Some Descendants of 
& Wife 
Sarah Ann Warren 

Of  Sumter, S. C., Dallas County, Alabama & 
Sabine , Desoto , &  Red River Parish, Louisiana

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JOHN JAMES GREENING   (Major-State Militia Title)
son of John & Mary [Whitehead] Greening
Born August 31, 1804 in Sumter District SC,
Appointed, 1825 to U. S. Military Academy, West Point -
of Recommendation from Sen. William R. King, Ala., Rep. G. W. Owen, Ala, and Rep. John McKee, Ala, to Hon. John C. Calhoun, Sec'y. of War
Resigned 31 March 1826

One time Postmaster at Burnsville & Bogue Chitto, Dallas Co., Ala. and a Justice of the Peace.

Member of Alabama Legislature,  1836 - 1838,Representing Dallas Co. 
J. J. Greening was appointed a Delegate to attend the railroad commission held in Tuscaloosa  concerning the establishment of the Cahawba & Marion  RR in  August, 1835.  

His brother Rufus W. Greening was appointed  1 of 12 persons to take subscriptions. On January 18, 1834, Jabez W. Heustis was named as one of the Directors., being replaced in 1836 (Ref: The Story of Selma, Walter M. Jackson)

Served in Alabama State Militia, (See below)   & Raised a Co. for Mexican War, thou he, himself,  did not serve

       J J Greening, Adjutant for Col. Loyd Barnes, 1837 
      Advertisements for Muster, appearing in Alabama Newspaper

Moved to Louisiana 1847,  Planter, and a large landowner in Sabine, DeSoto, & Red River Parishes, La 

Appointed to Board of Managers,  Mansfield Female college, by the Louisiana Methodist Conference, 1867-68

Died July 22, 1873, Desoto Parish, LA.  Buried Old Mansfield Cem.
His marker reads:  Major J. J. Greening,   Born in Sumpter  (Sumter) Dist., S.C., Aug. 31, 1804, Died near Mansfield, La. July 22, 1873 "Here lies one of God's Noblest Works, An Honest man"

Married SARAH ANN E WARREN October 1, 1832 in Conecuh Co. AL, daughter of HINCHEY W. WARREN of Sparta, Conecuh co.., AL.  She was born January 1, 1817 in Georgia, and died February 16, 1892 in Mansfield, Desoto Parish, LA Buried: Prob. in Old Mansfield Cemetery, Unmarked grave.

Members of Methodist Episcopal Church South, at Pleasant Hill, later in Mansfield, La.  (Among old members still living, 1890, was Mrs. Greening)


  Children : GREENING 

1. MARY AMANDA  b. February, 1834, Dallas Co. AL; d. May 28, 1843, Dallas Co. AL.

2. FRANCES LILLIAS  b. February 13, 1836; d. January 20, 1838, Dallas co. AL
     "Died in this county [Dallas], on Saturday morning (20th inst.) after a  painful illness of several months,
     Francis L., youngest daughter of the Hon. J. J. Greening, aged one year, eleven months and  seven days."

3. VIRGINIA ELIZABETH  b. January 30, 1838, Dallas Co. AL; d. November 13, 1910, Mansfield, Desoto Parish LA; m. July 1, 1858, Desoto Parish LA - SAMUEL PATTON DUBOIS, ; b. September 16, 1827, Perry Co.., AL; d. March 22, 1877 Mansfield, Desoto Parish LA.

4. SWEPSON WHITEHEAD , b. July 26, 1839, Dallas Co. AL; d. October 12, 1912, LA; m. REBECCA  D. BULLOCK  Nov. 1, 1866  (SEE BIOG.-NORTHWEST LOUISIANA MEMOIRS, DESOTO PARISH,  pub. 1890-The Southern Publishing company)
CSA- Co. D, 2nd La. Infantry

