The Glasheens arrive in the area of Kaukauna Wisconsin

Town of Buchanan, Outagamie County Wisconsin, 1873
Lands of John, Thomas and Edward Glasheen

John, Thomas and Edward Glasheen

   The start of what we know is the obituary of Mrs. John Glasheen from December 30, 1910.  This establishes that Anna Murphy was born in County Tipperary, Ireland on June 5, 1833.  It says she immigrated to New York at the age of 18 with her uncle Michael Murphy.  I have found a listing in the 1850 census showing a listing for Anna and Michael in a large rooming house in Kingston (Ulster County) New York, this may be them.  Then she came west and married John Glasheen at Portage City (Portage) Wisconsin in 1855.  The obituary says John was also from County Tipperary.  They bought their homestead just south east of Kaukauna in 1856.  They cleared the land and started a farm where she gave birth to ten children.  Two other Glasheens start farming here soon after John arrived, Edward and Thomas.  We are assuming they were brothers, but we don't know for sure. 

From the census and other records, we have; John Glasheen born 1829, Edward Glasheen born 1827 and Thomas Glasheen born about 1820; in County Tipperary, Ireland.


Anna Glasheen, wife of John.

Here is a transcription of Anna's obituary in the Kaukauna Times, December 30, 1910;

Mrs. John Glasheen, one of the pioneer settlers of the town of Buchanan, passed away Monday morning at her home a few miles from Kaukauna, where she resided with her sons William, Michael and Jerry.  Ailments incident to old age, she being 77 years old, were the cause of her demise.

Mrs. Glasheen was born in county Tipperary, Ireland, June 5, 1833, and at the age of eighteen came to America remaining in New York with her uncle Michael Murphy.  Three years later, she came west to Wisconsin, taking up her residence at Portage City where in 1855 she was united in marriage to John Glasheen, also a native of county Tipperary.  In 1859 Mr. and Mrs. Glasheen settled on an eighty acre homestead in the town of Buchanan and commenced the hard task of the early pioneers, that of clearing up the primeval forest and converting the land into a farm for the cultivation of crops.  Settlers in those days were few and far between and many a hardship had to be contended with.  In 1882 her life companion was called by death and the remains interred at Hollandtown, and beside whom the deceased will now be laid for her last long sleep.

Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Glasheen, eight of whom still survive as follows: John Glasheen of Appleton; Edward and Thomas Glasheen of Buchanan; Michael, Jerry, Daniel and William of Buchanan.

The funeral was held at St. Mary's church where the deceased had been a regular and devoted attendant since the erection of this edifice, on Wednesday morning and was largely attended, the old settlers and friends of the family coming for many miles to pay their last respects to the old pioneer they had known so long.  The pallbearers were; John Duffy, John Cox, Morris Campbell, William Rohan, Thomas Clune and William Powers.

I haven't found any definite immigration information on John.  I can find his name on ship's list, but it is such a common name that I can not confirm what ship he came in on.  

The earliest confirmed record I have for John is the 1863 Civil War Draft Registry that list John and the next entry is Edward.  I can find lots of listings in Ireland for a John Glasheen, but again it is such a common name that I haven't been able to make any definite connections.  I have just recently found the Civil War Draft register and this helped me establish a year of birth for John.  The Census records have many different ages for John along with many misspellings of the name Glasheen.  The only three facts I have to work on to establish a connection from John Glasheen to Ireland is that he is from Tipperary (from the Obituary), he was born about 1829 (from the draft register) and that he may be a brother to Edward and Thomas.