An American Family History


Gregg Family

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

James Gregg was born about 1759 in Carroll County, Maryland. He was the son of Joshua Gregg.

He married Rachel McClellan.

John Gregg, Sr. (1785, married Julia Annis King),
Abraham Gregg (1790, married Janette Allison),
Jane Gregg (1792, married James Harvey King),
Nathan Gregg (1794),
Samuel Gregg (1797),
William Gregg (1799),
Reverend James Gregg (1801, married Mary Johnston),
Annis Gregg (1803, William Burton Childress),
Rachel Gregg (1806), and
Mary Gregg (1809).

The Greggs came to Tennessee about 1779.

He was one of three original elders ordained by Reverend Samuel Doak in 1782 in the New Bethel Presbyterian Church. He was the first teacher in Piney Flats, Tennessee.

In 1793, James Gregg was captain of the Sullivan County militia.

In 1813, James Gregg witnessed a deed for Leonard Hart.

in 1820, Abraham Gregg witnessed Heinrich Smith's will.

In 1829, Abraham Gregg was witness to and executor of John Smith's will.

In 1830 Rachel Gregg was head of household in Sullivan County, Tennessee. The household consisted of
a woman between 60 & 69
3 women and a man between 20 & 29
an enslaved man between 25 & 35

During the Cherokee removal in 1836-1837, Abraham Gregg was first lieutenant in McClellan's company.

At the time of the 1840 census, Abraham Gregg and James Gregg in Buffalo Ridge, Washington County, Tennessee.


Reverend Samuel Doak