Researched and Compiled by
GERTRUDE TEMPLEMAN GLADDING
I. HOWELL GLADDING (1632 — ca 1685)
Howell Gladding, the first person of that name on The Shore, came to Virginia from England as a headright for William Colborne. He is mentioned in a patent 4 March 1652 indicating that he had been on The Shore for at least a year. (1)
The year of Howell’s birth was determined from a deposition he made in January 1666 stating that he was 34 years of age, or thereabouts. (2) He is listed in Accomack County Tithables and Taxes from 1666-1684. At the latter date he had two tithables. (3)
Howell’s wife’s name was Alice. Her last name has not been found. Howell and Alice were the parents of two sons, John and Joseph. A Deed in 1674 suggests that there were other children — probably girls since they were not named. Joseph appears in the Tithables and Tax Lists from 1691-1695 and then we have no further record of him.
On 7 January 1674 Howell made a Deed of Gift to his son, John: (4)
To my loving son, John Gladding, I give one black cow about five years old last spring and two black heifers two years old sats marked with three slits in the right ear and the left ear cropt and an underbitting and slit in the crop. Heifers are branded with HG on the left buttock. These I give my son with their increase. If he should die without lawful issue, the cattle and their increase are to go to my other children.
On 16 July 1678 Howell Gladding bought 700 acres of land in the woods between Assawoman and Arcadia Creeks for 9000 pounds of tobacco and casks. (5) On 26 March 1684 Howell and Alice sold the 700 acres to Nicholas Hack for an undisclosed amount. (6)
Cavaliers and Pioneers. Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1666-1695, Vol. II p. 305 says that Griffin Savage received a Grant for 700 acres in Accomack County, between the heads of Assowoman Brs. and Messango 25 Oct. 1673. He assigned the land to Howell Gladding 23 Apr. 1679. This may be the same land mentioned in Accomack Deeds. At any rate it shows that Howell was an original land owner and could be considered wealthy.
The Gladding family stayed in the same vicinity of this first land grant for many generations.
Howell’s will, dated 7 January 1673, names his son, John, as his heir. (7)
II. JOHN GLADDING (ca 1663 — 1721)
John Gladding was born about 1663. This is determined from the Tithables and Tax List of Accomack County where John is listed as paying taxes from 1684. He married Elizabeth Bayly, daughter of Edward Bayly of Messango. Edward Bayly’s will, dated 2 December 1716 and probated 7 May 1717, named daughter, Elizabeth Gladding, as a beneficiary. (8)
On 14 November 1692 John bought 200 acres of land in the Forked Neck — the neck between the present Holdens and Cattail Creeks on the Bayside in Accomack County next to Pocomoke Sound. The purchase price was 6000 pounds of tobacco and casks. (9) The Rent Roll of Accomack County for the year 1704 shows that John Gladding had 200 acres of land. (10)
John made his will 16 January 1721 and it was probated 2 May 1721. It was witnessed by Thomas Jenkinson. The estate was left to son Howell, wife Elizabeth, and grandson Thomas. If Thomas died without heirs and if Howell had no male heirs, the land would go to the eldest granddaughter and her heirs. (11)
As a matter of interest, though it does not concern our direct line, John and Elizabeth had a second son whose name was John. This John married Leah Jenkinson, daughter of Thomas and Comfort Jenkinson. Thomas Gladding, son of John and Leah Jenkinson Gladding, was named in the will of his grandfather, John Gladding, and also in the will of his maternal grandmother, Comfort Jenkinson. Her will was made 7 October 1751.
The Jenkinsons and Gladdings must have been closely associated because, as noted previously, Thomas Jenkinson was one of the witnesses of John Gladding’s will. For some unknown reason the son, John, was not in the good graces of his parents, as he was not mentioned in the will.
In 1749, Kendall Towles sold 100 acres to John Gladding who died in 1750, leaving a wife, Leah, and possibly a son, Thomas. (12)
III. HOWELL GLADDING ( — 1746)
Our line continues through this second Howell, who with his mother, Elizabeth, was named resident legatee and executor of John’s 1721 will.
