of Virginia & South Carolina
& #1 wife, Elizabeth Davidson
& Wife #2
Created by Sadie Greening Sparks
Copyright October 18, 2000
Mason Greening was born about 1725 in Virginia, (Probably
in Westmoreland Co.)
His parentage is yet to be proven, but he is PROB. son of John Greening, who died in 1730, Westmoreland Co, Va. & wife Elizabeth.
This John Greening was a grandson of Robert Frank who left a will in 1726 Westmoreland
County, Va. Mason Greening of South Carolina would be a great gr/son of Robert Frank. So many of the Virginia
records have been lost, primarily to courthouse fires, it is literally impossible to prove the lineage. However, Mason
Greening of South Carolina had a close relationship with the Knighton family, who were also great gr/children of Robert
(Ref: SOME EARLY RECORDS)
earliest record in South Carolina of Mason Greening is a Land purchase of
100 AC from Daniel & Sarah Richardson, on April 13, 1763.
At the time of his death in 1776, he owned 1, 250 Acres of land by purchase
or grant. He never sold any of his land during his lifetime.
His occupation was Planter & Carpenter.
He and his family were of the Baptist faith, being members of the High Hills of Santee Baptist Church.
High Hills of Santee Baptist Church, 1934
Ref: The Library of Congress American Memory Collection
South Carolina Baptists 1670-1805 by Leah Townsend, Phd. 1935 Florence Printing
The High Hills of Santee Church (Baptist) was organized about 1770, located abt. 3 miles North of Statesburg, on a 4 acre lot donated by Dr. Joseph Howard
Near to Wateree River, not far from Santee River in the parish of St. Mark, Craven Co.,100 or so miles NW from Charleston. Church built 1770-71 on land given by Dr. Joseph Howard. No ordained minister, Dr. Howard and deacon Thomas Neal exhort among them. They began in 1769 when Mr. Jeremiah Dargan preached in the neighborhood, then Mr. Joseph Reese (Rees) preached there. Baptised were Thomas Abbith (Avett), George Brown, Jesse Nettles, Joseph Howard, Peter Mathews, Mary Freeman, Elizabeth Mathews, Ann Freeman, Frederick Jones, Edward Mathews, Thomas Neal & wf., Mason Grenon (Greening) & wf., Zechariah Harrell, Sarah Abbith (Avett), Nathaniel Dodd & wf., Peter (Wiliam) Robinson, Mrs. Tabitha Bates, James (Wm.) Mills, Martha (Mary) Scott, Milly Hart, Widow Hart, dau. Milly, Joseph Paine, Elizabeth Paine, Richard Furman & mother Rachel Furman, Mrs. Elizabeth Westberry, John Knighton, Anthony (Wm) Lee & wf., Hope Ridgeway & wf., Mary Smith, Milly Span, John Roberts, Elias Ward, Amy Fletcher, Frederick Briggs, Mrs. Winifred Rogers and Mrs. Ann Rice.
MASON GREENING was the 14th signer of the Revolutionary Association for Public Defense, District of Eateree, South Carolina 1775, shortly after the British fired the first shots near Boston, April, 1775-Ref: South Carolina Archives, Constitutional Papers-See Below
He died in St. Mark's Parish, Craven County, S. Carolina, in 1776. His will was dated Sept, 6, 1776 and Inventory of his estate was made on Dec. 28, 1776 by Peter Mellett, Moses Knighton, Jr, & Robert Singleton.
MASON GREENING (M)#1- Ca 1762 SC - ELIZABETH DAVIDSON, DTR OF ALEXANDER DAVIDSON & ELIZABETH BALL
(who were (M) Dec 3, 1742 Pr Fred. Winyaw, SC)
He (M) #2-CA 1769/70, in SC to MARGARET HAYNSWORTH, Dtr of Richard Haynsworth & Elizabeth Hesse
From Haynsworth Papers-(Charleston Hist Soc) Mr Greening came from Virginia and we are in formed that he was "a gentleman of influence"
(Courtesy Jacki Pierandri)
Margaret Haynsworth Greening, Widow of Mason Greening, (M) #2 about 1782 to Peter Mellet, by whom she had four children (See Peter Mellett page) She died in Sumter, SC November 23, 1807.
