three years shy of 100: emanuel h. greger (52 ancestors no. 16)

Week 16 (Apr 16-22): Live Long

Skipping collateral kin and peering back only at ancestors for this blog post, Great-Granddad Emanuel H. GREGER, living until 97 (Aug. 13, 1820 OH-Oct. 25, 1910 Sidney Twp., Champaign Co., IL; buried Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sidney, Champaign Co., IL)[1] appears to win the longevity ribbon in my line.

GREAT-GRAMPA EMANUEL H. GREGER’S GRAVE MARKER — Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sidney, Champaign Co., IL.

Emanuel H. — I have never learned what the “H” stands for — is the son of George GREGGER / GREGGOR (circa 1798 PA-ca 1869 Clermont Co., OH[2]) & Rhoda A. (Rudy) LEEDS (ca 1798 NJ-aft. Aug. 10, 1860)[3]. He married, 1st, on Nov. 24, 1843, in Clermont Co., OH, Lucinda JONES (Aug. 1, 1827-Aug., 1853; Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Clermont Co., OH), daughter of Capt. Thomas JONES (Sept. 6, 1784-Feb. 12, 1868; Hopewell Cemetery, Felicity, Clermont Co., OH).[4] He married 2nd, Oct. 24, 1854, in Clinton Co., OH, my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Eliza GRAY (Nov 11, 1825 AR, OH, or IN-abt Oct., 1900 IL),[5][6] she who is to-date among my Genealogy Brick Walls… (Who are her parents?? Please tell me if you know! 😛 )

Grandpa Emanuel farmed for a living. In an 1866 tax record he shows as owning 156 swine.

Emanuel also owned slaves, I am sad to report: three slaves show for him in the 1830 U.S. Federal Census of OH, Clermont Co., Franklin Twp.: females of 10 & under 24, 1; of 55 & under 100, 1; of one hundred & upwards, 1. Also showing, however, are, “Free Colored Persons:” males, under 10, 1; females, of 24 & under 36, 1. This intrigues me but I have no other data on it.

Although he is included on an Aug. 9, 1863,  American Civil War draft list (Seventh Congressional District; 3rd from bottom on page below) — his residence at that time Perry Twp., Clay Co., IN — I’ve not ever seen any hint that Emanuel actually served in the war.


First wife Lucinda & Emanuel had three children together, Sylvester A. (born about 1845 OH), Ann E. (abt 1847 OH) & Allen A. (abt 1849 OH). Emanuel had four more children with 2nd wife Mary Eliza: daughters Dorcas (born about 1856 OH), Laura Belle (abt 1857), & Sarah (abt 1858 IN), and, my great-grandfather, Granville Smith GREGER (1864 IN).

From a cousin in my GREGER line — Larry G. GREGER (1944-2007) — I have this anecdotal piece on Great-Grampa Emanuel:

     “My cousin told me about a silo Emanuel built on Section 3 where he lived and that it is still standing. This I had to see for myself so my wife and I drove up to sidney to see what it looked like. I’m amazed at its size. I have not seen any silo built around this country to even come close to the size of this silo. This silo is made of concrete must be 50 feet tall probably more. I was going to take a picture of it but it is surounded by standing corn. I will get a picture of it when the corn is picked.”

At the time of his death, Emanuel H. GREGER lived in IL, Champaign Co., Sidney, his age, 90 years, two months, and 13 days. Cause of death, per his death certificate, “paralysis (general),” with, listed as “contributory,” “old age.”



1 Death Certificate, photocopy of Emanuel H. GREGER’s, “Informant Alta KIRBY,” “Address Sidney;” in possession of Susan.

2 Birth date/place per 1850 & 1860 U.S. Federal Censuses, OH, Clermont Co., Franklin Twp. Death date/place, per Clermont Co., OH, Probate Court record of Dec. 18, 1869: probate of estate of “George GREGGER late of Clermont Co., deceased,” photocopy in my possession.

3 Birth date/place per 1850 & 1860 U.S. Federal Censuses, OH, Clermont Co., Franklin Twp. Death date, per enumeration date of 1860 U.S. Federal Census in which Rhoda shows and after which, I find nothing for her.

4 “MORROW Family,” contact, Amelia Morrow, Rootsweb World Connect Family Tree at , accessed Apr., 2015.

5 Fore-, middle & surname, and, birthdate per obituary summary,, at,%20mary%20eliza%20gray&by=KW&sort=RELEVANCE&limit=TOM=*&query=&page=0&searchid=3 , accessed Dec., 2014: “Obituary For Mary Eliza (Nee GRAY) GREGER Of Sidney (Date Of Birth: November 11, 1825);” “Summary: Printed In The November 8, 1900, Sidney By-Way (Page 1)…;” “Series: Newspaper Resources.”

6 Mary’s place of birth varies by U.S. Federal Census, showing twice as Arkansas: 1860 IN, Owen Co., Morgan Twp.; &, 1900 IL, Champaign Co., Sidney Village/Twp.; once as OH: 1870 IL, Champaign Co., Sidney Twp.; and, once as IN: 1880 IL, Champaign Co., Sidney Twp.


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