1744 - 1834 (89 years)
||Greer, Moses |
||2 Jun 1744
||Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland 
||Baltimore County, Maryland 
|swore the Oath of Allegiance |
||12 Sep 1832
||Franklin County, Virginia [4, 5]
Commonwealth of Virginia Franklin County SS.
On this 12th day of September 1832 personally appeared before Henry Carper a justice of the peace and member of the county court of Franklin which is a Court of record, Moses Greer, Sen’r, a captain in the service of the United States during the revolutionary war, a resident of Franklin County & State of Virginia born in Baltimore[?] Maryland 2nd day of June 1744 according to his register & aged 88 years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of congress passed 7th June 1832 that he entered the service of the United States under the officers named hereafter and served as herein stated — that he commanded a company of Militia in actual service in the year 1779– two full tours of service to wit Six months, that during the said six month his company and others were stationed at the lead mines in Grayson County Va [sic: see note below] not far from the Carolina line the object to protect said mines from the Indians and tories, that he repaired to and remained at said mines as above by the orders of Colo James Callaway. That he marched from his then & now place of residence to the mines to wit from Bedford now Franklin County. After the service above in which he gave entire satisfaction – This applicant received from Gov Jefferson a special commission as Lieutenant in a company of volunteers to serve under Gen’l [Robert] Lawson–which commission he has fortunately preserved–and which is hereby exhibited dated in October 1780– this applicant being devoted to the [word illegible] of independence tho’ a captain accepted this appointment and repaired with his company to petersburg Va where he joined the commander General Lawson – that the Captain being about [two lines illegible] his company was honorably discharged – that his company were what was called minute men under an obligation to march when ordered that while at Petersburg and its vicinity Baron Steuban [sic: Baron von Steuben] was attached to the company and Maj’r Tucker also – that he frequently during the War acted under the orders of those patriotic and gallant officers Colo Charles Lynch Colo Wm Leftwich and Colo James Callaway. That he marched with his company at another time into North Carolina, the object to attack the tories [one or two words illegible, possibly “at Kings”] mountain but from the circumstances of the greater distance he & his company had to march he did not arrive till the battle was [two words illegible] but by [word illegible] and [word illegible] got there a very short time after the battle. That at this time he was out at least three months. That he was out on various tours – besides those enumerated after the Tories on the North Carolina line and in the mountains to which they had repaired in great numbers that he was on the march to York Town when the British surrendered – that his zeal in the cause of American independence is well remembered by many old persons yet living and has been rewarded by honorable promotion in civil life since the war– He was after the war elected to the State Legislature from Franklin County nine years he was made a member of the county court and is now the presiding judge of that court – That from age and bodily infirmity he can no longer attend court–being nearly blind and unable to ride or walk about without being in danger of falling – for his character in every respect he refers the Department to Nath’l H Claiborne member of Congress – and the larger portion of the people of the county in which he resides — This applicant states that he verily believes he was in actual service more than two years that he considered himself as a volunteer thro’ all his services – that he obeyed every order to enter the service and never quit till discharged – he has lost or mislaid all his discharges – he files herewith the affidavit of one of his volunteer soldiers – [one or two words illegible] old and poor and infirm, and dependant in a great measure on his children for a support. I hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declare that my name is not on the pension Roll of the agency of any state. [signed] Moses Greer Sen.
Greer stated that he was stationed at the lead mines in Grayson County, but that county was not formed until 1793. The lead mines are actually near Fort Chiswell in Wythe County.
The application of Moses Greer, Sr. was supported by Moses Greer, Jr., a clergyman. A typed summary adds that Moses Greer, Jr. was also a justice of the peace and stated that he served several tours against the Tories under Moses Greer, Sr.
A note on Moses Greer’s pension voucher states that he died 10 May 1834.
||Gogginsville, Franklin County, Virginia 
Greer Family Cemetery
||Greer, Capt Moses - gravestone
||10 May 1834
||Gogginsville, Franklin County, Virginia
||25 Aug 2015 |
||Greer, William B. Sr., b. 1710, Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland , d. 15 Jan 1790, Franklin County, Virginia (Age 80 years) |
||Fitch, Ann (Mary Ann), b. Abt 1716, Baltimore County, Maryland , d. 1786, Franklin County, Virginia (Age ~ 70 years) |
||Baltimore City, Maryland
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Bailey, Nancy Ann, b. 30 Nov 1748, Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland , d. 27 Aug 1827, Gogginsville, Franklin County, Virginia (Age 78 years) |
||Baltimore City, Maryland 
| ||1. Greer, William, b. 1766, d. Yes, date unknown|
|+||2. Greer, Moses Jr., b. 12 May 1768, Franklin County, Virginia , d. 30 Sep 1848, Franklin County, Virginia (Age 80 years)|
| ||3. Greer, Walter, b. 30 Jun 1770, Gogginsville, Franklin County, Virginia , d. 1843, Gogginsville, Franklin County, Virginia (Age 72 years)|
| ||4. Greer, John Fitch, b. 1772, d. 6 Mar 1855, Franklin County, Virginia (Age 83 years)|
|+||5. Greer, Thomas Bailey, b. 1774, d. Abt 1861, Missouri, United States (Age 87 years)|
| ||6. Greer, Elizabeth, b. Abt 1775, d. 7 Mar 1856 (Age ~ 81 years)|
| ||7. Greer, Nancy, b. 1778, d. 1848 (Age 70 years)|
| ||8. Greer, Mollie, b. 1780, d. Aft 6 Apr 1855 (Age > 75 years)|
| ||9. Greer, Sally, b. 1782, d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||10. Greer, Eleanor, b. Abt 1786, d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||11. Greer, Catherine B., b. 1790, d. Yes, date unknown|
||19 Dec 2018 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
Moses Greer Sr. was born on 2 Jun 1744 in Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland. He died on 10 May 1834 in Franklin County, Virginia. "A letter from the Veterans Administration, Washington, D.C., dated April 9, 1938, gives a great deal of information and it is quoted: "Pension Claim File S-8609, Certificate # 2896 issued December 8, 1832; rate $ 460.00 per annum; commenced March 4, 1831; Virginia Agency. Moses Greer was born in the state of Maryland, June 2, 1744. While residing in Bedford County (that part later called Franklin County), Moses Greer was Captain of Militia, and in 1779, served six months under Colonel James Callaway, stationed at the lead mines in Grayson County, VA. He was commissioned, October 28, 1780, Lieutenant in Virginia troops; served two tours of three months each. Also other tours in Colonel Charles Lynch's and Colonel William Leftwich's Virginia Regiments and was on the march to Yorktown when the British surrendered. His entire service amounted to two years. He was allowed a pension on Application September 12, 1832; then a resident of Franklin County and was referred to as Moses Greer, Sr. (Copy of this pension application in ROYAL HERITAGE OF THE GREERS by Carolyn Beal, pages 137 - 138, which gives Moses age as 88 years in 1832.) After the Revolution, he elected to the State Legislature from Franklin County and at the time of his application, was Presiding Judge of same county. He died May 10, 1843 (sic - apparently Torrence reversed the date, which should have been 1834), leaving children. In 1832, Moses Greer, Jr., was a Justice of the Peace in Franklin County and stated at that time, that he had served several tours under Moses Greer, Senior, against the Tories."
