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James Greer, Sr.

Nicknames: "James Grier"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cape noch, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Gunpowder River, Baltimore, Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of James Greer of Lag, Knt., of Capenoch and Mary Ann Grier
Husband of Ann Harriott; Eleanor Greer; Frances Greer and Isabel Greer
Father of John G. Greer, Sr.; John Greer; Joseph Greer; James Greer; john Greer and 6 others
Brother of Henry Greer; Anne Turner; Nicola Greer and Robert Greer

Managed by: Marsha Gail (Kamish) Veazey
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About James Greer, Sr.

"GREAR, James. Arrived Maryland Nov., 1674, on Batchelor, ex Bristol. Indentured. (Early Settlers Book 18, folio 152) - 2112 ... (A second listing is also shown:) GREER, James. Born probably Dumfriesshire. Son of James Greer and Mary Browne. Settled Joppa, Baltimore County, Maryland, 1675. Married Ann, daughter of Arthur Taylor and Wife Margaret, with issue: (1) John, born 1688; (2) James. (D. C., 22 Apr., 1961) - 2117." (These two entries are from A DICTIONARY OF SCOTTISH EMIGRANTS TO THE USA by Donald Whyte, 1972.)

(NOTE FROM RALPH TERRY: It is from the D. C. listing that some have put the claim of James Greer being the son of Sir James Greer; but who put the information in the D. C. Also note this source shows a second son, James. Other sources list another possible son, Joseph. John is, however, the only son of record to have been found up to this time, 1997. Some accounts believe James Greer died about 1699. Records for James Greer in the LDS Ancestral File, show him born about 1650 in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, married Anna Taylor on 2 November 1675 and that his name could have been "John" rather than James. In ROYAL HERITAGE OF THE GREERS (1985) by Carolyn Beal she states that her father and Sylvester Greer believed that James Greer was born in England in 1650, but she is inclined to believe the 1627 date. If this James Greer was the son of Sir James Grierson, then he would have been born about 1627, to fit into the birth pattern of Sir James' other children. Sir James Grierson did have a son named James, according to the PRINTED PEDIGREE of 1888 and other Scottish sources. This son, James, is shown as a "M. D. ("surgeon" or "barber/ surgeon," in earlier sources) of Edinburgh and died unmarried." Personally, I feel the compiler of the pedigrees did not know what happened to this James and several listing on this pedigree bear the inscription, "became a surgeon and died unmarried." With no real proof other than family tradition, I am going to assume, at this time, that this James was the James that was transported to America in 1674. This would put James at around the age of 50 when he arrived in America.)

"In the Maryland Patent Series, Liber 18, page 152, the following passage is found. "A List of Servants Transported by Samuell Gibbons of Bristoll in the Ship Batchellor of Bristoll 1674." This document contains three columns of names; the last name in the lefthand column is "James Grear." The document is dated 2 November 1674 and reads. "Then came the within named Samuel Gibbons and proved Rights unto four Thousand five hundred acres of Land it being due to him for Transporting the ninety persons herein mentioned - into this province to Inhabit before me (torn) Charles Calvert." The situation was that the various Lords Baltimore offered land in the new colony of Maryland, 50 acres per person, to persons willing to make the journey and to help colonize the province. Also, individuals who paid the transportation costs for another person or persons were, then, entitled to claim that person's acreage as reimbursement. Interestly, Samuel Gibbons sold his rights to the land to Robert Ridgely of St. Mary's County who then sold it back to Charles Calvert!" (This information and a copy of page 152 of Liber 18 is from OUR GREER FAMILY HISTORY by Thomas H. Greer, 1983, pages 80 - 81.)

(NOTE FROM RALPH TERRY: I have found no proof that this James Greer was the same James Greer who married Ann Taylor. There is no marriage record of which I am aware, but it has been placed in some records that they married June 6, 1687. This was the date of the first proven connection of our immigrant ancestor, as Arthur Taylor mentions "James Grear, and Ann, his wife" in his will and gave him land that was later passed on down to John Greer, the only recorded son of James Greer and Ann Taylor. This will does not show that Ann, wife of James Grear, to be his daughter. But, from a deposition made by the son, John Greer in 1738, that he (John) was born about 1688 and that his mother, Ann Grear was a daughter of Arthur Taylor. This would place the marriage of James Greer and Ann Taylor in 1887 or before, as also proved by Arthur Taylor's will. If the James who married Ann Taylor, is the same James who was transported in 1674, and as John seemed to have been their only child, then they probably would not have married many years before he was born. Therefore, James Greer would have been about 55 to 60 years old when he married. It was been said that James was killed, but I see no proof of this. If this James was over 60 years old in 1688, then there is a good chance that he died of old age. Other researchers feel the James Greer who arrived in America in 1674 was born about 1656, but this appears to be based on the thinking that all men who came over were young men, so he would have been about 18 years of age.)

