Moses GLIMANHAGA (1802—1875): Ontario, Ohio, and Indiana

Moses Glimanhaga Land Tracts in Ontario, Ohio, and Indiana
Moses Glimanhaga Land Tracts in Ontario, Ohio, and Indiana

MOSES GLIMANHAGA was the youngest child of Henry and Barbary Climenhagen. He was born in Bertie Twp., Welland Co., Ontario[1] on 17 July 1802.[2] When Moses was only three years old his father died—the will proven 7 June 1805. Moses was made an executor of his father’s will along with his mother Barbary, Christian Shoup, and Dr. Peter Hershe(y).[3] It wasn’t until 1825 that Moses and his siblings received their share of their father’s lands[4] which is speculated to mean that Henry’s wife Barbary either died or remarried at that time.[5]

On 13 June 1828, Moses sold his share of his father’s estate—a 100 acre parcel in Willoughby Twp.—to Elizabeth Shoup for ₤32 [6] Four months prior, on  2 February 1828, Moses had purchased 100 acres being the southern half of Lot 7, Con 3 in Whitchurch Twp., York Co. from David Stegman for $250.[7] That same year Moses married CATHERINE SHANK on 29 April 1828 at Markham Twp., York Co., Ontario.[8] Catherine, born 21 August 1809 at Markham Twp., was the eldest of thirteen children born to Michael Shank and Barbara Weideman/Wideman.[9]

To Moses and Catherine were born eleven children:[10] Barbara (1829), Abraham (1830), Adam (1832), Elizabeth (1833), Fanny (1835), Michael (1837), Anna (1839), Lydia (1842), Moses (1844), Henry (1849), and Catherine (1850). The same year that daughter Elizabeth was born, Moses purchased an additional 100 acres, 10 December 1833, being the northern half of Lot 7, Con 3 in Whitchurch Twp. from Alexander McDonell for $200.[11]

On 24 March 1840 Moses sold his 200 acres of land in Whitechurch Twp. to George Thomas for $2000,[12] but accepted a mortgage for $1600.[13] That year Moses, along with his wife, children, Catherine’s parents, and some of her siblings, relocated to Greensburg Twp., Putnam County, Ohio. Here Moses purchased land north of the Blanchard River on 22 July 1840 from Isaac Fowler. This land—95 acres being the west half of section 68—was purchased for $1100, $300 of which Moses mortgaged.[14] On 30 January 1844 11-year old Elizabeth died[15] and was presumably buried in Greensburg Twp., in the Myers cemetery where her grandmother Barbara (Wideman) Shank is buried.

On 6 November 1848 Moses and Catherine deeded ¼ acre of this land to “Jonas Shank, Henry Shank, and John Eyer preachers and elders of the Mennonist Church” for three dollars for use by the Blanchard congregation.[16] According to Umble (1931):[17]

“The first building of hewn logs, was erected one-fourth mile east of the Perry township line in Greensburg township on an elevated, well-drained plot on the north side of the [Ottawa-Franconia] state road that winds along the north bank of the Blanchard River… After Moses Glimanhaga sold his land to Solomon Myers…the church came to be called Moyer’s (Myers) church. When the church was abandoned some years later, Solomon Myers wrecked the building and cleared the site.”

That same year Moses and his family moved to the more prosperous Elkhart Co., Indiana with the Shank family. On 2 October he purchased 80 acres in Harrison Twp., section 20, from John Hoover for $160.[18] Moses later purchased an additional 53 acres in section 20 and 160 acres being in the sw ¼ of section 7 in Harrison Twp..[19] On 16 June 1851 Moses sold his Ohio farm to his brother-​​in-​​law, Solomon Myers, for one hundred dollars less than he paid for it.[20]

Moses Glimanhaga grave marker in Yellow Creek Cemetery. Photo by Patti Sommers, 2010.
Moses Glimanhaga grave marker in Yellow Creek Cemetery. Photo by Patti Sommers, 2010.

Moses and Catherine would sadly live to see the deaths of three more of their children—sons Moses and Henry, who died 15 October 1851[21] (7 years old) and 5 November 1853[22] (5 years old) respectively, and son Michael who died in 1863 at age 25 during the American Civil War.[23]

Moses Glimanhaga died 14 July 1875 at Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Indiana from dropsy.[24] Catherine (Shank) Glimanhaga died eight years later on 6 October 1883 at Harrison Twp.[25] Both are laid to rest at Yellow Creek Mennonite Cemetery, Wakarusa in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Indiana [26]

Sometime after their deaths a court battle began over the ownership of the Glimanhaga farm that dragged out in the Indiana court system for three years—but that’s another story.

