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John Gerry

John Gerry was born in England in 1837, and emigrated to Australia (where all of his children were born between 1858 and 1866, then moved on to the U.S. where he worked as a mine captain in the iron mines in Marquette County, Michigan. He appears on the 1870 census, living in a boarding house in Ishpeming and listing himself as a "miner," with wife Ruth, five daughters and a son. John also had an older brother, Thomas, who was also a miner and lived with him. John does not appear on the 1880 census or later, and may have died or left the country. He built a mineral collection rich in specimens of Upper Michigan hematite and goethite. It was acquired by the Michigan College of Mining (now Michigan Technological University).

WILSON, W.E., and DYL, S.J. II (1992) The Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton. Mineralogical Record, 23 (2), 73-76.
U.S. Federal census, 1870..
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