"June 6, 1687. To all Christian people, to whom these presents shall come ... I, Arthur Taylor, of Gunpowder River, in Baltimore County, Maryland, Planter, for and in consideration of natural love and affection which I have and do bear unto James Grear and Ann, his wife, as also for divers and other good reasons and considerations and hereunto especially moving and do by these presents, give, grant, alein, enfoff their heirs and assigns, unto James Grear and Ann, his wife, their heirs and assigns forever, 75 acres of land, being part of a greater tract of 300 acres belonging to the said Arthur, and called, "Arthur's Choice", lying and being situated in Baltimore County, and on the south side of a branch of the Gunpowder River, called Bird Run, beginning at a red oak standing on the said river and running from said oak bounding with the ... run ... east-north-east 53 perches by a line into the woods for length 300 ... thence by a line down west-south-west from the end south-south-east ... east to line 53 perches ... Witness: Samuel Sickelman, Amos Thompson - Signed Arthur Taylor (his X mark)." (Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland, R. M. # H. S., Vol. 1, page 261.) This same land was held in trust for the "orphan of James Greer named John" until he reached age. Neither James Greer or his wife Ann left a will that has been located.

........................... "James Greer. His name is mentioned in Playfair (BRITISH ANTIQUITY, by Sir William Playfair, Volume 7, pages 506-513, published in London, England, 1811) and is included in the Family Chart, nothing more. It may be assumed, as in many similar cases, that he left the country. He was born circa 1627 and it is asked if he may be the James Greer who was transported into Maryland in 1675, by Samuel Gibbon, who was granted 4500 acres of land for transporting 90 person into Maryland (see above)."

"The key name in connection with this "Greer Family, Originating in Maryland," is James Grear whose earliest record in Maryland is in the Hall of Records, Annapolis, "Early Settlers Book 18, Folio 152": "James ....FINISH..... ...................TORRENCE, began page 141............ (GREGOR, MacGREGOR, MacGHEE, MAGRUDER, GRIERSON, GRIER, GREER --- A HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE ABOVE FAMILIES AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1954, compiled by Robert M. Torrence, A.B., F.G.S.P., F.I.A.G., 110 Edgevale Road Baltimore 10, Maryland, pages 41, .) -------------------- Immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland in 1674 from Ireland aboard "The Batchelor of Bristoll" ship.

1674: Endentured servant (given 50 acres of land). -------------------- Notes for James Greer: "James Greer of Lisacurran, County Armagh. Born April 1653 at Newton, Northumberland. Married 21 June 1678, Eleanor, daughter and coheiress of John Rea of Lisacurran, County Armagh." (Printed Pedigree Chart of 1888.)

"James Greer, son of Henry and Mary (Turner) Greer, a Quaker, was born at Newton, England, in April 1653; was brought by his parents in that year to Ireland. He resided at Lissascurran, Parish of Shankill, County Armagh. The FAMILY CHART states "He suffered," indicating he was killed because of religious questions sometime after 1693. On June 20, 1678, at a place called Roger, he married Eleanor Rea, born February 25, 1659, a daughter of John Rea, of Shankill, who, in his will, left all of his properties to his said daughter, Eleanor Rea. Issue, five: Henry, Mary, John, Thomas, and James." ("References for this line may be found in John O'Hart's IRISH PEDIGREES, VOLUME 1, pages 234 - 506, and in VISITATION OF IRELAND by Joseph Jackson Howard and Frederick Arthur Crest, 1897." (GREGOR, MacGREGOR, MacGHEE, MAGRUDER, GRIERSON, GRIER, GREER --- A HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE ABOVE FAMILIES AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1954, compiled by Robert M. Torrence, A.B., F.G.S.P., F.I.A.G., 110 Edgevale Road Baltimore 10, Maryland, pages 41 - 45.) "James Greer of Lisacurran, County Armagh. Born April 1653 at Newton, Nort humberland. Married 21 June 1678, Eleanor, daughter and coheiress of Jo hn Rea of Lisacurran, County Armagh." (Printed Pedigree Chart of 1888.)

