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Isia  and Emeline (Graves) (Hagan) Gleaves, Kirk

Emeline Graves was born in Claybourne County, Tennessee, to Houston and Elizabeth Reynolds Graves. In 1854 the family moved to Nodaway County, Missouri.

Elijah Hagan was born to Edward and Mitilda Johnson Hagan in Pennsylvania. a few years later the family moved to Guilford, Missouri. Edward was a farmer; he had a large family. The rich Missouri soil was appealing to this man of the soil, so he followed Horace Greeley's command, "Go West, young man, go West!"

Emeline and Elijah were married September 03, 1871. They lived in Guilford. Elijah was a postman. to this union three children were born ---- Betty, Mack, and Clide. Clide was less than a year old when his father died of pneumonia. Emeline was left with three children; all under five years old. She worked as a maid for a neighbor and her parents helped with the children. the paternal grandparents were helpful, too. In later years, the children talked about the kindness of Grandpa Hagen. Every Saturday he drove to Guilford, bought the necessary staples for the fatherless children. How they looked forward to this treat.

In, 1880, Emeline married Isia "Ike" Newton Gleaves. They lived between Barnard and Guilford. In 1894, they moved to Mansfield, Missouri. The boys married girls from this area. Mack married Lizzie Edwards, and Clide married Lizzie Jane Quessenberry. Betty had married den Davis several years before they moved.

In 1906, Ike and Emeline came to Yuma County in a covered wagon. They homesteaded six miles southwest of Kirk. The home stood where the Clarence Crawford's barn now stands. Emeline's brother Rufus Graves, lived on his homestead about three mile northeast. Later, Mack and family and Clide and his family moved to farms nearby.

(Charles J. cash-claimed a quarter in 24, 5S 47W in 1908, witnesses John G,. Davis, Fielding W. Amy, John C. Kness, and James A. Pratt.

John T. Gleaves proved up a quarter in 25 in 1912, Susan O. Gleaves cash-claimed a quarter in 35 in 1908, witnesses John G. Davis, Fielding W. Amy, John C. Kness, and James A. Pratt.   Isaac N. Gleaves proved up a quarter in section 30 in 1913, witnesses Charles Preuss, James Crawford, Frank Klaussen and Burt Sell)

Emeline, "Grandma Gleaves" as everyone called her, delivered over 200 babies in the Joes-Kirk area. She never lost a mother. She always helped other and never expected anything in return.

One time I said to her, "Grandma, how did you know what to do when an emergency arose?" Quietly she replied, "God knew the homesteaders need help. I would listen and he told me what to do."

Ike died in 1921. In 1937 or 1938, Grandma moved back to Guilford. She and Elijah are buried in the Guilford Cemetery.

(Missouri death records have Mathilda Emaline Gleaves, born March 15, 1853 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Hugh and Elizabeth (Reynolds) Graves, died  October 18, 1939 in Nodaway County, burial in the Graves cemetery.  Informant was Mrs. W. D. Davis of Guilford.)

Emeline was almost 5 feet tall. She never weighed more than 90 pounds, she smoked Granger twist in an old clay pipe, was a devout Christian and was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her neighbors, friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved her dearly." Source: Yuma County, The Hundred Year Review, article was written by Fred Hagan, 1989, page 304.

(Fieldren Clyde Hagan is buried in the Kirk cemetery 67354483)

At the Kirk 1911 commencement, the salutation was given by Miss Lilas Gleaves, the prophecy Jean Gleaves.

1912 Kirk "R.M. Hagan and family spend Wednesday at the Ike Gleave's home."

January 1913 "Word has been received of the death of Mrs. S. O. Gleaves at her daughter's home in St. Joe, Mo.  The remains were take to Gilford, Mo., for burial."

May 1913 "Tyson McLean gave this neighborhood quite a surprise by going to Denver and returning with Miss Lila Gleaves as his wife.  They will live on the Culbertson farm north of the old Fox post office."

1914 "Miss Pearl Hagan spent last week with her grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gleaves."

