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GLASBY

Family History Research

One-Name Study in Progress

Family history has been my hobby for almost 20 years now, my research is by no means complete, this is only the story so far.......... I sometimes believe I have found all about the particular family I am looking for and then find another piece of information that makes me have to think again!

My own personal research into my mothers family tree has shown that most of our ancestors have been in and around the town of Retford in the North Nottinghamshire area of the UK. I am back to a marriage in 1808 in Lound a village just north of Retford for sure but am still working on what happened before then. I have concentrated my efforts in recent years on spreading my family tree outwards and downwards as opposed to trying to get any further back.

I am also assuming anyone reading these pages has either some previous experience in tracing their family tree or at least some interest in this subject, I am therefore not going to cover how to trace your family tree in any detail, lots of good books out of the library or book shop can help you with that.

Meaning of the name GLASBY

Some suggest it has Scandinavian origins, a distant relative got a Family Name History A4 size document for the name Glasby from a company dealing in these items and it suggests the name comes from the old Scandinavian name Glathr - and the -by ending means farmstead. Meaning "dweller at farmstead or village of man named Glathr".

I am not an expert in the surname meaning field but I have doubts about using these documents and their information as serious tools of research as they do not quote the sources used, but in saying that they do look nice on the wall! (I haven't got one of my own I hasten to add..)

I have searched many a book on meanings of surnames and not found Glasby in it, though once whilst at the Nottingham Archives Office I saw a reference to a similar name - Gilasbey - see Gillespey - o "bishops servant" scots gaelic. Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. I find this rather interesting as I have not found any Scottish references to the name in the IGI, etc under the spelling Glasby. I have in the past been contacted by people researching Gillespie asking if I have found any connections with Glasby (but I haven't so far). This is an area we have to keep an open mind about!

Origins

I can not at this moment state categorically where the name Glasby was used for the first time and why. In my research I have collected information from several sources, and can give you an idea as to my earliest references at this moment.

IGI (International Genealogical Index)

This is produced by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and is available on microfiche at various locations - libraries etc. It basically contains information they have taken from Parish Registers for a period up to about 1850 I think, the information could only be gleaned for the dates that the majority of the people named were assumed to be dead. NOT ALL PARISHES are covered, some bishops/clergy would not release their registers for inclusion in this scheme, and the dates covered vary from parish to parish.

The counties of the UK that I have copies of the IGI that have reference to the name Glasby or variants are:-

Bedford

Berkshire

Buckingham

Cornwall

Cumberland

Derby

Devon

Durham

Essex

Gloucester

Hampshire

Hertford

Kent

Lancashire

Lincoln

London

Norfolk

Northumberland

Nottinghamshire

Somerset

Stafford

Surrey

Sussex

Warwick

Westmoreland

Wiltshire

Worcester

York

None found in Scotland OR Wales!

Ireland=Gillespie (some Clasby's mentioned)

The I.G.I. also groups similar names together, though this is sometimes to our advantage there is at least one of the counties I have since noticed had Glaspy further down the page and I know at some time I will have to check all the UK counties for other missing entries like this. * At the moment I feel I have a fair representation of the Glasby entries on the 1988 edition of the IGI.

SURNAME VARIATIONS

Not all of these counties show the name as Glasby, here is a list of the counties with the different spellings you will find. The dates are of the earliest refs to that particular spelling.

