Gregg Genealogy Report
4b. Sketches of Nathan and Thomas Gregg, children of Robert Gregg
13b. Abstract of 1791 will of John Gregg, Jefferson Co KY
In 4 1/2 hours, I was able to search the following microfilms with the results noted. These indexes were only partially alphabetized, so It took quite a while to do a thorough search of each index. But I did search each spelling variation of each name that you listed, as well as any others I could think of.
Nothing for Gregg/Gragg before 1940
ux to Sterner, Michael, May 27, 1811, Book 5, p.440,
Jacob ux to Miller, Peter, Apr 16, 1830, Book 11, p.1022,
ux to Hartzell, John, Dec 4, 1832, Book 12, p.628,
Martin ux, to Mitchell, John, Sep 8, 1817, Book 9, p.304,
Todd, William to Paul, John, Jun 26, 1795, Book 1, p.13, Quemahoning
Todd, William's Exr to Houghstadler, Joseph, Apr 29, 1813, Book 7, p.41, Quemahoning
surviving executor of the last will & testament of William Tod, late of
Todd, William Exr al to Berkey, Samuel, Mar 16, 1824, Book 11, p.27, Quemahoning
11 Oct 1813, Hannah Todd, surviving executrix of the last will and testament of William Todd, late of Bedford Township, Bedford County, state of PA; and Thomas Fichroy of St. Clair Township, same county & state, and his wife _(blank)__, sell land from the estate of William Todd to Samuel Berkey for $954. Witnessed by John Todd and George Henry. (photocopy).
Nothing for Gregg/Gragg before 1940
Ruple, John, from Jones, John ux, Jun 22, 1801, Book 3, p.106, Turkeyfoot
Ruple, John, from Witt, John ux, Oct 8, 1858, Book 29, p.556, Larimer (late date, but immediately below the 1801 entry)
from Hollis, Joseph, Feb 2, 1825, Book 11, 145,
Todd, William, from Bedford Co Comrs, Jun 26, 1795, Book 1, p.10, Quemahoning Tp
Todd, William Exrs, from Anderson, John, Apr 28, 1813, Book 7, p.39, Quemahoning
1796 John Anderson, practitioner of physick of
Todd, William al, from Bedofrd Co Comrs, Mar 16, 1824, Book 11, p.26, Quemahoning
I ran out of time to look up this last deed and copy it --I'll start here when I return next Wednesday.
As per your request to copy estate settlements for the Todd family, I will mail the above noted copies to you.
I look forward to continuing this project next week! I will prepare an expense report at the end of the project.
I was able to complete all of your revised request yesterday in 4 hours. Here are the results--I hope they are helpful!
Somerset Co. Index to Estate Records 1795-1921 #558478 (20 min.)
1797, No.3, Ruple, Jacob, Turkeyfoot Tp., [no date of death, no date of letters or appointment], Margaret Ruple Executor, Vol.1, Page 65.
Frederick Co., VA General Index to Deeds 1743-1839, #31366 (1 hour--this index was somewhat disorganized)