Family OF PETER MELLETT & Wife MARGARET Haynsworth GREENING
CHILDREN OF MASON GREENING
By Wife #1 Elizabeth Davidson Born Ca 1744 (M) Ca 1762
(1) ELIZABETH ANN GREENING Born Ca 1763 -named in father's will 1776- No further record
By Wife #2 -MARGARET HAYNSWORTH
(2) JOHN GREENING Born 1771 SC died: 1817 Sumter, SC
(M) CA 1797 SC MARY WHITEHEAD, Born 1775 Mecklenburg Co., Va.
( DTR. OF BENJAMIN & ELIZABETH SWEPSON WHITEHEAD)
After John Greening's death Mary married about 1823 her widowed brother-in-law JOHN GAYLE, who died in Wilcox Co., Ala, October, 1828. MARY died after 1860 in DeSoto Par., La, where she removed about 1847 with some of her children.
(3) SUSANNAH GREENING Born December 5, 1774 Statesburg, SC Died: August 19, 1842 Pickens Co., Ala. Buried: Garden Cemetery, Pickens Co., Ala. Marker reads
( "Susannah Brumby, Born in South Carolina, Mother of eight")
(M) May 1, 1791 SC to THOMAS BRUMBY
Will of Alexander Davidson, Craven Co, SC Planter, Nov, 15, 1763
Prov: July 14, 1766 R. nd P 568 Bk QQ
Note- Alexander Davidson (M) Elizabeth Ball
Dec 3, 1742 Par Pr. Fred. Winyaw, SC)
Will Names :
Son Alexander, 2 adj. tracts land, I purchased of Thomas Shitchel and other His Majesty's grant;
Son William land where I now live, purchased of John Shepherd.
Daughter: Elizabeth Grinan
Mentions : Estate to be kept together for 1 year after my decease, sons to be bound out apprentices to trades of their choice, until 21 yrs.
Exers: Joshua Screven, nephew Robert Davidson, Son Alexander, at 21 yrs.
Wts: Andrew Burnett, Sarah White, Anthony White
PETITIONS FOR LAND, FROM SOUTH CAROLINA COUNCIL JOURNALS ( 1757-1765) (Holcomb)
Meeting of Tuesday, 9 November, 1764 Pages 337-348
The following Petitions for Warrants of Survey, Prolonging Warrants and Certifying Plats were presented & read (Viz't) Long list Incl. MASON GREENING, 50 Acres, on Waters Santee
Petitions for Land from the SC Council Journals Vol VII 1771-1774 by Brent Holcomb p 233-242 Petitions praying for warrants of survey were presented and read viz't : Mason Greening 200 (meeting of Tuesday 1 Dec 1772 ) (courtesy Jacki Pierandri)
GRANTS to MASON GREENING
NOVEMBER 12, 1764 - 150 Acres unto MASON GREENING, his heirs and assigns, situate on the North Side of Wateree River in Craven County, bounding North Westwardly on Land laid out for JOHN HOPE, all other sides on vacant land. (Plat Annexed) VOL 16, P. 213 -Surveyed Oct. 27, 1770 by John Bremer.
NOVEMBER 13, 1764 - 50 Acres to MASON GREENING, his heirs and assigns, in Craven County, bounding Southeast on MASON GREENING'S land, Southwest on ANGLE HARDING'S land, other sides on vacant land. (Plat Annexed) VOL 8, P. 466 -Surveyed Dec. 16,1766 - John Troup-(See Deed of 9/7/1775) - FROM RICHARD RICHARDSON to MASON GREENING)
OCTOBER 7, 1771 - 200 Acres to MASON GREENING - on the High Hills of Santee, Craven County, St. Mark's Parish, butting and bounding West part on land granted to MATTHEW PATTERSON, part on Land Granted to ISAAC (JACKSON?), part on Land laid out to WILLIAM CANTEY, North on Land laid out (granted) to MOSES KNIGHTON and all other sides on vacant land, and (Plat Annexed) Dated June 5,1771 - Surveyed 10/7/1771. by Isham Moore. (Certified by John Bremer, Dep Sur-Gen. 10/7/1771.
(VOL 24, P. 320)
MARCH 2, 1773 - 200 Acres to MASON GREENING - Situate in Craven County, St. Mark's Parish, on the High Hills of Santee, bounding South on MOSES KNIGHTON and vacant land West on MOSES KNIGHTON and WILLIAM BARDEN'S land East on land supposed to be granted and vacant land and North on MASON GREENING'S LAND.
