Gazlay Family History

FamilyWilliam Passmore McGregor


FatherDavid McGregor (7 September 1864 - 12 February 1944)
MotherNellie Birrell Patterson (16 March 1868 - 8 September 1950)

Personal Information

Record Created: 16 November 2009; Last Edited: 5 February 2014 
NameWilliam Passmore McGregor
Born 18 July 1897 in New Jersey1, 2
Married 20 November 1921 to Josephine Caroline Voelker
Married ca. 1924 to Alice E. Hodgeboom3
Divorced ca. 1930 from Alice E. Hodgeboom
Married 6 May 1934 in Elkton, Maryland to Leonette Sophia Scales
Died 20 December 1976


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.


Spouse 1FamilyJosephine Caroline Voelker (daughter of Joseph George Voelker and Margaret Percy)
Born 24 July 1904 in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey
Married 20 November 1921 to William Passmore McGregor
Died 18 August 1923 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey
Children of William Passmore McGregor and Josephine Caroline Voelker:
+1.FamilyDoris Margaret McGregor
Born 21 May 1922 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey
Married 6 April 1946 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey to Robert Bush Gazlay
Died 15 May 2012 in Manahawkin, Ocean County, New Jersey
Spouse 2FamilyAlice E. Hodgeboom (daughter of Harry C. Hodgeboom and Wilhelmina ‘Minnie’ Steinheart)
Born 6 July 1906 in Harrison, New Jersey
Married ca. 1924 to William Passmore McGregor
Married ca. 1932 to Burtis B. Greenfield
Died 16 January 1974 in Kearny, New Jersey
Children of William Passmore McGregor and Alice E. Hodgeboom:
+1.FamilyRuth Birrill McGregor
Born ca. November 1926
Married to Verlon E. Hamilton
Spouse 3FamilyLeonette Sophia Scales (daughter of Joseph H. Scales and Leonette Nichols)
Born 23 May 1897 in Kearny, New Jersey
Married 6 May 1934 in Elkton, Maryland to William Passmore McGregor
Died 23 May 1992 in Dover Township, Ocean County, New Jersey


  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. 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.