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Glass, Simon
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Simon GLASS was born October 5, 1812, in Diedesfeld, Rhenish Bavaria. In the early part of the year 1832, he married Margaret LIEBIG in Gross-Biberau, Grand duchy of Hessen. She was a cousin of Prof. Justus Liebig, the great German chemist. In the latter part of the year 1834, Simon and Margaret (Liebig) Glass, with their daughter, Mary Magdalen, who was born in Gross-Biberau December 22, 1833, emigrated to America. They left via Havre on the sailing vessel "Leontine" for New Orleans, where they went aboard a steamboat and arrived at St. Louis in December. There they were greeted by Jean Philip BERT, a brother-in-law, who had located in St. Louis the previous year, and then accompanied them.

Continuing the trip up the river, their boat was caught in an ice drift about thirty miles from St. Louis. The brothers-in-law, Bert and Glass, then left the boat and walked to Quincy. Later the boat was rescued from its dangerous position in the ice drift and was able to continue its trip to Quincy. April 18, 1835, another daughter was born to Simon and Margaret (Liebig) Glass, named Clara Elizabeth. She later became the wife of John Hermann DUKER. In 1838, Margaret (Liebig) Glass died. Later, Simon Glass married Caroline BORSTADT. A daughter was born to them, named Julia, who later became the wife of Lambert HOFFMANN. Lambert Hoffmann died years ago, and the widow, at this writing, lives at St. Vincent's Home. A son, William Glass, grew up to manhood but died in the 1870s before his father. Caroline Glass, the youngest daughter, born seventy-three years ago, is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and has her home in the mother house at Milwaukee, where she celebrated her golden jubilee as a member of the order some time ago. Simon Glass was quite a genius as musician, smith, plasterer, etc. He died July 24, 1879.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 295.

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