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DESCENDANTS OF JAMES GREENLEE

OF

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA.

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JAMES GREENLEE,1 was born in 1707; died in the summer of 1757 in Pennsylvania, at the home of Mrs. Femme, or Fane, while on a business trip; married in 1736 at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, MARY ELIZABETH McDOWELL who was born November 17, 1711 in Ireland, died March 15,1809 aged 97 years, 3 months, 29 days, in Rockbridge Co., Virginia, daughter of Ephraim McDowell and Margaret ?rvine.

CHILDREN, all born in Rockbridge County:

2. I. John, born October 4,1738; married Hannah McClanahan,+
3. II. James, born October 19, 1740; married Mary Mitchell; married second Widow Ruth Howard.+
4. III Samuel, born
April 4, 1743; died in infancy.
5. IV. Mary, born May
5,1745; married Hugh Hayes o~ Kentucky.
6. V. Margaret) bor~i June 15, 1748; married William or James Montgomery; had childr~n.
7. VI. Grace, or Grizel, born June 23, 1750; married John Bowman; married second Charles McDowell.+

8.~ VII. David, born November 1,’ 1752; marrie4 Jane White; married second Widow ~unter.+

  1. VIII. Samuel, born January 13, 1757; married ~fary Paxton, daughter of William Paxton and Eleanor Hats; died in ‘1824; she died about one year after marriage; no children.

JAMES GREENLEE came from the north of Ireland with Ephraim McDowell and family, about 1727-29. They landed in Delaware and went from there to Pennsylvania. John Lewis, a relative of Ephraim McDowell, had left Ireland some years before, and about 1732 settled on the Middle River in the Shenandoah Valley, in what was known as Beverly Manor, near the present town of Stanton, where he obtained patents for a large tract of land. Ephraim McDowell, with his sons John and James, and son-in-law James Greenlee, left Pennsylvania in the fall of 1737 to go to Lewis, near whom they intended to locate. The long journey was made with regular camp equipments. Tents were provided, numerous pack-horses, and each member of the family rode on horseback. While on their way, when in camp on Lewis’ Creek, a tributary of the South River, they were joined one night by Benjamin Borden, er., who offered one thousand acres of land to any one who would conduct him to his grant. This offer was promptly accepted. The men conveyed their families to the home of John Lewis, and then piloted Borden to what has since been known as "Borden’s Grant," covering much of Augusta and Rockbridge counties. In consideration of a liberal share of the claim, the McDowells and James Greenlee then undertook to assist in carrying out Borden’s contract for him, and before the close of the year moved their own families to the grant, where they per-manently settled, being the first white settlers in that part of the valley. Other settlers were induced to come from Pennsylvania to Borden’s tract, among whom were many relatives of the McDowells. The country filled up rapidly. Good houses, schools and churches were built, roadways were constructed and bridges built. Settlers extended themselves over an immense tract ~f land beyond the limited range of Borden’s tract, wherever the country promised unusual advantages of soil, or near the James River and its tributaries. Game abounded and the rivers were full of fish. The country was beautiful, climate pleasant and all localities healthy. Constant intercouse was kept up with the old colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania, and the capital of Virginia, Williamsburg.

 

MARY E. MCDOWELL was a true Scotch woman, though born in the North of Ireland. She emigrated to America with her father, brothers John and James, and sister Margaretta who married Mr. Mitchel in Pennsylvania and settled in South Carolina. Soon after her marriage to James Greenlee the memorable journey was made from Carlisle, Pennsylvania to Virginia. She was brave, loved adventure and was undismayed by the thought of Indians or wild animals with which the country was then infested. In the summer of 1757 James Greenlee left his wife with a young family around her and went to Penn-sylvania on a business trip. He was taken suddenly ill and died there at the home of Mr. Femme, or Fane. After the death of her husband she brought up her children under the watchful eye of her father, until he died. She then re-moved from Timber Ridge in the lower part of Rockbridge County to James River. James Greenlee had owned immense tracts of land on James River and in North Carolina.. She increased her fortune rapidly and was able to set up her sons and daughters handsomely in life when they married, retaining a handsome estate for herself.

