With this information, here is a point of clarification pertaining to my previous Greer research:
The Greer family that intersects most directly with mine is that of James Greer (1785-1857) and Jane Gillespie (1784-1868), as well as the family of their son John M. Greer (1806-1894) and his wife, Isabella E. Gillespie (1813-1891). This latter couple had 15 children, one of whom was named Robert, and whom I now believe I had mistakenly attributed as married to Emaline Campbell. The evidence seems to support that Robert Greer, born 1850 in MI, died 1940 in Los Angeles, who married Emaline Campbell was the son of James Greer and Mary Mosier. So what happened to MY Robert Greer? His mother's probate record in 1891 said her son Robert was in Ohio, and so far I know nothing more about him.
There is a death certificate for this new James Greer who died in West Bloomfield, MI in 1877 at age 63 (born about 1814), birthplace, England, and parents James Greer and Mary M. Greer. This is a little confusing because the wife of this James Greer was supposedly Mary Mosier, born about 1822 in New York, making both the mother and the wife named Mary M.
And then we have to wonder what, if any, connection this James Greer might have had to our Greer relations. It seems more than a coincidence that he had all these factors in common with our Greer relations:
- came from the British Isles around the time of the War of 1812
- lived in Canada and New York (don't we wish we knew where?) before coming to Michigan
- settled in Oakland county in the same vicinity as our pioneers