Joseph Greer Family
South Carolina to Alabama

Joseph Greer, Sr.
b. 4 Aug. 1770 ?(S. C. according to son Joseph in 1880 census)
d. April 16, 1843 in Tallapoosa Co., AL(at age 73).
buried: New Harmony Presbyterian Church, Chambers County, AL

m. Priscilla(?perhaps 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)*

his father: Joseph Greer b. probably Ireland
his mother: unknown
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
1770 - Joseph Greer is born in South Carolina according to the census of his son, Joseph Greer in the 1880 census in Chambers Co, AL. We are uncertain of the parents of Joseph Greer but the research of Janice Craft seems to point to the Joseph Greer Sr. family of Laurens Co, S. C. His father in turn may have been John Greer who immigrated in 1764. The family apparently lived on and worked over 200 acres on Duncan Creek of the Enoree River. The Enoree River is the border between Laurens on the south and Spartanburg and Union Counties on the north. The Enoree river flows almost due east rather parallel with Duncan Creek finally joining the Enoree River at the Newberry and Union county border.

1772 - Joseph Greer registered a land plat in Berkley Co,. SC. for 200 acres that is bounded by land that had previously "laid out to John Greer. " This land "between the Broad and Saludy" rivers may have belonged to Joseph who is the father of John.  There may be another generation in between this particular Joseph and the one who made the plat.
 Joseph Greer land 1772

              [SC archives, S213184: Colonial Plat Books (Copy Series)]

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 -]

He files for at least two other parcels 1843, 6 April - Joseph Greer writes, apparently with some assistance, his last will.
The Last will and Testament of Joseph Greer. recorded in Book ? page 24 & 25 recorded 18 December 1843, Tallapoosa County, Alabama.

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.

Joseph and Priscilla Greer's tombstone
New Harmony Presbyterian Church, Chambers County, AL
photo courtesy of Pamela Kelley, May 2000

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.

1850- [Tallapoosa Co., So. Dist. p. 32]
1850- [Chambers Co. 276]
Priscilla Greer is widow of Joseph Sr. who died in 1843. All come from South Carolina Joseph is the brother to Margaret.

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:

Samuel Greer
Rachael Davis, widow
Margaret Burns wife of Alexander Burns of Tallapoosa County, AL
Anthony Wayne Greer of the State of Mississippi
James Greer
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 the final settlement of Priscilla's will...each child got $142.72 3/8.

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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