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Peter Gregory, Sr.

Male 1751 - 1792  (40 years)


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  • Name Peter Gregory  [1, 2
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 16 Sep 1751  , Hereford, Berks County, Pennsylvania Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1792  , Huntington (later Union), Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I2007  Main
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 

    Father John Gregory, Sr.,   b. Abt 1730, , Hereford, Philadelphia (later Berks) County, Pennsylvania Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1784, , Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Christina Tittermerry,   b. Est 1730,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1750 
    Family ID F682  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Susannah Gearhart,   b. 27 Apr 1762, , Sunbury, Northampton County, Pennsylvania Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1806, , Koonsville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1782  , Hereford, Berks County, Pennsylvania Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Children 
     1. Mary Gregory,   b. 10 Apr 1783, , Hereford, Berks County, Pennsylvania Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1845, , , Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
     2. George Gregory,   b. 27 Nov 1784, , , Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1836, , Union Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)  [natural]
     3. Peter Gregory, Jr.,   b. 4 Dec 1786,   d. 26 Mar 1842  (Age 55 years)
     4. Richard Gregory,   b. 28 Jan 1789, , , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880  (Age 91 years)  [natural]
     5. Christina Gregory,   b. 2 Apr 1791, , Union Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F680  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Research):Re: Richard & Peter Gregory-MacGregor of Pennsylvania
      Posted by: Sue T. Nitz (ID *****8774) Date: November 25, 2002 at 19:32:35
      In Reply to: Re: Richard & Peter Gregory-MacGregor of Pennsylvania by Haley of 5151

      more from Sue T. Nitz in Tucson
      10. PETER3 GREGORY, SR. (JOHN2, RICHARD1)1 was born September 16, 1755 in Hereford Twp. Berks Co.,Pa1, and died 1792 in Luzerne Co.PA1. He married MARY SUSANNAH GEARHART1 December 17, 1782, daughter of GEORGE GEARHART. She was born April 27, 1762 in Pennsylvania1, and died 1806 in Reyburn, Union twp.,Luzerne Co. , PA1.


      UNION TOWNSHIP

      Was formed in July, 1813, of territory taken from the original township of Huntington. It lies on the river, and two creeks force their way through the mountains to the river, and make the gaps for the farmers to follow in building their roads to the trading and shipping point, Shickshinny.

      The first settlements, outside of what is now Shickshinny borough, was made in the northwest of River mountain, in 1790, by Peter Gregory and George Fink. These men had married each other's sisters, and had come from the valley of the Delaware. Where they located was a rich and beautiful valley, on the east branch of Shickshinny creek. The creek at this point furnished good mill power, and was soon utilized, as the first sawmills in the township were built on the claims of Gregory and Fink. Soon after the coming of these men, two other brothers-in-law, Stephen Arnold and Moses Derby, settled where is now Muhlenburg. They opened their farms, and soon other friends heard of this excellent place for farmers, and the stream began that has given the county some of its best farming communities. Commencing in 1793 was the heavy immigration to this and on to Huntington valley, by the people mostly from Connecticut. The early settlers came mostly on sleds, and at the season of the year when they could cross the many streams on the ice, following the old Indian paths and after the "blazed" roads. In 1797 Stephen Roberts settled about midway between the above named settlements, and shortly Marvins, Culvers and Shaws were making pleasant homes in the wilderness.

      December 24, 1801, Shadrach Austin, a son of the first occupant of Shickshinny, married Mary Gregory, daughter of Peter Gregory, Sr., and bought the present Austin homestead, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a teacher and a leader among his neighbors, and during a long, active life "Uncle Shadrach" was almost universally spoken of as an examplar worthy of imitation. He was born July 12, 1770, and died December 26, 1850.

      Peter Gregory, Jr., and Richard Gregory, sons of the first settler, bought and occupied farms. Richard lived nearly 100 years. Joseph Gregory and John Gregory, sons of Peter, own and occupy parts of the old homestead.

      August 1846 Luzerne Co. PA Orphan's Ct. Rec. LDS film 959166

      GEORGE GREGORY adminstrator to estate of PETER GREGORY late of Union twp. dec'd charges here of with amount of Inventory sales to $904.98
      Claims credit for amount of disbursements: 665. 71 balances in est. 239.27 total $904.98
      Filed & confirmed 11 August 1846
      5 Nov. 1846 confirmed absolutely no exception been filed.

      More About PETER GREGORY, SR.:
      Estate: May 10, 1785, Distribution of estate of father John Gregory of 1350 Pounds in BCGS Journal Fall 1997 p. 14 Vol.18 #!1
      Genealogy book: History of Luzerne Co. PA-Bradsby1
      Letter of Administration: 1784, Berks Co. PA for John Gregory the 1st1
      Military service: Bet. 1777 - 1778, Capt. Daniel Reiff Co. 7th & 8th Class-Berks Co. Militia & Col Jacob Weaver Esq, Feb. 17781
      Probate: Bet. August 11 - November 05, 1846, Luzerne Co. PA1
      Residence: 1783, Lower McCungie-Lehigh vicinity1
      Tax list: 1785, PA Archive Series III Vol 18 p.757 Berk Co. tax 3.61
      Will: April 18, 1785, Berks Co., PA-Father John Gregory1


      Genealogy book: History of Huntington Valley -M.L.T. Hartman1

      Children of PETER GREGORY and MARY GEARHART are:
      i. MARY4 GREGORY1, b. April 10, 1783, Berks Co.PA1; d. 1845, Luzerne Co.PA1; m. SHADRACK AUSTIN1, December 24, 1801, Luzerne Co., PA; b. July 12, 1770, Litchfield, CT.1; d. December 26, 1850, Luzerne Co.PA1.

      Followups:
      Re: Richard & Peter Gregory-MacGregor of Pennsylvania Haley 11/26/02
      Re: Richard & Peter Gregory-MacGregor of Pennsylvania Sue T. Nitz 11/26/02

      http://www.lowerluzernecounty.com/benscoterfamilybible.htm
    • (Medical):According to family tradition, Peter went to Shickshinny late one Saturday afternoon to bring back supplies. There was a bad ice storm and as he was coming home he slipped and fell, broke his leg, and froze to death. Peter is the first person buried in Sorber Cemetery in Reyburn Township.

  • Sources 
    1. [S369] Book: Pennsylvania-Luzerne - Biographical Sketches from the History of Luzerne County, PA, Index of Part II, Donald L. Winans, edited by H. C. Bradsby (1893), (Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1996), 939 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S415] Cemetery: Pennsylvania, Luzerne - Sorber Cemetery, Union Township, memorial grave marker for Peter Gregory, Sr., photographed by Linda Kozic, 21 Oct 2004 (Reliability: 3).
      Inscription:
      PETER GREGORY
      1755-1792
      Sergeant Revolutionary War
      Berks Co. Militia
      First settler in Union Twp.
      First to be buried in
      Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn, PA.
      Wife, Mary Susannah Gearhart 1762-1806. Children: Mary, George, Peter, Jr., and Richard.
      GREGORY
      [This memorial stone was erected in Sep 2004 beside the original markers (no longer legible) for Peter and Mary Gregory.]

    3. [S405] Bible: Pennsylvania, Luzerne - Benscoter Family Bible [online], Sheila Brandon, (http://www.lowerluzernecounty.com/familybibles/benscoterfamilybible.htm) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S501] Book: Pennsylvania-Genealogy - Concerning The Van Bunschoten or Van Benschoten Family in America, William Henry Van Benschoten, (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., 2000 (originally published in 1907)), 505-506 (Reliability: 3).