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GREGORY FAMILY/STOKES FAMILY/ROYSTER FAMILY
Posted by: John Fox (ID *****1791) Date: April 29, 2008 at 18:28:54
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Hello All,

I am a descendant of James Gregory who married Sarah Thompson in Goochland County, Va in 1756. In 1725, a Samuel Gregory of Charles City sold land in Goochland to William Knight >>John Knight (c. 1710-1771), believed to have been the son of Peter Knight, served as a witness to an indenture between Samuel Gregory of Charles City County and William Knight of Goochland County in 1727. In this transaction, Gregory sold Knight 130 acres in Goochland County for £20 - land formerly owned, in part, by Joseph Woodson. Joseph had a sister Elizabeth Woodson, who married John Knight about two years later. In June 1742, William and John Knight sold the same 130 acres for £50. In February of that year, John had received a patent to 383 acres of land in Brunswick (now Lunenburg) County. John and Elizabeth been married for 14 years when they moved to these newly settled lands. However, within six more years, John was buying land in North Carolina, owning finally about 1,000 acres. He lived there for a time, but eventually moved back to Lunenburg County. His will, covering six pages, lists what his twelve children have already received and what he feels is due them. The children were Jonathan, John, Peter, William, Joseph, Rachel, Charles, Woodson, Elizabeth, Judith and Mary Lea. <<

Sarah Thompson's father had lived adjacent to the Woodson family, and had some of that family to act as witnesses for land documents and wills in Goochland County. When I checked out Charles City County for Gregorys, I found a Samuel Gregory and a Sylvanus Gregory serving as witnesses on the same documents there. In the settling of the estate of David Royster in Charles City county, Sylvanus Gregory was named as one of the men appointed to inventory the estate. There is another family of some note of Charles City county, Stokes, who used the given name of Sylvanus. There was an early Sylvanus Stokes who was to be found in Charles City county (Charles City County Court Orders, 1687-95, page 338) I cannot locate my notes of the document, but I have read of intermarriages between the Stokes and Gregory families. If anyone has any data which supports this alliance of the two families, I would most appreciate your imput.

PLEASE SEE OTHER DOCUMENTS BELOW:
George Gregory; immigrated to Virginia in 1635 and settled in Charles City County. He was transported to Virginia by the company of Barker, Associates and Co.

1653--Ferdinando Austin received 1200 acres of land on the north side of the James River in Charles City County, Va. for transporting twenty fouir persons; John Smith; Edward Smith; William Rogers; Thomas Willkes; William Browne; James Cockrum; Dan Valker; Ferdinando Austin; Joseph Alcock; Frances Allen; Joh--Allester-; Thomas Gregory; James Gregory: Thomas Kelway; Margaret Legh; Thomas___: John Griffin, Jone Irish; Teague Allen; Jone Bristol; Thomas Green; John Mitchell; and Peter Gerrard.

Samuel GREGORY
ABT 1700 - 1769
ID Number: I68005

* RESIDENCE: Charles City Co. VA
* BIRTH: ABT 1700
* DEATH: 1769, Charles City Co. Virginia
* RESOURCES: See: notes


Notes

Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly • volume XXVIII • volume XXVIII, number 3 (01-AUG-1990) • Charles City County, Virginia, Fragments from the Court Minutes, 1769
p. 16. The last will and testament of Samuel Gregory, dec'd was presented in court by Elizabeth Gregory, Exec and William Gregory, one of the executors therein named sworn to by the said exec & exor and being proved by the oaths of Nante Gregory, Charles Sauron, and Prigin Waddill the witnesses thereto and certificate is granted to the executors for obtaining a probate thereof in due form bond and security given.
Present, Benjamin Harrison, Gent.
Littl'b Irby, Francis Irby, James Hardyman, and Peter Royster or any three appointed to appraise estate.

An illiterate John Cross of Westover Parish, Charles City County, deeded 100 acres to James Johnson 1 Dec. 1730. Jane, wife of John Cross, relinquished her dower right. Francis Hardyman, James Gunn, and Samuel Gregory witnessed the deed. [Charles City Co. Wills & Deeds 1725, p. 317]

A will of William Gregory (Virginia Historical Society)
dated 05 APR 1776 names son William, brother John and sister Ann Gregory and also leaves property to Ann Royster wife of George Royster, William Gregory and Charles Royster.

