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Abel B Gleason
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Birth: Oct., 1825
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 22, 1908
Riverside County
California, USA


Among the inhabitants of Clinton County, but very few were found willing to engage in the dangerous work of assisting in operating the Underground Railroad. Some there were who favored the idea of immediate and unconditional emancipation, and aided, by pecuniary means, in keeping the rolling-stock in motion; but few, very few indeed could be found with the disposition or the necessary courage to stand by the throttle or conduct the trains. Of the latter class, we recognize as the principal agent in the work, not only in the State of Iowa, but in every locality where their co-operation could be of any avail, the Quakers, or Society of Friends, one community of which sect was located near West Branch, Cedar Co., Iowa. Agents from this number were constantly on the alert, principally operating in the State of Missouri, running off, as opportunity offered, all the fugitive slaves they could find into this State. Such were picked up by one section of the road at DeWitt, pushed through, chiefly at night, to Low Moor, thence to Clinton, at which place they were generally kept for a few days, to rest and refresh themselves, then taken across the river in a skiff, and afterwards transported in a wagon to Union Grove, Whiteside Co., Ill. From the latter place, they were conducted by similar stages, until Lake Michigan was reached, where, at several ports, agents of the underground took charge of and secreted them until a friendly sailing-master appeared to take the weary fugitive on his last stage to a land of liberty.

The following is a partial list of names of parties engaged on the "underground" in Clinton County: in DeWitt, Capt. Burdette, Judge Graham and Mrs. J. D. Stillman; in Low Moor, George W. Weston, Abel B. Gleason, B. R. Palmer, J. B. Jones, Lawrence Mix and Nelson Olin; in Clinton, C. B. Campbell, Andrew Bather, J. R. Bather, G. W. Brindell, W. B. Star, T. Savage and H. Leslie. C. B. Campbell, of Clinton George W. Weston, of Low Moor, and Capt. Burdette and Judge Graham, of DeWitt, were, in reality, the prime movers in the enterprise of aiding and assisting, and helping forward such fugitives as were passed over the line. On them devolved the responsibility of having agents promptly at their posts, and of warning such of approaching danger, of procuring the necessary funds, conducting the correspondence, etc.

SOURCE- Allen, L. P., History of Clinton County, Iowa, Chicago IL; Western Historical Company, 1879 
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  Abel Gleason (1795 - 1874)
  Irving Whittier Gleason (1861 - 1932)*
  Sarah J Gleason Kellogg (1821 - 1863)*
  Abel B Gleason (1825 - 1908)
*Calculated relationship
Corona Sunnyslope Cemetery
Riverside County
California, USA
Created by: RobMinteer57
Record added: Apr 20, 2012
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Abel B Gleason
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Remembering a man who was an agent on the Underground Railroad.
- Kent Gebhard
 Added: Jul. 22, 2015

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