Joseph Greer was born in Philadelphia back in 1754 to Andrew and Ruth. The family moved to Staunton, Virginia. Joseph was well known as an Indian trader and had a vast knowledge of the Appalachian back country. During the American Revolutionary War, he served as a Kings Mountain Messenger.
After the war, he used his land grant to purchase several thousand acres near what is not Petersburg, Tennessee. He also operated a general store in Knoxville, which was the State Capital at that time. In 1804, he sold his business and moved to his farm in Cane Creek Valley. He died in 1831, he was 76.
What you may not know about joseph is that he is most famous for delivering the message to the Continental Congress for the American victory over the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. That battle has been described as “the war’s largest all-American fight”.
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