1.12 John Grealis


John M. Greilis


July 1879 in Ohio


Michael and Bridget Greilis


         Thomas b: ~ 1873 d: before 1900

         Patrick Joseph b: Mar. 1876

         Anna b: June 1884 m: William G. Fergus


         To Elizabeth McLoughlin bet 1907-1909 (not found in Cuyahoga County)


         Marion E. b: ~ 1909 m: John F. Gallagher

         Gertrude b: ~  1911

         Genevieve B. b: ~ 1913 m: Michael J. McCafferty


         January 8, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio

Birth and Baptism

         Born in Ohio in 1879.

         Born ~ 1872 per 1880 census (under Gaelis)

Census Records

         In the 1880 census, The Gealis (sp) family is living at 418 Bruthyís Alley (sp?) near Washington Street in Cleveland.  Michael is 38 and is a laborer.  His wife Bridget is 30 years old.  Both were born in Ireland.  Patrick is 10, John is 8, and Thomas is 7. All were born in Ohio and attend school.

         In the 1900 United States Census, at 12 Alger Street in Cleveland, Ohio, John Greilis is living with his parents and brother and sister.  His father Michael was born in Dec. 1849, is 50 years old, and works as a day laborer.  He and his parents were all born in Ireland.  Johnís mother Bridget is 43 and was born in Dec. 1856 in Ireland, as were her parents.  They both immigrated in 1874, are naturalized, and have been in the USA for 25 years.  They have been married 25 years and have had 5 children, three of whom are still alive.  All of their children were born in Ohio.  Patrick was born March 1876, is 24 years old, and works as a marine engineer.  John was born July 1879, is 21 years old and is an iron molder.  Anna was born June 1884, is 15 years old, and attends school.  They rent their house.

         In the 1910 United States Census, at 1368 W. 58th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, John Grielis and his wife Elizabeth are living with their daughter Mary.  John work in a factory, is 36 years old, and was born in Ohio while his parents were born in Ireland.  Elizabeth is 30 years old and was born in Ireland as were her parents.  She immigrated in 1896.  They have been married 3 years and have one child.  Mary is 1 year old and was born in Ohio. 

         1920 census not found

City Directories

         In 1892, Michael, Patrick, and Thomas J. Gralis all live on Alger St.  Thomas is a clerk while Michael and Patrick are laborers.  Thomas could either be his father, brother, or perhaps a cousin.

         In 1893 Michael and Patrick Grelis are still on Alger while Thomas is not listed

         In 1894 Michael, Patrick, and John are all listed (John is a molder) while Thomas Grielis now owns the Cleveland Real Estate & Mortgage Co. on Detroit in Lakewood.

         In 1895 all 4 are again listed at 12 Alger

         1896-97 Michael, Patrick, and John at 12 Alger, Thomas returns again in 1898.

Church Records

         Member of St. Colmanís parish

Death Records



         Greilis, Elizabeth (nee McLaughlin), beloved wife of the late John, dear mother of Mrs. Marion Gallagher, Mrs. Genevieve McCafferty and the late Gertrude, and grandmother, sister of Mrs. Cecilia Walsh, at residence, 1926 W. 73d St., Saturday, Nov. 25, 1950. Friends may call at McGorray Bros. Lakewood Home, 14133 Detroit Ave. Funeral Thursday, Nov. 30, St. Colman's Church, at 10 a. m.


         Laborer, factory worker



         12 Alger St. Cleveland (1900)

         1368 W. 58th St. Cleveland (1910- )

         1331 W. 61st St., Cleveland (1930)

         1926 W. 73d St. Cleveland  ( -1950)

Other Documentation


Stories and Notes

         Name has been spelled Grelis, Greilis, Grielis, Gralis, and Grealis in various documents.

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