Ezekiel and Patsy

Something of value can be taken away from each and every document which was previously displayed, such as in 1765 when Delce and the others were brought. The slave trade was still in its early stages, and that they were more than likely fresh off the slave ship. Also, given the fact that Delce was still around when Thompson Glen died, she must have been a baby or a very young girl, when James Glen brought her. It can also be said, that Sukey’s real name was Susannah, and so was her daughters’. But just as important to everyone who reads this material, we all want to know what took place in the everyday lives of our ancestors, which the records failed to tell us. We would like to think, that they weren’t abused or mistreated in any way. In this case, other records and our imagination tell us, that each and every slave mentioned in the inventory of Thompson Glen’s estate, were more than likely treated like a part of the Glens’s family.

One thing to keep in mind going forward, is what Thompson Glen stated in item #17 of his Will, which was that his wife could sell as much property as she thinks she can spear best, after collecting what money is due he, for the discharge of his just debt. It’s hard to say whether that clause in his Will had anything to do with the start of his sons selling land. Nevertheless, something was a foot, because in 1824 his son Giles sold 24 acres. And at some unknown date thereafter he sold 43 more. The last sale was interesting because in 1834, it landed him in court (Wilson County, Tennessee Circuit Court minutes – March 10, 1824 – James Johnson & heirs vs Giles H. Glen, pages 308-314). Apparently, when Giles Glen sold the land, and at any time thereafter, it was questionable as to whether he had produced or transferred the deed to the property. There was another question to consider as well, and that was whether the land he’d sold belonged to him and his family, or whether it was the land that his cousin Timothy Coe had abandoned in 1820. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any documentation to say for certain, one way or the other.

The second Glen son to sell land was Thompson, who sold 85 acres in 1835. However, after that date, the sale of land seems to have subsided. But, one has to wonder if the Glens were in need of money, why didn’t they sell some of the slaves that they owned. After all, some carried a value equal to that of the land that they sold, if not more.

In the four or so years to come, there wasn’t much activity on any of the folks mentioned to elaborate on. But it all changed in 1840 when there was a flurry of recorded information on the Glens. In January of that very year, Thompson and Patsy Clarissa Glen’s daughter, Julia Ann, married a man named Thomas Cheek. Without question, he wasn’t the type of man she may have hoped for. In November of the same year, Julia Ann’s husband – Thomas Cheek sold to her brother Benjamin four slaves. He stated, in the record that the slaves were in his wife’s possession before he and she were married. This acquisition by Benjamin Glen gives the appearance that the Glens were determined to keep all the slaves left to them, among their family. If that was indeed the thought of this family, it would certainly speak volumes as to their character. Thomas Cheek, Julia Ann’s husband didn’t seem to be cut from the same cloth.

In 1843, Julia Ann Cheek petitioned the Wilson County court for a divorce, she stated that after their marriage, she and her husband moved to Jackson County, Tennessee and was there for about nine months, when she heard that her husband was confined to jail in Kentucky, on a charge of perjury, which left her and their child, destitute. Judging from her petition, it appears that Thomas Cheek had abandoned his family.

The sale of land would also resume in August of 1840, with Benjamin Glen selling 70 acres. There may have been a few reasons that he needed to raise money, which could have had everything to do with the financing of a trip for the younger slave Susannah (Patsy), and/or the four slaves he brought from his brother-in-law in November.

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