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Survivor Stories of the Peshtigo Fire

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Albert Glass Family

Albert  and Anna Glass
contributed by:
Great Grand Daughter Yvonne Cinquepalmi
Great Great Grand Daughter
Gina Nelson

Retired County Farmer Is Dead
Albert Glass of Amberg Dies
Sunday: Hold Rites

Albert E. Glass, 81, retired Amberg farmer, died Sunday noon in Marinette General hospital after a three months' illness.

A survivor of the Peshtigo fire, he was born in Peshtigo on March 1, 1861.

Besides his widow, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ivy Morse, of Detroit, Mrs. Luella Mellin of Big Bay, Mich., and Mrs. Clara Swanson of Chicago; a brother Charles Glass of Goodman; 17 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


Funeral services for Albert E. Glass, retired Amberg farmer, who died Sunday, were held here at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Martin funeral home chapel. The Rev, Thomas Graham of Pioneer Presbyterian church officials.

Pallbearers were Wyatt Cherry, Fred Mc Cabe, Winferd and Leonard Wood, A. Pepper and Hugh Humphreys.

Burial was in Harmony cemetery (Grover, Marinette County).

Relatives and friends attending; I. Morse of Detroit and Mr. and Mrs. Gust Swanson and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grigsby of Chicago.

Glass, James and sons Albert and Thomas. Obituary clipping from 1942, my G.G.Grandfather Albert Glass was a survivor. The clipping states that he was a survivor, his siblings, Florabelle and William (age 3) Glass, children of James Glass and the late Susan R. Glass (1837-1868), were killed in the fire. James Glass, his 4 children, Florabelle, Albert. Thomas and William were all listed in the 1870, census Grover Marinette County Wisconsin. (Contributed by: Gina Nelson)

Glass Family Tree

James Glass is  the son of Henry (1810 - 1897) and Elizabeth Burrows (1814 - 1902) Glass where
married 1832 in Down, County Down, Ireland. They settled in Lisbon, St. Lawrence County, NY after immigrating from Ireland with their three oldest children between 1838 and 1845 according to their children's birth places on US census. James 1833 - 1942 was the oldest. Other children in the family were Thomas 1835 - 1864, Ireland; Mary A. 1828 - 1874, Ireland; Eleanor 1840 - 1847; Henry 1842 - 1843; Eliza 1844 - 1902, NY; Barbara Jane 1846 - ?, NY; Letitia 1847 - 1911, NY; Maria Alice 1849 - 1907, NY; Melissa 1851 - 1904, NY; Harriet 1853 - 1916, NY; William H. 1854 - ?, NY; David A. 1856 - 1861, NY.

Henry and Elizabeth Glass resided
in Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York, their entire lives. Four out of five of their first children did not live past the age of 10 years, the exception being James.

James came to Peshtigo, Oconto County (Marinette County since 1879), Wisconsin from New York, in 1857. In 1858 he married Susan and by 1868 there were four children, Florabelle, Albert, Thomas and infant William. Susan died shortly after William was born in 1868.  James and the children continued living in Peshtigo and on Sunday night, October 8, 1871, the Peshtigo Fire awakened them in terror. In their flight for safety James, with Albert and Thomas were able to reach the mud flats along the Peshigo River before the flames overtook them. Florabelle, at age 12, with 3 year old William, did not make it to safety.

James resettled in Peshtigo after the fire with his two survivng young sons and remarried, going on to have 4 more children. Albert and Thomas also remain in Peshtigo as adults, married and raised families.

James Glass
    born: 1835 in Ireland
    occupation: 1860, laborer in Peshtigo, Oconto County, Wisconsin; 
    death: After 1905 in Marinette County, Wisconsin
+ Susan R. (nee ?) - wife #1 of James Glass
    born: 1837 in Ohio
    marriage:  about 1858
    death: 1868 in Peshtigo, Oconto County
(Marinette County since 1879), Wisconsin; age 31 years
    Children of James and Susan:
        1. Florabelle Glass
            born: 1859 in Wisconsin
            died: 1871 in Peshtigo; during the Peshtigo Fire
        2. Albert Edward Glass
            born: 1861 in Peshtigo, Wisconsin
            died: 1942 Amberg in Marinette County, Wisconsin
        3. Thomas Glass - living in Peshtigo in 1900, 3 children

            born: May 1862 in Peshtigo, Wisconsin
        4. William Glass 
            born: 1868 in Peshtigo, Wisconsin
            died: 1871 in Peshtigo; during the Peshtigo Fire

+ Mary Barbara Eliza (nee ?) - wife #2 of James Glass
    born: 1849
    Children of Barbara and James Glass - 1900 Barbara had 4 birth with 3 living
        1. Henry Glass

            born: 1874
            died: 1884
        2. James Glass

            born: 1878
        3. Susy Glass Nelson ( son Floyd Nelson)

            born: 1879

        4. Charles Glass - single in 1900 and living in Peshtigo with parents
            born: Dec 1880
            died: 1944


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