Person:Andrew Greer (4)

  • HAndrew Greer1730 - 1810
  • WRuth KincaidBEF 1735 - BEF 1769
m. BEF 1752
  1. Alexander Greer1752 - 1810
  2. Joseph Greer1754 - 1831
  3. Ruth 'Ruthey' Greer1758 - 1819
  4. Jane Greer1760 -
  5. Andrew Greer, Jr.1763 - 1819
  • HAndrew Greer1730 - 1810
  • WMary Vance1752 - 1806
m. 15 August 1775
  1. Thomas Greer1775 - 1848
  2. John Greer1775 - 1837
Facts and Events
Name Andrew Greer
Gender Male
Birth? 1730 Gaughwaugher or Garvaugh, Londonerry, Ireland
Marriage BEF 1752 to Ruth Kincaid
Marriage 15 August 1775 to Mary Vance
Death? 17 FEB 1810 Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee

Andrew Greer was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 68.--19th November, 1760. Samuel Carr (Kerr) and Margaret ( ) to James Hughes and Andrew Greer, £120, 224 acres on Big Meadow Run by patent, 16th August, 1756, Beverley Manor line. (Note: Andrew Greer relinquished his Staunton land, because he could not maintain it, 18 August 1780.)

Records of Andrew Greer in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • NOVEMBER 19, 1760. - (431) Andrew Greer--Ordinary license, with James Hughes surety.
  • AUGUST 20, 1762. - (297) Margaret Farrell, servant of Andrew Greer, complains of ill-usage by her master, but Court orders 25 lashes.
  • FEBRUARY, 1763 (A). - This day Andrew Greagh came before us and upon oath sayeth that on ye 18th night of this instant that he was present at Francis Tyler's ordinary and saw the within-mentioned John Boyers playing at a game called Seven and Eleven for money. (Signed) Andrew Greer. Archibald Alexander, Is. Christian, Justices.
  • SEPTEMBER, 1763. - Hughes vs. Stevenson.-- Andrew Greer's signature.
  • AUGUST, 1764 (A). - Andrew Greer vs. Henry Harman.--Defendant in Carolina, July, 1764.
  • NOVEMBER 24, 1764. - (215) Martha Hassell complains of master, Andrew Greer, and he is summoned.
  • MARCH 26, 1765. - (319) Daniel McCoy, orphan, heretofore ordered to be bound to John McNeill, gent., decd., be bound to Andrew Lewis. Complaint of Martha Hassell vs. Master Andrew Greer is continued.
  • OCTOBER 22, 1765. - (113) Martha Hassell, servant of Andrew Greer.
  • AUGUST 23, 1766, Andrew Greer and wife Ruth conveyed to David Stuart one moiety of 321 acres on Back Creek originally surveyed for Alexander Walker and sold by him to Patrick Martin, and by Martin to Andrew Greer and Samuel Cowden, the same tract whereon Patrick lately lived, joining John Moffett and Samuel Young, the other moiety being lately mortgaged by Samuel Cowden to David Stuart. (Deed Book No. 13, p. 84).
  • NOVEMBER 20, 1767. - (369) Jurors: Wm. Christian, Andrew Greer, Wm. Baskins, James Fowler, Saml. Henderson, Wm. McKee, John Graham, John Fulton, James Buchanon, John Stuart, Joseph Gamwell, Adam Murray.
  • NOVEMBER 23, 1767. - (432) Andrew Greer appointed surveyor of highway from John Harrison's, at the Big Spring, to the County Line.
  • NOVEMBER, 1768 (A). - Greer vs. Hughes--In 1759 Andrew Greer and William Kinkead purchased land of James Hughes of Staunton, which Hughes had bought of James Paxton, but Hughes died before deed was made, leaving Euphemia, Jane and Mary, infants, and widow, Euphemia.
  • NOVEMBER 22, 1768. - (47) Andrew Greer vs. James Hughes's admrs. and heirs: Conveyance to be made as soon as Euphemia, Jane and Mary Hughes come of age.
  • JUNE 20, 1769. - (212) Overseer of road: Thomas Moore, vice Andrew Greer, from County Line to Fork of Road by John Harrison's.
  • MAY, 1772. - William Steel vs. Andrew Greer.--Case, 1770. Suit by John Ellis vs. William Steele, late of County of Rowan (North Carolina), 1766 (Salisbury District Court).
  • Vol. 2. - Byrd, assignee, vs. Aaron Hughes--Bond by Aaron Hughes, of Conwell County, State of Franklin, to James Hubbart, of same place, 21st October, 1785. Commission to take depositions of Mark Jordan, James Cunningham and Andrew Greer, Sr., inhabitants of the territory south of Ohio River April 2, 1793. Commission is addressed to George Dougherty, Andrew Henderson, John Blackburn, Landon Carter and James Stuart. Ceded territory of United States south of Ohio, Jefferson County. Affidavit before Parmenus Taylor and Garret Fitz, by James Cunningham, 23d March, 1793. Deposition of Mark Jordan (Jreden ?) in Jefferson County, territory south of Ohio, 15th August, 1793, that Aaron authorized his son, Abraham, to sign the bond. Deposition of Andrew Greer, in Washington County, same territory, 19th August, 1793.

