John S Greer was born on 23 August 1839, in Kentucky, United States. He married Mahala Holloway in 1864, in Simpson, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Simpson, Kentucky, United States in 1860 and Madison Township, Cedar, Missouri, United States for about 20 years. He died on 27 August 1909, in Cedar, Missouri, United States, at the age of 70.
Scottish (Lanarkshire): from the medieval Scottish personal name Grier, a vernacular form of Gregor (see Gregory and compare Grierson ). This form of the surname is common in Ireland as well as Scotland.
History: A Scottish family by the name of Grierson claim descent from Gilbert, a son of Malcolm MacGregor (died 1374), 11th Lord of MacGregor. Gilbert was known as both MacGregor and Gregorson. In 1400 he was granted lands by the Earl of March in the name Grierson. The numerous northern Irish bearers of the name Greer claim descent from this same Gilbert.
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