Richard T GREGORY West GREGORY Frances GREGORY Roger GREGORY Christiana GREGORY Smith GREGORY John Seay GREGORY Godfrey GREGORY Nancy Ann VAUGHAN Margaret OVERBY Unity GREGORY Agnes GREGORY Virginia Agnes WEST Mini tree diagram

Richard W GREGORY1,2,2,3,4,5,2,4,4

about 17331,2,2,3,4 - 17th May 18171,3,4

Life History

about 1733

Born in King William County, Virginia.1,2,2,3,4

before 1759

Death of Margaret OVERBY in Kentucky.2


Married Nancy Ann VAUGHAN in Washington County, Kentucky.2


Birth of son Smith GREGORY in Halifax County, Virginia.4


Birth of son John Seay GREGORY in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.1,7

23rd Jan 1777

Birth of son Godfrey GREGORY in Virginia.4

16th Nov 1812

Death of son John Seay GREGORY in Clarksville, Mecklenburg, Virginia.1,6

17th May 1817

Died in Springfield, Washington, Kentucky.1,3,4

after 17th May 1817

Buried in Gregory Cemetery, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.4

Other facts


Married Margaret OVERBY


  • The following genealogy provided fairly complete information, reflecting wnat we find in most genealogies for Richard W Gregory.  He is generally reported to be the son of Richard T Gregory and his wife Agnes West of King William County, Virginia.  Other souces propose a different set of parents for Richard W Gregory.

    One researcher presents a will that matches Kentucky records and the date of his death in Springfield, Kentucky.  But children reported there differ from, or exist in addition to, those commonly reported for Richard W Gregory, son of Richard T Gregory and Agnes West.  So two lines of the broad Gregory family may be mixed here.

    The main line of Gregorys we know in northern Kentucky counties are descended from Benjamin Gregory of Pennsylvania and Prince William County, Virginia.  Other members of this family were pioneers, settlers and road buiolders in the old northwestern Virginia counties of Frederick and Augusta.  So far (29 May 2018) the connections between that line of early Gregorys and the Gregorys of Rappahannock or King William counties have not been determined.

    Richard West Gregory
    Birth 1734 King William, King William, Virginia
    Death 17 MAY 1817 Springfield, Washington, Kentucky
    Father Richard T. Gregory
    Birth 1695 Essex Co., Virginia
    Death AFT 1742 New Kent County, Virginia
    Mother Virginia Agnes West
    Birth 1704 King William, King William, Virginia
    Death 27 MAY 1733 Mount Pleasant, King William, Virginia
    Wife Nancy Ann Vaughan
    Birth 7 JAN 1735 Bristol Parish, Prince George, Virginia
    Death 21 OCT 1821 Springfield, Washington, Kentucky
    --  William Thomas Watkins,

    Several genealogies report his name as Richard West Gregory.  But a 1927 publication on the colonial families of Virginia outlines extensively all the details gleaned from the whole range of colonial archives, and reports that his purported parents Richard Gregory and Agnes West had two separate sons named Richard and West.

    That research notes that records on West's life in King William County, Virginia, but that "nothing further is known" of Richard Gregory.  No information has been found on his  West Gregory's death and burial or his will.  This would match other reports that Richard, under the name Richard W Gregory, moved to Kentucky, where he died in Springfield.

    The name Richard Gregory was pervasive in colonial Virginia counties, making it difficult at times to clarify identities.  This compilation from colonial records cites and quotes old records including wills, providing rich detail if available.  Richard's FAG memorial below notes that his middle name as West had not been proved from any record.  It has been surmised from some researchers based on his mother's maiden name.  But his name could very well be William, a very common name in successive generations in the Gregory line.

    But if Agnes West was this Richard's mother, then the records on his brother West Gregory (no middle name known) would seem to confirm it was not Richard's middle name.  The burial memorial also points out that even the parentage of the Richard Gregory who was born in Virginia and moved to Kentucky is uncertain.

    In a marriage index record for Richard W Gregory and Nancy Ann Vaughan, no marriage date is reported.

    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Richard W Gregory
    Birth 1735 VA
    Spouse Nancy Ann Vaughan
    Married in VA

    But another version of this index record reports the marriage year as 1759.  This record, however, reports the marriage in Kentucky.  It is uncertain the year in which Richard W West moved to Kentucky.

    But the appearance of what appears to be a version  of the same record is accounted for by the fact that Kentucky was originally a part of Virginia colony, and it was not made a separate state until 1792, after independence.  Thus a copy, or multiple copies, of the same record would be found in different local and state jurisdiction records.  At the date reported for this marriage, Richard would have been age 32-35.

