An American Family History

Glaze Family

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Lawrence Glaze was born about 1776 and was the son of Lawrence Glaze and Ella Wilson.

Lawrence married Hannah Humphreys on October 11, 1809. The ceremony was performed by Robert McFarling.

Their children included:

Mary Ann (Polly) Glaze (1811, married Solomon Wilson)

Hannah died and he married Hannah's cousin, Elizabeth Humphreys. Their children included:

William Buford Glaze (1818, married Elizabeth Clark),
Moses Glaze (1820),
John H. Glaze (1823),
Lawrence Rutledge Glaze (1828),
Jane Glaze (1829),
Minerva Glaze (1829, married, Archibald Broyles),
Jesse Glaze (1830)
Humphrey Glaze (1832),
Caroline Glaze (1832), and
George Glaze (1836).

In 1840 the Glaze household was in Washington County, Tennessee and consisted of 12 members

a man and a woman between 40 and 49 - Lawrence & Elizabeth
3 boys born between 1821 and 1825 - Moses, John
a boy and 2 girls born between 1826 and 1830 - Lawrence, Jane & Minerva
2 boys and 2 girls between 5 and 9 - Jesse, Humphrey, Caroline
a boy under 5 - George

Lawrence and Elizabeth started building a one-story, five bay, L-shaped, federal style house about 1845 in Greene County, Tennessee. The house was on the Nolichucky River at the ferry crossing and was made of hand fired bricks.

Lawrence and Elizabeth, died from an illness in 1849 before their house was completed.

In 1850 the Glaze household consisted of:

Rullego Glaze 22
Jesse Glaze 20
Humphrey Glaze 18
George Glaze 14
Jane Glaze 21
Caroline Glaze 18

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

The Nolichucky River flows through Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. It is a tributary of the French Broad River. During the 1770s, European Americans established the "Nolichucky settlements" in what is now Greene County, Tennessee.

The Village Messenger 
Fayetteville, Tennessee
06 Oct 1824, Wed  •  Page 2




from Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1886. Allen County

Lawrence A. Glaze M. D., was born in Washington County, Tenn., June 5, 1852. His father, William B. Glaze, is a native of the Old Dominion, born in 1817; he emigrated from Virginia when a young man; he married Elizabeth Clark, of Newport, Coke Co., Tenn., and afterwards located in Washington County, that State, where he now resides, and has, during the latter portion of his life, been a dealer in general merchandise. Mrs. Elizabeth Glaze died in the year 1878.

Lawrence Glaze, the grandfather of Dr. Glaze, was a native of Ireland. He and his wife came to America at an early day with a "band of pilgrims," who left their native country to avoid the persecutions against them. They settled in New York, where Mrs. Glaze soon after died, leaving no issue.

He subsequently married Ella Wilson, who was kidnapped in Ireland by some Dutch traders, who brought her to America and sold her to him for the sum of twenty-five cents.

After his second marriage Lawrence Glaze removed to Tennessee and bought 2,800 acres of land on Nola Churky (very swift) River; he constructed a dwelling of canes, they being the most available material; these he planted in a circle, and joining the tops, covered this framework with the skins of animals. This served for a dwelling for several years. It was situtated on a stream called Boone's Creek.

His death occurred in 1847, on the day preceding the death of his wife. . .

Carter County, Tennessee was organized from Washington County on April 9, 1796. Elizabethton is the county seat.


The State of Franklin was an unrecognized, independent state in what is now eastern Tennessee. It was created in 1784 with the intent of becoming the fourteenth state. Its first capital was Jonesborough. It existed for about four and a half years and then North Carolina re-assumed control.

From History of Washington County, Tennessee, 1988 by the Watauga Association of Genealogists.

Lawrence Glaze (1776-1850) was the first of the Glaze family to arrive in Washington County from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (formerly from England). He married December 18, 1817, Elizabeth Humphrey (1786-1850), daughter of Elijah Humphreys (Carter County, Tennessee). They settled along the Nolachuckey [Nolichucky] River at a time when the area was populated by Indians. The Glaze family, like other families, faced Indian encounters many times. They endured many hardships of the wilderness country.

Their farm was in what is now the present Philadelphia Community. It was there, they reared their five children:
William B. Glaze;
John Glaze;
Lawrence Glaze, Jr,
Jane Glaze and
Minerva Glaze (who married 1849, Archibald Broyles [b. 1827, son of Simeon, Matthias]).

Lawrence earned a good living for his family by farming. His children enjoyed the advantages of a good country home and school life and were reared in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of which their parents were active members. Lawrence and Elizabeth Glaze were buried in a field on their farm, Philadelphia Community, Washington County.

Shays's Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels (Shaysites) in rising up against perceived economic injustices.

Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck
from Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack

The American folk hero, David "Davy" Crockett (1786 – 1836), grew up in East Tennessee.

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