6 June 1765, Gregg, John, from Hannah Cook, Deed, Vol. 10, Page 349.
5 Aug 1766, Gregg, John, to Matthew Harrison, Deed, Vol. 11, Page 128.
3 Mar 1768, Gregg, Robert, to William Smith al, Mortgage, Vol. 12, Page 148.
5 Mar 1783, Gregg, Robert, from James Craik ux, Deed, Vol. 19, Page 384.
6 Oct 1789, Gregg, Robert, to William Holliday, Deed, Vol. 21, Page1067.
3 Aug 1814, Gregg, Thomas Sr., from Henry Calmes ux, P/Atty, Vol. 36, Page 298.
13 Feb 1822, Griggs, Thomas Jr., from Daniel Annin ux, Trust, Vol. 45, Page 291.
17 Dec 1823, Griggs, Thomas Jr., to Joseph W. Davis, Deed, Vol. 48, Page 82.
27 Nov 1824, Griggs, Thomas Jr. al, from Moses Coates, Trust, Vol. 49, Page178.
25 Feb 1826, Griggs, Thomas Jr. al, from Joseph Shepherd, Trust, Vol. 51, Page 121.
23 Feb 1829, Greggs, Thomas Jr. al, to Joseph Shepperd, Release, Vol. 55, Page [unreadable--before p.326].
1 Dec 1830, Griggs, Thomas Jr., to William Meade al, Deed, Vol.57, Page 300.
1833, Grigg, Thomas al, from
12 Oct 1805, Todd, Reese, to John Peterson, Deed, Vol. SC5, Page 226.
12 Oct 1805, Todd, Reese, from John Peterson ux, Deed, Vol. SC5, Page 223.
2 Oct 1807, Todd, Elisha ux, to Gravenner Grise, Deed, Vol. SC5, Page 572.
10 June 1816, Todd, Rees, to Whom it may concern, Receipt, Vol. 38, Page 387.
Frederick Co. Order books (2 hours)
Fortunately, these order books were indexed. Since there were two volumes on each microfilm, I had to roll through one volume to get to the second index. I therefore stopped to read the actual records and check for any genealogical information. In most cases, the records were very brief, involving debt collection, and offered little of genealogical value besides the full names of those involved. I did not go backwards a few pages to the date of each court session as this would have taken too much time.
Vol. 1, p.102
Samuel Grigg vs. John Alford re the estate of Thomas Alford
Vol. 11, p.447
Robert Gregg vs. William Lyn
Robert Gregg vs. George and Andrew Paul
Robert Gregg vs. Abraham Teagarden
Vol.12, p.51 Robert Gregg vs. Abraham Teagarden
p.111 Robert and David Gregg vs. Power Hazel
p.168 Robert Gregg (assyner of Thomas Speake) vs. Abraham Teagarden & Joseph Combs
p.226 Robert Gregg vs. Joseph Hawkins
p.342-343 Robert Gregg & Margaret his wife vs. Richard Pearis
p.345 Robert Gregg vs. Joseph Watson
p.387 Robert Gregg vs. James Barrett
p.411 Robert Gregg vs. Hugh Johnston
p.412 Robert Gregg vs. Richard Mercer
p.575 Robert Gregg vs.William Catlett, Robert Gregg vs. JohnCrockwell
At this point, I decided that to get through the indices within 2 hours, I shouldn't stop to read the records. I did look up the two involving another Gregg.
Vol. 13, p.58 Gregg vs. Bun,Gregg vs. Burgess
p.115 Gregg vs. Terrence, Gregg vs. Blackburne
vs. McCormick, Gregg vs.
p.162 Gregg vs. Beeson, Gregg vs. Dougherty
p.208 Gregg vs. Newell
p.232 Gregg vs. Curlet
p.284 Greg vs. Minor
14, p.46 Gregg
p.65 Gregg vs. Jones
p.70 Gregg vs. McKormic
p.299 Gregg vs. Carns
p.319 Greggs vs. Hazel
vs. Rees, Gregg vs.
vs. Cochrane, Gregg vs.
p.393 Robert Gregg vs. John Gregg (no other family info), Robert Gregg vs. John Crockwell
p.426 Gregg vs. Welsh
p.653 Gregg vs. Welsh
p.242 Gregg vs. Heneberger
p.368 Gregg vs. May
p.358 Gregg vs. Howell
p.365 Gregg vs. Willson
p.498 Gregg vs. Carler
Vol.17, p.163 Gregg & ux vs. Howell
p. 210 Gregg vs. Dungan
p. 231 Gregg vs. Humbough
p. 232 Robert Gregg vs. John Gregg (no other family info)
searches took 40 minutes. The
975.5992 P2kj 1982 Frederick Co. Will Abstracts, p.21
Will, 20 Dec 1759. 4 August 1761
Eldest son George has had more than his share of estate. Wife Jane Ruble to receive five pounds of currency. Other children mentioned, but not named.
1750 Land Holders p.111
Rent roll, cemetery inscriptions and survey warrants--no Gregg, Ruble or Todd (or variations)
Jacob Ruple--File 3, 1779 (not 1797)
I also photocopied the Todd land deed from last week to send to you. It is dated 8 Oct 1791. William Tod & Thomas Fichroy buy land that the previous owners (heirs of estate of Stewart Reward) have neglected to pay taxes on in Quemahoning. (No charge for the time spent, just 23 cents for the copy)
I will now work on an expense report, as you requested. Would you like me to e-mail a Word document to you, or do you prefer a paper copy to be sent with the photocopies? (or both?)
