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George McGlathery + Sarah Fies
Daniel Houseman + Edith Starkey
James D McGlatheryMAR 1816 -- 2 SEP 1902avatar
Elizabeth D HousemanDEC 1816 -- 19 MAR 1901avatar
Marriageabt 1865

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James Howard 

28 MAY 186617 JUL 1866  PA, Philadelphia Co, Philadelphia,of  

Harry William 

SEP 186802 NOV 1930  PA Mary A Coyle 

Robert Morell 

17 APR 187017 OCT 1898  PA  
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  • Newspaper, 24 MAY 1859: "'Alleged Cruel Treatment at Sea'-- Yesterday, before Judge Cadwallader, in U. S. District Court, James P. Lindsay, Master, and Charles Cunningham, First Mate of the Ship 'John Trucks,' were placed on trial, charged with malicious beating and with cruel and unusual punishment inflicted upon one James McGlathery, Jr., a boy, on board the ship, on her voyage from Calcutta to Philadelphia.

    James McGlathery sworn--I was twenty years of age last December, 1857, for a voyage from Panama, and from to Calcutta; we went from Panama to Calcutta, and from there home; the Captain was James P. Lindsey, and the First Mate Charles Cunningham; about the 16th of August Bishop and myself were sent aft to set up the crocket; we found the rigging foul, and Bishop went aloft and I went to the mast to assist; Mr. Cunningham came along and told me to go aloft and clear the rigging; U told him that Bishop was up; he replied 'damn you, go up,' I started up and met Bishop coming down; about fifteen minutes after this, I was near the foremast and the Mate called me to him, and taking up a belaying pin out of the rack, he said, "I want you to do everything I tell you, and I want no back answer," I said, "Yes sir," and he put the pin back, and I thought he was done, and I turned to go away, and then he took the pin again and struck me over the head; (the scar was exhibited); the first I knew after the blow, I was sitting on the main hatch and the Steward was bathing me; I was taken to the cabin until after breakfast, when the Captain sent for me and dressed my wound; three or four days after this the Captain told me to go to the hold and pick up coal; I went down at 8 o'clock, and I remained there until 12 o'clock; when I came up I did not feel very well, and I ate no dinner, but went to my bearth and laid down, and when I turned out about 3 o'clock, my head had swollen and my eyes were nearly closed, and I remained in that condition about three weeks; the swelling had commenced before I went to the hold, but after I came out of the hold, but after I came out I was worse; this occured South of the Equator; I don't know exact state of the thermometer, but It was extremely hot in the hold, and there were a large number of mosquitoes; no person has been in the hold before except for a few minutes, to get coal for the Steward; while I was down there the Second Mate came down, but the Captain called him up again; afterwards Mr. Fox came down; the occurrence at the wheel took place on the 6th of July, about ten minutes before 12 o'clock at midnight; I was alone at the wheel; no course was given to me; I was keeping the vessel about three-quarters of a point from her course, as I was fearful of a squall; Mr. Cunningham came up and looked at the compass, and then cursed me, and asked me why I was steering that way; I did not answer him, and then struck me over the head, and took the wheel himself, and gave it to another man; the Captain was below at the time; about the 27th of July the mate struck me again from behind; I was at the wheel at the time; it was in the afternoon; it was in the tropics, and the sun struck me in the eyes, I was compelled to keep them nearly closed; Mr. Cunningham came along and said I was asleep; I answered, 'No sir, I am not' he then took the wheel and sent another man, as I left, and I was going down the steps toward the main mast, he took up a broom and struck me over the head and staggered me, I fell between the main yard and the water way; Mr. C. was then about to jump upon me, but he did not, bet he struck me as I was getting up, and knocked me down, and then took me by the hair on my head and dragged me along the deck; I always spoke in respectful terms.

    Cross-examined -- The whole voyage occupied about 16 1/2 months; Mr. C. never struck me but on the times I have mentioned; I have seen him strike others; I made no complaint to the Counsul at Calcutta; the hatchways were open when I was below; I did not express any willingness to go below.

    John H. Armstrong, the cook, corroberated McGlathery's testimony, with reference to the assault with the belaying pin, when McG's head was cut open; and heard the captain sent him to the hold; he said it was a nice little job for him, and he forbid the second mate going down; McGlathery's head swelled considerably; the mate often spoke crossly to McGlathery; he would say 'You rascal you come here to loaf;' he said he would keep him working all the time; ten men before the mast and four boys engaged on board; the captain was sick the voyage from Calcutta to Philadelphia; the mate was not in the habit of treating his men bad; generally speaking he was a kind man, and would do anything; he gets angry, but it is soon over; I never saw the Captain strike McGlathery.

