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Robert Washington Gregg (1843-1910)


Robert W. Gregg

Robert W. Gregg

My great great grand­fa­ther, Robert Washington Gregg (1843–1910), was known as “Gypsy” Gregg because he trav­eled so widely.

I have been cat­a­loging these trav­els. An account of what I have found so far fol­lows. Each new loca­tion is high­lighted in red.

According to his Civil War pen­sion file, Robert W. Gregg was born in Ohio County, VA (now WV) in 1843. He appears in the 1850 cen­sus in that county at the age of 7 with his par­ents William and Margaret, five sib­lings, a 75-year-old woman that I sus­pect to be his grand­mother, Sarah Echols, a cou­ple more Echolses, and some­one who was prob­a­bly a ser­vant girl, Isabel Carr.

By 1860, he has moved to Des Moines County, Iowa, where he appears in the cen­sus with his father, five sib­lings, again Isabell Carr. He is 17 and listed as a farmer. His father is listed as hav­ing 15,000 worth of real estate and 2,500 worth of per­sonal property.

On 22 August 1862, at the age of 19, Robert W. Gregg of Parrish, Iowa, and born in Virginia, enlisted in Company E of the 25th Iowa Volunteers. His pen­sion records indi­cate that he was shot in the hand by the Federal sol­dier next to him as the left a troop trans­port after cross­ing into Kentucky. He spent the bulk of the war in hos­pi­tals and was mus­tered out as a Private in Washington, DC on 6 June 1865. (His brother, William Gregg, aged 31 and resid­ing in Burlington, Iowa is also listed in the muster rolls as hav­ing been more in Virginia. He also enlisted into Company E of the 25th Iowa on 22 August 1862 and was later pro­moted quar­ter­mas­ter sergeant.)

According to the mar­riage cer­tifi­cate sub­mit­ted with his pen­sion appli­ca­tion, Robert W. Gregg mar­ried Helen Edwina Arnold in Des Moines County, Iowa in 1867. By 1870, he lived in Adams County, Iowa, where he appears in the cen­sus. He’s still there in 1880. By 1883, though, he has moved to Nance County, Nebraska, and appears in the 1883 Federal list­ing of vet­er­ans (“135,512 Gregg, Robert W, Genoa, g. s. wd. r. hand, $4.00″). He also appears in Nance County, Nebraska in the 1885 Nebraska State Census.

In the 1890 Veterans Schedule, he appears in Box Butte County, Nebraska. He prob­a­bly home­steaded here, though I have not yet looked this up. He had a farm, cer­tainly, and served as Postmaster for his por­tion of the county, with his prop­erty being des­ig­nated “Gregg Post Office” between 1890 and 1893. The county was formed in 1886, and suf­fered a drought in the 1890s. He likely arrived with the land fever, and left hav­ing lost his land to the elements.

By 1899, he is at the Old Soldier’s Home in Danville, Vermillion County, Illinois. In 1900, the US Census finds him in Pope, Fayette County, Illinois with his wife Helen and his 24 year old son, Archie C. Gregg. In 1910, this same fam­ily lived in Patoka Township, Marion County, Illinois, and appears in the cen­sus as such. Finally, his pro­bate file says he died in Marion County, Illinois in 1910.

William Gregg house­hold, District 44, Ohio, Virginia, Roll 966, page 46A, house­hold 648, fam­ily 676. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [data­base on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images repro­duced by FamilySearch.

William Gregg house­hold, Augusta Township, Des Moines, Iowa, Parish Post Office, roll 319, page 247, house­hold 1928, fam­ily 1851. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [data­base on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images repro­duced by FamilySearch.

US Civil War Pension Application of Robert W. Gregg, Company E, 25th Iowa Infantry (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration), appli­ca­tion num­ber 135,512.

Augustine M. Antrobus, History of Des Moines County Iowa and Its People (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915), p. 239. Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofdesmoin01antr/historyofdesmoin01antr_djvu.txt : Accessed, 7 June 2010.

Ancestry.com. List of pen­sion­ers on the roll, January 1, 1883, Vols. 1–5 [data­base on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. Original data: List of pen­sion­ers on the roll, January 1, 1883, giv­ing the name of each pen­sioner, the cause for which pen­sioned, the post-office address, the rate of pen­sion per month, and the date of orig­i­nal allowance, Volumes 1–5. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883.

Ancestry.com. Nebraska State Census, 1885 [data­base on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: National Archives and Records Administration. Schedules of the Nebraska State Census of 1885. M352. RG 29. 56 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Elton A. Perkey. Perkey’s Nebraska Place-Names. Rev. ed. (Lincoln, NE: Nebraska State Historical Society, 1995). p. 13.

Ancestry.com. U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866–1938 [data­base on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Historical Register of National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866–1938; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1749, 282 rolls); Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Robert W. Gregg house­hold, Pope, Fayette, Illinois, ED 21, page 3B, house­hold 58, fam­ily 58. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [data­base on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

R. W. Gregg house­hold. Patoka Township, Marion County, Illinois. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [data­base on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

Probate file of Robert W. Gregg. Marion County, Illinois. Probated 2 November 1910.

 
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