She was remarkably handsome in youth and retained her activity, veracity and great wit to the last days of her life. The stories that are told of her son Samuel’s wit and recklessness are remarkable. The "witch story" may be traced to his love of the marvelous almost entirely. Mrs. Greenlee told the stories first herself, and once in the hands of her reckless son, from his very boyhood days, they were scattered over the land with many additions. For instance, he told a party of Methodist ministers that his mother had been tried and condemned to be burnt as a "witch," and that she was tied to a stake and wood and straw piled around her, when lo I she disappeared and a black cat was found in her place. The ministers stared and Samuel ran to his mother and told her how he had frightened off a party of "long faces" and "black coats" who were on their way to be entertained at her house. The mother only laughed at the reckless boy and said "My son, 0, my son I do you not know that it is a sin to tell a lie?" Mrs. Greenlee told the story of her father having been called a wizard by the ignorant and superstitious, by reason of his strength of intellect and great physical endurance, and finally his extreme old age. When she was getting along in years, she concluded she needed glasses and accordingly procured a pair and thought that it improved her sight. The mischievous Samuel took the glasses out of the frame, had his mother put them on, then asked her if she could see better. "Yes," she said, "as well as ever." "Mother!" he cried, "there are no glasses in the frame." "You bad boy" she said, and throwing them aside did not use them for years.

She charitable, hospitable and remark~bly kind to and c6nsiderate of her slaves, whom she held in large numbers. She taught them to read and, in many instances, to write. She lived on James River and in the later years of her life her negro men were famous boatmen from a point ‘on the river called the "Boatyard" to Lynchburg, thence to Richmond. They were proverbial for honesty and uprightness in every sense of the word. They were trusted with valuable cargoes for which they received the money and delivered it to the owners of said cargoes without trouble or- questiqn on ‘the part of any who trusted cargoes with them.

She lived to be very old, giving to the last an active supervision to business, in which she was thrifty and prosperous, and riding all over the country side on horseback. Her strength of mind rivalled her physical endurance. Long after the early settlers of her generation had passed away, and litigations arose among their descendants over lands claimed, she would ride miles on horseback to appear as a witness to settle the claims. Such was her knowledge of the early settlers and the land they settled on, and such was the accuracy of her me~ry, that her testimony invariably decided the case in favor of the rightful owner. She was the first white woman who settled on Borden’s Grant.

 

2.

JOHN GREENLEE, son of James Greenlee and Mary E. McDowell, was born October 4, 1783 (Correctly, 1738 - LJG) in Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died near Morganton, North Carolina, at the home of his brother James; married in 1767 or 1768 at the "old house" on Cedar Creek, above Natural Bridge, HANNAH MCCLANAHAN who was born at Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia, died in Abbeville, South Carolina and was buried there, daughter of Colonel Elijah McC?anahan and Ann Ewing.

CHILDREN:

10. I. James, born January 29, 1769; married Mary Paxton.+
11. II. Elijah, born in 1772; married
; died at his residence
in Millidgeville, Georgia, leaving no children. He was a surgeon in
- the United States army in the war of 1812.
12. III. John, born January 25, 1774; died unmarried in Kentucky.
13. IV. Mary, born September 12, 1776; married John Mitchell Greenlee.+
14. V. William, born July 17, 1779; drowned when a child in James River
at Greenlee ‘s Ferry.
15. VI. David, born February 12,1782; married Hannah Ingram Grigsby.+
16. VII. Samuel, born September 17, 1785; died unmarried April 23, 1823
at his estate "White Bluff" in Georgia. He was a physician of
high standing.

JOHN GREENLEE was the first white child born on Borden’s Grant, and from early youth received all the advantages of education to be had in the early days, including a classical school taught by Robert Alexander. After his marriage he resided at "Clover Hill" one of the handsome estates which he had inherited from his father, and upon which he continued to reside for many years. The deed or grant of this estate was signed by King George and the land had never been transferred until the sale of the farm for division among the heirs of his son James. He was the high sheriff of Rockbridge County under the Colonial government in the reign of King George III, and had to ride one hundred and eighty miles to Richmond, Virginia to make his report and pay the taxes he had collected. He espoused the cause of the Colonies and aided in establishing the new government.

HANNAH McCLANAHAN, when a little girl, escaped during an Indian massacre, in which her father’s family were the victims. She hid under a foot log across a creek nearby which the savages passed and repassed several times looking for her.

When they were very old she and her husband undertook a visit on horse-back to one of their sons who lived in southern Georgia. On their return she took sick and died. He pursued his lonely way toward home, but when in North Carolina he too sickened and died.

3.

JAMES GREENLEE,3 son of James Greenlee and Mary E. McDowell, was born October 19, 1740 in Rockbridge County, Virginia; died November 8, 1813 [Bible Records] at Morganton, Burke Co., North Carolina; married June 10, 1770 at the ten-mile house, a tavern ten miles north of Charleston, South Carolina, MARY MITCHELL, a cousin, who was born at Charleston, South Carolina, died July (?) 1787 in Burke Co., North Carolina (when son David W. was six days old),’ daughter of James Mitchell and Margaret McDowell (See Appendix B.]; married second WIDOW RUTH HOWARD [Bible Record] who died January 22, 1812 [Bible Record].