5. ELDRIDGE WARREN  b. March  6, 1842, Dallas Co. AL; d.  Aug. 29, 1844, Dallas Co. AL.

6. SARAH LOUISIANA  b. February  3,1844 DALLAS CO, ALA. DIED Nov. 14, 1915 DeSoto Par, La. Buried: Old Mansfield Cem. 
(m) WILLIAM REUBEN JACKSON, April 11, 1867, Desoto Parish La. -Vol. 1, P. 117-William R. Jackson and Miss Sarah L. Greening, John Pipes,,  M.G. Wit: Bolling Williams, C. D. Bullock, W. N. Cunningham
William R. Jackson was born Aug, 1827 and died Aug 13, 1903 DeSoto Par, La-Old Mansfield Cem
CSA Louisiana (Booth)
See his Biography-Northwest Louisiana Memoirs, Desoto Par, La-Pub 1890-The Southern Publ. Co-P 266
W. R. Jackson - "enlisted in 1862, in Company B, Shelby's battalion, which was afterward consolidated with the Crescent Regiment, and served until the final surrender as first lieutenant. He was in all the principal engagements in which his regiment took part, and made a true, faithful and efficient officer. Soon after locating here he was elected recorder of the parish, a position he faithfully filled for three years, and after the war he was appointed to the same office under Gov. Wells and held the same two years." 

This couple had no children. (Their heirs listed in a Civil Suit (Greening Heirs VS Natalie Oil Company) were shown as Mrs. Ethel Jackson in right of her two minor children Hazel Jackson & Clayton Jackson)

Aunt Lou was very fond of her nephew, Reuben E. Greening, and he lived with her while attending Centennary College. 

When Aunt Lou became ill with breast cancer, she came to Nacogdoches to live with her brother., T. J. Greening.  My grandmother took care of her until she died, at their home.   T. J. took her body back to Mansfield for burial.

Marker Reads: "Thy prayer is heard, thy suffering ceased, thy noble deeds still live, and noblest now thy long days work now lingers with us still.  Here silently rest until the shadows vanish into the light of life.  Thou lives in the hearts of all who knew thee.  This earth has born no nobler spirit  or more precious gem than thou sister."

7, JOHN RANDOLPH, b. November 1846, Dallas co, ala.   DIED 1889,  Mansfield Desoto Parish, LA.  Buried Old Mansfield Cem, DeSoto Par, La  -CSA-Co. B, 1st BATT'N. La. Inf. (State GRDS.)  Did not marry.

8. JAMES OSCAR b. February 6, 1848, Sabine Parish LA; d. July 28, 1866-Mansfield, Desoto Parish, LA. BURIED OLD MANSFIELD CEM., DESOTO PAR, LA -Did Not Marry.

9.  HINCHE RUFUS  b. April 15, 1850, Sabine Parish LA; d. DECEMBER 22, 1884, Mansfield, Desoto Par. LA, BURIED OLD MANSFIELD CEM., DESOTO PAR, LA. -Did Not Marry

10 .WADE HORACE, b. December 27, 1851, Sabine Parish LA; d. June  15, 1852, Sabine Par. LA`.

11. JULIUS HEUSTIS  b. April 22, 1853, Sabine Parish LA; d. July 13, 1884,Mansfield, Desoto Parish, LA. - Buried Old Mansfield Cem., Desoto Par, La-DID NOT MARRY


INVENTORY  & APPRAISAL MADE Jan. 23, 1886, includes 35 Acres land fronting on West bank of Red River, farm equipment, Household furnishings, Blacksmith tools, etc.---  Estate Sale held and one of the Purchasers was T. J. Greening, who purchased the following:

2 trunks $2.00
1 bedstead, feather bed, and mattress $15.00
1 cook stove  $12.50
1 saddle $1.50
1 clock .50
1 shot gun $10.00
1 Winchester Rifle $12.50
1 roll barb wire $5.00

12. ELLA ALABAMA  b. January 19, 1856 ,DESOTO Parish LA; 
d.  JAN, 1901 Desoto Parish, LA;  
Ella Greening is listed among the undergraduates (High School) as a Scholar In Latin, Mansfield Female college, 1867-68