Information on Andrew Greer

Andrew GREER(40) was born about 1730 in Gaughwaugher or Garvaugh, Londonerry, Ireland. He Moved in 1750 to from Ireland to Philadelphia. He died on 17 Feb 1810 in Elizabethton, Carter, TN. He served in the military French & Indian War 1758. under Capt. James Neville He served in the military Revolutionary War. Under Capt. James Robertson He was a Trapper, Indian Trader, Farmer. He was Baptist. He was married to Mary VANCE on 25 Aug 1769. Children were: Thomas GREER, John GREER, David GREER, Vance GREER, Mary "Polly" GREER, Margery Johnson GREER.

He was married to Ruth KINCAID . Children were: Alexander GREER, Joseph GREER, Jane GREER, Andrew GREER Jr., Ruth GREER.

Records of Andrew Greer in Augusta County, Virginia: (From the Chronicles Of The Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Court Records of Augusta County)

Andrew Greer vs. James Hughes of Staunton, Virginia where Andrew bought land from James Hughes, but Hughes died in 1759 before deed was signed. James Hughes left a wife, Euphene, and daughters Jane and Mary Hughes. Andrew Greer had an Ordinary License, 19 November 1760, James Hughes was his surety. Andrew Greer served as a juror 24 November 1764, and 20 November 1767. Andrew Greer was Surveyor of Highways at the Big Springs County Line, but gave it up 20 June 1769. Andrew Greer and Samuel Crowder bought the Pat Martin property, 321 acres, for 200 pounds, lying on Back Creek of Middle River in the Beverley Manor, 17 September 1763. He also purchased property with James Houghes from Samuel Kerr on the Big Meadow River, 224 acres, 19 November 1760. Andrew Greer relinquished his Staunton land, because he could not maintain it, 18 August 1780. Andrew Greer and wife, Ruth, bought and sold land 6 May 1769. Andrew Greer was Justice of the Peace, 25 October 1788. Andrew Greer, of Carter County, Tennessee, had land surveyed to him in Tennessee by virtue of a land grant from the State of North Carolina, 26 February 1778. On his death, he had 1,000 acres in Carter County. End of records. Andrew Greer bought the first lot when Knoxville was laid out. Knoxville, Tennessee, was first settled in 1786, by James White, 1737-1821. He was from North Carolina. It was laid out as a town in 1791 and named for General Henry Knox who was at the time Secretary of War in General Washington's Cabinet.

Note: the following e-mail received contains several factual errors, including the fact that there was no Juius Dugger during this time period. It is thought by many researchers that Andrew Greer and Julius Nichols were the traders in question. William2 Dugger (Daniel1) had land adjoining Julius Nichols about 1755 in Granville County, North Carolina. Apparently some people over time merged Julius Nichols and William Dugger into one mythical character, Julius Dugger! The Family Tree Maker home page of Charles-A-Demastus and "The Dugger Family of Johnson County, Tennessee" by Frances Dugger Rowan, 463 Grove Street, Bishop, CA 93514, document the Dugger Family of early North Carolina and East Tennessee.

Subj: Julius Dugger/Andrew Greer Kincaid Sisters? Date:98-09-06 20:31:33 EDT (Marion Steen Long)

dear Jim, I am following Andrew Greer. He was born in Ire @@ 1730 came to PA in 1750. He married Ruth Kincaid, the daughter of Joseph. In the "History of Carter County, TN" it states"Andrew Greer and Julius Dugger were believed to be the first white men to settle south of the Virginia line (now TN)Before settling on the Wautauga River in 1766, Andrew Greer built a hunting lodge , explored the area, traded in furs with the Indians and made trips to VA to see his family. FTM has the husband of Mary Kincaid as Julius Dugger (could be the same man). If Andrew Greer and Julius were brothers -in-law (md. Kincaid sisters) then it would seem quite plausible that the trapped, hunted and explored together. My Andrew Greer started his family in 1752 in VA Alex. b. 1752

Joseph b. 1754, Andrew Jr. b. 1756, Ruth b. 1758 and Jane b. 1760.  Ruth

Kincaid died by 1770 (Wash. Co NC or VA) Andrew remarried to Mary Vance and had Thomas, John, Vance, and Mary Johnson. Since I need to prove that the John was mine b. 2-17-1764 I need to prove when Ruth Kincaid died. If Mary was indeed her sister, she should be in the will as well. Please send me what you have. My Great Aunt ( and she was very good) worked on this family for 50 years, I am trying to carry on her work. Happy Hunting Marijo

From Augusta County, VA records:

From "Goodspeed's History of Greene County, Tennessee":

The first merchant in Greeneville was Andrew Greer, who had previously been known as a prominent Indian Trader.

