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Joseph Greer
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Birth: Aug. 8, 1754, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1831
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA

Revolutionary War Hero. Known as "The Messenger of King's Mountain" his dangerous six hundred mile trip from South Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to report that the Patriot's won a surprising victory over at King's Mountain recharged a discouraged Continental Congress and has been recognize by some historians as the turning point in America's bid for independence. Born in Philadelphia he moved south with his family eventually settling in the Watauga Settlement that was located in what is now Eastern Tennessee. When the colonies began their fight for independence he quickly joined the militia led by John Sevier. On October 7, 1780, the Patriots won a decisive victory at The Battle of King's Mountain and Greer was chosen to make the journey north to report the good news. It took him thirty days to travel through hostile Indian Territory and across enemy lines while battling tough wintry conditions. He carried nothing but a compass and his musket. Legend says that his horse was shot out from under him on more than one occasion and that he hid in a hollow log while enemy forces rested on it. He arrived in Philadelphia on November 7, 1780 only to be denied entry into Congress. However being a big man, he was six feet seven inches tall, the frontiersman forced his way into the meeting and shared the much needed good report to a Congress that was disheartened over an earlier defeat at Camden, New Jersey. His good report re-energized the discouraged leaders. After the war the now famous "messenger" returned to North Carolina and explored much of what became Tennessee. In 1804 he was rewarded for his service when the government gave him three thousand acres of land in Lincoln County, Tennessee. He remained in that area the rest of his life finding success as a farmer and land speculator. He died of pneumonia while traveling through a blizzard to see his new born son. He was seventy-seven. 
Family links: 
  Andrew Grier (1730 - 1807)
  Mary Ann Harmon Greer (1787 - 1857)*
  Andrew Alexander Greer (1817 - 1883)*
  Sarah Catherine Gillespie (1820 - 1854)*
  George Lewis Wilson Greer (1830 - 1850)*
  Alexander Grier (1752 - 1810)*
  Joseph Greer (1754 - 1831)
  Walter Greer (1759 - 1835)*
  John Grier (1764 - 1844)*
*Calculated relationship
Greer Family Cemetery
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
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Record added: Mar 10, 2007
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Joseph Greer
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- Vonnie L Cantrell
 Added: Mar. 3, 2016
4th great grand uncle.
- Lorna Greer-Johnson
 Added: Jul. 5, 2014
Thank you for your service to our great country. Joseph is my 6th Great-Grand Uncle.
- D. Burton-Porter
 Added: Jun. 25, 2012
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