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Biography: John Gregg born ca. 1800



(ca. 1800-1850)

Lawrence County, Alabama


John Gregg was the third County Court clerk. His father Samuel had been a Revolutionary soldier in the Virginia Militia b. ca. 1756 and came to Lawrence County in the very early years. He was a Trustee of the 1824 Moulton Academy and Elder of the Presbyterian Church from 1830-1831. He died near Moulton, Lawrence County, Alabama. His mother was Jane Anne Black.

He had, besides John, three sons, Henry, Samuel, and Ellis Gregg.

“John Gregg married Sarah, the daughter of Samuel Bigham, Esq., who first settled, before the land sales, at Bigham’s Spring – called afterward Hickman’s Spring– and now “Pond Spring.”


They had the following known children:

  1. Thaddeus Greg (1820-18410
  2. Lucinda Gregg (b. 1821)
  3. Ellis Gregg (b. 1823)
  4. Martha Gregg (b. 1825)
  5. John Gregg (b. 1826)
  6. Mary Gregg (b. 1828)
  7. Lucinda Gregg (b. 1835)
  8. William Henry Gregg (1836- 1886)

John Gregg succeeded Bolling B. Burnett as sheriff and his deputy was his brother Ellis Gregg. “John was a modest, quiet man in general, but being powerful when roused he was formidable for he acted very promptly. I recollect an amusing incident which happened while he was sheriff. On the McMahon corner, at Moulton, a ring of wild drinking fellows had, for several days, caused great annoyance to the court by their noise and clamor, sometimes bellowing like bulls. At length they became so bold that they came into the courthouse. One of them caused a disturbance, and the judge ordered him to jail. John started with him, when one of his friends attempted a rescue. John knocked the interloper down and he fell at full length on the hard brick floor, and then turning to the judge, John coolly said: “If your honor please, here is a man interfering.” It caused a great laugh, and the “bull” ring was broken up. In John’s court the execution had preceded the judgment.”

When he became a county clerk, John was attentive to business and gave fair satisfaction. In 1835, during the revolution in Texas, John Gregg, in company with W. D. Thomason, John Wren, James Ellis, James McDaniel, Humphrey Montgomery, Farney Smith and young Kaiser, engaged in that cause. They all entered the same company except James Ellis, who joined the ‘Red Rovers’ from Courtland and was amongst those murdered at Goliad.

John Gregg returned to Lawrence County for his family after the Texas war and on his way back to Texas was attacked by the Indians. His wife and one son were killed and a son, Henry, was carried off a prisoner and detained in captivity for several years. John Gregg died not many years after this in Texas. His brothers moved to Arkansas.



  1. Early Settlers of Alabama” written 1899 by Col. James Edmonds Saunders and published in New Orleans.
  2. Samuel Gregg , aged 77, and a resident of Lawrence County; private, Virginia Militia; enrolled on April 23, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance $33.33; sums received to date of publication of list, $99.99.—Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34. (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
  3. Family tree.


This biography is included in the E-Books Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume II and First Families of Lawrence County, Alabama Volume I

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