Certified by John Bremer, Dep. SurVEYOR-Genl. March 2, 1773.
Surveyed by Isham Moore, March 2, 1773. (Plat Annexed)
VOL 16, P. 213)
MEMORIALS OF LAND TITLES 1732-1775-MASON GREENING, 5 Land Memorials (SC Dept of Archives & History
(1) A Memorial exhibited by Mason Greening to be registered in the
Auditor's Office of a plantation or tract of land containing 50 Acres
situate in Craven County, bounding SE on said Mason Greening's land, SW
on Angel Harding's land, and on other sides by vacant land survey
certified the 7th Oct., 1766, and granted on the 16th day of Dec, 1766
to the Memorialist at the 28th of 3/St for 4/ pro money per 100 Acre to
commence two years from the date. In witness whereof he hath hereunto
set his hands the 14th day of Feby, 1767.Sig: Mason Greening Wm.
Glasscock, L L, Certified by Richard Lambton, Deputy Auditor
(2) A Memorial exhibited by Mason Greening to be regist'd. with
Auditor's Off. of a plantation or tract of land containing one hundred
and fifty acres, situate in Craven County on the N/S of Wateree River,
Bounding SW on lands of John Hope, all other sides on vacant land,
being certified the 27th of Oct., 1770, and granted the 10th day of
Jany, 1771, to the Memorialist, at the quit rent of 3/st ? of 4 pro
money for 100 acres to commence two years from the date. In witness
whereof he hath hereunto set his hands the 15th day of February, 1771.
Sig: James Hart, Isham Moore, D S Certified by R. L
(3) A Memorial exhibited by Mason Greening to be registered in the
Auditor's Office, pursuant to the Act of a ____in that case made and
provided of a plantation or tract of land containing 150 acres situate
in Craven County on the High Hills between the waters of Black River and
Wateree River bounding on all sides by vacant lands, originally granted
the 11th Feby. 1762, to Matthew Paterson at the 3/th of 3/St for 4 pro
money per 100 acres to commence two years from the date and conveyed by
him by lease and release bearing date respectfully the 26th and 27th
days of July, 1771. In Witness whereof, he hath hereunto set his hand
the 14th day Dec'r. 1771. Sig: Mason Greening. Certified by R. L
(4) A Memorial exhibited by Mason Greening to be registered in the
Aud'rs Office, agreeable to order of Council by the conditions of the
grant hereafter mentioned of a plantation or tract of land containing
200 acres, situate in Craven County, in the High Hills of Santee, in St.
Mark's Parish, bounding W part on land granted to Matthew Paterson,
Isaac Jackson, William Cantey, N. on land granted to Moses Knighton, all
other sides on vacant land, survey certified the 7th October, 1771, and
granted the 22nd day of November, 1771, to the Memorialist the 2th of
3/st of 4 pro money per 100 acres to commence two years from the date .
In witness whereof he hath hereunto set his hand this 13 Jany, 1772.
Isham Moore, D. S. del. 5th May, 1772 Sig: Mason Greening Certified: R.
(5) A Memorial exhibited by Mason Greening to be registered in the
Auditor's Office, of a plantation or tract of 200 Acres of land in
Craven County, St Mark's Parish, on the High Hills of Santee, bounding
S. on Moses Knighton, vacant land, W. on said Knighton, N. Wm. Barden's
land, E. on land supposed to be granted and vacant land of N. on Mason
Greening's land Survey certified 2nd March, 1773, granted the 18th of
August, 1774, to the Memorialist at 3th of 4/pro per hundred acres to
commence two years from this date. Quit rent in 2 yrs. In witness whereof he hath hereunto set his hand the 31st Jany. 1775 Isham Moore, D. S. dtd. Feby, 25th, 1775, to James McCormick
South Carolina Dept. of Archives & History, Digital Library Collections
These records BELOW contain several transcriptions errors-sgs
Series Number: S213184 Volume: 0008 Page: 00466 Item:02 Date: 1764/11/13
Description: GREENING, MOSES, (MASON) PLAT FOR 50 ACRES IN CRAVEN COUNTY.
