The following information is from "Glover Memorials and Genealogies" by Anna Glover, 1867

William Glover John Glover Robert Glover Richard Glover Thomas Glover
Mount Glover Rainhill Parish New England


The Glover name is undisputedly of Saxon origin, and was formerly spelled “Golofre”, then “Glove”. In the middle of the fourteenth century it was written as it now is, Glover. Some of the earliest settlers of New England occasionally wrote it with a u, instead of a v, and some also used the spelling “Glovier” as can be seen in early census records.

Glover family names have been recorded in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Warwickshire, about the middle of the fourteenth century. The names John, William, Robert, Thomas, Richard and Henry are among the earliest Christian names of Glover, that have been noticed by writers. These names have been perpetuated, and have descended like their estate, through many generations both in the Old and New England.

Little if anything has been discovered of the Glover family prior to the Norman King, William the Conqueror's time, 1066. William dispatched the Heralds out to gather the Genealogies about 1087, and the records of all such families as then existed, with their rank and pedigrees, were ordered to be preserved in the Tower of London. An account of the Heralds' visitation is given in Fu1ler's Worthies, written about the fourteenth century or about the twelfth year of King Henry Sixth, as returned by the commissioners, in 1433.

According to a survey made in the following Counties, the name Glover is recorded as follows:

County of Berkshire: Johannies Glover, Sheriff, in the 12th year of Henry VI, AD 1433. Buckinghamshire: John Glover of Kimball; Bedfordshire: Robert Glover of Monceter, Gentleman, martyred at Coventry, September 5th, 1555 Middlesex: William Glover, Sheriff in the time of Queen Elizabeth, London, Middlesex-Kent, about l558. Kent: Robert Glover, Somerset Herald, son of Thomas and Mildred, was born at Ashford, Kent, according to the epitaph on his monument. He died, not forty-six years of age, Anno 1588 and was buried without Cripplegate, London, St. Giles, on the south wall of the Choir. Of William Glover

Of William Glover

1423: William Glover is noticed thus: “Feoffiment of a Burgage in the town of Stratford upon Avon, in the second of King Henry VI, (1493), being a conveyance of land to William Glover and others”.

1469: William Glover, in Wiltshire, collected fifty shillings for the charities of that Church, during the week on which falls the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

A William Glover was married to Anne Gaveiard, in Rainelill, November 6, 1578, and thought to be the one whose history follows. He could not have been the father of Thomas Glover of Rainehill, as Thomas himself was married only fourteen years after, in 1594, but there is some evidence that he was collaterally related. He had a Coat of Arms granted him in AD 1602. It is said to be the same arms which Fuller finds recorded in the Worthies of Middlesex, granted to William Glover, Sheriff, at an earlier date. The arms granted to William Glover of London, “Arg. A Chev. Ermine betwixt three Cross Crosslets,” were granted to him by Queen Elizabeth on year before his death. William Glover was buried in London, Colman Street Ward. A fair monument in chancel is erected to his memory. “Here lyeth in peace the body of Sir William Glover, Knight, late Citizen and Alderman of London, who for his many good gifts both in sincere religion, Wisdom and Gravity wherewith he was very plentifully endowed and graced, was elected Sheriff of London, and served the same in 1611. He had lived in good name and fame Fifty Eight years, and very blessedly departed this life the 17 of December, 1603. Leaving two son, Thomas and William, and five daughters, viz., Anne, married to Barne Roberts of Willesden, in the County of Middlesex, Esq.; Susan, Elizabeth, Mary and Alice, behind him to mourn the loss of so loving a Father. To whose deceased memory the Lady Anne Glover, the most Sorrowful Widow of the deceased said Sir William, lamenting his death and unrecoverable loss, at her own charge erected this monument in testification of her love and duty.”

In 1612, Dame Anne Glover, the widow of Sir William Glover, late of London, gave a stock of 10 pounds to the poor of the Parish.

