Today we bring you the brief story of Lillie May Glover.
Born: abt 1852
Married: Aug 24, 1875
Died: Jan 12, 1939
Lillie Young was born in approximately 1852, the first child of many, to a carpenter (William H. Young) and his wife Lucy. Few records about her early life exist (or can be accessed during quarantine), but much can be surmised. Census records show William had several apprentices and journeymen carpenters under his wing throughout her early life. Berryville was still a growing community in the mid-nineteenth century, so we can imagine there was much need for a skilled carpenter. The Young family must have been comfortably middle/upper-middle class. Indeed with as many children as the Youngs had, it is hard to believe they were poor.
The first official record we have of Lillie is her marriage certificate - she married Thornton Kirkland Glover (b. abt 1833) in 1875. Thornton had enlisted in the CSA in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War, and by 1870 he is listed as a hotel keeper (which hotel is yet to be determined). However, Thornton died less than 5 months later in 1876 of exhaustion. Lillie was left a widow at the age of 23, and never married again.
For a time, she moved back into her family home, and sometime between 1876 and 1900 she became a teacher. Her official start year is unknown, as is where she attained her certification. However, by the early 1900s, she is noted as a teacher at Berryville High School, and is listed as a guest of honor to several social functions. Between 1905 and 1915 she is listed in the Minute Book of the Cooperative League of Clarke, which later became the Berryville High School Improvement League. What little evidence does exist shows Lillie as a beloved community figure with a passion for teaching.
Lillie retired from teaching between 1920 and 1930, and moved to Washington D. C., where she would live until her death in 1939. Lillie was burried in Green HIll Cemetery.
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.