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.)