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Anne Hadley Gregg

 

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Ann Hadley was born about 1717 in Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Simon Hadley.

She married Richard Gregg on April 12, 1735 at the New Garden Monthly Meeting in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Richard was born on February 6, 1718, in New Castle County, Delaware. His parents were George Gregg and Sarah Hogg.

Simon Gregg (1736),
Sarah Gregg (1738, married Andrew Smith),
Ruth Gregg (1739, married William Bracken),
Jacob Gregg (1741, Susannah Underwood),
William Gregg (1744)
Miriam Gregg (1746)
Deborah Gregg (1747)
Phoebe Gregg (1749)

About 1734 Richard requested a certificate from Newark Monthly Meeting to New Garden Monthly Meeting in Chester County, Pennsylvania where he married Ann.

Richard made his last will on September 17, 1754 at Christiana Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware.

His will was probated on Oct 21, 1754 with his cousins Samuel and Harmon Gregg as trustees.

 

A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.

     
 

 

 
 

 

 
     
 

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I do give and bequeath.

I have a deed for the same [a plantation or tract of land in the Letitia Aubrey [or Faggs] Manor containing 93 acres and 66 perches of land] and recorded in the name of my grandson, Simon Gregg, son of Richard Gregg departed, and Anne his wife, my daughter, to him and male heirs of his body lawfully begotten as above, [oldest son of youngest daughter]

I do leave to my daughter Anne Gregg, widow of Richard Gregg departed, the sum of 40 pounds current money which shall be in full of her portion and share of my real and personal estate.

 
 
 
 

from Dixon Family History by Mary Gant Bell

Richard Gregg and Anne Hadley lived as Quakers in Wilmington, Delaware. They had eight children including Simon Gregg 1736, Sarah 1738, Jacob 1741-1801, William 1744, Miriam 1746, Deborah 1747, Phoebe 1749 and Ruth who married William Bracken. Many of Richard and Annes children where disowned by the Quakers for marrying out of the church and they moved to the Carolinas.

The book Quaker Greggs states that Jacob Gregg and his wife Susanna Underwood moved with their cousin Jacob Gregg and wife Polly Hatcher, along with the Hollingsworths and the Brackens to Cane Creek Meeting in Almance Co. South [sic-should be North] Carolina.

 
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