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Robert Chauncey Glosenger
3/21/1824 - 8/13/1899

(Ed. Note: Robert C. Glosenger is a great-great grandfather of my wife)

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania.... J.H. Beers & Co. 1900 Chapter XXXI

"R.C. Glosenger, in his lifetime a well known general merchant of Hemlolck Hollow, was throughout the greater part of his active business life identified with the agricultural and commercial interests of Wayne County. Of excellent business abilities anad broad resources, he attained a prominent place among the substantial citizens of his part in the county. He won success by his well directed, energetic efforts, and the prosperity that came to him was certainly deserved. A native of Wayne county, Mr. Glosenger was born in Salem Township, March 21, 1824, a son of John and Mary (Brown) Glosenger, the former a native of Connecticut, who in his twentieth year came to Wayne County and took up residence in Salem Township. In their family were the following children: Cynthia Ann, now a resident of Hemlock Hollow R.C., the subject of this sketch William (deceased) Amanda, who is living in Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania On attaining his majority, R. C. Glosenger left home and began the struggle of life for himself as a carpenter. He was married November 19, 1843, to Miss Mary Tisdale, of Salem Township, and they became the parents of nine children, whose names and dates of birth are as follows: Leonora, August 4, 1845 Charles B., March 4, 1848 Franklin P. (deceased), September 13, 1855 Selina Elecia, November 10, 1858 Emogene, April 23, 1861 Mary Amanda, April 20, 1863 John C., September 3, 1865 Irene, May 24, 1868 Anna B. (no date given) Irene is now the wife of Joseph Moore of McKean County, Penn Anna B. is the wife of John Hilts, a merchant of Dover, N.J., by whom she has two children, Carl Glosenger and Russel. Soon after his marriage, our Subject purchased a farm in Salem Township, which he successfully operated for fifteen years. By the government he was appointed provost marshall in 1861, under Col. Ewell, and acceptably served in that capacity until the close of the war. He then purchased another farm, which he conducted for three years, but believing other business would be more profitable, he removed to Hemlock Hollow, where he opened both a hotel and a general store. In 1875, however, he again became a farmer, but at the end of two years, he removed to Scanton, Penn., where for the same length of time he was proprietor of the "White Horse Hotel." Returning to his native county, he resumed agricultural pursiuts, which he continued to follow until the death of his wife, which occurred September 29, 1881. Two years later he sold his property and returned to Hemlock Hollow where he was successfully engaged in merchandising, enjoying a liberal patronage. For his second wife, Mr. Glosenger married Miss Christine Pelton of Lackawaxen Township, Pike county, a daughter of James L. and Almeda (Harvey) Pelton, and one child blessed the union, Ethel Almeda, born March 20, 1886. Mr. Pelton was a native of New York City, and at the age of ten years moved to Pike County, Penn., eight years later becoming a resident of the city of Lackawaxen, where he engaged in the hotel business for some time. After selling his property he was employed by the Delaware and Hudson Canal Co., for eight years, and for the remained of his life, engaged in farming. He died October 21, 1882, and his beloved wife passed away May 21, 1884, honored and respected by all who knew them. In politics, Mr. Glosenger was always a staunch Democrat, and ever took an active interest in public affairs. He most acceptable served as collector for Salem Township for two years, and for many years was one of the school directors in paupack Township. He was a member of the Salem Branch of Odd Fellows for over forty years. To the day of his death, he stood a strong man, strong to plan and to perform, strong in his credit and good name and a worth example for the rising generation."

Note: The 1850 census index of Salem, Wayne county, PA lists Robert as "Glossinger" because the census taker's penmanship makes the "e" look like an "i". The 1860 census lists Robert as "Glosenger".

His will follows and lists three different spellings. In the August 17th, 1899 newspaper, The Honesdale Citizen, there is a short "obituary" as follows:
"Robert C. Glossenger died in his home last Sunday after a long and painful illness."

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His Last Will and Testament

(3873) Estate of Robert C. Glossenger late of Paupack deceased To S. O. Lincoln Register of Wills of the County of Wayne.

The petition of Christeen Glossenger of Hemlock Hollow respectfully showeth That R. C. Glossenger died in the twp. of Paupack in said county on the 13 day of August 1899 at 6 o'clock A. M. That the family or principal residence and the principal part of the estate of the said deceased were at the time of his death within the said county of Wayne. That the said deceased on the 15 day of Feby 1894 in presence of Royal J. Kimble and D. G. Purdy made and published his last will and testament which is hereinth exhibited and your petitioner pray that the same may be admitted to probate and letters testamentary issued to Christeen Glossenger named therein as executrix. Christeen Glosenger County of Wayne as Christian Glosenger being sworn saith that the matters set forth in the foregoing petition are true. Christeen Glosenger Sworn and subscribed before me Aug. 22, 1899 Stuart O. Lincoln Register Last Will and Testament of Robert C. Glossinger I, Robert C. Glossenger of the Township of Paupack in the County of Wayne and State of Pennsylvania being of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding do make, publish, and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say as to my worldly estate and all property real, personal, and mixed of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever the same shall be of which I shall die seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease. I give, devise, bequeath, and dispose thereof in the manner following to wit: First my will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall by my executrix hereinafter named be fully paid and satisfied out of my estate as soon after my decease as shall by her be found convenient. Item - as touching all the rest and residue of my estate and property I give, devise, and bequeath the same unto my beloved wife Christeen Glossenger to have and to hold the same during her natural life provided however that she does not again marry. Item[ -] I give devise and bequeath unto my youngest daughter Ethel Glossenger the reversion or remainder of the said property herein devised to my said wife Christeen Glossenger (during her natural life provided however she does not again marry) from and after the decease or marriage of my said beloved wife to have and to hold the same to her my said daughter Ethel Glossenger. Item[ -] I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my said beloved wife Christeen Glossenger Executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I Robert C. Glossenger the Testator have to this my will written on one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this Fifteenth day of February Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and ninety four. R. C. Glossenger {seal} Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the above named Robert C. Glosenger as and for his last will and testament in the presence of we who have hereunto subscribed our names at his request as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said testator and of each other. Royal J. Kimble Rec Affts No. 1 - 447 No 2 - 302 D. G. Purdy Wayne County as {seal} You Christeen Glosenger do swear that as Executor of the last Will and Testament of R. C. Glosenger late of Paupack twp. Wayne County Pennsylvania you will well and truly administer the goods and chattels, rights and credits of said deceased according to law and that you will faithfully regard and well and truly comply with the provisions of the law relating to Collateral Inheritance Tax. Sworn and subscribed before me this 22 day of Aug. A. D. 1899: Stuart O. Lincoln Register Christeen Glosenger

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