Andrew Gresly
(1801-1882)
Rosanna Schrum
(1803-1853)
Henry J. Gresly
(1834-1898)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Anna Mary Jamison
2. Mary H. Snyder

Henry J. Gresly 2 3

  • Born: 31 Mar 1834, York, York, PA 1 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Anna Mary Jamison in 1857 in , York, PA 1 2
  • Marriage (2): Mary H. Snyder in 1880 in York, York, PA 1 2
  • Died: 3 Nov 1898, York, York, PA at age 64 2 3
  • Buried: 7 Nov 1898, York: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, PA 2 3

   Another name for Henry was Henry Svenley.5

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He appeared on the census in 1850 in York, York, PA. 6 The 1850 census recorded Andrew Gressley, butcher, 47, living with wife Rosanna, 47; Henry, 16; John, 14; Rosanna, 12; Anthony, 9; George, 7; Charles, 5; and Catharine, 2. The parents were born in Germany and their children in Pennsylvania. Andrew's real estate was valued at $10,000.

2. He appeared on the census in 1870 in York, York, PA. 7 The 1870 census recorded Henry J. Gresley, butcher, 35, living with wife Amanda, 34; Allen E., 11; David A., 10; Bertha L, 4; twins Nelly G. and Robert, 2.

3. He appeared on the census in 1880 in York, York, PA. 8 The 1880 census recorded at 227 West Market Street: Henry J. Gresley, butcher, 46, living with his second wife, Mary H., 30, who married Henry after she divorced her first husband, Elias Beecher. Living in their home are step-children: Emma M. Beecher, 14 (whose future husband Charles Kurtz is listed below); and Elmer B. Beecher, 6; and the Gresley children: David A. Gresley, 20; Bertha L. Gresley, 14; and 12-year old twins Nellia G. and Robert J. Gresley. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

Living at 219 West Market Street is Henry's father, grocer Andrew Gresley, 77, and Henry's step-mother, Sophia, 53, and their children: Mary, 28; Jennie, 20; Ella, 19; Lizzie, 17; and Andrew, 11. Andrew was born in Baden, Germany, and Sophia in Hanover, Germany, and their children in Pennsylvania.

On the same census page at 215 West Market Street: William H. Kurtz, leather and malt manufacturer, 57, living with wife Julia, 37; Charles, clerk in malt house, 23, who later marries Emma Beecher ; and daughter Julia, 21. They and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. Also in the home are servants Catharine Foust, 37, and Amanda Riegraff, 19.

4. Book: History of York County, 1886. 1
H. T. Gresly, green-grocer and provision dealer, was born in York, in 1834, son of Andrew and Rosanna (Schrum) Gresly, and is of German origin. He is the eldest in a family of eight children. His father was born in Baden, Germany, in 1801, and his mother in Wurtemberg, in 1803. The Gresly family came to America, in 1832, and settled in western Pennsylvania for a time and subsequently came to York County. By occupation the father of Mr. Gresly was a butcher. He died in York, in 1882, The mother died, in 1853. The subject of this biography was reared in York, and here he attended the common schools. He learned the butcher's trade with his father. In 1853 he entered the United States Navy and for three years and four months was on the United States Frigate Savannah on the coast of Brazil. In 1856 he came to America and in 1857 went to Decorah, Iowa, and there engaged in the butchering business, and there remained until 1859, when he returned to York. In 1862 he again joined the United States Navy, and was on the United States steamship New Ironsides. Serving fourteen months he returned to York and engaged in his present business, which he has since continued. He has also been, and is engaged in the cattle business. The marriage of Mr. Gresly was solemnized in 1857, to Miss. Anna M. Jamison, of York, Penn. To this union were born four children as follows: David A., Bertha L., Nellie G. and R. J. Mrs. Gresly died, in 1874, and in 1880 Mr. Gresly was married to Miss Mary H. Snyder, of Hanover, Penn. Politically Mr. Gresly is a Republican. In 1879 he was elected chief burgess of York and re-elected in 1882. He is the only Republican elected to this office in York since 1862. He is a member of the G. A. R., and of the Lutheran Church. He is a successful and leading citizen. Mr. Gresly had a brother killed in the Mountain Meadow massacre in Utah, in 1857, and another brother died in the famous prison at Andersonville in 1864.