Bedford

Glisbey 1873

Berkshire

Glassby 1731

Buckingham

Gliseby 1835

Cornwall

Glasby 1755

Cumberland

Glasbey 1850

Glasby 1682

Glassby 1728

Glaspy 1810

Glisby 1666

Glosby 1666

Derby

Glasby 1786

Glassby 1825

Glazby 1838

Devon

Glasby 1717

Glassbey 1770

Durham

Glasby 1625

Glassby 1736

Essex

Glaseby 1777

Gloucester

Glasbe 1828

Glasby 1831

Glisbey 1824

Glisby 1824

Hampshire

Glasbe 1801

Glasbee 1763

Glasbey 1832

Glasbie 1633

Glaseby 1841

Glasby 1782

Glasbye 1578

Glassby 1812

Hertford

Glasby 1823

Kent

Glasbee 1810

Glasby 1734

Glassby 1792

Glazby 1732

Glussby 1843

Lancashire

Glasby 1798

Glassby 1811

Glazeby 1806

Glesbie 1543

Lincoln

Glasburie 1577

Glasby 1693

Glasoubie 1600

Glasoubye 1595

Glassby 1772

Gleasbie 1616

London

Glaisby 1778

Glasbe 1753

Glasbee 1746

Glasbey 1682

Glasebey 1708

Glasby 1571

Glaseby 1714

Glassbe 1759

Glassbee 1742

Glassbey 1737

Glassby 1724

Glaysbey 1737

Glazeby 1687

Glazby 1739

Glosbey 1756

Glosby 1817

Glossby 1715

Norfolk

Glassara 1754

Glassby 1795

Glazby 1762

Northumberland

Glasbe 1641

Glasbie 1617

Glasby 1632

Glesbey 1682

Nottinghamshire

Glasbie 1631

Glasby 1754

Glaseby 1722

Glassby 1721

Glazeby 1730

Glosby 1820

Glasbey 1806

Somerset

Glazby 1767

Stafford

Glasbey 1821

Glasby 1815

Surrey

Glaisby 1750

Glasbry 1692

Glasby 1776

Glisbey 1859

Glosby 1778

Sussex

Glasby 1814

Glosby 1749

Warwick

Glasbey 1796

Glasby 1792

Glaseby 1849

Glassbey 1809

Glassby 1811

Glosby 1803

Westmoreland

Gleasby 1789

Wiltshire

Glasby or Gillespy 1718

Worcester

Glasby 1802

Glaspy 1802

York

Glaisby 1719

Glaissby 1749

Glasby 1740

Glasbey 1743

Glaseby 1762

Glasiby 1734

Glassby 1724

Glazby 1765

Glazeby 1736

Gleasbie 1620

Gleasby 1788

Glissbie 1790

Glosby 1807


IGI Errors

The IGI is not error free, I would be interested to hear from anyone with errors they have found. The following are errors I have found in the Notts IGI:-

Notts IGI

Marriage Henry Glasby and Mary STACK (Parish Register shows Shacklock) 1808 Lound.

Census

Where does the name occur on the census? I have listed Glasby's from the Retford, North Notts area and have requested some from an advert in the Family Tree Magazine for the Birmingham area. I am hoping to collect more when I get more time and can widen my search. I would be pleased to hear from anyone with any they have found in other areas, and in particular any refs from indexes people may have bought from their local family history society, as I can follow these up a lot easier if I have a folio number, etc.

At the moment I have:-

Retford Area 1841,1851,1861,1871,1881,1891
Birmingham


PR's

These are some of the local villages I have refs to Glasby entries from, please let me know if you know of any in your particular area.
Notts: Bothamsall Everton Finningley Lound Mattersey Ranskill Scrooby

M I 'S (MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS/GRAVESTONES)

NORTH NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, UK

RETFORD: North Road Cemetery

In Loving Remembrance of MILLICENT GLASBY who died August 31st 1890 aged 78 Years. Rest for the weary. Also SARAH ANN LEAR devoted friend of the above died January 28th 1915 aged 75 years. **Photo

In Loving Memory of CATHERINE MARY GLASBY died December 7th 1943 also of HERBERT her beloved husband died February 2nd 1963 **Photo

In Loving Memory of MINNIE GERTRUDE GLASBY died February 24th 1945 **Photo

In Loving Memory of a dear husband and father FRED GLASBY died Nov 30th 1965 aged 59 years. Always until we meet again. also a dear wife and mother BERTHA GLASBY died Feb 26th 1990 aged 79 years. **Photo

G D GLASBY born July 2nd 1860 died April 3rd 1934 R.I.P. also SARAH his wife died April 21st 1952 aged 89 years. 2 Vases on grave - G.D.G & "Mother" **Photo

In Loving Memory of a dear wife and mother GERTRUDE ANNIE GLASBY died March 13th 1945 aged 73 years Peace Perfect Peace also of FREDERICK her husband died April 30th 1955 aged 81 years. **Photo

In loving memory of LETITIA the beloved wife of ARCHIE GLASBY died November 23rd 1941 aged 58 years Peace after Pain also of ARCHIE her beloved husband died May 9th 1971 aged 85 years.

