Posted By:Mark Merry
Subject:Re: Robroy McGregor
Post Date:May 07, 2010 at 14:56:34
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Hi Mary,

The 1841 date was a date that I came up with. I was able to find a bond estate for Robroy McGregor in Randolph County Arkansas. Robroy was listed in the 1840 Randolph County census and his neighbors were all movers and makers of Arkansas history. For example, Thomas S Drew was one of his neigbors and he later became a governor of Arkansas.

The bond estate is interesting. He died intestate and it appears that he and his wife died together, however it was not in Arkansas. The bond estate was to settle his liabilities with Thomas S Drew and Washington R Hunter. The assets were about $1600 of chattel property.

It is definite that by 1842 he was desceased. He and his wife left two small girls who were raised by their grandfather, Lewis Edwards. Eliza Jane McGregor was one of the daughters and she was my GG grandmother.

There was a family tradition that the Robroy and his wife left the two girls with relatives to travel back to Scotland to check on some property. On the voyage over to Scotland, their ship sank in the North Atlantic. I have pulled all shipwrecks between 1840 - 1850 and there were only five. For a time, I though that the SS President which sank in 1841 was the one. However, I was able to finally pull the passenger list and there were no McGregors on board.

To this date, I do not know what happened to them. I was unable to prove the shipwreck stories as being fact. There are records in Macoupin County Illinois and I was hoping that the land deeds could give me some clues.

I am also looking into the possible connection to Alexander and James McGregor who were also buying land in Illinois and Arkansas during this same time period.

My reserach has not taken me to the Mary McGregor, however, I do have an open mind in this process and am willing to expand my reserch.

My Robroy McGregor has been very elusive and I have often thought about taking a trip to Arkansas and Illinois to see if I can uncover the mystery.

Any informaiton that you can provide would be most appreciated.