Henry H McGlothlin

Henry H. McGlothlin is the second child of Jemima Corel and David McGlothlin.  Henry H. was born on March 12, 1840 in Tazewell County, Virginia and traveled with his family to Jackson County, Missouri in the late 1840s.  He returned to Kentucky with his father and siblings after the death of his mother.  About 1856 Henry H. decided to return to his extended family who were now living in Kansas.

Henry H. is one of our more interesting Corel Cousins, so much so that Cousin Bobby Dobbins Title has written an essay on her findings that are far more interesting than what I could write.  Cousin Bobby has graciously allowed me to post her essay on Henry H. McGlothlin here.

What I Know and Where I Found It

Researched and Compiled by Bobby Dobbins Title
© 2005

Military Pension File #768946 General Affidavit
dated 2 June 1910

70 years old. Lives in Pleasanton, Linn Co., Kansas. Father was David McGlothlin, Mother Jemima McGlothlin. HHM lived with them in Jackson Co., MO near Kansas City, MO in 1850. Mother died in 1851. Then he lived with his father until 1856. Then he lived with his grandmother in Douglas County, KS to and including the year 1860. Her name was Rebecca Corel.

Quarterly Circular from Bureau of Pensions
dated May 4, 1898

States he married Rebecca W. Probasco in April of 1871 in the Probate Judge’s office, Linn Co., KS.

Declaration for Pension
dated 17 March 1910

Appearance at enlistment was as follows: Height-5’11″; complexion-dark; eyes-blue, hair-black; he was a carpenter, born March 12, 1840 at Jeffersonville, Virginia.

Form 8-389 Bureau of Pensions – General Questions

Says he was born in Tazewell Co., Virginia on March 12, 1840. Served in Co. K, 15th Kansas Cavalry. Post office at enlistment was Lawrence, KS. Married first to Rebecca W. Probasco April 9, 1870. She died October 25, 1904 at Pleasanton, KS. Presently married to Ella R. Haskins – first husband was William Haskins. They were married Feb. 1872. He died in Kansas City, Kansas on January 4, 1894(?) and did not serve in the military.

Affidavit in Pension Claim
dated 8 Dec 1891

Says “at the time I made application for Pension …I was then, and had been for many years, suffering with ‘piles’ and diseased rectum’ (which I forgot to include in my application.) The incurrence of ‘piles’ and ‘diseased rectum’ was, as I verily believe, caused by riding horseback in the service and from exposure incident to Army life, and said ‘piles’ and ‘disease of rectum’ first made their appearance in a slight degree while I was yet in the Army, and have gradually grown worse from year to year since, so that it is very difficult for me to state just when and where said diseases were contracted or the circumstances under which they were incurred, as they are of many years standing.”

General Affidavit – Military Pension File
14 May 1910

No public record of his birth and no baptismal record. There was a family record kept in the family bible, which was kept by his father, and after his father it was kept by a sister of affiant, who resided in Martin County, KY and during the year 1863 whose house with its contents was burned by the confederate army. This family record showed that he was born on 12 March 1840 and affiant has always kept that day as his birthday and believes it to be his birthday and that he is 70 years old on the 12th day of March 1910.

HENRY McGLOTHLIN OBITUARY1926 Newspaper Obituary
Source Unnamed. Picture included in Original Article

Obituary – b Jeffersonville, VA 12 Mar 1849. In 1849 father moved from VA to where Kansas City now stands, area now known as Westport’s landing. Stayed there until 1852, when family moved to KY. “Hank” was not satisfied with that country. Boarded a steamboat on the Ohio River, coming to KC in 1856 by way of Louisville and St. Louis. Has been resident of Kansas since that time. At breakout of Civil war he served the government as “scout” until the 15th Kansas was organized. He served until mustered out in November 1865. Married Mrs. Rebecca Probasco in the year 1871. No children. Was deputy sheriff of Linn County for over 20 years and for four years was deputy U. S. Marshall. “Cried” public sales continuously for over 30 years and is best auctioneer in the state. Has sunny disposition and kind-heartedness

Pleasanton Herald, June 11, 1926

Obituary – called “Col. Henry H. McGlothlin.” Died at Fort Scott hospital. Loved children. Cried auctions for over 50 years. Funeral held at Presbyterian Church on Sunday conducted by his pastor, Rev. R. E. Fleming. People attended from Fort Scott, Kansas City, La Cygne, Blue Mound, Mound City and surrounding country.