CHILDREN; all born near Morganton:

17. I. James M., born March 29, 1771; married Mary Poleet (?);.married
second Sarah (Hunter) Hoard. Lived in Buncombe Co., North
Carolina. No children.
18. II. Daughter, born September 11, 1773; died the same day.
19. III. John Mitchell, born June 25 or 23, 1775; married Mary E.
Greenlee.+
20. IV. Margaret, born January 14, 1778.
21. V. William M., born May 19, 1779; died young.
22. VI. Samuel, born January 26, 1782; married Minerva Kesiah Sackett.+
23. VII. Ephraim M., born February 22, 1784; married Sarah Carr Howard;
married second Sarah Hollinsworth Brown.+
24. VIII. David Washington, born January 28, 1787; married Mary Howard
Mclntire.+

JAMES GREENLEE came to Surrey County, North Carolina from Virginia, before the Revolutionary war. He bought a fine farm on the Dan River but sold it again and went to Morganton, Burke County. He owned all the best lands about Morganton. His possessions are now divided into more than half a dozen fine farms. Besides this he owned lands in Yancey, Mitchell and Rutherford counties, and two fine farms in Turkey Cove; also land on the Catawba River where his son David Washington settled, is now divided into five good farms. He also owned fine lands near Memphis, Tennessee. He was a cattle raiser and the Catawba bottoms were green with cane and the hollows were knee-deep in wild pea vines. He drove his fat cattle to Philadelphia and to Charleston, South Carolina, for sale. .He owned ~ great many slaves. While he was absent from home during the Revolutionary war the tories robbed him of stock and grain, and took off a female servant, which was all the help Mrs. (page 231)

Greenlee had on the place. While he was in camp, the Tories killed his stock, wasted his grain, and feasted on beef, mutton and honey. They heard that Colonel Campbell was coming and hurried off uncermoniously. The servant was secreted by a kind neighbor while the Tories were travelling several miles away, and was sent back.

James Greenlee was a businm man, public auid private. He said he could never write a deed to convey land from him, but could write one to himself. He never sold land, but bought all the good land that he could.4 He settled his six sons on good farms, all of them within a day’s ride from home. His six sons settled their own matters without any lawsuits. He was Land Inspector in North Carolina and Tennessee; memb~r of North Carolina Convention in 1788. In politics, he was a Whig; in religion, Presbyterian.

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GRACE (or GRIZEL) GREENLEE,daughter of James Greenlee and Mary

E. McDowell, was born June 23, 1750 in Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died in North

Carolina; married GENERAL JOHN BOWMAN, who fell at the battle of

Ransom’s Mill, June 20, 1780; married second GENERAL CHARLES Mc-DOWELL, a cousin, who was born in 1743, died March 31, 1815, son of John

McDowell and Margaret 0 ‘Neal who was the widow of Greenlee.

CHILDREN:
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25. I. Mary Bowman; married William Allison Tate.+
26. 11.-Charles McDowell; married Annie McDowell.+
27. III. Athan A. McDowell; married Ann Goodson.
28. IV. James R. McDowell; died unmarried at the old homestead.
29. V. Sarah McDowell; married Colonel William ‘Paxton.
30. VI. Eliza Grace McDowell; married Stanhope Erwin.
31. VII. Margaret McDowell; married Colonel William.
32. VIII. Sallie McDowell; married Christian.

GRACE GREENLEE was distinguished among the "women of the Revolution." She was a woman of remarkable energy and character.

GENERAL CHARLES McDOWELL, at the beginning of our Revolutionary troubles, was commander of an extensive district in this section of the country. He and his brother, General Joseph McDowell, were called the "heroes of Kings Mountain." Both distinguished themselves in times that tried men’s souls. They were residents of Burke County and rendered important service to their country. Their father settled in Virginia, where Winchester now stands, but removed to Burke County, North Carolina about the time of their birth. In June, 1780 Colonel, afterward General, Charles McDowell was joined by L. Shelby, John Lewis (?) of Tennessee and Colonel Clark of Georgia. This the beginning of the fight of Kings Mountain, which memorable spot is on the border of North and South Carolina, Cleveland County. It extends from east to west and its summit is five hundred yards long and fifty wide. On this summit Furgason was posted, Major Joseph McDowell, Colonel Lewis and Major Winston formed the right wing, Campbell and Shelby the centre, and Colonel Cleveland and Colonel Williams on the left. The officers were all of equal rank, but as they were in Charles McDowell’s district he was entitled to command. He was a brave and patriotic man and a good soldier. He was a member of the Senate and State Legislature, 1786-1788; Senator from Burke, 1782-88; also in 1778; Member of the House, 1809, 1810, 1811.