We know very little about Howell except his death date, determined from an Orphans Account for his son. His wife, whose name we do not know, apparently died before he did. He left one son, Howell. (13)
IV. HOWELL GLADDING (1731 — 1786)
Howell was orphaned at age 15 according to court records. His birth date is determined from the following record.
At a Court fro Accomack County 29 July 1746, it was ordered that Howell Gladding, son of Howell Gladding, deceased, aged 15 years last January, be bound by the Church Warden to Thomas Mapey til lawful age to learn the trade of cooper, he giving surety to perform the
condition of the Indenture.
In spite of this early training, it appears that Howell did not choose barrel making as his life’s work. His will written 10 November 1785 and probated 31 January 1786, indicates that he was a shipbuilder. It provided that the sloop on the stocks was to be finished at the expense of the estate and all debts were to be paid out of the proceeds when it was sold. Son John was to take care of the three youngest sons, give them each 12 months education and bring them up in the fear of God, if possible. When Preeson reached the age of 16, the estate was to be divided among the six sons: John, James, Sacker, Jehu, Jesse, and Preeson. (14)
We do not know the name of Howell’s wife. She is not mentioned in the will and had probably died earlier. Son John and friend Joseph Waggaman were executors.
V. JOHN GLADDING (ca 1754/55 — bef 25 Jan. 1799)
John Gladding was a soldier in the American Revolution. (15) He enlisted in 1776 as a private in Captain John Cropper’s Company in the 9th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Colonel Thomas Fleming. A note by former Lt. Col. Cropper, dated 1809, after he retired, states:
I do hereby certify that John Gladden enlisted as a soldier in the year 1775 or the beginning of the
year 1776 that he joined the American army in 1776 was taken at the battle of Germantown a prisoner and after being exchanged served as I have been told until
the end of the war and hath since died. (16)
John’s wife was Sarah (Sally). He administered his estate to her. They had one son, John.
VI. JOHN GLADDING (1770/75 — CA 1821)
John was the son of John Gladding, soldier in the Revolution, and his wife Sarah — “the only heir and representative of John Gladding, soldier in the American Army in the Revolutionary War.” (17)
John apparently married twice judging by the difference in the ages of the first four children and that of the last two, but we do not know the names of either of his wives.
John bought 50 acres of land from William Wilkerson 20 July 1800. It was located on a road leading to Pitts Landing on Pocomoke Sound, near the Somerset County, Maryland line. (18) He later bought more land in the same area and owned 118 acres at his death.
John died intestate and the administration of the estate was granted to Henry, the oldest son, 25 June 1821. (19)
The four oldest children, Henry, Sally, John, and Nancy, took the two youngest ones, George and Milcah, to court to try to force the settlement of their father’s estate. George was born in 1807, according to his Family Bible, and would have been 14 years old when his father died. George and Milcah were called infant defenders in the Land Cause because they were not of legal age. (20) George chose his half-brother, Henry, as his guardian and Milcah chose her half-brother, John. (21)
Children of John:
1. Henry (1780/90 — 1843) His will dated 31 December 1842. Married Mary Wilkerson, daughter of William Wilkerson. Children: Henry, Samuel, John, Alfred, Michael, George Washington, Sewell Harrison. (22)
5. George Washington (1807 — 1854) married twice
6. Milcah — married John Taylor — 22 November 1827
VII. GEORGE WASHINGTON GLADDING (12 Jan. 1807 — 23 June 1854)
George’s Family Bible given to us by Aunt Ida Gladding Bull, furnished much welcomed information. It had been torn and written in and was found in a slave cabin after the Civil War, but the family record was intact. It contains the names of both of George’s wives and their dates but lists only an incomplete record of the second wife’s children. As the oldest grandchild of George W., Ida had taken good care of it for many years. She died at the age of 102 years in 1972.