(M) James Chambers Williams Jan 15, 1880 DeSoto Par, La.
Information on children comes from a Civil Suit (Greening Heirs vs Natalie Oil Co
1915-1929), from the 1900 DeSoto Par., LA census, and from the DeSoto Parish History Vol. I. (Birthdates given are estimates from 1900 census which is notorious for inaccuracy.) 
(a) Duke Williams 
(b) John G. Williams, b.1882 
(c) Lillian Williams b.1884 (M) ______Smith 
(d) Reuben J. Williams, b.1886 
(e) Bessie Williams, b.1889 
(f)  Lula DuBois Williams, b.1893 (M) Levi B. Bagley 
(g) James Williams, b.1895 
(h) Glen L. Williams, b.1898

13. WILLIE LILLIAN  b. February 9, 1860, Desoto Parish LA;  Died Nacog. Co, tex  Jan 13, 1929 Bur: Upper Chireno Cemetery
(m) JOHN C. ELLSWORTH, April 9, 1892, Desoto Parish LA (moved to Nacogdoches Co., Texas prior to 1900 and lived in Etoile area.)

14. THOMAS JEFFERSON  b. January 22, 1862, Desoto par., LA; d. March 19, 1933, Nacogdoches Co.. TX; m. Sept 20 1892 Nacogdoches co, Tex. to  Sarah Delphia (Sadie) RAY; b. October 19, 1874,  NACOGDOCHES CO., TEXAS  d. January 21, 1959  DTR. OF REUBEN YOUNG RAY & MARGARETTE HOOD

Both are buried at Bethel Cemetery, APPLEBY, NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TEXAS.

Thomas J Greening, CA 1908-10



Includes Civil Suit-Greening Heirs VS Natalie Oil Company

Census Records Below

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JOHN J. GREENING West Point File

Cover Sheet Class of 1829 John S. Greening Date of Admission: 1 September, 1825 Age at Date of Admission: 21 yrs, O months Appointed from: Alabama Cadet's Legal Address: Alabama Remarks: Resigned: 31 March, 1826

Dear Sir:

Permit me to withdraw the name of Rodgers and mention in his place John S Greening .
I rec'd a letter this morning from Rodger's Guardian of which I learned that his age is under fourteen.
The young man I now mention is in his seventeenth year, has been educated by his brother, Gen'l. Greening of my District, on whom he has been dependent upon since infancy. His father was a soldier of the Revolution * as I am informed. He is a young man of considerable promise and dependant upon his own creation for his advancements. I have no doubt that this consideration should give weight to applications of this kind.
If George Bowman of Tennessee and Mr. Greening of Alabama could obtain warrants, I should be much (Illeg.).   

I have the Honor to be

 respectfully, your most ob't servant.
Signed: G W. OWEN

*MY NOTE;  Actually, John Greening's service was 1794. He was only 4-5 yrs old when the Revolutionary War broke out in 1775-sgs


March 4, 1824

To the Secretary of War  

Learning that Mr. Rodgers is not of the age required for Cadets, I wish his name withdrawn and John S. Greening substituted in his place.
Mr. Greening is seventeen years of age and is represented by those who
know him to be a young man of great promise.
This comm. I present from the conversation I had with you, be no objection to his appointment..

With great respect,
 Your Obdt.Servt, 
Signed: William R. King


February 14, 1825

To The Secretary of War 
Department of Treasury


We have agreed to recommend for appointment at West Point from the State of Alabama to fill the two vacancies now existing John S. Greening and  ______Brumby, as per information in their cases; especially we refer to letters addressed the Dept. and last session of Congress..
We have the Honor to be respectfully,
 Your Obt. Servants 
John McKee 

I believe no Cadet has ever been appointed from the Middle District which I represent; therefore, hope Brumby will be appointed.
Signed: John McKee

 TO: Hon John C. Calhoun


Cahawba, Ala.
2nd April, 1825


A few days since I received a Warrant of Conditional Appointment of Cadet in the service of the United States. In compliance with the requisitions, I hereby accept the appointment.

I shall be at West Point by the time specified, unless prevented by unforeseen or unexpected accident.

You will please have S. shown in my name corrected.

It should be John J Greening, instead of John S.

Enclosed herewith is a declaration of my Guardian, consenting to my signing Articles binding myself in any manner I think proper.

