William "The Preacher" McGregor

Male 1733 - 1807  (73 years)


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  • Name William "The Preacher" McGregor 
    Born 19 Jan 1733  Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Religion Baptist Preacher  [3, 4
    Also Known As William McGregor, Ulster Scotsman  [3
    Died 1804-1807  Montgomery County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • in 1806 he is identified as a "Messenger" for the Mouth of Uwharrie Baptist Church, North Carolina
    Person ID I27125  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 4 Jul 2018 

    Family Sarah Flowers,   b. ~ 1755 
    Married (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence (Family) 1776  Bute County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence (Family) ~ 1795  Montgomery County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
     1. William "Will" McGregor, Jr.,   b. 0___ 1755, (Scotland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1839, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F9722  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Jan 1733 - Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1776 - Bute County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - ~ 1795 - Montgomery County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1804-1807 - Montgomery County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - (Virginia) Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 15 Jan 2010

      To: Michael Allen McGregor (tst kit # 126138)


      Mike, this is in an effort to assist your quandry, and that of so many others, that have one of the many senior William McGregors as an ancestor in early America (1820 and before).

      The files reveal three (3) separate William McG lines that were noted to be in early NC. It is possible, however and perhaps likely, that one or more of these three have a familial relationship. Hopefully, thru DNA testing we will begin to determine those relationships, if any exists.

      I have chosen to designate these three Wm McG lines as follows: 1) "The Preacher", 2) "The Rebel" and 3) "The Warrick". Others have used the two first terms to describe their ancestor and I have selected the third term so that we have a clear distinction about whom we are speaking or writing.

      THE PREACHER WILLIAM MCGREGOR

      William McG, "The Preacher" is thought to have been b. @ 1735 in Scotland and is believed to have come to America "to preach in the meeting houses". Our earliest recognized record of the Preacher is with the Bute Co. NC Tax Roles for 1771. We also see mention of him in the 1774 minutes of the Kehuky Baptist Association, again in Bute Co. NC. Subsequently, he is noted on property deeds when he purchases land in Montgomery Co. NC. It is here that he is thought to have preached until his death in 1807.

      We are informed that a grave marker exists in NC's Morrow State Park indicating he and his wife's death. Although we have no supporting document, one researcher indicates the wife to have been one Sarah Courtland. Another researcher, who has both observed the grave marker and taken a tracing of same, states that the years are not clear. So, the date of death for William McG the Preacher is in question.

      We believe the Preacher had a son named William. This WILLIAM MC GREGOR is thought to have been b. 1755 in NC. He m. 1st Elizabeth Webb and 2nd Mary "Martha" Stiles. Wm the s/o the Preacher d. 1839 in Warren Co. TN. The children of this Wm McG are:

      1) Mary Ann (McG) Stokes b. 1783 m. Robert III
      2) Ezekiel McG b. 1784 m. Sarah Ware; he d. 1856
      3) Willis McG b. 1784 m. Susan Ware; he d. 1861
      4) Elizabeth (McG) Williams b. @ 1789
      5) Sarah "Sallie" (McG) Dodson b. 1792 d. 1868
      6) Martha Jane (McG) Mitchell b. 1794 d. 1872
      7) Jehu McG b. 1796 m. Sallie Dodson
      8) Richmond McG b. 1799 m. Mary "Polly" Myers; he d. 1858
      9) Jay McG b. 1800 m. Sarah
      10) Salina (McG) Shipley b. 1803 m. Raliegh
      11) William McG b. 1805 m. Mary; he d. 1867

      Three researchers (there are many others) descended from this McG line thru Ezekiel above are:

      --Billie McG tndixiechicken@hotmail.com

      --Carolyne (McG) Long crownlyon11@sbcglobal.net

      --Faye Jeannette (McG) Cole mccolefam@dishmail.net



      THE REBEL WILLIAM MC GREGOR

      Mike, you and others, appear to descend from "The Rebel" Col. William McGregor. However, your 3 distance away on the 67 DNA markers with Robert "Bob" D. McGregor (tst kit # 29834), the brother to Carolyne (McG) Long, suggests a common ancestor exists between the two of you. That is further illustrated by Dr. Richard McGregor's "twig chart" appearing in his 2 Jan '10 posting on the MacGregor DNA Project site. See Note 1 below on last page.