Thomas Glover, son of Sir William Glover and the Lady Anne his wife, was born in London, was created Knight, married Jane Roberts, daughter of Francis Roberts, Esq., of Willesden in Middlesex. He died in London, and his widow, the Lady Jane Glover, married George Purefoy, Esq., died 8 June, at 77 years……….William, the second son, married Elizabeth Harlakenden, daughter of Henry harlakenden, Esq. In 1660, William Glover, son to Sir William Glover, gave to the Hospital in London, Two Hundred Pounds……..Anne, the eldest daughter, married Barne Roberts, son to Francis Roberts, Esq., her cousin……..Susan, the second daughter, married Thomas Philpot, Esq., Norry Somerset Herald.

Of John Glover

1446: Mr. John Glover, incumbent at the Rectory of Sutton, in the County of Surrey as early as 1454, resigned 1466. Records of 1416 lost, also from 1616 to l628. 1571: John Glover, Vicar of Docking in Wiltshire in 1571. After the death of John Glover, Stephen Richmond succeeded to the Vicarage. He was Master of Arts, sometime one of the Fellows of Magdalen College, and became Vicar immediately after the death of John Glover, who died 1571. 1593: John Glover - Page 236, “Charities from County of Kent”: “Mr. John Glover of this parish gave by will forever, five shillings per annum for the poor, to be paid out of the lands to the Surveyors for the time being, towards mending the highways of the parish, which lands are now in the possession of Mathew Parker”. 1685: John Glover, at St. John’s Church, Margate, County of Kent. This church was one of the Chapels belonging to the Church Ministry, in the Island of Thanet, and very probably began building as early as the year 1050. It is situated on the open sea at Margate in Kent. - A memorial to John Glover, a Gentleman, who died in London, 1685, at the age of 56 years, born in 1629. He had a wife Susanna whom he left a nephew. According to the following inscription underneath his obit. “Mrs. Susanna Glover, his wife, obiciitt in 1713, aged 75 years”

In the second volume of Stow's Survey of London, not in Index, the following is found: “John Glover, Church Warden in 1701, buried in St. James, Checkinwell; and Anne Glover his wife, buried also 1689”.

1551-2: John Glover, a patron, resigned Feb. 3, 1551 the Vicarage which is in the Deanery of Stook. “County of Surrey Vol. i”

Of Robert Glover

Robert Glover the Martyr, who suffered martyrdom on Sept. 5th, 1555, noticed by Fuller in his Worthies, had brothers, John, William, and Thomas, and possessed estates in Monceter, Baxterly and other places in the County of Warwickshire. John and Robert were married. The name of John's wife was Agnes; the name of Robert’s wife was Mary. William was unmarried. Thomas left Warwickshire and settled in Ashford, County of Kent according to the testimony of some, and undoubtedly it is correct. His Coat-of-Arms refers him back to Warwickshire. Robert, the Somerset Herald, was probably nephew to the martyr. Robert, the martyr, had several children, the names of but two of whom have been given: Hugh, whom he named, it is said, after Hugh Lattimer, who was often a guest at the house of his brother John Glover, and Edward, who succeeded him during Elizabeth’s reign, to the Baxterley estate.

According to Foxe's Acts and Monuments, pages 814, 817, 819 - synopsis - The persecution of Robert and his brothers John and William, in September 1555: To this month belongs the memorable Martyrdom of the Glover, Gentlemen, in the Diocese of Litchfield and Coventry, in Warwickshire, England. John Glover, elder brother of Robert, whom the Bishop intended to destroy, being notified by the Mayor, escaped; but his brother, who was Master of Arts in Cambridge, was apprehended in his stead, and he, like his two brothers, John and William, was pronounced a heretic and unholy and unfit for society of any sort During a later period, another search was made for John, but he again was preserved, but his wife Agnes was carried before the Bishop, and an attempt was made to apprehend her husband. Meanwhile, he was hiding in the woods of his estate, where he contracted ague, and soon died. His brother William likewise died of much the same fate as his brother, and neither of the brothers was buried in consecrated ground. Their bodies were condemned to everlasting torment by being cast without the burial place, into the roadway, to be pulverized to dust by the wagons of the streets. William was buried in a corn field near the town of Wem, in Shropshire, where he died. In the same fire with Robert Glover were burned Cornelius Bungy of Coventry, and William Wolsley and Robert Pigot of the Isle of Ely, about September 5th, 1555.