Respectfully, Your Obedient 
John J Greening



The State of Alabama
Dallas County

I, George Washington Pitts, Guardian of John J. Greening, do hereby declare my consent for the said John J. Greening to sign any instruments of writing or Articles binding himself as he may think proper, in any manner whatever.

Cahawba, Ala
2nd April, 1825

Signed: G. W. Pitts,
Guardian Ad Litem

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Alabama Census records- 
1820 Baldwin Co-Wade H. Greening -(Indexed-Gruning)
1 male over 21, 2 males under 21-No females in HH
1830 Dallas Co P 79 John J. Greening -
3 males 20-30 Yrs. 1Fe 50-60 , 1 Fe 15-20, 1 Fe 10-15, 34 Slaves
1840 Dallas Co, Ala  John J. Greening
1 M 30-40 yrs- Himself
1 M 20-30 yrs-Unidentified
1 m Und 5 - S W Greening
1 Fe 20-30 yrs,-Wife Sarah A Warren
1 Fe 5-10 yrs -Mary Amanda
1 Fe Und 5 yrs-Virginia Elizabeth
29 slaves, 22 persons engaged in Agriculture

Macon County, Ala-Subpoena Docket (Pauline J. Gandrud files,Macon Co)
Returnable to August term, 1840
Angus McRae Adm 
John S. Pegues, Adm.
Subpoenas issued to: John M. Sanders, M. C. Petteway (Not Executed), Thos. G. Rainer (Moved to Dallas co) William L. Dyson, John J. Gruning (Greening)

Bogue Chitto
Dallas, Alabama Populated Place Safford
148 322156N0871813W

Burnsville Post Office (historical)
Dallas, Alabama Post Office Burnsville

Dallas, Alabama Populated Place Blackwell Bend
107 321900N0870605W

Cahaba Post Office (historical)
Dallas, Alabama Post Office Blackwell Bend

Cahaba River Public Use Area
Dallas, Alabama (Park) Blackwell Bend

1850 Sabine Par, La census: P 109
J. J. Greening 46 M SC Planter
Sarah " 33 F Ga
Virginia " 12 F Ala
Swepson " 11 M Ala
Louisiana " 06 F Ala
John " 04 M Ala
James " 02 M La.
Hinchey " 2/12 m La

1850 Sabine Par, La Slave Schedule (From Microfilm, P 027) 
J J GREENING (No.-Age-Sex-Col) 
1- 30- M- Bl 
1- 28- M- Bl 
2- 23- M- Bl 
1 -18- M- Bl 
1- 14- M- Bl 
1 -7- M -Bl 
2- 6- F -Bl 
1- 8 -F-Bl 

1860 DeSoto Par, La. 
John J. Greening 55 M SC Planter 39,000/80,000.
Sarah :" 43 F Ga.
Louisiana  "26 F Ala
John R. " 14 M Ala
James O. " 13 M La
H. Rufus " 08 M La
Julius H." 06 M La.
Ella A. " 05 F La.
L. W. " 1/12 F La



105 Slaves, [See 1860 Slave Schedule]
Value of Real Estate $39,000
Value of Personal Property $80,000
Acres of Land, Improved 1,400
Acres of Land, Unimproved 2,400
Cash Value of Farm- $47,500.
Value of Farming Implements & Machinery-$500.
Asses & Mules -30
Milch Cows -20
Working Oxen -10
Sheep -60
Swine- 200
Other Cattle -20
Value of Livestock- $5,000.
Bushels of corn- 6,000
Ginned Cotton- 400 Pd Bales- 389
Pds,  Wool-150
Bushels Irish Potatoes -30
Value of Animals Slaughtered - $100.

