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William Reginald Click Family

Submitted by Carolyn Whitaker
Great Granddaughter of William Reginald Click And Charlotte Ann Glaze


William Reginald Click was born 24 May 1840, Newport, Cocke Co. Tenn to William Columbus Click and Phoebe Gray , daughter of James Gray, Sr. and Nancy Ann Campbell. He died 12 Nov 1921 in Havana, Montgomery County Kansas. He married 1st Mary Derotha Short, 11 Dec 1876 Ft. Scott, Bourbon Co., Kansas. His 2nd marriage Charlotte Ann Glaze, Jefferson, Montgomery Co., Kansas 25 Feb 1892.

William Reginald Click's mother died when he was 8 years old. After the marriage of his father to his step-mother, Catherine Weaver, the family moved from Cocke Co., Tenn. to Monroe County, Tenn. about 1853. They carried enough gold with them to purchase a farm in Madisonville, Monroe Co., Tenn. He was raised with a large family of 11 children in the Madisonville Methodist Church, where his family was quite active. As he grew into manhood the threat of the Civil War was on the brink. At the age of 22, with the families quite divided (Grays and Clicks), he journeyed to Covington Kentucky where he volunteered on 2 Nov 1862 with the 10th Kentucky Cavalry Union Army, Company M. He was captured by Confederate Colonel Clark in 1863 at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky and released with the promise of not fighting anymore. He was first at Camp Chase and then at Camp Dennison, Ohio, the largest Civil War Encampent in Ohio, about 18 miles NE of Cincinnati near the town of Milford. During the summer of 1863 the state of Ohio was shaken by the most serious threat of invasion by the Confederates. On the night of July 13th, Confederate Kentucky Cavalry General John H. Morgan's raiders slipped through the Northern suburbs of Cincinnati capturing many Union soldiers. William and his entire Company M were mustered out at Maysville, Kentucky on 17 Sep 1863. He was overheated in the battle and would spend much of his time in his cellar on his homestead in Havana, Kansas to get relief from the heat.

After returning from the Army, William became quite active in the movement for the Union stand. He, along with his cousins, were involved in the worst of the Tory bushwackers. On 10 April, 1864 William Click, Charles and John Denton, and Pink Gentry were indicted for the murder of Patrick Trotter by shooting by the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Tenn. with Mary Trotter, Patrick's mother, as the prosecutrix. Case #672. The case was postponed numerous times and the last record located was 1868. We have been unable to obtain where they were actually convicted and it is believed that William Click along with Pink Gentry left Tennessee and never returned. Pink Gentry appeared in Hebron, Nebraska and William in Montgomery County, Kansas in 1870. William never talked about his family back in Tennessee much to his children. They were totally unaware of this incident. No one knows the reason for such a drastic action other than the beliefs that each were trying to impose on the other. It is believed that Mr. Trotter may have been a distant cousin of William Click or related in some way, but have been unable to prove at this time. REF: Monroe County, Tennessee Records 1820-1870 by Reba Bayless Boyer

William's direct route to Kansas is not known or why he chose Kansas, other than the fact Kansas had recently opened up for settlement and gave him a place to start a new life. In 1870 William was one of the first to homestead what was known as "Bee Creek", southwest of Havana, Montgomery County, Kansas. He began to haul lumber by oxcart from Ft. Scott to Independence. He told of the prairie grass being as high as the horse's back when he rode through it. It was probably on one of these trips that he met Mary Derotha Short and subsequently married her in Ft. Scott. They had 2 living children and she died during childbirth with their 3rd child, leaving William to raise his two children. With the help of Mary's sister, William did not marry again for quite some time.

He began a courtship with Charlotte Ann Glaze (date unknown) and would travel to Jefferson, Montgomery Co., Kansas to spend time with her. He would go to church with her and her family on Sundays, sleep in their barn and return to Havana to his farm on Monday. Letters were discovered at the time of Charlotte's death, to the surprise of their children, that she and William exchanged during their courtship. The children were so stunned that they destroyed the letters. Such a great loss to us who would love to read them today.

During his courtship with Charlotte, William, along with other community leaders, organized and built the Methodist Church in Havana, Kansas and he was elected a trustree on 11 Jul 1891. The men who built the church carved their names in the foundation stones of the church and when the church burned in November, 1987 the stone with William's name was discovered, which is now in the possession of Harold Click, grandson of William.

William was 52 years old when he married Charlotte Ann Glaze and they began to have a family. By the time the last son was born William was 63 years old. He was a farmer the majority of his life and had gained the respect of his friends, neighbors, and family and was well known for his honesty and integrity throughout Montgomery County. The family homestead was left to Charlotte at his death and their son, William Edgar Click, purchased the farm from his mother, and she moved to Havana about 1 block from her daughter, Nellie Edith Click Thompson. The family homestead burned to the ground about 1990/91, taking with it over a 100 years of history.

He lost one eye in a fence building accident in 1898, and eventually became completely blind before his death. He died of pneumonia at his home with his wife and children by his side in 1921. The cemetery where he is buried at one time had a small church with the name "Trotter" inscribed above the door. It makes one wonder how much he must have regretted the deed he committed with Patrick Trotter and tried to spend the rest of his life redeeming himself in the service of his family and community.

His will is recorded in Will Record G Page 243 Montgomery County, Kansas filed 15 Nov 1921.

Charlotte Ann Glaze born 1 Jul 1861, Ripley Co., Indiana to Samuel Bazil Glaze and Deema Ellen McLaughlin. She died 4 Jun 1945 in Havana, Montgomery Co., Kansas.

Charlotte Ann was born in Ripley Co., Indiana and abt. 1864 moved with her family to Washington Co., Iowa where they lived 2 to 3 years. They then moved to Illinois and in 1872 moved to Montgomery County, Kansas, travelling by covered wagon with their family. She told her granddaughter, Edith Mae Thompson, of walking most of the way as there was nowhere for them to sit. After several months, they arrived and settled around Jefferson, Montgomery County, Kansas where her father was a farmer. After her marriage she moved with William to Havana. Some members of Charlotte's mother Deema Ellen's family also came to Montgomery County and some settled there and in Chautauqua County (adjacent to Montgomery County) around Caney, Kansas.

After the death of William, Charlotte had hired one of her cousin's daughters to come and assist her with running the farm, Eletha McLaughlin. To her surprise a romance culminated between Eletha and her son, William Edgar, the grandparents of this couple being brother and sister. Needless to say in 1937 these practices were highly controversial, especially in a small community such as Havana, probably producing quite an embarrassment to the family, let alone the gossip that ensued. Regardless, the two did, in fact, marry in spite of the family todo with the situation. But as the later generations were born and raised, of course, these topics were not for discussion. Oh the skeletons that crawl out when one starts genealogy.

Charlotte Ann (Glaze) Click, at the age of 88, died Monday, June 4, 1945 at 2:45 P.M. in Havana, Montgomery, County, Kansas after a year's illness. She had fallen and broke her hip and laid for quite a while before being discovered by her daughter, Nellie Edith (Click) Thompson. At the time of her death her children survived: Mrs. Nellie Thompson of Havana; three sons, Edgar and Henry of Havana; and Fred Click of Coffeyville. She also was survived by three sisters: Mrs. Malinda Romig of Independence; Mrs. Sarah Broadbent of Beloit, Ks.; and Mrs. Mary Gerdes, Los Angeles, Calif. And one brother, Calvin Glaze of Blythe, California. Funeral Services were held at the Havana Methodist Church, and burial at the Havana Cemetery, Havana, Montgomery County, Kansas.

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