|Color Codes separate generations. Numbers show generations.|
|First Generation 1 – BLACK – (Sons/daughters of Isaac)||Sixth Generation 6 – BROWN|
|Second Generation 2 – RED||Seventh Generation 7 – GREY|
|Third Generation 3 – GREEN||Eighth Generation 8 – PURPLE|
|Fourth Generation 4 – ORANGE||Ninth Generation 9 – Olive|
|Fifth Generation 5 – BLUE||Tenth Generation 10 – PINK|
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Benjamin 1, son of Isaac, was married to Margaret Gordon. Little is known of him, but the information available is interesting. There is documented evidence that he fought for the United States in the Revolution. He was paid £10.11.5 plus interest for service in Colonel Brandon’s regiment in 1781. There is also documented evidence that Benjamin’s estate was confiscated by the State for action against the United States. He was captured at Ninety-Six and imprisoned at Charleston, S.C. (American General Gazette, 19 November 1779).
There is further evidence that Benjamin’s citizenship was reinstated in the South Carolina Private Acts of 1784 (List #3 of Persons Who Are Taken Off The Confiscation List: Benjamin Gregory [representatives]).
A survey of 200 acres was made for Benjamin (1 January 1785) and recorded (4 January 1785). The land was located on the waters of Brown’s Creek in Ninety-Six District. The peculiar thing about this plat is that John Gregory, his brother, recorded it for him. This might be an indication that Benjamin was already ill.
In an instrument dated 1787 and recorded 29 July 1789, Isaac, Sr. sells to Margaret, wife of Benjamin “lately deceased, for £50, one-third part of the whole 200 acres received by grant (20 October 1767) under the hand of His Excellency William Tryon, Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over the said State of North Carolina, being for that purpose appointed, did give and grant unto said Isaac Gregory a plantation or tract of land containing 200 acres situated on the south side of Broad River ..” (Book B, p. 288). The deed said the land should go to William at Margaret’s death. Further, if he should die without issue, the land should go to her daughter, Sarah.
Sarah; William Gordon, ca. 1775-1784; and Thomas William, ca. 1780-1808; were the three known children of Benjamin and Margaret Gregory.
The following petition and military service indent are located in the South Carolina Department of Archives and are evidence that Benjamin Gregory had three additional daughters who were married to the petitioners. Their names are currently unknown to the researchers. (10 March 1999).
General Assembly Petition 1792 # 14F, Heirs of Benjamin Gregory, 6 December 1792, Col. Waters, Col. Lacey, AW Baker, File #AA 3093, SC Dept. of Archives and History, Columbia, SC.
“To the Honourable Jacob Read, Esq., Speaker and rest of the members of the Honourable House of Representative—
The petition of James Hays, Matthew Smith, and William Russell, most humble sheweth __________ That your petitioners are all married to the Daughters of the late Benjamin Gregory of Broad River, whose estate was Confiscated and sold by commissioners _______ Appointed for that purpose, _______ that the Legislature of South Carolina, thought proper to Restore the same to the heirs of the said Benjamin Gregory but they have never received any compensation whatever _______.
Your petitioners therefore most humbly pray your Honourable House, to take their case under Your Consideration, and grant them such relief as your wisdom merit, and your petitioners are in duty bound will ever pray.
Benjamin Gregory served in the Rev. War. under Capt. Joseph E. Hughes, Indent 2353, No. 104, Book X., 8 April 1786.
Benjamin Gregory for 21 days duty as Horseman 1 June to the 1 July 1782 in Capt. Hughes Company , 43 days as a footman from 17th February to 31 March 1782 in ditto and 43 days of ditto from 17th February to the 31 March 1783 in ditto the above in Col. Brandon’s Reg. He received £ 10.11.5 on 8 April 1786 for this duty.
