South Carolina to Alabama
Stokes, probably before 1794)*
b. 1775 SC
d. December 2, 1853 Alabama (at age 79)
buried: New Harmony Presbyterian Church, Chambers County, AL
her father:(? perhaps John Stokes)* her mother: (? perhaps Rachel Stokes)*
|Samuel Greer||b. 1794 SC||d. bef. 11 Oct 1863 Tallapoosa Co., AL*||m. Mary Ann ? (d. between Nov 1863 & Nov. 1876)*|
|Rachael Greer||b. 1800 ?SC||d. ( more than 40 days before 20 Sep 1858 Tall. Co., AL)*||m. John Davis (died by 1853)|
|Martha Greer||b. 1805 SC||d. before May 1873 Rusk Co., TX*||m. (probably in S.C.) King Prather "of Texas"|
|Joseph Greer||b. 1807 SC||d. 24 Dec 1893
bur: New Harmony Presbyterian Church Cem., Chambers Co., AL
|m. Jane M.(probably Wilson)*
2m. Julian Vaugh Salmon*
|James Greer||b. 1808 SC||d. (living 1860 Rusk Co., TX)*||m. Mary Ann Loftus, 2 Feb 1835 Marengo Co., AL*|
|Anthony Wayne Greer||b. 11 Apr 1811 SC||d. 20 Dec 1886 Tate Co., Miss.*
bur. Looxanhoma, Miss.
|m. Mary W. Hunter, 5 Mar 1840 Chambers Co., AL (moved to Mississippi)*|
|Frances Greer||b. 1813 SC||d. 1 Feb 1903
bur: Dadeville, AL*
|1m. Thomas McConnell 19 Mar 1833 Montgomery Co., AL*
2m. George W. Hester of Troup County, GA, Tallapoosa Co., AL*
3m. Allen L. Bailey 22 Nov 1859 Chambers Co., AL*
|Margarete Greer||b. 1814-16 SC||d. 1860 or 1861 Tallapoosa Co., AL||m. Alexander Burns 17 Jul 1834 in Tallapoosa County, AL|
1820- U. S. Census show the heads of households in Laurens and Spartanburg Co., SC
1825, 31 May / recorded 8 Oct 1828- Joseph
Greer and Joseph Greer Jr. are selling land in Laurens County, S. C.
Joseph Greer Sr. and wife Prescilla sold to Samuel Greer 40 acres
joining Bazil Praightor to land laid out to John Greer lying on water
of Duncans Creek. $240.00
Priscilly (her mark) Greer
witnesses: Joseph Greer, Jr. and Robert Powell[Laurens Co., Deed Book M, p 59A & B.]
1829, 2 Dec.- Joseph Greer and wife Priscilla sold to Alferd A Kern 204 acres on Duncan Creek being part of a tract of land originally granted Joseph Greer on 19 August 1774 between Emoree and Duncans Creek bounded by lands of Joseph Dollar, John Mahan, Jane Boak, Edward Jeanses (James?) and Peter Pairston. witnesses: Joseph Dollar and Josiah Duncan Priscilla (her mark) Greer [Laurens Co., Deed Book M, p 132B & 133A. 2 Dec 1829 recd 24 Dec 1829.]
1830 Marengo Co., AL
(sons Joseph, Samuel, Anthony Wayne Greer were here. Anthony was an overseer for McConnell who married daughter Frances Greer) [Craft p7]
and 1834 - Joseph Greer moves to Tallapoosa Co., Alabama where his daughter Margaret Greer is married.
1834, 24 Jan. - Alexander Burns (c 22 yrs)
marries Margarett Greer (c18yrs), by W. Atkins, in Tallapoosa Co. AL.
[Alabama Records, Vol. 212, p.81, Tallapoosa Co. , Pauline Jones Gandrud, 1981, So. Hist. Press, Easley S. C.]
after 1830 in Laurens Co., SC and before 1840 - Martha (Greer) and King Prather (of TX) apparently moved to Green Co., AL; 1850 they are in Itawamba Co., Miss. with eight children; 1860 in Rusk Co., TX with four children. King Prather's will of 1873 and census records indicate nine children. [Craft 57-58
1837-April 15 - "Joseph Greer of Tallapoosa
County, Alabama" files claim to thirty nine acres in "the South East
quarter of the South East quarter of Section Seven in township twenty
one, of Range twenty four, in the District of land subject to sale at
Montgomery Alabama, containing thirty nine acres and seventy and a half
hundredth of an acre."
Serial number AL4260_.082. AL No S/N [Bureau of Land Management web site - http://glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/]
He files for at least two other parcels 1843,
6 April - Joseph Greer writes, apparently with some assistance, his
The Last will and Testament of Joseph Greer. recorded in Book ? page 24 & 25 recorded 18 December 1843, Tallapoosa County, Alabama.