The above references a connection with David Royster of Charles City county, Va. He died without a will and his son's William and Peter during the February Court of 1738 were granted the administration of his estate.
Lewellin Eppes, Edmund Eppes, Silvanus Gregory and Samuel Gregory were appointed to appraise the estate. The inventory was returned by the March Court of 1738. The message above seems to infer that there were some kind of kinship with the Royster family and the Gregorys. I do know that David had a son, Peter, who had sons named George and Charles who would fit into the time period mentioned.

I am a descendant of David's son Joseph Royster who married Nancy Ann Wilkins, daughter of Henry and Elenor Wilkins of Charles City County and Mecklenburg County, Va. Their son Henry Royster married Frances Draper of Mecklenburg Co. Va. and settled in Person County, NC.

I would also like to know if there were any connection to the above Gregorys and my James Gregory and his brother Joseph, who settled also in Person County, NC. James Gregory married Sarah Thompson, daughter of George Thompson of Goochland County, Va. A son of James Gregory, William James
Gregory's birth record is found in the Register of St. James Northam Parish according to the William and Mary Quarterly.
William and his family lived in York County, South Carolina where all of his chidren were born.

I would like to get more information on these Gregories in Charles City County, if anyone has info on them.

1 David ROYSTER
—————————————————————————————————————————————
Birth: abt 1680/1685
Death: 1739
Father: Unknown ROYSTER

Lived in Charles City County. He died without a will and his son's William and Peter during the February Court of 1738 were granted the administration of his estate. Lewellin Eppes, Edmund Eppes, Silvanus Gregory and Samuel Gregory were appointed to appraise the estate. The inventory was returned by the March Court of 1738

Children: Thomas
Peter (~1725-1766)
Jacob (~1724-1798)
William Clark
Joseph (1730-1800)
John
David

John Knight (c. 1710-1771), believed to have been the son of Peter Knight, served as a witness to an indenture between Samuel Gregory of Charles City County and William Knight of Goochland County in 1727. In this transaction, Gregory sold Knight 130 acres in Goochland County for £20 - land formerly owned, in part, by Joseph Woodson. Joseph had a sister Elizabeth Woodson, who married John Knight about two years later. In June 1742, William and John Knight sold the same 130 acres for £50. In February of that year, John had received a patent to 383 acres of land in Brunswick (now Lunenburg) County. John and Elizabeth been married for 14 years when they moved to these newly settled lands. However, within six more years, John was buying land in North Carolina, owning finally about 1,000 acres. He lived there for a time, but eventually moved back to Lunenburg County. His will, covering six pages, lists what his twelve children have already received and what he feels is due them. The children were Jonathan, John, Peter, William, Joseph, Rachel, Charles, Woodson, Elizabeth, Judith and Mary Lea.

Can anyone link these Gregory to old Lunenburg? Note the Mildred Gregory, named for an aunt?------Charles City Co----Surviving bonds show that John Dancy was appointed 06 JUN 1764 to serve as guardian for Susannah Gregory, orphan of John Sherman Gregory{cwh, Brunswick records}; Thomas Holt, William Gregory, Stith Gregory, James Bell, Jonathan Patterson were appointed 04 JUL 1764 to served as executors for John Gregory, dec'd; William Gregory was appointed 05
DEC 1764 to serve as guardian for John Gregory, orphan of John; -----William Gregory was appointed 02 OCT 1765 to serve as guardian for Anne Gregory, orphan of John; ---Stith
Gregory was appointed 02 OCT 1765 to served as guardian for Lucy and Mildred Gregory, orphans of John; --Mary Gregory was appointed 03 DEC 1767 to serve as guardian for Anne and Mary Gregory, orphans of John Sherman Gregory; ----Elizabeth
Gregory and William Gregory were appointed 02 AUG 1769 to serve as executors for Samuel Gregory.




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