Glazier Family

 
 
Ezekiel Glazier - 1880-1890

Ezekiel Glazier 

Image: 1880-1890, Courtesy of Manatee County Public Library Historical Digital Collections

Reverend Ezekiel Glazier was born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1815. He came to the Manatee River area in the 1840s with his wife, Abigail, and their children. He was a minister and a carpenter, supervising the construction of a sugar mill and the main house (known as "Braden Castle") on the Braden Plantation. Ezekiel was soon granted the contract to deliver
mail by boat, became the Probate Judge and was the third postmaster. 

 

The Glaziers were part of the nine charter members of the first Methodist Society in the area. Ezekiel hand-carved most of the interior woodwork in the new Methodist meeting house. Abigail became known as “Mother Glazier”, and helped local families as a midwife.

In 1860, he received the contract to build the first Manatee
County courthouse and jail. This caused a local controversy
because Glazier was on the committee that chose the

Margaret Glazier - 1880-1890

winning bid. In other parts of the large county, this was viewed as those in the Manatee
River area showing favoritism to their own. This could be countered by the fact that he was
the only person to submit a bid but that wasn’t enough for James Greene. Greene became
an outspoken opponent of Glazier in the local papers and called for the county seat to be
moved to Pine Level (in present-day DeSoto County). Greene’s objections didn’t hold though
and Glazier completed the courthouse in 1860. It was used as a courthouse and a school
until the county seat was moved to Pine Level in 1866. Glazier’s courthouse was then retired
only six years after being built. The building was purchased and used as a church for the
Methodist Society (which Glazier helped charter). Although the jail was never built, the
original 1860 courthouse is now located at Manatee Village Historical Park.

Though Northern by birth, Glazier voted to leave the United States at the Florida Secession
Convention in 1861. During the Civil War, Glazier distributed aid to families of Confederate soldiers. Later in 1865, he helped Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Secretary of State, escape Florida by taking him to Capt. Frederick Tresca. With the help of Capt. Tresca, Benjamin was able to get to the Bahamas.


Together, Abigail and Ezekiel had seven children including Elizabeth, who married William Wyatt. Their marriage lasted less than two years when Elizabeth died in childbirth. Their child (Fisher Wyatt) was raised by Elizabeth’s mother, Abigail, who had just given birth to a child herself. The boys were said to have been raised like twins.


Another child, Henry T., married Margaret S. Duncan in 1879. They had four children. Henry Glazier and his mother, Abigail, are said to be buried in the Manatee Burying Grounds but, like so many others, their location within its fence is unknown.

Margaret Glazier 

Image: 1880-1890, Courtesy of Manatee County Public Library Historical Digital Collections

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Glazier, Ezekiel - #71 Taken 03-2022
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Glazier, Margaret - #70 Taken 03-2022
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Ezekiel Glazier - Grave #69 (1973, Courtesy of the Manatee County Public Library Historical Digital Collection)

Ezekiel Glazier - Grave #69

Margaret S. Glazier - Grave #70 (1968, Courtesy of the Manatee County Public Library Historical Digital Collection)

Margaret S. Glazier - Grave #70

All images taken by MVHP staff in 2022 unless otherwise noted.