Ringgold County Biographical Sketches
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 230 - 213.
JOHN S. GLENDENNING
"John S. GLENDENNING, an enterprising farmer living on section 22, Rice Township, was born in
Rush County, Indiana, April 9, 1845. His parents, James and Elizabeth Glendenning, were natives of
Ohio and Tennessee respectively. They were the parents of nine children -- Mrs. Nancy J. Garrison,
died in 1862, taught the first school in Middle Fork Township; William H., died in the arm in 1862;
Thomas Henry, living in Middle Fork Township; James J., died in the army; James W. Living in Middle
Fork Township; Sarah Bennett, living in California; John S., the subject of this sketch; Richard B.,
died in 1862, and David A., living in Middle Fork Township.
Our subject was but a few weeks old
when his parents removed with their family to Calloway County, Missouri, and four years later removed
to Audrain County, of the same State.
They subsequently located in Gentry County, Missouri, and
from there came to Ringgold County, Iowa, in 1859, being among the first settlers of Middle Fork
Township. The father enlisted in the war of the Rebellion, in Company G, Fourth Iowa Infantry, and
died in the service of his country in 1862, at the age of forty-seven years. The mother survived till
1882, dying in Middle Fork Township, at the age of seventy-eight years.
John S. Glendenning, our
subject, has been identified with Ringgold County since 1859, and always takes an active interest in
all enterprises for the advancement of its interests.
He has been twice married. His first marriage
occurred April 22,1869, with Miss Marietta E. Miller, a daughter of James A. Miller, of Clinton
Township, Ringgold County. Mrs. Glendenning died October 16, 1873, aged twenty-two years. Her only
child, James A., died soon afterward, aged twenty-nine days.
November 6, 1873, Mr. Glendenning
married for his second wife Miss Mary C. Shaffer, daughter of Jeremiah Shaffer, of Middle Fork
Township, and to this union have been born six children -- Wesley H., Marietta F., Martha V., Luella,
Flora M. And Grace.
Mr. Glendenning has made farming the principal vocation of his life, in which
he has met with success, and besides his home farm, which contains 120 acres of choice land, he owns
a tract of timber land in Worth County, Missouri.
His farm in Rice Township was among the first
improved farms in the township, and was the pioneer farm of Abraham McCully, who died in the army.
In politics Mr. Glendenning casts his suffrage with the Republican party."
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