Dick's Games of Patience - Albert Glidden

Albert Glidden

Biography

Albert Glidden (1851-1906)

Albert Glidden was born on 28 May 1851 to Albert Glidden and Ann M. Borland (daughter of a Sea Captain) in Maine, USA.

In the 1860 US Census, Albert was nine years old, living with his parents in Newcastle, Maine. His father is listed as a merchant. Albert is the only child listed. However, in the 1850 Census (before Albert was born) Albert Sr, and Ann, have a daughter listed with them, Edeline [Adeline] C. Glidden, age 10.

By 1860 Adeline had moved out. She married Horace Warren Metcalf and together they had three children, Horace, Annie and Mary Dana. This is the same Mary Dana Metcalfe that once owned the book, “Dick’s Games of Patience” before passing it on to her uncle Albert.

At the age of 19, in 1870, Albert is still living with his parents and is listed as a grocery clerk in the census. The 1901 Canadian Census indicates that Albert moved to Canada, from America in the year 1878.

In the Statesman’s Yearbook of 1899 Albert Glidden is listed as a United States Consular Officer serving in Alberton, Prince Edward Island.

Albert died of a stomach ulcer, age 55, on 26 October 1906. It was just a few months earlier, in June that year, that Albert gave the book, “Dick’s Games of Patience, or, Solitaire with cards”, once owned by his niece Mary D. Metcalfe, to Bessie E. Myrick.

Sources:

1850 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Newcastle, Lincoln, Maine; Roll: M432_260; Page: 407B; Image: 174

1860 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Newcastle, Lincoln, Maine; Roll: M653_442; Page: 830; Family History Library Film: 803442

1870 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Newcastle, Lincoln, Maine; Roll: M593_549; Page: 587A; Family History Library Film: 552048

1891 Census of Canada. Census Place: Lot 1, Prince, Prince Edward Island; Roll: T-6382; Family No: 175

1901 Census of Canada. Census Place: Lot (township/canton) 1, Prince (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island; Page: 15; Family No: 119

Maine Death Record for Albert Glidden. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll Number: 22

Maine Death record for Ann M. Glidden. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll Number: 22

Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Record Group Title: Records of the U.S. Customs Service; Record Group Number: 36; Series Number: M277; NARA Roll Number: 096

Wright, Carroll D., editor. The Stateman’s Yearbook: Statistical and Historical Annal of the States of the World for the Year 1899. American Edition. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1899.

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