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"GREER, ROBERT (deceased), Jefferson township, born in the county of Antrim, Ireland, March 12, 1806; when at the age of twenty years he sailed, in company with his mother, two brothers, and four sisters, for America, landing in Baltimore, Maryland, August 22, 1826, where they remained until 1827, when they moved to Jefferson township, Knox county, locating on the place now owned by Thomas Greer. Here he remained with the family two years. On the sixteenth of April, 1829, he united in marriage with Sarah Severns, daughter of Joseph and Mahala Severns, born in Monongalia county, Virginia, April 14, 1803. After his marriage he moved on the farm now owned by Levi Butler, where he remained about five years, during which time he purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres southwest of and adjoining the village of Greersville, where he then moved, and remained until 1841. During that time he laid out the village of Greersville, which was in 1836, from whom it derived its name. In the spring of 1841 he opened a dry goods store in Greersville, and continued to do business, and farming in connection, until 1857; he then moved back on the farm, where he remained until his death, which occurred March 13, 1865, aged fifty-nine years ten months and one day. Sarah Greer, his companion, died in 1869, aged sixty-six years six months and twenty-seven days.
Mr. and Mrs. Greer became the parents of one child, a son, Alexander W., born February 7, 1830, who now lives on and owns the old farm formerly owned by his father.
Robert Greer was the first clerk elected in Jefferson township, and served as justice of the peace for fifteen years."