John Glenn is one of the oldest settlers in Curdsville Precinct. His father and grandfather were early residents of the County, settling on the north side of Panther Creek, three miles above its mouth, among the first pioneers of that part of the country. His grandfather was David Glenn, a Virginian by descent, who lived some years in Nelson County, owning there part of the land on which the town of Bardstown is now built. On coming to Daviess County, he bought 1,200 acres of land in the vicinity of Glenn's bridge. His son, William Glenn, the father of John Glenn, was born in Nelson County, and was about thirteen when he came to Daviess County. He married Leah McFarland, the daughter of John McFarland, and the sister of John S. McFarland. After his marriage he went to farming, on a tract of 500 acres of land, about a mile west of St. Alphonsus Catholic church. He afterward moved to the North side of Panther Creek where he died. William Glenn represented his County in the Legislature, and was also Sheriff. For many years he was Colonel of the militia, and was familiarly known by that title. William and Leah Glenn had eleven children, of whom John Glenn was the third. He was born in what is now McLean County, where his parents were temporarily staying while his father was discharging his duties as colonel of militia in that locality. The date of his birth was 1815.
His father died when John Glenn was twenty-three. In November, 1843, he married Sarah, the daughter of Samuel Calhoon. He raised his first crop after marriage, on the farm where his mother was living, north of Panther Creek, and then bought upwards of 250 acres of land, composing the farm later occupied by Benedict Hardesty. After residing here about 10 years, he moved on his next farm, lying south of Panther Creek, and consisting of 300 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn have had thirteen children, of whom eight are now living. These are William, Henry, Delia, the wife of Rufus Waltrip, Walker, Nancy, who married Fletcher Barr, Samuel, Leah, and David. Mr. Glenn cast his first presidential vote for Clay, in '36, was an Old Line Whig, and during the late war, was a constitutional union man. In 1873, he was collector for Daviess County. Mr. Glenn has been a man of influence in his part of the County, and popular among his friends and acquaintances. In stature he is a good example of the genuine Kentuckian, six feet three inches in height, and of two hundred and twenty-five pounds in weight.
An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map Of Daviess County, Ky. Published by Leo McDonough & Co. 1876.
Source: David Rumsey Map Collection, Online Copyright ©2000 by Cartography Associates.