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Ezra Gregory


EZRA GREGORY, a retired farmer, who now makes his home in Dubuque, has through well directed efforts and good business ability in former years acquired the competency which now enables him to live in a comfortable and easy way without engaging in any labor. He was born in Vigo County, Ind., on the 23d of September, 1836, and is a son of C. R. Gregory, a native of New York, who became one of the early settlers of Vigo County. On leaving the Empire State, however, he removed to Ohio, and thence went to Indiana. His last days were spent in this city, where his death occurred in February,1850. His wife bore the maiden name of Rachel Barnett and was a native of Kentucky. She too passed away in Dubuque, her death occurring in 1862.

It was during the boyhood of Ezra Gregory that he was brought by his family to the Hawkeye State. The parents located upon a farm in Dubuque County, and there his early life was passed. He attended the public schools, but his privileges were somewhat limited owing to various circumstances. The father died when Ezra was only twelve years of age, and as he was the oldest son in the family of four children much of the farm work devolved upon his young shoulders, but he faithfully performed the tasks which fell to him, true to every duty. In 1858 he began farming in his own interest and was successfully engaged in that business for four years, when, on the 23d of August, 1862, he abandoned the plow for the musket. Prompted by patriotic impulses he responded to the country's call for troops and joined the boys in blue of Company H, Twenty-first Iowa Infantry, under command of Colonel Merrill, of Clayton County. The troops were sent to Missouri and there did service for six months, on the expiration of which period they participated in the siege of Vicksburg under General Grant. Mr. Gregory also took part in the battles of Hartville, Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Black River Bridge, Spanish Fort, Mobile and the siege and capture of Ft. Blakely. When the war was over and the county no longer needed his services he was mustered out at Baton Rouge, La., on the 15th of July, 1865, and was soon afterwards discharged at Clinton, Iowa.

Mr. Gregory then returned to his home and again resumed farming, to which work he devoted his time and energies until 1890, when he retired. He is now engaged in no business, save that he superintends his property interests, for as the years have passed and his financial resources have been increased he has made judicious investments in real estate and is now the owner of considerable property.

In the autumn of 1858, Mr. Gregory was joined in wedlock with Miss Elizabeth J. Sloan, daughter of James and Rhoda (Gilbert) Sloan. In their family were the following children: William C., now of Dubuque; Carmine, Luella, Frank; Nellie, now deceased; James and Florence. The parents and their family reside at No. 220 Nevada Street. they are highly respected people, and their many excellencies of character and well spent lives have gained them a large circle of friends. In his political views, Mr. Gregory is a pronounced Republican and takes an active interest in the growth and success of his party.

~source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Co. 1894. Pages 123-124.

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