Less than 3 years ago I did not know the name of my great grandfather Gregory, and I knew nothing of the rich heritage of our family.
Truman Gregory of Eastland, Texas, contacted me, explained that we were cousins (our grandfathers had been brothers), and invited me to a Gregory family reunion to be held in June 1995 at Lake Leon, near Eastland, Texas. My wife, Elaine, and I attended that reunion and we met many new cousins. Truman and I had been born and reared within 40 miles of each other and did not know each other existed.
Ben and Mary Gregory of Pensacola, Florida, also attended that reunion. It was there that I first learned of the book, A Gregory Colonial Family. When I asked about purchasing a copy I was told that it had been out of print and unavailable for almost 10 years. I told Ben that I was interested in making an electronic copy of the book so that it could be reproduced for those of us who had been too late to secure an original edition.
A few weeks after the reunion Ben sent me, on loan, an unbound copy of the book for scanning into electronic files, and he gave me permission of make copies for others.
I first made a copy for myself, and I have spent hundreds of hours reading and re-reading my family history. All Gregorys are deeply indebted to Dr Ben for his work and his financial support that made A Gregory Colonial Family possible.
Since 1995 1 have made numerous copies of A Gregory Colonial Family for relatives, and a copy for the library of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. I will continue to do so as time permits. It is a real pleasure to assist my cousins in their quest for knowledge of our past.
Reginald W. Gregory
July 19, 1997