Sarah (Sally) Gregory 2 was the only daughter of Benjamin and Margaret. A Power-of-Attorney from William Wear (Ware, Weir) to Jeremiah Gregory reveals that Sarah was married to William as of 20 September 1799 (the date the instrument was signed). Jeremiah was named agent to “recover land from the estate of Isaac Gregory, deceased, for Sally Ware, heir to Isaac’s estate”
There is a large family of Wares (Weir) in and around the Abbeville area, at least one of which was a William with a wife named Sarah.
William Gordon ‘Gordon’ Gregory 2, the second child of Benjamin and Margaret, was born between 1775-1784 (calculated from 1810 and 1820 census records).
Other information gained from census records: In 1810 Gordon lived in Union County. He and his wife, Susannah, had in their household: one male under 10, one male 10-16, two females under 10 and, of course, Gordon and Susannah, between 26 and 45 years (p. 230, Union County).
In 1820 the household had grown to thirteen in number: one male under 10, one male 10-16, one male 10-18, four females under 10, three females 10-16, and, again, Susannah and Gordon between 26 and 45 years (p. 131, Union County). It is unlikely that all these children were offspring of Gordon and Susannah.
Land transactions recorded in Union County include: Purchase of 75 acres from Thomas Pinckney of Charleston (land in Union County) in 1823. Joseph Gist was Pinckney’s attorney. (Recorded in Deed Book R, p. 367.)
Three land sales:
(A) 39.25 acres to John B. Glenn. This land was part of a tract granted to Gordon’s father, Benjamin. The property was located on the south side of Brown’s Creek and adjoined Robert Glenn, Edward Gregory and William McCafferty.
(Recorded in Deed Book S, p. 257, 8 June 1825.)
(B) 11 acres on Neal’s Creek to James McCreight. Susannah relinquished dower rights on this deed.
(Recorded in Deed Book S, p. 467, 29 November 1826.)
(C) 222 acres to James McCreight. This land was on Brown’s and Neal’s Creek. The deed was recorded 28 January 1829 and Susannah relinquished dower rights.
Gordon and his family then disappeared from South Carolina. After 1829, it is suspected they moved west and probably missed the 1830 census due to the move.
Note: The updated information on William Gregory, and his descendants was obtained from the McCafferty records of Judie McCafferty of Bryson City, NC, Donna Humphrey Donnell of Fort Worth, TX. the late Hiram E. Humphrey, the father of Donna Donnell, and Vicki McCafferty Auxier of Terre Haute, IN, fellow researchers alng with many other descendants of the McCafferty Families of Alabama, South Carolina, Indiana and Texas. Jackie’s husband, Harold McCafferty descends from the William Byrd McCafferty of Alabama, brother of Green McCafferty who married Letticia Gregory, great granddaughter of Jeremiah Gregory. William Byrd and Green were sons of John and Betsy Byrd McCafferty and were first cousins to William McCafferty, husband of Anna Frances Gregory. Donna Donnell, Hiram Humphrey and Vicki Auxier descend from Letticia Gregory and Green McCafferty. William McCafferty was the son of Thomas and Hannah -?- McCafferty. Thomas and Hannah McCafferty’s daughter, Ann ‘Nancy’ McCafferty married William Gregory, son of Robert and Mary Ann Young Gregory. Thomas and John McCafferty were sons of Cormac and Jane Green McCafferty of Botetourt County, Virginia and Union County, SC. Cormac McCafferty died in Union County, SC, in December 1800. More specific information on the descendants of Cormac and Jane ‘Jinny’ McCafferty will be published in the future.
NOTE: The updated information on Thomas William Gregory and his descendants was obtained from the McCafferty record of Judie McCafferty of Bryson City, NC, Donna Humphrey Donnell of Fort Worth, TX, the late Humphrey, the father of Donna Donnell, and Vicki McCafferty Auxier of Terre Haute, IN, fellow researchers along with many other descendants of the McCafferty Families of Alabama, South Carolina,Indiana and Texas.
Thomas William Gregory 2 (ca. 1780-1808) was the third child of Benjamin and Margaret Gordon Gregory. When he died in 1808, his brother, Gordon, administered his estate. He married Nancy -?- (1784, Tyrone County, Ireland -1859, Pickens County, Ala.) and they had a daughter, Frances Anna. Nancy is buried in McCafferty Hill Cemetery, Pickens County, AL.