      This William McG, b. 1696 in Scotland (where unknown) is stated to have been "attained" in 1715 by the British, and therefore fled to America. See Note 2 on last page. Once settled in Northamption Co. NC he was given the title of Captain of a NC militia company. Upon meeting, the then Governor Gabriel Johnston, he was promoted to Colonel. See Note 3 on last page.

      According to Francis Bobbit McGregor, deceased (see Note 4 below), the Rebel Col. Wm McG had two sons: William Bartlett McGregor b. 1730 and John McGregor b. 1740, both in Northampton Co. NC. This, among other information, was what Frank had graciously shared with me concerning the two sons:

      WILLIAM BARTLETT MC GREGOR

      This William McG b. 1730 had four (4) sons:

      1) Flowers McG b. 1749
      2) Richmond McG b. 1760
      3) Bartlett McG b. 1770
      4) William McG b. 1789

      JOHN MCGREGOR

      And, John McG b. 1740 and wife Mary were noted to have had eight (8) children:

      1) Sarah (McG) Williams
      2) Frances (McG) Sandifer
      3) Thomas McG
      4) William McG
      5) Flowers McG
      6) Jean (McG) Brown
      7) Elizabeth McG
      8) Cindy (McG) Sandifer

      My records indicate that Bartlett McGregor b. 1770 in Northampton Co. NC and his wife Ann Harris had the children listed below. Bartlett McG d. 1840 in Stewart Co. TN.

      1) Nancy S. (McG) Hogan b. 1791 d. 1855 TN
      2) Harris Valentine b. 1794 m. 1st Lucy Ross and 2nd Eliza Ann Garnett
      3) Arvilla Ann (McG) b. 1795 m. 1st Wm Thomas Morris and 2nd Uriah Tyson
      4) John "Jack" NcG b. 1791-1800 d. in TX
      5) Mary Lucinda (McG) Stone
      6) Bartlett McG b. @ 1805 m. Elizabeth "Elie" Mann; he d. 1901 TX
      7) Joel McG b. @ 1806 d. 1870 TX
      8) Lucy (McG) Mann b. @ 1807 d. 1863
      9) Noah McGregor b. 1811 TN m. 1st Sarah "Sallie" Allen and 2nd Mahalia M. Duncan; Noah d. 1885


      Mike, since you appear to have a strong paper trail back to Noah McGregor, you then would be back thru Bartlett McG b. 1770 NC, William Bartlett McG b. 1730 and on to "The Rebel" Col. William McG. Below are a few researchers descended from this William McGregor:

      --Christy (Herndon) Clawson (email unknown) thru Noah McG

      --Joe White 55gregor@chartertn.net thru Noah McG

      --Lou Gilpin (email unknown) thru Harris Valentine McG

      --Melinda Conwell mindylou1118@msn.com thru Noah McG

      --William Bartlett McGregor b.mcgregor@worldatt.net thru Bartlett McG

      THE WARRICK WILLIAM MC GREGOR

      According to the 1790 Census for Northampton Co. this William McGregor is b. before 1766. He appears in the 1767-84 Warrick Co. VA Tax Lists. Further, a deed for 287 acres purchased on Jack Swamp in Northampton Co. NC indicated this William McG to be from Warrick Co. VA.