On 12 May 1828 George W. married Hetty Wheatley, daughter of John and Rebecca Oague Wheatley. (23) Her father had died prior to this time and George W. was appointed guardian for his wife. He was paid in full by W. George Addison, stepbrother of Hetty’s mother. The amount was not given in the record. (24)
The children of George W. and Hetty Gladding were:
1. James Henry (1 January 1829 — 9 March 1920)
2. Sally b. 1832 — married Thomas Smith
Hetty Wheatley Gladding was born 25 March 1808 and died 2 January 1837. (25)
George W. married his second wife on 29 August 1838 at Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland. (26) She was Maelcha (Milcah) Wilkerson, daughter of John and Elizabeth Wilkerson. Milcah was born 12 April 1818 and died 12 September 1851. (27)
The children of George W. and Milcah Gladding were:
1. Elizabeth — born and died 10 August 1839
2. Emily Ann — born 7 February 1841
3. John Thomas — born 18 January 1843 — died 16 April 1845
4. Betsy Thomas — born 4 June 1845
5. George F. — born 1849. The 1850 census lists him as one year old. He died in 1907 and was buried in the Baptist Church Cemetery, Atlantic, Virginia. His wife�s name was Georgianna. A son, Ray, was a Buick dealer in Pocomoke City, Maryland.
6. Samuel — born 25 December 1850 in Virginia. As a young man he moved to Illinois. On 26 August 1881 he married Augusta Weir of Morris, Illinois. He died 9 December 1921. (Information on Samuel furnished by David L. Gladding, Indianapolis, Indiana, great-grandson of Samuel).
Two boys, George and Samuel, and two girls, one of whom was Elizabeth Fannie, were the children of George W. and Milcah Gladding who lived to be grown. Elizabeth Fannie married Anthony Hail.
VIII. JAMES HENRY GLADDING (1 January 1829 — 9 March 1920)
James Henry was the son of George Washington Gladding and his first wife Hetty Wheatley.
In his younger days “Captain Jim” piloted a schooner on the Chesapeake Bay. It was owned by and named for John U. Dennis whose family had an original land grant. James was a skillful waterman. One story says that the men who sailed with him did not understand his accuracy in reading currents and taking soundings. On one occasion the men dug some dirt from a field, carried it aboard the ship and put it in the weighted bucket which was thrown overboard to measure the depth of the water and condition of the bottom. When the bucket was pulled up “Captain Jim” took one look and said: “You’d better throw out the anchor, boys. We’re in the middle of somebody’s corn field.”
There is some discrepancy in the age of James H. Gladding in the 1850 and 1870 Census. I have used the dates on his tombstone and they agree with the 1870 Census. However, the age of his second Marriage License agrees with the 1850 Census, as does his Civil War record. (29)
James enlisted in the Confederate Army on 2 April 1862. He served in Company G, 5th Virginia Cavalry, as a private and bugler. He was furloughed 28 July 1864. (30)
James H. Gladding was married twice. His first wife was Mary Jane Burton. Aunt Ida told me that her grandparents, parents of Mary Jane, were John W. Burton, born 1811, and Ann Marie Whealton. James and Mary Jane were married 18 August 1859 at Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland. (31)
James H. and Mary Jane Gladding were the parents of seven children according to the Accomack County Register of Births, 1862-1891, and the 1870 Census. Mary born 1860, Emma born 1865, and Florence born 15 October 1866 apparently died in childhood. The youngest child, unnamed, was born 14 March 1877, the day Mary Jane Burton Gladding died. (32)
The children who lived to maturity were:
1. Ida F. — 12 September 1869 — 7 February 1972 — married George Edward Bull — 14 February 1865 — 17 October 1949.
Edward Clinton — December 1891 — October 1975
William Henry — 1894 — ca 1979
Raymond — October 1897 — December 1901
Samuel Reginald (Reggie) — 1902 — November 1974
Mazie — died in childhood or early teens
2. Ines E. — called Ina by the family — November 1873 – married Jesse Powers. Lived in Watchapreague. One daughter, Lola, married Loni Phillips.
