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Descendants of Iain Dhee Mcchaim Macgregor

Generation No. 11

11. WILLIAM11 GREGG (WILLIAM10, JOHN9, JOHN8 MACGREGOR, GREGOR7, ETHAN6, MALCOLM5, BLACK JOHN4, PATRICK3, MALCOLM2, IAIN DHEE MCCHAIM1) was born Abt. 1642 in Ireland, and died July 1, 1687 in New Castle County,Delaware. He married ANN WILKINSON June 2, 1663 in Ardmore, Waterford County, Ireland. She was born Abt. 1644, and died Abt. 1692.

Notes for W
The Greggs, deeply imbued with spiritual piety, were most receptable to the teachings of William Penn when he visited Waterford, Ireland in 1678 and converted many Scottish settlers to the Society of Friends (Quakers). So the Greggs became Penn Quakers.1.
1. The epithet "Quaker" was first bestowed 1651 upon George Fox, founder of the "Society of Friends", by Justice Bennett of Derby because, "they bade the people tremble at the word of the Lord." (Quaker Greggs, Kendall, pp 19, 1944).

From Albert Cook Myers' "Immigration of Irish Quakers", pp 122/339, etc..
This passage from Encyclopedia of American Quaker Geneaology, Volume 6. Virginia
Friends University Library, Wichita, Kansas.

"Since so many Gregg Families settled within the verge of Fairfax MM, Loudon Co., Va. it seems needful to give their background, as far as known. According to A.C. Myers', "Wm & Ann Gregg came to America with the Dixon, Hollingsworth, Sharpley, etc. families, who came from the North of Ireland, probably County Armagh: William Gregg settled on a tract of 400 acres of land in Christiana Hundred, New Castle Co., Delaware, surveyed to him March 11, 1685. He died ye 1st of ye 7th mo and was buried on his own plantation 1687."

Father: William GREGG (1642 -1687)


Elizabeth COOKE
November 11, 1694, Concord Monthly Meeting in Concord, Chester County, Pa.

William GREGG, b. 1695; d. 1747.
Amy GREGG, b. Abt. 1698; m. Joseph Hadley
Thomas GREGG, b. 1701, New Castle Co., Delaware; d. September 01, 1748, Kennet, Chester, Pa.
Samuel GREGG, b. 1710, Rock Spring, Christiana Hundred, New Castle Co., Delaware; d. Sept. 10, 1767.
Joseph GREGG, b. August 05, 1710, New Castle County, Delaware;
d. September 01, 1748. Burial: September 01, 1748, Old Kennet Meeting House, Chester, Pa.
Hannah GREGG, b. 1713; m. George Robinson
Rebecca GREGG, b. Abt. 1716; m. ? Sprague.
John GREGG, b. 1716; d. 1788; m. Susannah Curle.
Richard GREGG, b. 1718; d. 1754; m. Anne Hadley
George GREGG, b. 1720; d. 1794; m. Elizabeth Hanby.

Names: John GREGG
Born: 1668 in Ardmore, Waterford, Ireland.
Married: Elizabeth COOKE on November 11, 1694 in Concord, Chester County, Pa.
Resided: Delaware
Died: April 27, 1738 in Wilmington, Newcastle, Delaware.
Buried: Friends Burial Ground, Newcastle, Deleware
Age at death:

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Volume 6: Virginia
Loudon County, Virginia
page 495

(from Albert Cook Myers' Immigration of Irish Quakers pp 122/339, etc.)
Since so many Gregg families settled within the verge of Fairfax monthly meeting, Loudon Co., Va. it seems needful to give their background, as far as known. According to A.C. Myers,
"Wm. & Ann Gregg came to America with the Dixon, Hollingsworth, Sharpley, etc. families, who came from the North of Ireland, probably County Armagh; William Gregg settled on a tract of 400 acres of land in Christiana Hundred, New Castle Co., Delaware, surveyed to him 11-3-1685. He died ye 1st of ye 7th mo and was buried on his own plantation 1687.

Wm. & Ann Gregg
Ann (marry about 1690 Henry DIXON)
page 496
John born circa 1668 died 1738 marry 11mo1694 to Elizabeth COOKE
(John Gregg of Christiana Hundred, New Castle Co., yeoman, aged about
[p.496] 67 years, made a deposition about 1735 "that he has dwelt in said County about 51 yrs")



Gregg History - From "Quaker Greggs"

To this oldest son John, fell the duty of administering the estate.

Came to the colony of Delaware 1682 when fourteen with his parents, sister Anne, brothers George and Richard.

Under the influence of constant Quaker environment and training he became a serious, proud, and a capable youth assuming early the responsibility of the home at nineteen when his father passed away. Always he was a faithful Friend and a busy person. Greggs were inherently land owners. On May 29, 1685 a warrant granted to his father William Gregg for 200 acres was confirmed by patent to John Gregg on February 18, 1693 and later sold to Samuel Underwook, Sr. whose executor re-sold part of it back to John Gregg, who sold it to Jonathan Strange on February 18, 1733. John Gregg paid the taxes for the whole estate of his father 1693-1696.

