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Dr. William Gregory Fletcher was born in North Florida in 1886. His great-grandparents, Lewis and Mary Gregory, first came to Florida in the early 1800s. Originally from North Carolina, the Gregorys soon built a plantation in Liberty County and purchased several slaves. One of their sons, William T. Gregory, fought in the Civil War in the 4th Regiment, Florida Volunteers for Liberty County. William's grandson, William Gregory Fletcher, was born in Gadsden County. During the 1900s, WIlliam Fletcher was a licensed minister. He moved from church to church, including stints in Quincy, Miami, and Oakland, California. He was living in Oakland in the 1930s when he wrote most of the manuscripts in this collection. Dr. Fletcher also served as a missionary and pastor in the Middle East, India, and Cuba. The nineteenth century Gregory family plantation was located near the Apalachicola River. In 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) moved the house to Torreya State Park. In 1961, William Fletcher's daughter, Isobel, donated a trunk from William T. Gregory's service in the Civil War to Torreya State Park, where it is displayed in the Gregory House.
This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and typescripts written by Dr. William Gregory Fletcher during the 1930s about the Gregory family and rural life in North Florida in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and Dr. Fletcher's experiences as a missionary overseas. The manuscripts discuss the various families and activities in Liberty and Gadsden counties such as community picnics, sugar cane grinding, farming, church services, clearing new land, and education. There is also information on the Gregory family, including transcripts of several letters written during the Civil War, a family tree, his daughter's birth certificate, a manuscript on Captain William T. Gregory at Fort Gadsden, and a letter from Gregory (December 13, 1860) opposing Florida's possible secession (Captain Gregory was mortally wounded at Antietam). There is a series of correspondence between Fletcher's daughter Isobel and the Florida Park Service concerning the donation of a Civil War-era trunk. Included are a photograph of the trunk and a copy of a photograph of Dr. Fletcher.
In addition, a scrapbook was donated to this collection in 2004. The scrapbook includes letters, newspaper articles, photographs, and other materials related to Dr. Fletcher's career as a minister and missionary in the Middle East, India, Cuba and the United States. Additional genealogical material is also included on the Fletcher family and related families.
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Gregory family. Fletcher, William Gregory, Dr.
Florida Park Service.
Education Florida Agriculture Florida African Americans Florida. Sugarcane Florida Railroads Florida Preaching. Church. Clergy. Religion. Secession.
Liberty County (Fla.) Gadsden County (Fla.) Torreya State Park (Fla.) Quincy (Fla.) Apalachicola River (Fla.)