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Theodore Peter (Glace) Gleason (1894 - 1965)

Theodore Peter Gleason formerly Glace
Born in Manhattan, New York County, New York, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 25 Mar 1965 in Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States of Americamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Manhattan, New York, New York, United Statesmap
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Theodore Peter Glace was born on 14 January 1894, at 11 Albany Street, Manhattan, New York County, New York, to Peter Glace and Mary Johnson [or Sandberg?]. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

In 1915, Theodore Glace was living with his mother Mary, at 214 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, New York County, New York. He was a truck driver. [8]

In 1917, Theodore Glace registered for the draft. He was living at 335 Furman Street, New York. He was a truck driver, for Fred Storker (at Cedar and Greenwich Streets, New York City). He claimed that he was exempt from military service because he was under a doctor's care; the registrar's note says he was disabled: 'Medical Diseased'. [5]

On 18 October 1917, Theodore Glace was sentenced to 2.0 to 4.0 years in prison, for grand larceny in the second degree. He had been living at 333 Furman Street, Brooklyn, New York. He used tobacco, but not drugs, and had 'moderate' habits. He was a truck driver, and was 5 feet 4-1/8 inches tall, and weighed 135 pounds. He listed Mrs Mary Glace of 148 Minna Street, Brooklyn (presumably his mother), as a relative or friend. He was received at Sing Sing Prison on 19 October 1917, from the Court of General Sessions, New York County, New York, United States. [9]

Theodore Gleason married Pauline Smith. They had two children: a male who apparently died as an infant, and Catherine Gleason. [10]

Theodore abandoned his family for his girlfriend, when Catherine was six months old. [11] [12]

On 18 January 1924, Pauline died. He was the informant on her death certificate, and listed his address as the same as her address (154 First Street, Jersey City). [13]

In May 1938, Theodore Gleason applied for a social security number. He was refiling because he was unemployed. He was living at 73 Cortland Street, New York City, New York. [3]

In 1942, Theodore Gleason registered for the draft. He was living at 73 Courtland Street. He worked for John Gouth, of 41 Dey Street. [6]

In 1954, he spent Christmas with Catherine and others, in Plainfield, New Jersey. [14]

He was (allegedly) a Communist. But the FBI does not have a file on him.[15]

On 25 March 1965, he married Mary Elizabeth Murray, at the Municipal Building, in New York County, New York. He was living at 146 West 16th Street, and was a delivery platform man (newspaper). [1]

He last lived at 146 West 16th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York. He was (or had been) a delivery worker, for the New York Herald Tribune. He was married to Mary. He died on 22 December 1965, of lung cancer, at St Vincent's Hospital, Manhattan, New York, New York; he had been inpatient since 28 October 1965. He was cremated, at the Garden State Crematory, North Bergen, New Jersey, on 24 December 1965. His ashes were interred in a community plot, not in a titled grave. [11] [16] [4] [17] [18] [7]

Research Note


Whether the Theodore who was Catherine's father is the son of Peter and Mary Gleason is not clear. But he (a) was living in New York City when Theodore and Pauline had Catherine as a child, (b) was close enough to remain in contact with Catherine (as letters to her indicate he did), and (c) was married to Mary (which fits letters asking what Mary had decided to do about his body). No other plausible candidates have been found.

Other Theodore Gleasons of about the right age with some connection to New York are implausible.

  1. Theodore Albert Gleason, who died on 8 October 1965, lived in Chautauqua County, New York, and moved to California in 1930 (where he died).
  2. Another Theodore A Gleason lived in upstate New York, and died on 5 March 1977 (in Rochester).
  3. A 45-year old team driver in Brooklyn in the 1920 census seems to be too old.[19]
  4. Theodore Munson Gleason seems to be too old, was living in Nassau County in 1920, not Manhattan, and died in 1948, in Hawaii.