Oct. 18th, 1860 Natchitoches Parish, La P 153 by by J W Thomas, Asst. Marshall HH 1306-1306 Samuel P D.(ubois)) 32 M Married Physician $6,000,/9,000 La; Virginia E. " (Greening) 22 F Married Ala; John E Williams, 23M Overseer, Ala

1860 Slave Schedule, Natchitoches Par., La-Samuel  P Dubois -1 BM age 40; 1MF, age 40; 1 MM age 35; 1 BF age 25; 1 BF age 20; 1MM age 12, 1 BF age 6

U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918

October, 1865, Dist 3, J J Greening, Mansfield, Carriage Tax $2.00; Carriage #2 tax $2.00; Gold watch Tax 1.00 Piano forte Tax $4.00, Total Tax $9.00

August-December, 1865-Dist 3, Greening & Hawkins, Mansfield, La., wholesale Dealers (Quantity $239.00 Rate $50.00/Tax $50.00 Total Tax $50.00 

1866- Dist 3, Greening & Hawkins, Mansfield, La., Wholesale Dealers $239.00/50.00/50.00/$50.00 total tax

July, 1866 Dist No 3,  J J Greening, Mansfield, La- Income, Tax $49,85; Carriage #1, Tax $1.00; Carriage #2, Tax $4.00; Gold Watch, Tax $1.00; Piano Forte, Tax, $4.00 Total Tax $59.85

S W Greening, Mansfield, La, gold watch, Tax 1.00

November, 1866-Greening & Hawkins, Mansfield, La-$1440/193.20/43.20 total tax

Dec. 1, 1866 J J Greening, Loggy Bayou, PO Mansfield; Cotton, Tax 98.64; Cotton, Tax $61.20; Ferringe? Tax $4.68

S W Greening, Mansfield, Cotton Tax $12.39

1870 DeSoto, La; , HH 14-14  Ward 7, Pleasant Hill Post Office
J. J. Greening 66 WM SC Farmer $11,380/9,000.
S. A. " 53 WF  Ga. Keeps house
J. H. " 17 WM La Farmer
Ella  A. " 13 WF La
W. L. " 10 WF La
T. J. " 08 WM La
H. R."  20 WM La Farmer

HH # 166-166 -Ward 6 
Greening. John R. 23 WM Ala Merchant-Dry goods $7,000 
" Hinchey 19 WM Ala Clerk, Dry goods

Ward 4, HH # 4-4 
William Jackson 40 WM Al Merchant, Dry goods $2,000/6,000
Louisa   " 27 WF Ala KH (Greening)
Virginia  Jackson 20 WF La at school (NOT their child)

Ward 5, HH 156-156
Samuel P DuBois 43 WM Ala Merchant, Dry goods $2,000/4,000
Virginia E. " 32 WF Ala  (Greening)
Kate " 7 WF La
Mattie " 6 WF La
Jennie " 4 WF La
Annie " 4 WF La
Lou " 6/12 WF La

1880 DeSoto Par, La. Mansfield Ward, HH 122-127
W R Jackson 54 WM Ala NC NC Farmer
S. L. "  34 WF Al SC Ga wife  (Greening)
F. Williams 25 WF La Miss Mis HK
J G Jackson 3 WM La Tn Tn   Rel: Not stated

Ward 4, HH 355-361 
Greening, J H 26 WM Farmer Ala SC Ala Farmer Single 

Ward 4, HH 507-513  P 294B
Greening, S. A WF 64 Widow GA NC NC  ( Widow of J J Greening)
" Lillian 20 WF La SC GA Dtr single  (Willie Lillian)
" Tom 19 WM La SC Ga Son single  (Thomas Jefferson)
Warren, Moses 14 Black Male -servant La Ala NC 

Ward 3 P 318B (Widow & ch of Dr. S P DuBois)
E. DuBois  41 WF AL SC GA HK (Virginia Elizabeth Greening DuBois)
Kate "17 WF La AL AL Dtr
Mattie " 15 WF La AL AL Dtr @ School
Jennie " 12 WF La AL AL Dtr @ School
Annie " 12 WF La AL AL Dtr @ School
Lu " (Lula) 09 WF La AL AL Dtr @ School
S. P. " 07 WM La AL AL Son
Joe " 05 WM La AL AL Son

1880 Red River Par, La 
P 27 HH 225-241 Coushatta 
Greening, John R 34 WM Ala Single Farmer 
" H. R. 30 WM La Single Farmer Rel-Brother 
Hicks, Y W 49 WM Boarder-Mechanic 
Farmer, A. A. 30 WM Boarder -Farmer 
(These two sons operated Greening's Ferry on the Red River, near Coushatta)

Biog. of W W Webb, Sabine, Par, La
W. M. Webb spent his school days in Alabama, and came with his father to
Louisiana in 1870. He commenced farming in De Soto Parish, and was also
engaged in merchandising at Greening's Ferry for eighteen months. Since
coming here he has also been engaged in merchandising for some time.

