THE GLYNN FAMILY

The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2015

Biography - B10 James B Glynn.

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James B Glynn was born on 19 June 1883, the first of Thomas and Mary’s children to be born in Kansas. He was baptised on 22 July 1883 by the Rev. P. F. Cooney at Old Saint Patrick’s Church. His sponsor was a woman by the name of Sophia Henderson. Its not known if the priest was a Cooney relation or not.
James B also became a fireman and served in the Kansas City Fire Department from 8th November 1904 until 16th September 1925. James married twice, in 1905 and 1917. He and his first wife Effie Grace Francis (born circa 1883) lived at 702 Wabash. Effie had been born in Missouri but her parents were from New York. They had four children:
1. Edward born 1906, died 13 June 1932 aged 26 years.
2. Virginia born 1908, died 20 November 1932 aged 24 years.
3. James born February 1910, died December 1935 (buried on the 16th) aged 25 years and
4. Francis born sometime between 1911 and 1913, died 6 October 1913

Effie Grace died on 17 October 1913 aged only 30, possibly in childbirth. Her obituary in the local newspaper reads as follows:
GLYNN – Mrs Effie Grace beloved wife of James B Glynn died at St Margaret’s Hospital on Friday night October 17th at 9.35pm. Funeral from the residence of her father-in-law Thomas Glynn, 523 Benton, Monday morning October 20th at 8.30. Services at St Aloysius Church at 11th and Prospect at 9.00am. Interment in family lot at Mt St Mary’s Cemetery

James B returned, with his four children, to live with his parents at 523 Benton Boulevard for a time. He remarried on 3 April 1917, in Independence, Missouri, Mary Alice Bickham (nee McNerney). Mary and James went on to have three further children so their household was a big one.
1. Gloria Beatrice (Flora) born December 1919, died 1st August 2000,Married 1938, Louis P. Schorgl. Daughter Teresa married with children.
2. Mary born 15 March 1923, died 12 January 1997, married someone called Donnelly and had three daughters. Mary Glynn Donnelly’s obit in the 13 January edition of the Kansas City Star read as follows:

Mary Glynn Donnelly, 73, Kansas City, MO, passed away January 12, 1997, at the home of her daughter. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, at Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, at McGilley Midtown Chapel, where a Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to Sister Helen Briscoe, Director of Social Services at St. Aloysius Parish, 2611 East 11th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64127. Mrs. Donnelly was born March 15, 1923, in Kansas City, MO. She attended St. Aloysius Catholic School and lived in the Kansas City area most of her life. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, James B. and Mary A. Glynn, and her brother, Leo T. Bickham. Survivors include her daughters, Marny Donnelly Sherman and her husband, John, and Amy Donnelly VanHoutan and her husband, Stacey, all of the Kansas City area, Elizabeth Donnelly Allen and her husband, Joseph, of the St. Louis area; seven grandchildren; her sister, Gloria Glynn Freeman; her brother, Joseph Glynn; as well as a large extended family and many, many friends. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
3. Joseph Patrick born 1926, married Rosemary Yunker, divorced circa 1970, five children – Marsha born circa 1948 married James Callahan, two sons. Joseph born circa 1950, married. Susan born circa 1952, married. Patricia Ann Theresa born 12 December 1954 and Kathleen born circa 1956, married.
Mary Alice McNerney born 1887 had been married previously to Arthur Bickham, born 1855. Mary’s mother had been born in Texas, her father in Kansas and she herself in Missouri. The marriage took place circa 1912 and a son, Leo T Bickham was born on 10 July 1914. Leo came to live with the Glynn children when his mother married James B. bringing the number of children in the household to eight. Leo married Anita Tieman and they had six children.
In 1920 census James and his family were living at 1311 Prospect. When his brother Thomas Edward died in 1924 their address was described as 13th and Prospect Ave., which must be the same house as their address is again given as 1311 Prospect when his sister Marie died in 1928. At the time of his brother John William’s death in 1936 the family had moved to 7th and Benton.
Around the time his son Joseph was in 8th Grade James B went to work one day as usual but failed to return home that evening. He was never heard from since. It is felt that he possibly went to Eastern St Louis, Missouri (about five hours from Kansas City) but all efforts to trace him have failed. Mary Alice in 1948 filed in probate, an affidavit stating that James B Glynn had been missing for 7 years and presumed dead. The "7 years" is the legal requirement before a missing person can be declared dead and not indicative, I would imagine, that James B disappeared in 1941.

Leo T Bickham, Mary Glynn’s son by a previous marriage died on September 3rd 1993 aged 79 years. His obituary in the October 4th edition of the Kansas City Star reads as follows:
LEO T. BICKHAM - Leo Thomas Bickham, 79, Lee’s Summit, died Sept. 3, 1993, at the Veterans Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church; burial in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Langsford-Cox Chapel, where the rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Mr. Bickham was a lifelong area resident. He was a barber from 1953 until retiring in 1993. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife, Anita Bickham of the home; three sons, Thomas Bickham, Blackburn, Mo., and Leo M. Bickham and Tim Bickham of Lee’s Summit; three daughters, Dianna Whitehouse and Cathy Wilson of Lee’s Summit, and Jeanette Basantz, Leawood; a brother, Joe Glynn, Kansas City; two sisters, Gloria Freeman and Mary Donnelly of Kansas City; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
 

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