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 William Gregg, Jr

William Gregg, Jr

Glenarm, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death 1 Sep 1687 (aged 44–45)
Christiana, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Burial New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 63388074 · View Source
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NO MARKER, Four fieldstones mark each corner of the graveyard.

Died at Strand Millas, New Castle Co DE. Buried on the family plantation.

Some reports show his birth as Ireland, however research indicates he was part of the clan driven from Scotland to Ireland after 1653 and came from the Greg-Gregor-McGregor line.

Eldest son of William Gregg Sr. 1616/Scotland -1672/Ireland, and Mary Grace James 1619/Ireland-1688/Ireland.

m: Ann Wilkinson, Waterford Ireland (also seen as Alice Ann)
Ch inc:
-John Henry 1668/Armagh Ireland-1738 married Elizabeth Cooke/Cook in 1694, ch: William, Amy, Thomas, Samuel, Joseph , Hannah, Richard, Rebecca, John, George

-Ann 1670/Armagh Ireland-1729 married William Dixon/Dickson (*see note), John Houghton

-George 1674/Ardmore Ireland-Sep 14 1744/VA married Sarah Hogg/Hoge 1706

-Richard 1676/Ireland-abt 1719, unmarried.

William, his wife and four young children were Quakers who immigrated to America on the ship Caledonia, October 1682 with William Penn's settlers.

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
Name: William Gregg
Year: 1685, Place: New Castle Co., Delaware
Family Members: Child Richard; Child Ann; Child John; Child George
Source Publication Code: 5917
Primary Immigrant: Gregg, William
Annotation: Date reflects the date the certicate of removal arrived in Pennsylvania or, in a few cases, date and port of arrival or date and location of first mention of residence in the New World. All children born prior to the date cited were assumed to have emigrated.
Source Bibliography: MYERS, ALBERT COOK. "List of Certificates of Removal from Ireland Received at the Monthly Meetings of Friends in Pennsylvania, 1682-1750; with Genealogical Notes from Friends' Records of Ireland and Pennsylvania, Genealogies, County Histories, and Other Books and Manuscripts." In Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750, with Their Early History in Ireland. Swarthmore, [PA]: Myers, 1902, pp. 277-390. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore,
Page: 319

(Note, most researchers show arrival in 1682 - the date 1685 in record may account for length of time before removal date was entered in PA records.)

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name: Ann Wilkinson, Gender: Female
Birth Place: Ir
Birth Year: 1644
Spouse Name: William Gregg, Birth Place: Ir
Spouse Birth Year: 1642
Number Pages: 1

Millennium File
Name: William Gregg; Gender: Male
Birth Date: 1642; Birth Place: Ireland
Death Date: 1 Jul 1687
Death Place: Strand Mills, New Cstl, Delaware
Spouse: Ann; Children: George Gregg

Millennium File
Name: William Gregg; Gender: Male
Birth Date: 1646
Birth Place: Armagh, Ireland
Death Date: 1 Jul 1687
Death Place: Christiana 100, N-Cstl, Delaware, USA
Spouse: Ann Wilkinson
Children: Ann Gregg

(Note, difference in birth year and place of death for the two Millennium Files

U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
Name: William Gregg
SAR Membership: 56293
Death Date: 1687
Children: John Gregg
(Note: Applicant was 5th G Grandson of William, the line as follows:
-William d: 1687, New Castle, DL, came from Glen Oreny Scotland. Wife's name not provided.
--John Gregg died 1738, m: Elizabeth Cook 1694
---Samuel Gregg 1710-1767 m: Ann Robinson
----John Gregg Jul 12 1755-Jun 15 1834 {also seen as 1808}, m: Orpha Stubbs Nov 21 1887. She was born May 8 1760, died Aug 12 1830
-----Ruth Gregg 1788-1869 m: Enoch South 1787-1863
------John South 1822-1902 m: Vilinda Everly 1837-1911
-------Furman South 1857-193? m: Elizabeth Nagle
--------Applicant Richard Pollard South

William died soon after arriving in America.