Thank you for your patience--please let me know if I can do anything else for you.
Frederick Co., VA Deed Book 10, page 349-352
Hannah Cook conveys to John Gregg of Cumberland Co., PA; 150 acres on No. Branch of Isaac Creek a branch of Back Creek; lease and release; signed 13 & 14 May ____ (transcription error; the actual deed says May 1765, not 1760 as the transcript said) (witnesses: Robt Gregg, G. W. Laubinger, Thos Wood, John McKamie), recorded 6 Jun 1765. Robert Gregg is present in court on 6 Jun 1765 to prove the deed. (Purchase price was 30 pounds)
Frederick Co., VA Deed Book 11, page 128-130
John Gregg and Ann his wife of Frederick Co., Virginia convey to Mathew Harrison; 150 acres on No. Branch of
Frederick Co., VA Deed Book 12, page 148-150
William Smith and James Stevolt of
Frederick Co., VA Deed Book 19, page 384-387
James Craik and Marianne his wife of Charles Co. MD convey to Robert Gregg of Washinton Co, MD; Lot no. 2 of Town of Winchester last addition made by Colonel James Wood deceased; signed 10 Feb 1783, recorded 5 Mar 1783.
Frederick Co., VA Deed Book 21, page 1067-1071
Robert Gregg and Margaret his wife of the Commonwealth of Maryland convey to William Holliday of Winchester, Virginia; Lot no. 2 of Town of Winchester last addition made by Colonel James Wood deceased; lease and release signed Oct 17__ and 6 Oct 1789, recorded 6 Oct 1789
3 Aug 1814, Gregg, Thomas Sr., from Henry Calmes ux, P/Atty, Vol. 36, Page 298.
This one is Thomas Griggs Sr. of Jefferson Co. - not a Gregg
Frederick Co., VA Superior Court Deed Book 5, page 223-225
John Peterson and Sarah his wife convey to Reese Todd of Frederick Co.; 236 acres ; signed __ ___ 1805,
recorded 12 Oct 1805.
Frederick Co., VA Superior Court Deed Book 5, page 226-228
John Peterson to Reese Todd of Frederick Co.; mortgage; 236 acres ; recorded 12 Oct 1805.
Frederick Co., VA Superior Court Deed Book 5, page 572-575
Rhesa Todd and Rebeccah his wife of Frederick Co. convey to Gravenner Grice; 236 acres said Todd bought of John Peterson in 1805, signed 28 March 1808 [sic]. On 20 Mar 1807 the court ordered the privy exam of Rebeccah Todd; Rebeccah Todd privy examination recorded 4 Apr 1807, deed recorded on 2 Oct 1807.
Frederick Co., VA Deed Book 38, page 387
Rees Todd to William Taylor, Receipt for delinquent tax and damages for 200 acres, returned delinquent for 1807 and 1809. Signed 10 Jun 1816
Wow, that is interesting about Ross Co.,
Children of Robert Gregg are:
i. Mary Gregg, born 27 Feb 1756; died Aft. 17 Mar 1823, married 1st Isaac Parsons in 1772, married 2nd Virgil McCracken between 1797 and 1806. She stayed in Hampshire Co. She had two children: Isaac and David Parsons. She is mentioned in her brother, Robert's will.
ii. Robert Gregg, died Bet. 14 Mar 1806 - 16 Apr 1808. His will is recorded in Ross Co.,
iii. Nathan Gregg, married Hannah Davis 25 Jun 1811 in Ross Co.,
iv. Eleanor Gregg, married ___ Smith. He died before 1807. She has a son named Nathan Thompson Smith who was mentioned in her brother, Robert Gregg's will. In 1807 she is living in Ross Co.,
v. Margaret Gregg, married James Walling and in 1807 was living in Ross Co.,
vi. Elizabeth Gregg, married (___) Parsons. [From the MD Archives information you sent earlier today, she must have married a Thomas Parsons.] She is mentioned in her brother Robert's will.
vii. Thomas Gregg, died Bef. 14 Mar 1806, leaving three children who were named in his brother, Robert Gregg's will.
