The West Sussex Glews & Glues
For us West Sussex Glew/ues it all started with a marriage that took place in the small South Downs village of Harting and was recorded in the marriage register of that parish on 2 Jun 1755. The marriage took place in the Harting parish church of St Mary and St Gabriel between Thomas Glue and his spouse Mary Trump. Where Thomas came from we do not know, but Mary was a Rogate girl. Thomas doesn't appear to have been baptized in the county of West Sussex so the vexed question of where the Glews/Glues originate remains a mystery.
What we do know, courtesy of the IGI, is the distribution of the surname throughout England for the period that the IGI covers, that is from when parish records began until the later part of the 19th century. Those distribution figures indicate the name appeared in some 30 counties but was more predominant by far in just 5.
Nottinghamshire records 146 occurrences
Interestingly, the Sussex entries, almost without exception, all date from that 1755 marriage of Thomas and Mary. So, one could possible assume (very dangerous territory for a family historian!) that Thomas came to Sussex from one of those other 4 counties listed above. What a giant leap I just took then! I do believe though that we will never know from where he actually came so speculation of his origin is harmless(!) as it cannot lead to any further leaps of faith being made.
So where does that leave us poor Glew/ues that don't know where our original roots are, well, I don't think we're that poor really: we have almost 250 years of well documented family history to trawl through, and to trace all those descendants of Thomas and Mary is proving an interesting enough diversion to keep us all going for years!
& Mary Trump
Edward then appears next in the Upmarden registers this time with
his wife Susanna as parents for the baptisms of a further 7 children. Now Susanna
is another little mystery! There is no marriage for her and Edward in West Sussex so
it has made it a bit difficult to know who she was. From subsequent census returns
we know she was born in West Dean. Click on Susanna's hotlink
above for some more
Stop Press: A marriage record has been found for Edward Glue to Susannah Parvin 10 Nov 1794, in Stockbridge, Hants. It indicates that Susannah was the mother to all of Edward's children; perhaps they initially resided in Stockbridge where the first 3 children were born before moving to Upmarden. During that time Edward brought the children back to Harting on his own, for their baptism at his parish church.
Edward and Susanna's further 7 children, baptized in the Upmarden parish church of St Michael and All Angels, were:
Harry Glue - 31 Mar 1799
It's not certain that James was one of Edward and Susanna's children as no baptism can be found for him.
They had 12 children baptized in Sidlesham and recorded in the parish registers between 1824 and 1846, all (with the exception of the youngest) were baptized as GLEW but used both that and GLUE during their lives.
The 4th Generation of Glew/ues in Sussex
William and Frances children were:
William - 3 May 1824
Other than their baptisms I've not found any information about Thomas, Edward, James or Alfred.
Charles died when 3 days old.
Frances married Henry Francis in Sidlesham on 28 Jun 1856 so becoming Frances Francis. Before marriage she was recorded on the 1851 Census Return for Leominster as Fanny Glue, house servant, aged 16. Family Tree
Isaac is my 2 x Great Grandfather. He was baptized on 4 Nov 1838 whilst his parents were living, and presumably working, on the Keynor Estate in Sidlesham. Keynor Estate was a farm and Isaac's father was an agricultural labourer (Ag Lab). Little did he know that at the time he was born his future wife, Charlotte Steer, was also living there, she was aged 6 at the time. They were probably aware of each other as they grew up but it was nearly 22 years later on 22 Sep 1860 when Isaac (aged 21) and Charlotte (aged 28) were married in the same church they were both baptized. They had 4 children between them before Isaac's untimely death aged 42 - from a kick by a horse is the family lore, but I've not been able to confirm this. Their first 2 children died at very young ages, Louisa was 4 months old and Alfred 7 months. Their next child, Thomas, baptized 2 Jul 1865, survived to adulthood but I have only sketchy information about him from family memories and have not as yet found any reference to him in any official documentation. Isaac and Charlotte's 4th and last child was my Great Grandfather, Allen. Isaac lived for the majority of his life in Sidlesham but he and Charlotte had a brief spell in East Wittering. Allen's baptism is to be found in the Earnley parish register with their abode recorded as East Wittering. After Isaac's death Charlotte re-married to George Porter, a bachelor wheelwright from Sidlesham who was some 19 years younger than herself. They were married in Sidlesham on Christmas Day 1885. Charlotte was to outlive her second husband by some 19 years, she finally died in 1917 whilst living in Shopwyke, Chichester and was buried in Sidlesham on 31 Jul 1917. Charlotte should have been known in the family as Granny Glew but because she had remarried she was known as Granny Porter, in the early days of my family history research this caused some confusion as no-one could explain why she was so called!
