Friday, September 10, 2010

Augustus Ceaser Gruissy

Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara (Wolf) Gruissy with daughters. Left to Right: Caroline (Gruissy) Moore, Rephenia (Gruissy) Nichols, N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark, Margaret (Gruissy) Morrison, Mary (Gruissy) Lutz


Augustus Ceaser Gruissy b. 16 May 1840 - d. 8 December 1915 in Stark County, Ohio. He was the son of Christian Gruissy, Jr. (b. 1811 in Swiss - d. 1907 in Ohio) and Mary Grorisclauss (b. in Swiss - d. c. 1849 in Ohio).In 1840 & 1850 Christian owned a 50 acre farm in Sugar Creek, Ohio.

1. His first wife was Mary Ann Everett b. c. 1836. They were married 21 February 1861 in Wayne County, Ohio. Augustus & Mary had four children:

Margaret Jane (Gruissy) Morrison b. 26 December 1861 in Ohio - d. 8 March 1946 in Ohio
Caroline Louise (Gruissy) Moore b. 23 October 1863 in Ohio - d. 15 April 1936 in Ohio
Mary Magdalene (Gruissy) Lutz b. 23 November in Ohio - d. 10 July 1917 in Ohio
Matilda Catherine (Gruissy) Stanford b. 26 February 1868 - d. unknown

We do not know what happened to Mary Ann Everett.  According to Ivy (Mark) Brown, granddaughter of Augustus Gruissy, she ran off with another man, leaving her husband and daughters behind. This story has not been verified.

2. His second wife was Esther Barbara Wolf b. 14 June 1836 in PA - d. 11 August 1906 in Ohio.  They were married 6 December 1868 in Stark County, Ohio. They had five children:

Rephenia Cathern (Gruissy) Nichols  b. 4 April 1870 in Ohio - 17 January 1943 in Michigan
Algedena Gruissy (female)  b. 17 October 1871 in Ohio - d. 1871 in Ohio
John Andrew Gruissy b.  7 September 1872 in Ohio - 1878 in Ohio (only son of Augustus)
Sarah Barbara Gruissy b.  22 June 1874 in Ohio - d. 22 June 1874 in Ohio
Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark b. 31 January 1879 in Ohio - d. 24 May 1959 in Ohio (Note: the first name, Nancy was seldom used)

3. His third wife was Ellen -?- b. c. 1848 in Ohio. They had no children together. She was still living when he died in 1915. Family stories paint her in a bad light, possibly causing his death before he could change his will to leave her out.

Augustus Ceaser Gruissy was a colorful character.  He grew herbs and sold home made medicinal remedies, including QUEEN OIL. A clipping from an unknown newspaper advertised its sale.

After many years experience and innumerable tests, I find this remedy will cure more cases of Sore Mouth, Sore Throat, Diphtheria, Quinsy, Pain in the Side, Breast, Back or Stomach, Cramp of Colic, than any other medicine in use. Will cure Neuralgia, Rheumatism, Croup, Asthma, Sprains, Toothache, Burns and Frosted Feet.  It is mild and pleasant, and safe for either age or sex. DIRECTIONS,-For sore throat, diphtheria and quinsy, take from 8 to 10 drops on sugar several times a day and keep the pains well bathed with the same; for cramp colic and other pains, take from 10 to 20 drops on sugar every half hour until relieved.  Sold by A. C. GRUISSY, West Lebanon, - Ohio.  Price 50c & $1.00 a bottle.  Every bottle warranted.
 In 1870 he was a carpenter in the Village of West Lebanon. In 1880 he was a peddler in Wadsworth Township. In 1910 he owned a farm and was in the "medicine trade" in Sugar Creek. The 1915 Farm Journal Rural Directory of Stark County said he owned a six acre farm, one horse and was a peddler. Augustus & Esther are buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

NOTE: The difficulty in researching this branch of our family is the wide variety of spellings of Gruissy. I have found it as: Grusey, Creesy, Greelys, Gruissy, Gruissi, Greasys, Creasy and more!

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