Stephen Cooper Gladwin

M, (25 March 1864 - 18 April 1942)
Father-Biological*Francis Gladwin b. 14 Jul 1834, d. 5 Feb 1900
Mother-Biological*Sarah Jane Cooper b. 3 Jan 1837, d. 20 Feb 1912
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Last Edited=15 May 2023
Stephen C. Gladwin from his Obituary
     Stephen Cooper Gladwin was born on 25 March 1864 at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.1,2,3,4,5 He was the son of Francis Gladwin and Sarah Jane Cooper. Stephen Cooper Gladwinappeared on the US Census of 1870 in the household of Francis Gladwin and Sarah Jane Cooper at Akron, Ohio.6 Stephen Cooper Gladwin immigrated in 1876 to the United States.1,7 Heappeared on the US Census of 1880 in the household of Francis Gladwin and Sarah Jane Cooper at 308 Voris Street, Akron, Ohio.8 According to the census in 1880, Stephen was a wood and stone carver.8

Stephen Cooper Gladwin, age 23, married Ada Leona Copeland, age 20 , daughter of John Weir Copeland and Floretta A. Russell, on 12 October 1887 at Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Their wedding announcement in the newspaper reads:
A Victorious Akronian

Cards have Lea received in this city from Mr. and Mrs. M. Robertson, of 247 Ferry Steet, Cleveland, for the marriage of their daughter Ada Leona Copeland, today, at 8 o'clock, to Stephen Cooper Gladwin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Fiancis Gladwin, of Voris Street, Akron. For some time past "Steven has been making head quarters at Cleveland where he has been doing a splendid business. As a sculptor he has but few equals, though yet young and the future for this Akronian is unusually brilliant. About twenty of Mr. Gladwin's intimate friends from here besides members of his family will witness the ceremony. That Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Gladwin may forever enjoy happiness and success is the wish of his multitude of friends. The Times extends congratulations.1,9,10,11

Circa 1900, he was the President of the Summit County Historical Society. At the time of his death in 1942, he was listed as the honorary president of the society.12,13 According to the census in 1900, Stephen was an architectural sculptor.1 Stephen, age 35 years, and Ada, age 32 years, appeared on the US Census of 1900 at 164 Ashdale Street, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.1 Stephen Cooper Gladwin was naturalized before 1910.14 Stephen, age 45 years, and Ada, age 42 years, appeared on the US Census of 1910 at 10306 Columbia Avenue, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.14 According to the census in 1910, Stephen was an architectural sculptor.14 Stephen, age 55 years, and Ada, age 52 years, appeared on the US Census of 1920 at 291 St Ledger Street, Tallmadge, Summit County, Ohio.15 According to the census in 1920, Stephen was a mechanical draftsman for a rubber company.15

Stephen Cooper Gladwin, age 57, married Gertrude E. Allyn, age 51 , daughter of Abel G. Allyn and Adaline Capron, on 25 June 1921 at Akron, Ohio.16,17,5 Stephen, age 65 years, and Gertrude, age 60 years, appeared on the US Census of 1930 at 1485 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio.18 According to the census in 1930, Stephen was a sculptor. Among his works is the baptismal font of the Church of Our Savior in Akron.18 Stephen wrote his will on 22 November 1939 at 1485 W. Market Street, Akron, Ohio.19 Stephen, age 75 years, and Gertrude, age 70 years, appeared on the US Census of 1940 at 1485 W. Market Street, Akron, Ohio.20 Stephen's obituary of 18 April 1942, reads:

S. C. Gladwin, Sculptor, Claimed By Death Here
Decorated Buildings All Over United States

The honorary president of the Summit County Historical society, and a well-known Akronite 'for 56 years, Stephen C. Gladwin, 77, architectural sculptor, died at his residence, 1485 W. Market St., this morning,

Mr. Gladwin had been in falling health 'recently. Although he re tired 20 years sgo, he had remained prominent In historical and architectural activities in Akron district, and was a member of the Fifty Year, club.

He was born in England, March 25, 1864, of one of England's most historically prominent families. The Gladwins came to America and he attended Pleasant Park, Old Stone and Jennings schools when Akron was a mere village. Mr. Gladwin worked for the old Akron Beacon after leaving school, and studied wood carving and sculpture under his father.

Worked On Fair Project
He helped to decorate a great many public and private buildings in this and' eastern vicinities, Including a two-year Job on the famous George W. Vanderbilt home in the North Carolina city of the same name. He assisted with the decoration of Garfield's monument in Cleveland, and in that city was appointed a member of the board of city hall commission to aid in. the development of Cleveland architecture. He did sculptural work at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

Mr. Gladwin leaves his wife. Gertrude Allyn Gladwin; five sisters. Miss Janey Gladwin, Mrs. Arthur Hunsicker, Miss Anna, Miss Neonetta and Miss Ellen R; three daughters, Mrs. A. L. Brown, Mrs. Gladys Roy and Mrs. Ned Cadot; two sons, - Frank C. and Stephen C., the latter of the Y.M.C.A. staff; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p. m. at the Billow chapel, with Dr. George Cross Baner officiating. Burial will be in Glendale cemetery, and friends may call at Billow chapel after 4:30 p. m. Sunday.

He died on 18 April 1942 at Akron, Ohio, at age 78.21,22,3,4,23,24,13,25 He was buried at Glendale Cemetery, Akron, Ohio, in section 12, lot 13.21,22,3

Compeller's Notes:
Immigration: The 1900 Census gives his immigration year as 1876. The 1910 gives 1869, the 1920 gives 1869, and the 1930 gives 1870. I have choosen the earliest record, but it is very questionable.

Children of Stephen Cooper Gladwin and Ada Leona Copeland


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  20. Census Bureau. 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2012.
  21. Burial Record : Glendale Cemetery, Akron, Ohio.
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