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John Gregory/Osborne Family in Fairfield County, CT
Posted by: Ardith Newbold (ID *****6987) Date: August 24, 2002 at 18:14:09
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Thank you for assisting me with my search for the ancestors of John Gregory and his dear wife, Mary Elizabeth Osborne. They were residents of Southport, CT, for many years.
John Gregory m, Mary Elizabeth Osborne, both of Fairfield, Feb. 6. 1848, by Rev. N. E. Cornwall.
John had a store on New Street and bought the triangular piece of property at the junction of Center Street and the King's Highway in 1856. The unsual structure was octagon shaped building with three floors. It was well known in the comunity of those days as the Roundhouse or Coliseum.
My husband and I ate breakfast at THE DUGOUT while we were visiting Southport. This is not the original building but it did have a sense of history. Jut thinking my family lived here one hundred, fifty-six years ago!
The first floor was the store and drinking place. The second floor was for the family and perhaps other boarders. The outside ladder reached the third floor which I imagine as a place of sanctuary where John could get away from the over-stimulation of sights and sounds, commonly find in persons with Huntington's disease. John may have abused alcohol, obsessive compulsive disorder, mood swings, chorea form movements, angry outbursts, lack of inhibitions, haluscultations and suicide. He conducted seances in the home.
Perhaps, knowing he suffered from this genetic inherited condition will provide clues to finding his parents, He did become emotionally unstable and was committed to an asylum for the insane.
For those unfamiliar with HD, go to:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/huntingtonsdisease.html
I found many Osborne families living near them. My Mary Elizabeth Osborne was an orphan of sorts. She was suposed to be the granddaughter of .......Osborne, Duke of Leeds. Her parents died on ship, in route to America. Someone took her to raise. It is noted on some census records that she was from NY.
John and Mary's children were:
Edward Plympton Gregory, physician (allopath), son Westpoint
James
Elizabeth
Robert Fremont Gregory
Jessie
His son, Robert Fremont, b. 1857 (printer) named one of his thirteen children, Benjamin Franklin Gregory. He was a medical missionary to China. I suspect the Gregory family at the roundhouse were very impressed with Benjamin Franklin. The Gregory families I have ever met were very active of mind and body. They were highly motivated, intelligent, obsessive with leaning about science, medical, mental, and religious topics. Eccentric and creative might also be a fit description.
I have a photo of Robert Fremont Gregory, my great, great grandfather, who moved from Southport, CT to Bakersfield, CA.
Ardith Newbold
Frederick, MD
beaknbill@adelphia.net



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