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 Greer McIlvain

Greer McIlvain

Birth
Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 24 Jun 1845 (aged 87–88)
Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 6283081 · View Source
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Notes for GREER MCI LVAINE:
Greer McIlvaine, according to traditon, first came across the mountains to Washington County before he was married, possibly as early as 1779, as this was the year that his brother George was first assessed for the land at Catt's Cabin. Had they both been at home at that time, they both should have been assessed. This same property was assessed in 1783 to both brothers. He may have made several trips during the intervening years searching for a suitable homestead. Greer returned in the Spring of 1785 to marry Elizabeth Morrow, daughter of Gavin Morrow, who owned a large farm about two miles distant from Catt's Cabin on Paxton's Run. Upon selling the remaining portion of Catt's Cabin to John Shoemaker april 25, 1785, they headed over the mountains with their wives and George's children. The exact date of their arrival in Somerset Township is uncertain. It is probable that the first four children of George and Ruth McIlvaine were born in Cumberland County before 1786.
On February 11, 1788, Greer applied for a warrant for a tract of land on the waters of the Pigeon Creek in Washington County, and when the same was surveyed on May 20, 1788, it was found that the tract contained 407 acres and the usual allowance for highways, etc. This tract of land was called "Calydon" (possibly after the great Scottish forest of Caledon). A patent for this land was granted to Greer McIlvaine on January 11, 1798. It was customary in the early times to grant a warrant for a tract of land and patent it when the warrantee was able to pay the purchase money.
Greer began almost immediatly to subdivide this large tract of land and the first parcel he sold to his brother George on June 21, 1815, by deed recorded in Washington County Deed Book C-3-399. The tract sold to George at that time contained 109 acres and 39 perches with the usual allownce for roads, etc. Also on that date he gave an undivided half interest in the easternmost portion of Calydon containing 158 acres and 54 perches to George.
As early as 1800, Greer also purchased the Barnet farm, which ran along the southern border of Calydon adjoining the parcel on which George resided.
Greer McIlvaine continued to reside on the northern part of Calydon, which contained by later survey,
151 acres and 40 perches until his death June 24, 1845.

The following epitath is from The Pigeon Creek United Presbyterian Church Cemetery Records 1777-1984, compiled by Lyle Brooks Watson:

In memory of Greer McIlvain Senior
who departed this life June 24th 1845
in the 88th year of his age.
"Weep not for me, children dear,
I'm not dead but sleeping here
And when you come to my grave to see
Prepare for death and follow me."

Notes for ELIZABETH MORROW:
The following epitath is from The Pigeon Creek United Presbyterian Church Cemetery Records 1777-1984, compiled by Lyle Brooks Watson:

In memory of Elizabeth McIlvain consort of Greer McIlvain who departed this life Dec 2nd 1841 in the 77th year of her age.
"Yet will we still remember thee
When years on years have fled,
Yet will we still remember thee
Though numbered with the dead."


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  • Created by: Cindy Morton Scherer
  • Added: 22 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6283081
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Greer McIlvain (1757–24 Jun 1845), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6283081, citing Pigeon Creek Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Cindy Morton Scherer (contributor 47860643) .