Another account of Andrew Greer (

The Exploring and Settling of Johnson County Written by Thomas Gentry (County Historian)

The year was 1796 when Daniel Boone blazed a trail into what would become Johnson County Tennessee. He came by way of Deep Gap and Boone NC. and proceeded through what would be known as Trade, Roan Creek, Mountain City, and Laurel Bloomery. It was only 20 short years after Peter Jefferson had looked west from the Pond Mountain (Now Known As "Three Corners" where TN, VA, and NC. join) across the virgin timber covered ridges and proclaimed "This is as far in the wilderness as any white man will go".

Although the area had been established as Cherokee Territory by the Colony of North Carolina and the Continental Congress, this did not stop the early pioneers from moving into the new territory which was destined to become the state of Tennessee 30 years later in 1796. It is recorded that he named the Roan Creek (which flows through Shouns and Neva) and met Mr. Honeycutt, one of the early long hunters and Indian traders at his cabin near the creek in 1769. He also encountered ANDREW GREER and Julius Dugger, a couple of other long hunters in the area. Boone traveled on through Damascus and Abingdon VA. (originally named Wolf Hill by Boone). He blazed on through Castlewood VA, The Cumberland Gap, and finally settled in Kentucky. It is evident that Boone made more than one trip across Tennessee. If you go back to the 1700's prior to statehood, you would find some of the early pioneers in this area were paying property tax to the colony of North Carolina. Joseph Gentry, a neighbor of Boone on the Yadkin in North Carolina and others opened and operated the first business named Roan Creek Iron Ore Works in the early 1700's. James Robertson came from Wake County NC for a year and raised a crop before returning to NC for this family and others. After he returned with is party and stayed a while at Sycamore Shoals, they moved on to middle Tennessee and established Fort Nashborough, which would later become Nashville TN. Some of Mr. Honeycutts neighbors on the Roan Creek in the early 1700's were Joseph Gentry, and the Hoskins, Jesse, John and Josiah Gentry, lived where the present day Mountain City Glove Plant resides. The Hoskins lived in the area where Roan Valley Golf Course and the Wagner property are today. The first church (Roan Creek Church of Christ) was organized in 1794 at the foot of Rainbow Mountain between Mountain City and Shouns. The church changed its name several times, Moved to Mountain City in 1843, and in known today as First Baptist Church.

From the "Histoty of Blount County, Tennessee": (

In November 1777, Washington District became Washington County, North Carolina, with approximately the same boundaries as the present state of Tennessee. A land office was set up at forty shillings per hundred acres with John Carter as entry taker. Each head of family was allowed to enter 640 acres and 100 acres for his wife and each child. Among the entries made in 1778, at least two are recognizable as Blount County locations: one for 640 acres surveyed for ANDREW GREER in 1790 on Four Mile Creek entered by William Randolph for David Shine; another for 200 acres surveyed in 1792 for Archibald Sloan "at the Blue Spring in the center between Likle River and the Tennessee River," entered by John Clinkenbeard. None of Blount County was open, by Indian consent. for entry by any pretext until after the Treaty of Dumplin Creek, which was made in 1785. It will be noticed that these grants were not surveyed before 1790.

12 Mar 1998 submitted by Vivian J. Black GREER/GRIER, KINCAID/KINKEAD - Andrew GREER,SR. born 1730 in Ireland, died Fegruary 1810 in Watauga Valley, married Ruth KINCAID born____ in ____. died February 1810. The only child I know of theirs is Alexander GREER born 1753 Albermarle County and died in Bedford County near Big Spring VA. Alexander married Jennie BINGHAM who was born in North Carolina. Ruth KINCAID was the daughter of Joseph KINKEAD who died in 1774. His father was also named Joseph KINKEAD. Can anyone help fill in all the blanks?

Account of Andrew Greer's will:

Returning the 1798 will of an Andrew Greer in North Carolina, who mentioned his brothers Joseph, James and John, it is noted that three of these four names are identical with the names of three of the children of Andrew Greer, "born in Ireland in 1730"; namely, Joseph, Andrew and John. Hence it seems probable that the four brothers concerned in the 1798 will may have been the sons of Andrew, who was born in 1730.