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Samuel McGladdery
Samuel McGladery
abt 1823 -- abt 1865avatar
Sarah Sloanabt 1826 -- abt 1861-1863avatar
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8 MAR 1870  OH, Clinton Co, Wilmington  


abt APR 1870  OH John Milton Scott 


NOV 187131 JAN 1925  OH Marietta Thornburg 
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  • Newspaper, 7 MAR 1891: "REUNITED: Strange Story of Three Separated Brothers. Torn Apart in Childhood Days, They Meet Again in Manhood's Fullest Prime. Twenty-Seven Years Elapsed Since Their Scattering. Their Reunion Accomplished Within a Weeks Time. Two Brothers Meet in Chicago After Thirty-Eight Years of Separation. Romantic Circumstances Surrounding the Happy Finding of the McGladery [sic.] Brothers." Three brothers who had not seen each other for a quarter of a century, united in the short space of a week.

    Separated by harsh circumstances when but mere lads they spent their lives in searching for each other only to meet when manhood was attained.

    A romantic episode was one of the fruits of the terrible sanguinary contest that cost billions of dollars, thousands of lives and the tears of countless widows and orphans, who were deprived of husbands and fathers and left to struggle by themselves in the swirling


    Brought together by a chance that when viewed by itself seems almost incredible -- the reading by an acquaintance of one of the brothers of an item in the Newport column of THE ENQUIRER in which the family name was mentioned.

    There are the brief outlines of the remarkable story that concerns the happiness of David, Samuel, and Owen McGladery [sic.], who for twenty-seven years have been separated from each other, although they living within a radius of 100 miles of this city, where they were born. The story of their separation is simple yet pathetic.

    During the war of rebellion their mother [Sarah Sloan] died, leaving their father [Samuel McGladdery] , then a well known butcher and meat inspector, to care for them. The paternal office he fulfilled until it became necessary for him to answer the call for troops to put down the treason that reared itself


    Enlisting in the artillery arm of the service he rode away to battle and did his duty well and faithfully. He returned unwounded, but the exposure and privation of a life in the field had done what a bullet had failed to do. Arriving home broken in health he lived but a short time, and, passing away, left his five children upon the mercy of the world. The oldest was able to care for himself, while the rest were mere goslings. The three boys and a young sister were sent to the Cincinnatti Orphan Asylum on Mt. Auburn, an institution that sheltered many soldiers' orphans. In 1867 Samuel was placed in the care of Mrs. Mary Owens, of Dupont, Jefferson County, Ind. A year later David was committed to the charge of A. J. Ramsey, of Pendleton County, Ky. Owen, being the oldest of the trio, remained in the city, and was soon able


    In 1871 he caught a passing glimpse of David at the Suspension Bridge, and gave him an address in the city where the letter could be sent. At the time, he longed to see his brothers, but was unable to find them. At who wrote to the Asylum he could obtain no satisfaction, the authorities thinking it best that the boys should grow up unmindful of the saddest part. The desire to be reunited grew so strong in Owen's breast that he secured a position with a circus in order that in his wanderings that he might be able to gin some trace of the whereabouts of his brothers, For nearly seventeen years he had gone up and down the country searching for a clew [sic.] that could lead to their discovery without success. Three years ago he employed Joe Carey, the detective, now dead, to assist in the work, and though he obtained a pointer as to what had been done with David. He failed, however, to ascertain any thing further than had been sent to Falmouth.

    Some weeks since a lady friend of Samuel, who lives near Dupont, Ind., whole reading THE ENQUIRER, saw the name of Officer McGladery in the Newport news. She spoke of the matter with Samuel, who wrote to Police Headquarters and


    With the officer. The result was that the latter paid a visit to Dupont last Sunday, and, to his great joy, met with his long-lost brother. The delights of the meeting can only be imagined by those who have been long separated from dear ones. In token of the fraternal meeting Samuel presented his brother with a diamond stud.

    The fact that the reunion was published in THE ENQUIRER and caused so much much comment. On returning to Newport David was told of the existence of another McGladery who lived in Cincinnati, Thinking that this might be another of his brothers, the officer came to this side last Thursday evening and went to the Palace Hotel, where Owen makes his headquarters. When he entered the Vine-street vestibule he asked a bystander for Mr. McGladery. He was shown a neatly dressed gentleman who was standing near the door.


    Walking up, he handed this person his card. Glancing from the printed slip, the gentleman looked for an instant at his visitor and dropping his umbrella, cried: 'My God, is that you Dave?'

    'Is the Owie?' was the impulsive answer. An instant later both were wringing each other's hands and weeping with unrestrained joy. Their stories were soon told. David, had come to Newport from Pendleton County, and had become a memer of the police force of that city, a position in which he gained many friends through his genial nature and good-fellowship. To the seventeen years of wandering, he related the finding of Samuel, the youngest of the flock, almost making that already overjoyed individual frantic


    Ir was late that night when they parted, promising to meet at the first opportunity. This thy have done, and now the task of finding their sister is about to begin. Within a few days Owen will start to Dupont to meet his brother Samuel, and he will then get to the work of looking her up.

    She was last heard from in Memphis twelve years ago, whither she had gone after leaving the roof of the oldest orphans, William [John William McGladdery], who is estranged from the others and does not bear the name of his soldier father.

    Owen McGladery is well known to the circus and sporting men all over the country, and most of them know of his life history., for while on the road he was incessantly searching for traces of the lost ones, and had engaged the sympathy and aid of many of his companions. It is passing strange that after all these weary years of patient longing the fullest wishes of his brothers should be at once gratified." -- "The Cincinnati Enquirer," Cincinnati, OH, 7 MAR 1891, p. 4.
  • Newspaper, 23 MAR 1900: "'WOMAN GOES CRAZY. : Mrs. Emma Scott Adjudged Insane in the Probate Court in McPherson." McPherson Republican: Mrs. Emma Scott was adjudged insane in probate court. Her first attack of insanity was caused by brain fever. She was sent to the asylum three times from Bourbon county and was released in May, 1899. She was then staying in this city with her father, William J. McGladery [William John McGladdery.] She is a widow, 30 years old, and has two children." -- "The National Field," Salina, KS, 23 MAR 1900, Fri., p. 11.
  • Newspaper, 27 MAY 1902: "Mrs. Elizabeth Richmond, mother of Mrs. W. J. [sic., W. O Ann Hamilton] Jackson of 269 Market street died Sunday of paralysis. She was stricken Thursday and was helpless until her death. She was 65 years of age. The funeral was held yesterday at 2 o'clock from the residence."
    -- "The Fort Scott Republican," Fort Scott, KS, 27 May 1902, Tue, p. 4
  1. Findagrave William McGladery
  2. FamilySearch United States Census, 1860
  3. FamilySearch United States Census, 1870
  4. FamilySearch United States Census, 1880
  5. FamilySearch United States Census, 1900
  6. Book:The Cincinnati Enquirer; McGladery Brothers "Reunited"; newspapers.com; originally published Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati, OH, 7 MAR 1891, p. 4; Website
  7. Book:US Census Entry: John William McGladery; ancestry.com; U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880," 1880; Website
  8. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958
  1. FamilySearch United States Census, 1870
  2. FamilySearch United States Census, 1880
  3. FamilySearch United States Census, 1900
  4. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958
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