I hope that some of our family members will update and perpetuate this genealogy and family history so that those who come after all of us present family members are gone will have an account of their forefathers.”
In addition to writing many pages of family history and putting together extensive family trees, Ross collected photos, clippings, and more for many years and has stored them in several boxes and albums in “The H. Ross Glover Family History Museum”-----that being his basement office. Further, he has taken over 1,000 digital photos of family gravestones so we can set up a virtual family cemetery as well as document the inscriptions on the stones. Ross continues to clean up and restore family gravesites at local cemeteries, and help with the continuing research of our family histories.
H. Ross Glover was born Dec 2, 1924 in Canaseraga, Allegany Co., NY to Albert Ross Glover (1892-1968), born in Grove, NY, and Daphne Gelser Glover (1895-1965), born in Grove, NY. He married Corinne Harriet Burger (G11), of South Dansville, Steuben Co., NY, on New Year’s Eve, 1945 in Dansville, N.Y. Corinne was born April 4, 1925 in Hornell, N.Y; and died Sept 11, 2006 in Rochester, NY. Her parents were Carl Leo Burger (1897-1995), born in South Dansville, NY, and Adelia Martha Bentley Burger (G10) (1902-1980), born in Auburn, NY. Ross and Corinne lived in Dansville, Livingston Co., all of their married life—over 60 years. In December, 2006, Ross and Corinne’s sons organized a 60th Wedding Anniversary party which Corinne---just 9 months before her death---described as the highlight of her life. Ross now lives in Dansville and in North Port, Sarasota Co., Florida.
Ross left Canaseraga High School prior to graduating and was drafted into the U.S. Army. At the age of 18, in March 1943, he was off to serve in WWII, not to return until October,1945. Every day he was gone, Corinne Burger wrote to him. They became engaged by proxy while he was oversees. His “education” then included “tours” of the battlefront. In 2007, as part of New York State’s “Operation Recognition” to honor the contributions of war veterans, he received his high school diploma from Canaseraga Central School.
Ross served with the 36th Infantry Division as a machine gunner, advancing to a section sergeant. He saw service in North Africa, Italy, France, Austria, and Germany. He was wounded three times and nearly lost both feet to frostbite, but he continued on in the foxholes of the front lines until the end of the war. He participated in four invasions, including the disastrous Salerno and Anzio beachheads in Italy, the invasion of Southern France, and the crossing of the Rhine River (which took three attempts). Among several awards he received for his services: three Purple Hearts for being wounded in battle; the Combat Infantryman’s Badge; Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, w/1Silver Star and 2 Bronze Stars indicating 7 Major Campaigns and a Bronze Arrowhead indicating Amphibious Landings. Of the Salerno Beach invasion he notes: “Our landing craft got hit. I couldn’t swim. But I learned to in a hurry with 97 pounds of equipment on my back.” During one of his hospital stays while recovering from his wounds he worked with and befriended former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis. Ross returned from the war on the Queen Mary (which is now docked in Long Beach, CA where Bentley genealogist Cameron Ralph Stewart lives).
After the war, Ross worked until retirement as an automobile/truck mechanic, specializing in wheel alignment. He has been a member of Dansville’s Daniel Goho Post 87 since 1945, and in 1970 was the first World War II member of the post to receive the prestigious Life Membership Award. Over the years he has held numerous offices and chairmanships at the post, county, and district level, including Commander for both Post 87 and Livingston County, Vice Commander for the 7th District, and Sergeant-at-Arms for the Department of New York. For many years he served as the historian for Post 87. He was also active with the Post’s Boys State program, American Legion youth baseball, and the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps (with which he marched in many local parades as the Sergeant-of Arms of the color guard, and drill sergeant for the drum corps). In both 1990 and 1995, Ross was 7th District (12 counties) Legionnaire of the Year, and runner-up for the New York State Legionnaire of the Year award. Ross also was a longtime member of the Post’s veteran cemetery council at Greenmount Cemetery in Dansville.
He was a coach with Little League Baseball, a founder and coach for Babe Ruth League baseball, and was a key organizer for the Dansville American Legion baseball program. He annually makes a presentation in honor of Veteran’s Day to local school children.
ROBERT HAROLD GLOVER
Bob Glover is the primary researcher and the author of “The Stories and History of the Bentley Families” as well as the stories and history of the Glover, Burger, Gelser, and Cobin families. Thus far he has written over 500 pages of family history. He first got involved with genealogy in the fall of 2005 when he volunteered to help his father, H. Ross Glover, with the Glover-Gelser-Cobin family histories from his side of the family. Ross had been working almost single-handedly since 1999 on these projects. In 2006, Bob started to inquire of his mother’s, Corinne Burger Glover (G11), family history, especially that of Bob’s beloved grandmother Adelia Bentley Burger (G10). She was instrumental in Bob’s competitive spirit in sports, as she was a fine and spirited athlete, and encouraged him to become the first in the family to attend college. In fact, she saved up her social security payments to buy her grandson a 24 volume set of the Encylopedia Britanicca. Being her first and favorite grandchild, Bob became especially interested in the Bentley family history and thus decided to complete this book first. Little did he know then, with knowledge only as far back as his great grandfather Wilbur Bentley, how big a task he was beginning!
Bob is a 12th Generation Bentley. He is the son of Harold Ross Glover and Corinne Burger Glover; father of Christopher Ross Glover; husband of Shelly-lynn Florence Glover, grandson of Adelia Bentley Burger, g grandson of Wilbur Bentley; gg grandson of George E. Bentley; ggg grandson of George C. Bentley; ggg g grandson of Green Bentley, Jr.; ggg gg grandson of Green Bentley, Sr.; ggg ggg grandson of William Bentley, Jr.; ggg ggg g grandson of William Bentley, Sr.; ggg ggg gg grandson of John Bentley; ggg ggg ggg grandson of William Bentley (G1).
