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Family HistoryFamily History - William Passmore McGregor

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Key:1.“+” preceding a child’s name indicates the child has their own paragraph in the next generation.
 2.“born xxxx” indicates the child is under 18 years of age and the birth date is known but withheld.
This family history features William Passmore McGregor and 17 of his descendants down to the fourth generation.


First Generation
1. William Passmore McGregor,1 born 18 July 1897 in New Jersey, the son of David McGregor and Nellie Birrell Patterson;1, 2 died 20 December 1976. William married, first, 20 November 1921, Josephine Caroline Voelker (born 24 July 1904 in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, the daughter of Joseph George Voelker and Margaret Percy;3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Josephine died 18 August 1923 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey; she died of typhoid fever8). William married, second, ca. 1924, Alice E. Hodgeboom13 (born 6 July 1906 in Harrison, New Jersey, the daughter of Harry C. Hodgeboom and Wilhelmina ‘Minnie’ Steinheart;9, 10, 11 Alice died 16 January 1974 in Kearny, New Jersey10, 12). Their marriage ended in divorce ca. 1930. William married, third, 6 May 1934 in Elkton, Maryland, Leonette Sophia Scales (born 23 May 1897 in Kearny, New Jersey, the daughter of Joseph H. Scales and Leonette Nichols;2, 14, 15, 16, 17 Leonette died 23 May 1992 in Dover Township, Ocean County, New Jersey; she died on her 94th birthday15). Alice is buried in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey.12

Bill’s middle name was in honor of a Mr. Passmore who worked with, and was well liked by, his father David McGregor. Bill enrolled in the U.S. Navy on 19 May 1917 at New York, N.Y. His enrollment records indicate ‘height 5 feet 8 1/2 inches, weight 137 pounds, eyes brown, hair brown, complexion ruddy,’ and lists several personal characteristics and marks. He was discharged as a Seaman (provisional) when his four year enrollment expired, having served honorably with active duty from 20 September 1917 to 14 December 1918, i.e., during World War I. The nature of his active service is not known, although his enrollment card indicates a ‘sea’ qualification. He was awarded the Victory Button and Victory Medal without clasp. Bill lived much of his life in Highland Park, West Orange and Bloomfield, New Jersey, although after his first wife died he was out of touch with his family for over ten years (leaving his first daughter to be raised by his parents). Bill was an automobile salesman during his working life. When Bill finally retired in 1962, he and his third wife Leonette (nee Scales) were among the first two couples to move into Cedar Glen Homes, the first senior citizen development in Ocean County, New Jersey. He served as vice chairman of the Manchester Township, New Jersey, Planning Board for many years. He was also a member of the Manchester Township Republican Club and a member of Corinthian Union Lodge No. 11, Free and Accepted Masons, following in his father’s Masonic footsteps.

Josephine was said to be happy-go-lucky, and well-liked by her siblings. She attended but never graduated from Bloomfield High School, New Jersey.

Alice was a secretary to the vice president of the Mohawk Savings and Loan Co. in Newark, New Jersey, for eight years until her retirement in 1973. Previously she was a secretary for the Kearny Federal Savings & Loan Co. She lived in Kearny for 45 years, the last several at the home of her daughter Ruth.9, 18

Leonette claimed she weighed only 2 1/2 pounds at birth although this is doubtful given the state of medical procedures at that time. She worked for Westinghouse Corporation for most of her adult life until her retirement in 1962. Leonette was an astute investor in blue chip stocks, and Bill and Leonette were able to maintain a comfortable lifestyle in retirement primarily due to her investments. They enjoyed traveling, especially to New England.


+2i. Doris Margaret McGregor, born 21 May 1922 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey; died 15 May 2012 in Manahawkin, Ocean County, New Jersey. Married Robert Bush Gazlay.
+3i. Ruth Birrill McGregor, born ca. November 1926. Married Verlon E. Hamilton.