8.

DAVID GREENLEE, son of James Greenlee and Mary I. McDowell, was born November 1, 1752 in Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died December 5, 1820 near Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., Virginia and was buried on his farm; married October 11, 1781 JANE WHITE who died August 1, 1800 in Rockbridge 90., Virginia, daughter of White and Jane —; married second

HUNTER, a widow with daughter Sarah who married first Hoard, second, James M. Greenlee. Resided in Rockbridge Co., Virginia, two miles from Natural Bridge and fourteen miles from Lexington.

CHILDREN:

33. I. James, born October 10, 1782; married Sarah Caskie.+
34. II. Mary, born February 29, 1784; married William Bailey.+
35. III. John, born May 8, 1786; died unmarried March 8, 1817 in Garrett
Co., Kentucky.
36. IV. Margaret, born December 19, 1787; died unmarried January 3, 1809
in Rockbridge Co., Virginia.
37. V. Grace, born November 16, 1789; married John Caskey.+
38. VI. Jane, born April 4, 1792; married Thomas Caskey.+
39. Vii. David, born April 22, 1794; married Sarah Hays; married second
Mary (Purnell) Hall.+
40. VIII. Ephraim, born August 6, 1796; married Malinda Beckleheimer.+

10.

JAMES GREENLEE son of John Greenlee and Hannah McClanahan, was born January 27, 1768 or 1769 in Rockbridge Co., Virginia; drowned April 20, 1840 in James River at Greenlee’s Ferry, Rockbridge Co., Virginia and buried in Falling Springs Church cemetery; married January, 1812 in Rockbridge Co., Virginia, MARY PAXTON who was born about 1790 or 1791 in Rockbridge Co., Virginia, died July 12, 1859 aged 69 years, at Greenlees Ferry, buried in Falling Springs Church cemetery, daughter of Wrniam Paxton and Mary Jane Grigsby.

CHILDREN:

41. 1. Hannah McClanahan, born December 14, 1812; married James Dorman Davidson.+

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42. II. Mary Jane, born February 25, 1814; married John Tate D’lnley.-f--
43. III. John Franklin, born November 4, 1816. He lived on the farm and
took care of his mother until the farm was sold. Then went to
Lexington where he has resided ever since. He has been Deputy
County Clerk until a few’years ago; living (1901) in Lexington,
Virginia, unmarried.
44. IV. Sarah Ann Eliza, born December 16, 1819; married James L.
Watson.+
45. V. Martha Trimble, born April 20, 1823k married Eban Neirus Davis.+
46. VI. William Paxton, born May 16, 1825; married Eliza Hizer Forster.4.
47. VII. Rachel Frances Pinkney, born August 7, 1829; married ~on T.
Link.+

JAMES GREENLEE lived on the farm which had been owned by his father and was patented by King George III of England before the Revolutionary war. This farm contained eight hundred and fifty-five acres, located on the south side of James River, about two hundred miles from Richmond, at the mouth of Arnold’s valley situated between two spurs of the Blue Ridge mountains. The farm was a very productive and valuable one, containing a great 4eal of river bottom. There was a public ferry there which is still maintained and known as Greenlees Ferry. The patent was parchment and remained in the family until

· the place was sold. Mr. Greenlee was fording the stream about a quarter of a mile below his residence, was riding one horse and leading another. The horse he was riding stumbled, and the one he was leading jerked back and pulled him off and he was drowned before assistance could reach him.

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DAVID GREENLEE son of John Greenlee and Hannah MoClanahan, was born February 12, 1782 or 1781 at Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died April 14, 1850 at Nat-ural Bridge, Virginia; married December 10, 1818 at Lexington, llockbridge Co., Virginia HANNAH INGRAM GRIOSBY, born July 25, 1800 at Lexington, Virginia, died November 10, 1862 at Natural Bridge, Virginia, daughter of Elisha Grigsby and Elizabeth Hawkins Porter.

 

CHILDREN:

48. I. Elizabeth A. M., born October 11, 1819; married Dr. J. F. Early; both are dead; she died at Lockhart, Texas.

49. II. Hannah Mary, born May 28, 1821; married Joseph Dullard; died in

1866 at Lynchburg, Virginia. He is dead also.