In the History of Warwickshire, Vol. 3: Page 1054: “Baxterley Hall built in King Edward the Sixth’s time, by John Glover, then a retainer to Lord Ferrers, as may appear by the arms and Badges carved upon the timber work. (Formerly attached to the Abbots of Hesdale, as by tradition I have heard) unto whose house did that famous asserter of the Protestant Faith, Hugh Latimer, sometime Bishop of Worcester, resort.………..whose ghostly instructions so well grounded, Robert Glover, brother of said John, rather than recede from these, lay down his life, being burned at Coventry the 5th or 6th of Phillip and Mary, as Mr. Fox in his catalogue of Martyrs has deduced. Which Robert Glover had issue, Hugh Glover, who inherited these lands as cousin and heir to his uncle John Glover, in whose line they continued until John Glover, descendant of said Hugh Glover, by deed dated July 22, l704, sold the same to Thomas Strong, Esq. He by Sarah his wife, one of thc daughters of Louis Agud Gregory of ______ Hall in the County, had one son living in 1788, also one daughter named Lucy”. Page 1063: “Hurley Manor, Edward Glover, of Baxterly. Maria, wife of Edward Glover of Baxterly in Warwickshire, was daughter of Thomas Willington and Alicia, who were married in 1599”. Page 1076: John Glover, of Barcester, in Warwickshire. A notice of John Glover occurs which reaches further back than the time of Robert the Martyr. He may have been the father of Robert. “William Harper, Nicholas Rowley and Thomas Arblaster, of Langdon, County of Staffordshire, Esquires, were in the 10th year of Henry Sixth of England (1432), joyntly possessed of the manor on Monceter. Thomas Harper, the last of the name, sold his share to John Glover of Baxterly, in whose line it still continues now at the writing (1788), the manor house being a part of it.” “Robert Glover, martyred in September 20, 1555, wife Mary and several children; one named Hugh, another Edward. John Glover, his brother, of Monceter, wife Agnes, children. John was the elder brother; was arrested, escaped, and died of disease in 1555.” “William, another brother, met with similar usage; he escaped to Wem in Shropshire, and died there.”

Thomas, of Coventry in Warwickshire and of Ashford in Kent, may have been a brother of the above martyrs; he was father of Robert the Antiquary. The conjecture is not improbable, as after the death of Queen Mary, who was succeeded by Elizabeth, times were changed in relation to those families who were persecuted on account of their absolving themselves from the Catholic religion. Elizabeth’s reign commenced in 1558 and those families which had been so persecuted by her predecessor, were treated by her with marks of especial favor. Where estates had been confiscated by Mary, they were restored to them or their children by Elizabeth, as in the case of the Glovers of Warwickshire.

Robert Glover, The Somerset Herald is sometimes referred to as Thomas. In some places, where the name Robert is in the index, on looking at the page, (as in the Gentleman’s Magazine) the article in relation to him is under the name of Thomas. There is a mystery in this synonym of names as applied to the Somerset Herald by different writers, that has not yet been elucidated; but the accounts are correctly transcribed by the different authorities.

Cripplegate Ward. “To Robert Glover, alias the Somerset Herald, celebrated as a powerful defender of the are of Heraldry and Antiquarian Truth. From a thorough examination of his old writings, a man of great honor an benignity, of a noble nature and indefatigable labor; of easy manners, living honestly and uprightly before his successors. This sad monument was erected by a loving Nephew, Thomas Milles, to his most beloved maternal uncle." “This Robert was born in Asford, in Kent, a market town, of free parents, was liberally educated and became eminently learned in many things, but was particularly well versed and skilful in Heraldry. He had only one brother, William, from Thomas and Mildred, and also five sisters. He left five surviving children by his wife Elizabeth Flowers, viz., three sons and two daughters. Robert Glover dying as he had lived, lived as if he was about to die. His life closed with death, and he departed piously and calmly united in Christ.”

Of Richard Glover

Here lieth the body of Richard Glover, Pewterer of London, who was twice married. He was one of the Common County Council of this City. His wives were Mary and Elizabeth. He died in 1615, at the age of 59 years. This appears to be the earliest date of Richard Glover.

The next date, 1649, Richard Glover of Waldingham, Chelsham, Surrey, married and had children.

The next, taken from the Chapel at Chelsham, was Richard Glover, 1676. He departed this life 1753 in the 77th year of his age.