Bob was born November 17, 1946 in the Village of Dansville, Livingston Co., NY. He graduated in 1964 from Dansville Central High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He won the Livingston County Two Mile Championship in track his senior year. Bob graduated in 1968 from Oswego State College, Oswego, N.Y. He was a Dean’s List student, with majors in history and creative writing (which came in handy with this family history). After graduation, Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served 2 yrs. and 9 months. He served for one year in the Vietnam War, stationed in Phu Bai, near the border between North and South Vietnam. Bob was a top secret special assistant to the Commanding General of the XXIV Corps Artillery. There he helped with strategic military planning. His special side project, besides volunteering with an orphanage in Hue, was organizing the Vietnamese-American Sports Festival in Hue, RVN, in which he won gold medals in the 400 meters on the track, and basketball. He was discharged as a Specialist 5 after serving as an education counselor at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Bob then served as the Sports Director of the Enterprise, Alabama, and Rome, NY YMCAs, before taking the position of Fitness Director of the West Side YMCA in New York City, the largest YMCA in the country at the time, in 1975. He formed his own sports-fitness business in 1978, Robert H. Glover and Associates, Inc, which he still directs. He founded in 1978 and still directs (with his wife Shelly) the adult running classes and training programs for the 40,000+ member New York Road Runners Club and the New York City Marathon. Over 4,000 students per year participate in their programs from beginner runner to super competitive level. He also founded in 1990 and still directs (with Shelly) the youth track program, City Sports for Kids, for the New York Road Runners Foundation. This program at the New Balance Armory in New York City serves over 1,000 kids per year.
The competitive running teams he has coached have won many local, national and international titles in the open and masters categories, ranging from 5K to the marathon. Several of his individual athletes have been state and nationally ranked, ranging from high school athletes to age 90+ ancient warriors. His present team (which he coaches with Shelly), the Greater New York Racing Team, has 150 members ranging from age 12 to 93 and is ranked in the top 5 for both men and women in the open, age 40+, 50+, and 60+ team categories for the New York Road Runners. The men’s age 60+ team, on which Bob is a key scorer, is ranked #1 in the New York Metropolitan area.
Bob, in association with Shelly, has written or is in the process of writing 15 books on running and fitness with Viking-Penguin Books. They have over one million of their books in print, more than any other running book author in the world. Their books have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese. Bob’s first book, “The Runner’s Handbook,” was the #1 trade paperback bestseller of all categories when released in 1978.. The third edition of that book and the third edition of “The Competitive Runner’s Handbook” are both ranked in the top 10 best selling running books. Each of these comprehensive reference books are over 600 pages. His “Runner’s Training Diary” is ranked in the top 3 best sellers in that category. Bob and Shelly are currently working on the 4th editions of “The Runner’s Handbook” and “The Competitive Runner’s Handbook,” as well as two new additions: “The Marathon Runner’s Handbook,” and “The Masters Runner’s Handbook.”
Bob continues to run road races and has won numerous age group awards over the years. He has completed 36 marathons, has raced up Mount Washington and the Empire State Building , and completed a 50 mile track race. He performs at a regional class in the age 60 and over division for distances from one mile to the marathon.
Bob’s son from a previous marriage, Christopher Ross Glover, was born in 1981 in New York City. Chris is a 13th Generation Bentley and lives across the Harlem River from Yankee Stadium in the Washington Heights section of New York City in a historic landmark district of wooden rowhouses built in 1882. The houses line a cobblestone street near a historic mansion overlooking Central Manhattan that George Washington used as his Revolutionary War headquarters during the 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights. Chris graduated from Bard College, where he studied music, drama, film, and creative writing in preparation for a career in the performing arts. He writes and produces his own songs and plays guitar, bass, keyboard, piano, saxophone and drums. Chris signed a contract as a singer-songwriter of pop-rock-rap music with Interscope Records/Universal Music, one of the most prestigious record labels in the world. Chris was entertained by the chairmen of all the major labels before choosing Interscope. His first album, “Hell Isn’t Even That Funny,” was never released---Chris was yet another victim of the music industry’s decline. He is presently playing with a band in New York City while producing an album with an independent label, and writing songs for commercial use. Some of his songs, music video, and bio are available at www.myspace.com/chrisglover
Bob married Shelly Florence of Canisteo, Steuben Co., NY in 1995 in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Shelly was instrumental in the research of this work. She graduated from Buffalo State College, where she was a member of their first women’s cross country team, with a degree in journalism. Shelly is a lifetime member of the Kanisteo Historical Society, and a member of the Tarrytowns and NYC Historical Societies. She has a masters degree in applied physiology from Columbia University, where her research was selected for publication and presentation by the American College of Sports Medicine. Shelly competes as a masters athlete in races from 5K to the marathon, often placing for awards. She is a volunteer with the Tarrytown Historical Society, and is presently working on the genealogy of her Benedict and Florence ancestors.
Bob and Shelly live in Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown), just up from the Old Dutch Church Cemetery where “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving is buried and his “Headless Horseman” was last seen chasing Ichabod Crane along the Pocantico River.
Bob and Shelly live in Sleepy Hollow (North Tarrytown), Westchester Co., NY just up from the Old Dutch Church Cemetery where “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving is buried and his “Headless Horseman” was last seen chasing Ichabod Crane along the Pocantico River.