  1. 1.0 1.1 marriage registration and certificate, Manhattan, New York, license number 4771, Theodore Peter Gleason and Mary Elizabeth Murray, 25 March 1965
    Theodore Peter Gleason, residence 146 West 16th Street, New York City, born 14 January 1894, New York City, occupation delivery platform man (newspaper), parents Peter Gleason (born Ireland [sic]) and Mary (unknown) (born Ireland [sic]), never married before
    Mary Elizabeth Murray, residence 146 West 16th Street, New York City, born 14 December 1910, New York City, never worked, parents James Murray and Sarah (unknown) (both born Ireland), never married before
    married 25 March 1965, by Thomas F McLaughlin, Acting Deputy City Clerk, witness Pauline Hawley (607 W 139 St NYC)
  2. New York birth certificate, Theodore Glace, 14 January 1894, Manhattan, New York, certificate #3018, abstract is available at FamilySearch
    Theodore Glace born 14 January 1894, 11 Albany Street
    father Peter Glace, residence 11 Albany St, 45 years old, born Greece, occupation fruit dealer
    mother Mary Glace, name before marriage Mary Sandberg, residence 11 Albany St, born Sweden, 34 years old 6 children, 3 now living in all
  3. 3.0 3.1 social security application, Theodore Gleason, May 1938, New York City, New York
    Theodore Gleason, male white
    born 14 January 1894, in Manhattan, New York, to Peter Gleason and Mary Johnson
    73 Cortland St., New York City, New York
    wife is deceased
    refiling for card because unemployed
    signed 8 May 1938
  4. 4.0 4.1 death certificate, New York City, New York, 22 December 1965, Theodore Gleason
    Theodore Gleason
    born 14 January 1894, New York, to [unknown] and Mary [unknown]
    usual occupation: delivery worker, NY Hearld [sic] Tribune. never in US armed forces
    usual residence 146 W 16th Street, New York City, New York County, New York (length of residence: life), married
    informant Mary Gleason, wife, 146 W 16th St
    died 22 December 1965, of natural causes, at St Vincent's Hospital, Manhattan
    cremated, Garden State Crematory, North Bergen, New Jersey, 24 December 1965
    funeral director Mayfair Chapel, Inc, 404 East 79th Street
  5. 5.0 5.1 World War I draft registration card, Theodore Glace, FamilySearch
    Theodore Glace, 23 years old, 335 Furman St, New York, New York
    born 14 January 1894, New York City, New York, US, natural born citizen
    truck driver, for Fred Storker (Cedar + Greenwich Sts, NYC)
    single. no military service. claims exemption because under doctor's care
    short, slender, brown eyes, blonde hair, not bald, disabled: "Medical Diseased"
    precinct 148, Kings County, New York, 5 June 17
  6. 6.0 6.1 World War II draft registration card, 1942, New York City, Theodore Gleason, FamilySearch
    born 14 Jan 1894, New York City
    lived 73 Courtland Street
    employed by John Gouth, 41 Dey St., who will always know his address
    5' 4" tall, ca 134 lbs, light complexion, slight scar on right hand
  7. 7.0 7.1 Social Security death index, Theodore Gleason, 1894 -1965, FamilySearch
  8. 1915 New York State census, election district 3, assembly district 1, block 30, page 33, 214 Greenwich Street, Mary Glace, FamilySearch, and Ancestry
    214 Greenwich
    Mary Glase, head, 54, born Sweden, 26 years in US, citizen, housework
    Theodore Glase, son, 21, born US, 21 years in US, citizen, truck driver
    Charles Glase, son, 15, born US, 15 years in US, citizen, office boy
    George Smith, adopted son, 8, born US, 8 years in US, citizen, school
  9. New York, Sing Sing Prison admission registers, 1865-1939, available on Ancestry
    Theodore Glace, #68576, sentenced 18 October 1917, received 19 October 1917, grade A, from New York County, New York, court of General Sessions, judge McIntyre, plea "Con", term 2-0 to 4-0, crime Grand Larc 2nd