Names Indexed: GREENING, MOSES (MASON) /HARDING, ANGLE/GLASCOCK, WILLIAM/TROUP, JOHN/
Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY/
Series Number: S213184 Volume: 0008 Page: 00625 Item: 00 Date: 1766/08/13
Description: RICHARDSON, RICHARD, PLAT FOR 800 ACRES IN ST. MARKS PARISH.
Names Indexed: RICHARDSON, RICHARD/SINCLAIR, JAMES/MOORE, JOHN/STONE, JOSHUA/STONE, BENJAMIN/LEE, ANTHONY/GREENING, MASON/HARDING, ANGLE/SMITH, BENJAMIN/GLASCOCK, WILLIAM/
Locations: SAINT MARKS PARISH/
Series Number: S136002 Box: 069A Item: 0090A ignore: 00 Date: 1767
Description: KNOX, ROBERT VS MASON GREENING, JUDGMENT ROLL.
Names Indexed: KNOX, ROBERT///GREENING, MASON/
Type: JUDGMENT-ROLL// (Ordered)
Series Number: S136002 Box: 077A Item: 0110A ignore: 00 Date: 1768
Description: GREENING, WILLIAM AND JOHN STUART, ASSIGNEES OF P.M. VS WALTER CUMMING, JUDGMENT ROLL.
Names Indexed: GREENING, WILLIAM//STUART, JOHN//CUMMING, WALTER/
Type: JUDGMENT-ROLL// (Ordered)
Series Number: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00213 Item:02 Date: 1770/10/27
Description: GRANNING, MOSES, (MASON GREENING) PLAT FOR 150 ACRES ON WATEREE RIVER.
Names Indexed: BREMAR, JOHN/GRANNING, MOSES (MASON GREENING) /MOORE, ISHAM/
Locations: WATEREE RIVER/CRAVEN COUNTY
Series Number S213184 Volume 0017 Page 00199 Item 02-Date: 1771/11/16-Description: MARION, BENJAMIN, PLAT FOR 250 ACRES IN ST. JOHNS PARISH.-Names Indexed: BREMAR, JOHN/MARION, BENJAMIN/GREENAND, WILLIAM/PALMER, JOSEPH/HUTCHINSON, ROBERT/-Locations: SAINT JOHNS PARISH/BERKELEY COUNTY-Type: PLAT/-I do not know who this is as William Greening had died 1768-sgs
Series Number:S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00302 Item:01 Date: 1772/03/10
Description: LEE, ANTHONY, PLAT FOR 150 ACRES IN CRAVEN COUNTY.
Names Indexed: BREMAR, JOHN/LEE, ANTHONY/GRINEN, MARION (MASON GREENING) /JACKSON, ISAAC/MOORE, NATHANIEL/
Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY/HIGH HILLS OF SANTEE
Series Number:S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00213 Item:01 Date: 1773/03/02
Description: GRANNING, MOSES, (MASON GREENING) PLAT FOR 200 ACRES IN CRAVEN COUNTY.
Names Indexed: BREMAR, JOHN/GRANNING, MOSES (MASON GREENING) /KNIGHTON, MOSES/BARDIN, WILLIAM/KNIGHTON, MASON (Moses Knighton) /MOORE, ISHAM/
Locations: CRAVEN COUNTY/SAINT MARKS PARISH-Type: PLAT
Series Number S213190-Volume 0016-Page 0029-Item 00
Date:1784/07/09-Description: NETTLES, JESSE, PLAT FOR 418 ACRES ON GRASSY HEAD BRANCH, CAMDEN DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY ISHAM MOORE.-Names Indexed: NETTLES, JESSE/MOORE, ISHAM/KNIGHTON, MOSES/MOLLETT, PETER/JOARE, GEORGE/GREENING, MASON/SILVESTER, ASBERRY/-Locations: CAMDEN DISTRICT/BLACK RIVER/HIGH HILLS OF SANTEE-Type: PLAT/
Series Number:S213190 Volume: 0016 Page: 00260 Item:01 Date: 1786/02/18
Description: REES, HUBERD, PLAT FOR 400 ACRES ON COW BRANCH, CAMDEN DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY ISHAM MOORE.
