WILLIAM H. GREGG, Sergeant, Company "I"
The biography of the GREGG FAMILY is found in Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania, by J. H. Beers, 1893; page 841.
ELLA M. GREGG. The Gregg family were among the earliest settlers of East Pike Run township. Henry Gregg, Sr., came from Ireland to Pennsylvania, took up between 300 and 400 acres of public land, and also purchased a tract from the Indians. He then sent for his brothers, John and William, and sister, Peggy. He was a bachelor, but raised many children to manhood and womanhood; he served as justice of the peace for many years. Margaret Gregg married Jacob Springer, who also came from Ireland, and her brother Henry gave her the farm on which Eli Williams now lives. The same Henry Gregg gave the farm (on which Mrs. Ann Hugans now lives) to his brother William, and a farm to his brother John, on the State Road between Pittsburgh and Brownsville, where the "Black Horse" tavern stood, now owned by E. Richard.
Ella M. Gregg's paternal great-grandfather, William Gregg, had five sons and one daughter, namely: Margaret, who married William Crow; Henry, who married Jane Dowler; John, who married Nancy Gregg; Andrew, who married Dorcas Nichols; William, who married Ruth Jackman, and Robert, who married Ann Robison; they were all born in Ireland. Henry and Jane Dowler's children were: Henry, Thomas, John, Robert, Seth, Israel and Edward. William Gregg had three sons Robert (who married Mary West), Henry (who died in manhood) and Andrew (married to Mary Ann Hugans) and four daughters Mary Ann (married to Jonathan West), Jemima (married to Robert Jackman), Sarah (married to Col. Frie) and Peggy (married to Henry Sphar). Henry Gregg has two sons living: William and John. John Gregg married Sadie Price. His brothers were: William and Henry (deceased). Henry and Nellie Gregg's children were: Jane, Ala, Nancy, Sarah and Emily. Andrew Gregg had three daughters and one son. Polly, when thirteen years old, married Andrew Moore, and gave birth to a son in her fourteenth year. She subsequently married John Reeves, and by him had three children, Katy, Dacious and Jesse. Old Henry Gregg died on the farm now owned by Alexander Devaul. It was left to our subject's mother, but some one stole the will. The children of Robert and Ann (Robison) Gregg (grandparents of Ella M. Gregg) were: John R., William, Mary, Jane, Andrew, Ann, Harriet Matilda, all now deceased except Jane, Andrew and Ann. John R. married Sarah G. Wallace; William never married, and died ten years ago; Andrew married Mary Ann Ailes, and had no issue; Jane married Daniel Williams, and had eight children (she resides in Ohio, and has ten great-grandchildren; of her children John R. married Mary Peppers (he is a merchant in Coal Centre); Robert (unmarried) resides in Coal Centre; Amanda married Caspar Williams, who resides on his farm near Brownsville; Ann married a farmer and lives in Ohio; Elizabeth married a Mr. Millhorn; Eliza married an Ohio merchant; Keziah is unmarried); Ann married Thomas Hugans, a farmer, and had two children: Sarah Jane (deceased), and Will (a bachelor, living on the old Hugans farm); Sarah Jane, married to Jehu West, and had one daughter, Deborah West. Mrs. Ann (Robison) Gregg's father settled in East Pike Run township in 1793, and was there married. He kept a tavern on the National pike for many years. Robert Gregg was actively identified with the Democratic party, and his wife was a member of the M. E. Church. He died May 19, 1872, aged ninety-two years, having been preceded by Mrs. Gregg in 1870.
John R. Gregg, son of Robert and Ann (Robison) Gregg, was born April 5, 1810, in East Pike Run township, where he was reared and educated, then taught several terms of school in his native township; at one time he taught thirteen months without any vacation. On November 29, 1832, he married Sarah G. Wallace, a native of this county, born May 1, 1812, and the young couple resided in East Pike Run township for a short time after their marriage. They then conducted a hotel for several years at Coal Centre, and Mr. Gregg afterward engaged in mercantile business; he also served many years as postmaster. Politically he was identified with the Democratic party. He died April 17, 1885, in his seventy-fifth year. Mrs. Gregg was a member of the M. E. Church at Coal Centre. She died June 5, 1871, aged fifty-nine years, and left four children, namely: Ella M.; Ann Jane, wife of L. W. Morgan, merchant, of California, Penn.; William Henry, living in Coal Centre, and married to Mary Lambert, and Mary E., a member of the M. E. Church in Coal Centre, who died January 11, 1875. William Henry Gregg served four years during the Civil war as sergeant in Company I, First West Virginia Cavalry. Of his five children, John R., Lusetta Jane and Elizabeth M. are living. Ann Jane Gregg married L. W. Morgan, and of their seven children, Peto W. is cashier of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Erwin depot; Albert T. is principal of the Derry schools; Elizabeth is teacher in the Normal School at California, Penn. Ella M. Gregg, daughter of John R. and Sarah Gregg, represents five generations of her family who have resided in the Monongahela Valley. In 1886 she bought a lot in Stockdale, and having erected a pleasant residence, has since made her home in the village. She owns a farm of 133 acres in Allen township, which was the Crow farm bought by her father. She has in her possession a thimble that was used by "old Uncle Henry," who did his own sewing, patching and knitting.
John Gregg, brother of Henry, and son of one of the immigrants from Ireland, had three daughters Nancy, Sarah and Eleanor and two sons, who died of consumption. Eleanor (who died in 1813) married William Wallace, who, served with the Maryland troops in the war of 1812, and at its close settled in Washington county. (Sarah G. Wallace, who married John R. Gregg, a son of Robert, was a daughter of William and Eleanor Wallace). John Gregg, Sr., married after the death of his first wife, and to this second three sons Andrew, Robert and Jacob and four daughters were born. One daughter married Richard Hugans, and has one son, Jacob Hugans, living in California, Penn.; another daughter married William Hannon. Robert married Ala Hugans; Andrew married Peggy Hugans; Jacob married Nannie Hanna. Jacob Gregg has three daughters living Jemima, Jane and Elizabeth and one son, Henry Gregg, of Greene county, Penn. Nancy, Sarah and Eleanor were children to John, by first wife. Nancy married John Gregg, Sr.; Sarah married John Greer, and Eleanor (as told above) married William Wallace. John and Nancy Gregg had four sons. James, Andrew, Henry, John, Mary, Nela, Sarah, Nancy and Elizabeth are all dead. John's daughter, Lila, lives on the old home that came from the old Henry estate. She is the widow of Luther Axtell. Edward Gregg has two daughters living: Malinda West, of California, and Mary J. Baker, of Centreville. Malinda West had five daughters: Emma, married to H. Louis; Myrtle, married to Frank Craven; Dora, married to John Beazell; Mary, married to Emberson Reade, and Kate, unmarried. John Gregg's widow is living. Edith (Woodward) Gregg has one son, William H., a merchant in Coal Centre (married to Jane Forsythe, and has one son, Edgar, living in Pittsburgh), and another son, Thomas (married to a Miss Cooper, and living in West Virginia).