I have a copy of Robert Gregg's Ross Co.,
I also have a copy of some pages from an
History of Ross and Highland Counties Ohio
Williams Bros., Publishers
W. W. Williams, Printer, Cleveland, Ohio
NATHAN and THOMAS GREGG
Among the earliest, if not themselves the first, of the
pioneer merchants of
A bright autumnal sky, we are told, welcomed them to this
spot near the old
A short tour among the cabins, for the first frame house
had not then been built, sufficed to perfect their business arrangements, and
their stock of goods, which, doubtless, had been carefully selected for the
market, was removed to a small building on
They "desire especially to exchange goods for furs, peltry, &c."
A prosperous trade soon followed, and in a year or two they
were enabled to enlarge their business by adding the purchase and sale of real
estate; town lots being at first a specialty. From records in the county
offices, it appears that in 1801, Thomas Gregg deeds to Peter Heath, "lot
one hundred and thirty-one, in
About this time (but the exact date is not given) the
brothers removed into a large frame building on the opposite side of
In this improved location, when everything seemed auspicious, this harmonious and prosperous partnership was dissolved by the death of the younger brother, Thomas Gregg, in 1805.
Nathan and an older brother, Robert, who had joined them
the second year after their arrival in
Of the first years that followed this new partnership, nothing of special interest is recorded, if we except the fact that under the ministrations of that really great and good man, Rev. Robert G. Wilson, Mr. Nathan Gregg united with the Presbyterian church. Successes and losses alternated; his open, confiding disposition betraying him sometimes into the snares of the practiced sharper. That he was not impoverished by these reverses, appears from a gift made by him of the lot known as the Presbyterian graveyard.
This donation was made to the Rev.
Robert G. Wilson, Moses McClain, Hugh Cochran, Samuel Finley, Adam Turner, and
Joseph Miller, Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church in
In the words of the deed, "The said Nathan Gregg, as well to evidence his love to God and the promotion of the cause of Christ Jesus generally, as for the advancement of the interest of said congregation particularly, and from no other cause him thereunto moving, hath granted, bargained, and by gift enfeoffed and confirmed this donation to the inhabitants of Chillicothe."
Thus it is seen that the old graveyard is so deeded that it cannot be alienated from the purpose for which it was conveyed and given. But should the interest of the city ever demand its abandonment, the law provides a practical solution of all difficulties.
On the 25th of June, 1811, Nathan Gregg was married to Miss Hannah Davis, the Rev. James Davisson being the officiating clergyman. The simple inscription upon the tombstone which serves for the graves of both, tells the mournful story of his short-lived domestic happiness; "Hannah, wife of Nathan Gregg, died 1812, aged twenty-eight years." The records of his business transactions still existing, show that from this time his only wish seems to have been to disentangle himself from business complications, under the impression that he should soon join the beloved wife so suddenly taken from him.
In 1815 he was induced, in compliance with the urgent persuasion of friends, perhaps, to turn his mind from the contemplation of his bereavement, to become a candidate for the State legislature. One old friend and neighbor, John McCoy would fain have dissuaded him from entering the tumultuous arena, but other counsels prevailed, the venture was made and lost. There is no reason to believe that the result was felt as a shock. Rather is it probable that the evidence of confidence on the part of those who supported him was a source of consolation which far outweighed the loss of an honor he hardly coveted. A tombstone near his own shows that the aged father's last days must have been passed with his sons in Chillicothe, though the pious mother whose hands were laid in blessing upon the heads of her departing sons, did not live to see the prosperity which we may reverently believe was given in answer to her prayer for her "lads."
A strange anachronism exists between the records in the probate office and the inscription on the head-stone which marks his last resting place in that city of the dead which he himself had founded. The court records, signed by Isaac Cook, state that in the April term, 1816, Dayton M. Curtis, having given the requisite bond, was appointed administrator of the estate of Nathan Gregg, deceased. The inscription gives the date of his death as occurring in 1817. The court record may be an error: but it is more probable that the tombstone, not having been erected immediately after the death of Mr. Gregg, has the wrong date, and that he departed this life in 1816.
I checked the History of the Descendants of Abraham Russ Jones, Sr.
