Ronald E. Gragg

Ron Gragg

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Ron E. Gragg
Born 1950s.
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Biography

Ron Gragg is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States US Army 1978-2000
Sergeant First Class

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. [1]

Ron is related TO HIS OWN WIFE!!!*
Relative Relationship Closest Common Ancestor
Donna Lynn Gray-Gragg (Ron's Wife) 18th cousins three times removed Gwenllian (Gwilym) ferch Gwilym
  • Note: Gwenllian (Gwilym) ferch Gwilym is Ron's Great Grandmother (times 19) and Donna's Great Grandmother (times 16)!!!! But, I think we're safe :)
Ron's Relatives of Notoriety
Relative Relationship Closest Common Ancestor
William (Albini) d'Aubigny 26th great grandfather Straight line Ancestor
President Abraham Lincoln 14th cousins 3 times removed Isaiah Harrison
President Thomas Jefferson 15th cousins 6 times removed Isabel (Vipont) de Clifford
Daniel Boone 11th cousins 7 times removed Robert Hungerford
Robert (Robert I) "The Bruce" 23rd Great Grandfather Margerie (Bruce) Stewart
President Theodore Roosevelt Jr. 7th cousins twice removed Resolved Waldron
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 9th cousins four times removed John Alcock
Chief Justice John Marshall third cousins 8 times removed Philip Sherwood
President Ronald Reagan 15th cousins three times removed John Spencer II
President Ulysses S. Grant 6th cousins 6 times removed George Partridge
Major General John Charles Fremont 10th cousins 7 times removed Sir Robert Drury
Samuel Langhorne "Mark Twain" Clemens 15th cousins 6 times removed Phillip Cooke
Queen Elizabeth II 13th cousins once removed Thomas Cordray
SirThomas"8th Baron De La Warr, 5th Baron West 3rd cousins 18 times removed Michael"1st Earl of Suffolk" de la Pole
Sir KnightWilliam Harcourt 3rd cousins 17 times removed Michael de la Pole
John Wayne 15th cousins three times removed John Spencer
Tennessee Ernie Ford 15th cousins four times removed Henry Wentworth
Laura Ingalls Wilder 8th cousins three times removed George Partridge
Kevin Bacon 15th cousins twice removed William Waldegrave
"NASA Astronaut, Apollo 14" Alan Shepard Jr. 9th cousins three times removed George Partridge
Ron's relation to other Wiki-Tree members
WikiTree Genealogists Relationship Closest Common Ancestor
P. L. L. Elliott third cousins once removed Flossie Mae Gragg
Thomas J. Bayless fourth cousin Henry Harlan Gragg
William Lindsay 17th cousins three times removed Eleanor Beauchamp
William Lindsay 17th cousins once removed Thomas de Staunton
John Schmeeckle fifth cousins twice removed John Stichler Sr.
Vic Watt 11th cousins twice removed William Brewster
Jim R. Lahmon 9th cousins twice removed Bert Lhamon
David Wilson 18th cousins twice removed Sir KnightWilliam Harcourt
Jenna Glasscock 6th cousins twice removed Henry Rector
Alison Andrus 17th cousins once removed SirRobert Wingfield
Angelique M. Chamberlain fifth cousins twice removed JohnConrad Hulvey
Becky E. Syphers 10th cousins three times removed Ada May Storrs
John Ellis 13th cousins twice removed William Smith
Nancy Lee Cousins 15th cousins twice removed Tony Bell Hill
Liz L. Shifflett 18th cousins four times removed Elisha Brien
Glenn Legge Sr. 17th cousins three times removed Michael (Pole) de la Pole
Nan Lambert 19th cousins twice removed Guy Lambert
Patricia Hickin 9th cousins Benedicht Lehman
Tom Culver III 20th cousins once removed Robert II (Stewart) of Scotland
David J. Harrison 11th cousins twice removed Stephen Tracy
Bob Nichol 12th cousins once removed John Davis
Karla York 21st cousins Hawise (FitzWarin) Hoo
Heather Brown 11th cousins twice removed William Brewster
Mindy Pitts 15th cousins John Thayer
Joe Sneed 20th cousins twice removed Eudes La Zouche
Amanda Perkins 18th cousins three times removed Reginald (Braybooke) Braybrooke
Karen (Lowe) Tobo 19th cousins Sir Robert of Foremark
Abby (Brown) Glann 14th cousins John Thayer
Catherine Ehlert 14th cousins James Davis
Debby Black 13th cousins William Brewster
Cheyenne Boggioni 12th cousins once removed John Davis
David Harrison 11th cousins twice removed Stephen Tracy
Keith Hathaway 9th cousins once removed Jonathan Haines
Philip Smith 15th cousins three times removed Robert Warde
David Black fifth cousins once removed Nancy Ellender Crow
Monty L. Bales 6th cousins William Blackburn Strong Sr.
Jack Templeton fifth cousins twice removed Thomas Strong Sr.