      From his will dtd in Apr 1809 and a codicil in Nov 1810 we can determine that he had a wife named Nancy in 1809, but she is not mentioned in the 1810 codicil. Their children are determined to be:

      1) William McGregor b. @ 1173 VA
      2) Anthony McG b. @ 1774 VA m. Lydia; he d. 1824 NC
      3) An unnamed female b. 1776-84 VA m. John Little
      4) Nancy (McG) b. 1785-90 m,. 1st Williams and 2nd Hill
      5) Alexander McG b. 1790 NC m. 1st Elizabeth Danielly and 2nd Mary Heath; he d. 1856 GA
      6) Frances Hutchins McG b. 1801-10 NC

      The son Wm McG b. 1773 VA first appears in Nash Co. NC as a witness on a 1797 deed. This Wm McG is head of household with family in the 1810 and 1820 census takings for the county. About 1824 he moves his family to Lawrence Co. AL. Before leaving Nash Co. NC a son William McG is born in 1803.

      Mike, Though I see no direct connection to the the Warrick William McG line, you may find that you have a distant common ancestor with Scott McGregor (tst kit # 153532) who is descended from this line. Scott and his father William Albert McGregor have both participated in the MacGregor DNA Project. I would once again refer you to Richard's "twig" Chart # 4 mentioned above. You will find Scott on a line at about 11:55pm (on the clock), whereas you are at about 12:10 and Robert "Bob" D. McG at about 12:05. You and Bob are on a separate branch of the "twig" from Scott, but you probably have a distance match in your markers.

      You can contact Scott McG at mcgregor@broadcom.com to make some comparisons for a possible connection.

      THE DNA MACGREGOR PROJECT

      For those of you receiving this communication that are not yet a part of the DNA Surname project you may want to consider doing so. It could very well lead you thru the gap so many of us find in our paper trails. You can contact Dr. Richard McGregor at chairman@clangregor.org

      My apologies for this being the length it is, but found it necessary to sort out the Wm McGs in early NC. Your response will be appreciated and I would encourage interchange by anyone that has been copied on this communication.

      Larry L. McGregor
      8517 E. Krail St.
      Scottsdale, AZ 85250
      480.483.5970
      480.483.5971 FAX
      _____________________
      Note 1 Chart #4 is the "twig" chart mentioned an acn be viewed a www.clangregor.org/macgregor/dna.html then click on http://themacgregordnaproject.blogspot.com

      Note 2 from the World Book Encyclopedia. "Attainder was a legal term for the loss of civil rights by an outlawed person or a person sentenced to death. According to old English law, such a person lost his rights to property. His land and his personal belongings were taken from him. Because he was judged to have suffered 'tainting' (corruption of blood) he could not inherit property or leave propery to anyone. Parliament put an end to attainder in England in 1870..." We can speculate that this Wm McG was involved in the first Jacobite Uprising that took place in 1715 and thereby was attained.

      Note 3 According to NC Archives, Vol II, both the Governor and Wm McG had been friends while they attended St. Andrews University in Scotland. We have no indication of when Col. William McGregor died.

      Note 4 Frank McGregor, a descendant of Col. Wm McG, was a prominent attorney in Hillsdale TX (outside Waco). Unfortunately, he was killed in a fire at his home resulting from a gas explosion in late 1998 or early 1999. It is not known if his genealogical materials were extinguished by the fire at his home or whether they were in an office safe at the time of the explosion. My last contact with Frank was in Oct 1998 and at that time his law firm was McGregor, McGregor & Carmichael, Inc. Hillsdale, TX tel # 254.582.7337. I believe that his daughter was a practicing attorney in the firm.

      end of comment [5]
    • 24 Feb 2002: Could this "William" be father of William & John, cited by Catherine Gaffin Lynn? Is a tantalizing find by Carolyne McGregor-Long because familiar names are cited, William, John, Bartlett, et. al., however, it disturbs me that

      (a) the traditional naming pattern of that time has been ignored and
      (b) there is no mention of Virginia as home-places...DAH



      From: "Carolyne McGregor-Long"
      To: "Debbie Freeman" ; "Larry L. McGregor" ; "Bill Williams" ; "Chris N' Shawna McGregor" ; "Mike Swofford" ; "Shirley Couch" ; "Wilma Hatfield"
      Subject: The McGregor Bros
      Date: Monday, February 18, 2002 10:12 PM

      Hello Cousins!

