Stephen Decatur Greer

26 June 1830–25 January 1905 (Age 74)
Georgia, United States

The Life Summary of Stephen Decatur

When Stephen Decatur Greer was born on 26 June 1830, in Georgia, United States, his father, Nathaniel Hunt Greer Sr., was 27 and his mother, Nancy Ann Terry Roberts, was 24. He married Minta Howard on 7 April 1858, in Bosque, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Bosque, Texas, United States in 1860. He died on 25 January 1905, in Meridian, Bosque, Texas, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Meridian Cemetery, Meridian, Bosque, Texas, United States.

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Stephen Decatur Greer
Minta Howard
Marriage: 7 April 1858
Sarah Hunt Greer
Effa Ruth Greer
Ellen May Greer
Susan Virginia Greer
William Penn Greer
Thomas Lacy Greer

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    7 April 1858Bosque, Texas, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 2
    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
    1832 · Worcester v. Georgia
    Age 2
    In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.
    Age 31
    Civil War History - Some 11,000 Georgians gave their lives in defense of their state a state that suffered immense destruction. But wars end brought about an even more dramatic figure to tell: 460,000 African-Americans were set free from the shackles of slavery to begin new lives as free people.

    Name Meaning

    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.

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

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    Story Highlight

    From "The Greer (Grier) Frontiersmen and Related Families" Volume 1, page 330

    Perhaps a year after Stephen Decatur Greer was born, his father, Nathaniel Hunt Greer, led his family across the Chattahoochee into the eastern edge of Creek Territory and established his trading post …

    Sources (14)

    • S D Greer, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Stephen D. Greer in entry for Thomas Lace Greer and Grace Ford Davis, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
    • Decauter L. Greer in entry for William Penn Greer, "Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951"

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