"James Greer, son of Henry and Mary (Turner) Greer, a Quaker, was bo rn at Newton, England, in April 1653; was brought by his parents in that y ear to Ireland. He resided at Lissascurran, Parish of Shankill, County Arm agh. The FAMILY CHART states "He suffered," indicating he was killed becau se of religious questions sometime after 1693. On June 20, 1678, at a pla ce called Roger, he married Eleanor Rea, born February 25, 1659, a daught er of John Rea, of Shankill, who, in his will, left all of his properti es to his said daughter, Eleanor Rea. Issue, five: Henry, Mary, John, Thom as, and James." ("References for this line may be found in John O'Hart's I RISH PEDIGREES, VOLUME 1, pages 234 - 506, and in VISITATION OF IRELA ND by Joseph Jackson Howard and Frederick Arthur Crest, 1897." (GREGOR, Ma cGREGOR, MacGHEE, MAGRUDER, GRIERSON, GRIER, GREER --- A HISTORY OF THE OR IGIN OF THE ABOVE FAMILIES AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1954, compil ed by Robert M. Torrence, A.B., F.G.S.P., F.I.A.G., 110 Edgevale Road Balt imore 10, Maryland, pages 41 - 45.)

More About James Greer and Eleanor Rea: Marriage: 21 Aug 1678, Segoe, Armagh, Ireland, in the house of Roger Webb

     

Children of James Greer and Eleanor Rea are:

		i.	 	Henry Greer, born 05 Jan 1680/81; died 07 Jul 1756; married Sarah Henderson 06 Jul 1704; born Aft. 1690 in Dunclaudy, Derry, Ireland; died 05 Oct 1756.
	Notes for Henry Greer:

Henry Greer was born on 5 Mar 1681 in Lissacurran, Shankill Parish, County Armagh, Ireland. He died on 7 Jul 1756. "Henry Greer, eldest child of James and Eleanor (Rea) Greer, of Lissascurran, Parish of Shankill, County Armagh, Ireland, evidently a Quaker, was born January 5, 1681 (actually 5 1st month, which would have been 5 March 1681), died in 1756. He resided in Largan, County Armagh, Ireland. His wife was Sarah Henderson, whom he married May 6, 1704 (actually 6 5th month, which would have been 6 July 1704), a daughter of William Henderson of Duncaldy, County Derry, Ireland. (Minutes of Ulster Province Meeting.) They left children, seven: James, Mary, Ann, Henry, Ruth and Ann." (GREGOR, MacGREGOR, MacGHEE, MAGRUDER, GRIERSON, GRIER, GREER --- A HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE ABOVE FAMILIES AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1954, compiled by Robert M. Torrence, A.B., F.G.S.P., F.I.A.G., 110 Edgevale Road Baltimore 10, Maryland, page 49.)

From Burke's Irish Family Records, p498 He was a linen-draper

He was married to Sarah Henderson (daughter of William Henderson) on 6 Jul 1704. Sarah Henderson was born before 1690 in Dunclaudy, Derry, Ireland. She died on 5 Oct 1756. From Burke's Irish Family Records, p498 Henry Greer and Sarah Henderson had the following children (see family page).

Henry Greer was born on 5 Mar 1681 in Lissacurran, Shankill Parish, Coun ty Armagh, Ireland. He died on 7 Jul 1756. "Henry Greer, eldest child of J ames and Eleanor (Rea) Greer, of Lissascurran, Parish of Shankill, Coun ty Armagh, Ireland, evidently a Quaker, was born January 5, 1681 (actual ly 5 1st month, which would have been 5 March 1681), died in 1756. He resi ded in Largan, County Armagh, Ireland. His wife was Sarah Henderson, wh om he married May 6, 1704 (actually 6 5th month, which would have been 6 J uly 1704), a daughter of William Henderson of Duncaldy, County Derry, Irel and. (Minutes of Ulster Province Meeting.) They left children, seven: Jame s, Mary, Ann, Henry, Ruth and Ann." (GREGOR, MacGREGOR, MacGHEE, MAGRUDE R, GRIERSON, GRIER, GREER --- A HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE ABOVE FAMILI ES AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1954, compiled by Robert M. Torrence, A. B., F.G.S.P., F.I.A.G., 110 Edgevale Road Baltimore 10, Maryland, page 49 .)