  1. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, New Jersey, Essex County, Orange, Enumeration District 299, Sheet No. 7B, family of David McGregor (54, New Jersey [sic, Scotland], finisher, hat works); wife Nellie McGregor (51, New Jersey [sic, Scotland]); daughter Jennie McGregor (24, New Jersey, clerical, office); son William McGregor (22, New Jersey, clerical, office). They are living next door to their daughter Margaret and her husband and family.
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, New Jersey, Essex County, Bloomfield, Enumeration District 7-34, Sheet No. 13B, family of William McGregor (42, New Jersey, salesman, automobile, new cars); wife Leonette McGregor (41, New Jersey, typist, electrical appliance); aunt Estelle Nichols (70, New York, housekeeper, private family); border Kathleen Pierson (45, England, photometer operator, General Electric).
  3. Birth Certificate, New Jersey, Josephine Caroline Voelker. Copy in possession of Robert Lee Gazlay
  4. New Jersey State Census, 1905, Essex County, family of Joseph Volker (37); Margurett Volker (31); Faney T. Volker (12); John J. Volker (8); Margurett E. Volker (2); Josephine C. Volker (1).
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, New Jersey, Essex County, Bloomfield City, Enumeration District 152, Sheet No. 18B, family of Joseph Volker (41, Germany, carpenter, house); wife of 13 years Margaret Volker (35, New Jersey, 5 children, 5 living); daughter Fannie Volker (17, New Jersey); daughter Margaret Volker (7, New Jersey); daughter Josephine Volker (6, New Jersey); son Jack Volker (13, New Jersey); son Percy Volker (2, New Jersey).
  6. New Jersey State Census, 1915, Essex County, Bloomfield Township, family of Margaret Voelker; John Voelker; Marguerite Voelker; Josephine Voelker; Percy Voelker.
  7. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, New Jersey, Essex County, Orange, Enumeration District 308, Sheet No. 5A, family of Margaret Brighton (42, New Jersey); daughter Evelyn Brighton (3 6/12, New Jersey); daughter Margaret Voelker (16 11/12, New Jersey, machine worker, magneto plant); daughter Josephine Voelker (15 11/12, New Jersey, machine worker, magneto plant); son Percy Voelker (11, New Jersey).
  8. Death Certificate, New Jersey, Josephine C. McGregor. Copy in possession of Robert Lee Gazlay
  9. Record of visit with Ruth Hamilton by Robert Lee Gazlay and Doris M. (McGregor) Gazlay
  10. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Alice Greenfield, no. 145-14-6520
  11. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, New Jersey, Hudson County, East Newark, Enumeration District 31, Sheet 7B
  12. Obituary, Newark Star Ledger, Newark, New Jersey, Alice Greenfield, 17 January 1974, page 36. Microfilm, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.
  13. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, New Jersey, Hudson County, East Newark, Enumeration District 9-238, Sheet 10A, family of Harry Hodgeboom with daughter Alice McGregor and her daughter Ruth.
  14. New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980; Leonette L. Scales: born: 23 May 1897 in Hudson County, New Jersey; father: Jos. Scales, age 35; mother: Leonette Nichols, age 31.
  15. Death Certificate, New Jersey, Leonette McGregor, issued by Township of Dover Department of Health, Ocean County, New Jersey. Certified copy in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  16. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, New Jersey, Hudson County, Kearny, Enumeration District 51, Sheet No. 1B, family of Joseph Scales (37, New Jersey, May 1863, sign painter); wife of 11 years Leonette Scales (32, New York, June 1867, 3 children, 3 living); son Watson J. Scales (10, New Jersey, June 1889); son Harry E. Scales (4, New Jersey, Dec 1895); daughter Leonette Scales (2, New Jersey, May 1898); s in law Estella Nichols (29, New York, Oct 1870).
  17. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, New Jersey, Essex County, Bloomfield, Enumeration District 7-334, Sheet No. 2B, family of Joseph Scales (64, New Jersey, widow, painter, house); daughter Leonette Scales (31 New Jersey typist, lamp factory); border Estelle Nicolls [sic, Nichols] (60, New York); border Kathleen Pierson (33, England, typist, (?) factory).
  18. Wisconsin Marriages 1836-1930, available at familysearch.org; Groom: William Soaper Gazlay, born in Henderson, Ky; Bride: Virginia Elizabeth Miller, born in Lacrosse, Wis.; Marriage Date/Place: 12 June 1906, Lacrosse, Wis.; Groom’s Father: Addison M. Gazlay; Groom’s Mother: Maria S. Gazlay; Bride’s Father: Hiram Garrett Miller; Bride’s Mother: Virginia Elizabeth Miller.
Second Generation
2. Doris Margaret McGregor2 (William1), born 21 May 1922 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey;1 died 15 May 2012 in Manahawkin, Ocean County, New Jersey. Doris married, 6 April 1946 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, Robert Bush Gazlay (born 14 April 1922 in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey, the son of Leo Cornwall Gazlay and Maude Gertrude Bush;2 Robert died 13 September 2006 in Toms River, New Jersey2). Doris and Robert are buried in Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, Burlington County, New Jersey.

Doris attended Drake secretarial school.


 4i. Edward S. Gazlay, born 22 May 1947 in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey; died 22 May 1947 in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey.3
+5ii. Doris Jo ‘Jodee’ Gazlay, born 30 July 1948 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey; died 7 July 2015 in Manahawkin, Ocean County, New Jersey. Married (1) George William ‘Bill’ Medley (born Gottschling) Married (2) Brian Joseph McWalters.
 6iii. Birrell Lee Gazlay, born 2 May 1951 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey;4 died 7 May 1951.
+7iv. Robert Lee Gazlay, born 21 May 1952 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. Married (1) Charlotte Anne (née Constant) Henderson Married (2) Peggy Jean (née Krupowski) Palmisano.
+8v. Kent William Gazlay, born 15 February 1959 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. Married (1) Adelle Ruth Stagg Married (2) Rosemary ‘Rose’ Pagliaroni Married (3) Nancy Dale Elliott.