50. III. Emaline, born February 12 1823; married Thomas Wilson; died at Florence, Kansas.

51. IV. Lavina B., born December 23, 1825 or 1824; married William S. Dullard; died in 1886 or 1866.

52. V. John, born November 26, 1826; died in infancy.

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58. VI. Elisha Grigsby, born January 11, 1828; died unmarried in Arkansas.
He was a physician.,
54. VII. David Robert Barton, born December 8, 1829; married Mary
Amanda (Boone) Gifford.+
55. VIII. Henrietta Jane Lewis, born May 18, 1832; married Horace B.
Burnley; died at Charlottesville, Virginia.
56. IX. James Samuel, born May 30, 1834; married sarah Elizabeth Har--
lan; married second Louisa M. Marshail.+
57. X. Virginia C., born July 19, 1836; married James C. Walton; died
in 1880 at Lynchburg, Virginia.
58. XI. Josepha, born May 16, 1839; died in 1884 at L~exington, Virginia.
59. XII. William Woodville, born December 7, 1841; married Mrs. Pannell;
lives at Webb City, Missouri.
60. XIII. John Marshall, born November 11, 1845; unmarried (1875) and was living in Kansas.

DAVID GREENLEE had little opportunity for gaining an education; yet through the use of his library and periodicals he was unusually well posted in history, geography, science a~id current events. He was noted for his familarity with the sacred scriptures, being a veritable walking concordance. He was a Presbyterian; in politics, a Whig; resided at Clover Hill farm, Rockbridg~ County, Virginia.

HANNAH GRIOSBY GREENLEE had just finished her education at Ann Smith Academy, Lexington, Vrirgini~, when she was married. She knew little or nothing about household duties but applied herself with such energy thereto that she was soon mistress of every detail, and was a reference for all her neighbors. The sons inherited her love of adventure.

ELTSHA GRIOSBYGREENLEE soon after he left hoje, joined a filibuster-ing expedition under Lopez, and went to Cuba to accomplish what the United States has recently done. He escaped to Tampa, Florida, on a little steamer, closely chased by a spanish man-of-war. He had lost all his *ardrobe. He worked his way by driving a wood wagon1 then as a hand on the railroad, then as cond~ctor, and in this way made enough moikey to get back to Bockbridge. After this he took a college and medical course, followed his profession a while, then merchandised in Lynchburg, Virginia. Then he went on board the Viscal to London, his mother thinking him in Lynchburg till she got a letter from him dated London. When the Rebellion broke out all of the boys hastened to the front. He joined the Second Kentucky regiment as surgeofi, the other four joined the First Virginia Cavalry under Colonel J. E. B. Stuart. There was not a raid, however dangerous, nor a bat4le in which Stuart’s cavalry was engaged, in which most of them did not participate. Elisha was captured at Fort Donaldson, and for two years was a prisoner at Fort Douglas, when he was exchanged. After the war he went to Mississippi. He was of bright and

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cheerful disposition and had fine conversational powers.

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WILLIAM WOODVThLE GREENLEE was captured in Virginia,, by a(page 235) Pennsylvania regiment in which there were four Greenlees. He was confined in Fort Delaware until the close of the war.

HENRIETTA JANE LEWIS (GREENLEE) BURNLEY was a native of Ilockbridge County. She was possessed of excellent sense and uncommon reso-lution and self-reliance, very decided convictions of religious truth, positive and uncompromising opposition to all that was unseemly in its professors, and to the utmost o4~ her opportunity and means liberal in her contributions toward the propagation of the truth as it is in Christ. Her married life was. a happy one. She and her husband lived in singular unity of counsel and harmony of action ~for thirty-eight years until his death about six month previous to hers. It can truthfully be said that but few have lived in Albermarle County for better purpose, or have left more wholesome impress for good than this couple.

19.

JOHN MITCHELL GREENLEE son of James Greenlee and Mary Mitchell, was born June 23, or 25, 1775 at Morganton, Burke Co., North Carolina; died November 20, 1842 at Turkey Cove, McDowell Co., North Carolina; married September 4, 1810 near Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., Virginia, MARY E. GREENLEE (No. 131, born September 12, 1776, 1777 or 1778 ‘at Natural Bridge, Virginia, died November 14,

· 1840 at Turkey Cove, North Carolina, daughter of John Greenlee and Hannah McClanahan. He was a farmer. In politics, a Whig, then Democrat. He was a member of the Legislature. In religion, they were Presbyterians. Resided at Turkey Cove.

CHILDREN:

61. I. James Hervey, born August 23, 1811; married Mary Jane Greenlee; married second Frances B. Morrison.+

· 62. II. Hannah Ann Eliza, born January 26, 1815; married Samuel Flem-ming.+

22.
SAMUEL GREENLEE son of James Greenlee and Mary Mitchell, was born January 26, 1782, or Jan-nary 17, 1783, near Morganton, Burke Co., North Carolina; died May 5, 1848 at Morganton, North Carolina; married June 4, 1822 at Morganton, or Ruther-fordton, North Carolina, MINERVA KEZIAH SACKETT, born in 1804 at Sacketta Harbor, New York, died in 1849 or 1851 at Morganton, North Caro-lina, daughter of Judge Augustus Sackett ancfMinerva Camp, or Ealy; planter; Democrat; Perabyterian; resided at Morganton, North Carolina.