Names Indexed: REES, HUBERD/MOORE, ISHAM/MOLLETT, PETER/WILLIAMS, ROLAND JOHN/GAYLES, JOSIAH/JACKSON, ISAAC/GREENING, MASON/
Locations: CAMDEN DISTRICT/COW BRANCH/BLACK RIVER/HIGH HILLS OF SANTEE-Type: PLAT/
(Though Mason Greening was deceased, some of his land was apparently still in his name, as his son John Greening was still a minor at this time-under the guardianship of his stepfather, Peter Mellett-sgs)
Series Number S213190 Volume 0001 Page 00190 Item 00-Date: 1786/01/27
Description: IOOR, GEORGE, PLAT FOR 425 ACRES ON LIGHTWOOD CHUNK BRANCH, CAMDEN DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JOSIAH FURMAN.-Names Indexed: IOOR, GEORGE/FURMAN, JOSIAH/LACKEY, SARAH/WILKISON, WILLIAM/JACKSON, ISAAC/BERRY, JAMES/GREENING, MASON/MELLET, PETER/SINGLETON, MATHEW/
Locations: CAMDEN DISTRICT/LIGHTWOOD CHUNK BRANCH/BLACK RIVER-Type: PLAT/
Series Number:S218157 Volume: 000A Page: 00067 ignore:00 Date: 1786/04/29
Description: MELLETT, PETER TO COMMISSIONERS OF THE LOAN OFFICE, MORTGAGE FOR 1,058 ACRES ON HIGH HILLS OF SANTEE AND BLACK RIVER, CAMDEN DISTRICT. (PLAT AND APPRAISEMENT)
Names Indexed: MELLETT, PETER/SINGLETON, MATTHEW/WOODASON, MRS./SILVESTER, ASBURY/GREENING, MASON/IOOR, GEORGE/
Locations: HIGH HILLS OF SANTEE/BLACK RIVER/CAMDEN DISTRICT
Type: MORTGAGE/ (ORDERED)
April 13, 1763 Craven Co., S. Carolina
DANIEL Richardson, (Blacksmith, of Craven Co.,) & WIFE SARAH RICHARDSON to MASON GREENING, Carpenter, of Craven County, S. C. In consid. of amt. of Five Shillings 100 Acres , situate lying and being. in Craven Co., S. C., on a creek known by the name of Potato Creek, on the North Side of Santee River bounded on all sides on Vacant land, plat thereof to the original grant annexed.
signed: DANIEL RICHARDSON (SEAL)
Sarah (Her Mark) Richardson
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
JOHN CANTEY, Junr., MOSES GREEN, W. BREACH
Signatures proved by Moses Green, and ordered to be recorded, Dec. 12, 1763.
RICHARD RICHARDSON (J. P.)
Recorded 12/22/1763-WM. HOPTON, Registrar. (Vol. A, (3), - P. 413-422)
RELEASE - Same Date, Same Witnesses
SIGNED: RICHARD RICHARDSON [SEAL]
AUGUST 22, 1764-VOL G(3) - P.80-86) JOSEPH TILLER AND WIFE PRISCILLA TILLER of Craven Co., S. Carolina to MASON GRENNON of Craven Co., S.C. In Cons. of the sum of five shillings. 200 Acres on North Side of Santee River Craven Co., S. Car. bounded on land surveyed for ANGEL HARDING and all other sides on Vacant land, being granted to SAMUEL WILLIAMS (***Below) patent bearing date of Feb. 13, 1753.
JOSEPH TILLER (HIS MARK) (SEAL)
Wit: Israel Pickens, Jos. Moore
Recorded and Examined Mar. 30, 1767 by Fenwicke Bull, Regis.
RELEASE - Same Date: Signed: JOSEPH TILLER (HIS MARK) (SEAL)
PRISCILLA TILLER (HER MARK) Seal)
RECEIPT for 250 pds., current money of S. Carolina, signed and witnessed by same people, same date & place.
Signatures Proved: .by Jos. Moore & Isral Pickens - Aug.22,1764 John Pickens JP Recorded and Exam. Mar. 31, 1767: Fenwick Bull, Regis.
