Robert Berry GREGORY Sarah Elizabeth GREGORY Robert Oscar GREGORY Effie J GREGORY John Alvis GREGORY Mary A GREGORY Mary Frances OWENS John B GREGORY Berry Alexander GREGORY Theodore H GREGORY Mary L Florence GREGORY Margaret J WORD Mini tree diagram
William Thomas GREGORY

William Thomas GREGORY4,4,3,1,2,5

Dec 18521,2,3,4 - 20th Mar 19342,4

Life History

Dec 1852

Born in South Carolina.1,2,3,4

20th Mar 1884

Birth of son Robert Oscar GREGORY in DeKalb County, Alabama.1,6,4

Jun 1889

Birth of daughter Effie J GREGORY in DeKalb County, Alabama.1

7th Dec 1891

Birth of son John Alvis GREGORY in Portersville, DeKalb, Alabama.1,4,7,8,9

Jan 1895

Birth of daughter Mary A GREGORY in DeKalb County, Alabama.1


Death of Mary Frances OWENS.4

20th Mar 1934

Died in Fort Payne, DeKalb, Alabama.2,4

after 20th Mar 1934

Buried in Moriah Cemetery, Guest, DeKalb County, Alabama.4

Other facts


Married Mary Frances OWENS


  • William was enumerated with his parents and his youngest sister in the 1880 census.  In this record, the enumerator reported William as William T Gregory, whereas family information reports him as William Francis Gregory.  In 1900 his name was also reported as William T.

    Some genealogies report him as William Thomas Gregory, while his memorial on Find a Grave reports him as William Francis.  The memorial is linked to Margaret Gregory as his mother, who matches the mother reported on other children of Robert and Margaret.  That FAG memorial is the only instance I have seen of that name.  Every record has his name as William T, except a couple of his children's death certificates which have no middle initial.  Several genealogies report his full name as William Thomas Gregory.

    His gravestone has his birth date as only the year 1856.  His brother Berry's reported birth date is 14 November 1856.  This appears to be poor knowledge on the part of the informant on Berry's death certificate, or faulty family memory, which we often find in birth dates in that era.

    The 1900 census also reports  him as William T, with birth date reported as Dec 1851.  The 1900 census is often a year off, so the actual year may be 1852, matching the age of 8 reported in 1860.  That census reports him as the second child, and the first child born in Alabama.  It is quite common for birth dates on the grave and in family sources to be wrong, likely due to lack of awareness of formal records, low literacy and lack of focus on abstract details.

    Robert and Margaret moved from Union County, South Carolina to DeKalb County, Alabama, in about 1851, before the birth of William T in about 1852.

    1860 Federal Census, DeKalb County, Alabama, 13 June, Division 2, page 6 (scan 98), Hse #40, Fam #42
    Robert Gregory 34 M Farmer $300 Real Estate $230 Personal born South Carolina [b abt 1826]
    Margaret J Gregory 30 F born South Carolina [b abt 1830]
    Sarah E Gregory 10 F born South Carolina [b abt 1850]
    William T Gregory 8 M born Alabama [b abt 1852]
    John B Gregory 5 M born Alabama [b abt 1855]
    Berry A Gregory 3 M born Alabama [b abt 1857]
    Theodore H Gregory 8 months M born Alabama [b abt Sept 1859]

    1880 Federal Census, DeKalb County, Alabama, 1 June, Township 8, District 56, page 1 (scan 596), Hse/Fam #9
    Gregory, Robert W M 55 Head Married Farmer SC SC SC [b abt 1825]
    Gregory, Margaret J  W F 50 Wife Married Keeping House SC SC SC [b abt 1830]
    Gregory, William T 27 Son W M Single Works on Farm SC SC SC [b abt 1853]
    Gregory, Mary L F 13 Dau W F Single House Keeper SC SC SC [b abt 1867]

    1900 Federal Census, DeKalb County, Alabama, 26 June, Corinth, District 79, page 1B, Hse #246, Fam #250
    Gregory, William T Head W M Dec 1851 [but see earlier censuses] 48 Married 19 yrs [mar abt 1881] AL SC SC Farmer Rents
    Gregory, Mary F Wife W F Mar 1856  49 Married 19 yrs 5 children/4 living AL GA AL
    Gregory, Robert O son W M Mar 1884 16 Single AL AL AL Farm Labor
    Gregory, Effie J Dau W F June 1889 10 Single AL AL AL Farm Labor
    Gregory, John A Son W M Dec 1891 9 Single AL AL AL
    Gregory, Mary A Dau W F Jan 1895  5 Single AL AL AL

    The Courtney genealogy reports his name as William Thomas Gregory.  It also is one of those that reports the 1951 date of birth from the 1900 census.

    William Thomas Gregory
    Birth 20 Dec 1851 Alabama
    Death 1934
    Robert Gregory 1826-1880
    Margaret J Word 1828-1898
    Spouse Mary F Gregory
    Birth ABT 1856 Alabama
    Death Unknown
    --  Martha Courtney,

    William Francis Gregory
    Birth 1856 South Carolina, USA
    Death Mar 20, 1934 Fort Payne, DeKalb County, Alabama, USA
    Mother Margaret Gregory (1828 - 1898)
    Sarah Elizabeth Gregory Poteet (1849 - 1915)
    John B Gregory (1854 - 1922)
    Berry Alexander Gregory (1856 - 1950)
    Mary Florence Gregory Davis (1866 - 1949)
    Burial Mount Moriah Cemetery, Guest, DeKalb County, Alabama, USA
    Created by Fredie Smith Jul 13, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #73304928,

    A death record with this same death date is found in the name of William Thomas Gregory;  recorded in DeKalb Death Records, Volume 16, Page 7924.


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