CHILDREN:

63. I. Mary Minerva, born June 20, 1824 or 1823; married Dr. William Lucius McRee; dead; no children.

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64~ II. James, born March 26, 1825; married Augusta Minerva Denison.+
65. III. Samuel Blair, born December 31,1827 or 1826; died unmarried July
17, 1865.
66. IV. Emily Amelia, born January 11, 1829; married Christopher Hap--
poldt.+
67. V. Ephraim Edward, born November 16, 1830; married Sarah Louisa
Butler.+
68. VI. Elizabeth Sackett, born September 10,1832; married John Augustus
Dickson, a lawyer and physician; four children; son, John A.
Dickson, lives at Morganton.
69. VII. Alexander Sackett, born January, or November 11, 1834;. married
Elizabeth C. Glass.+
70. VIII. George Elisha, born January 12, 1837; married Jane Elizabeth
McKinney.+
71. IX. Adelia Augusta, born May 18, 1839; died November 4, 1841.

ZPHRAIM K GRUNLEE’ ~ ~ meuGr.eaI.i~

son of James Greenlee and Mary Mitchell, was born February 22, 1784; died

March 5, 1863; married SARAH CARR HOWARD who was born September

15, 1791 and died July 17, 1718; married second SARAH HOLLINSWORTH

BROWN who died May 26, 1876.

 

CHILDREN:

72. I. John Howard, born September 25, 1815; married Martha Matilda Greenlee.+

73. II. Mary M., born September 24, 1817 died October 4, 1817.

Note.—conflicting dates and names have been given on this family. The above item. are all from bible records.

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DAVID WASHINGTON GREENLEE son of James Greenlee and Mary Mitchell, was born January 28, 1787 at Morganton, Burke Co., North Carolina; died September 1, 1865 at Marion, McDowell Co., North Carolina; married at Oldfort, McDowell Co., North Caro-line, MARY HOWARD McENTIRE, born June 14, 1795 at Old! ort, died October 20, 1880 at Greenlee, North Carolina, daughter of Thomas McEntire, or Mclntire, and Martha Hemphill.

CHILDREN:

74. I. James McEntire, born October 26, 1816; married Eliza Ann Morris; married second Harriet Rice.+

75. II. Thomas Young, born January 8, 1818; married. Margaret Ruth
Logan.+
76. III. Martha Matilda, born June 17, 1820; married John Howard Greenlee.+
77. IV. Mary Jane, born July 8, 1822; married James Harvey Greenlee.+

DAVID WASHINGTON GREENLEE was the owner of a large plantation along the Catawba river in McDowell and adjoining counties of North Carolina, beautifully situated and beautifully kept by a troop of stalwart slaves. He came to Greenlee, North Carolina about 1814 or 1815. Though fine timbers were on every side there were few sawmills. He hauled some of the lumber for his house twenty miles. Travel at that time was by stage and private carriage, and those who lived- on public roads had to keep travelers. His house always had guests coming or going. The nearest markets were Charleston and Augusta, and twice a year wagons were sent to one place or the other for supplies. It was a three weeks trip. Indian. were not troublesome then though they often came through in large numbers. Wild game was in abundance—deer, bear, turkey and squirrels—and it was easy to keep supplied with fresh meat. Mr. Greenlee was a Whig; in religion, Presbyterian. He is remembered by older people through the region as presenting the best type of the generous, chivalric, courteous, olden time southern gentleman.

25.

MARY BOWMAN. daughter of Grace Greenlee and Captain John Bowman, was married in Burke Co., North Carolina to WILLIAM ALLISON TATE.

CHILDREN:

78. I. Samuel Tate; married Ann Eliza Tate; dead.
79. II. Robert McDowell Tate; married Sarah Butler.
- 80. III. John Tate ~ married Mary Webster.
81. IV. William Jefferson Tate; died unmarried.
82. V. Louisa Tate; married Espey; had one child that lived to
marry—Harriet Newell Espey, who married Zebulon ~3aird
Vance (afterward governor of North Carolina) and left four
children.
83. VI. Adeline Tate; married MeGimpey.
M. VII. Eliza G. Tate; married Sydney Etwin.
85. VIII. Margaret Allison Tate; married William Claiborne Butler.+

26.