(*** SAMUEL & MARY WILLIAMS sold to JOSEPH TILLER, Aug. 13, 1754 - WIT: FRANCIS JAMES, THOS., CASSITY, WILLIAM BROWN)
ULY 26, 1771 - (LEASE & RELEASE)
MATHEW PATERSON, St. Mark's Par. S.C. (Planter)
& ANNE PATTERSON, His Wife :
MASON GREENING, St. Mark's Par., S.C. (Planter)
In Cons. of Seven Shillings lawful money of Prov. of S.C.,
150 Acres, situate lying and being in Craven Co., in the High Hills between the waters of Black River and Wateree River, bounded on all sides by vacant land
MATHEW PATTISON (Seal)
Recorded: 18th Aug., 1772,Henry Rugley, Reg.
RELEASE- Same Date:
Signed: MATHEW PATTISON (SEAL)
ANNE (Her Mark) PATTISON (Seal)
Wit: Arthur Richardson, Moses Knighton.
Receipt for 300 Pds. signed by MATHEW PATTISON
Aug. 7, 1771 - Signatures proved by Arthur Richardson before Jno. Oglethorpe, JP, Recorded and Examined 18th Aug. 1772-Henry Rugeley, Reg.
A Memorial Land Title hereof entered in Office in Book LN II, Page (99), the fourteenth December, 1771.
R. SAMBTON, Dp. Audr.
July 27, 1771, CRAVEN COUNTY, S. CAROLINA St. Mark's Parish Lease & Release MOSES & SARAH KNIGHTON, his wife of St. Marks Parish, Craven Co., S. Carolina
TO MASON GREENING, of the Co. of Craven, State of S. Carolina In Cons. of ten shillings 1 Tract cont. 200 Acres, lying in Craven Co., S.C. bounding on S/S of first tract of 200 acres; and all other sides by vacant land, cont. 100 acres. (300 acres total) .located on a branch of Black River, commonly known as Grassy Head,
LEASE signed: MOSES KNIGHTON (LS)
Wit: ARTHUR RICHARDSON
RELEASE-Same Date- Signed; MOSES KNIGHTON (LS)
Wit: Same as above. SARAH (Her Mark) KNIGHTON (LS)
Recorded & Examined 17 August, 1772-VOL Z3 - Pgs. 97-100 -Henry Rugeley, Reg
ORIGINAL GRANT: Does not say
September 7, 1775 - VOL A5-P. 356-360:
RICHARD RICHARDSON, ESQ. of St Mark's Parish, Prov. of S. Carolina
TO: MASON GREENING, of St. Mark's Parish, S. Carolina
(Surveyed: Dec. 16, 1766)
50 Acres, *(Ref. to Royal Grant of Nov. 13, 1764) Same land granted to MASON GREENING, but was later found to be within 800 Acres granted to RICHARD RICHARDSON October 29, 1766-Granted to MASON GREENING in error) situated and lying in Craven Co., St. Mark's Parish, S. Carolina bounded SE on MASON GREENING'S land, SW on ANGEL HARDING'S land, and on all other sides by what was thought to be vacant land.
In cons. of 100 pds. lawful money of S. Carolina. LEASE AND RELEASE forms signed: RICHARD RICHARDSON (SEAL) in presence of: PETER MELLET, JOHN ROBERTS'
Signatures proved by PETER MELLET before George Sheed, JP
Recorded and Examined 21st day of Jan. 1777.
RECEIPT Dated Sept. 5, 1775 for 100 pds. signed by RICHARD RICHARDSON
Wit: PETER MELLET
Signatures proved by PETER MELLET before George Sheed, J.P.
Jan. 11th, 1777.
Recorded & Examined 21st January, 1777.
WILL OF MASON GREENING; CRAVEN COUNTY, ST. MARKS PARISH, SOUTH CAROLINA
Ref: South Carolina Archives, Constitutional Papers
Description: South Carolina Association for Public Defense, District of Eateree
South Carolina Declaration of Independence & Articles of Federation, reads, as follows:
REVOLUTIONARY ASSOCIATION FOR THE PUBLIC DEFENSE, SOUTH CAROLINA
The actual commencement of hostilities by the British troops in the bloody scenes of April 19th last near Boston, the increase of arbitrary impositions from a wicked and despotic ministry and the dread of instigated insurrections in the colonies, are causes sufficient to drive oppressed people to arms: We, therefore, the subscribers, inhabitants of South Carolina, holding ourselves bound by the most sacred of all obligations, the duty of good citizens toward an injured country, are thoroughly convinced, under our present distressed circumstances, we shall be justified before God and man in resisting by force, do unite ourselves, under every tie of religion and honor and associate as a band at her defense against every foe,: hereby solemnly engaging that whenever our continental or provisional council shall decree it necessary, we go forth and be ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes to secure her freedom and safety. This obligation to continue in force until reconciliation shall take place between Great Britain and America, upon constitutional principals, an event which we most ardently desire, and we will hold all those persons inimical to the liberty of the colonies, who shall refuse to subscribe to this Association.
