Person:Thomas Glover (3)

Thomas Glover
b.1 Sep 1723 Boston, MA
d.11 Jan 1811 Stoughton, MA
m. 7 Jun 1722
  1. Thomas Glover1723 - 1811
m. 20 Feb 1752
  1. Rachel Glover1761 - 1852
  2. Jerusha Glover1766 - 1833
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Glover
Gender Male
Birth? 1 Sep 1723 Boston, MA
Marriage 20 Feb 1752 to Rebecka Pope
Death? 11 Jan 1811 Stoughton, MA

According to Anna Glover in "Glover Memorials and Genealogies", THOMAS GLOVER, Jr., the eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Clough) Glover, was born in Boston, Sept. 1, 1723, at the house of his maternal grandfather, Deacon John Clough, who resided on the corner of Main and Essex Streets. He received the ordinance of baptism, Sept. 3, 1723, at the New South Church, Summer Street, by Rev. Samuel Checkley, pastor, and died in Stoughton, Jan. 11, 1811, in his 89th year. In the spring of 1723-4, his parents removed from Boston to Dorchester, and resided on the Newbury farm, which had become the inheritance of his father (see page 80). He resided here until the year 1748. From 1731 to 1748, he served as a soldier and an officer on Castle William, in Boston harbor, and was chosen Lieutenant of the militia, and served in that capacity a short time. la 1744, the name of Thomas Glover, Jr., is enrolled among a list of persons " capable of bearing arms and liable to appear at the alarm, and living within the limits of the first Independent Company in the Town of Dorchester, whereof Col. Estes Hatch is Captain, and Samuel Blake Clerk. He obtained his discharge from the Castle in 1748, as is shown by the following order : — '• Dorchester, April 12, 1748. Mr. Samuel Blake : Sir — Please pay to Mr. Thomas Welles, the bearer hereof, what is due to us the subscribers for our training at the Castle William in the year 1746, in the time of the Alarm, and this receipt shall be your discharge." Signed by Thomas Glover, Jr., Elijah Glover, Elisha Glover, and John Billings, Jr. Thomas Glover, Jr., became an extensive landed proprietor by inheritance from his father, and his maternal grandfather, Dea. John Clough, of Boston.

In 1744, Thomas Glover, Jr., also received by deed of his grandfather, Dca. John Clough, of Boston, a negro boy named George, which he owned conjointly with his brother Elijah for several years ; and they subsequently, in about 1770, disposed of him to their brother William Glover, who lived in Dorchester, and the boy died and was buried on Mr. Glover's estate. In 1748, soon after obtaining his discharge from Castle William, Thomas Glover, Jr., went to Stoughton, and made arrangements to settle there on a tract of land belonging to his father, Thomas Glover, Esq., who guaranteed to two of his sons the inheritance of the two hundred acres of land which had been assigned to " Mr. John Glover" in the Twenty-five Divisions of Laud in Dorchester New Grant, as specified in a deed of quitclaim from Glovers to Thomas Glover, bearing date 1743. This land was situated in the South Precinct of Stoughton, and at the most southerly portion of it, adjoining the estates of Dr. Ralph and Lazarus Pope. He commenced building a house, which was finished about 1750. The public road was hardly passable farther than the North Precinct (now Canton), and those who intended to settle in that wilderness had to find their way by marked trees to the South Precinct (now Stoughton), where were a few families living who had commenced a settlement near the Colony line, reaching there by the old Plymouth and Tauntou roads. He made his journeys on foot or on horseback, and resided alternately at Dorchester (Newbury farm), and at Stoughton, while his house was building.

In the war of the French and Indians, Thomas Glover was conscripted or drafted to serve in the expedition against the French. He procured a substitute in William Monk,* and conveyed to him forty acres of his land on the homestead farm in Stoughton as an equivalent and compensation to servo for him in that war. Subsequently Thomas Glover, Jr., by purchase added to his acres thus reduced; he bought land in the Twelve Divisions of Henry Lead- better and Increase Leadbettcr, Standfast Foster, Benjamin Lynde, Esq., and others. April 19, 1775, he served in a company marching from Stoughton on the alarm. (Vol. 13, p. 104, Army Rec. : "Lieut. Thomas Glover, of Stoughton, 58 miles travel.") Officers, Capt. Peter Talbot and Col. Frederick Pope, of Stoughton. Capt. James Pope and Ralph Pope went in the same company. Thomas Glover was married in Stoughton, Feb. 20, 1752, to Re- beckah Pope, eldest daughter of Dr. Ralph and Rebeckah (Stubbs) Pope, of Stoughton (South Precinct), by Rev. Jedediah Adams, pastor of the First Church there. She was born in that town, Dec. 29, 1730, and baptized at the North Precinct by Rev. Joseph Morse, Jau. 2, 1731, her parents being members of that Church, and she was carried thither on horseback to receive the ordinance only a few days from her birth. She removed from her father's to her new house at the time of her marriage, and died there Aug. 12, 1812, in the 82d year of her age. She was buried in the old burying ground in Stoughton, by the side of her husband,

Thomas Glover and Rebeckah his wife became members of the First Church in Stoughton, South Precinct, in 1752, and their children were all baptized there within a few days of their birth. His will bears date July 26, 1796 : probated the first Tuesday in May, 1811. He gave portions of land to his sons; and to his daughters, who were all married and had received their marriage portions, he gave a balance of money as their full share in his estate, and settled the homestead on his youngest son, Elijah Glover (see p. 80). The house built in 1750 is still standing; the land is in possession of his heirs. In the life and character of Thomas Glover the Christian graces were developed and ghone with admirable lustre. Of strict integrity, of mild and amiable temperament, of sound and discretionary judjmient, he was a kind husband, a tendt-r parent, a friendly and obliging neighbor, a patriotic and law-abiding man, of whom it was once remarked by a prominent citizen and officer of the town of Stoughton, that " if all people were like Mr. Thomas Glover, there would he no need to make laws." Of the Church to which he belonged he was an exemplary and worthy member, and observed the ordinances with great veneration and strict adherence, both in public and in the family, continuing the worship of God at the family altar until nearly the close of his life, a period of almost sixty years. He was an honorable and worthy citizen and member of society, and is remembered as such by all survivors who ever knew him. In his deportment he was gentlemanly, and was possessed of a degree of manly grace and beauty.