aour ohi reggs of Zexas
HOWARD T. DIMICK
HERE were four early settlers in Texas, in the period of
1820-1856, who bore the name John Gregg. So far as is
known from available records, each of them signed him-
self simply John Gregg, using no middle name nor initial by
which one of them might be distinguished from another.
The appearance in the annals of Texas of these Greggs with
identical Christian names has caused some confusion in the minds
of Texans who have found it difficult to place each of them in
his proper period and role. It is the purpose of this account,
therefore, to severalize these four Johns of the Gregg family, and
to remove, at least to some extent, the current misapprehensions
of their identity, relationship, and participation in Texas history.1
The earliest John Gregg in Texas, and one of the earliest Gregg
settlers in the Southwest, is known variously as John Gregg of
Hopkins County, of Sulphur Fork Prairie, and of Sulphur Bluff.
He died near Sulphur Bluff on October 3, 1849, at the age of
approximately sixty-nine years and after a residence in Texas of
IIn the preparation of this article, the writer has drawn widely from primary
and secondary sources. Several of the sources are cited in the footnotes, but the
cited sources by no means represent the full scope of the research work, or the.
available records, combined in the family history of these Greggs.
Special acknowledgment is due to several persons and institutions for courteous
assistance. For aid in obtaining records the following have been of 'more than
Mrs. Marie Bankhead Owen, director, and the Alabama Department of Archives
and History; Miss Harriet Smither, state archivist, and the Texas State Library
and Archives; Mrs. Guy Blount, Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College, Nacog-
doches; Mrs. Hoxie H. Thompson (Goree Gregg Thompson), Trinity; Mr. Frank
Gregg, Birthright, Texas; Mrs. Henry W. Samford (Alice Ezell Samford), Alberta,
Virginia; Mrs. Louise P. Bosworth, a granddaughter of Endymion Baker Gregg's,
New York City; Mrs. Alice Wallace (Mrs. W. E. Wallace), Shreveport, Louisiana;
Dr. William C. Cumming, Marshall, Texas; the Shreve-Memorial Library and
Miss Virginia Walker of the staff, Shreveport, and the Hill Memorial Library,
Louisiana State University; the photostatic departments of the Library of Congress,
Virginia State Library, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
For the use of certain of the Gregg and Wilson family papers, Mr. George Gregg
Dimick, Shreveport, Louisiana; for the loan of valuable maps of early Texas, Mr.
Lawrence Foster, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and for certain family data, Dr. W. A.
Evans, Aberdeen, and Rev. J. Lundy Sykes, Macon, Mississippi.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101119/. Accessed March 1, 2015.