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about twenty-nine years.2 Many of his descendants are now living
in Texas, especially in the area which is now Hopkins County.
Others are living in California, Virginia, New York, and else-
where, and the branches of this genarch are widely scattered and
ramified in America.
John Gregg of Sulphur Bluff was born near Petersburg, Vir-
ginia, on December 3, 1780, the son of Jacob Gregg and Polly
Hatcher. Polly Hatcher was an English girl who came to the
colonies at an undetermined date.8
Jacob Gregg was a grandson of William Gregg I [William the
Quaker] who came to the American colonies in the period I68o-
1682 and was living in Delaware in 1684.4 It has been related
that William Gregg came to the colonies with William Penn,
whom he had met in the lead mines of Northern Ireland, but
that tale is no doubt apocryphal.5 It will be recalled that, when
William Penn set sail for America in the ship Welcome on Sep-
tember 1, 1682, he took with him to the colonies about one hun-
dred would-be settlers, most of whom were from his own neigh-
borhood in England. On the other hand, there was direct emi-
gration from Ulster Ireland to America after the time of Crom-
well. It is more probable that William Gregg emigrated directly
from Ireland and landed at New Castle, Delaware, from which
incident he is sometimes referred to as William Gregg of New
2Gregg family records in possession of the writer.
IJosiah Gregg, Diary and Letters: Southwestern Enterprises, 184o-1847 (Norman,
1941), 74 n. Cited hereinafter as Diary and Letters, I. The genealogical records
show that Polly Hatcher came from England. Among the genealogical records
pertaining to this line those of Mrs. Louise P. Bosworth are especially helpful.
4Henry C. Conrad, History of the State of Delaware (3 vols.; Wilmington, 19o8),
II, 462; Biographical and Genealogical History of the State of Delaware (2 vols.;
Chambersburg, 1899), I, 64o-641; Dictionary of American Biography (20o vols.
and index; New York, 1928-1937), VII, 598.
5This tale and others are current in Gregg family lore, but most of them have
no weight as history.
6Alexander Gregg, History of The Old Cheraws (Columbia, South Carolina,
1925), 86-87. The Scottish settlement in Ulster Ireland began about 16oo. At first
it was essentially a migration of lowland Scots from the shires south of the
Firth of Forth, but later on there were many Highlanders in Ireland.
Intermarriage between the early Lowlanders and the Irish established a Scotch-
Irish colony in Ireland centering at Londonderry.
In the colonies Pennsylvania was a favored area of settlement among the Scotch-
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