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Looking for Greer and Gillespie in New York

Looking for Greer and Gillespie in New York

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Published by: mas80304 on Mar 29, 2010
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Looking for Gillespies and Greers in New York
I thought it might be possible to track down these NY Gillespies and Greers by looking at land recordsin New York (specifically Orange County and Dutchess County). Especially given the amount of landthat the Greers bought in Michigan, one wonders where did they get all that money? My impressionafter looking at many, many historical records is that the Greers especially were interested in LAND.So my premise was to look for Greer or Gillespie buying land in New York in the very early 1800s inOrange and Dutchess counties, and then see if anybody with the same names was selling their land inthe 1830s (to have cash to buy in Michigan).I don't think I came up with anything conclusive.For Gillespie:I have to go back through my notes, but in looking at the records I scanned, there was one from 1824, a purchase (I think) in Crawford, Orange, New York by a Stephen Gillespie with a wife ELIZABETH.This is probably not our Elizabeth Gillespie, but I scanned the image any way.For Greer:In 1809 Andrew Christie sold lots of land in Minisink, Orange, New York to Thomas Grier for $6000.This Thomas then bought even more land in 1811. It looks like he was a Reverend in a PresbyterianChurch and was trying to set up a church? Then, if I am reading it right, he sold all this land in 1824.So this case fits my criteria of buying early 1800s, and selling before 1833. But there was no ThomasGreer (of any age) arriving in Oakland County in the 1830s, so unless this Thomas gave his proceeds tohis sons (who just happen to show up in Michigan buying lots of land), this is not a connection. I amnevertheless throwing everything I researched out for others to see just in case they see things or think of things I do not.Finally, I include some pages with Gillespie names from an 1825 census of Orange County, NY (thewhole county).Mary Ann Schaefer at FHL, SCL, March 2010
Gillespie Records 1824, Orange County, New York 

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