Clide Hagan was born January, 1876 in Guilford, Missouri. He had a sister, Betty, and a brother, Mack. Clide's father, a mail carrier at Guilford, died of pneumonia before Clide was two years old. When the children were grown, his mother, Emeline, married Isaac Gleaves. They moved to Mansfield, Missouri. It was here that Clide met, and married, Lizzie Jane Quessenberry in December, 1990.

Lizzie Jane was born in Floyd County, Virginia, in September, 1876. The Quessenberrys were of German descent. The Hagans were Irish. Four children were born to this union: Fred, February 1904; Effie, September, 1906; Arthur, April 1911; Mildred, January, 1915. From Mansfield, Missouri, the couple moved to Waverly, Kansas where the two older children were born. Clide, who was a railroad employee,  moved to Freeport, Kansas, where Arthur was born. They returned to Mansfield, Missouri, where Mildred was born.

In 1917, the Hagan's moved to the Joes-Kirk community. They came by train to Stratton, Colorado,and from there with the mail carrier to Kirk, Colorado. It was Miraculous how four kids , three adults, baggage and the mail got into that Maxwell touring car! Even more amazing was the fact that the side curtains had no broken isinglass. Fred had the chicken pox when the family got to Stratton. Clide's brother, Mack, who had lived near Kirk for several years, met the family and took them to Grandma Gleaves' home in a wagon pulled by a team of horses. Grandma lived seven miles west of Kirk. She and her husband Ike, homesteaded in 1906. They had moved to Colorado in a covered wagon.

Adam Elsey, who lived one mile west of Grandma, asked Clide if he would rent his farm. Clide did. this was completely different type of farming. In Missouri, you surface planted corn with a hand planter and cultivated with a walking cultivator. The shovels were spring equipped, and when they hit a rock they would flip back, after passing the rock they would flip back in place.

In Colorado, we used a riding disc, pulled by four horses to prepare the ground, then a riding one row lister, pulled by four horses to plant the corn four or five inches below the surface of the ground. Later, the four horses pulled a two row "go dig" to cultivate the corn. Eventually, we had a two row lister which was pulled by six horses. This was all riding equipment, what a change from Missouri! Harvesting the wheat took a crew of six men. One man was on the header pulled by six horses, there were two header barges with two men in each barge and one man to stack. Usually, the stacks were in pairs so that a threshing machine could pull in between the stacks and thresh both at the same time. We threshed four to six week after stacking, as the wheat needed time to go through a sweat.

A farmer had eight or ten cows and a bunch of chickens. He would milk the cows, separate the cream from the milk, and once a week haul the cream and eggs to town and do the shopping. Every town had at least one cream station. We used a wagon and four horses to haul the grain to town, fifty to seventy-five bushels per load. The road between the farm and Vona, Colorado, was quite a challenge. The wagon had no brakes and north of Vona were many steep hills. You held the horses at a slow walk at the top of each hill, by by the time you reached the bottom of the hill the weight of the load of corn would have pushed the horses into a long trot or gallop. Such was the life on a farm, you didn't know any different and you had a good time! Literary, parties, singing groups, and visiting, but you didn't go very far from home.

Clide and Lizzie Jane Hagan are buried in the Kirk, Colorado Cemetery. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are reaching out into all walks of life." Source: West Yuma County Historical Book, 1985, page 221.

Contributed by Dallas Riedesel


EMELINE's SISTER - Sarah Catherine Graves was born on January 11, 1852 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Houston Hugh Graves (born 5/31/1825 in Tennessee) and Elizabeth Reynolds Graves. Hugh had been raised by his grandfather, John Graves II.  Hugh and Betsy married on December 6 (?), 1850. It was some time after their union that they moved to Missouri. Hugh taught school north of Guilford, Missouri, and, after a few years, bought a general store in Guilford which operated until the beginning of the Civil War. Catherine had two siblings: Emiline Graves (born March 25,1853/married 1. Elijah Hagan, Sept. 3, 1871/married 2. Isaac Newton Gleaves. 1880/died Oct. 19, 1939) and Rufus L. Graves (born Jan.29, 1859/married Ellen Maria Ham, Mar. 5, 1882/died Oct. 9, 1938.


Contributed by Dallas Riedesel