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John S. Gregg
Monona Twp.

John S. Gregg, one of the pioneers of Clayton County, was born in Lower Canada, on the 28th day of November, 1823, son of Reuben and Mary (Bruce) Gregg, his father a native of Massachusetts, and his mother of New Hampshire. They were married in Montreal, Canada, in 1820, and were the parents of eight children, four sons and four daughters, viz.: John S., Jane, Mary, Julia, Samuel, James, Reuben and Annie. Mr. Gregg by trade was a millwright and carpenter, and came to Clayton County in 1845, where he spent one year, then returned to Canada. In 1847 he moved his family to this county, where he remained until his death, which occurred in 1872. The mother is still living at the advanced age of eighty-nine. John S., in 1844, left his home and came to Iowa, coming by water to Milwaukee, and from there footed it to Clayton County, following the old Government trail, traveling one whole day without seeing a house. Soon after coming here he entered the claim where he now lives, the land having changed hands once. He has been twice married: first to Jeannette Ferguson, who was born in Canada, Oct. 23, 1826. They had six children, viz.: Percella, Jesse C., E. Jane, Gustavus, Lovina and James. Mrs. Gregg died Aug. 10, 1865, and he again married Dec. 22, 1869, Jerusha Burge, a widow of Josiah Wheeler, by whom there was five children, one living-- Ira J. In the winter of 1844 and '45, Mr. Gregg returned to Canada on foot, making a distance of 750 miles in twenty-one days. His average expense was fifty cents per day. The same year he returned to Clayton County in company with his father and Mr. Ferguson. Mr. Gregg had but fifty cents of ready money in his pocket when he reached Clayton County, but by hard work he has accumulated a competency. He owns 115 acres of land, valued at $45 per acre.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1042
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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