Gregor, James

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James Gregor was born on 2 August 1816 at St Issey, Cornwall. His parents were Francis Gregor (1790-1841) and Johanna (Hannah) nee Bazley (1789-1882). Religion – Wesleyan Methodist. James aged 21 years, married Elizabeth Beckerleg/Bakerley/Bakerly, aged 21 years, (1816-1858) on 10 September 1837 at the Parish of St Day near Redruth, Cornwall. He was recorded as a miner living at Goon Gumpas and she was a dressmaker living at Carharrack. The witnesses were his brothers George and Francis Gregor. Within two weeks of getting married they travelled to South Australia aboard the Royal Admiral arriving on 17 January 1838. James and Elizabeth Gregor had 10 children (4 sons and 6 daughters):

  • Francis (1838-1910) born at Adelaide, married Christiana Peterson aged 19 years on 12 January 1859 at Christ Church in Kapunda, died at Yorketown
  • William (1842-1933) born at Kapunda, married Elizabeth Brown aged 18 years on 11 Aug 1864 at residence of James Gregor at Wallaroo
  • John (1843-1928) possibly born at Kapunda, married Maria Goldsworthy aged 21 years at residence of Stephen Goldsworthy at Black Point, died at Curramulka
  • Elizabeth Ann (1845-1901) born at Adelaide, married (1st) Almond Hitchens (1831-1866) on 17 April 1865 at residence of Mr. Richard Knuckey at Ross Creek, Kapunda district; married (2nd) William Uren (1845-1892) on 26 October 1867 (surname noted as Wren) at Wallaroo; married (3rd) Benjamin Julyan (1835-1892) at Moonta on 13 April 1876; married (4th) Stephen Mitchell Brown (c1845-1903), died at Ballarat
  • Mary (1847-1890?) born at Adelaide. married Thomas Taylor (1843-?) on 27 July 1868 at Adelaide
  • Caroline (1849-?) born at Kapunda. [Ancestry tree suggests died an infant in 1850].
  • Rosina (1853-1931) born at Kapunda, married Edwin Ralph (1849-1934) at East Moonta on 23 July 1869, died at Rose Park
  • Johannah (1855-1862) died age 2 at Allens Creek near Kapunda
  • Catherine Louisa (1858-1858) twin, died age 9 weeks at Allens Creek near Kapunda
  • James Henry (1858-1859) twin, died age 7 months at Allens Creek near Kapunda

Elizabeth Gregor died 25 September 1858 at Allens Creek, and was buried at Kapunda Cemetery. James Gregor, aged 45 years, married for the second time to Jane Dunstone (1825-1909), aged 37 years on 27 November 1862 at Kapunda. She was a widow, nee Williams – her father was William Williams. James and Jane had two children:

  • Johanna (1863-?) born at Allens Creek near Kapunda, married Samuel Willis 3 October 1883 at the residence of James Gregor, Yorketown
  • James Thomas (1865- ) born at Allens Creek near Kapunda

James Gregor was a quarryman at Willunga (1841-1846). In 1842 the Colonial government offered the Willunga Slate Quarry for a three-year lease. They accepted a tender by James Gregor and Co. comprising of James Gregor, Thomas Polkinghorne and William Bailey on 8 Nov 1842 for a quarterly rent of 5 pounds (20 pounds per annum). James Gregor wrote a letter of complaint about Thomas Williams encroaching on his slate quarry to the Colonial Secretary on 10 May 1843. He wrote another letter on 11 June 1844 pleading that he could not afford the annual rent and the reply suggested that he could abandon the lease if he wished to. Gregor & Co. abandoned their lease in 1844 and James Hamilton & Co briefly held the lease. Then on 28 August 1845 Sampson Dawe and Thomas Polkinghorne purchased 35 acres in Section 1008 containing the Willunga Slate Quarry for 70 pounds. James Gregor was listed in the 1844 edition of the SA Almanac and Directory as growing 6 acres of wheat, one quarter of an acre of potatoes and three quarters of an acre of garden on section 263. He later lived at Burra, Walleroo and Kapunda and by 1858 he had moved to Allen’s Creek (section 1553 of the Hundred of Kapunda) in the District of Light.

James Gregor died, aged 78 years, on 13 May 1895 at Yorketown. Jane Gregor (nee Dunstone formerly Williams) died on 7 December 1909 at Julia aged 84 years.


Elizabeth Bazley, born November 1816, baptised February 1817, England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1936,

“England Marriages, 1538–1973”, database, FamilySearch, James Gregor, 1837

Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum,

Genealogy SA,

Extracts from SA General Registry Office (GRO) Information,  Gregor

Family Histories. G. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folders 40-7,

Willunga District Settlers (1846-1850). Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folders 42-5-2, 18-3-3/4

SA Almanac and Directory Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folders 41-4-127,

1868 ‘XI.—APPENDIX. SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.’, The South Australian Advertiser, 15 August, p. 7. , [Family Notices]



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