A deed (Recorded Union County Deed Book W, p. 272, 9 May 1834.) verifies the name of his wife and daughter. The deed was for the sale of 219.75 acres on both sides of Little Brown’s Creek, SW side of the Broad River. The land was bounded on the north by William A. Sims and Robert Glenn; on the west by Thomas Moore and James McCreight; on the south by McCreight and Moses Matthews; and on the east by W.A. Sims. The tract was sold to William A. Sims.
The deed provides the information that Anna, wife of William McCafferty, was William’s daughter, and Nancy was his widow. The deed also states that this land was made up (in part) of land originally granted to Isaac Gregory (William’s grandfather) on 20 October 1767. The deed leads one to believe that Anna was William’s only child because no other children were involved in the transaction.
After William Gregory’s death, his widow Nancy married James McCreight, a neighbor. This is documented by her having a son named Samuel McCreight living next to her in 1850 in Pickens Co., AL. His age is listed as 28 and since William died in 1808, it is clear that Nancy married after William’s death. Many records have it backwards.
Note: Additional information on the Thomas William Gregory family was submitted by Mel Meek, MD, of Lawton, OK, as furnished by Mrs Mary A. Elmore, great granddaughter of John Cornelius McCafferty of Gordo, AL, son of William and Annie McCafferty.
Anna Frances ‘Annie’ Gregory 3 (6 February 1809-24 January 1885), the daughter of William and Nancy Gregory, was born in Union District, SC. She married William ‘Billie’ McCafferty (17 January 1803-30 October 1880), ca. 1822 in Union Co., South Carolina. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Byrd McCafferty, in Union District, South Carolina. Both Annie and Billie died in Carrollton, Pickens County, Ala. They are buried on McCafferty Hill, South of Carrollton, Alabama.
The 1850 Census in Carrollton, Pickens Co., Alabama, shows the family as noted except that Mrs. Anna Frances McCafferty’s mother, Nancy McCreight, is living with them. It shows Nancy McCreight at age 59, born 1791 in Ireland, and in the next dwelling, Samuel McCreight at age 28, born in SC.
Some people assumed that William married two times, once to Anna Gregory and then to Frances McCreight. In actuality he married Anna Frances Gregory, daughter of Nancy Gregory McCreight. Anna’s father died when she was only months old.
On 30 November 1866, William wrote to his cousin Thomas Jefferson McCafferty of Daviess Co., Indiana, from Pickens Co., Alabama, the following:
To: Mr. Thos. J. McCafferty:
I take the privileged opportunity this morning to communicate to you that we are all well hoping of a speedy reception of this letter that you would not remain at Macon very long and therefore I thought it best not to try to get to Macon and another thing was your kind letter was very old by the time it reached me. I would of gave anything in the world if you had of visited me and I shall always think hard of you for it. For there is no man any (____) to receive his friends than I am you. I will proceed to give you a little History of some of my relations. My fathers name was Thomas McCafferty. He lived in Union Dist. SC. He had but one brother and his name was Jack. Uncle Jack had four sons. The eldest was Thomas and the second Jack and the other two were Bird and Green. Uncle Jack also had 2 daughters, Eldest was Polley and married a Manley the name of (____) the other was Patsy she married a man the name of McCorgle, a Baptist Preacher. My name is William and I have 3 sons and 4 daughters. My sons name is Robert, Volley, and John. When get a letter from you I will give you a full history of all the communication as for as I know. I want you to write me soon and give me a history as far as you know. I well know we are related. Please write soon and give me all the news of your country for I am very anxious to hear from you one more time. I would of written soon but the letters would not go. But now we have a Postmaster and can send letters.
Please address this from Wm. McCafferty
Pickens Co., Ala.
