Not only was the year 1840 a fairly active year for the Glens, but it was just as active for the Coes as well. Although, it had been previously stated, that the Glens and the Coes were related. It is important to understand just how much the two families were connected. Thompson Glen and Isaiah Coe (John & Timothy Coe’s father) married into a family whose surname was Hudspeth. As did their father’s brother, who was also named John. After their uncle John passed away, his family also moved to Wilson County, Tennessee and was living there during the same period in time that the Glens were living there. It was in 1819 and in Wilson County, that the two families became further entwined, with the marriage of Thompson and Patsy Clarissa Glen’s son Giles to John and Timothy Coe’s cousin, Phoebe Coe.
There was, and perhaps always will be a cloud hanging over Timothy Coe’s head. Not only because he was in Wilson County one minute and gone the next, but also because his presence there coincided with the birth of Sukey’s daughter, Susannah. And if indeed he was the father of Susannah, then not only would she be related to the Coes, she would also be related to the Glens. Given that, the following chain of events, should not come as some surprise.
It was said, that Julia Ann Glen had married a man named Thomas Cheek. Well, her sister, Mary also married a Cheek, his first name was Henry. It’s believed that the two men were brothers, and brothers who shared some of the same characteristics. That is to say, Henry, like Thomas appeared to be the type of individual who was dependent on what his wife brought to the table.
While 1840 was without a doubt a volatile year due to all that had transpired, much of the volatility was created by Henry Cheek. In that year or thereabouts, he had gotten himself into debt. His obligation went unpaid and festered. However, the individual he was indebted to was not about to go away empty handed. Thereby, he took Henry Cheek to court. In 1841, the court made a judgement against Henry for the amount of $85.50. Nevertheless, his debt still went unpaid. For that reason, it is almost certain that the Glens did something that was way out of their character. Whereas in 1842, Mark Holliman and Robert Sweat, who were the executors of Thompson Glen’s estate, as well as his son in laws, petitioned the Wilson County, Tennessee court to sale a slave named Amanda. The reason given for the request, was that a fair distribution of Thompson Glen’s estate could not be made unless Amanda was sold. The court agreed and granted them their request.