Sylvia,You say you are not directly connected to the Gleaves family but I wanted to put this information out there for anyone who who like to have it.I received a letter from Helen Gleaves Cracker, dated May 24, 1979 from Galesburg, Ill.It goes as follows:
"Dear Lois Gleaves:
A friend who lives in Monett, Mo sent me the clipping about your search for relatives.I have a lot of information about my fathers people-He was born in Ely, England in 1883- His parents came to America (to Galveston, Texas) in 1887-- My father's name was HAROLD BIRD GLEAVES- His father was JOSEPH GLEAVES born in Cambridge, England in 1856-- His father was WILLIAM GLEAVES (Mother's name Pyke) and William was one of a very large family born to WILLIAM and REBECCA GLEAVES--their first child born in 1818- but we do not know where they lived-- Unless in the Cambridge or East Anglia area.My father died in 1963-I am a widow- my husband died in 1973-- My brother VICTOR B. GLEAVES who was a Freisco Railroad Assistant Supt. and lived in Springfield, MO--died in 1975.
I have one brother ROBERT DAVID GLEAVES (his wife's name is Lois) born in 1919-- He as a son ROBERT HAROLD who is married and has two children-- CHARLES VICTOR and KRISTINA REGALE (all live in Winfield, Kans)
My mother died in 1950 (Family name Shipley)
I was born in Monett, MO in 1905--I have a foster son ROBERT L. YOUNG who is 53.We have ten or generations of information about Papa's Mother's people (name of VINCE) who settled in England a longtime ago.
I'd like to hear from you.Helen Gleaves Cracker"
(I wrote to her but only received a postcard saying she was moving into an apartment. I believe she has since died.Lois)