Came to Trading Post in 1867, worked at sawmill. He hauled first load of lumber to erect first building in Pleasanton in 1869. Moved in July to new town. In 1882 he was among men who organized the Pleasanton Town Company. Through him waterworks, Blaker Mills and fine hotel were secured.

Born Jefferson, VA March 12, 1840, d Ft. Scott hospital June 4, 1926, age 86 years, 2 months and 23 days. Parents moved to Kentucky when he was a baby and to Westport Landing when he was 9. Two years later his mother died, and in 1852 father and family returned to KY. At age 15, he ran away from home, got work on a boat plying the Ohio River, coming to St. Louis. There he got work on a Missouri Riverboat and worked his way up the river to Kansas City. Upon landing he went to Lawrence and lived with his grandmother. Joined the 7th Kansas Cavalry at outbreak of Civil War and served to the end, being located part of the time at Ft. Scott. After discharge he worked in Leavenworth Sawmill for Rice Hunkaford. Was sent by Mr. Hunkaford to Trading Post. In 1869 he moved to Pleasanton and never left. He married Mrs. Rebecca Probasco April 9, 1871. No children born but Kittie, little daughter of Rebecca’s son Charles, came to live with them after father’s death. Raised her as their own child. Wife died in 1904. In 1906 married Mrs. Ellen Haskins who survives him.

Soon after arriving in Linn Co., became auctioneer and traveled over Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Cried over 2000 sales in lifetime. Active Republican. Encouraged to run for Sheriff but declined honor.

History of the State of Kansas
by William G. Cutler, Chicago, A.T. Andreas, 1883, Page 1112

H. H. McGlothlin: auctioneer. Born Tazewell Co., VA March 12, 1840, moved with parents to Kansas City, Missouri 1849, raised and educated there. Located on farm in Douglas County, Kansas where he remained until 1861, when he went into the employ of government until he enlisted in Co. K, 15th Regiment Kansas Cavalry, as private; mustered out in 1865 as 1st Sergeant. Relocated to Linn County, KS. Engaged in Sawmill until 1870 when he went into auctioneering. Elected Constable. In 1878 appointed Deputy U.S. Marshall, served 4 years. Married to Mrs. R. W. Probasco.

Probate Court Documents
Linn County, Kansas 1888

H. H. McGlothlin appointed guardian for two nieces (Cora, age 16 yrs, 4 mo. and Julia McGlothlin, age 11 years 6 months), daughters of Shadrick McGlothlin, Henry’s brother, upon the death of their mother. Some money was inherited from their mother. (Two documents, one a request from the girls and from Shadrick for H. H. McGlothlin to be a guardian and the second an Affidavit of Age and Residence signed by HHM.

1895 Census
Potosi Township, Pleasanton, Linn County, Kansas

H. H. McGlothlin 55 M White Virginia
R. W. 63 F White Ohio

Pleasanton Cemetery Information
provided by Linn County Historical Society, 1989

H. H. McGlothlin 1840-1926, 15th Ks. Cav. (buried June 4)
Ella R. Haskins McGlothlin 1847-1927 (buried July 1)


Corel Family Research
1989 to Present by Bobby Title

Henry McGlothlin’s grandmother, named earlier, was Rebecca Corel. Her children and their spouses were as follows:

Jemima Corel and David McGlothlin – parents of HH McGlothlin
Henry Corel and Nancy Matney
Mary Corel and John Puckett
Margaret Corel and Joshua Puckett
Rebecca Corel and Robert McGlothlin
Louisa Corel and William Puckett
Jane Corel and William Justice
William Corel and Mary McGee
James Corel and Susannah McGee
Nancy Corel and Frank LaHay, James Dobbins
Olivia Corel and John Jacob McGee

Mankind Yields
Josephine Shirar McGonigle, (1977), pgs 56, 57, 58

In the book Mankind Yields by Josephine Shirar McGonigle (1977), the author talks about the founding of Franklin, a town on the Wakarusa just a bit south and east of where the Corel family settled in 1854. On page 58 of this book it tells about Charley Hart and the North Ferry Landing.

The landing was a loafing place for all sorts of unsavory characters, but a good place for gleaning information and for recruiting men for his two-year guerrilla warfare along the Kansas-Missouri border.

