02 August 2014

Lady Has Longevity Genes - Alice Verona Kosier Gleason

By Pamela Pattison Lash

I discovered a newspaper article and picture of a lady who celebrated her 100th birthday.  I was amazed at the information given in this article and want to share this with you.  I had worked on a divorce detailing of her father so I had a bit of material to start with but I added some more data to the lady with the longevity genes.

Alice Verona Kosier Gleason (17 July 1857 – 8 October 1957 Fayette, Gorham Twp, Fulton Co, OH; buried in West Franklin Cem, Franklin Twp, Fulton Co, OH)

Bryan Times, 26 July 1957 p1 c6

Mrs. Alice V Gleason, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Fayette (OH), has an unusually large number of living descendants, 48, and many of them live in this area.

She has 3 sons and 2 daughters, (R) Charles Gleason, Wakeman, Ross Gleason, Fayette with whom she lives with Firman Gleason, Lyons, Mrs. Jerome Kline (Willobelle), Fayette, and Mrs George Robison (Juanita Wyonna), Fayette.

She also had two daughters and one son who passed away, Mrs Gar (Richard Lagar) Gamble (Rosamond), Mrs William Gamble (Edna Luella Gleason) and George Gleason.

There are 20 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren giving Mrs. Gleason something of a record in this area.

Mrs. Gleason was born in Hamer, Williams Co, OH, July 17, 1857, the daughter of M/M Jonathan Kosier.  Her husband Allison Gleason, died in 1948 at the age of 89.  He was a farmer and they lived to celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary.  Much of their life having been spent in Williams County, while she has lived in her present home since 1899.

Her Obit - Bryan Times, 10 October 1957 p1

Alice Verona Kosier, was the daughter of Jonathan Kosier, Jr and Catherine Rhodes, both natives of PA with Jonathan taking up the vocation of blacksmith; later Jonathan would become a Civil War veteran, serving in Co F 182nd OVI with the rank of corporal. – see divorce detailing for more information on Jonathan Kosier.

In the 1860 Millcreek Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census, p123b, one finds the Kosier family as Jonathan 27 PA, blacksmith; Catherine 27 PA; I.M. (male) 4 OH; A.B. (female) 2 OH; and twins, Joseph and Josephine 11/12 OH.

By the 1870 Millcreek Twp federal census p29, the family had grown as follows: Jonathan 37 PA blacksmith; Catherine 37 PA; Alexander 14 OH; Alice Verona 12 OH; Joseph 10 OH; Josephine 10 OH; Rosanna 8 OH; George W. 6 OH; Cora 4 OH; and Samuel Kosier 24 PA, probably Jonathan's younger brother.  Another child, Lilly M. (b. 29 July 1870; d. 19 Oct 1871), was the first of the family to be buried in the West Franklin Cem, Fulton Co, OH. 

Mother Catherine Kosier who passed away on 29 Sept 1873 (Wms Co, OH Deaths, V1 p23) joined her.  Jonathan was listed in the 1874 Wms Co, OH Atlas as the owner of several lots in the village of Hamer in Millcreek Twp.

Alice Verona Kosier married Alson Gleason in Williams Co, OH on 27 August 1879 (Marriages V4 p642); Alson or Allison was the s/o James Morrison Gleason and Susan Mary Dietrick

Their children:
(Mildred Rosemond) Rosa Oct 1880
Charles Leland – 8 Jul 1882, West Unity, Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH
Willobelle – 5 December 1883, Williams Co, OH
Edna – 6 May 1886, Williams Co, OH
George R May 1893
Ross Carelton 6 Dec 1897
Juanita Wyonna 7 May 1900
Firman Summerville 24 Nov 904

1900 Gorham, Fulton, Ohio; Roll: 1270; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 0010; FHL microfilm: 1241270.
h/h 361/370 Gleason, Alson 41 (May 1859) mar 20Y OH-NY-PA farmer
Alice V wife 42 (July 1857) 6/6 ch OH-PA-PA
Rosa dau 19 (Oct 1880) OH-OH-OH
Charles L son 17 (July 1882) OH-OH-OH
Willa B dau 16 (Dec 1883) OH-OH-OH
Edna 14 dau (May 1886) OH-OH-OH
George R son  7 (May 1893) OH-OH-OH
Ross 2 son (Dec 1897) OH-OH-OH

1910 Gorham, Fulton, Ohio; Roll: T624_1184; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0011; FHL microfilm: 1375197.
h/h 33/33 Gleason, Allison 50 OH-NY-PA farmer mar 30Y
Alice 52 wife OH-PA-PA 8/8 ch
Edna L dau 23 music teacher
George R son 19
Ross C son 12
Juanita dau 7
Firman  son 6

Alice can also be found in Gorham, Fulton Co, OH federal census records for 1920, 1930, and 1940.