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Alfred John Greathead 73

  • Born: 5 May 1861, Barnstaple, Devon, England 73,82,83
  • Marriage: Mary Louisa (Molly) Berry on 13 May 1891 in Chicago, IL 73,74,75,76
  • Died: 21 May 1910, Chicago, Cook County, IL at age 49 73
  • Buried: 23 May 1910, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL 31,63

bullet  General Notes:

Interesting to note that Alfred John married Mary Louisa Berry and Alfred John's father was friends with Joe Heard in Barnstaple, England. Joe Heard married Esther Berry. Joe Heard's son by Esther - named William - married Joe Heard's second wife's sister Jane. Joe Heard's 2nd wife was Kate Burtchaell and she had a first cousin also named Kate Burtchaell. That cousin Kate married Dr. John Berry of Ontario/Chicago. -- source: What I have plus what was sent to me via email from Linda Ford, Canada.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth, May 1862. 34

Immigration, 1871 ?, From England to Marshall, MI. 34 This 1871 date must be wrong because the letter to him from his father was when he was an infant. And yet ... he knew Joe Heard from Barnstaple, where both were born? Perhaps that letter, written by Alfred's father to his infant son was written for an occasion other than his immigration to the States.

Residence, 7 Jun 1880, Hanover Street, Marshall, Calhoun, MI. 25 Living here are Rachel Greathead as head of house, Frederick, Sarah J., Alfred J., and Ernest E. Greathead.

Occupation: stenographer, 7 Jun 1880, Marshall, Calhoun County, MI. 25

Citizenship, 17 Mar 1891. 84 Paperwork owned by Belle Radcliffe says he arrived in the U.S. as a minor under the age of 18 and is now over age 21. Says he renounced his allegiance to the Queen of Great Britain & Ireland.

Occupation: accountant, 1896-1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 85 He worked at 171 Lake, Chicago. That was the Roebling address, according to the "Catalogue of the Annual Architectural Exhibition, 1899-1900"
Listed as John Greathead in 1900 census.

Residence, 1895-1898, 292 E. 60th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85,86 He may appear before 1896 in city directories, but I forgot to check prior to this date.

Residence, 1899-1900, 362 41st St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 34,85 Living here are "John" Greathead, wife Mary, daughters Alice, Esther, and Louisa. Also living here are the Robert Francis family of four. This is in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

Occupation: stenographer: John A. Roebling's Sons, Chicago. 49,72 Possibly but yet to be confirmed that he was secretary-treasurer there.

John Roebling was a German-born civil engineer famous for his wire rope suspension bridge designs. He designed the Brooklyn Bridge. The Roebling sons carried on the work of their father for several generations. It's unknown for which Roebling Alfred John worked. It's interesting to note, however, that Roebling's wire rope were used in all the elevators of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Empire State Building. The Roebling firm operated principally out of Trenton, NJ.

Occupation: Salesman, 2 Jun 1900. 34

Residence, Bef May 1910-1916, 5645 Calumet Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 They were living here in 1916 because they had a phone # for this address. It was Wentworth 8198.

Living here were Alfred, Mary his wife, daughters Alice, Esther, and Louisa. Also living in the house were Mary Louisa Berry Hancox & her husband Albert Hancox and their children Mary, Joseph, and Josephine. Also living here was William Flemming (?), wife Fannie, and daughters Ethel L. and Seila (?) and a roomer Charles R. Rus??th.

Organizations: Master Mason. 87

Occupation: stenographer for J.A. Roebling, 1880-1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 44,50

Health: bad headaches. 4 Also a smoker.

Death. 44 Cause of death was pneumonia.

Obituary, 22 May 1910, Chicago Tribune. 88 He died on 21 May 1910 at 5645 Calumet Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA <pd1461.htm>, aged 49 following a short illness of about a week. He had for twenty five years been the secretary of John at Roebling's Sons company of 171 Lake Street, Chicago.4,11 He was buried on 23 May 1910 His obituary in the Chicago Daily Tribune of 22 May 1910 stated that he was survived by is widow and two daughters. The funeral was held at 2pm from the family residence and interment was at Mount Hope.12

Obituary: Chicago Examiner, 22 May 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 89 GREATHEAD -- Alfred John, for twenty-five years secretary of John A. Roebling's Sons Company, 171 Lake street, died of pneumonia at his home, 5645 Calumet avenue, yesterday. Mr. Greathead was born at Barnstaple, England, May 5, 1861, and was prominent among Masons. He is survived by the widow and two daughters. The funeral will be held from the family residence at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Interment at Mount Hope.
and then lower down in the same column, under "Deaths":
GREATHEAD -- Alfred John, services conducted by Kenwood lodge No. 800, A.F. and A.M. Funeral services at his late residence, 5645 Calumet av., Monday, May 23, 2 p.m.; interment at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Obituary, 23 May 1910, Marshall, Calhoun County, MI. 90 "Alfred J. Greathead, of Chicago, for twenty-five years secretary of the wire manufacturing firm of John A. Roebling's Sons company of Chicago, died early Saturday morning at his residence, 5645 Calumet avenue, of pneumonia, following an illness of less than a week. Mr. Greathead was born forty-nine years ago in Barnstable, Eng. He was well known in Masonic circles, having been a member of Kenwood lodge No. 800, A.F. & A.M. The widow and two daughters survive him. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the late residence, and interment was in Mount Hope cemetery. Mr. Greathead formerly resided in this city. His mother whose home is in Oakland, Cal., survives him."

Burial, 23 May 1910, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL. 63 Buried in this plot are Louisa Berry, Thomas N. Berry, Alfred J. Greathead, Mary Louisa Hancox, Elizabeth Berry, Mary L. Berry and James G. Berry.

Buried in cement vault. Also buried in same plot is the only other Greathead in the plot -- an unnamed infant, 1 day old. Don't know who the parents were. Burial date 9-4-1907.

Lot 82, Sec. 3. To find the stones in that section, look for a large square headstone w/ the name Weber on it.

Probate: Intestate, Settled June 22, 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 70 The petition was verified by Mary B. Greathead that "Alfred J. Greathead of Chicago in said County, died intestate on or about the 21st day of May AD 1910 leaving personal property and effects in said County, the value of which does not exceed the sum of $2100 dollars; that the petitioner is the widow of said decedent, and prays that she may be appointed to administer upon said estate...
Sureties by Abram B. Canover and Garret V. Weart along with Mary B. Greathead.

Residence: Family kept phone # in his name, 1917, 6418 Minerva. 80 The phone # was Hyde Park 8920.


Alfred married Mary Louisa (Molly) Berry, daughter of John Berry and Mary Louisa Breeden, on 13 May 1891 in Chicago, IL 73,74,75.,76 (Mary Louisa (Molly) Berry was born on 5 Sep 1864 in Picton, Ontario, Canada,52 died on 31 Oct 1948 in Oak Forest, , Illinois 31,78 and was buried on 3 Nov 1948 in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL 38.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Marriage at 249- 43rd St. Chicago, P (or R) H Swift, Pastor Oakland ME Ch. Paper owned by Belle A. Radcliffe. Witness EE Greathead and John C. (?) Berry. The "Jo.." I'm sure of, and it ends in an N. Middle initial either C or ?

Mary Louisa Berry was age 27, as listed on the marriage cert.

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