(My sincere thanks to Steven Gloden who provided much of the following information.)
Mary J. Gloden was born August 28, 1872, in Illinois, the daughter of Michael Gloden and Lucinda Adeline Branham.
Mary is listed on the 1880 Macon County, Illinois census and some other documents. Her marriage license, the 1900 Macon County census and a few other documents list her as May or Mae.
Mary married Clarence H. Molter on December 11, 1894, in Decatur, Macon County. Clarence Molter was born about 1859, in Illinois, son of Christian Molter and Rebecca Kennedy. This was a second marriage for Clarence.
Mary married William Gaines on September 21, 1898. William Gaines was born November 1874, in Tennessee, according to census.
The 1900 Macon County, census, Decatur Township, shows William and May living in Ward 5 of the City of Decatur. The census shows William Gains, 25, born November 1874, in Tennessee, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Arkansas, married 2 years; Mae, wife, 27, born August 1872, in Illinois, father born in Holland, mother born in Alabama, married 2 years, had given birth to 1 child, 1 child still living; and Alta, daughter, 5 months old, born December 1899, in Arkansas.
Mary's mother, Lucinda (Branham) had a sister, Jane, who married Franklin Dominek Gloden. We believe Frank was an uncle to Mary's father. Mary's Aunt Jane (Branham) Gloden died January 1, 1915, at Leslie in Searcy County, Arkansas and her Uncle Frank Gloden returned to Illinois after Jane's death and on March 5, 1915, he married Josephine Sarah Honeycutt in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. The marriage certificate (provided by Obeta Wyckoff) shows that Frank and Josie were both residents of Leslie, Searcy County, Arkansas. Frank's niece, Mary J. Gaines and her husband William M. Gaines, signed the marriage certificate as witnesses.
Mary died before 1920, probably in Illinois.
The 1920 census shows the family in the City of Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. The census shows William Gaines, 45, widowed, owned his home free of mortgage, born in Tennessee, father and mother both born in Tennessee, a steel car repairer for the rail road company; Alta, daughter, 20, born in Arkansas; and Herman, son, 18, born in Illinois, a steel car repairer for the rail road company.
Children of William Gaines and Mary Gloden
1. Alta Gaines, b. Dec 1899, AR
2. Herman Gaines, b. abt 1902, IL