A baptismal name and surname of England, Scotland, and Ireland, ultimately from the Greek - watchful, though at times confused with the Latin gregarius from grex - flock; the name of at least three saints and of sixteen Popes including St. Gregory the Great. (Withycombe, Reaney, Cottle). Traced by Guppy in the Midlands and Somerset and Wiltshire, by Spiegelhalter in Devon, and by MacLysaght in Kerry in the 17th century and later in Co. Galway.



At St. John's: St. John's Baptisms - Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 1765 - 1774: William Gregory [of] William & Mary, bap. Sep 22, 1769 - Breckiss (?Brigus)
At Ferryland: Surrogate Court Records: September 13, 1773 -Power and Gregory - Breakus merchants to seize the assets of: Whalen, William and Power, Nicholas.
  Surrogate Court Records: August 17, 1795 - William Gregory. This Brigus planter complained that certain persons had erected fences across the path from Timber Cove , near Brigus, to a point of land called “Hares Ears”.
  Surrogate Court Records: October 1, 1797 - William Gregory's last will and testament left property and plantations called Turkey Room, Timber Cove Point, and Henry's Cove to sons John, Thomas, and Simon. He left his boats and fishing gear to sons Richard and James. He left 40 pounds each to (his daughters?) Elenor Norris and Mary Holly.
  Surrogate Court Records: Nov. 1, 1815 - Records show that James Gregory, a Caplin Bay resident owed money to S.G. Carter & Co.
At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - Peter Gregory.
  Crown Lands - Ferryland District (1833 - 1886): # 2894 - Gregory, Peter - ½ mile North West of Caplin Bay and South West of main line to Cape Broyle - 1869
  Crown Lands - Ferryland District (1833 - 1886): #3282 - Gregory, Robert (sic Peter) - ½ mile North West of Caplin Bay, North of Look Out River - 1871
  Lovell's 1871 Directory: Peter Gregory, fisherman.
  Headstone- Ferryland RC Cemetery: Gregory - James Gregory, died 26 August 1887; 31 yrs. also father Peter, died 8 June 1872; 52 yrs.
  Headstone - Ferryland RC Cemetery: Gregory - Catherine Gregory, died at Little Bay Mines 28 June 1884; aged 31 yrs, son Peter Joseph, died ????? , erected by her husband James Gregory.
Family History: James Gregory's appears to have been at Caplin Bay since the early 1800s. He was likely the James Gregory mentioned as a son in the 1797 will of William Gregory of Brigus South. Records indicate that William? Gregory was a merchant at Brigus South since, at least, 1773. The 1769 baptism entry in the Anglican Cathedral Baptism records may relate to his family, but it doesn't distinguish which Brigus was being recorded. It appears that James settled at Caplin Bay and had a son Peter, who was born there about 1820. However, there are indications that James may have died, or left Caplin Bay for a period of time, since property "known by the name of Gregorys Plantation" was sold by Matthew Morry, Jr. in 1836. In 1847, Peter Gregory first appeared in the Voter's List at Caplin Bay and he is noted there in various documents until 1871. An old headstone in Ferryland Cemetery says Peter Gregory died in 1872.

The old headstone also identifies he had a son, James, named after his grandfather. This James must have left Caplin Bay to work at Little Bay Mines since a headstone for his wife Catherine (and his son, Peter Joseph) indicates that they had died there. James Gregory died himself in 1887 and the surname disappeared from Caplin Bay. However, the baptism records for Ferryland indicate that a Mary Gregory was married to Patrick Boland and they had a large family, from sometime in the 1860s to 1883. They had a son that they named Peter James, a strong indication that this Mary Gregory may have been the daughter of Peter Gregory. She was born about May 1845.

Although the Gregory name died out at Caplin Bay, there are quite a few descendants of Patrick Boland and Mary Gregory at Calvert, other parts of Newfoundland and the rest of Canada.

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