3. Henry Arcemus — 22 January 1875 — 19 November 1933
James H. Gladding’s second wife was Susan J. East. She was the daughter of George and Sarah East who lived near Jenkins’s Bridge. They were married 2 January 1878. The Accomack County license lists James as 46 and widowed and Susan as age 33 and single. She was born 30 January 1845 and died 22 November 1919. The children of James and Susan were:
1. Charles Parker — 30 September 1879 – 23 October 1965. Married Sarah Elizabeth Taylor — died 12 December 1963. Their children:
Bertie B. — 1903 — 1939
Charles Edward — 28 December 1915 — 26 September 1983
Ed worked for the Telephone Company all of his adult life. He married Thelma Irene Lauchner on 5 December 1939. She was born in Venton, Md. 30 March 1921. Edward and Irene had two sons: Charles Adair born 18 January 1941 — married Mary Margaret Taylor; and James Edward — born 10 November 1945. He had one daughter, Jamie Leigh.
2. Harry L. — born 23 march 1881 — died 1939. Unmarried. Harry carried the mail from Oak Hall to Chincoteague. He was killed by a train.
3. Mary Jane — 20 November 1883 — 12 March 1926. Married James Thomas Fletcher. Their children:
Lee Roy — December 1910 — married Doris Kelley
Emma Marie — 21 December 1912 — 1966. Married Elmer Kelley
James Thomas — 26 August 1917 — 7 February 1966 — 2 sons
Doris Susan — 7 December 1921 — married John Robert Green
Margaret — 20 May 1923 — married James Bromwell
James Henry Gladding and Mary Jane Burton Gladding are buried on a farm, back near the edge of the woods. I am told it is a Burton farm. It is not hard to find but it is best to look for it in early Spring before weeds and bushes grown up. From U. S. Route 13 near Oak Hall take Highway 703 west. Just beyond Withams turn right on Highway 693. Go .5 of a mile. The cemetery is on the right behind a white farm house. A dirt lane beside the house and field leads to the cemetery. Susan J. Gladding was buried here originally but her children had her body moved to Downing’s on Route 13.
There are a number of other graves in the cemetery — perhaps eighteen or twenty. I do not know of any family connection. The latest is that of Henry Bell who researched many Accomack County records.
IX. HENRY ARCEMUS GLADDING (22 January 1875 — 19 November 1933)
Henry was just two years old when his mother died. His father’s second wife was good to him and he looked on her as his mother. When he was a small boy he became very upset when older children teased him by telling him that she was not.
On 18 December 1900, at Pocomoke Methodist Church, Henry married Maggie Lena Northam, middle daughter of Gillet (Gilley) W. Northam and Anna Christina Hall Northam. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend J. D. Housier. (33)
The Northam House is still standing on Route 698 just around the corner from Hall’s Chapel, a Baptist Church. Pass the Northam House and continue for a little less than a mile to Route 695. Near the intersection of these roads is Pocomoke Methodist Church. It is a pretty, white frame building with stained glass windows. it was built in 1858 and is still in use today.
Maggie Northam Gladding was born 15 October 1884 and died 17 October 1978, two days after her 94th birthday. She and Henry are buried at Downing’s Cemetery, Rt. 13, Accomack County.
Henry, like most of his predecessors, was a farmer. His farm was a short distance from the town of Hallwood. Here, he and Maggie raised their four children. The house is still standing, and occupied, but it is not in very good condition. Later, they moved to Temperanceville. The house there is next to the place where Bell Telephone built its headquarters. After Henry’s death, Maggie moved to Richmond where the three youngest children were living.
The children of Henry and Maggie Gladding were: James Hilton, Randolph Nevitte, Russell Burton, and Mildred Estelle.
1. James Hilton (17 November 1901 — 22 March 1946). He married Willye Mae Lewis on 27 December 1927. She was born in Accomack County, near the town of Accomac, 10 July 1900 and died December 11, 1991. Hilton and Willye lived in Makemie Park where he had a general store. They had no children. After his death, Willye moved to Temperanceville to live with her sister, Sarah Brittingham.
2. Randolph Nevitte born September 28, 1905. He married Mary Elizabeth Caldwell 27 April 1937. Her birthday is 14 April 1911. Randolph taught school at Cape Charles, Virginia, after graduating from the College of William and Mary. He then went to work for the Virginia Department of Agriculture as State Toxicologist. Later, he was a research chemist for the American Tobacco Company. Randolph and Elizabeth have one adopted daughter, Nancy Randolph, born 26 December 1946. She married Thomas Mitchell Tiller on 17 April 1964. They have four children: Christopher, Patricia, Julie, and William.
