- He is the immigrant ancestor of the so-called "Quaker Greggs." He apparently converted to Quakerism after William Penn visited Waterford, Ireland in 1678.
According to S252, "William Gregg settled on a tract of land of 400 acres in Christiana Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, surveyed to him 3.11.1685. He d. "ye 1st of the 7th month" ans was buried on his plantation, 1687" (8).
As quoted by Hinshaw, "GREGG FAMILY (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.'"
FYI: There are many genealogies for this Gregg family, and other related Gregg families, on the internet and in print. This is not a branch of the tree on which I have done original documentary research; I have, instead, attempted to choose among what seem to be (by their citation of source information themselves) the most authoritative studies possible. I have also noted conflicting data in the notes, where authoritative sources seem to differ. Caveat litterator.
Here is his will, taken from McIndoe:
The Last Will and Testament of John Gregg
of New Castle County, Delaware
In the name of God and on this twenty-second day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty-eight, I John Gregg of the County of New Castle on Delaware and Christiana Hundred, a yeoman being of perfect mind and memory thanks to God and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed once for all men, today Do make and ordain this my Last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I Give and Recommend my Soul unto God that loves it and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my executor, not doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with. In this life I give and devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
In promise I give and bequeath to Elizabeth, my Dearly Beloved wife, the sum of ten pounds of Good and Lawful money to be Raised and Levied out of my Estate; besides the third part of the produce of the plantation I now Dwell on; with the privilege of the new Rooms at the East end of the house and the third part of the cellar under the same During her widowhood; together with the third part of my moveable Estate as the law directs.
Item: I have made over unto William my Eldest Son's home I make one of my estates a tract of Land containing two hundred acres Laying and being on Red Clay Creek, it being in the County of New Castle, which is his part.
Item: I give and have made over unto my son Thomas two hundred acres of Land laying and being on Red Clay Creek in the County of Chester, which is his part.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph two hundred acres of Land also lying and being on Red Clay Creek in the County of Chester to be possessed and enjoyed by him, his heirs and assigns forever, it being his part.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel, who I make the other of my executors, all the tract of Land I now live on being and containing seven hundred acres or there abouts with the improvements thereunto belonging by him to be possessed and enjoyed by him, his heirs and assigns forever, it being his part.
Item: I give and bequeath to my two Daughters Hannah and Rebecah, in the first place, twenty-nine pounds of Good and Lawful money to each of them to be raised and levied out of my moveable estate; besides sundry goods that have been already Promised to be theirs which I compute will make them Equal with what I have already given to my Daughter Emey; And the remainder part of my moveable estate shall be equally Divided between my three Daughters: Emey, Hannah and Rebecah.
And I do hereby totally Disallow, Revoke and Disavow all and every other former testaments, wills, Legacies and [ ? ] by me in any way before this time [ ? ], willed and bequeathed. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament, In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and Declared by the said John Gregg as his last will and testament. [3, 4, 5]