3. Ruth Birrill McGregor2 (William1), born ca. November 1926.5 Ruth married Verlon E. Hamilton (born 20 August 1923 in Arkansas, parents not determined;6 Verlon died 14 September 1990 in Kearny, New Jersey6).

 9i. Robert ‘Bob’ Hamilton.
+10ii. Tara L. Hamilton, born 23 June 1971. Married Mark C. Szwagulinski.

  1. Birth Certificate, New Jersey, Doris Margaret McGregor. Copy in possession of Robert Lee Gazlay
  2. Obituary, Asbury Park Press, New Jersey, Robert B. Gazlay, 15 September 2006.
  3. Cemetery Record, No. 36668, Rosedale Cemetery, New Jersey, Edward S. Gazlay (infant), interred on 24 May 1947 in Single Section 8-5-19
  4. Birth Certificate, New Jersey, Birrell Lee Gazlay. Copy in possession of Robert Lee Gazlay.
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, New Jersey, Hudson County, East Newark, Enumeration District 9-238, Sheet 10A, family of Harry Hodgeboom with daughter Alice McGregor and her daughter Ruth.
  6. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Verlon Hamilton, no. 432-22-7691
Third and Fourth Generations
5. Doris Jo ‘Jodee’ Gazlay3 (Doris,2 William1), born 30 July 1948 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey; died 7 July 2015 in Manahawkin, Ocean County, New Jersey.1 Jodee married, first, 16 August 1969, George William ‘Bill’ Medley (born Gottschling) (born 3 May 1948 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, the son of George Gottschling and Harriet Jane Truland). Their marriage ended in divorce. Jodee married, second, 15 February 1975, Brian Joseph McWalters (born 13 June 1952, parents not determined). Their marriage ended in divorce.

+11i. Timothy Craig Medley, born 24 November 1972 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. Married Jori Dionne Pearson.
 12i. Michael James McWalters, born 30 June 1975; died 4 February 2006.
+13ii. Jason Edward McWalters, born 25 April 1978. Married Renee A. Furrer.

7. Robert Lee Gazlay3 (Doris,2 William1), born 21 May 1952 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.2 Robert married, first, 8 July 1978 in Accord, New York, Charlotte Anne (née Constant) Henderson3 (born 1 December 1952 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York, the daughter of LeRoy Andrew Constant and Sarah Elizabeth ‘Alberta’ Fleming). Their marriage ended in divorce 21 May 2002.3 Robert married, second, 23 November 2002 in Middleburg, Virginia, Peggy Jean (née Krupowski) Palmisano (born 18 April 1952 in New London, New London County, Connecticut, the daughter of Alexander Anthony Krupowski and Jean Victoria Tefft).

+14i. Benjamin Constant Gazlay, born 25 May 1984 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Married Andrea Holloman.
+15ii. Elizabeth Grace Gazlay, born 10 May 1992 in Washington, D.C. Married Joshua Keith Niswonger.

8. Kent William Gazlay3 (Doris,2 William1), born 15 February 1959 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. Kent married, first, 22 April 1979 in West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, Adelle Ruth Stagg (born 9 July 1959 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Kenneth Stagg and Diane Young). Their marriage ended in divorce. Kent married, second, 9 September 1982 in Town of Rochester, Ulster County, New York, Rosemary ‘Rose’ Pagliaroni (born 23 June 1962 in Ellenville, Ulster County, New York, the daughter of Elvio Walter Pagliaroni and Anna Francis Tinney). Their marriage ended in divorce. Kent married, third, 1 July 1995 in Accord, New York, Nancy Dale Elliott (born 19 October 1963, the daughter of Elvin Francis Elliott and May Jo Ahlberg).

+16i. Christopher Joseph Gazlay (born Pagliaroni), born 11 March 1979 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York. Married Meredith Charlene Williams.
 17ii. Steven Paul Gazlay, born 28 January 1984 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York.
 18iii. Kelly Lynn Gazlay, born 22 June 1987 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York.

10. Tara L. Hamilton3 (Ruth,2 William1), born 23 June 1971.4 Tara married Mark C. Szwagulinski5 (born 15 January 1969, parents not determined4).

  1. Obituary, Atlantic City Press, Atlantic City, NJ, McWalters Doris ‘Jo’ (nee Gazlay), died 7 July 2015, age 66, of Manahawkin. The article provides brief biographical details and the names of her two sons, their wives, two brothers, and three grandchildren.
  2. Birth Certificate, New Jersey, Robert Lee Gazlay. Copy in possession of Robert Lee Gazlay
  3. Ancestors and Descendants of The Reverend Silas Constant, by Robert Lee Gazlay. 14th Edition, 8 June 2010, 91 pages. This family history includes the families of over 230 descendants of Reverend Constant to present day, with biographical sketches for numerous descendants. Extensive source citations; fully indexed. Available as a .pdf download at Gazlay Family History (website), under Sources.
  4. This is publicly viewable information found in various public information repositories, people finding websites, and/or social media.
  5. Marriage is implied by information found at various people finding websites