As I think I told you before, Basil and Mary Gregg Noel moved to Ross County
Ohio in 1802. I quote the booklet, "Two years later he
moved on to
Early Records of Hampshire County,
Note: Robert Gregg appears to be living on
Patterson Creek by 1758 through 1770. He
purchased 100 acres there in 1765 with a David Gregg as witness. By 1778, a Robert Gregg has moved to
Washington Co, VA and sold his 100 acres on Patterson Creek. A Robert Gragg of
Washington Co bought 20 acres on South Branch in 1776 and sold 20 acres on the
There is a Robert Gregg reported
on the Great CaCapehon in 1765.
There is a Robert Gregg as a
I think that Robert Gregg may have bought land in the 1760s in Hampshire and then moved to Washington Co between 1770 or 1773 and 1776. If Nathan and Thomas were his sons, they would be born prior to 1768.
7. Pioneers of Old Frederick Co, VA by Cecil O’Dell:
Robert Gregg bought 800 Acres from George Hollinsworth and then in 1765 another 800 acres for Greg which was through a grant 4 Aug 1766 on Abrams Creek, a trib of Opequon Creek.
1773 Bedford Co, PA:
Thomas Gregg: Springhill Twp
9. Gregg references in Maryland Archives
4. Here is the Nathan Gregg chancery court ref.Date:
2031: Nathan Gregg vs. Sarah A. Gregg, Margaret F. Gregg, and Robert N.A. Gregg. AL. Estate of Robert Gregg - Resurvey on Indian Fields.
Accession No.: 17,898-2031 MSA S512-3-2098 Location: 1/36/2/
Are these case references all for
2116: Robert Gregg vs. Col. Thomas Cresap. WA. Contract to purchase Resurvey on Indian Fields,
Accession No.: 17,898-2116-1/2 MSA S512-3-2186 Location: 1/36/2/
2051: Robert Gregg vs. Joseph Spriggs. WA. Title to Resurvey on Indian Fields, Adlers Thickett,
Accession No.: 17,898-2051 MSA S512-3-2119 Location: 1/36/2/
2149: Nathan Gregg vs. Thomas Parsons, Elizabeth Parsons, Virgil McCracken, and Mary McCracken. AL. Petition to record deed to Resurvey on Indian Fields. Recorded (Chancery Record) 79, p. 196.
Accession No.: 17,898-2149 MSA S512-3-2219 Location: 1/36/2/
440: Thomas Beall vs. Nathan Gregg, John H. Pleasants, and Robert Gregg. AL. Contract to purchase Resurvey on Indian Fields, Good Hope, Resurvey on New Addition.
Accession No.: 17,898-440 MSA S512-1-493 Location: 1/35/5/
Description: 105. Luther Martin vs. Nathan Gregg. WA. Good Hope. Nathan Gregg vs. Luther Martin, Elizabeth Martin, and Sarah Cresap. WA. Resurvey on
Accession No.: 18,020
MSA No.: S 5-190
CHANCERY COURT (Chancery Papers)
Girism vs. Nathan Gregg and John P. Pleasants. AL.
Injunction against execution of judgment.
Accession No: 17,898-677-1/3. MSA S512-704 1/35/5/
1783 tax assessment
Robert Gregg. WA Skipton and Murleys Run p. 64. MSA S1161-10-9. 1/4/5/53
10.. Augusta Co, VA court records
AUGUST 20, 1760. Order Book 6:
(392) Joseph Mays vs. John Ramsey
} Dedimus issue to
11. misc ref to John Gregg of Cumberland Co.
John Gragg, father of William Obidiah Gragg, Sr.
born ABT. 1690 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland or in
Antrim, Ulster, North Ireland Married Nancy Ann Wood in about 1717 in
Cumberland County, PA, or in 1724 or in 1714 ; John lived in Cumberland Co., PA
after coming to
JOHNSTON, Samuel for 300 acres adjoining David GLASS/GLAFS 7 Aug. Settled here 1761, on
north by William MASON, East by John GREGG, South by Thomas HENRY and West by Alex SMITH.
13. The following
suggests that there was also a John Gregg in
CURTIN, ROLAND, SR.,
was born in
He came first to Philipsburg, then started a store at
Milesburg as early as March, 1797, and was a resident of Bellefonte, keeping
store in 1800, when he married, November 25th, Margery Gregg, daughter of John
Robert Gregg of