As he had another son, William, who died before this letter was written the above checks out. But with all of the census reports and other material Jack’s 4 boys check out, but the two daughters are questionable. We are still looking into it. As some of the information he gives is not correct we can only assume that he didn’t know that his father had other brothers and sisters, since they did not live in Union, SC. Wm. had left SC in 1835 and this was written in 1866, 31 years later and I know that some things couldn’t be remembered.
The following are documents that were located in Union Co., SC, before William moved to Alabama:
Union District, State of South Carolina
10 September 1831:
State of South Carolina
District of Union
Know all men by these presents that I, Austin Wilson of the State and District above written in consideration of the sum of $130.00 to me paid by William McCafferty of the said State and District, have granted bargained and sold, released and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto the said William McCafferty by all that tract or parcel of land containing thirty acres more or less lying and being in the district of Union and state aforesaid, situated on the waters of Little Brown creek and bounded as follows: Beginning at a red oak 3X on James McCreight’s line and running North 30, West 23 to a stake on Nancy Gregory’s line, thence North 75 East 42.50 to a branch which is a conditional line between Moses Matthew’s and Austin Wilson thence up said branch till it intersects with a line running south ___ West 38.50 on David McCreight’s line. Thence along said line to the beginning corner and distances laid down here are such as were and ____ the whole survey which contained 70 acres of which this 30 acres is a part. Together with all and singular the rights, members, hereditaments and apertures unto the same belonging or in any way incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises above mentioned unto the said William McCafferty, his heirs and assigns forever. And I do hereby bind myself heirs, executors, and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said William McCafferty, his heirs and assigns against myself, my heirs, and against every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 10th day of September in the year of our Lord 1831.
A. Wilson (Seal)
State of South Carolina
Personally appeared before me Isaac Gregory, Esq. And defends that he saw A. Wilson sign and acknowledge the within deed to William McCafferty for the use and purposes within mentioned, and that himself and John Davenport witnesses the same.
John Rogers (seal)
Recorded 22nd September 1831
9 May 1834:
State of South Carolina
Know all men by these presents that we, William McCafferty and Anna his wife and Nancy Gregory, wife and widow of William Gregory deed for and in consideration of the sum of one thousand and ninety-eight dollars and seventy five cents us in hand paid by William A. Sims of the district of Union and State aforesaid, have granted, bargained, sold, and released and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto the said William A. Sims all that tract or parcel of land situated, lying, and being in the District and State aforesaid on both sides of the Little Brown Creek, southwest side of Broad River, bounded on the north by the said William A. Sims and Robert Clerm (sp) on the west by Thomas Moore and James McCreight on the south by the said McCreight and Moses Matthew’s and on the east by W.A. Sims. Originally granted to Isaac Gregory on the 21 day of October A.D. 1767, containing two hundred and nineteen and three fourths acres, more or less.
Beginning at a post Oak W. A. Sims and running south 75 – west 46.75 to a post oak corner thence south 16 and 47.00 to white oak corner, then north 75 to 46.75 to a hickory corner. Thence north 16 west 47.00 to the beginning post oak corner.
Together with all and singular the rights members hereditaments and appurtenances to the same belonging on in any wise incident or appertaining to have and hold all and singular premises before mentioned unto the said William A. Sims, his heirs and assigns forever against ourselves our heirs and assigns and against every other person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof.
Witness our hands and seals this 9th day of May one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four and in the fifty eighth year of American Independence.
Signed and acknowledged in the presence of:
James T. Johnson
Benjamin F. Kirk
William X McCafferty (seal)
Anna X McCafferty (seal)
Nancy X Gregory (seal)
State of South Carolina
I, John Giles, one of the Justices of the Quorum of the aforesaid district do certify unto all whom it may concern that Anna McCafferty, the wife of William McCafferty did this day appear before and upon being privately and separately examined by me did declare that she did at least 7 days before this, her examination, actually _____ with her husband, William McCafferty in the execution of the within deed of conveyance and did then and still does fully voluntarily and without any manner of compulsion dread or fear of any person or persons whomsoever denounce release and forever relinquish all her estate interest and inheritance in the premises within mentioned and release to William A. Sims his heirs and assigns forever. I do further certify that the said Anna McCafferty did declare that she and her husband William McCafferty did positively and bona fide execute the within deed of conveyance at least seven days before this her examination.
