leader Died Yesterday
Mrs. Catherine Hall Glenn, 63 long active in Santa Cruz county public affairs, died yesterday in a local hospital after an illness of several weeks.
A resident of Aptos Since 1950 Mrs. Glenn had served as chairman of the legislative committee of the Santa Cruz Farm Bureau and chairman of the county board of public welfare.
Mrs. Glenn was a native of Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Joseph and Alice Glenn. Upon their death, she moved to Independence, MO where she was adopted by her aunt, Mrs. Catherine Hall. Mrs. Glenn attended the University of Chicago. She later studied at the Kansas City School of Law and was admitted to the Missouri bar
After the death of her aunt Mrs. Glenn who was married for a short period to Robert Yeager made her home with Miss Marion Bradbury and her mother, Mrs. Mary Bradbury. The threesome moved to Vista in 1934 and in their present residence at 3500 Merrill Road, Aptos
Mrs Glen was past noble Grand of the Martha Washington Rebekah Lodge number 131 IOOF of Soquel and Soquel Grange No789.
Final rites will be conducted Saturday at White’s chapel at 2 p.m. with Dr Heber St Clair Mahood and Martha Washington Rebekah Lodge number 131 IOOF officiating. Private interment will follow in the IOOF Crematory