See Aso 1900 Desoto for some of the children.

1900 DeSoto Par, La (Mansfield 4th Ward, P 122 HH 242-251
William R Jackson 72 WM Aug 1827 al NC Al farmer Marr 20 yrs
Lou " wife 54 WF Sept 1845 Ala Ga Ala Had NO children
John " 22 WM May, 1878 Single Nephew La Tenn Tenn Salesman
Susie "   21 WF Feb, 1879 Single Niece La Al Al 

1920 DeSoto Par, LA Mansfield ED 111 P 9B HH 134-206
Ethel Jackson 39 WF Widow Tx Ala Ga Practical Nurse
Hazel " 17 WF La Tx Tx Dtr Telephone Operator
Clayton " 10 WM La Tx Tx son

SEE list of Heirs, in Civil Suit, Greening Heirs VS Natalie Oil Company

Ethel Jackson & her two children, named above are included in the list of Heirs for the Greening family-Since Wm R Jackson & wife, Sarah Lou Greening had no children, these people apparently are some of his family, claiming heirship thru the Wm. R Jackson Estate-sgs

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1860 Slave Schedule of J. J.. Greening - 21 Dwellings
*-"fugitive from the state" box is checked
Number Age Sex Race
1 53 Male Black
2 44 Female Black
3 18 Female Black
4 12 Female Black
5 10 Female Black
6 6 Male Black
7 31 Male Black
8 29 Female Black
9 10 Male Black
10 8 Male Black
11 6 Male Black
12 4 Female Black
13 1/12 Female Black
14 34 Male Mulatto
15 34 Female Black
16 18 Male Black
17 14 Male Black
18 9 Female Black
19 7 Female Black
20 4 Male Black
21 2 Male Black
22 1/12 Male Black
23 43 Male Black
24 33 Female Black
25 6 Female Black
26 1 Male Black
27* 31 Male Mulatto
28 29 Female Black
29 16 Female Black
30 14 Female Black
31 12 Female Black
32 10 Female Black
33 8 Female Black
34* 6 Female Mulatto
35 4 Male Black
36 2 Female Black
37 29 Male Black
38 27 Female Black
39 6 Female Black
40 4 Female Black
41 2 Male Black
42 1 Female Black
43 34 Male Black
44 42 Female Black
45 14 Female Black
46 11 Female Black
47 8 Male Black
48 5 Male Black
49 35 Male Black
50 28 Female Black
51 8 Female Black
52 38 Female Black
53 26 Male Black
54 44 Male Black
55 21 Female Black
56 13 Male Black
57 29 Male Black
58 30 Female Black
59 3 Male Black
60 1 Male Black
61 26 Male Black
62 25 Female Black
63* 8[?3] Male Mulatto
64 48 Male Black
65 46 Female Black
66* 10 Male Mulatto
67 2 Female Black
68 21 Female Black
69 21 Male Black
70 1 Male Black
71* 30 Male Mulatto
72* 34 Male Mulatto
73 28 Male Black
74 17 Female Black
75 3 Male Black
76 37 Male Black
77 28[?23] Female Black
78 10 Female Black
79 4 Female Black
80 2 Female Black
81 22 Male Black
82 23 Female Black
83 1/12 Female Black
84 41 Male Black
85 40 Female Black
86 12 Female Black
87 6 Female Black
88 5 Male Black
89 33 Male Black
90 28 Female Black
91[twin w/ 92] 1 Male Black
92 1 Male Black
93 30 Male Black
94 26 Male Black
95 18 Male Black
96 19 Male Black
97 44 Female Black
98 42 Male Black
99 17 Female Black
100 14 Male Black
101 11 Female Black
102 22 Female Black
103 12 Female Black
104 10 Female Black
105 10 Female Black

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