Jehiel and Elizabeth Andrews Gregory


Note: mine is the only source that has Elizabeth Andrews as being born in CT and not NY. While many published sources list NY, I maintain that the 1850 census data "trumps" all these later sources -- in 1850 Elizabeth herself answered CT on her census data (and her daughter stated NY); Elizabeth's mind was clear, the daughter would have been certain as well. All the later sources are at least 30 years later, and would have been based on recollections of grandchildren/greatgrandchildren, who undoubtedly remembered the stories of NY during the Revolution, and perhaps had even mentioned that the family moved to Ohio from NY, which got translated for both Elizabeth and Jehiel as being born in NY; both are thought (by me) to have been born in CT. Unfortunately, none of their children lived to 1880 to answer their parents' birthplaces on their census data.

Elizabeth Andrews Gregory was born in New York, in 1757, and died in Yankeetown, Fayette County, Ohio, in 1857, aged ninety-nine years, nine months, and twenty-seven days. The last few years of her eventful life she lived with her son Andrews Gregory, on the farm at Yankeetown. Mrs. Gregory's mind was clear, and her memory unfailing, for one of her numerous years. Her reminiscences of the Revolutionary War - such as the throwing over of the tea at Boston, the battle of Bunker Hill, the stirring events of the time of Washington - were matters of great interest to her great-grandchildren, who were often entertained by her recitals. As previously stated, she removed with her husband and family from New York to Athens County, and from thence to this county, in 1815. She lived through the great struggles of this country, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Mexican War, and to within four years of the great trouble between the North and South. She died at a green old age, venerated and respected by a large community. -- Dills, R.S., History of Fayette County, Ohio (Dayton, Ohio: Odell & Mayer, 1881) Page: page 919 [Note: in 1881, none of Elizabeth's children were alive; Andrews Gregory died in 1866. The only grandchild who lived in Fayette County was Sarah Jane Gregory Driesbach (1816-1901), who surely would have personally remembered Elizabeth's stories, but perhaps said her grandparents came to Ohio from New York, rather than born in NY.]

Allen, F. M., ed., History of Fayette county, Ohio. Indianapolis, B. F. Bowen & co., 1914. -- no mention of Elizabeth; Jehiel "from NY"
Chapman bros., pub., Portrait and biographical record of Fayette, Pickaway and Madison counties, Ohio. Chicago, Chapman bros., 1892. -- no Gregory
Hillis, L. B., comp., Early history of Fayette county, Ohio. Washington C. H., O., Record pub. co., 1909. -- book not found
Putnam, Rufus, Pioneer record, and reminiscences of the early settlers, and settlement of Fayette county, Ohio. Cincinnati, Applegate, Pounsford & co., 1872. -- The following are the names of the first pioneers of Madison Township: BY WILLIAM H. HARRISON. Leonard JeflFerson, occupation, farmer and first tanner, a useful citizen, &c. Isaac Moore was a farmer and a man of influence in society. David McCarfatty, a working, indus- trious tiller of the soil, and very social. Edward Clarridge, a large farmer ; was a man of sound, good sense, and prover- bial for his honesty of fixed principles ; he was elected and served several terms as justice of the peace. James Nutt was a good farmer and neighbor. John Gilmore, first miller, was very popular, well known and respected. Isaiah and Samuel Pancost were millers and millwrights by occupation, and were also farmers. Shirer Pancost, farmer and an excellent man. Andrew Gregory, farmer. John Mouser, farmer and grazer. A. Gregory, first merchant. Josiah Gregory, John Blizard, Joseph, William, and John Farmer, farmers by name and oc- cupation. John Solars, J. C. Cook, John Oldham, coopers ; Richard Cesser, Jona Baldwin, William Morgan, large land- holders and stock merchants. Robert Abanather, farmer and first tavern keeper. Isaac Thomas, Benjamin Leach, John Leach, and John Level farmers. John Mesmore was the first wood-corder and also farmer. Otho Williams was one of the, most respected men in the township ; he was a man of tact and note ; a Representative of the country, and proved a good one. Nathah Parker, Jesse Barton, Henry Core, Ephraim Moore, Daniel Baker, William Sawyer, first settlers, are yet living on good farms and in good houses — the fruits of indus- try. Alexander Grim and William McCafierty are large land men and stock-merchants. Albert Ogden, a large far- mer and stock dealer. C. D. Level, a wholesale farmer ; a man of note, and great wealth and influence. Benjamin Level,- large land-holder, owns over 500 acres of land on the waters of Deer Creek, and an honest man of good character and re- port. James Stout a practical farmer, and an honest, peac- able citizen. James Abernatha, a large land holder and stock trader ; a man of business, enterprising, capable to transact any important business, and looked upon by his neighbors as a good judge of men and things ; makes a just magistrate for his township ; a father of a good family. R. S. Waters, a neat farmer, a man of sound common sense, firm in his opinions, and an honest man. James Graham. James Jones is a large stock merchant ; gives an honest living compensation to his smaller stock raisers for their cattle, hogs, sheep, and trade in general ; he is a man of notoriety and influence, and very useful in the township ; he has a farm of 1,100 acres. L. P. Loofborrow, a neat, frugal farmer, and a quiet and benevolent citizen. L. H. Loofborrow, a large, independent, and enter- prising farmer, and a man of great energy of character. Daniel Wood, a large land speculator, and has stacks of money. Joseph Ott, a neat farmer. Ellis Vanpelt, a good farmer. Isaac Jones, Joseph Adams, first steam-mill. Henry Fulton, George Emerson, merchants, Madison Mills, Madison Township. (p.96-98)