In the summer of 1694 when twenty-six he built a two-story stone house which sloped against the rocks on his land in Rocky Manor and married at Concord Meeting on November 11, 1694 Elizabeth Cooke daughter of William and Elizabeth Cooke of Darby (Concord), Pennsylvania.

On August 17, 1702 John Gregg bought the first land out of "Letitia's Manor" three miles on the south side of the Brandywine; on 200 acres of it he erected a great mill, then conveyed it to his son William on April 10, 1730.

On September 8, 1703 John Gregg consulted the commissioners for a meeting place. Using the spelling Grigg he soon took up 300 acres in Chester County at Kennett, Pennsylvania and lived on it for some years. On December 18, 1717 he patented 150 acres on the Brandywine for twenty-two pounds and ten shillings. That same year he "desired to purchase two parcels of land very uneven and rocky joyning on the tract where he now dwells containing 100 acres each parcel. It was formerly laid out to Richard Gregg, who afterward threw it up, having never seated or improved it." It was agreed that John Grigg could have said land for thirty pounds and one bushel of wheat quit rent on each 100 acres. During his life time John Gregg acquired some 4760 acres of fine land along the Brandywine reaching to Wilmington and extending over three miles west. Deeds show all Gregg land belonged in the Manor of Steining northwest of Wilmington spreading over the state into Kennett and New Carden Townships.

A deed of gift (Deed KBk. X-I p. 427) December 2, 1719 John Gregg of Brandywine to his brother George Gregg "all title interest or demand whatsovever as he the said John Gregg had or ought to have or can have in all tract of land formerly the possession of their brother Richard Gregg in Brandywine bounded by land of John Gregg, Olive Matthews, John Defoss son of Mathias Defoss and land formerly of George Hogg, 150 acres. Witnessed by William Gregg, Thomas Gregg, Thomas Doothit." This 150 acres was their boyhood home of Strand Millas which by law then was inherited by the oldest son John who gave it his brother George after their younger Richard had died in the early part of 1719.

On February 17, 1699 William Penn directed Henry Hollingsworth to lay out 30,000 acres for his children William and Letitia Penn. On October 23, 1701 he conveyed 14,500 acres on the south side of Brandywine to Letitia called "Letitia's Manor". William Penn's other two children Mary and Hannah died in infancy. His wife Guliema died 1694.

On April 9, 1720 the brother George Grigg, "having purchased a sort of Right to 50 acres part of that first laid out to George Hogg on New rent, desires new grant of same and agrees to pay twelve pounds one-half down and a half bushel wheat quit rent for the future." That same date John Grigg requests that the rent granted to him for 200 acres "which could not be had" may be executed on a vacant piece called the "School house land and ye remainder of D. Fosses." On February 26, 1727 John was still desiring continuation of his request about boundaries, and George requested that he may have the grant of 500 acres in tract called Sir John Fogg's Manor. In June 1732 John requested the piece of land between Brandywine and Squirrel Creek.

The monthly meeting of Quakers which had been moved from a private house near New Castle to Newark 1687 to a log meeting house on grounds given by Valentine Hollingsworth. In this the Newark Monthly Meeting was held until 1707 then it was usually held near Centerville, Delaware and finally moved over the line to Kennett, Pennsylvania and resumed in 1721 as the Kennett Monthly Meeting in Chester County.

John Gregg devotedly followed the progress of the Society of Friends. As a member of the building committee of the Center Friends Meeting house which was erected near him in 1724 he asked to be excused because he had not the time to serve. He was then fifty-six and was eagerly helping his children and relatives to get a start in life. He was one of the advisors and guardians of his only sister's husband (first) William Dickerson a weaver whose will was probated September 20, 1708. He was co-executor with his only sister Anne of her second husband John Houghton's will, probated on May 27, 1720. Through such items we gain some side-lights and knowledge of his life. Evidently he was in poor health; his will was made as a yoeman of Christians Hundred, Delav March 6, 1738 and probated to Wilmington on April 27, 1738. Burial must have been in Friends Burying Grounds at Center, Delaware. He was always referred to in written records as "John Gregg of Brandywine". No data is available concerning his wife's death. All his children and many of his descendants are yet faithful Friends. John Gregg and wife Elizabeth Cooke-Gregg had seven children whose descendants number into the thousands. Later during the Revolution the DuPonts bought some of the land and began to make powder. Since the homes of descendants shook and cracked from explosions, the Greggs gradually sold their inheritance to the DuPonts.

Above from

More About W
Military service: Abt. 1682, Immigrant to America

More About W
Marriage: June 2, 1663, Ardmore, Waterford County, Ireland
Children of W
12. i.   JOHN12 GREGG, b. Abt. 1668; d. Abt. 1738.
13. ii.   GEORGE GREGG, b. Abt. 1674; d. Abt. 1744.
  iii.   RICHARD GREGG, b. Abt. 1676, Ardmore Ireland; d. September 14, 1716, Christiana Hundred, Newcastle County, Delaware.
  Notes for RICHARD GREGG:
Richard signed a petition to the King in 1715 relating to the early boundary difficulties between Pennsylvania and Delaware.

14. iv.   ANN GREGG, b. Abt. 1670; d. Abt. 1729.
  v.   ONNE GREGG2.

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