Among these lawless characters were Old Man McGee, his two sons Jacob (Jake) and Thomas (Tom) and cousin “Cuckold Tom” McGee of Franklin, Kansas Territory, who had a claim on the Kansas River two miles east of Lawrence. Another cousin in the town of Franklin, Henry McLaughlin, was equally notorious. They formed the nucleus of the lawless element of the Franklin community. Other constant associates were border ruffians Esau Sayer, Jack Elliott, John Stroup, Jay Vince and Frank Baldwin. These men made raids into Missouri for slaves and livestock. William Yates, Captain of one of the Free State companies, had known Jake and Tom McGee in his company and could scarcely believe their double roles.

It was Jake Herd who made the fist attempt to kidnap a colored person and sell him in Missouri. The first attempt was upon Charles Fisher, a light mulatto, who had a barber shop in Lawrence….Another colored man, William Riley, was seized and carried off bound by his hands and feet. He was confined in the home of a man named Corel in the town of Franklin.

Quantrill & The Border Wars
William Elsey Connelley, Published Torch Press, 1910, p 104ff

The book McGonigle may have used as her source for this information is William Elsey Connelly’s book, Quantrill and the Border Wars.

The ferry was the loafing place of a very disreputable gang of border ruffians. They were thieves, murderers, kidnappers, Negro stealers. Most of them lived about Lawrence, and they were in close communication with the ruffians who lived in Missouri and raided the Free-State settlements of Kansas, which circumstances did not prevent the Kansas ruffians from invading and plundering Missouri. Among these lawless characters were Old Man McGee and his two sons, Jacob and Thomas, called Jake and Tom. There was a cousin to these, a very hard character, who because of the marital calamity which befell him very frequently, was called “Cuckold Tom” McGee. The McGees had a claim on the Kansas river about two miles east of Lawrence, in the timber, surrounded by almost impenetrable brakes and thickets; and in a little clearing they had there, they had built a cabin in which they lived. Living with them was another cousin, named Henry McLaughlin of character equally base and vicious. A constant associate of these men was Esau Sager, a border-ruffian, and as tough a character as lived in Kansas Territory. There were Jack Elliott, John Stroup, Jay Vince, and Frank Baldwin, all of whom would make raids into Missouri to get slaves or livestock, kidnap a free Negro in Kansas or plunder people of property anywhere*

*Connelly has in a footnote the following: G. W. W. Yates, Topeka, Kansas, is the son of the late William Yates, one of the first settlers of Douglas County, Kansas. William Yates was the captain of one of the Free-State companies in Territorial times. In his company were Jake McGee and Tom McGee. So, it seems that the McGees were playing a double game, aiding both the Free-State and pro-slavery sides. Their attitude may have suggested that course to Quantrill. G. W. W. Yates was a boy in Territorial days, and can scarcely believe that the McGees were so bad. He did not know they had acted with the border-ruffians. Colonel O. E. Learnard, an early settler at Lawrence, told the author that there were worse characters in Kansas than the McGees, and that the McGees had served under him in the service of the Free-State Party.

Continuing, in his footnote Connelly quotes from a little book written by Dr. John Doy, who details an episode where he had been authorized to transport some “colored people” from Lawrence to Iowa, where they would be safe from the attack by border ruffians on his wagons. He states, “…I now recognized five of the assailants; two young men named McGee, living near Franklin; a fellow named Whiteley, living in Lawrence; Dr. Garvin, the modern Democratic postmaster of that city; and a notorious ruffian and kidnapper Jack Hurd, who lived about four miles from Lecompton. These were all Northern men by birth, the first two being from Illinois….”

Observations by Bobby Title

Was this Henry McLaughlin who ran with the McGees the same Henry McGlothlin who came from Virginia in 1860 to live with his grandmother Rebecca Corel and the same man who ended up in Pleasanton? Jake McGee-the son was married to Henry McGlothlin’s Aunt Olivia Corel. One Thomas McGee was married to Henry Corel’s daughter Louise, and another Thomas McGee was married to Rebecca Puckett, daughter of Margaret Corel Puckett. And finally Henry McGlothlin’s aunt Nancy Corel LaHay was married to a man who was a notorious border-ruffian.

I think it is more than likely that this Henry the ruffian is the same Henry who ended his days in Pleasanton, Kansas, a law-abiding and exemplary citizen. As always, people change.