Rev. Joseph Glover

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Jose Glover

Also Known As: "Josse", "Jose"
Birthplace: of, Groton, Sussex, England
Death: December 07, 1638 (33-42)
On ship, at sea (cross Atlantic) (Fever)
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger Glover and Susan Glover
Husband of Sarah Glover and Elizabeth Dunster
Father of Sarah Glover; Roger Glover; Elizabeth Winthrop; Judith Raymond; Dr. John Glover and 1 other
Brother of Susan Pemberton; Ellen Glover; Roger Glover; Richard Glover; Sarah Collins, of York County, VA and 3 others

Occupation: Rector of Sutton; Minister, printer
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About Rev. Joseph Glover

Elizabeth Harris Glover established the first printing office in colonial America. Around the year 1630, Elizabeth Harris married Reverend Joseph (sometimes referred to as Jose or Josse) Glover in England with whom she had three children. Joseph Glover had been a minister in Surrey, England, but left his family to come to Boston as a member of the Massachusetts Bay Company, through which he obtained a two hundred acre farm near Boston. He returned to England in 1638 to bring over his family, which included Elizabeth, their three children, (note: 2) and another two children (note: 3) from his previous marriage. The family brought with them a printing press and other supplies. Also on board was Stephen Daye, a locksmith by trade who was contracted to Glover, and Daye's family. Unfortunately, Joseph Glover died on their ocean voyage of a fever in 1638.

References: Hudak, Leona M. Early American Women Printers and Publishers 1639-1820, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.; Metuchen, New Jersey, 1978.; Cambridge Historical Society Proceedings, vol. III:12-17; VI:22; XDIV: 64; See also History of Printing in America (1878).


In 1638, Mrs. Glover set up America's first press at the Massachusetts Colony's new college, Harvard. Mrs. Glover and her husband, the Rev. Jose Glover, had sailed from England with five children, a few technicians, and a printing press. Jose Glover was a noncomforming minister who meant to provide religious books and tracts for the Colony.


  1. New England Marriages Prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Page 306
  2. Glover, Anna. Glover Memorials and Genealogies: An account of John Glover of Dorchester, Massachusetts and his descendants, with a brief sketch of some of the Glovers who first settled in New Jersey, Virginia and other places. (Boston, Massachusetts, United States: David Clapp & Sons, Printers , 1867), pp. 560-. "Rev. Joseph Glover was Rector of Sutton in Surrey, England from 1628 to 1636 when he resigned. He left for New England with a printing press in 1638 and died on the voyage. He m. (1) Sarah Owfield, mother of Roger, Elizabeth and Sarah, m. (1) abt 1630 Elizabeth Harris, mother of Priscilla and John."
  3. "Genealogical Gleanings in England", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 38:72. "JOSE GLOVER, of London, being by the providence of God forthwith to embark myself for some parts beyond the seas, 16 May 1638, proved 22 December, 1638 ... my dear and loving wife ... two eldest sons, Roger and John ... my three daughters, Elizabeth, Sara and Priscilla ... faithful servant John Stidman ... all my brothers & sisters that shall be living (except my sister Collins) ... friend Mr Joseph Davies and his wife ... executors to be John Harris, my loving uncle, warden of the College of Winchester, and Richard Davies, my ancient loving friend..."


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Rev. Joseph Glover's Timeline

Groton, Sussex, England
Sutton, Surrey , England
Sutton, Surrey, England
Croydon, Surrey, England
Croydon, Surrey, England
December 7, 1638
Age 38
On ship, at sea (cross Atlantic)