I Joseph Greer Sr of the county and state
aforsaid being of a sound and disposing mind but afflicted in body
constitute and make this my last will and testament revoking all other
wills and testaments thertofore made to wit,
Article 1st. To my beloved wife Priscilla Greer I give forty acres of land including my buildings also a horse saddle and bridle, first choice of my horses , also two negroes, to wit, George and Minerva also all of my house hold and kitchen furniture of every description; also two cows and calves also ten head of hogs
Article 2nd.. To my daughter Martha Prather I give fifty Dollars
Article 3rd.. To my daughter Rachel Davis I give one hundred and fifty Dollars
Article 4th .. To my son Anthony Wayne Greer I give one hundred and fifty Dollars
Article 5th..I design as soon as convenient after my decease for all my affects not above enumerated to be sold and all my just debts to be paid first after which the sums above enumerated to be paid and the balance equally divided between my sons Samuel Greer Joseph Greer and James Greer and my daughters Margarett Burns and Francis Hester.
Article 6th.. I design that my son Joseph Greer take the amount of money that may be coming to my daughter Margarett Burns and act as her guardian and that the said sum be applied only to her necessary wants
Article 7.. I design that all the affects given to my beloved wife Priscilla Greer at her decease be sold and the moneys therefrom arising to be equally divided between all my children
In testamony whereof I have hereunto Let my hand and affixed my seal this the sixth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three
This will was contested by John Davis, in right of his wife Rachel (daughter of Joseph Greer), the heirs of Joseph Greer in the Orphans Court Special Term of 1843 on the grounds that "said Joseph was not of a sound and desposing mind at the time of signing said Will, nor was he for some time previous." and "For that said Joseph sin. signed said will without knowing the contents thereof." The will was approved by the court as valid, nevertheless, and Joseph Greer Jr. along with George W. Hester were made executors.
1843 - Joseph Greer filed for Probate 22nd Apr "The foregoing will duly proven agreable to law and ordered of Record. Liney Graham, Judge of the county , Court of Tallapoosa County"
Joseph Greer as administrator sells the goods of Joseph Greer. He also sells a parcel of land "known as the South East qtr of the South East Quarter of the Section (Elian? ) (T(21) R (24) To Alexander Herren for one hundred and seventy five dollaars he being the highest bidder"
In the disposition of the property each of the heirs had these amount distributed to them.
New Harmony Presbyterian Church, Chambers County, Alabama (tombstones on left)
photo courtesy of Pamela Kelley photomontage Elroy C. -, May 2000
1845, 11 June - A bill of expenditures of Joseph Greer's estate totaled $2253.39 including the distributioin of the $300 in cash or property to each of the heirs. The executor of the will Joseph Greer lists these items.
"In addition to the foregoing return the following property was handed over to Priscilla Greer the widow of Joseph Greer Senr decd under an Item of said Joseph Greer will to wit 40 Acres of land with all the house hold and Kitchen furniture - gray felby bridle and saddle, 2 negroes to wit - George and Nerva (Minerva) and 2 cows and calves valued in the aggregate at as free voucher $959.75 number 39 ----------"
1853 -Priscilla Greer writes her will on 14th of October which goes to probate December12, 1853.
The will of Priscilla Greer, made October 14, 1853, is recorded in Chambers County, AL. According the Probate Minutes dated December 17, 1853...heirs are:
Rachael Davis, widow
Margaret Burns wife of Alexander Burns of Tallapoosa County, AL
Anthony Wayne Greer of the State of Mississippi
Martha Prather, wife of King Prather of the State of Texas
Frances Hester, wife of George W. Hester of Troup County, GA
Joseph Greer is the executor
|In presence of||. . . . . . her|
|Calvin Presley||Priscilla P. Greer ( L. S.)|
|W. J. Spinks||mark|
|Archd. M. Intyre.||
The State of Alabama
Court of Probate, December 12, 1853
Personally appeared in open Court, Calvin
Presley, one of the subscribing witnesses to the Foregoing will of
Priscilla Greer, deed.; and after being duly sworn, deposeth and with
on oath; that he saw the said Priscilla Greer, sign, seal and purblish
what he believed the said Priscilla Greer, testatrix aforesaid, to be
of sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of signing the same;
and that he deponent signed the same as the subscribing witness at the
request and in the presence of the said Priscilla Greer; and that he
saw W. J. Spinks and Archibally McIntyre, sign the same and that they
all signed the same in the presence of each other.
Sworn to in open Cort a subscribed
before me December 12, 1853
Saml. Pearson, Judge of Probate . . . . . . . . Calvin Presley
1860 - Chambers Co., AL. census in August of the Southern District, New Harmony Post Office. This is obviously Joseph Greer Jr. since Joseph Greer Sr. died
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