      Just a wee e-mail to let you know that I've discovered some interesting info regarding a possible connection (place) w/our ancestors, the McGregor brothers...William, Bartlett, John....possibly another brother, whose name is unknown to me.

      Over a year ago, at the Bakersfield Scottish Highland Games, I visited one of the usual vendors, Tea & Sympathy, who deal in some very fine, sometimes old books. Being a book lover, I rarely pass up an opportunity to check through the racks. There was one book that took my notice, not that it was fancy or bright, just a wee worn green book w/the title of "The Road to Rannoch and The Summer Isles". I had to have it, so paid over $20 to take it home. Being I'm truly a busy & scheduled person, I've just now gotten round to reading this book. The author is T. Ratcliffe Barnett. The book was printed in Great Britain by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh, 1st edition July 1924. I'll send more info later when I have time to find my pages (lost my marker).

      What's exciting to me is to find some place where possibly our ancestors went to school. Speaking of Rev. William McGregor...we know he came to the colonies to preach in the meeting houses, he had collateral to make the journey to the new world & to purchase property at some point after getting here. Thus, he was not exiled from Scotland by force (it would seem) & not without another shirt in his bag, so to speak. Where did he get his schooling? Was it at his mother's knee? Possibly, however, rather doubtful as in those days, girls/women normally were not schooled. This place once called Ossian's Glen...where is it today? We do know there is an Ossian's Loch, which is higher up from Rannoch...but, is still in the same locale...mix this in w/Glen Lyon, south...not an impossible idea. I've always thought Glen Lyon played a role in this somehow, having been there, it's making more sense to me. There is a kirk (church) in Fortingal in Glen Lyon....but, what I've just read in this book, makes me wonder about another possibility. A place called Dull. Whether it's there today, I'm not sure, however, where Dull was, a church was built over a burial place of Adamnan (Saint), and a school & college - said to be the first seminary of education mainland Scotland. Dull became famous as an educational center, but in the mid centuries, the school was removed to Dunkeld, and later to St. Andrews.

      If any of you have time to research any of this in regards to our line of MacGregors, pls do, & keep us all posted. This is the first "clue" I've found that feels right, in a long time.

      Keep searching...we'll get over the pond & documented one of these days, I'm certain of it.

      Love to all,
      Carolyne

      end of comment
    • Lineage of the McGregors of Warren County, Tennessee

      The following is derived from research done by Mary Elizabeth Barnes for The Wiseman Family and Allied Lines by Eugene M Wiseman, now deceased.

      Little substantiated proof of the Warren County, Tennessee McGregor lineage exists, however researcher Mary Elizabeth Barnes believes that it appears the McGregors came to Warren County from Northampton County, North Carolina. Her assumption is based primarily on the fact that several families who intermarried with our line of McGregors also left Northampton County, North Carolina area and moved to Warren County.

      Mary's research, published in The Wiseman Family and Allied Lines states; There are at least three William McGregor men listed in the 1790 census of North Carolina and two in southern Virginia. The William McGregor born about 1755 of Warren County is believed to be the son of a William McGregor, Sr. who was born between 1730-1735. This William Sr. also is assumed to have a son Richmond MeGregor.

      The Wiseman Family book further states; The following information has been gathered in an attempt to solve this problem of the parentage of William McGregor of Warren County, without resolution. It is presented here so that the reader may draw his own conclusion.

      The Will of John Gregory Jr., Charles County, Virginia, Westover Parish, dated 1776 names wife Martha Gregory, children Richmond Gregory and John Munford Gregory and brother William Gregory. William Christian was bondsman. (Martha Stiles McGregor is thought to be the name of William McGregor's wife.)

