Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 1,103 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
nently qualified to fill with distinction any
position in life; and it may be safely said
that few men have contributed more to the
prosperity and general -advancement of his
city than this excellent gentleman.
AMES GREER, fruit farmer and gardener,
raises all kinds of small fruits
and vegetables. He engaged in fruit
and garden farming in 1881, when he opened
up and improved a farm of forty acres in the
timber. He has twenty-two acres in cultivation.
' It is located a half mile from the city
limits and about two miles from the public
Mr. Greer came to Dallas county in 1868,
when the town had a population of about
400. He was born in Madison county,
Tennessee, in 1845, the eldest of the seven
children of John C. and Susan L. (Carruthers)
Greer, natives of Tennessee and Kentucky
respectively. His father was a farmer,
and in 1870 came to Dallas county, settling on
a farm, and in 1871 moved into Dallas and
bought property near the Union depot. His
death occurred in 1872, on his way home
from the city to the farm. The mother survived
him till 1889, remaining in Dallas.
Mr. Greer was reared to farm life in Madison
county, Tennessee. During the war, in
1861, he enlisted in Company L, Sixth Tennessee
Infantry, for one year, and served
about two years, being in the battles of
Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Murfreesboro, Tennessee,
etc., serving in the Mississippi Department.
In 1863 he joined General Forrest's
cavalry, was in many skirmishes, and
was with General Forrest till the surrender.
At the close of the war, was in Tennessee.
He then returned to Madison county, went
to school fifteen months, and in 1868 came to
Dallas county. He has been a dealer in hay
for some time, and. a resident of Dallas for
He was married in this county in 1877, to
Miss Sarah Addarine Iearley, a native of
Trousdale county, Tennessee, and a daughter
of William and Matilda (Holt) Kearley, natives
of Tennessee. The father was born, lived
and died in Tennessee, was a farmer and
practicing physician for forty years. His
death occurred in 1889, in Tennessee. His
wife still lives in Tennessee.
After marriage Mr. Greer, odr subject,
settled in Dallas till going to his present
farm. He is not active in politics but votes
with the Democratic party. He was once a
city Alderman from the Third ward. Socially,
he is a member of the Golden Cross and
Golden Chain, both beneficiary orders.
He has had seven children: Willie D.,
Thomas Andrew, Joseph Lee, Marietta, Ora
Ella, James, Edmond, Katie.
ON. JOHN B. RECTOR, United
States Judge of the Northern District
of Texas, an eminent jurist and esteemed
citizen of Dallas, was born in Jackson county,
Alabama, November 24, 1837. His parents
were L. L. and Agnes (Black) Rector, the
former born in Tennessee in 1799, and the
latter born in Georgia in 1812. His father
was a prosperous merchant of Bedford county,
Tennessee, and of Jackson connty, Alabama.
In 1847, he removed to Texas, settling in
Bastrop county, where he followed the occupation
of a planter. The family were first
called upon to mourn the loss of the wife
and mother, who died in 1852, aged forty
years. As a wife, mother, companion, Chris.
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/1103/: accessed March 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.