Ralls County Herald - Enterprise
Volume 149, No. 18
New London, Missouri 63459
"The County Paper" - An Area Tradition Since 1865 - Ralls County, Missouri
Thursday, May 1, 2014
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FORMER SENATOR STEPHEN GLASCOCK TO BE HONORED
The State of Missouri will honor the former State Senator May 1
The Missouri House of Representatives, Missouri State Senate and Governor Jay Nixon have all issued special resolutions to honor
former Missouri State Senator, Missouri State Representative, Ralls County Court Clerk and Judge, former Deputy Surveyor General
of the United States (MO/IL) and Hannibal's most progressive founding father, Stephen Glascock, of rural New London, Missouri for his
outstanding contributions to the State of Missouri, the City of Hannibal, Ralls County and Northeast Missouri. May 1st, 2014, will be a
day to remember Senator Glascock for his numerous life achievements. Stephen Glascock was born on October 30th, 1779
in Fauquier County, Virginia, the son of Hezekiah Glascock and Sarah Stephens.
The Glascocks are an old colonial family who came to Virginia from London, England in 1643.
Glascock attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia and graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 1805.
He came to Missouri on horseback in 1816. Glascock was a land speculator and purchased parcels of land
in Osage, Missouri; Ralls County and Hannibal.
Glascock along with Senator Thomas Hart Benton, William Rector & others laid out the town of Osage, Missouri in June of 1819.
It was recently discovered that Glascock purchased a property in Hannibal with his gold pocket watch.
Glascock gave several parcels of land to the City of Hannibal including a large area of Hannibal's riverfront that was to be used for a
steamboat landing and for recreational use. Today part of this parcel is called "Glascock's Landing". In addition, Glascock bought
an island in the Mississippi River east of Hannibal's riverfront called "Glascock's Island". It was these two famous landmarks that inspired
a young writer and humorist from Hannibal, Samuel Langhorn Clemens, better known as "Mark Twain" to write about his childhood
memories and adventures.
Glascock also set aside parcels of land on North 7th St. and Paris Avenue from Hill Street to past Rock St for a "city cemetery"
and/or "churchyard". In addition, he set aside land for a "city square and park" now known as "Central Park". He also set aside land
for the use of churches (one city block) that ran from 5th Street to 6th Street from Broadway to Center Street. It is local legend here
and recorded in history books that Stephen Glascock brought prime Virginia bluegrass seed from his parents farm in Fauquier County,
Virginia and sewed this seed throughout Ralls County, Missouri and the Hannibal area. And while as a Ralls County clerk and judge,
Glascock, helped create several Northeast Missouri counties as part of his public service.
Stephen Glascock died September 18th, 1855 at his rural home and farm off New London Gravel Road in Ralls County, Missouri.
He was buried on his own farm that stretched from the Salt River bluffs north of New London to Camp Creek Road on the east side of
New London Gravel Road. He prepared his own family cemetery with his own hands and his body lies at peace there to this day
originally marked with a headstone. He has left behind numerous Glascock family and cousins in both Ralls and Marion counties.
Resolutions were sponsored by Rep. Jim Hansen and Senator Brian Munzlinger of Northeast Missouri along with Missouri Governor
Jay Nixon issuing his own proclamation.
Anyone with information regarding the cemetery location and headstone of Senator Stephen Glascock in the previously
described area which includes the Rivere Au Sel Estates subdivision is asked to contact the Glas(s)cock Family
Society of the USA at: firstname.lastname@example.org