Well, after having my initial hunch, being sort of right ( That some of our Gregory’s came from Ashover) I popped up there today.
I wandered into the churchyard and started looking at the graves, The Very first grave I came to Was a Gregory one. Typically though there was a wedding just starting so I went and made myself scarce, for a bit and wandered off round the back of the graveyard looking for more Gregory’s. I ask you , what normal 32 year old spends his saturday afternoon wandering round graveyards? It’s morbid, I want looking at!
Anyway, I didn’t find any more Gregorys as I was only casually browsing, I did find loads of Allens though, Cousin Mark might be interested in that.
Getting back to the Gregory’, I spotted a Grave dedicated to the Gregory’s of Ravens Nest 1600-1938. I thought this must be some replacement stone to commemorate a lot of Gregory Graves no longer standing. Most of the Stones at Ashover are suffering from heavy erosion.
I went down to the cake shop and as I was pondering whether to buy carrot cake or mild fruit, I asked the lady proprietor if she knew where Ravens Nest was? She said that she knew the place as the Ashover Gregorys were Miners and owned Gregory Mine. The good lady listened, to my mini spiel about doing family history, my dad being a Gregory and what not, and pointed me in the right direction.
The Gregory’s of Ravens Nest
When I drove up there I realised , Wow!!! These lot were minted! I mean Ravens Nest Farm as it stands today is a £800,000 house. It doesnt seem, from What I could see to have any of the original building left, It will now be interesting to see who if any of the Gregorys who lived at Ravens Nest are related to my lot.
Seems that two occupants of Ravens Nest in 1881 were Mary Rose Gregory and her father John Bassett Gregory
And as I type I find more, John Bassets wife was Maria
They had Two more Kids, Annie and John.
Seems like they had some help on the farm there though,
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Samuel Goodwin – Yardman
Sarah Ann Fox – General Servant
I Wonder where the descendants of the Gregory’s are now? 1881 isn’t that long ago, should be able to find these with ease. Famous Last words.