Signed by 80 people
MASON GREENING being #14
Peter Mellet #5
Henry Haynesworth #10
Also on list- Moses Knighton, Jr
James Freeman, John James, Wood Furman, Josiah Gayle, etal
In the Name of God, Amen, I, Mason Greening of St. Marks Parish and Province of South Carolina, Planter, being weak of Body, but in Perfect Mind and Memory, Thanks be to God, do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in the Manner and Form following; Viz:
I recommend my Soul to the Mercy of Almighty God and trusting in the Merits of my Blessed Redeemer, after my Just Debts and Funeral Expenses are Paid (trusting in my Executors hereafter appointed) to be decently interred, my Body.
I do Will, Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife, Margaret Greening, a Certain Negro Wench Named Tenah to her and her Heirs forever; Also, the first choice of One of my horses and also first choice of One of my Beds with Furniture to the same;
Also, it is my Desire that my said beloved Wife Margaret should have the use, Benefit and lent of the Dwelling House I now live in, with One Hundred Acres of Land a Certain Negro fellow Named Peter, One fourth of the Household Furniture and also One Fourth part of the Stock of Cattle, horses, sheep, Hoggs, ETC, during her widowhood , But in case of my said Beloved Wife's death or marriage, my Desire is that the above Mentioned One Hundred Acres Land should revert and return to the Use, Benefit and Behoof, of my Son, John Greening to him and his Heirs forever.
Also, my Desire is that the above named Negro fellow Peter and One fourth of the Household furniture, and likewise One fourth of the Stock above Mentioned should in case of my Said Wife's Marriage or Death, be Equally Divided among my remaining children to be to them and their Heirs forever.
I do also Will & Bequeath unto my Son, John Greening, (except as above acct.) all my Real Estate of Land, to be him and his Heirs forever.
Also, I give and Bequeath to my Daughter, Elizabeth Greening, a Certain Negro Girl Named Fanny, to be to her and her Heirs forever; but in case the said Negro Girl Fanny should die before my said daughter Elizabeth should arrive at the age of Maturity, then my Will and Desire is that a Certain Negro Girl Named Leah should be to the Use, Benefit and Behoof of my said Daughter Elizabeth and her Heirs forever.
Also, I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Susannah a Certain Negro Girl Named Phebe to her and her Heirs forever; but Provided said Phebe should die before my said Daughter should arrive at the age of Maturity, then it is my Desire that a Certain Negro Girl Named Kate should be to the Use, Benefit and Behoof of my said Daughter Susannah, to her and her Heirs forever.
Also, my Desire IS that the above Named Negro Girls Vizt; Fanny, Phebe should be kept in the House for the use and Benefit of all my Children until my Son, John Greening, arrives at the age of Maturity; Then, my Will and Desire is that all of my Estate except the Lands & except as above mentioned and excepted, be Equally divided among my remaining Children;
But Provided or in case of my Son John Greening should die before he arrives at the Age of Maturity, or has any Heirs lawfully Begotten of his Body, then and in that case my Desire is that my Daughter Elizabeth Greening should have a Certain Tract or Parcel of Land originally Granted -to a Certain Mathew Patterson of One Hundred and Fifty Acres; Also, a Certain Tract or Parcel of Land of Two Hundred Acres Granted to myself, and joining said One Hundred and Fifty Acres to be to her and her Heirs
*** [MISSING PARTS OF THIS WILL DESTROYED IN ORIGINAL WILL BOOK]***of my said Son John's Death before he Arrives at the Age of Maturity, that all the residue and Remainder of my Land should be to the Use, Benefit and Behoof of my said Daughter Susannah Greening to her and her Heirs forever.
Lastly, I do Will and Ordain, and Constitute James Rambert, John James, Junr., ** & William McConnico Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 26th day of September In the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Six.