5. His obituary was published in The Gazette on 4 Nov 1898 in York, York, PA. 2 Henry J. Gresly Dead.
Succumbs to an Attack of Apoplexy.

At 5 o'clock yesterday morning death took away another of York's representative citizens when Henry J. Gresly, the well-known West end green grocer and provision merchant, died at his home on West Market street. His death was due to apoplexy. Four months ago Mr. Gresly received a similar attack, from which he never fully recovered. On Wednesday afternoon he received another stroke, which proved to be fatal. Mr. Gresly was 64 years old. He is survived by a wife and the following children: Mrs. John H. Dobbling, David A. Gresly and Robert J. Gresly, all of York, and Mrs. Charles W. Freeman, of Baltimore. Henry Gresly was born in York in 1834. He was the son of Andrew and Rosanna (Schrum) Gresly, and was the oldest in a family of eight children. He was of German origin, his father being born In Baden, Germany, in 1801, and his mother In Wurtemburg in 1803. The family came to America in 1833 and settled in Western Pennsylvania for a time and subsequently came to York county. Mr. Gresly's father died in 1882 and the mother in 1853. The father was a butcher by occupation and after Henry attended the common schools here for some time he learned the butcher's trade with his father. In 1853 he entered the United States Navy, and for over three years was on the United States frigate Savanah, on the coast of Brazil. In 1856 he returned to America, and a year later went to Decorah, Iowa, and there engaged in the butchering business, remaining until 1859, when he returned here. In 1862 he again entered the United States Navy, and was on the United States steamer, New Ironsides. He served fourteen months in the navy this time, when he again returned to York and engaged in the butchering business, which he continued until his death. He was also engaged in the cattle business. In 1857 Mr. Gresly was married to Miss Anna M. Jamison, of York. To this union were born the four children named above. Mrs. Gresly died in 1874 and in 1880 Mr. Gresly was married to Miss Mary H. Snyder, of Hanover. In religion Mr. Gresly was a Lutheran. In politics he was a staunch Republican. In 1879 he was elected chief burgess of York and re-elected in 1883. Mr. Gresly afterward served In Select council. He was also a member of the G. A. R. Mr. Gresly's funeral will take place on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment will be made at Prospect Hill cemetery.


Henry married Anna Mary Jamison in 1857 in , York, PA.1 2 (Anna Mary Jamison was born on 29 Jun 1835 in , York, PA 7, christened on 7 Aug 1853 in York: Christ Lutheran Church, York, PA and died in 1874 in York, York, PA 1.)


Henry next married Mary H. Snyder, daughter of Daniel Snyder and Elizabeth Henderson, in 1880 in York, York, PA.1 2 (Mary H. Snyder was born in Jun 1849 in , York, PA,9 10 died on 27 May 1938 in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 10 11 and was buried in York: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, PA 10.)


Sources


1 Prowell, George, History of York County, Pennsylvania (Historical Society of York County, PA. 1907. 3 volumes.), Vol. 2, page 20.

2 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 4 Nov 1898, page 1. Henry J. Gresly is Dead.

3 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61194205.

4 1880 United States Census, Pennsylvania, York County, York Ward 5, Family History Library Film 1255207, NA Film Number T9-1207 Page 305D.

5 Research Papers of Hank Beecher.

6 1850 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4Z8-6FX Henry Gressley in household of Andrew Gressley, York borough, North ward, York, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 12, NARA microfilm publication M432.

7 1870 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZLM-ZLX Frederick Hess in entry for Henry J Gresley, .

8 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWV1-BMY Charles Kurtz in household of William H Kurtz, York, York, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 306A, NARA microfilm publication T9.

9 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, York County, Manheim Township, Series: M432 Roll: 839 Page: 328.

10 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=100159987. Grave of Mary Snyder Beecher Gresly.

11 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 28 May 1938, page 2. Death of Mary Gresly.



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