Richard - Yeoman of this parish, 1772.

Richard Glover, of Croyden in Surrey, an eminent Attorney at Law, died January 22, 1766, aged 68 years.

Richard, an eminent Poet, Merchant, and Member of Parliament, was born at St. Martins Lane, Cannon Street, London, in 1712, and died there 1785. He was the seventh son of Richard, an eminent merchant in London, brother of Phillips Glover and bore the same arms as those of Robert Glover the Somerset Herald. The Manor of Passmore or Passmere took its name from the Passmere family who settled there in the third year of King Henry’s reign. It was sold to Mr. Pink and by him to Jonathan Nunn, Esq., of London, author of “Leonidas”. This same Richard Glover, Poet, was in possession of it in l788 and afterwards. Henry Glover of Worcestershire, presumably the above Henry, lived about the last of the Sixteenth Century; but there is no date in the old book from which the date was derived. He was probably the Henry who was in Lancashire in 1572, and married there about that time.

Ashton, Gloucestershire, Glover. Sir Thomas Glover having purchased Franklin’s Estate, in Ashton Underhill from Sir Richard Franklin, he, with Mr. Wakeman took a fresh grant from the Crown in the reign of King James I, of England, and afterwards by deed, reserving to himself certain Memorial rights over his own lands, conveyed all other manorial rights over the residue of the Manor to Mr. Wakeman. Lady Jane Glover was the wife of Sir Thomas Glover, Knight, of Hayes Park, in the County of Middlesex. After the death of Sir Thomas, she married the second time to George Purefoy, Esq., the eldest of Wadley in the County of Berkshire. She died on 8 January, 1664, aged 77 years.

Hellidon, Northhamptonshire, Glover. Robert Glover, Yeoman, purchased Hellidon Manor from Sir Thomas Wendham and Ursula his wife in 1556. He died the year following, 1557, leaving William Glover his son and heir aged 20.

The Glovers Of Mount Glover, County Of Cork, Ireland

John Glover, the first of the family who settled in Ireland early in the 17th century, was a near relation of Robert Glover, Esq., the famous Genealogist of the 16th century, and Somerset Herald at Arms. He was a captain in command of a large body of troops under one of the Percivals, and greatly distinguished himself by his obstinate and gallant defense of the Bath at Arms; which he succeeded in holding against the attacks of an immense body of Irish, who continued to check his small and gallant band for three days; when they were compelled to retire with much slaughter. For his remarkable bravery and success on this, as well as for other services in the local wars of the times, he obtained possession of extensive land. He married a Miss Mills, sister of Thomas Mills, Esq., and had issue, one son and three daughters., viz.: 1. Edward, b. 1668; d. 24th April, 1753; married in 1695 to Eleanor, daughter of James Barry, Esq., of Ballinvauve, and had issue, four sons---1. Edward, b. 1696; d. April, 1747, at 45 years; m. Miss Quinn, and had issue only one daughter, who m. her first cousin, Philip Barry, of Ballinvauve. 2. James, of Fourmile Water, b. 1705; d. April, 1753, at 48 years; m. Miss Maunsell, and died leaving no issue. His estate devolved on his next brother. 3. Thomas, b. 1712, d. 22 April 1772, at 60 years; m. Mary, only daughter of and heiress of William Martin, Esq.;, of Dublin, by his wife Anne Purdon of Bally Clough Castle. He married 2nd, Mary, only daughter of Edward Brailing, Esq., of Dublin, widow of Chas. MacCarty, of Bathduff. By the first wife only, he had issue, three sons and three daughters. The second and eventually, only surviving son, James, succeeded to the estate of Mount Glover. He m. Mildred, eldest daughter of Robert Freeman, of Ballindale Castle, by his wife Mildred, daughter of Col. Frederick Mullens, direct ancestor of Lord Vantry. By this lady, James Glover had fourteen children, as follows: 1. Thomas Glover, d. 1812, unmarried 2. Edward, M.D., died unmarried 3. James Glover, of Mount Glover 4. William, Lieutenant in the army, died, unmarried. 5. Stirling Freeman, Lieut-Colnel in the army; m. Georgianna, 2nd daughter of Lord Charles Henry Somerset, fifth Duke of Beaufort. 6. George Freeman, m. Miss White of Cork and d. leaving two sons, George and Robert. 7. Mildred, who m. Maurice Newman 8. Ellen, m. William Hudson, M.D. 9. ______, d. unmarried 10. Margaret, d. unmarried. 11. Bridget, m. Edward Power of Kildare. 12. ______, d. unmarried 13. James Glover, of Mount Glover, succeeded to the Mount Glover estate m. Ellen in 1813, only daughter of John Power, by Abigail Ballen his wife and had issue as follows: 1. Edward Auchmuty, J.P., barrister at law. 2. James, M.D., d. unmarried 3. Marlboro’ Parsons Stirling Freeman; d. unmarried 4. Piercey Power, d. young 5. Ellen Alicia, m. ____Crafts. 6. Mildred Lavinia Freeman, m. Townsend McDermot. 7. Anna Maria Stirling 8. Mary Georgiana Somerset, m. J. Abollaram 4. John Glover, m. a Miss Pole, of Kinsale, and d. without issue. James succeeded to Mount Glover estate in a straight line. From John Glover to his only son Edward, from Edward devolving on to the third son of Edward. From this last to James again. Five generations.

