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Gregory and Sparks family…

members were spread throughout the Shoals area. Many descendants live in the Shoals area today.

The lady in the fine hat in the graphic is Alice Gregory. This Alice Gregory is the daughter of Smith David Gregory and Sarah Ann Francis Lucas Gregory. She was the oldest sister of Elmer Gilbert Gregory. She married Adolph Zosel; she moved to Ontario, Canada after living up north for quite a while and there she is buried. Sarah Ann Francis Gregory, widowed, married Daniel Newton Hand and had several Hand children.

The funeral scene is of the other Alice Gregory. Her maiden name was Alice Sparks, daughter of William Thomas Sparks and Mollie Norwood (sometimes written as Narmore) Sparks. She married Elmer Gilbert Gregory. William Thomas and Mollie Sparks are buried at Morning Star Cemetery in Colbert County. Methel Estelle Gregory was a daughter of Elmer and Alice Gregory. Although, you may see the name Gregory, Gregor, and MacGregor for different family members went by different derivations of the name.

Elmer G MacGregor went by the MacGregor name. He was called Mac by friends and family. Sparks might fly when a discussion of the name occurs. Elmer buried his wife Alice Sparks as a McGregor; but his children buried him as a Gregory. I have a copy of the death certificate for Alice McGregor in my possession.

The male pictured is a Gregory for that is written on the back of the photo. He is one of the Gregory brothers: Elmer, Lucian, or Elijah Gregory. Wistfulness on my part wants it to be Elmer.

The lady pictured in the plaid is a sister to Sarah Ann Francis Lucas Gregory. Her name is Eliza Jane Lucas. She married a Hutto.

Gregory and Sparks of Colbert County


Bang, bang, bang…

have you heard that incessant banging for the last thirty plus years?

That was me banging my head against the brick wall on my Murray line for longer than my youngest child, now thirty-one, has been alive. I started family research on a serious note back in the early 1970’s. Though to disclose the truth of the matter, I started back in my earliest childhood listening to stories of the family lines from all my elders. I was the only girl in my  family and I always seemed to be around the adults at family gatherings. So, I got to listen and ask some questions. I got to hear the tone and inflections associated with those oft told stories. Some stories were funny and some were tragic. Some relatives were very good salt-of-the-earth kind of people; others were scoundrels. But, I loved and cherished them all because they were family. Those stories of my elders are some of my most cherished memories. I wish I could bottle and sell the memories as I saw, heard, and immersed myself in family history. I have always found family mesmerizing. But, alas, I found that even as early as I was interested in family facts, that even by that time most of the elders had gone and become history. There were a few reliable sources and I made the highest and best use of them as I could. And I wrote it down.

I was able to trace my Murray line back to John M Murray and could document no further. I located information on him back in the 1970’s, before computers were even invented – probably. I knew him to be an ancestor, but could not document his father or even where John M Murray was buried. I located information on his service in the War of 1812, the Creek War, and skirmishes and battles in the Mississippi Territory way back then in the seventies. I even located his obituary in a northern Alabama newspaper. The obituary clearly said that the old soldier of the War of 1812 had lived to be nearly one hundred years of age and was buried at Vance’s Station in Limestone County, Alabama. After decades of searching, I finally just concluded that Vance’s Station must have been one of those ‘lost’ cemeteries. Sad. True. More below the fold.

AlabamAncestors: Four Generations of Murray