"Moses Greer had 40 acres of land in Franklin County, Virginia. On November 10, 1792, this land was to be divided and laid out into town lots to be called "Wisenberg"." (HENNING'S STATUTES, Vol. 13, pages 505 and 586.)
"Moses Greer was a surveyor, farmer and business man. In politics, he was a Jeffersonian Republican, and as such was elected a delegate from Franklin County to the Convention of the Legislature of Virginia which met in Richmond, before the 1800 election. His son, William Greer, kept up a family Bible which is now in possession of Mr. John W. Greer, of Kingston Spring, TN, and from this Bible data for this family is derived. He married prior to 1775, Ann Nancy Bailey, born on Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland, November 30, 1743. As a matter of passing interest, there is a record in York County, PA, showing that John Bailey, of Baltimore, married January 16, 1812, Miss Hanna Greer, of York. This shows that the York and Baltimore members of the family did intermarry." (GREAR - GREER - GREERE - GRIER by Robert M. Torrence, A.B., F.G.S.P., F.I.A.G; 110 Edgevale Road, Baltimore 10, Maryland, pages 24 - 25.)
Information about the family and descendants of Moses Greer has been recorded in PIONEER FAMILIES OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1935 by Marshall Wingfield, page 86; DAR Abstracts (369.1 D26L), Vol. 119, page 28; DAR Records #68406; and research notes of L. L. McNees of Ebenezer, Mississippi; GREER KINSMEN by J. B. Bell; and notes of Mrs. Cabel Smith, Rocky Mount, VA and Edna Greer Hatfield. (Lois Temple FGS 959.) 1810 Virginia Census: Moses GREER, 0-0-2-1-1---0-0-1-2-2---0-6
"Correction on death date to February 4, 1834 in DAR Patriot Index, Sup. #3." (ROYAL HERITAGE OF THE GREERS, 1982, by Carolyn Beal, page 133.)
(NOTE FROM RALPH TERRY: Some researchers, including Richard L. Greer of Marion, VA, show this Moses Greer to have been a son of Moses Greer, born about 1712. This appears to be incorrect, as shown by other researchers, cited above. Moses' (born in 1812) son, Moses, was born in 1755, according to St. John's Parish Records. This Moses, son of William, was born in 1844, according to his pension records.)
He was married to Ann Nancy Bailey (daughter of Thomas Bailey and Ann) in Jan 1765 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland. Ann Nancy Bailey was born on 30 Nov 1748 in Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland. She died on 8 Aug 1827 in Franklin County, VA.
From Marshall Wingfield, "Pioneer Families" pg. 87:
"Moses Greer, Sr., born in Maryland, June 2, 1744, married Nancy Bailey, daughter of Thomas Bailey of Prince George County, and settled in Franklin County; was representative of Franklin County in the Virginia legislature for several terms; was surveyor and farmer; died in Franklin County, May 10, 1834. This Moses Greer is designated Moses Greer Sr., by the Greer family and is the progenitor of the Franklin County family. He was one of the first three Justices of the County Court, and in 1832 he was presiding Justice. He served as a Captain in the War of the Revolution."
"John Hampton Greer states: "at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, William Greer and his four oldest sons, having taken the oath of allegiance to the King of England, remained neutral. All sons of Moses Greer Sr., who were born or who became of age in the United States went into the Revolutionary Army of America. Shadrack, one of the eldest sons, went into the British Army and was afterwards disowned by his younger brothers."
- [S551] Leaves from the Family Tree - Penelope Johnson Allen.
- [S944] Grierson Rootsweb - "Moses of Auld", 25 May 2002.
- [S921] Maryland Compiled Census & Census Substitutes, 1772-1890, Moses Greer Oath of Allegiance; pg. 69; 1776.
- [S1176] Greer, Moses, Revolutionary War Pension Application.
- [S1178] Greer, Moses, Sr Revolutionary War Pension record - NARA microfilm, Roll: 377; Image 55; Moses Greer, Sr.; File S8609.
- [S896] Greer, Capt Moses (1744–1834) FAG #80856498, 10 May 1834; 1744–1834; 80856498.