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Dr William Armistead Burwell Greer
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Birth: 1821
Rocky Mount
Franklin County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1890
New Cambria
Macon County
Missouri, USA

The son of Rev. Thomas B. Greer and his wife Ursula Jane Webb. They moved from Franklin Co., VA to Monroe Co., MO, where Thomas died. His mother then returned to Virginia with the younger children.

He married on 2 Aug 1842, Monroe Co, MO to Mary F. Mason, who had been born in Kentucky.

1860 census, Clay Twp., Shelby Co., MO, p. 276 [26 Jul 1860]
W. A. B. Greer, 38, Physician, pers prop. $500, born VA
Mary, 38, KY
Louisa, 16, MO
Thomas, 14
Minerva, 12
Emma, 10
Oliver, 2 mos

History of Shelby County, Missouri - 1884, p. 850
The town of Clarence was laid out in 1857 [as a railroad town]…
By 1858 there were three families in the place…
In 1858, the first post office was established…
Sometime in the summer of 1859, the first religious services were held…"
"A certain Dr. Greer is said to have been the first physician to locate in the place, but it is said that his attainments were meager, and that his practice was still more so, and that a Dr. Lodge, who came in about the close of the war, is really entitled to the distinction of being the first practicing physician in the town."

1870 census, Russell Twp., Macon Co., MO, p. 262
["Greer" indexed as "Green". William's brother Walter is nearby]
W. A. B. Greer, 49, Practicing physician, pers $900, VA
Mary F., 48, KY
Minnavalea, 10, MO
Frank Perny, 22, works on railroad, PA

1877 - "William Armistead Burwell Greer, physician, was living in New Cambria, Missouri, in 1877." (PIONEER FAMILIES OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1935 by Marshall Wingfield, page 91.)

21 Nov 1879 - The Holt County Missouri Sentinel, Oregon, MO
"Local Jottings - Dr. W.A. Greer and wife, of Macon Co., MO are visiting their daughter Mrs. D. P. Dobyns, of this city." [This was their daughter Emma.]

1880 census, Macon Co., MO, Town of New Cambria, p. 571C
[Indexed as "Green"]
Wm. A. Greer, 59, doctor, born VA; parents b. VA
Ametia, 59, KY VA KY
Minnie, 20, MO

William died sometime after the 1880 census, probably before 1891 when Mary sold land in her own name.

The Macon Co., MO - MEARS OBITUARY INDEX lists two possible obituaries for him which could be checked by anyone trying to pin down his exact death date.


Dr. William Armistead Burwell Webb's children:

1. Louisa Greer, b. 1844, Monroe Co., MO; 1860 age 16 living with parents in Shelby Co., MO.


2. Thomas B. Greer, b. 1846, Monroe Co., MO; m. 1872 to Lessie Bowers [b. 1852, Shelby Co., MO; d. Jan 1911, Ft. Madison, Lee Co., IA; daughter of James H. and Julia Bowers]; he d. Jan 1915, Ft. Madison, Lee Co., IA.

1870 Macon Co., MO, 2-WD Macon, p. 171
Thomas Greer, 24, dealer in confections, MO

1880 census, Linn Co., MO, Bucklin, p. 275C
James H. Bowers, 52, retired merchant, TN TN TN
Julia Bowers, 55, VA VA VA
Thomas B. Grier, son-in-law, 35, depot agent, VA VA KY
Lessie Grier, daughter, 28, MO
William Grier, grandson, 7, MO
James Grier, grandson, 5, MO
Charles Grier, grandson, 2, MO
Mary Grier, granddaughter, 5 months, MO

1885 - Thomas was a telegraph operator living in Bucklin, Macon Co., MO when son Thomas Benj. born. The birth record was made by Macon County.

1900 Lee Co., IA, 5-WD Fort Madison, p. 233
Thomas B. Greer, 55, b. Mar 1845, MO VA KY, operator
Lessie B., 48, b. Feb 1852, MO TN VA
Charlie R., b. Aug 1877, MO, machinist
Mollie W., b. Dec 1879 MO
Nellie L., b. Jul 1882 MO
Ben T., b. Aug 1885, MO
Albert B., b. Oct 1891, MO
Harry L., b. Nov 1896, IA

Thomas B. Greer's children:

1) William Greer, b. 1873, Macon or Linn Co., MO

2) James Greer, b. 1875, Macon or Linn Co., MO

3) Charles Greer, b. Aug 1877, Macon or Linn Co., MO

4) Mary "Mollie" W. Greer, b. Dec 1879, Linn Co., MO

5) Nellie L. Greer, b. Jul 1882, Linn Co., MO

6) Thomas Benjamin Greer, b. 10, Aug 1885, Bucklin, Linn Co., MO

7) Albert B. Greer, b. Oct 1891, Linn Co., MO

8) Harry L. Greer, b. Nov 1896, Fort Madison, Lee Co., IA


3. Minerva Greer, b. 18 Nov 1841 [1848], Macon Co., MO; m. 9 Aug 1866, Macon, Macon Co., MO to Robert Davis [b. 19 May 1838;; d. 2 May 1902, Peoria, IL; son of John Davis and Sarah Harriett Mitchell] she d. 21 Feb 1903, Macon Co., MO; buried Woodlawn cemetery.


4. Emma Greer, b 11 Mar 1850, Monroe Co., MO; m. 20 Apr 1870, to David Pollock Dobyns [25 Jan 1844 in St. Louis, Mo; son of James Reed. He was in the Union Army, 1st Mo. Inf., during the Civil War and was editor of the Holt Co. Sentinel of Oregon, MO. He d. 3 Jul 1921]; she d.

Emma Greer's children:

1) Lula Dobyns, b. 11 Dec 1871/72, Macon, MOr; m. to Charles G. Markel/Marker; lived Denver, CO.

2) Edwin B. Dobyns, b. 4 Jul 1874, Macon, MO; m. 5 Jul 1897, Macon, Macon Co., MO, to Viola Mercer [b. 2 Feb 1876, Macon, daughter of E. H. Mercer]; Edwin was a train dispatcher at Ft. Madison, Lee Co., IA.

3) Leigh Boones Dobyns, b. 30 Nov 1878, Oregon, MO; m. 1902 to Anna Clark, of Beloit, KS; he was a Western Union operator on the Tribune at Lewiston, Idaho.

4) James F. Dobyns, b. 1 Dec 1880; died young?


5. Oliver Greer, b. 1860, Clay Twp., Shelby Co., MO; seems to have died by 1870, when he is not listed on the census with his parents.


6. Minnavalea "Minnie" Greer, b. 1860, Shelby or Macon Co., MO; living with parents in 1880.

Family links: 
  Thomas Bailey Greer (1783 - 1845)
  Ursula Webb Greer (1797 - 1880)
  Mary F. Mason Greer (1822 - 1901)*
  Minerva Greer Davis (1841 - 1903)*
  Emma Greer Dobyns (1850 - 1890)*
  William Armistead Burwell Greer (1821 - 1890)
  Ursula Jane Greer Wright (1826 - 1866)*
  Thomas Bailey Greer (1827 - 1881)*
  Moses Theodorick Greer (1829 - 1904)*
  John Henry Greer (1832 - 1904)*
  Walter Callaway Greer (1835 - 1890)*
  Catherine Bailey Greer Wade (1842 - 1918)*
*Calculated relationship
New Cambria Cemetery
New Cambria
Macon County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Bev Golden
Record added: Nov 16, 2011
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Dr William Armistead Burwell Greer
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with loving memory of our families, Hall, Greer, Stonecash, and Johannes
- annmarie johannes
 Added: Aug. 21, 2012

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