ORDSALL CHURCHYARD: No Glasby Graves found.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE

TICKHILL (Near Doncaster): CHURCHYARD

In Loving Remembrance of JAMES GLASBY who departed this life Dec 10th 1914 aged 79 years. "God be with you till we meet again" also HARRY son of the above died April 24th 1915 aged 53 years "Rest in Peace" also HANNAH beloved wife of JAMES GLASBY died March 28th 1918 aged 79 years "At Rest" also ALICE beloved wife of HARRY GLASBY died June 18th 1943 aged 78 years. **Photo

JOHN GLASBY of Tickhill who died Nov 7th 1871 aged 66 years also MARY GLASBY his w....... who died Dec 16th 1895 aged 93 years "Gone but not forgotten". **Photo

MISCELLANEOUS INDEX BOOKS AT THE GRO

WAR DEATHS

I first listed the casualties from WW1 from the Miscellaneous Section Index books at the GRO (when their indexes were sited at St Catherines House - now at The Family Records Centre, Middleton Street, Islington, LONDON N1.). Similar information can be viewed over the Internet at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site [www.cwgc.org] The added advantage to looking on the CWGC site is it mentions casualties from the Commonwealth countries in both wars and sometimes includes parents names and home addresses. There are not that many entries for Glasby, Glassby or Glasbey.

The following information is from the GRO Miscellaneous Section:-

Index to War Deaths 1914-1921 (other Ranks) Army

Surname

First name & Initial

Rank

Army No

Regiment

Year of Death

Ref Number

GLASBEY

John J

Pte

30157

RNLR

1917

I 22 267

GLASBY

Albert

Pte

2130

Manch

1915

I 18 173

Charles S

Sgt

1878

Lond

1916

I 85 514

Edgar

Pte

41895

Leic

1918

I 47 303

Frank

Pte

22116

MGC

1916

M 4 37

Fred

Pte

3/6306

EYR

1916

I 33 234

George H

Pte

42152

S Staff

1918

I 49 145

Henry A

Pte

7078

YLI

1914

I 40 129

James H

Pte

10674

RDF

1917

I 76 477

John

Pte

9066

Worc

1915

I 55 111

John T

Pte

19090

RSF

1916

I 8 155

GLASSBY

George H

Pte

240785

YLI

1917

I 40 106

Wilfred

Pte

3117

Y+LR

1917

I 42 209

The Edgar entry above is that of my Great Great Grandfather's nephew, he died 2nd May 1918 age 20. He is buried at The Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne.

Index to War Deaths 1914-1921 (Army Officers)
No Glasby's listed

Index to Naval Deaths 1914-1921
No Glasby's listed

Index to War Deaths 1939-1948 (ARMY - Other Ranks)

GLASBY

Fred W

Sgt

819287

R.A.

1945

1422

William E

Gnr

945643

R.A.

1942

1422

If you are related to any of the above servicemen please let me know as I would like to keep a record at home of which have been "claimed".

Index to War Deaths (Naval Ratings) 1939- 1948
No Glasby's listed

Index to RAF Deaths 1939-1948
No Glasby's listed

ARMY REGISTERS 1761-1924

GLASBY

Abrina M

Darjeeling

1873

RA

GLASBY

Alberia M

Darjeeling

1873

RA

GLASBY

Alvina M

Darjeeling

1873

RA

GLASBY

Edwin H

Tynemouth

1897

RA

GLASBY

Edwin H

Tynemouth

1897

RA

GLASBY

Edwin H

Tynemouth

1897

RA

GLASBY

Eliza

Swanwick

1869

RA

GLASBY

Eliza

Swanwick

1869

RA

GLASBY

Elizabeth

Woolwich

1838

RA

GLASBY

Harold

Scarboro'

1899

RA

GLASBY

Harold SC

Scarboro'

1899

RA

GLASBY

Ivy V

Rawalpindi

1902

RA

GLASBY

Louisa

Berrick-on-Tweed

1896

RA

GLASBY

Louise DC

Berrick-on-Tweed

1896

RA

WILLS and ADMONS relating to GLASBY

This is a brief list of references I collected from the Probate Office when it was at Somerset House - now moved to First Avenue House in London. I have not yet finished collecting all the years but have so far listed 1858-1951. Below is a brief list of references to the name Glasby, Glasbey & Glassby up to 1940. The index actually states Name, last address, date of death, place and date of Probate, Executors and value of Estate. In the case of women sometimes their husband's name. eg:"wife of............." .

To get a full copy of the Will you will need to apply to the Probate Office. I have never done this locally but had copies from Somerset House (now First Avenue House). The last I heard it now costs 5.00 for a copy of a Will.