DOD changed from July 1st to Sept 1st at request of A Southern Snow, who sent the following edit:
"According to Albert Cook Meyers' book: Immigration of Irish Quakers, William Gregg died on "... ye 1st of ye 7th month..."

The 17th Century Quaker dating system went by Day, Month, Year but the year began in March; hence the 7th month was September. Thus, William's death was Sept. 1, 1687. It was not July 1st."

The following life story from
"William Gregg 1642-1687 ~~~~~
William Gregg, Jr.Born: 1642-1648, Probably Glenarm Barony, Glenorchy, Argyllshire, Scotland.* (Another source gives William's birthplace as Antrim, Antrim, Ireland, but because further sources say that William accompanied his father and brothers from Scotland to Ireland due to religious persecution after May 1653, the question of William's birthplace may be debated.) Died: 1 Jul 1687, (Old Style), "Strand Millas," Christiana Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware.
Father: William Gregg, Sr.* Born: 1616, Glenarm Barony, Glenorchy, Argyllshire, Scotland. Died: 1672, Ardmore,, Waterford County, Southern Ireland. Mother: Mary Grace James (Some sources give William's mother as UNKNOWN.)Born: 1619, Glenarm, Barony, Antrim, Ireland. Died: 1688, Ardmore, Antrim, Waterford, Ireland. Notes for William Gregg, Sr.: William Gregg, Sr., the oldest son of John Greg and a Presbyterian landholder, was forced to leave his inheritance of Glenarm Barony after May 1653. His father, the John Greg from Clan Gregor in Scotland had died, probably about 1644, and being the eldest son, William, inherited the barony and the silver-studded, ivory-headed cane. Married: Ann MNU - OR - Ann Wilkinson.Born: 1644, Ardmore,, Waterford, Ireland. Died: 5 Jan 1692, Strand Mills, New Castle, Delaware.Married: 1666, Ardmore, Waterford, Ireland. Father: Francis Wilkinson, (born, 1620, Armagh, Antrim, Ireland and died 23 Apr 1737, Pennsylvania.) Mother: MNU. Religion: William Gregg was a Quaker in Waterford, Antrim County, Ireland; apparently among those converted by William Penn when the latter visited Waterford in 1678. After the restoration of Charles II, rigorous laws restraining Quakers induced William Penn to emigrate to America. According to the "Immigration of Irish Quakers" William Gregg, (1642-1687) and his wife Ann came to America with the Dixon, Hollingsworth and Sharpley families of northern Ireland.
Among the first land owners of the Delaware area was William Penn. On Feb. 17, 1699 he directed Henry Hollingsworth to lay out 30,000 acres to his children William and Letitia Penn. Letitia's portion was later sold to settlers in the area.
Immigration: As a devout Quaker, William Gregg and his family went in the first wave of emigrants; probably aboard the "Caledonia." which left County Antrim, Southern Ireland, October 1682. The ship of "Friends," (Quakers), landed at Upland, now Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1682. The William Greggs later made their way down the Delaware River to settle the part of Christiana Hundred, bordering the Pennsylvania line, and lying between Brandywine and Red Clay Creeks; on the west side of Brandywine Creek near the present site of Centerville. (To be near their religious leader, William Penn.)
Initially, William Gregg received a grant of 200 acres in the upper part of the Hundred from Rockland Manor, (a principal manor of William Penn). Two years later, (in 1684), he received a warrant for an additional 400 acres, on which he built a log cabin at a site he called "Strand Millas." William was by this time about 45 years of age. When he died, he buried on his own plantation in July 1687. This acreage adjoined the lands of Matthias Defosse on Squirrel Creek. In the book "Ancestors of Gregg Livingston Neel", the author states that "Strand Millas lay on what is now the Montchanin Road, Delaware. This is in the vicinity of the upper reaches of Winterthur estate and Center Meeting Road. William Gregg lived on "Strand Millas" between 1683 and 1687.
In the book "Quaker Greggs" Kendall states, his neighbors were Matthias Defosse, Henry, and Thomas Hollingsworth, Thomas Woolasten, George Hogg, William Hoge, John Hussy and William Dixon.
