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John Glen

John Glen was born in 1726 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He was the son of James Glen born 1680 in Boyburn, Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and Jean Caldwell Glen. James' father was Ninian Glen of Lifford, Tyrone County, Northern Ireland. This family descends from Sir Robert de Glen and Margaret Bruce, daughter of King Robert de Bruce. Sir Robert's father Lord John de la Glen b.1272 in Scotland served under William Wallace and commanded E Troop of Glasgow at The Battle of Stirling Bridge and The Battle Falkirk. He received a land grant at Gaytflat, near Paisley, Balmato Fife, after the Battle of Bannockburn, from King Robert Bruce. These Glens were part of the great migration from Scotland to Northern Ireland in the 17th century. John moved to America and established a home in York Co. Pennsylvania in 1755. He was employed as a wagonmaster for General Braddock's Army during the French and Indian Wars, and was at Braddock's Defeat on July 17, 1759, escaping with his horses. John married his first wife Jane Elizabeth Spratt, a relative of Thomas Spratt, Sr., of Mecklenburg NC. John was in the Virginia Militia of Frederick Co. VA.,1758-1761. John and Jane Elizabeth bought land on "Plentiful Run" Spottsfulvania Co.,VA. March 5, 1768. John and Jane Elizabeth had five children who were all born in Virginia,. Jane Elizabeth died about 1773 and is possibly buried in Rockingham Co. VA. It is also said she rests in the Goshen Church Cemetery with her husband John, though her grave does not have a gravestone. After her death, John and his family moved to the part of Tryon Co. NC that later changed to Lincoln Co. He first lived on the Becky Matthews farm near Lowell, but on Oct. 25 1775 he purchased land on Crowder's Creek and Duharts Creek. He owned 600 acres of land in the Lincoln Co, area. He lived in the South Point near the McLeans. He was named overseer of roads leading from Armstrong's Ford to the South Carolina line 1784 and he opened a wagon road from Armstrong's Ford to Crowder's Creek in 1786. John married his second wife Jane McLean about 1774. During the American Revolution he was a private in the Lincoln Co. NC State militia under Gen. Rutherford, Col. William Graham and Capt. John Barber. He also saw service as a mounted rifleman under Capt. Malcolm Henry and Col. William Graham. He is listed in the service of Col. Livy Casey`s Regt(Little River Rangers) Capt. James Dilliard's Company from Apr. 24th - June 8th 1782. Both John and his son James fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain Oct 7, 1780 under Col. William Graham and Capt. Malcolm Henry.(John Glen Family Bible record.) This battle was a decisive victory for the Patriot cause. John Glen died September 1828 in Lincoln Co. NC at the age of 102. He is buried in the Goshen Church Cemetery. His grave is marked with a Revolutionary War headstone.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 40060034
  • Gary & Nancy Glenn Clampitt
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Glen (1726–24 Sep 1828), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40060034, citing Goshen Cemetery, Belmont, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by MacDubh712 (contributor 47160575) .