John* James Greer (b. Bet. 1627 - 1628, d. Bet. 1688 - 1699)
John* James Greer (son of James* Grierson and Mary* Ann Browne) was born Bet. 1627 - 1628 in Lag, Capenoch, Dumfrieshire, Scotland, England, and died Bet. 1688 - 1699 in Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland. He married Anne* Taylor on Bet. 02 Nov 1675 - 06 Jun 1687 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, daughter of Arthur* Taylor and Margaret* Hill.
Notes for John* James Greer: 4. James Greer was born about 1627 in Capenoch, Dumfrieshire, Scotland. He died about 1688 in Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland. "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, .)
James Greer and Ann "Anna" Taylor were married about 1680 in Baltimore County, Maryland. Ann "Anna" Taylor (daughter of Arthur Taylor and Margaret Hill) was born about 1662 in Baltimore County, Maryland. She died on 13 May 1716 in Baltimore County, Maryland. "Ann (Taylor) Greer was living June 6, 1687 when she and James Greer received the 75 acres from his father. She was the wife of Lawrence Richardson at the time he held trust in the 75 acres of land for "John, ye orphan son of James Greer." She was the wife of Oliver Harriott at the time he was custodian for these same acres for John Grear, March 14, 1714, when Ann released her dower rights in this land when John and Sarah sold it to Mark Guisard. James Greer and Ann "Anna" Taylor had the following children:
Before white settlers arrived in Maryland, the Algonquin and other Native American tribes occupied the region. By the time Annapolis was settled in 1649, the Algonquins were gone from the area, forced out by raiding parties of the Susquehannock tribe.
The original white settlement of the area near Annapolis was at Greenbury Point, although the land is now mostly covered by the Severn River. In the middle of the seventeenth century, Puritans living in Virginia were threatened with severe punishments by the Anglican Royal Governor if they did not conform to the worship of the Anglican church. Then Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, offered the Pilgrims generous land grants, freedom of worship, and trading privileges if they agreed to move to Maryland, which he wanted to have settled. In 1649 they started a community on a site at the mouth of the Severn River on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay.
The Puritans named their new settlement Providence. In 1650, Lord Baltimore, the overseer of the colony, granted a charter to the county that surrounded Providence. He named it Anne Arundel County after his beloved wife, Anne Arundel, who had died shortly before at the age of thirty-four. But the Puritans refused to sign an oath of allegiance to Lord Baltimore, in part because he was a Roman Catholic. In 1655 he sent the St. Mary's militia, headed by Governor William Stone, to force the Puritans into submission. A battle between the two groups took place on March 25, 1655. The Puritans won the conflict, which was the first battle between Englishmen on the North American continent. Eventually, Maryland became a royal colony. The capital was moved further north in 1694 to the site of present-day Annapolis. By that time, for reasons unknown, the Puritan settlement of Providence had all but disappeared.
More About John* James Greer and Anne* Taylor: Marriage: Bet. 02 Nov 1675 - 06 Jun 1687, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland.
Children of John* James Greer and Anne* Taylor are:
+John* G. Greer, b. 1688, Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland, d. 15 Sep 1750, Maryland (or) Augusta County.