DEACON DWIGHT J. GLAZIER

BIOGRAPHY

AS RECORDED IN:

COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF 
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE  CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903     P. 1016

DEACON DWIGHT J. GLAZIER, one of the representative farmers and citizens of Stafford, Tolland county, is a man of whom only good is said.  He was born in Willington, Conn., Feb. 14, 1837, a son of Alden Glazier, who was also born in Willington, and died in Somers, in 1863.

Willington has been the home of the Glazier family for many, many years.  William Glazier, of Gloucestershire, England, accompanied Gov. Wolcott to that town, and surveyed the Gov. Wolcott turnpike from Tolland to Ashford.  At one time he owned 900 acres of land in the north part of the town, a plat of which is still in existence.

Silas Glazier, son of William, was a soldier in the War of the Revolution, for which he was the recipient of a pension in later years.  He married a Miss Holt, of Willington, and they had the following family:  David;  Daniel, who married twice, his first wife being a Miss Holt, and his second, Elizabeth Gladden; and Keziah, who became the wife of Bartholomew Potter, of Willington.

David Glazier, son of Silas and grandfather of Deacon Dwight J. Glazier, was born in Willington, where he died when Dwight J. was quite young.  He was four times wedded.  By his first wife, Fear Alden, his children were:  Alden;  Jennison, who went to Michigan;  Sylvester;  Ira, who married Abigail King, of Enfield; and Elisha, who went to the West, and was accidentally killed in Michigan.  David Glazier married for his second wife, Celenda Marcy, who was born in 1780, in Willington, and to this union were born:  Jasper, who married Morivia Grover, and after her death Abigail Wolcott, of Windham;  Carlos, who married Phoebe Walker, of Middletown, Conn.;  Caroline, who married Charles H. Ames, who was killed at Cedar Creek during the Rebellion; and Fear, who married Sylvester T. Preston, of Willington.  For his third wife Mr. Glazier married Widow Fanny Gager, who was born in 1774, and they had one daughter, Celenda, who is now the widow of Merrick M. Johnson, of Willimantic.  His fourth wife, Alice Walker, left no issue. 

In his younger days Alden Glazier was a school teacher, but made farming the main business of his life.  His wife, whose maiden name was Amarilis Ellis, died when her son, Dwight J., was but ten years old.  To Alden and his wife were born the following children who reached adult age:  Maria married Israel Wood, of Rockville, and died there.  Franklin married Mary Skinner; he became interested in the manufacturer of fine cassimeres at South Glastonbury, but his later years were passed in Hartford, where he became prominent; he died in 1890.  Dwight J. is the subject proper of this sketch.

Deacon Dwight J. Glazier was only some three or four years old when he was bound out to Calvin Knight, of West Stafford, by whom he was reared and educated in the district school.  When he was nineteen years of age he took up farming, and when Mr. Knight died, he purchased the farm where he has lived to the present time.  The success of Mr. Glazier is marked and exceptional.  Beginning with nothing, he now owns 250 acres, and he has rebuilt his house and barn.  His location is good, and his farm is kept in a high state of cultivation.

Deacon Glazier is a stanch Republican, and represented the town in the General Assembly of 1873, where he held an important place as a member of the States’ Prison committee.  For several years he has been second selectman, and for a number of years was assessor.  For many years he was justice of the peace, and has served as a member of the grand jury.  He is a member of the West Stafford Congregational Church, of which he has been a deacon since 1890.  His services have been freely rendered on the Society’s Committee, and anywhere else he could help the Church.  Fraternally he belongs to the Wolcott Lodge, No. 60. A.F.& A.M., of Stafford.

On Jan. 2, 1862, Deacon Glazier was married to Elizabeth Howlett, who was born in West Stafford, Nov. 20, 1834, a daughter of Asa Lewis and Almira (Davis) Howlett.  This union has been blessed with the following family:  (1) Freddie Dwight, born July 9, 1866, died July 22, 1866.  (2) Herbert Asa, born Oct. 19, 1868, was married Nov. 21, 1893, to Josephine Dimmock, of Stafford, and they have two children: Dimmock Burdette, and Doris Elizabeth; their home is in West Stafford.  (3) Charles Dwight, born Nov. 2, 1871, is engaged both in farming and in the lumber business; he was married in 1899, to Nettie May Kibbe, of Stafford, and they have one child, Richard Charles.  Deacon Glazier is a highly respected citizen of Stafford, and as a farmer is second to none.  He is a kind-hearted and charitable man, and enjoys the esteem and confidence of all who know him.

Reproduced by:

Linda D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, CT.

 

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