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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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VINCENT GLASS. A long course of persevering industry and prudent management on the part of the gentleman above named, has resulted in the accumulation of a competence which has enabled him to retire from the toils of life, and spend his declining years in ease and enjoyment. For seven years he has been living on a small farm in Silver Creek Township, Greene County, to which he retired from the larger estate upon which he had spent thirty years of his active life. He still owns the farm which was the scene of his long and successful labors, it being located in the southern part of the township, and comprising one hundred and sixty acres. His present home is situated on the Washington and Jamestown Pike, and is supplied with every comfort. Here, surrounded by children and friends, Mr. and Mrs. Glass are passing “gently down the stream of time,” their mental faculties unimpaired, and their good temper unchanged by the flight of years and the struggles through which they have passed.

Mr. Glass was born in Campbell County, Va., June 3, 1815, and remained in his native State until he had entered his teens. He then came to Ohio with his parents, who located in this county. Their journey was made by teams, some four weeks being consumed in travel, during which time they camped by the wayside. The parents being poor and their family a large one, they made their start on rented land, all who were able to work assisting in various ways to build up the family fortune. Our subject, therefore, had no educational advantages, but being by nature endowed with good judgment and a bright mind, he ranks in the scale of intelligence with many who have received good advantages.

In Champaign County lived John and Susannah (Beaver) Stanley and their family. They were natives of Virginia and South Carolina respectively, were married in the South, and had a family of four children when they determined to make a home north of Mason and Dixon’s line. Early in the present century they settled on a new farm in Madison County, Ohio, where on September 15, 1815, a daughter was born that they named Delilah. Some time afterward the family removed into Champaign County, near Mechanicsburg, where the parents spent the remainder of their lives, living to quite an advanced age. Mr. Stanley was a Whig and a Republican, and both he and his wife belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church. They were righteous people in all that term implies, and under their charge their children grew to maturity with a clear understanding of their duties and of the beauty of right living. Their entire family comprised twelve children, the larger number of whom are yet living.

Miss Delilah Stanley having been wooed and won by Vincent Glass, became his wife and true helpmate, sharing in every way possible in his struggles, as she has in his successes. She has borne him ten children, two of whom are deceased. These are, Susannah, who died at the birth of her first child, who has been reared by the grandparents and is called Ida M.; Louisa also left one child, Louisa Jennie, and this little one likewise was cared for by the grandparents. Of the surviving children of Mr. and Mrs. Glass we note the following: James A. married Lottie Stewart, and lives on a farm in Jefferson Township, Fayette County; Elias, who married Lavina Hatfield, is operating his mother’s farm in Silver Creek Township, this county; William married Samantha Creamer, and is farming in this township; Lucinda is the wife of Samuel Tidd, a farmer in Delaware County, Ind.; Emeline is the wife of John Hargrave, whose home is in Jefferson Township, this county; Flora is the wife of Daniel Bailey, a farmer in this township; Rebecca is the wife of Benjamin Byran, of this township; Charles married Ella Johnson and farms in this township.

In Campbell County, Va., William Glass and Lovina Ross were born, grew to maturity, and began their wedded life, in a farming community. Twelve children were born to them, and one had been removed by death before they came to Ohio, the youngest member of the family being at that time three years old. The subject of this sketch is the fourth son and sixth child. Five sons are yet living, all farmers and residents of the same township. For some time after their arrival in this State, life was quite a struggle to the family, but the father finally secured a home, where he and his good wife spent their last days. Mr. Glass was eighty-three years of age when he breathed his last, and his widow, who survived some time, reached the age of eighty-four years. She was a member of the Christian Church. He was a Whig and later a Republican, a man of excellent character and well respected. Although he lived many years he never had the pleasure of riding on the cars.

Mr. and Mrs. Glass, of this notice, are members of the Christian Church, and the husband is a stanch Republican. They have a host of friends in the county, where their reputation for honesty and goodness is unexcelled. The many friends of Mr. Glass will be pleased to notice his portrait* elsewhere in this volume.

*Portrait was included in the original printed volume.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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