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Allen Brookes Douglas Ellett Gregory Samuel

Obituary of Roger Gregory, King William County, Virginia.

Hon. Roger Gregory, of King William County, Va., died at his home, Elsing Green, on September 12, 1920. He was a son of Roger Gregory and Maria Ellett, born April 3, 1833.

Young Gregory was given the best educational advantages as was a student at the University of Virginia and William and Mary College, graduating in 1854 with the degree of Bachelor of Law from the law school of that university. He then entered into the practice of law and was eminently successful. He was made first judge under the constitution of Virginia creating the county court system and later served as a member of the House of Delegates. In 1890 he was made law professor of Richmond College and subsequently became dean of that department. After a service of sixteen years he resigned and retired to Elsing Green, engaging in agriculture on a large scale. He served as a member of the Constitutional Convention of Virgina, 1901-02, in which he was conspicuous for his learning and ability.

Early in the War between the States young Gregory volunteered and became a member of the Lee Rangers, commanded by the Hon. Beverly B. Douglas, and which became Company H, of the 9th Virginia Cavalry. He was esteemed by his comrades and officers as a brave and faithful soldier.

In 1855 he married his cousin, Mary Ann Maria Brookes, who died a year later. His second wife was Elizabeth Frances Allen, daughter of the late William Coates Allen, of Richmond, and of the eight children of this union, a son and two daughters survive him.

Judge Gregory was a member of the Presbyterian Church. His influence as a wise counselor was far-reaching, and his high principles made for him a host of friends and admirers.

A beautiful incident of the funeral services was the singing of a hymn at the grave by "Uncle" Jerry Samuel, an old servant ninety-three years of age, who for many years faithfully and honestly served Judge Gregory.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1920.

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