Francis Gladwin

M, (14 July 1834 - 5 February 1900)
Father-Biological*George Gladwin b. 23 Mar 1800, d. 12 Sep 1848
Mother-Biological*Elizabeth Gilbert b. 26 Mar 1803
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Last Edited=15 May 2023
Francis Gladwin
     Francis Gladwin was born on 14 July 1834 at Pendleton, Manchester, Lancashire, England.1,2,3,4,5,6 He was the son of George Gladwin and Elizabeth Gilbert. Francis Gladwin was christened on 10 August 1834 at Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Church, Pendleton, Manchester, Lancashire, England.7,4,2 Francis Gladwin was also known as Frank. He, age 40 years, appeared on the English Census of 1841 in the household of George Gladwin and Ann ______ at Manchester, Lancashire, England.8 Francis, age 16 years, appeared on the English Census of 1851 at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England; where he was a lodger.5

Francis Gladwin, age 26, married Sarah Jane Cooper, age 23 , daughter of Stephen Cooper and Jane Brasher, on 26 September 1860 at Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.9,10,11 Francis Gladwin, age 56 years, appeared on the English Census of 1861 in the household of Jane Brasher at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.12 Francis Gladwin and Sarah Jane Cooper immigrated on 7 June 1869 to the United States and settled in Akron, Ohio.13,14 Francis, age 35 years, and Sarah, age 32 years, appeared on the US Census of 1870 at Akron, Ohio.15 According to the census in 1870, Francis was a sculptor.15 He was naturalized on 6 April 1874 at the Probate Court, Akron, Ohio.16 1880, Francis became a Mason, belonging to lodges in both Philadelphia and Akron.3 Francis, age 45 years, and Sarah, age 42 years, appeared on the US Census of 1880 at 308 Voris Street, Akron, Ohio.17 According to the census in 1880, Francis was a wood and stone carver.17,18 In the 11 March 1887 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal the following was related: "Frank Gladwin, the carver, in turning over a heavy piece of stone upon which he was at work at his home, strained his back, so that he can not get around at present.19" Frank was a member of the I.O.O.F and the Patriarchs Millitant.18,3 In 1900, the year Francis died, he lived at 508 East Voris Street, Akron, Summit County, Ohio.20 He died on 5 February 1900 at home on 508 East Voris Street, Akron, Summit County, Ohio, at age 65 of pleurisy of the spine.6,21,1,3,18,22 Francis's obituary of 6 February 1900, reads:

An Aged Citizen of Akron, Died Monday[

Francis Gladwin, of 508 East Voris street, died Monday evening from pleurisy of the spine.

Mr. Gladwin was 65 years of age. and had been a resident of Akron 31 years. He was born in England. He was a stone and wood cutter, but has been unable to work at his trade for some time. He leaves a wife and five daughters.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, under the auspices of Akron lodge, I. O. O. I. and the Patriarchs Militant, of which he was a member. Interment at Glendale.18

He was buried on 7 February 1900 at Glendale Cemetery, Akron, Ohio, in section 25, lot 224.6,18,20,1

According to Kenfield (1928):
"Akron had numbered Francis Gladwin among her citizens for thirty-one years when he passed away February 5, 1900, at the age of sixty-six. He was a native of Manchester, England, born July 14, 1834, and in early life became a stone and wood carver but for some years prior to his demise was unable to follow his calling. His parents were George and Elizabeth Gilbert Gladwin. His father was also a stone carver, doing beautiful stone work on cathedrals and other notable buildings in England. It was natural, therefore, that Francis Gladwin should turn his attention in the same direction. He acquired his education in Stokeupon-Trent in England and his natural skill and ingenuity led him to become a sculptor and wood carver of much more than ordinary ability. He did a large amount of wood carving for many beautiful homes all over Ohio, including some of the finest residences in Akron, Elyria and Warren. He was likewise engaged in work of similar character on leading churches and public buildings. He was the head of one of the pioneer families of Akron, coming here when the city was a small town and passing away before the period of its phenomenal growth. About 1880 he erected the residence in which his family has since continuously lived.

It was in Stoke-upon-Trent, in Staffordshire, England, that Mr. Gladwin was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Cooper, who was born in 1837 and died February 20, 1912. She was a daughter of Stephen and Jane Brooks Cooper and her father was a resident of both England and Scotland. To Mr. and Mrs. Gladwin were born the following children: Mary Elizabeth; Anna Cooper; Sarah Jane; Ellen Rachel; Neonetta, who has been principal of Grace school for twenty-one years; Francis, who married Arthur Herbert Hunsicker; and Stephen Cooper, who married Ada Copeland and afterward Gertrude Allen Hillbish.3[:ITAL]"

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Compeller's Notes:
Birth: In her letter, Sandra Hayton, gives his birth date as 14/7/1934. She was unable to send a copy of the birth records, as their printer was not operational.2

Children of Francis Gladwin and Sarah Jane Cooper


  1. Burial Records of Glendale Cemetery, Akron, Ohio.
  2. Hayton, Sandra, letter. 25 May 2001, from Salford, United Kingdom, to Elizaberth Ashmore.
  3. Kenfield, Scott Dix. Akron and Summit County, Ohio 1825-1928 - Biographical, volume II. Chicago and Akron, Ohio: S. J. Clark Publishing Company, 1928.
  4. General Register Office. England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1936. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2013.
  5. The National Archives of the UK. 1851 England Census. Lehi, Utah: Operations, 2006.
  6. Find-a-Grave. Online
  7. FamilySearch. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2014.
  8. The National Archives of the UK. 1841 Census of England. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2010.
  9. General Register Office. England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2006.
  10. Staffordshire Anglican Parish Registers. Staffordshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-190. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2006.
  11. Ancestry Member Trees - Use with Caution. Provo, Utah: Operations.
  12. He National Archives of the UK. 1861 England Census. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2005.
  13. Declaration of Indention of Francis Gladwin, downloaded from (13 October 1869).
  14. Grismer, Karl H. Akron and Summit County. Akron, Ohio: Summit County Historical Society, 1952.
  15. Census Bureau. 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Provoi, Utah: Operations, 2009.
  16. Naturalization Record of Francis Gladwin, downloaded from (6 April 1874).
  17. Census Bureau. 1880 U.S. Federal Census. Lehi, Utah: Operations, 2010.
  18. The Akron Beacon Journal, "Francis Gladwin, an Aged Citizen of Akron, Died Monday" Akron, Ohio, 6 February 1900.
  19. Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, 11 March 1887.
  20. Elliott, Michael "Summet County Look Ups - Gladwin." E-mail message from Avsprocess (at) at Summet County, Ohio. 13 March 1999.
  21. County Court of Common Pleas - Probate Division. Summit County, Ohio, U.S., Death Records, 1866-1908. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2009.
  22. Death Certificate. Francis Gladwin 5 Feb 1900.