Clarke With Great Grandparents
Clarke in 1935 at 2 years old with his great-grandparents Laverne and Jenny Breen Clarke. Photo taken in Jersey Shore, PA.
Clarke Middle Age
Clarke in 1998 at 65 years old at the Green Garden Quaker Cemetery, The Grange near Toome, Northern Ireland. Clarke’s ancestor Gabriel Clarke is buried there, circa 1696.
Clarke’s grandfather John A. Glennon in 1905 at the time of his marriage to his grandmother Hester Harris. They met in Waterville, PA.
My Glennon Family History
I have had a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of my hobby of genealogy.
At 10 years old in 1943, at a time when young boys and girls played ‘Cowboys and Indians,’ my mother said one of my ancestors was scalped by the Indians and lived. I was fascinated and wanted to know more. She referred me to my father’s mother who knew the history of our family back to the original settlers of Jersey Shore and Pine Creek, PA. This aroused my curiosity about all my ancestors and I was hooked.
By the time I was a young adult in the 1960’s, I was reaching out to governments, churches, historical societies to find records of births, marriages, military service and pensions, events, deaths, obituaries and much more.
By mid-life in the 1970’s, I gathered the written records in large 3-ring binders and bought published books referring to my family lines. The written information went back as far as the 1200s. After the internet was available to the public in the late 1980s, I contacted the first company offering DNA services for historians like me. In 2000, I was one of the first customers. With these new genetic tools, I reached out to potential relatives and helped complete the DNA studies to identify my Glennon lines in Ireland and my Clarkes in Northern Ireland. On this website, you will read some of the completed research and, as well, read about my on-going efforts to gather everything as I reach the end of my life. Since my family sources have passed away, in the future, it would be difficult if not impossible to recreate this information all in one place.
I hope that my lifelong work of finding and gathering my family history, that includes over 50 family surnames, will interest other family historians and my own descendants. Learning about the people who came before us is knowing more about ourselves, the people we are today.