 

Footnotes    ((↵) returns to text)

  1. Herald of Truth, Vol. XII, August 1875, p. 875(↵)
  2. ibid(↵)
  3. Last will and testament of Henry Climenhagen, 7 June 1805, registered 15 December 1804, Lincoln County, Ontario. Lincoln County Surrogate Court estate files RG 22-235(↵)
  4. On 12 Mar 1825 (Reg 30 May 1825) Martin Climenhagen, Henry Climenhagen, Abraham Climenhagen, Anna wife of John Sider children of Henry Climenhagen Sr gave a quitclaim to Moses Climenhagen on 100 acres in Lot 7 Cross Concession, Willoughby Twp. for 5 shillings (A122 #6641)(↵)
  5. In the will of Henry Climenhagen, dated 14 December 1804, he states, “I give and bequeath unto Barbery my beloved wife all my lands that I now possess and all my movables goods and chattels as long as she remains my wife.” See endnote No. 3(↵)
  6. On 13 Jun 1828 (Reg 9 May 1829) Moses Climanhaga sold to Elizabeth Shoup 100 acres in Lot 7 Cross Concession, Willoughby Twp. for ₤32 (A156 #7614)(↵)
  7. On 2 Feb 1828 (Reg 7 Mar 1828) David Stegman sold to Moses Climanhawk 100 acres in Lot 7 Concession 3 (S ½), Whitechurch Twp. For $200 (B.&S. #6239). Also see Stamp, R.M. (nd). Early days in Richmond Hill: A history of the community until 1930(↵)
  8. Herald of Truth, Vol. XX (20), October 15, 1883, p. 317(↵)
  9. ibid(↵)
  10. ibid(↵)
  11. On 10 Dec 1833 (Reg 14 Jun 1834) Alexander McDonell sold to Moses Clayminhawk 100 acres in Lot 7 Concession 3 (N ½), Whitechurch Twp. For $200 (B.&S. #10825).(↵)
  12. On 24 Mar 1840 (Reg 25 Feb 1841) Moses Climinghawk et ux. sold to George Thomas 200 acres in Lot 7 Concession 3, Whitechurch Twp. for $2000 (B.&S. #18162).(↵)
  13. On 24 Mar 1840 (Reg 12 Jun 1840) George Thomas mortgaged to Moses Climinghawk 100 acres in Lot 7 Concession 3 (N ½), Whitechurch Twp. for $1600 (Mort. #17391).(↵)
  14. On 22 Jul 1840 Isaac Fowler sold to Moses Gleimenhagen 95 acres in ne fr w ½ in Greensburg Twp., Putnam Co., OH for $1100 (Vol 11 p. 383). Also see Umble, J. Early Mennonite Sunday schools of Notherwestern Ohio. The Mennonite Quartlerly Review, 100-111, 1931(↵)
  15. Rellinger, Orlo. Glimanhaga family record (births and deaths), 1874/2012. Found online at Ancestry.ca(↵)
  16. On 6 Nov 1848 Moses Gleimenhagen sold to Trustees of the Mennonist Church ¼ acre in ne fr w ½ in Greensburg Twp., Putnam Co., OH for $3 (Vol 2 p. 465).(↵)
  17. Umble, J. Early Mennonite Sunday schools of Notherwestern Ohio. The Mennonite Quartlerly Review, 1931, p. 107-108(↵)
  18. On 6 Oct 1848 John Hoover sold to Moses Glimanhaga 80 acres in w ½ ne ¼ sec 20 in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., IN for $160 (Transfer BR1 p. 39).(↵)
  19. Geil, Samuel. Map of Elkhart Co., Indiana, 1861(↵)
  20. On 16 Jun 1851 Moses Gleimenhagen sold to Solomon Myres 94 ¾ acres in ne fr w ½ in Greensburg Twp., Putnam Co., OH for $1000 (Vol 4 p. 570). Also see Umble, J. Early Mennonite Sunday schools of Notherwestern Ohio. The Mennonite Quartlerly Review, 100-111, 1931(↵)
  21. Rellinger, Orlo. Glimanhaga family record (births and deaths), 1874/2012. Found online at Ancestry.ca(↵)
  22. ibid(↵)
  23. Ancestry.com. U.S., Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, compiled 1861–1865. ARC ID: 656639. Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s–1917. Record Group 94. National Archives at Washington, D.C.(↵)
  24. The Wakarusa Sun, 15 July 1875, p. 3; Herald of Truth, Vol. XII, August 1875, p. 875(↵)
  25. Herald of Truth, Vol. XX (20), October 15, 1883, p. 317(↵)
  26. ibid(↵)
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