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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
ing by wagon, when at a point just east of
[he Navasota river, in what is now Grimes
county, one of those sad experiences befell
them not uncommon ill those days and which
brought sorrow to the little party of immigrants
never afterward forgotten. The Indians,
who were then in a general state of
warfare with the whites, and who were lurking
around in straggling bands seeking opportunities
to do mischief, fell suddenly upon
the Gregg party, and, after stampeding their
stock, killed the mother and eldest son, Thaddens,
and would have killed the remainder
of the family but for a faithful old slave, who
secreted the children in some undergrowth
and kept them concealed until the savages
retired. This old servant, Sarah, who afterward
married a Mexican named Francisco,
is still living, residing in the Brazos bottoms
in Burleson county, being the only one now
living of the ill-fated party. The father,
bringing his five remaining children on,
crossed the Brazos river and settled in Burleson
(then Milam) county, where he spent the
remainder of his life. He was for many
years an honored citizen of this county. Of
his five children who came with him to this
county, Lucinda married a man named Black
and died in Texas manyyears ago; Mary was
married to John Cade and died in Burleson
county; John entered the ranging service
whell a young man and was killed somewhere
pn the frontier; Martha was married to a Mr.
Harris and died in Texas; and Henry is the
subject of this sketch.
Henry Gregg was born in Alabama, October
3, 1836. He was about four years old
when he was brought to this county. He
was reared on a farm and followed farming
pursuits all his life.
February 20,1866, he married M s Fannie
J. Grant, of Burleson county, slk being a
daughter of Joseph F. and Amanda M. Grant,
who were early settlers of this county. Mr.
Gregg resided most of his life on the Brazos
bottoms, where he had large farming interests,
to which he gave his exclusive attention.
He was a man of plain tastes and industrious
habits and succeeded in accumulating considerable
property. His death occurred August
25, 1886, being caused by an explosion
in a gin. He left surviving him a widow
and eight children': John, who was born
March 5, 1867; Frances Amanda, who was
born August 31, 1868, and died July 23,
1883; Josiah G., born August 6, 1872; Sallie,
born October 22, 1876; Mary Elizabeth Tyler,
born April 23, 1878; Lucy, born February
28, 1880; Annie, born March 3, 1882;
Rowena, born December 1, 1883; and William
Henry, born September 11, 1886. Only
one of these is married. John married Miss
Mattie Beancomb, of Burleson county, June
Mrs. Gregg's parents were born in Mississippi,
the father February, 1824, and the
mother October, 1830. The mother's maiden
name was Farquhar, she being a daughter of
James L. and Hulda Farquhar. The mother
died in Burleson county, Texas. October 10,
1855, leaving three children: William F.,
now a resident of Rogers, Bell county, Texas;
Fannie J. (Mrs. Gregg); and Elizabeth Tyler,
who was .married to William Lupton, of
Bl;rleson county, and died here December 21,
1876. Mrs. Gregg's father married a second
time, his second wife being Miss Laura
Goodwin, then of this county, originally of
Virginia, and by this union had seven children:
Green and Ruben, residents of Burleson
county; Thomas, who died here a few
years ago unmarried; Annie, now the wife of
Dr. J. H. Jenkins, of Caldwell; Josiah, who
lives at Hartley, Hartley county, Texas;
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