Aaron J. Glathart


Aaron J. Glathart

Aaron Glathart was of Swiss heritage. His parents emigrated from Switzerland and settled in Hancock County, Ohio, in 1828. His father was a stone mason and was one of the men who helped build the Erie Canal.

Aaron was the third youngest of eleven children. He grew up on his parents farm in Hancock County, and at age 15 went west to Lawrence, Kansas, where his older brother Jerry was operating a bakery and provision store. Aaron immediately went into his brother’s business and in 1859 was taken into partnership. In the early part of 1860 the business was sold and Aaron returned to Hancock County. That same year his father died.

In the following year, the Civil War began and Aaron, aged 17, enlisted. The war consumed the next four years of his life, including being a prisoner of war. At the end of the war, he was broken in health. He returned to Hancock County, but soon afterward went to Kansas and sought to regain his health by open air treatment, camping out on the prairies for three months. 

He again went to Lawrence and went into the auctioneering and second-hand furniture business. A year later he bought a farm near Lawrence where he remained there some six years. Around this time he married Jennie Strother and their first four children were born in Kansas.

Despite being actively involved in the Lawrence community, Aaron and his young family moved back to Hancock County, Ohio, in 1874 where he and his wife lived out their lives. Aaron farmed until 1897 when he retired and moved into the nearby town of Finlay. He was a proud and honored member of Stoker Post No. 54, Grand Army of the Republic. In politics he was a Republican. He did not associate with any religious body.

Father: Peter Glathart (ca1804-1860)
Mother: Susanna von Kannell (1800-1876)

Spouse: Amanda Jane "Jennie" Strother (1841-1910)

  • Lena Belle Glathart (1869-1949)
  • Harry A.S. Glathart (1870-1936) 
  • Floy M.S. Glathart (1872-1934) 
  • Edna E. Glathart (1874-1897) 
  • Roland L. Glathart (1876-1949) 
  • Gail J. Glathart (1881-1931) 
  • Carl Anthony Glathart (1884-1907) 


  • 1844

    February 14 - Born in Big Lick Township, Hancock County, Ohio. The 9th child of Peter Glathart and Susanna Glathart (nee Von Kannell), both of whom had imigrated from Switzerland. 

  • 1861

    August - Enlists as a private in a company formed at Findlay, being Company H, 57th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, First Brigade, Second Division, Fifteenth Corps, Army of the Tennessee. 

  • 1863

    May 19 - Severely wounded in the abdomen near the Yazoo River, Mississippi.

  • 1864

    July 19 - Captured by the Confederate Army and sent to Andersonville Prison, Georgia. 

  • 1864

    December - Paroled and sent to hospital at Annapolis. Later furloughed and returns to home in Ohio. 

  • 1865

    May - Rejoins his regiment and participates in the Grand Review at Washington, D.C. 

  • 1865

    August 25 - Mustered out at Little Rock, Arkansaw, being at that time color bearer and postmaster of his regiment, and returned to Finlay, Ohio. 

  • 1866

    Goes to Kansas and seeks to regain his health by open air treatment, camping out on the prairies for three months.

  • 1868

    January 16 - Marries Amanda Jane "Jennie" Strother in Hancock County, Ohio 

  • 1869

    January 10 - Daughter Lena born.

  • 1870

    May 28 - Son Harry born.

  • 1872

    April 5 - Daughter Floy born.

  • 1873

    March 9 - Fire destroys his young family's Wakarusa Twp home and most of the furniture.

  • 1874

    April 2 - Daughter Edna born.

  • 1874

    Family moves from Lawrence Kansas to Hancock County, Ohio.

  • 1876

    June 12 - Son Roland born.

  • 1881

    May 15 - Daughter Gail born.

  • 1884

    July 30 - Son Carl born.

  • 1897

    August 25 - Daughter Edna (Glathart) Warren dies aged 23.

  • 1907

    EVENT - Son Carl dies aged 22.

  • 1897

    Retires from farming, aged 53, and moves into nearby town of Findlay.

  • 1909

    January 8 - Dies in Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, aged 64 years. 


Newspaper Clippings

From The Kansas Spirit (Lawrence, Kansas), Saturday, March 15, 1873:
Image of newspaper article which reads: The dwelling of A. J. Glathart situated about two miles northwest of this city, was destroyed by fire Sunday. Mr. Glathart lost most of the furniture in the house, besides some valuable papers. It took fire, as is supposed from a flue, during Mr. Glathart's absence. There was an insurance of about $3,000 on the house, furniture and clothing.

From The Weekly Jeffersonian (Findlay, Ohio), Thursday, January 11, 1883:
Image of newspaper article which reads: A sled load of old friends of Aaron Glathart, went to his residence in Marion township, on Tuesday evening, and had a big old time.


  1. (Anon.) A Centennial Biographical History of Hancock County, Ohio (New York & Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903), pp. 100-103.
  2. J.A. Kimmell, M.D., Twentieth Century History of Findlay and Hancock County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens (Chicago IL: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., 1910), pp. 428-430.

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