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Gregg Scotland to Ireland to America
Posted by: Betty Bishop Willoughby Date: November 22, 1998 at 20:25:06
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After reading some of the messages posted here, I determined that some may be interested in the following info that I have. I received it from another Gregg researcher and I will quote part of it here. It is taken from The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. XVI - October 1948. Article called Triadic Origin of the Gregg Family, by Howard T. Dimick.

and I quote:

In America there were eight Greggs who may be regarded as colonial family heads, some of whom were related(23). They are subjoined in chronoligical order:
Thomas Greggs (Gregg), Virginia, 1648.
Robert Greggm Virginia , 1662.
William Gregg, the Quaker, Delaware, 1680-1682.
James Gregg, New Hampshire, 1718
David Gregg, New Hampshire, 1722
Andrew Gregg, Pennsylvania, 1722
Samuel Gregg, Masschusetts, 1722
John Gregg, South Carolina, circa 1752

One of these early arrivals in the American colonies, one, William Gregg I [born William McGregor] is definitely known to have descended from the Clan Mac Gregor in the sept Gregg (24). Although he went from Ulster, Ireland to the colonies, William Gregg's family was of clannish and pure Scottish blood. Long residence in Ireland prior to emigration to Delaware does not establish the family of William Gregg I as of Scots-Irish lineage in Ulster (25).
Another Gregg of Ulster, Andrew Gregg who settled in Pennsylvania in 1722, has been said to be of Scots-Irish ancestry(26). Although Andrew emigrated from Londonderry to the colonies, and perhaps had married an Irish national, yet it is probable that he was of Highland ancestry in his ascendant line. The only Scots-Irish Greggs mentioned by Bolton are John Gregg of Belfast (1708), Robert Gregg of Enniskillen (1705), and Thomas Gregg of Cavanaleck (1711)(27). It is by no means certain, in the light of scant records, that these Greggs were not also possessed of Highland ascendants. Ford maked no mention of Scots-Irish Greggs in his accounts of Scots-Irish families from Ulster who settled in Pennsylvania.(28)
James Gregg who emigrated to New Hampshire in 1718, one of the founders of Londonderry in that colony, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and went from Ayrshire to Mnaskee Parish, Ireland in 1690, thence to the colonies. He married Janet Cargill, born Illa, Scotland, and his family also was of pure Scottish blood(29).
John Gregg who settled in South Carolina was a brother of Andrew Gregg who went ot Pennsylvania and of Samuel Gregg who settled in Masschusetts(30). John's brother Joseph Gregg went with him to South Carolina (31). john had a mother in Ireland; in South Carolina his ancestry is reputed to have been Scots-Irish, although the names of his children and those of his brother do not suggest the Irish element. These Greggs were related to the family of William Gregg I but in what way is not now known (32).
David Gregg who emigrated to the colonies in 1722 was a brother of James who went to New Hampshire(33).
Another relative of William Gregg I settled in Pennsylvania in 1790. He was a Henry Gregg, whose relationship to William is not known to the writer (34.)

22)Many of the Greggs nowadays overlook the ancient disjunction of the Gregg family and think only of the later cognation.
23) The genealogical records of Mrs. Louis P. Bosworth, a Gregg family genealogist and a descendant of William Gregg I, have been of value to the writer.
24)Frank Adam, op. cit., 377; James Fairburn, Fairbairn's Crests. . .(Heraldic Pub. Co., NY, 1911), 589; Howard T. Dimick, "Ancestry and Some Descendants of William Gregg I," in New Mexico Historical Review XXIII, 32-3-; Dimick, "Reconsideration of the Death of Josiah Gregg," in loc. cit., XXIII, 274-285. See also Fairbairn's Book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland (T.C. & E.C. Jack, Edinburgh, 1892), 2 vols.
25) Biographical and Genealogical History, I, 640-641; Henry C. Conrad, op.cit., II, 462.
William Gregg I is reputed to have died in 1685, but since land was patented to him as late as 1693, the year of his death is in question. William Gregg I was the genarc of a line of Greggs which includes William Gregg who introduced cotton mills in South Carolina, Josiah Gregg, Santa Fe trader, explorer and author, and General John Gregg who was a famous brigadier under Robert E. Lee in 1864,
26)Dictionary of American Biography, VII, 595.
27)Charles K. Bolton, Scotch-Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America (Bacon & Brown, Boston, 1910), 11-12, 352.
28)Henry Jones Ford, The Scotch-Irish in America (Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 1915), 90, 156, 261, index.
29) Thomas P. Hughes (Ed.), American Ancestry . . . (--vols., Albany, 1898), XI, 83-84. James Gregg had a brother John, born in Derry Parish, Mnaskee, Ireland in 1702, who emigrated from Country Antrim to the colonies in 1722. He had married Agnes Rankin of Londonderry, Ireland.
30) Records of Mrs. Louise P. Bosworth; Alexander Gregg, History of the Old Cheraws (Columbia, S.C., 1925), 86.
31) Alexander Gregg, op. cit., 86.
32) The relationship is not known to Mrs. Louise P. Bosworth.
33)He may have been related to Andrew, John, and Sameul Gregg mentioned heretofore.
34)Gregg family records.

The above is just a part of the article mentioned, but if anyone wants a copy, of this article, if they will send me a stamped self addressed envelope, I will send copies. Most likely will take a larger envelope and at least 2 stamps. E-mail me if interested and I will give you my address.

Betty Bishop Willoughby


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