From Burke's Irish Family Records, p498 He was a linen-draper

He was married to Sarah Henderson (daughter of William Henderson) on 6 J ul 1704. Sarah Henderson was born before 1690 in Dunclaudy, Derry, Irelan d. She died on 5 Oct 1756. From Burke's Irish Family Records, p498 Henry G reer and Sarah Henderson had the following children (see family page).

	More About Henry Greer and Sarah Henderson:

Marriage: 06 Jul 1704

		ii.	 	Mary Greer, born 07 Feb 1684/85 in Armagh, Ireland; died 1765; married William Douglas; born Bef. 1695; died 1756.
	Notes for Mary Greer:

Mary Greer was born on 7 Feb 1685 in Armagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. She died in 1765. Born 7 12mo. From Burke's Irish Family Records, p501

She was married to William Douglas (son of Robert Douglas and Unknown) about 1707. William Douglas was born before 1695. He died in 1756. From Burke's Irish Family Records, p501

	66	iii.	 	John Greer, born 09 Sep 1688 in Grach Hall, County Armagh, Ireland; died 1741; married Mary Hanks 09 May 1717.
		iv.	 	Thomas Greer, born 01 Feb 1690/91 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland; died 17 Apr 1738 in Ballynakill, Queen's County, Ireland; married (1) Ann Henderson 1715; born 1692; died 17 Jan 1719/20; married (2) Rachel Morton 29 Sep 1720 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland; born 05 Aug 1703 in Mullahead, County Armagh, Ireland; died 25 Jun 1792.
	Notes for Thomas Greer:

Thomas Greer was born on 1 Feb 1690/91 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland. He died on 17 Apr 1737/38 in Ballynakill, Queen's County, Ireland. "Thomas Greer, fourth child of James and Eleanor (Rea) Greer, was born December 1, 1691 and is identified as of Ballykill and Conroe, County Lurgan, Ireland (Clanroll in County Lurgan and Ballynakill in County Queens). His first marriage was to Ann Henderson, by whom a daughter, Sarah Greer, who married Joseph Gruble. He married, second, Rachel Morton, by whom, issue, four: Thomas, James, Samuel and Rachel." (He died 17 2nd month 1738, according to Quarker records.) (GREGOR, MacGREGOR, MacGHEE, MAGRUDER, GRIERSON, GRIER, GREER --- A HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE ABOVE FAMILIES AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1954, compiled by Robert M. Torrence, A.B., F.G.S.P., F.I.A.G., 110 Edgevale Road Baltimore 10, Maryland, pages 44 - 45.) (NOTE FROM RALPH TERRY: The Quaker records give 1 12th month 91, which was translated by Torrence and others as 1 December 1691. The Quaker records, according to Kevin Howley, used March as the first month and should be transcribed as 1 February 1691. Lurgan is apparently in County Armagh, Ireland. I have not found a County Lurgan.)

Thomas Greer was a weaver. Information about him is from Burke's Irish Family Records, page 500.

He was married to Ann Henderson in 1715. Ann Henderson was born about 1692. She died on 17 Jan 1719. Died 17 11mo

	More About Thomas Greer and Ann Henderson:

Marriage: 1715

		v.	 	James Greer, born 18 Aug 1693 in Lisacurran, Lugan, Armagh, Ireland; died 1761; married Ann Wilson 28 Jul 1714 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland; born Abt. 1695 in Rathfriland; died 1719 in Ireland.
	Notes for James Greer:

In 1796 there were two James Greers listed as Flax Growers in Armagh, Ireland - ID's 1965, 3140

"James Greer, fifth child of James and Eleanor (Rea) Greer, was of Lissascurran, near Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland. The date of his birth was June 18, 1693 (actually 18 6th month, which was 18 August 1693). His wife's name is not stated, but they had children, three: Samuel, Jane and Mary." (GREGOR, MacGREGOR, MacGHEE, MAGRUDER, GRIERSON, GRIER, GREER --- A HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE ABOVE FAMILIES AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1954, compiled by Robert M. Torrence, A.B., F.G.S.P., F.I.A.G., 110 Edgevale Road Baltimore 10, Maryland, page 45.)

