James Henry GREGORY Julia A GREGORY Andrew Jackson GREGORY Dock Patrick GREGORY Henrietta GREGORY Sarah E GREGORY William D FRANCE George GREGORY Cora F GREGORY William Richard GREGORY Rachel LEWIS Mini tree diagram
Malinda Caldonia GREGORY

Malinda Caldonia GREGORY1,5,3,6,4,7,5

also known as Mahala GREGORY2

12th Apr 18611,2,3,4 - 24th Jun 19435,3,4

Life History

12th Apr 1861

Born in Cherokee County, Alabama.1,2,3,4

17th Aug 1884

Married William D FRANCE in Cocke County, Tennessee.6

before 1943

Death of William D FRANCE.3

24th Jun 1943

Died in Strawberry Plains, Jefferson, Tennessee.5,3,4

27th Jun 1943

Buried in Strawberry Plains Cemetery, Strawberry Plains, Jefferson, Tennessee.3,4


  • Her name is shown as Mahala in 1870 Jefferson County, Tennessee, Census.  The 1880 Census reports her as Malinda.

    1870 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Tennessee, 16 August, District 5, PO Trion, page 10, Hse/Fam #71
    Henry Gregory M 50 M W Wagon Maker $767 Personal Estate b Tennessee Cannot read or write
    Rachel Gregory 43 F W  Keeps House  b Tennessee [b abt 1827]
    Mahala Gregory 9 F W b Alabama [b abt 1861] Cannot read or write

    Malinda was the daughter of James Henry Gregory and Rachel Lewis of Jefferson County, Tennessee.  The Gregorys and Lewises orignally came from Virginia.  They lived some while also in Cherokee County, Alabama, where Malinda was born.  Other members of this Gregory family in two or three generations were back and forth between these two counties.  Some moved on westward.  Her parents' burials have not been found, but are thought to have been on the Gregory farm near Dandridge:

    1880 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Tennessee, 16 June, Civil District 5, Enumeration District 177, p 34B, Hse #280, Fam #284
    Gregory, Henry   W M  60   Farmer TN TN TN
    Gregory, Rachel  W F   58  Wife  Keep Hse  TN TN TN Cannot read or write
    Gregory, Malinda W F  22   Dau  At Home TN TN TN Cannot read or write

    Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1958
    Ida Dockery [Ida French]
    White Female, Widow, Age 68
    Birth 6 Jul 1885 Tennessee, USA
    Residence Route 1, Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee
    Father Billy French [France]
    Mother Malenda Gregory
    Informant John Dockery, Route 4, Dandridge (Jefferson County), Tennessee
    Death 23 Jan 1954 Mims Clinic, (stay of 4 days) Newport, Cocke, Tennessee, USA
    Cause of Death CVA, due to Arteriosclerotic Hypertension
    Burial 26 January 1954 in Proffitt Cemetery, Chestnut Hill (Jefferson County), Tennessee, by John C Holder, Newport, Tennessee
    Certificate #54-02236 filed 8 March 1954

    North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994
    Benjamin Harrison France
    Residence 917 Cedar Street, Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County, North Carolina
    Age 90, Widowed, Caucasian
    SSN 244-05-6147A
    Occupation Textiles Card Room
    Birth 19 Nov 1888 Cook [Cocke] County, Tennessee
    Father's Name William David France
    Mother's Name Melinda Gregory
    Informant Miss Zema France of the same address
    Death 22 March 1979 Halifax Memorial Hospital, Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County, North Carolina
    Cause of Death Acute Myocardial Infarcton, due to Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
    Burial 24 March 1979 Crestview Memorial Cemeetery, Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County, North Carolina, by Branch Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids
    Filed 27 March 1979
    Document courtesy of FamilySearch

    Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1951
    Malinda Caldonia France [Malinda Caldonia Gregory]
    Gender Female
    Birth 12 Apr 1861 Alabama
    Age 82
    Death 2 Jun 1943 Jefferson County, Tennessee
    Father's Name Henry Gregory

    Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index, 1874-1955
    Malinda Caldonia France [Malinda Caldonia Gregory]
    White Female, Widowed
    Residence Strawberry Plains, Jefferson County, Tennessee
    Occupation Housewife
    Birth 12 Apr 1861 Alabama, Age: 82
    Father's Name Henry Gregory, born Alabama
    Death 24 Jun 1943 Jefferson County, Tennessee
    Burial 27 Jun 1943 Strawberry Plains Cemetery, Jefferson County, Tennessee

    Malinda's name on her gravestone is Malinda Frances.  This is a very unusual spelling for the surname, which is normally Francis.  The family surname is actually France, as it correctly appears on her death record.  But on Malinda's marriage license, the clerk wrote her fiance's name as Francis, also writing his first name as Williams, instead of William, but abbreviated on subsequent references as the normal Wm.

    Their daughter's name was known by the surname France, as found on her FAG memorial, where the name is Ida France Dockery.  That memorial reports Ida's parentage.

    "Ida France Dockery ... Daughter of William France and Malinda Gregory; wife of Alford "Wad" Dockery"
    --  Find a Grave Memorial #134225764, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/134225764/ida-dockery

    We provided suggested updates for the memorial and it was updated the same day as now shown below.

    Malinda Caldonia “Linda” Gregory France
    Birth 12 Apr 1861 Cherokee County, Alabama, USA
    Death 24 Jun 1943 (aged 82) Strawberry Plains, Jefferson County, Tennessee, USA
    BURIAL Strawberry Plains Cemetery, Strawberry Plains, Jefferson County, Tennessee, USA
    Daughter Ida France Dockery 1885-1954
    Maintained by Find a Grave, Originally Created by CA-M 16 Nov 2004
    --  Find a Grave Memorial 9911142, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9911142/malinda-caldonia-france


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