At first, the William Gregg Family, (members of a colonial Friends group), were involved with the Newark Quaker Meeting, on the property of Vallentine Hollingsworth, east of Brandywine Creek. However, in 1687, Gregg and his neighbors were given permission to start their own meeting, to become Centre Meeting, on the west side "by reason of the dangerousness of ye ford."
William's four children were John, Ann, George, and Richard. The book, Quaker Greggs, by Hazel May Middleton Kendal, says John administered the estate, and George inherited the heirloom cane. The present owner of the cane is Stanley Charles Gregg, of Knox, County Ohio.
Known Children of William Gregg and Ann MNU (OR) Wilkinson Gregg:
1. John Gregg Born: 1668, Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland. Died: 27 Apr 1738, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware. Married: Elizabeth Cooke, (born 1672, Darby, Delaware, Pennsylvania and died 1738, Concord, Chester, Pennsylvania.) Marriage: 11 Nov 1694, Concord, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
2. Ann Gregg Born: 1670, Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland. Died: 1729, New Castle, Delaware. Married 1: William Dixon, (born 1662, Ireland, Sego, Armaugh, Ireland and died: 1708, Christiana Hundred, New Castle, Delaware.) Marriage 1: ca. 1690, New Castle County, Delaware. Married 2: John Houghton, (marriage: after 1708, New Castle County, Delaware.) Notes for Ann Gregg: The book "Hockessin" says Ann Gregg the second child and only daughter of William Gregg, was the second wife of William Dixon, who had purchased a 100 acres farm from Letitia Penn which was located between the farms of John and Isaac Dixon. West of William Dixons land was a plot belonging to Thomas Dixon, which completed the belt across the Hockessin Valley with the exception of John Houghton's one hundred acres. The Dixons and the Houghtons were old family friends and after Williams death Ann married John Houghton.
3. George Gregg Born: 1674, Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland. Died: 14 Sept 1744, New Castle, New Castle, Delaware. Married: Sarah Hogg (aka Hoeg), (born 1694, New Castle, Delaware and died 1769.) Marriage: 6 Feb 1706, Allen, Chester, Pennsylvania.
4. Richard Gregg Born: 1676, Ardmore, Waterford County, Ireland. Died: 1716-1719, Strand Millas, Christiana Hundred, Newcastle County, Delaware.
Sources:The Gregg Family History Project. Subject: Gregg's, part 1; (Mr. Gregg's date given as 30 Sep 2000.) Per internet.Gartin (Owner: dgartin56); Britton Family Tree (Owner: TinaLGreer); ellis family tree (Owner: michelleellis17);"
margaretmastor originally submitted this Life Story to Vogel/Dunigan Family Tree on 7 Dec 2007

Reportedly buried on family plantation. Other family members may also be buried here. It is unlikely there is any trace of his/their location.

The following sent Mar 2013 from Michelle, with thanks:
"William Dixon {William Gregg's son-in-law} was a weaver
by trade and settled on Red Clay Creek, in Christiana Hundred, New Castle County. He made his will 1 Mo.
31, 1708, and it was probated Sept. 20, 1708. He mentions his wife Ann, and appoints his brothers, Michael
Harlan and John Gregg, [p.320] as advisors. The widow, Ann Dixson, then married John Houghton, of New
Castle County. (II.) William's sister Dinah married Michael Harlan, 1 Mo., 1690, at Newark Mtg. (III.) William's sister Rose married in 1690 to Thomas Pierson, widower, Deputy Surveyer of New Castle County. (See account of Thomas Pierson by the writer in Penna, Mag., XXI., 506-7.)1
Source: Nancy Davis"

This site has photos, maps, and a history of the family.

This family tree of a descendant of William's dau, Ann, has more interesting information about William and his family.

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Gravesite Details Buried on family Plantation in Delaware
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  • Added: 27 Dec 2010
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