I was born in Missouri , my family then moved to Colorado for a short time, and then we settled in Redding California in the early 1960's. After High school graduation, I enlisted in the Army and retired from the Army as a Sergeant First Class in 2000 . I then worked for the Transportation Security Administration as a supervisor for four years, and shortly thereafter went back to work for the DOD as a Technical Instructor, Adult Education Instructor, course-wear designer, and Training Specialist.
Now I am semi-retired, and living in Pennsylvania, very near where TWO SIDES of my family (Paternal and Maternial) started their American lives and lineage... I have come full circle.
My great (times 7) grandfather John Gregg lived in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, from 1747 until 1750... My great (times 6) grandfather Johan Lehman lived in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania from 1776 until his death in 1820... BOTH were European transplants, due to religious persecution!
I didn't become interested in genealogy until much later in life. I had heard stories about how my material grandmother’s family was Pennsylvania Dutch, and how they had come across the country from Pennsylvania, through Ohio, then Iowa in a covered wagon, then ending up in Fallon Nevada, where she met and married my Material grandfather (which is a whole different story all-together!); and how her lineage was Mayflower descended. But it wasn’t until the past few years that I uncovered the paper-trail to match the stories.
My maternal grandfather was first generation naturalized from Bavaria, Germany. His father came over first, to secure work, and build a home, then to build up the savings to bring my great-grandmother and their four children to Reno, Nevada to become Americans.
My paternal side was Scot-Irish immigrants, of the Macgregor lineage, who escaped religious persecution in Ulster Northern Ireland, and arrived in America in 1747 (along with the over 200,000 Scotch-Irish migrated to the Americas between 1717 and 1775). They (John Gregg and his family) purchased land in Cumberland County Pennsylvania (See: William Penn) hacked a farm out of virgin Pennsylvania hard-wood forest, and worked it, and added to it, then sold it and moved to Augusta County, Virginia, in 1750. They purchased land there, then hacked a farm out of virgin Virginia forest, and worked it, and added to it. The Patriarch died there, and the Children sold that farm and moved to the North Carolina territory (which later became Greene County, Tennessee) and started the process all over again. This became the theme of my Scot-Irish immigrant lineage. Move into heavily forested area that they had bought, or earned from fighting in the “Revolutionary War”, “War of 1812” etc… they would then build a working farm out of it, sell it for a profit, then acquire larger parcels elsewhere. For this reason I have family from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma!
I have learned so much about my history over the past few years, that it is quickly becoming time to publish this information in a book form for my children. 
The above tables are WIPs (Works InProgress How to make the above tables
In Ron's Search CasheChristophel are second cousins 7 times removed
Preface from the book "Gragg Descent" BY George Robert Gagg 1978
"Our ancestors labored and suffered much for the attainment: of the rich blessings which we enjoy. It is not right for the descendants to allow
their names and deeds to perish and be forgotten, regardless of how minor
a part they may have played in the annals of their time. The names of
our ancestors deserve to be known, and recorded for posterity. While the theme of this work, so to speak, is strung on a thread of genealogy, much of an historical nature is included. This is a family record, and i s designed primarily to give a history of the direct line of descent. It is unfortunate that several years of exhaustive research, failed to produce the d e s i r e d information concerning ancestors in Scotland and Northern Ireland. That era of our Gragg ancestry is buried in obscurity. Except in a few instances, there has been no effort to trace the later generations of Gragg families . The main purpose in the writing of 'Gragg Descent' has been accomplished."
The Scotch-Irish; or, The Scot in North Britain, Northern Ireland, and North America
"The landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in the Mayflower and the part their descendants took in the American Revolution has been justly celebrated in painting, poetry and history, while the Scotch-Irish, who were the primary and principal actors in the movement, have been scarcely noticed at all. It is time to write the history of the latter. To the late Hon. Ex-Chief Justice Scott, the writer is indebted for the suggestion of writing the history of the race, which has been approved by Ex-Vice President Stevenson and Dr. Thomas Wright, the founder of the Scotch-Irish Society, leaving the editors of the yearly volumes of the Society to compile a work on the local habitations and history of the race in America. The writer has gone on to trace the origin of the race in their island home as builders of the churches and schools of Christendom, the British and Colonial Empire, American independence and modern civilization. Around these the warp and woof of the story is woven."