Samuel Glew married Ann Dyer in Birdham on 2 Apr 1864. They settled initially in Sidlesham where they had 4 children before moving to Selsey (1881 Census), they moved to Birdham sometime during the next 10 years where their 5th and last child was born and then back to Selsey again (1891 Census). Samuel is probably the first Glew to have lived in Selsey. Family Tree
And finally, William and Frances' youngest child, Aaron. Aaron didn't appear to have married. At the time of the 1871 Census he was aged 25 and still living with his parents. They both died in 1876 and Aaron died the following year aged just 31. His burial is recorded in the Sidlesham parish registers with his abode at time of death as the Westhampnett Union. I believe this was the local workhouse.
The 5th Generation of Glew/ues in Sussex
As stated above my Great Grandfather's parents had a shaky
child bearing with their 1st two children dying as babies. However, their 3rd child Thomas, survived. He married Sally of which there
are family memories although I've yet to find the marriage so have no information on her.
Thomas and Sally had at least one child, Thomas who married Beatrice - again all
from family memories. Thomas and Beatrice had 2 sons who worked for the Chichester
brewery Hentey & Constable. The elder son was Stanley. At some point the
younger married brother died and Stanley married his widowed sister-in-law. They
then moved to Gravesend, Kent. However, a check with some of the current Glues and
Glews in Gravesend has failed to find any trace of Stanley.
Great-uncle Jack gave me Allen's Naval Record and although it's in poor condition it's largely readable. Click here for a transcription. And for some pictures of it click for page 1, page 2-3, and page 4.
He married Rosa Harding in Sidlesham on 5 Jul 1896 and had 3 sons:
All 3 were born at 159 Clive Rd, Fratton, Portsmouth where Allen and Rosa lived whilst Allen was based at the Portsmouth Naval Station. However, all 3 were baptized at St Mary's Church, Sidlesham. Allen served for a full career in the Navy being discharged before WWI and then being called up for a further 5 years during the Great War. During the intervening period he and Rosa had 2 pubs in the Midhurst area The Old House at Home - now a private residence - and the Royal Oak.
Allen eventually moved his family to Selsey where he settled for the rest of his life. He died on 3 May 1957 in a nursing home in Cawley Rd, Chichester and was buried 5 days later at Church Norton, Selsey with Rosa who had died 10 years earlier.
Sidney Allen Glew was the eldest of 3 sons born to Allen and Rosa Glew. He was baptized on 28 May 1897 (I don't have a date of birth for him) in Sidlesham although his parents were living in Portsmouth where his father was serving in the Royal Navy. He married Philaemena Dora Greest at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, Portsmouth on 18 Sep 1919. Fareham was where Dora lived whilst Sidney was living at 83 Bishops St, Portsmouth where he was a tram conductor. After their wedding they settled in Bishops St where their 1st child, Dudley, was born on 30 Jun of the following year. By the time of the birth of their 2nd child, Nina, in 1930 Sid and Dora were living in Selsey where they remained for the rest of their lives. Dora died on 28 Nov 1961 at home in Selsey and Sid died on 5 Oct 1975 in a nursing home in Littlehampton. They are buried together at Church Norton, Selsey.
Dudley John Glew was the middle of Allen and Rosa's 3 sons. He was very proud of his father as he had learned to read and write but he always knew that as the middle son he was not his parents 'favourite'. He was Jack to everyone, never being known by his given names and, having no children of his own, he was a firm favourite with his nephews and nieces.
He married Annie Winifred Beatrice Milford in Selsey on 18 Sep 1830 aged 30 and they lived there (but for a short period after his wedding) in the same house all their lives. They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 1990.
And so finally to my Grandfather Percy Thomas Glew. Pop was born on 29 Aug 1902 at 159 Clive Rd, Fratton, Portsmouth being the youngest of 3 sons born to Allen and Rosa Glew. Allen was serving in the Royal Navy at the time. The family kept strong ties with Sidlesham where Allen and Rosa both came from. Pop grew up in Fratton until he was 9 when his father left the Navy and took a pub in Midhurst, from there the family moved to Selsey when Pop was aged about 13 and he spent the rest of his life then in Selsey. He met his wife to be, Marie Jenner but as she was almost 3 years his senior she decided he was too young for her and stopped seeing him. But they soon got back together and eventually married in the parish church of St Peter on 30 Jun 1923. Over the next 14 years they had 6 children. Pop was a self-employed painter and decorator throughout his life and the signboards of PT Glew & Sons can still be seen in Selsey as the business has carried on from father to sons to grandsons.
Percy Thomas died in Selsey on 11 May 1989 and is buried at Church Norton cemetery.
Finally, here are a series of Family Tree diagrams to download each one detailing Percy and Marie's 6 children's families:
Please e-mail me if you have any comments, additions, amendments etc I'll be glad to answer or discuss any points.
Click here to download a Family Tree of the origins of the Selsey Glews
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