Glovers of Rainhill Parish. Prescott, Lancashire, England.

Rainhill Parish is situated in the County of Lancashire. It is situated in the western part of the County, and it is from here that John Glover under Governor Winthrop set sail for New England in 1630. Thomas, the earl of Lancaster, sold land to Thomas Glover in the period of Elizabeth. Thomas Glover conveyed these lands to his eldest son, Mr. John Glover of Rainhill, afterwards of Dorchester and Boston. In 1652, by deed of gift, the lands were conveyed by John to his eldest son, Mr. Thomas Glover of London, Merchant. The Glovers were not early in Lancashire. The County history does not give any account of them until nearly the close of the sixteenth century. The following three records were recorded in the Parish records: Henry Glover was married to _______ _______, 22, December, 1574 William Glover and Anne Goverard were married on 6 November, 1578. Thomas Glover and Margery Deane were married on 10 February, 1594.

From what county these individuals had their origin, or what line they connect with, has not been ascertained. It is confidently believed, however, that they were led to the northern counties by the religious persecution which occurred about the middle of the sixteen century and by which some of the families of Glover and others suffered severely. Henry, the first above recorded, appears to have remained and settled there, some of whose descendants are still living in the same place. Of William, the records give nothing further, and evidence seems to indicate that he settled in London, and was the William Glover, dyer and Alderman, afterwards, Sir William Glover – wife Anne, who after his elevation became the Lady Anne, and distinguished herself by her benevolence. Thomas Glover, whose marriage is given above, remained and lived in Rainhill. He purchased lands there of Thomas Lancaster, son of the Earl of the Duchy, and of Edward Eccleston, Esq., in Eccleston; also of Lyman Garnet, Esq., and became the possessor of several estates there, all of which he conveyed before his decease, to his eldest son John Glover. There is a link wanting in the genealogical chain, which would give a certainty to the family he connects with, as the names of the parents of Thomas Glover, of Rainhill have never been obtained. Tradition says they originated in some of the oldest counties of England, as Kent or Warwickshire. Heralds confirm this by the armorial bearings they grant to the families of this line, and from all that has been gathered the strongest presumption, aided by tradition, evinces and determines his relationship and connection with the family of Robert, alias Thomas Glover, Somerset Herald, whose parents were from Coventry in Warwickshire, and from Ashford in Kent – either by direct descent or by collateral ties of consanguinity; and the same evidence obtains in the belief that there was a relationship or kinship existing between Robert the martyr, of 1555, and the Somerset Herald, who died in London in 1588.

