Brett, My g-grandfather (Leonard A Hilton)lived in the Jefferson/Alna area in 1861. His Civil War diaries says he quit work for R. Gleason and Sons, and enlisted. I have never been able to figure out who R. Gleason was, or what sort of work they did. I noticed your posting, showing the Thurston Bros. Casket Co. Where were they located ???
The point is that after he returned from the war and married, his first born son was named Roswell Gleason Hilton, and the Gleason middle name has come down to me.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Ford Hilton