Benton County

James Anderson Greer

James A. Greer, a prominent farmer residing near Bertrand, Mississippi County, was bor n in 1825, in Henry County, Tenn., and is a son of Hezekiah. The latter, when but eleven year s of age, came with her parents from South Carolina to Tennessee. Her parents located in Central Tennessee, but after the Jackson Purchase went to Benton County, where they died and were buried. Hezekiah Greer lived with his parents until he was married, when he enga ged in farming in Henry County, Tenn. Remaining there several years, he removed to Carroll County and remained four or five years, when he went to Humphrey County. When that county was divided in 1836 he was placed in Benton County, in which he lived until his death in 1862 , being about fifty-five years of age. His wife was born in 1805 and died in 1864. Both paren ts' deaths were caused by the war. They had eleven children, four of whom died in infancy: J ames A., William H. (deceased), John Riley (deceased), Rebecca Ann (Mrs. Harvey Madden), Greenbury, Cynthia J. (Mrs. Dr. J.B. Florence) and Francis Marion. At the time of the father' s death, he owned 1,137 acres of land, which was divided equally among the seven children. James A. remained with is parents until he was married in August 1847, to Jemina Rushin g, daughter of William Rushing, a native of North Carolina, of English descent. After his marriage Mr. Greer went to work for himself, clearing the woods to make a home for him self and family. He afterward traded farms with his brother, residing on the latter place fro m the fall of 1859 until 1871, when he sold the farm and removed to Mississippi County, locat ing where he now resides on December 16, 1871. He now has 240 acres under good cultivation, u pon which he has a nice residence. He and wife have had ten children, five of whom died in in fancy. Mary Catherine (Mrs. J.T. Childress) died in May 24, 1887, leaving five children. Tho se living are Sally Ann (Mrs. W.W. Gaty), Martin L., Cynthia E. (Mrs. Thomas Strickland) an d Hezekiah D. Mr. and Mrs. Greer have been active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South since 1842. He is a Mason, to which order his father also belonged.

From - Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri Biographies of Mississippi County, 1888