CAPTAIN CHARLES McDOWELL’ son of Grace Greenlee and General Charles McDowell, was born at Morganton, Burke Co., North Carolina; died October, 1859 at Quaker Meadows, near (page 238) Morganton, North Carolina married ANNIE McDOWELL who was born at Pleasant Garden, McDowell Co., North Carolina, died November, 1859 at Quaker Meadows, daughter of Colonel Joseph McDowell and Mary Moffett.

CHILDREN:

86. I. Eliza McDowell; married N. W. Woodfin.
87. II. Mary Louise Mc~owell; married John Gray Bynum
; married second R. M. Pearson.+
88. III. Mina McDowell; married J. W. Woodfin.
89. IV. Samuel Moffet McDowell; died unmarried.
90. V. M. McDowell; married W. F. MoKinon.
91. VI. James Charles McDowell; married Julia Manly.

CAPTAIN CHARLES McDOWELL resided on his father’. plantation on the Catawba river, near Morganton, North Carolina. In politics he was a Whig; in religion, Methodist.

33.

JAMES GREENLEE’ son of David Greenlee and Jane White, was born October 10, 178k at Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died February 3, 1858 aged 75 yr.. 3 mo. 21 days. [Bible record] in Henry Co., Illinois; married December 26, 1805 [Bible record] SARAH CASKIE [Bible recordJ of R6ckbridge Co., Virginia who died December 11, 1858 [Bible recordJ aged about 76 year., daughter of James Caskey; farmer; Whig; Presbyterian; resided at Geneseo, Henry Co., Illinois.

 

CHILDREN:

92. 1. David, born September 7, 1807; married Katharine Wiley; mar--
ried second Lydia Ann Parker.+
93. II. Mary Jane, born June 23, 1809.; died unmarried July 16, 1867 in
Henry Co., Illinois, aged 58 yr.., 1 mo., 24 days. [Bible record].
94. III. Grace Elizabeth, born May 11, 1811; married
; re--
sided at Dayton; deceased; two children.
95. IV. James, born April 14, 1813; mai:ried at the age of 54 year., Louise
Volin, or Wallin, a native of Sweden; died March 29, 1884 in
Henry Co., Illinois; no children.
96. V. Elihraim Allan, born August 23, 1815; married Diadamia Daine.+
97. VI. Samuel Harvey, born October 15, 1817; married Elizabeth Stites.+
98. VII. Thomas Franklin, born January 16, 1820; married Eliza Ann
Pearce.+
99. VIII. John Langburn, born February 26, 1822 in Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died October 30, 1823 or 1824 in Ross Co., Ohio.

100. IX. Twin sons, born April 23, 1826; died the same day.

101. X. Elizabeth Jane (?), born December 30, 1833; married Andrew J.

Taylor.

 

8~

MARY GREENLEE’ daughter of David Greenlee and Jane White, was born February 29, 1784 near Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died, in Rockbridge Co., Virginia; married WILLIAM BAILEY; resided in Rockbridge Co., Virginia.

CHILDREN:

102. I. David Bailey.

103. II. William Bailey.

37.

GRACE GREENLEE daughter of David Greenlee and Jane White, was born November 16, 1789 near Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died February 11, or 20, 1843 in Rockbridge Co., Virginia; married November 28, 1811 in Rockbridge Co., Vir-ginia, JOHN CASKEY who was born in 1798 at Lexington, Rockbridge Co., Virginia, died June 13, 1836 at Lexington, Virginia, son of James Caskey. He was a farmer; Democrat; Baptist; resided in Rockbridge Co., Virginia.

CHILDREN:

104. I. James J. Caskey, born March 18, 1817, or 1815; died unmarried
about 1860.
105. II. David Greenlee Caskey, born July 3, 1821; married Eliza Hite.+
106. III. Samuel Harvey Caskey, born May 10, 1q24; married Lucinda Hite;
married second Nancy Butler.+
107. IV. Mary Jane Elizabeth Caskey, born September 23, 1829; married
George D. Glass.+

38.

JANE GREENLEE daughter of David Greenlee and Jane White, was born April 4, 1792 near Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died in Roekbridge Co., -Virginia; married THOMAS CASKEY, son of James Caskey; resided in Rockbridge Co., Virginia.

CHILDREN:

108. 1. Eliza Caskey.
109. II. Sarah Caskey.
110. III. Elisabeth Caskey.
111. IV. James Caskey; dead.
112. V. Ephraim Caskey; dead.

 

39.