MASON GREENING (LS)
Signed, Sealed and Published and }
Declared in Presence of us: }
**Dec 7, 1787 Bk AA, P 64, St Mark's Par, S.C.- Proved 3/19/1789-Will of John James, wit by John Greening, Patrick Brock, Nathaniel Bradford, John Greening would be only about 17 yrs of age at this time-He named a son John James Greening. To date I have found no blood relation between the James family & the Greening family.-sgs
INVENTORY & APPRAISEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF MASON GREENING, Dec'd., Probate Court Records, Vol BB, P. 15, December 28th, 1776 POUNDS, SHILLINGS, SIX-PENCE NEGROES: WILL 350l, Tom , 500l, Peter 550l, Sam 500, Tenah 400L, = 1900.0.0
Silby 350L, Fanny, 250L, Fibby 175L, Leah 150L Cate 100L = 1025.0.0
Nine head of horses 465L, 26 Head of sheep, ! 5.10L/143L = 608.0.0
25 Head Hogs with some pigs, 102L, 26 Head of cattle T 8L, PR H/208L = 310.0.01 Old Cart 5L, 61 Geese and 13 Ducks 52.2/6L, 1 Bedstead & Furniture 60L, 1 Bedstead, Furniture, 70L, 1bedstead, furniture = 157-2-6
1 case with bottles 21L, 2 trunks, 11L, 1 chest 4L, 2 tables, 5L = 41.0.0
11 old chairs, 8L, crockery ware 14.l0L = 22.10.0
4 candlesticks, pr. snuffers, 3L, 1 spice mortar & pestle 2L = 5.0.0
1 lott tinware 2L, 2 small looking glasses 1L, 2 jugs & 2 jars 4L = 7.0.0
1 pr stillyards 1.10L, 2 guns and 1 gun lock (s) 20L 21.0.0
1 lott pewter, 16L.10 7 case knives with 12 forks 1L.15=18.5.0
1 pr fire dogs & tongs 3L, 1 tea kettle & trivet 1L.10= 4.10.0
1 lott books 12L 3 sad irons & i grid iron 3L.15=15.15.0
2 pr old cards 4L, 1 spinning wheel 3L= 7.7.0
1 man's saddle & 3 bridles=7.7.0
1 bed, bedstead & furniture, 50L, 1 bedstead without furniture 15L =65.0.0
about 200 lb seed cotton @ 2/20L, 4 1.2 bushels indigo seed @ 6L.27L = 47.0.0
15 lb. wool & 4 lb. of spun wool 5L.15, 1 lott carpenter's tools 40L = 45.15.0
1 Woman's saddle 10L, 2 Pr iron traces 3L.10 =13.10.0
1 iron harrow with device, 4L.10, 4 old plows L11.10 = 16.0.0
5 axes, 1 hatchet, & a frow L6.15., 17 hoes L 13 = 19.15.0
2 scythes, 4 reap'g. hooks, L4.15, 1 wire sieve, L2 = 6.15.0
1 whip saw, 1 saw sett L8, 1 X-Cut saw L7.10 15.10.0
4 old bells, L4.10, 2 old cart boxes 7/6 8 weight iron L15 = 19,17.6
1 parcel of old HHD.& Barrels L5, 8 bushels oats L4 = 9.0.0
4 bushels salt, L13, 1 lott cooper's ware L3 = 16.0.0
7 potts, 3 pr. hooks & 2 Pr Iron racks = 11.0.0
1 Fryg. pan L1.10, 1 loom with harness & stay L10 =11.10.0
1 grindstone L3, 1 pr Hand Mill stones & frame L15 = 18.0.0
40 bushels corn @ 10/L205, 15 bushels peas L7.10/= 212.10.0
150 bushels potatoes @ 3/9.L28.2/6 , 1 sett accoutriments L2 = 30.02.6
some flax L2. 10 lb. spun cotton L7.10=9.10.0
1 wooden sugar pott =0.10.0
400 lb. indigo @ 25/= 500,0,0
50 lb. indigo @ 5/=12.10.0
1 pr old tongs = 0.15.0
TOTAL = 5679.12.6
SIGNED; PETER MELLETT, MOSES KNIGHTON, JR. ROBERT SINGLETON
The High Hills Baptist Church was early in the Parish of St. Marks and in 1757 it had on it's membership roll:
Sherwood James Sr.
Sherwood James Jr.
Thomas Knighton who was a neighbor of the James.
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