      A William and a John Gregory were Revolutionary soldiers in the 6th Virginia Regiment. Bute County, North Carolina 1771

      Tax List: William McGregor, Moses Curtis, Drury and John Christian, Green Hill, John Huckaby, James Huckaby, Thomas Huckaby, John Solomon, William Solomon, James Stiles, Thomas Webb, and William Webb. (Stiles and/or Webb is thought to be the name of William
      McGregor's wife.)

      Bute County, North Carolina Record Book A, 25 May 1772 Will states; William Solomon to William Solomon Jr. Gift of a negro man to be his at my death. Witness, John Edwards, William McGregor and Green Hill.

      In Index to the 1790 Census of Northampton County, North Carolina, shows John McGregor, William McGregor and Flowers McGregor, along with Thomas Webb. By 1796 the above were joined by Green Hill and Rowland Ware. Also the 1790 Census in Montgomery County, North Carolina, shows William McGregor, Bartlett McGregor, Thomas Huckoby and Bennett Solomon.

      John McGregor's will is in Montgomery County in 1794.

      A William McGregor bought land in Montgomery County in 1782 and 1779, and in Anson County in 1778, although these deeds are not necessarily all to the same William McGregor.

      In 1776 William McGregor was given a license to preach in Franklin (formerly Bute County) NC. He served as pastor of the Mouth of Uwharrie Baptist Church.

      On 1 July 1778 William McGregor bought the first land of record in Anson County, North Carolina, from Henry Mounger.

      In 1795, land was surveyed for William McGregor in Montgomery County, North Carolina

      1805 Tax List, Warren County, Tennessee shows: Ezekial McGregor, William McGregor and Willis McGregor

      1805 Tax List, Davidson County, Tennessee shows: Thomas McGregor

      1811 Tax List, Davidson County, Tennessee shows: Flowers McGregor

      1811 Tax List, Maury County, Tennessee shows: William McGregor

      1812 Tax List, Warren County, Tennessee shows: Ezekiel McGregor, William McGregor and Willis McGregor

      1820 Census, Warren County, Tennessee shows:

      Ezekiel McGregor with 2 males under 10, 1 male 18-26, 2 males over 45, 1 female under 10 and 1 female 16-26
      William McGregor with 2 males 10-16, 1 male over 45,1 female 16-26 and 1 female over 45
      Richmond McGregor with 1 male under 10, 1 male 18-26, 1 female under 10 and 1 female 16-26

      1830 Census, Warren County, Tennessee shows the following families:

      Jehu McGregor, William McGregor, Jr, Ezekiel McGreggor, Richmond McGregor, Ezekiel McGregor, William McGregor and Willis McGregor

      1836 Tax List, Warren County, Tennessee (Dist 4) lists: Jay McGregor (Jehu), William McGregor, Sr., Ezekiel McGregor, Richmond McGregor, William McGregor, Willis McGregor (Dist 9)

      1840 Census, Warren County, Tennessee shows the following families: Ezekiel McGreggor, William McGreggor, Richmond McGregger, Jay McGreggor, Ezekiel McGreger (slave schedule), William J McGreggor and Willia McGregger

      Mary Elizabeth Barnes' research closes with the following statement:

      "It would appear that William McGregor and Richmond McGregor, age 70-80 in the 1830 Census, both of whom lived and died in Warren County, Tennessee, might be the sons of William McGregor, Sr. who was born between 1730 and 1735.

      end of comment [4]
    • A Pedigree for William, "The Preacher". BTW, the researcher offers no source citations ...

      end of note

  • Sources 
    1. [S22] "The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee and Allied Families",, p. 1-D.

    2. [S11202] "William McGregor (1732 - 1807)", Biography, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/McGregor-92, retrieved, recorded & uploaded t.

    3. [S7550] William Mitchell, telephone interview, August 28, 2015, 716.691.6508.

    4. [S7052] http://harrison-hennessee.com/histories/Lineage%20of%20the%20McGregors%20of%20Warren%20County.pdf.

    5. [S51722] Larry L. McGregor, 8517 E. Krail Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 |.