Philip Melancthon Greever

Brief Life History of Philip Melancthon

When Philip Melancthon Greever was born on 28 April 1842, in Burkes Garden, Tazewell, Virginia, United States, his father, John Jamison Greever, was 31 and his mother, Margaret Gose Peery, was 21. He lived in Eastern District, Powhatan, Virginia, United States in 1860. He died about 1862, in Tazewell, Virginia, United States, at the age of 21, and was buried in Burkes Garden, Tazewell, Virginia, United States.

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John Jamison Greever
Margaret Gose Peery
Charles Thomas Greever
Ann Louisa Greever
Elizabeth S. Greever
Philip Melancthon Greever
Thomas B. Greever
Joseph Brown Greever
Agnes Maria Greever
George G. Greever

Sources (2)

  • Malauchton Gremer in household of John J Gremer, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Philip N Grever in household of Jno J Grever, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (4)

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized form of German Grever or, alternatively, Gruber . Compare Greaver .

Alternatively, perhaps an altered form of English Graver .

History: The Greevers trace their origin to Philip Greever, born in the mid 1740s probably in Germany (or, alternatively, in MD to Philip Ernst Gruber, an earlier immigrant from Germany), who in the second half of the 18th century came to VA and settled in Washington County. In VA he married Margaret Bosang, the daughter of David Bosang, who died in 1777 and whose will mentions Philip Gruber, Jr, as his son-in-law.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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