The Family of William J. Montgomery

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  • ID: I1175
  • Name: James MACGREGOR
  • Surname: MacGregor
  • Given Name: James
  • Prefix: Reverend
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1677 in Magilligan, Scotland
  • Death: 5 Mar 1729
  • Burial: Londonderry, NH
  • _UID: 9CB21EA7E1C33F409FF3129A79F138EF0511
  • Note:
    "A history of Londonderry, NH", pub 1851:

    Ordained in 1701. Said to have been in Londonderry at the time of the Seige and it is claimed that he discharged the gun from the cathedral tower whcih warned of the approach of the relief ships. He emigrated with his followers in 1718 and founded the town of Nutfield, New Hampshire, now Londerry, NH, in 1719. They obtained a grant of 100 square miles of land. Each settler got 120 acres, divided into a home lot and an away lot. Three home lots were along the river and formed what was called a double range.

    As per

    Aghadowey, County Londonderry, Presbyterian Congregational History

    The first minister, Mr. William Jacque, was ordained in 1655, but in 1659 was ordered to remove to Clongish, Co. Longford. Mr. Thomas Boyd was minister of AGHADOWEY in 1660 and received the tithes. He was deposed for nonconformity in 1661 but continued to minister locally. He was Clerk of the Route Presbytery in 1671. At the Revolution he retired to Derry and was there during the Siege. He returned to AGHADOWEY and apparently had charge of Macosquin too. He died 1699.

    James McGregor, who was born at Magilligan was ordained 25 June 1701. As a youth he had been in Derry during the Siege. In 1705 the meeting house was either rebuilt or enlarged. AGHADOWEY Session book is extant and covers Mr. McGregor?s ministry and part of the next ministry.

    In 1718 Mr. McGregor and a portion of the AGHADOWEY congregation emigrated to New England and founded LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire. His son David became minister of West LONDONDERRY. Mr. McGregor died on 5 Mar 1729 and is buried at LONDONDERRY N.H.

    Irish-American History, by Michael Durkin: (

    Lesson 2: Seeds of Discontent
    In 1718 , a group of Ministers : Rev . William Boyd of Macosquin , Rev . William Cornwall of Clogher , Rev. William Elliot , Rev. James Woodside , Rev. James McGregor and Rev. William Tennet all travelled with groups of emigrants and founded the township of New Londonderry in New Hampshire.

    In his farewell sermon at Coleraine, Minister James McGregor said , "We must say farewell to friends , relations and our native land so that we may withdraw from the communion of idolators and have the opportunity of worshipping God according to the dictates of conscience and the rules of his inspired word."(1)

    1. Parker, Edward L., The History of Londonderry, Comprising the Towns of Derry and Londonderry, NH, p. 34
    Boston: Perkins and Whipple, 1851. A facsimile edition was printed by the Town of Londonderry, 1974.
  • Change Date: 9 Oct 2012 at 17:41:50

    Father: Captain MACGREGOR b: in Magilligan

    Marriage 1 Marion (Mary Ann) CARGILL b: 1684
    • Married: 29 Aug 1706 in Aghadowey, Ireland
    1. Has No Children Robert MACGREGOR
    2. Has No Children Daniel MACGREGOR
    3. Has Children Rev David MACGREGOR
    4. Has No Children Jane MACGREGOR
    5. Has Children Alexander MACGREGOR
    6. Has Children Mary MACGREGOR
    7. Has No Children Elizabeth MACGREGOR
    8. Has No Children Margaret MACGREGOR
    9. Has No Children John MACGREGOR
    10. Has No Children James MACGREGOR
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