Given under my hand and seal this 4th day of June 1834.
State of South Carolina
District of Union
Anna McCafferty personally appeared before me, James T. Johnson, and made oath that he saw William McCafferty, Anna McCafferty, his wife, and Nancy Gregory sign seal and deliver the within and above convey for the uses and purposes therein mentioned and that himself with Benjamin T. Kirk in the presence of each other witnessed the due execution thereof.
Sworn to before me this 9th day of May 1834
James T. Johnson (seal)
Recorded 7th July 1834
Anna and William McCafferty had eight children: Mary; Nancy Eliot; Frances Ann; Robert Bruce; William; James Valentine; John Cornelius; and Margaret A.
Mary McCafferty 4 (1824-1854), the first child of William and Annie McCafferty, was born in Union District, SC and died in Carrollton, Pickens Co., Alabama. She married first, ca. 1844, J.P. Williams (ca. 1822). They had no issue. Mary married second on on 2 November 1846, in Pickens County, Ala., William M. West (ca. 1822). They had one child: Ida (1852-Unknown), who was born in Pickens County, Ala. Ida’s mother died when she was two years old. William and Annie McCafferty raised her.
Nancy Eliott McCafferty 4, (17 November 1829-28 March 1901), the second child of William and Annie McCafferty, was born in Union District, SC. She married in 1844, John Russell Williams (25 April 1812-5 April 1886) of Alabama. Nancy and John died in Bonham, Fannin County, TX. They had eleven children, all born in Carrollton, Pickens, AL: William (1845-4 May 1914); Sarah Jane; John Russell Jr.; Samuel Felto; Annie; Fannie; Stella; Mattie; Willie; Robert; Thomas C. (22 February 1869-4 October 1894).
Sarah Jane Williams 5 (1846-?), the second child of John and Nancy Williams married in 1866, in Carrollton, Pickens, AL, James Hopson (1841-?), of Carrollron, AL. Sarah died in Waurika, Jefferson County, OK.
John Russell Williams, Jr. 5 (13 April 1847-May 1914), the third child of John and Nancy Williams, married on * July 1868, in Carrollton, Pickens County, AL, Mariah Clifton (7 December 1847-12 April 1898) of Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co. Texas. John died in Ada, Pontotoc County, Alabama where he is buried. Mariah died in Arbala, Hopkins County, Texas where she is buried. They had ten children, all born in Sulphur Springs, TX: Thomas Albert (9 July 1869-?); James Vellie; John Russell III; Daniel Mitchell; Agnes Martha; Samuel Eliot; Sarah Getis; Joseph (26 April 1885-1897); Bloomer Bert; Josephine Lutene.
Daniel Mitchell Williams 6 (2 January 1875 -19 February 1957), the fourth child of John Russell and Mariah Williams, was born in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins, Texas. He married on 27 August 1907, Martha Loretta Barrett (30 January 1887-8 March 1977) of Searcy, White Co. Arkansas. Daniel died and is buried in Sulphur, Murray County, Oklahoma. Their issue: unnamed child (ca. 1908-?); Esta Lee (30 May 1911-5 April 1914), born in St Joe, Montague Co., TX; Maple Ray (8 December 1913-16 March 1921), born in Sulphur, Murray Co., OK; and three other children whose names are unknown at this time. One, born ca. 1915, married Willie Jordan (ca. 1913) from Holdenville, Hughes County, OK. The other two were born ca. 1917, and ca. 1919.
Agnes Martha Williams 6 (6 October 1877-24 April 1944), the fifth child of John Russell and Mariah Williams, married on 22 September 1898, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, Benjamin A. Palmer (4 October 1876-3 June 1963) of Sulphur Springs, TX. Both Agnes and Benjamin died and are buried in Suphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas.
