Saturday, May 7, 2016


JUDGE WILLIAM F. GREGORY was born in Boyle County, Ky., June 16, 1837, and is a son of Richard P. and Susan (Clark) Gregory. His grandfather, Godfrey Gregory, came from near Petersburgh, Va., to Washington County, Ky., about 1792. His maternal grandfather, Francis Clark, a native of Lynchburg, Va., who settled near Danville, Ky., was a large land owner, and opened the first salt wells in Kentucky. Richard P. Gregory, subject's father, was reared in Washington County, Ky., educated at St. Mary's College, Kentucky, and at his marriage settled in Boyle County, Ky., where he followed farming. He died in 1874. He had five children, four now living: Clark R., Allen K., Richard P. (all living in Louisville), and William F.  The last, who is the third child of the family, attended St. Mary's College, Marion County, and completed his literary education by graduating from the Kentucky Military Institute, near Frankfort, in 1857. He then finished a course of law at the same institution. He was then appointed professor of mathematics and filled a chair two years and a half in that same college. He resigned his position and came to Hartford, where he engaged in the practice of law, and in 1874, was elected county judge over very strong opposing candidates. He was elected school commissioner without his solicitation, and served seven years. He was married, August 19, 1862, to Miss Zelma Berry, daughter of Dr. William J. Berry, now residing in Florida. She is a member of the Baptist Church. Their union has been blessed with four children: Lizzie, Roy, Annie and Parkie. Judge Gregory is a Democrat, and takes an active interest in his party. During the presidential campaign of 1876 he was a member of the State executive committee. 

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  William Francis Gregory died 13 March 1889 in Ohio County and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Hartford.

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