BE WARNED - Will's can be very detailed - (I have one from the following list of Glasby's that states amongst other things what set of Crockery someone was having) OR they can be very straightforward - (eg: "I bequeath all my belongings to......................"signed..............). They can mention lots of names but on the other hand mention just the sole benefactor.
To see the list:- [Click here]

ANY YEARS with nothing written alongside means I found no entries for Glasby in that year, I have listed the years just to prove which years I have checked so far.

If you find any of your family in the list above I would appreciate it if you could let me know, I can send you full details of the index entry and I would like to keep a record of which of the above Glasby's fit in with people's research, and how helpful this list has been for people visiting this site.

PROTESTATION RETURNS

From a book at my local library entitled: Protestation Returns 1641/2 Notts/Derbys by W F Webster there were no Glasby's listed but the nearest I could see to the name was GADSBY and they were listed as from Attenborough, Beeston, Lenton, Trowell, Normanton-on-Soar, Bleasby and Kirklington.

FAMOUS GLASBY'S

When I started researching I was not looking for anyone famous called GLASBY, I suppose fame can be defined in many different ways, nowadays it is more likely to mean a pop, film or sports star, but I have come across a few Glasby's I would like to find out more about. I am also on the look-out for others of course, my "idea" of fame could include someone growing a prize specimen flower at a local garden holders stall, etc.

For example:-

HARRY GLASBY THE PIRATE

The first I heard about this one was from someone in Sheffield, I eventually wrote to Sheffield Library not really believing there could have been a pirate by the name Glasby, but sure enough a positive response was received from that library. He had sailed with Bartholomew Roberts and reference to the story can be found in Daniel Defoe's "A General History Of the Pyrates" On the internet a brief mention of him can be found at [www.mariner.org/exhib_pirate]
and [http://www.sevenoceans.com/Pirates/PiratesbyName.htm]

THREE ARTISTS BY THE NAMES GLASBY, GLASBEY, GLASSBY
In a book* of artists I found by chance on my local library's shelves I found listed three men involved in stained glass, landscape painting and sculpture. I made several enquiries to various places like the Royal College of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum to name a couple and have managed to get together this information about them

*The book was: "The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940 An Antique Collectors Club Research Project listing 41,000 Artists" Compiled by J Johnson and A Grevtzner.

WILLIAM GLASBY - Stained Glass Artist

Died 1941 at Horsham Sussex, had lived previously in London and exhibited at the Royal College of Art (1900-1923). His obituary states his work was sent to many places around the world and in particular the Peach Tree Church at Atlanta USA. He left a wife and two daughters.

On the internet I found a reference to a church in the Isle of Man which has two windows by him see [www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/contrib/manx/parishes/mn/gwin] I also contacted the lady involved in the Isle of Man study and sent her copies of what I had on this artist for her research. Another web site of St Marks Church, Colney Heath states they have a Glasby window see [www.roestock.demon.co.uk/stmarks/history]

To see the Peach Tree church look at [http://www.ci.atlanta.ga.us/DEPT/URBAN/peachtr.htm]

A fourth reference has been found at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Arkansas to view see page [www.quapaw.com/tour99/trinity.htm]

If you know of anymore examples of his windows or more about the man I would be very interested in hearing from you.......

EDWIN H GLASBY - Landscape Painter (Exhibited 1922-1925 address given as Lane End, Chapel Town, Sheffield)

I have not much on this gentleman though two of his works are listed as sold by auction from information I received from the National Art Library. Please let me know if you know of the whereabouts of any of his work or about the person himself.

ROBERT GLASSBY - The Sculptor (Exhibited 1883-1896 address Chelsea, London)

Well, this one turned out to be VERY interesting, he worked under Sir J E Boehm, Sculptor to Queen Victoria and from a piece out of a book I was sent by The Witt Institute, in London he hoped to be named after Boehms's death as the successor to the title Sculptor Ordinaire to Queen Victoria, some of his works are part of the Royal Collection. I have been sent some photocopies of 2 examples of his work but I don't know that much about the man and whether he was married, I would have thought that the position he held at Boehm's studio must have warranted a write up somewhere when he died but I haven't had time to look as yet.

WEB PAGES WITH GLASBY REF'S I HAVE FOUND INCLUDE:-

[www.qeii.demon.co.uk] Photo of head chef Kevin Glasby
[http://www.quoditch.org.uk/alanglasby.html] Website of model maker Alan Glasby
[http://www.islands.cc/clan.baird/auchmedden.htm] Refers to a place called Glasby near Aberdeenshire

Frances Costello 2000. Updated 23April2001