Bloomer Bert Williams 6 (4 September 1889-1955), the nineth child of John Russell and Mariah Williams, married in 1914, in Sulphur Springs, TX, Sylvia Elmore (ca. 1893-17 February 1974) of Sulphur Springs, TX. Sylvia died in Lubbock, TX.
Josephine Lutene Williams 6 (20 July 1891-2 January 1949), the tenth child of John Russell and Mariah Williams, was born in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins, Texas. She married on 7 October 1907 in Dodd City, Fanin County, Texas, Willliam Irwin Sullivan (3 March 1884-9 December 1960) of Bonham, Fannin County, TX. Josephine and William died in Longview, Gregg County, TX, and are buried in Sulphur, Murray County, Oklahoma. Their children: unnamed (ca. 1908); Libby Lucille; Winnifred (May 1913, Dodd City, TX-June 1913, Bonham, TX); James Delipha (15 January 1915, Sulphur, OK-21 July 1963, Longview, TX); John Henry; unnamed girl.
Libby Lucille Sullivan 7 (22 December 1910-22 November 1990), the second child of William and Josephine Sullivan, was born in Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas. She married on 5 January 1928, in Wink, Winkler County, Texas, James Brian Cox (22 February 1907- 27 March 1969) of Sulphur, Oklahoma. Libby died in Kilgore, Rusk, Texas. James Cox died in Ada, OK.
John Henry Sullivan 7 (20 November 1919-24 March 1992), the fifth child of William and Josephine Sullivan, was born in Sulphur, Murray County, Oklahoma. He married ca 1947, in Gilmer, Texas, as her second husband, Effie Ziella Hamberlin Caldwell (ca. 1921). Effie married first -?- Caldwell and had children by her first husband. John Henry died in Gilmer and is buried in Kelsey Cemetery, Upshur County, Texas. The children of Effie and her first husband: Eddie Lavinia; James Joel (4 June 1940, Gilmer, TX); Sharon; Berwice Clifford; Cesear Mae. The children of Effie and John Sullivan: William Harmon; Molly Jo; Peter John.
Eddie Lavinia Caldwell 8 (4 September 1938), the first child of Effie Caldwell Sullivan and her first husband, was born in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas. She married first, ca 1956, Charles Wayne Seahorn (9 August 1933) of Gilmer, Upshur County, TX. She married second, after 1960, Arlie Leroy Bearden (8 August 1938) of Onley, Young County, TX. She may have had two more hustands, but as of 2001, this information is not confirmed.
Berwice Clifford Caldwell 8 (ca. 1944), the fourth child of Effie Caldwell Sullivan and her first husband, was born in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas. He married ca. 1966, Norma Wayne Litton (ca. 1946).
William Harmon Sullivan 8 (ca. 1948), the first child of Effie Caldwell Sullivan and John Henry Sullivan, was born in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas. He married, ca. 1970, Julane Vera Russell (ca. 1950).
Unnamed Sullivan Girl 7 (ca. 1921), the sixth child of William and Josephine Sullivan, married, ca. 1944, Robert M. Rice (6 September 1922) of Healdton, Carter County, OK. Robert died on 1 February 1986, in Houston, Harris Co., Texas, where he is buried.
Samuel Felto Williams 5 (30 July 1850-25 April 1921), the fourth child of John and Nancy Williams, married on 20 December 1906, in Carrollton, Pickens County, AL, Narcissus Kenny (1853-?) of Carrollton, AL. Their issue: Martha Lee.
Martha Lee ‘Mattie’ Williams1 (10 November 1881-12 October 1967), the child of Samuel and Narcissus Williams, was born in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas. She married on 20 December 1900, in Bonham, Fannin County, TX, Joseph Uzz Fenley (3 January 1878) of Flippen, Marion County, Arkansas. Joseph died on 26 August 1959, in Bonham, Texas. They had five children, all born in Bonham, Texas: Infant (3 February 1902-3 February 1902); unnamed girl(ca. 1904), who married ca. 1924, Alfred Lavoy McKay (1902); Joe Juanita (30 October 1906-7 December 1908); Unnamed child (ca. 1908).