Of Thomas Glover

Mr. Thomas Glover, Father of the Earliest Emigrant To New England The place of his birth cannot be given with certainty. He lived in Rainhill from the time of his marriage, and died there December 13, 1619. He was married to Margery Deane, daughter of Thomas Deane, of Rainhill. They had eleven children: 1. Ellen bap. Feb 2, 1595, m. William Barnes 2. John (twin) bap. July 27, 1599, died the same day 3. Elizabeth, (twin) bap. July 27, 1599, died the same day 4. John, bap. August 12, 1600, m. Anne _____; Went to New England 5. Henry, bap. 15 Feb., 1603; m. Abigail ____, Went to New England 6. Anne, bap Oct. 19, 1605, d. aged one month 7. Thomas, b. 1607; m. Deborah Rigby, of Cranston 8. William, b. 1609; m. Mary Bolton, of Rainhill 9. George, b. 1611; m. Margaret_____. 10. Jane, bap. 13 Sept. 1612; m. _____ Watts. 11. Peter, bap. 22 March, 1615, married

The will of Thomas Glover, of Rainhill, is deposited in the Registry office at Chester in the County of Chester, in England. It bears the date, 1519, is written on parchment, but portions of it have become so obliterated by damp and mould, that they cannot be read. It mentions all of his living children and names his wife and eldest son, John Glover as “True and Lawful Executors”. Also, “John Alden, Vicar of Prescot------------Thomas Woods, of Whiston, and Edward Deane, my brother-in-law to be Overseers of this my last Will and Testament, as I hope they will, to see the same performed accordingly-------It is witnessed by; Edward Deane, Thomas Woods, Thomas Deane, and Edward Stockley. The name of Thomas Glover as a signer to this will is not readable.

The portion to his son John, who was his eldest, cannot be read, but it appears from other evidence that he gave him his estates in Rainhill, Eccleston, Knawlesby, and elsewhere in Lancashire County as he afterwards conveyed these same lands to his son Thomas Glover in 1652. John emigrated to New England and settled in Dorchester in 1630. Henry, his brother emigrated about 1640 and settled in Medfield. He had grants of land in Dedham as early as 1640, and died in Medfield in 1655.

William Glover, son of Thomas and Margaret Deane Glover is noticed in 1652. He is styled a mercer, or dealer in silk, and in another place a merchant, and lived Whiston, Lancashire County, England; but no record appears of his having remained in Rainhill after his arrival at the age of manhood. A tradition of him has reached the present generation, or some branches of it, and which is confirmed by references, that he also came to New England, and was in Dorchester at one time towards the close of the 17th century.

New England

Governor Winthrop (John Winthrop, Sr.) was appointed Governor of Massachusetts, October 20, 1630. He made the necessary adjustments in connection with his office, chief of which was the appointment of another of the numerous John Glovers to the office of Sheriff of Boston. John Glover erected his dwelling of logs, at the head of The old wharf which became of historic interest during the famous "Tea Party".

Much of the soil about the new city of Boston was tide lands and swamp, a considerable part of which the Glovers acquired. It is evident the people of that day sought peace, and many chose to begin life anew in other territories and regions beyond. Morris County, New Jersey, a very good agricultural district, became one of the chosen locations, and soon began to be settled by Glovers and numerous other families, and from these settlements came many of the first settlers in Norfolk County.

Francis Glover became one of the numerous Glovers who settled in the Morristown district, residing there with other members of the family. James the oldest son of Francis, and the oldest loyalist so1dier, went to Upper Canada as a young man. He settled in the vicinity of Grimsby below the mountain, and fought at the battle of Stoney Creek. When the war ended, he returned to Morristown district, and brought his widowed step-mother and the family to Grimsby, From here, the Glovers became settlers in various parts of the country. They figured conspicuously in the development of Norfolk County.

Several of the other Glover men were soldiers, and became half-pay officers with Commissions granted them by Governor Simcoe. They were also given land grants with their Commissions. They became active in community life and were responsible for much of the early enterprise of the district.

Captain Charles Glover came from Grimsby to the London District in the early part of the 19th Century, and married Charlotte Dietchman. She was the only daughter of Colonel Dietchman, and following the death of her father, she along with her brother John, was adopted by Rev. Jabez Culver of Townsend. Colonel Dietchman was formerly a Colonel in the British Army, later living in Morristown, N. J., and evidently a close friend of Rev. Jabez Quiver. John Dietchman settled in Boston, Norfolk County, Townsend Township, and may have given the name Boston to the village, which was located along the Brant Trail in the very early days in Norfolk. The Boston Baptist Church and the Vittoria Baptist Church, both established in 1804, which made for the new settlements along that route.

Charles Glover settled in Forestville, Charlottesville Township and James Glover settled near Round Plains, Windham Township.

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