    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Mancy [sic] Ann Vaughn
    Richard W Gregory, Birth 1730 VA
    Marriage 1759 KY


    RICHARD GREGORY, the earliest ancestor to whom the KING WILLIAM COUNTY family of that name has been traced was born circa 1695-1700, and died post 1742.  His name first appears (in extant records) In 1727. On June 16, 1727, RICHARD1 GREGORY, of KING WILLIAM COUNTY, patented 1000 acres of land in Spotsylvania County adjoining the lands of Michael Guiney and Robert Baylor.  On April 4, 1730, RICHARD GREGORY, of KING WILLIAM COUNTY (for £850 currency) conveyed to John White, of King William County, 1000 acres in St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania County, which had been patented by said Gregory June 16, 1727.  AGNES, wife of the said RICHARD GREGORY, relinquished her dower in the said land.

    RICHARD GREGORY was a magistrate in King William County in 1732, and sheriff of that county in 1742.

    RICHARD GREGORY married AGNES WEST, daughter of THOMAS WEST, of KING WILLIAM COUNTY (see WEST FAMILY, post page 267), and had issue:

    1. ROGER GREGORY (1729-1803), of KING WILLIAM COUNTY; of whom hereafter.

    2. Richard Gregory, of whom nothing further is known.

    3. West Gregory (living as late as January, 1758), married Susannah West, daughter of Colonel Francis West, son of Tromas [p 254] West, of King William County (see West Family, post page 281).  Mrs. Susannah (West) Gregory married, secondly, Colonel Holt Richeson.

    4. Frances Gregory, married William Phillips.

    5. Christiana Gregory, married Samuel Meredith.

    6. Agnes Gregory.

    7. Unity Gregory.
    --  "Gregory Family of King William County, Virginia," in Winston of Virginia and Allied Families, by Clayton Torrence (Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson, 1927), p 253-254

    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Richard Gregory
    Birth Year 1732
    Spouse Nancy Vaughan
    Marriage State VA

    Family Data Collection - Individual Records
    Richard W Gregory
    Nancy Ann Vaughan
    Parents Richard T Gregory, Agnes West
    Birth 1731 King William Co, VA
    Death 17 May 1817 Washington Co, VA (later became Kentucky)

    Kentucky, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1890
    Richard Gregory
    Residence Washington County, No Township Listed, KY
    1800 Tax list
    KY Early Census Index (no image available)

    Richard W Gregory is reported to have died in 1817, and his wife Nancy Ann Vaughan in 1821.  Some genealogies report a second wife as Margaret Overby.  Given these other reports and death dates, Margaret must have been the first wife.  The will of Richard Gregory of Washington County, Kentucky, in 1812 (probated 1817) refers to his wife as Ann, matching Nancy Ann Vaughan, consistent with the dates of death as reported in the above tree.  Some children's names mentioned in Richard's will are not among those reported as children of Richard and Nancy, so these may be the children of Margaret Overby.

    Richard W Gregory
    Birth 1731 Virginia, USA
    Death 1817 Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, USA

    Richard W Gregory was born around 1731, presumably in Virginia. His parents have not been proved.  Many have theorized that his mother was Milderidge Gregory Vaughan but she only named two sons in her will (Ambrose and Joseph) and does not list the names of the other children.  Others theorize he is the son of Richard T Gregory and Virginia Agnes West and his middle name is West (again no documentation of this).

    Richard W lived in Halifax and Mecklenburg counties in Virginia until 1788. In 1788, he and several of his family migrated to Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky (which at that time was still part of Virginia - Kentucky becoming a state in 1792).  His will was probated in 1817.  He had at least 9 children:  Smith, William A, Abel, Godfrey, Mary Ann Polly (Litsey), John, Asa, Leroy, and Uriah.

    There is no doubt he was married to Nancy Ann Vaughan daughter of William Vaughan.  Some researchers believe that his first wife was Margaret Overby daughter of Zachariah and Millarson Overby and that his second wife was Nancy Ann Vaughan.  If all this isn't confusing enough, Mildridge Gregory (Richard's potential mother) second husband was William Vaughan the father of Nancy Ann Vaughan (Richard's wife)!  Richard educated his sons, as the Virginia census shows his sons in school.

    Spouse Nancy Anne Vaughan Gregory (1735 - 1821)

    Smith Gregory (1760 - 1832)
    William A Gregory (1764 - 1825)
    Abel Gregory (1772 - 1838)
    Godfrey Gregory (1777 - 1850)
    Mary Ann Gregory Litsey (1779 - 1863)
    Burial Gregory Cemetery, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, USA
    Created by Daniel Gregory Mar 26, 2014
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #126940313,


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