Biography of Ward Glazier
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Glazier, Ward, was born in the town of Oakham, Worcester county, Mass., September 22, 1818. His father Jabez, immigrated to the then wilderness township of Powler, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., the following year and soon became one of the leading business men of the town. Appointed by Theodocius O. Fowler, the owner of the township, as his agent, for the sale of his lands and the general management of his business affairs, was postmaster, justice of the peace, for many years, and held various other town offices. Ward's minority was spent in assisting clearing land and running a saw mill built by his father in tile wilderness on his farm. His early opportunity for procuring an education was very limited, and having a strong desire for one, he, at the age of 21 commenced a two years' course at the Gouverneur Academy and at the expiration of said time while on a visit to his relatives in Massachusetts he married Miss Mehitable C. Bolton. daughter of William Bolton, of the town of West Boylston, Mass., and returning to Fowler settled on a farm near the village of Little York since known as Maple Grove on the Glazier homestead, Was engaged in farming and mercantile pursuits. At the breaking out of the civil war, he in company with others in August, 1861, recruited and organized Co. I, 92d N. Y. Regt. of Inft., then being organized by Col. Jonah Sanford, served with his regiment in Penensular Campaign under General McClellan, wounded in action at the battle of Fair Oaks Va, and on account of said wound and failing health he was forced to leave the service and was honorably discharged. An incident of Mr. Glazier's career was his going over to Ottawa, Canada, for recruits; as this was a serious breach of international law, Glazier had a narrow escape from arrest by the Canadian authorities, but guessing their intent he cleverly made his escape, at the same time drawing forty men into the service of the United States. After the war he returned to the farm where he remained until 1885, when he took up the pension and claim agency, removed to Gouverneur and opened an office. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Glazier were eight in number, namely Willard, Elvira, Marjory, Caroline, Arthur, Lina, George H. and Arthur W. (Caroline and Arthur died in infancy). Willard the eldest has distinguished himself as soldier, author and explorer. As a soldier he served with credit in the Harris Light or 2d N. Y. Cavalry, under Generals Bayard, Stoneman, Pleasanton, Gregg, Custer and Kilpatrick, earning his various promotions on battlefields, from a private to a brevet captaincy. Since the war he has published several works relating to his army experiences, travels and explorations. Capt. Glazier explored the head waters of the Mississippi and located the true source in a fine lake beyond Itasca which geographers now recognize as the principal reservoir. Elvira graduated from the State Normal School at Albany N. Y., taught several terms of school and died at the age of twenty, Marjory was a graduate from Miss Willard's Female Seminury at Troy, N. Y., taught several terms of school, married Madison Buck, of Wheaton, Ill., and died at the age of twenty six years. Lina J. married Simeon Smith and resides at Fowler, N. Y. George H. is in business in Chicago, Ill., and Arthur W. is on the homestead in Fowler engaged in farming and pension attorney. The ancestors of the subject of this sketch were natives of Massachusetts for several generations and came originally from England. His grandfather, Oliver Glazier, was a soldier of the Revolution and a pensioner. They came originally from England.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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