Many sources likewise have Jehiel as being born in NY, and specifically Gregory Point, NY. Gregory Point is in CT not NY (just south of Norwalk, and considered a part of Norwalk today). William Perry Hay researched "Gregory Point"-92,93,94,95,96 in the 1930s, and concluded there is only one, and it is in CT not NY -- located at the east side of the mouth of Norwalk River in Fairfield County, CT. A very short distance up this river are the towns of South Norwalk on the west side and East Norwalk on the east side of the river. Two or three miles above is the town of Norwalk. Bedford (Westchester county), NY is 20 miles from Norwalk, CT, and it is land-bound which suggests it would not have a "point". As Jehiel's father signed up out of CT in the French and Indian war in 1759, it seems certain that Jehiel was born in CT and not NY; the family move to NY was subsequent to his birth.

Gregory Point on the US Geographical Survey map, 20th century - click on image for larger view
Gregory Point USGS Norwalk South Quad, Connecticut, Topographic Map. Gregory Point is a Cape in the state of Connecticut (county of Fairfield), located at latitude - longitude coordinates (also known as lat-long or GPS coordinates) of N 41.08704 and W -73.40151. Gregory Point is shown in the center of the topographic (topo) map, which is sourced from the United States Geographical Survey map USGS Norwalk South quad. The nearest major town is East Norwalk, CT.

It is thought that Elizabeth Andrews and Jehiel Gregory were married in Spencertown,NY (but maybe Westchester, NY) circa 1775 but no record has been located.

Some researchers have a middle name of "Grant" for Jehiel Gregory. No source has been found to confirm this middle name. It is thought this might have been a result of a listing in "Revolutionary Soldiers buried in the State of Ohio" for Nehemiah Gregory which mentions "For discrepancies on the birth place of Jehiel Grant Gregory Boston (geneal on Jehiel line) repts prob Bedford, Westchester co N Y whr his father Nehemiah lvd before Rev ..." -- this is the only mention I have found for a middle name of Grant. It is assumed that he did not have a middle name of Grant.

Annis and Andrews were twins. The first three children have been cited as being born in Spencertown, Columbia County, NY, but I have found no records to substantiate. The twins Annis and Andrews are said by some to have been born in Newberry, Massachusetts (specifically that Annis was born in MA), but this is clearly in error; they themselves on their 1850-1870 census data state they were born in NY not MA; perhaps this was confused with her husband Ozias Strong. *Some sources state Adley’s birthplace as MD but Adley’s 1850, 1860 and 1870 census confirms PA—I believe this is Cumberland County which was formed out of Lancaster County in 1750—en route to Ohio. Jared and Ozias Strong were brothers, and the sons of Judge Horatio Strong and Patience Stevens of Lenox, Berkshire, MA. In 1790, there were 442 Andrews families -- 99 in CT and 57 in NY (and only 1 in Westchester, but in Greenburgh, not Bedford). (And there were 80 Andrus families -- 59 from Connecticut and 1 in NY).

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