William Glover (Ancestor # 9, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, 2015)

wmgloverOne of my third Great-Grandfathers was William Glover. William is the progenitor of a very large number of the Glover’s on Prince Edward Island. According to a decorated list of family BMD dates he was born 14 July 1790. Numerous sources say he was from Dumfries, Scotland, but I haven’t been able to verify that yet and I am wondering if that is true. You see, William married Ann Watmough at Warrington, Lancashire, England on 3 May 1816. What was he doing in there? Just another mystery that I have yet to unravel. While I was looking for Ann’s family in Warrington, I noticed that there are Glovers in the same area. Not an unusual name, so no big surprise, but it makes me wonder. Was his family from Lancashire and his parents had travelled to or moved to Dumfries and so he was born there, then at some point they moved back to Lancashire, or was William working in Lancashire, having moved there himself as a young man?


This is the family record that some of my info came from. You can see that a lot of the writing is consistent which leads me to believe the document was created after the death of Ann on the 23rd of September 1864. Clearly not a primary source document for a lot of the information included, but nice to have just the same.

William and Ann’s first son, William was born at Warrington on the 17th November 1816. In 1817 they moved to Prince Edward Island and settled at Five Lanes End. The name was later changed to Barrets’ Cross. In 1862, it was changed to Kensington. It might be only four roads now, but you can still clearly see where the fifth lane (black arrow) came into the intersection.

Five Lanes End

William was the postmaster and worked out of his house. The Post office was situated on the corner of the roads to Charlottetown and Margate (red arrow above).


The post office was the section to the right. My father remembers visiting elderly cousins, Gordon and Jane Glover, in this house. They were siblings who never married. Gordon was the Post Master like his grandfather before him. At some point the house was moved across the road to Charlottetown and down several houses. The post office is gone and the house was updated, more windows were added to the front on the second floor and the centre gable was modified.


William died on the 21st of April 1875 and was buried at St. Mark’s Anglican Church. S# 1309, Doc # 1051 2005_0912Image0001 S# 1309, Doc # 1051A William Glover Ann Watmough (2)All in all, I know relatively little. William won a prize in 1831 at the Prince County Cattle and Grain Show for the best sow and an entry in the Richmond Parish register says that he was an Inn Keeper. Looks like there’s a lot more work to do on this one…



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