Ulster Scots to America
My Macgregor/Gregg/Gragg ancestors came to America from Northern Ireland in the mid-Seventeen hundreds.... Here's some generic information of those times.
The Ulster-Scots Society of America Immigrants From The North Of Ireland
The Ulster-Scots Society of America The Great Migration from Ulster to America
Scots and Scots Descendant in America Part 1
"SCOTTISH emigration to America came in two streams—one direct from the mother-land and the other through the province of Ulster in Ireland. Those who came by this second route are usually known as ‘‘UlsterScots,’’ or more commonly as "Scotch-Irish," and they have been claimed by Irish writers in the United States as Irishmen. This is perhaps excusable, but hardly just. The constantly reiterated assertion that these emigrants were Irishmen is due to the fact, patent to all lustorical investigators, that apart from these Ulster-Scots Ireland proper has contributed only a very few individuals of outstanding prominence in American history."
Scots Irish Slavery
few people know of of the atrocities the Royalty and Rich in Great Briton levied upon the Scots and Irish citizens!
"The topic of this story is a sensitive one yet one of great importance. White slavery in America was real. There are many documents that verify the bondage, kidnapping and transporting of Brits to the Colonies as slaves. The importance of this story will help those who cannot find a ship passenger list on their ancestor. This story may not pertain to all who came to America that are not listed on ship passenger lists."
White Slavery: The Scottish Slaves of England and Americas
There were hundreds of thousands of Scots sold into slavery during Colonial America. White slavery to the American Colonies occurred as early as 1630 in Scotland.
White Slavery, what the Scots already know (by: Kelly d. Whittaker)
"Alexander Stewart was herded off the Gildart in July of 1747, bound with chains. Stewart was pushed onto the auction block in Wecomica, St Mary’s County, Maryland." .
SCOTTISH SLAVES IN AMERICA
"Ship Passenger Lists: National and New England (1600-1825)," Edited and Indexed by Carl Boyer III, Published
by the Compiler, Newhall, California, 1977, Pages 164-171.
Was Your Ancestor an "Indentured" Servant?
"Some authorities state that more than 75% of all immigrants who settled south of New England were indentured servants, convict servants, or redemptioners"
Origins of Colonial Chesapeake Indentured Servants
"Indentured servants were not glamorous or famous figures in colonial America. Nevertheless, family historians are interested in knowing that an ancestor—male or female—may have been indentured. More important, the designation “indentured servant” signifies that the individual immigrated—a fact that surviving colonial sources often do not clarify and one that can open doors to finding the ancestor in European records."
Irish Immigrant Workers in Antebellum New York
"Domestic service presented a problem to nineteenth-century Anglo-Americans. Political ideology celebrated republican equality and Independence; "servitude" and "slavery" were metaphors for the worst political perils. Domestic ideology glorified the home as an insular "haven in a heartless world," safe from the discord of public life. Yet these ideals clashed with the wish for household servants, which introduced large numbers of Irish Catholic immigrants into northern homes, blurring the supposedly separate public and private "spheres" and causing that bane of nineteenth-century "true womanhood," the "servant problem." Domestic service has been a problem for historians, too, because the preponderance of documentary evidence about servants was written by the very Anglo-American employers for whom domestics symbolized the dissonance between cherished ideals and the real world of the nineteenth century
"James Gragg of Caldwell County, North Carolina, developed this species of apple around 1860... Which James Gragg is in question, as I haven't narrowed it down yet. But when I do, this will go on his profile."
How America separated State from Church
"Dateline: 1696 to 1763, Virginia. Ten clergymen signed a key document. These historical primary documents tell the story of the gradual, great “divorce.”
The Anglican clergy in Virginia demanded that parish levies must be collected for their support, even during a drought. Would the people—the taxpayers—be pleased?
Early on, the colony of Virginia was not allowed by law to have its own currency, and trade with Great Britain brought no adequate amount of gold or silver, so the colonists had to use goods. Tobacco was the staple crop, so they used it. They wouldn’t use food crops like barley."
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Ron or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 67 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #372126
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Ron: