- Witnesses of baptism: Patk McKenna & Catherine Gregory.. A 21 year old John Gregory arrived in New York on Dec 7, 1844 from Liverpool on the ship Denmark. He applied for citizenship on April 6, 1847 in city hall in New York City and on December 11, 1849 was made a citizen.
In 1855 he was residing in Sheboygan, WI where his only son, John Stephen was born. In the 1890 Chicago Registered Voters, John Gregory has been in Cook Co for 32 years (1858). In 1866 he was a shipbuilder, the next year he was a ship carpenter. According to the 1870 census, he was residing in the 19th ward, which included the area of Franklin (W) to the Lake (E) and Chicago Ave (S) to Division St (N). This was part of the area that was destroyed by the famous Chicago Fire that took place in 1871.
John Gregory was a well known shipbuilder in Chicago. After his arrival in New York, he moved to Wisconsin and became a shipbuilder. In 1865 he bought a shipyard located at West Charles Street and Harrison from renowned New York shipbuilders Jacob W. Banta and Benjamin Bidwell. Mr. Gregory had a connection with the contracting firm of O.B Green & Company and has built several tugs out of this yard. It appears he also built schooners out of other shipyards including one on Goose Island.
Family legend says that John Gregory was remembered by the Chicago Historical Society for building a boat that was the first something to cross Lake Michigan. It was confirmed that the boat named â€śMary A. Gregoryâ€ť, built in 1875, ended up being the last commercial sail vessel to port in Chicago in 1925. Her figurehead, side lights and other artifacts were confiscated by the Chicago Historical Society and these items are on permanent display at their Crossroads of America exhibit.
"GREGORY - March 2, John, the beloved husband of the late Catherine Gregory, father of John S. Gregory, aged 71 years. Funeral from his late residence, 421 West Ohio-st., Sunday, March 4, at 10 a.m., to St. Columbkill's Church, thence by carriages to Calvary." [1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12]
- Sponsors: Patk McKenna & Catherine Gregory
- Lot 10, Block 48, Section S