3. Russell Burton — born 29 June 1910 — Hallwood, Virginia; died 23 April 1994 — Decatur, Georgia. After attending business college in Baltimore, Russell worked for Sharpe and Dohme in Philadelphia for two years. He then went to work for Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation in Richmond and remained with that organization for 27 years. He was transferred to Atlanta in 1943. In 1957, he left V-C to open his own business. On 10 November 1934 Russell married Gertrude Barnes Templeman, daughter of Samuel Huntington and Inez Gertrude Barnes Templeman. They were married at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where Dr. Templeman was pastor. He escorted his daughter to the alter and also performed the ceremony. Gertrude was born in Richmond, Virginia, 21 October 1910.
The Gladdings bought a home in Decatur, Georgia, when they transferred to Atlanta. Their three children are:
Peggy (Margaret Northam) born 21 May 1942 in Richmond, Virginia. She attended Stetson University and worked for BellSouth in Atlanta, Georgia, before retiring.
Russell Burton, Jr., born 17 August 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia State University. Russell married Margaret Jean Powell, daughter of George and Alice Childers Powell, on 22 October 1966. They have three children:
Susan Gaye born 2 September 1969 in Decatur, Georgia
Nancy Jean born 9 June 1971 in Decatur, Georgia
Russell Burton, III, born 25 May 1973 in Decatur, Georgia
Russell and Jean were divorced and he married Leslie Kathleen Hunt Elam on 24 August 1978. Russell and Kathy live in Townsend, Georgia.
Samuel Templeman Gladding born 5 October 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University with BA and MA degrees, has a MA from Yale, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His field is counseling. He has taught at Rockingham Community College, Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1990 he became the assistant to the president at Wake Forest University and later the associate provost and a professor and chair of the Department of Counseling at the University.
Sam married Claire Helena Tillson, daughter of Clarence I. and Ann Leavay Tillson of Bridgeport, Connecticut, on 24 May 1986 in Davis Chapel, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Children of Sam and Claire are:
Benjamin Templeman born 21 April 1987 in Birmingham, Alabama
Nathaniel Tillson born 13 November 1988 in Birmingham, Alabama
Timothy Huntington born 4 March 1991 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
4. Mildred Estelle — born 30 November 1913 in Hallwood, Virginia; died 19 November 1997 in Richmond, Virginia. Mildred was a graduate nurse of the Medical College of Virginia. She married Aubrey Allen Davis on 2 July 1938 in Richmond, Virginia. They had no children.
1. EARLY VIRGINIA IMMIGRANTS by George Cabell Greer, p. 129
CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS by Nell Marion Nugent, Vol I, p. 242
Vol. II, p. 304-305
2. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS AND DEEDS 1663-1666 indexed in COLONIAL
RESIDENTS OF VIRGINIA’S EASTERN SHORE by William R. M. Houston and
Jean M. Mihalika, p. 42
3. ACCOMACK COUNTY TITHABLES AND TAXES by Stratton Nottingham,
5. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS AND DEEDS, p. 74
6. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS AND DEEDS 1676-1690, p. 57
VIRGINIA’S EASTERN SHORE by Ralph T. Whitelaw, Vol II, p. 1223
7. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS AND DEEDS 1673-1676, p. 74.
8. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS AND DEEDS 1715-1729, Vol I, p. 54
9. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS AND DEEDS 1692-1715, Part I, p. 4
10. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS AND DEEDS 1715-1729, Vol I, p. 335
11. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS AND ADMINISTRATION, p. 146
12. VIRGINIA’S EASTERN SHORE by Ralph T. Whitelaw, Vol II, p. 1291
13. ACCOMACK COUNTY ORPHANTS ACCOUNTS
14. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS 1784-1787, p. 206
15. REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS AND SAILORS FROM ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA, p. 20.
