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Isaac Gregory

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Elk River, Braxton County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Curtin, Webster County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Robert Gregory and Mary Pullen
Husband of Sarah Hannah Gregory
Father of Adam Given Gregory; Robert Gregory; Mary Hannah Lynch; Nancy Agnes Hamrick; Isabella Lynch and 6 others
Brother of Robert Gregory

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About Col. Isaac Gregory

Colonel Isaac Gregory was an early settler of Webster County, Virginia (now WV).

Webster County's European Pioneers and Settlers


"Peter and Adam Stroud, German immigrants, were the first European settlers in present-day Webster County. They settled near present day Camden-on-Gauley in 1769. Peter unintentionally built his cabin near a branch of the Shawnee Indians' hunting trail. In 1772 or 1773 (most accounts indicate June 1772) a band of Shawnee Indians came across his cabin while he was away, killed his wife and seven children. The Indians then set the cabin on fire. Adam Stroud saw the smoke from his brother's burning cabin rising across the Gauley River and, with his eldest son, investigated. The trail left by the murderers led in the general direction of Bulltown, home of Captain Bull, a Delaware Indian Chief, and other Indian families, located in present-day Braxton County. Adam Stroud recruited several other settlers to join him in an attack on the Indian settlement, leading to the famous Bulltown Massacre (see Braxton County history). News of Captain Bull's death spread across the western frontier and set off a series of serious incidents between the Indians and the English settlers. As hostilities increased, Adam Stroud moved to Hampshire County. It was another twenty years before anyone else tried to settle in the county.

"In 1797, Arthur McClure moved to Upper Glade. He was followed by William E. Dodrill, known as "English Bill." He settled along the Birch River in 1799. Colonel Isaac Gregory was one of the earliest and most prominent settlers in the county. He built a two-story log cabin just above Beaver Run on a hill overlooking the Gauley River in 1800. He later served two terms as the Nicholas County Sheriff and served in the American Army during the War of 1812. Isaac Duifield arrived in the county around 1803 and was followed by several families who arrived around 1810, including the families of Tunice Muckelwain (or McElwain), James Dyer, William, Benjamin, and David Hamrick, and John Miller."

According to Harold Carpenter (

[Isaac Gregory] killed the last buffalo known to have been killed in Webster Co. , just before the war of 1812. It was killed on the mountain between Elk and Back Fork rivers, and the place has since been called Buffalo Bull Knob. In 1813, Col. Gregory was elected Justice of the Peace of Randolph Co. In 1814, he raised a company of soldiers and went to Norfolk to fight the British. (Taken from The Hamrick and other Families-Indian Lore by Mayme H. Hamrick, pg. 115)

Researchers may want to look at Nettie Robinson Gregory's genealogy book, "The Colonel's Legacy: Isaac Gregory's Descendants" published in 2006 [] or visit the Gregory Genealogy Page at

1850 census, Nicholas county, part of, Nicholas, Virginia

Household Gender Age Birthplace 
  • Benjamin Hamrick M 67 Virginia
  • Agnes Hamrick F 57 Virginia
  • Hannah Hamrick F 19 Virginia
  • Jane Hamrick F 27 Virginia
  • Addison Hamrick M 19 Virginia
  • Margaret Hamrick F 18 Virginia
  • Isaac Gregory M 78 Virginia
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Col. Isaac Gregory's Timeline

November 6, 1772
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Age 16
Randolph CO, VA
Age 17
Bath CO, VA
Age 18
Bath County, Virginia, United States
October 10, 1792
Age 19
Bath County, Virginia, United States
Age 22
Bath County, Virginia, United States
Age 23
Bath Couny, Virginia, United States
Age 27
Probably Virginia, United States
July 25, 1802
Age 29
Beaver Run, Webster Co., (W)VA