When Mary Scharlette Grier was born on 5 May 1854, her father, James Grier, was 31 and her mother, Mary Johnson, was 23. She married Solon Washington Cross on 12 November 1872, in Wiarton, Bruce, Canada West, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Amabel Township, Bruce, Ontario, Canada in 1871. She died in 1922, at the age of 68.
Scottish (Glasgow): from the medieval Scottish personal name Grier, a vernacular form of Gregor (see Gregory ). This form of the surname is also common in Ireland, especially Donegal, Antrim, and Longford.