DAVID GREENLEE son of David Greenlee and Jane White, was born April 22, 1794 at Lexington, Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died in 1842 at Stanford, Lincoln Co., Kentucky; married SARAH HAYS, daughter of Hays; married second in 1826 at Stanford, Kentucky, MARY (PURNELL) HALL who was born June 20, 1793, oi~ 1787, at Snow Hill, Maryland, died December 16, 1869 at Warrensburg, Missouri, daughter of William Purnell, or Pernell, and Susan Barbee; farmer; Whig; Presbyterian; resided in Lincoln Co., Kentucky.

~ CHILDREN:

113. 1. James, born in 1818; killed in the Mexican war in 1847.

114. II. ~liza Jane; died unmarried about 1880 in Johnson Co., Missouri.

By second marriage:

116. III. Daughter; died in infancy in Kentucky.
116. IV. William Purnell, born November 28,1828; married Barbara Wilaox1
Enlow.+
117. V. David
McDowell, born in 1832; killed during the Civil war, 1862,
in Johnson Co., Missouri; was unmarried.
118. VI. Mary Elizabeth, born February 8, 1834; married William Clark
Blakey.+
119. VII. John White, born September 23, 1840; married Mary Clark
Divers.+

40.

EPERAIK McDOWELL GBZE1~LEE son of David Greenlee and Jane White, was born August 6, 1796 [Bible record] at Natural Bridge, Roekbridge Co., Virginia; died in Virginia; married MALINDABECKLEHEIMER, born in 1808 or 1809in Virginia, died Decem-ber 17, 1897 at Chillicothe, Livingston Co., Virgin~j~esided in Virginia, then removed to Kentucky. She married second ~

CHILDREN:

120. I. Jane; married James Chapman.

121. II. ~Mary Frances, born May 6, 1828; married Cyrus Gray.+

122. III. Ephraim McDowell, born June 12, 1830; married Malvina Miller.+

41.

UA?ThTAU MCCLANATIAV G~ENT~ daughter of James Oreenlee and Mary Paxton, was born December 14, 1812 at Greenlees Ferry, Rockbridge Co., Virginia; died July 7, 1889 at Lexington,

 

Rockbridge Co., Virginia; married May 24, 1832 at Greenlees Ferry, Virginia, JAMES DORMAN DAVIDSON, born November 7, 1808 at Lexington, Vir-ginia, died October 14, 1882 at Lexington, Virginia, son of Rev. Andrew Baker Davidson and Susan Dorman.

CHILDREN:

123. I. Charles Greenlee Davidson; died in infancy.
124. II. Greenlee Davidson, born June 21, 1834; died May 3, 1863.
125. III. Frederick Davidson, born March 18, 1836; died July 21, 1861.
126. IV. Charles Andrew Davidson; died February 25,1879.
—127. V. Albert Davidson; married Mrs. Henrietta Withers.+
128. VL William Weaver Davidson; died October 25, 1869.
‘129. VII. Mary Davidson, born February 1,1849; died unmarried January
17, 1894.
~13O. VIII. Clara Davidson, born July 29, 1851; married Andrew Davidson
Estill.+

HANNAH MoCLANAHAN (GREENLEE) DAVIDSON will be remembered as a model wife and mother, and as a woman of most lovely character. Her uniform cheerfulness, her kindness of heart and of manner, her patience, courage, fidelity to duty and other kindred virtues were recognized and ap-preciated by all who knew her.. Her experience called for their eiercise for she had known much sorrow. The mother of six sons, she saw them and her husband buried. Three of her sons lost their lives in battle for their country.

JAMES DORMAN DAVIDSON completed his education at Washington College, and soon began the practice of law in connection with his uncle, General Charles P. Dorman. He rose rapidly in his profession, and for more than fifty years practiced with a zeal which amounted to enthusiasm, and with such diligence and ability as deserved and achieved great eminence and sue~cess. He was a warm friend of education, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington and Lee University, as well as a private citizen, he always mani-fested great interest in this cause. As a man he was generous and kind, and charitable in word and deed, and he relieved the necessities of the poor with unstinted benevolence.

GREENLEE DAVIDSON entered Washington College in September 1852 and took the degree of M. A. in June, 1855. In 1855-56 he was a law student at the University of Virginia, the study of which he completed at the "Lexing-ton Law School" under the tuition of Judge John W. Brokeubrough, in June, 1857. He at once commenced the practice of his profession in connection with his father, whose practice was one of the largest in the upper Valley. To the duties of his profession proper, he united the labors of a Master in Chancery. The records of both the courts of Rockbridge abound with evidence of his in-dustry, fidelity and ability. At this period of his career the Civil war com-menced. In May, 1861, Governor John Letcher, who had known him from his childhood, tendered him the post of Aide-de-Camp with the rank of Lieutenant