    W. H. Williams, the steward, saw the mate strike McGlathery with a belaying pin; the mate was telling me that he had been provoked, and just then McGlathery came along and he struck him with the belaying pin; I saw McGlathery at the wheel when the mate said he was asleep; I saw him just before, and he was not asleep then; the captain sewed up the wound in McGlathery's head; there was a great deal of blood from the wound in the head; heard the captain say, after McGlathery was sent below, that it was a nice little job for him; Mr. Cunningham appearded kind to the crew; more so than usual; he was pleasant to all of us; I could not see that his treatment to McGlathery was different from that used to others.

    Mr. Bishop corroberated the testimony of the other witnesses.

    The defence, while they admitted the striking with the belaying pin, denied that there was any malice, but McGlathery's manner was provoking, and the mate was irritated and struck him.

    James McGlore, one of the boys on board the vessel testified as follows: -- A few days after McGlathery was struck, the Captain came to him and asked if he was well enough to work, and he said yes; the Captain then said, "I have a nice job for you out of the sun, when he got through; He came out on deck; I saw him again at 8 o'clock, when he was ion the same watch as me; at that time a man was hauling on a rope and he fell back and struck McGlathery and that started the wound in his head, and after that his head began to swell and his eyes to close; McGlathery had to pick the small coal from the large and put it into barrells; there was a good draft of wind down the hatchway by reason of the main sail; I never knew the Captain to strike him; the hold was a great deal place better to work than on deck in the sun; the Captain treated him, after the blow, like a son; Mr. Cunningham was a very good officer and always treated right; if he struck me I deserved it; if he treated McGlathery the same as the rest of us; the cut was not very bad nor very good; it was not a deep gash; he did not complain to me; at first he was in the first mate's watch, but he refused to have him, and he was in place of the Captain's watch, the mate said he was impatient; when Mr. C. gave him orders, he would make some back reply and would surely; the first mate has struck me with a rope, but I deserved it, because I was saucy.

    Mr. Wight, the second mater, corroborated the evidence of McGlore. He saw McGlathery sleeping at the wheel; after he was struck I met him and asked him what was the matter, and he said that the first mate had hit him; I told him he deserved it then, and he replied, 'Oh, it will be the best day's work he ever did' All the men, at times, worked in the hold during the watch; the hold was warmer than on deck, but there was no sun; McGlathery was impatient at times.

    Both sides here closed, and after the argument, the jury returned a verdict of guilty as to Cunningham on the first count of the bill, charging malicious beating, and not guilty on the second count, charging cruel and unusual punishment. Captain Lindsey was acquitted. The judge sentenced the mate to pay a fine of $50. Wm. G. Smith, Esq., appeared for the captain and Gen. Hubble for the mate."
    --Public Ledger, 24 May 1859, Tue, Page 1
  • Death Certificate, 13 JUL 1931: Name: Sibella M McGlathery
    Birth Date: 22 FEB 1843
    Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co,, Pennsylvania
    Father's Name: Israel Johnson
    Father's Birthplace: New Jersey
    Mother's Name: Rebeeka Sommers
    Mother's Birthplace: New Jersey
    Occupation and Employer: Retired
    Informant's Signature: Mary A Kindt
    Informant's Address: Mohnton, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
    Death Date: 10 FEB 1924
    Age at Time of Death: 88 years, 4 months, 16 days
    Place of Death: Mohnton, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
    Physician attendance: 3 JUN 1931-9 JUL 1931
    Cause of Death : cerebral hemorage
    Secondary Contributing Factors: arteriosclerosis
    Duration of Secondary Factor: 2 years
    Physician's Signature: A Astamun, MD
    Physician's Address: Mohnton, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
    Physician's Signature Date: 11 JUL 1931
    Burial Place: Woodland Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Burial Date: 13 JUL 1931
    Undertaker: Charles D. B. Kinnell
    Undertaker Address: Mohnton, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
    Filing Date: 12 JUL 1931
    Local Registrar's Signature: M.L. Miller
    File Number: 68514
  1. Findagrave Lieut James McGlathery, Jr
  2. FamilySearch Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915
  3. FamilySearch United States Census, 1850
  4. FamilySearch United States Census, 1860
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  6. FamilySearch United States Census, 1880
  7. FamilySearch United States Census, 1900
  8. FamilySearch United States Census, 1910
  9. FamilySearch United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
  10. Website:Death Certificate: James McGlathery, Jr.; ancestry.com; Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1967," d. 1912;
  1. Findagrave Sibella M. McGlathery
  2. FamilySearch United States Census, 1870
  3. FamilySearch United States Census, 1880
  4. FamilySearch United States Census, 1900
  5. FamilySearch United States Census, 1920
  6. FamilySearch United States Census, 1930
  7. FamilySearch United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
  8. Website:Death Certificate: Sibella M McGlathery; ancestry.com; "Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1967," d. 1931;
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