In 1796 there were two James Greers listed as Flax Growers in Armagh, Irel and - ID's 1965, 3140

"James Greer, fifth child of James and Eleanor (Rea) Greer, was of Lissasc urran, near Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland. The date of his birth was Ju ne 18, 1693 (actually 18 6th month, which was 18 August 1693). His wife 's name is not stated, but they had children, three: Samuel, Jane and Mary ." (GREGOR, MacGREGOR, MacGHEE, MAGRUDER, GRIERSON, GRIER, GREER --- A HIS TORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE ABOVE FAMILIES AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 19 54, compiled by Robert M. Torrence, A.B., F.G.S.P., F.I.A.G., 110 Edgeva le Road Baltimore 10, Maryland, page 45.)

	More About James Greer and Ann Wilson:

Marriage: 28 Jul 1714, Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland

		vi.	 	Mary Greer, born in Armagh, Ireland; died 1765; married William Douglas; born Bef. 1695; died 1756.
	Notes for Mary Greer:

Mary Greer was born on 7 Feb 1685 in Armagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. She d ied in 1765. Born 7 12mo. From Burke's Irish Family Records, p501

She was married to William Douglas (son of Robert Douglas and Unknown) abo ut 1707. William Douglas was born before 1695. He died in 1756. From Burke 's Irish Family Records, p501

		vii.	 	Thomas Greer, born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland; died 17 Apr 1738 in Ballynakill, Queen's County, Ireland; married (1) Ann Henderson 1715; born 1692; died 17 Jan 1719/20; married (2) Rachel Morton 29 Sep 1720 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland; born 05 Aug 1703 in Mullahead, County Armagh, Ireland; died 25 Jun 1792.
	Notes for Thomas Greer:

Thomas Greer was born on 1 Feb 1690/91 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Irelan d. He died on 17 Apr 1737/38 in Ballynakill, Queen's County, Ireland. "Tho mas Greer, fourth child of James and Eleanor (Rea) Greer, was born Decemb er 1, 1691 and is identified as of Ballykill and Conroe, County Lurgan, Ir eland (Clanroll in County Lurgan and Ballynakill in County Queens). His fi rst marriage was to Ann Henderson, by whom a daughter, Sarah Greer, who ma rried Joseph Gruble. He married, second, Rachel Morton, by whom, issue, fo ur: Thomas, James, Samuel and Rachel." (He died 17 2nd month 1738, accordi ng to Quarker records.) (GREGOR, MacGREGOR, MacGHEE, MAGRUDER, GRIERSON, G RIER, GREER --- A HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE ABOVE FAMILIES AND MA NY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1954, compiled by Robert M. Torrence, A.B., F.G.S .P., F.I.A.G., 110 Edgevale Road Baltimore 10, Maryland, pages 44 - 45.) ( NOTE FROM RALPH TERRY: The Quaker records give 1 12th month 91, which w as translated by Torrence and others as 1 December 1691. The Quaker record s, according to Kevin Howley, used March as the first month and shou ld be transcribed as 1 February 1691. Lurgan is apparently in County Armag h, Ireland. I have not found a County Lurgan.)

Thomas Greer was a weaver. Information about him is from Burke's Irish Fam ily Records, page 500.

He was married to Ann Henderson in 1715. Ann Henderson was born about 169 2. She died on 17 Jan 1719. Died 17 11mo

	More About Thomas Greer and Ann Henderson:

Marriage: 1715 -------------------- http://blackburn-tree.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I66967&tree=blackburn

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James Greer, of Capenoch & Gunpowder River's Timeline

1627
1627
Dumfriesshire, Scotland
1668
1668
Age 41
1673
1673
Age 46
Magheragall, Antrim, Ireland
1678
August 21, 1678
Age 51
Lissacurran, Skankill, Armagh, Ireland
1684
1684
Age 57
Greerstown, Magheragall, Antrim, Ireland
1685
1685
Age 58
Big Falls, on Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland
1685
Age 58
1687
June 6, 1687
Age 60
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
1688
June 10, 1688
Age 61
1688
Age 61
Prince George, , Maryland, USA