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February 07, 2013


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Thank you for your research. My husbands, 3rd grt. grandfather, James Madison Gregg b.June 26, 1806 in Patrick Co., Va, (the son of John A. Grigg, a Judge in Grayson Co., Va,) was a Quaker
James had a small diary in which he stated:
"May 9, 1830 went to quaker meeting." This is repeated on numerous dates, in the diary. He was living in Hendricks Co.,Ind at this time.
James was a county clerk, lawyer and politician, in Danville, Hendricks Co.,Indiana.

Dominique King

Thanks for checking in, Lin.
I'm always fascinated when readers tell me a little of the "rest of the story" behind the articles I post here. I was surprised to find that the Quakers were such a strong presence in Hendricks County, but I enjoyed learning about that when I researched this article after seeing the historical marker.
Glad if I could help you with learning about your family's story in any way :)

Charlotte Drayer

As a Purdue mechanical engineering student at the turn of the previous century, my grandfather, Henry Hoyt Gilbert, wrote an essay about the Plainfield Quaker plot to "encourage" President Van Buren to apportion funds to repair the National Road through Plainfield. He and my grandmother, Lucille Macy Gilbert,(fourth cousins) were descended from the plotters. I was looking for confirmation of the facts in the essay when I came upon your blog.

The story he didn't write also involved the National Road. His ancestors, as kids, drove the (empty) manure wagon from town to the homestead at Six Points Road, and practiced lassoing the surveyors stakes, pulling them onto the wagon as they went along. When they got home, their dad said, "We're going to have a bonfire."

Thank you for the book reference. We have ordered it to learn more about Plainfield. We have always said that the best farming decision our family has ever made was homesteading north of the Indianapolis Airport!

Dominique King

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story! The National Road is another route we'd like to dedicate a trip to exploring at some point. I can see why your family's decision on a farming location was especially fortuitous!

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