This article originally appeared in the Phillips community's Alley Newspaper, January 2004.
War of 1812 Veteran, James Nettle Glover, at Pioneers & Soldiers
Sergeant James Nettle Glover is one of three known War of 1812 veterans buried in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. Like many others who were buried in the cemetery during its earliest years, he was sympathetic to the anti-slavery movement.
Mr. Glover was born on a plantation in Port Tobacco, Maryland , on August 31 st , 1793. He was the grandson of John Glover, one of four brothers who came from England with Lord Baltimore.
When the War of 1812 began, James Nettle Glover enlisted in the Army where he attained the rank of Sergeant. Seven years later, in 1819, James Glover, his parents and all of his siblings moved to St. Louis , Missouri. It was there that he met and married (on September 9 th , 1821 ) Elizabeth Dozier, formerly of Louisville , Kentucky.
After their arrival in Missouri , all of the Glover siblings settled on plantations or large farms which were dependent on slave labor. James Glover's opposition to slavery was a determining factor in his decision to move to what is now Grant County, Wisconsin in 1845. He and his wife were joined there by his sister, Nellie, and her family.
Four years later three of his other siblings migrated to the Oregon Territory. His nephew and name-sake, James Nettle Glover II, is considered to be the founder of Spokane , Washington.
In 1870, Elizabeth Glover returned to Cape Girardeau , Missouri , where she died a short time later. It was probably shortly after her death that Mr. Glover moved to Minneapolis to live with his daughter, Sophie, and her husband George Jodon. Mr. Glover died at their home on May 31, 1873 , from paralysis and apoplexy at the age of 79 years, seven months and 11 days.
Mr. Glover's grave has two markers. The first was an upright marble military marker which is broken and has been tipped to protect if from further damage. The other is a flat granite marker that was installed in 1942.
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