    born New York, age 24, occupation truck driver, single, 5' 4-1/8" tall, weight 135, education [illegible] religion Prot
    moderate habits, uses tobacco, idle [sc. not employed], father dead, mother living
    residence when arrested 333 Furman Street, Brooklyn
    relative or friend: Mrs Mary Glace, 148 Minna Street, Brooklyn
  10. social security applications and claims index, Catherine Kramlick, social security number 138-16-7382, Ancestry
    Katherine Helen Gleason (Feb 1939), aka Catherine Helen Kramlick (August 1946), aka Catherine H Kramlick (26 Sep 1975), aka Catherine Kramlick (13 May 2003)
    born 5 September 1922, Brooklyn, New York, to Theodore Gleason and Pauline Smith
    died 6 May 2003
    disability denied
  11. 11.0 11.1 personal information, Catherine (Gleason) Kramlick, conveyed to Jo Ann Kennedy-Ide, notes in her possession
    parents: Theodore Gleason Pauline Smith Brooklyn, NY
    Pauline died when she was a baby of TB
    Theodore was a womanizer + died when Gramma was married. His girlfriend never called to tell her. He died of lung cancer.
  12. letter, Frances Tiets to Catherine Kramlick, 30 August 1975, page 3, in possession of Jo Ann Kennedy-Ide
    'you were 16 and a half months old when your mother left us and you were 11 years and 8 months old when Grandma went away from us. your Mother and you were taken care of by us when you were six months old Ted Gleason left your Mother and you without help'
  13. New Jersey death certificate, Hudson County, #488 [?], Pauline H Gleason
    Pauline H Gleason, born 26 December 1899, Jersey City, New Jersey, to Frank Jablonski and Katherine Jablonski (both born Poland)
    female, white, married to Theodore Gleason, occupation: housekeeper, : : : residence 154 First, Jersey City
    informant Theodore Gleason, same address [sic]
    died 18 January 1924, 154 First, Jersey City, Hudson. buried Holy Cross Cemetery, 22 January 1924
  14. letter, Frances Tiets to Catherine Kramlick, 1 April 1981, page 2 in possession of Jo Ann Kennedy-Ide
    'Cathrine dont think im wrong not till you moved to plainfield that you started to have xmas of your Father to come out and spend the holidays in plainfield you had me to go back to Grandma to know of xmas of long ago yes in Plainfield was the real Holidays 1954 it took Fred from me and of me to be in plainfield so id be happy with the kids as Helen said Fran its a different xmas at Cathrine its true it was your Father i dont know how much Cathalic religion he kept after your Mother was gone but in 1954 he had the real religious xmas of the Lords Birth i guess Cathrine Plainfield was because of the real Polish people yet to me it was such a beauty out there with the Nuns and the Holy Church it is something to love and remember for always of people but today who knew how that little church in Plainfield is today'
  15. e-mail, Mary Nap to Harry A Ide, 17 Jan 18; FBI response to FOIA request, 29 January 2018
  16. letter, Garden State Crematory to Harry A Ide, October 2017, in his possession
    Theodore Gleason
    cremated 24 Dec 1965, #53150
    married, 71 years old, born NY, residence 146 W 16th St NYC, died 22 Dec 1965, NYC
    funeral directory Mayfair Chapel
    'The Cremated Remains were interred in a Community Plot - Non Title Grave Non Retrievable'
  17. letter, Frances Tiets to Catherine Kramlick, 22 January 1966, page 1, in possession of Jo Ann Kennedy-Ide
    'first to say i am sorry to hear about your Father'
  18. letter, Frances Tiets to Catherine Kramlick, 14 March 1966, page 2, in possession of Jo Ann Kennedy-Ide
    'has Mary been out to see you since your Father where did Mary have him laid away in New York'
  19. 1920 United States census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn, Assembly District 10, enumeration district 538, page 4B, household 10, FamilySearch

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