16. WAR DEPARTMENT PAYMASTER RECORDS
DEPOSITION OF COL. JOHN CROPPER, JR., 1809
NATIONAL SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
National Number 681686, Mildred Gladding Davis
17. REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS AND SAILORS FROM ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA, p. 20
18. ACCOMACK COUNTY DEEDS 1797-1800, p. 467
19. ACCOMACK COUNTY ORDERS 1819-1822, p. 372
20. ACCOMACK COUNTY LAND CAUSES 1727-1826, pp. 187-189
21. ACCOMACK COUNTY ORDERS 1819-1822, p. 448
22. ACCOMACK COUNTY WILLS, pp. 464-466
23. NORTHAMPTON COUNTY LAND CAUSES 1731-1863, p. 93
24. NORTHAMPTON COUNTY LAND SUIT 1823-1837, Vol. 28, p. 153
25. GEORGE W. GLADDING BIBLE in possession of Russell B. Gladding, Decatur, Georgia
26. WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND, MARRIAGE LICENSES 1795-1865
27. GEORGE W. GLADDING BIBLE
28. ACCOMACK COUNTY CENSUS 1850 & 1870
ACCOMACK COUNTY MARRIAGE BONDS 1806-1831
30. CIVIL WAR RECORD, VIRGINIA STATE ARCHIVES
31. WORCESTER COUNTY MARYLAND, MARRIAGE LICENSES 1795-1865
32. ACCOMACK COUNTY REGISTER OF BIRTHS 1862-1891, p. 7
33. ACCOMACK COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSES
WHENCE CAME WE
The Gladding name is an old one and has evolved over hundreds of years to its present form. The Rev. Dr. Washington Gladden, who wrote the words to the hymn “Oh Master Let Me Walk With Thee,” researched and authenticated the family name through its many changes from historical material found in the British Museum.
The primitive ancestors of the Gladding family were Scandinavians named Montpicket. They lived for many years on the wild and rugged coast of Norway. The men, noted for bravery and intelligence, were recognized leaders in military affairs. Rolf, a Norwegian Chief, heeded their advice and succeeded in compelling King Charles of France to cede the province of Normandy to him about 911 A. D. Charles Montpicket settled in Normandy about this time.
Louis and Robert Montpicket were at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Louis was killed. Robert saw William the Conquerer crowned King of England. He received some of the confiscated Anglo-Saxon estates for his service. It is with Robert that the genealogy of the family proper begins.
Robert settled in Essex and had that and an adjoining shire as a baronage from the king. Robert had two sons, William Monpicket and Charles Geman. (Geman is the Norman French for Monpicket).
Charles had a barony in Lincolnshire. He had two sons:
1. William de Montpicket whose seat was at Overstead, Essex, and Montpicket Town, London. Montpickets were standard bearers or military chiefs in time of war.
2. Alared Geman had estates in Essex and Middlesex, and was a member of the King’s Privy Council. Alared’s son, Matthew, born in 1185, was the king’s chamberlain.
Matthew’s son, Ralph Geman, had two sons: James and Goderfy. James, born in 1205, was a counsellor of Richard I and founder of the Geman line in Essex, Suffolk and Derby.
Goderfy, surnamed DeCavendish for his estate in Cavendish, was the father of Roger Cavendish who married the Duchess of Newcastle. They had one son, Sir John Cavendish, Chief Justice of Richard II.
Sir John had two sons: Richard and Hugh. Hugh had no sons. Richard had one son named Osbert.
Osbert quarreled with his family and took the name of his estate, Gladesfer, as a surname. (Not at all uncommon at that time). Gladesfer was the word used to designate a glade or swampy place in the forest.
Osbert’s only son, Edward, changed his name to Gladewin and his descendants changed it to Gladwin. As shown by numerous records, from it are derived Gladon, Gladdon, Gladding, Glading, Gladin, Gladdin, Gladden, and Gladen.
Another family of Gladdings came to the new world from England. The first of these, John, came to the Plymouth Colony about 1640 and then settled in Rhode Island. I expect there is a kinship between this family and ours, perhaps a common ancestor somewhere in the past.