Alexander Glenn b. 1803

Alexander Glenn 4th great uncle on RootsMagic

Alexander was born in Ohio in 1803, a younger brother of Elizabeth Glenn, mom of Manford Speedy, they were 2 of 12 children in the Glenn family. In 1833 on March 31, Alexander married Sarah Parrish in Ohio. It’s very likely that Manford Speedy with his uncle Alexander and family left Ohio for Iowa, all are in Shell Rock, Iowa by 1856. Alexander is on the 1860 agricultural census. His farm has 100 acres of  improved land, 100 acres unimproved land, cash value of $3500, value of farm machinery $150. The farm has 4 horses, 6 milk cows,  6 other cattle, 30 swine, value of livestock $725. The farm produced 225 bushel of wheat,  600 bushel of Indian corn,  200 bushel of oats, 100 lbs of butter, 15 lbs of cheese and 20 bushel Irish potatoes. Alexander was a widow in 1877 and living in Hampton, Iowa with his son Edward and family.

Alexander died in 1894 and is buried in the Old Town Cemetery in Clarksville, Iowa. The source Iowa Cemetery Records, 1662-1999 confirms he was buried in this cemetery: ‘Alex Glenn b. 1803, d. 1894 age 91 buried in Old-town Cemetery, Clarksville, Butler County. Source Gravestone Records of Butler County, Iowa page 37’. The Glenn headstone has a readable inscription for Sarah. On the other side of the headstone is some engraving, most likely Alexander’s information, completely unreadable because it was made 125 years ago, weather and age have worn the words away. The headstone has an open book at the top, inscription also worn away.

Glenn, Alexander and Sarah headstone has a book on top.



  • Iowa, Cemetery Records, 1662-1999
  • Ohio county marriages 1789-2013 database
  • Iowa non-population census schedules 1850-1880 images

Elizabeth Glenn b. 1794

Elizabeth Glenn 3rd great grandmother.

Elizabeth Glenn was born 1794 in Adams County Pennsylvania. By 1803 her family was living in Ohio. April 13, 1818 at age 24, Elizabeth married William Speedy.  The Speedys had a family and farmed in the Island Creek township near the Ohio River on the eastern edge of Ohio.
Speedy William and Elizabeth Glenn 1818 marriage

Elizabeth and her dad Thomas Glenn both died of cholera in 1850. From 1829 to 1851 the ‘Second Cholera Pandemic’ was happening. President Polk d. 1849 and at least 150,000 other Americans. The cholera outbreak caused the first Ohio State Fair and the Ohio Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851 to be postponed.

Elizabeth’s son Manford was 12 at her death. He and his dad William stayed in Ohio together until 1856 when Manford arrived in Shell Rock, Iowa. Elizabeth’s brother Alexander Glenn was also in the Shell Rock area. Elizabeth Glenn Speedy is buried in Island Creek Cemetery, Jefferson Ohio. FindAGrave is completely unverified but still a good way to match families and ancestors.

Marriage record at William Speedy and Betsy Glenn, 13 Apr 1818; citing Jefferson, Ohio, United States, reference p 129 cn 1316; county courthouses, Ohio, Jefferson, Marriage records 1813-1824 vol 2. Ohio county marriages 1789-2013 database with images.