The above table is a WIP (Work InProgress How to make the above tables[2]

In Ron's Search Cashe Christophel 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."[3]

The Scotch-Irish; or, The Scot in North Britain, north Ireland, and North America

A good reference for Gregg's [4]

Early Gregor Ancestry

EXCERPTS from the “Baronage of Scotland,” by Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, Baronet, Edinburgh, 1798 [5]

Clan Gregor History

Who are the MacGregor's[6]

Scots Irish in History

"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."[7]

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[8]
The Ulster-Scots Society of America The Great Migration from Ulster to America[9][10][11]

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."[12][13][14]

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.[15]

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." .[16]

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.[17]

Gragg Apple

"ames 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."[18]

Sources

  1. First-hand information. Entered by Ron Gragg at registration.
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Table
  3. Preface "Gragg Descent" BY GEORGE ROBERT GRAGG 1978
  4. https://archive.org/stream/cu31924092885171#page/n583/mode/2up
  5. http://www.glendiscovery.com/amelia-vol1-chap2.html
  6. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Clan_MacGregor
  7. http://www.electricscotland.com/history/scotsirish/index.htm
  8. http://www.electricscotland.com/history/ulster_scots/ulster3.htm
  9. http://www.electricscotland.com/history/ulster_scots/ulster4.htm
  10. http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Pa-Sp/Scottish-and-Scotch-Irish-Americans.html
  11. http://www.electricscotland.com/history/ulster_scots/ulster2.htm
  12. http://www.electricscotland.com/history/other/white_slavery.htm
  13. http://www.africaresource.com/rasta/sesostris-the-great-the-egyptian-hercules/white-slavery-re-slaves-of-scotland/
  14. http://oldvirginiablog.blogspot.com/2009/08/scots-irish-slavery-in-america.html
  15. http://www.africaresource.com/rasta/sesostris-the-great-the-egyptian-hercules/white-slavery-re-slaves-of-scotland/
  16. http://www.electricscotland.com/history/other/white_slavery.htm
  17. http://web.northnet.org/minstrel/scottish.slaves.htm
  18. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:The_Gragg_Apple

See also:

  • "See additional source information [[1]] here"
  • "See additional source information [[2]] here"
  • "See additional source information [[3]] here"
  • See additional source information [[4]] here.
  • See additional source information [[5]] here.
  • See additional source information [[6]] here.

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On 4 Jul 2017 at 18:15 GMT Kathy (Anderson) Griffin wrote:

Hello cousin Ron! We are 10th cousins, 1x removed!  :)

On 25 Jun 2017 at 17:35 GMT Patricia Elliott wrote:

Wow Ron I just saw this photo of my Grandfather thank you so much!!! Cant wait to show my sisters . Genealogy Love

On 24 Jun 2017 at 17:23 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hello Ron,

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

Share personal successes, stories about ancestors, tips, projects you are working on, or anything else you wish.

New members stop in and say Hello, introduce yourself, share your story, or ask for help.

Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/412308/weekend-chat-all-members-are-invited-23-25-june-2017

On 5 May 2017 at 17:16 GMT Marie Chantigny wrote:

Hi: I was referring to Roy A Connolly-762. According to his obituary he is the son of Roy Connolly and Dollie Eutsler.. Is this right?? ..Marie

On 25 Apr 2017 at 14:22 GMT Skye (Sonczalla) D. wrote:

How funny! Not only do you match me, but you match my father-in-law! I just noticed on Johannes Rector. haha :)

On 21 Apr 2017 at 21:16 GMT Chad Olivent wrote:

Ron,

I am curious about your response to my request regarding Mary Sherwood, not meeting your standards. I started with Please, and ended with Thank You and an exclamation mark. I asked for one single source, that's all. not an exposition or long drawn out position, just a single source that names her as a Sherwood. How is that not civil?

On 15 Apr 2017 at 01:26 GMT LM Gragg wrote:

I just got my DNA results from ancestry, can't wait to "prove" were 7th cousins! (As soon as I figure out how to do put it here. LOL!)

On 3 Apr 2017 at 21:30 GMT Skye (Sonczalla) D. wrote:

How funny, it also appears we are 12th cousins! :)

On 3 Apr 2017 at 21:27 GMT Skye (Sonczalla) D. wrote:

Hi there Ron! Are you related to Gregg-1626? If so, please send me a trusted list request and I would be happy to add you as a profile manager or hand the profile over to you. Hope all is well with you and yours!! Thanks for all the updating on that profile! :)

On 20 Feb 2017 at 03:52 GMT Robin (Felch) Craig wrote:

Howdy cousin! Nice to know you.

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