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Frazier Family Bible Records
Vermilion County, Illinois

"The History of the Frazier Family" of Vermilion County, Illinois
source: "Family records from old Bibles and other family written records" Illinois: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1952. Transcribed by K. Torp

The following is a true statement of Mrs Frazier Smith, wife of Edward J Smith, who was born in
the County of Vermilion, State of Illinois, Sept 5, 1834

My great-grandfather Frazier came from England, located in Virginia, was a tailor by trade, and made the frost frock coat ever worn by General Washington. His son, my grandfather, John Frazier, lived in Virginia and served six and a half years in the Continental Amy during the Revolutionary War under General Washington. He was sick six months and returned to the Army and served the full length of the war. He was an eye-witness to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis to General Washington at Yorktown. This Incident so enraged one of the British soldiers when commanded to ground arms that he threw his musket forcibly to the ground remarking, "We never had to do this before." My grandfather said to him,"Well, you have to do it behind."

After the war my grandfather moved to Kentucky where he lived a number of years. He later came to Illinois and located near Dallas, Illinois, now Indianola. He lived there with his son Joseph Frazier until his death. His remains rest in an unknown grave near the latter village.

My father, Peter Frazier, son of John Frazier was born near Richmond, Virginia. He moved from Virginia to Kentucky and later to Connersville, Indiana. In 1832 he, with his family moved to Illinois and located on a farm in Vermilion County near Fairmount. His farm was taken up from government land known as the Saline Reservation

Peter Frazier married Betsy Christian in Virginia, and four sons and eight daughters were born to them. The sons were: Turrence, Hugh, William, and Joseph. The daughters were: Mary, Cynthia, Sarah, Elmira, Elva, and Elizabeth. Two daughters died in infancy. Mary married James Richmond near Camargo, Douglas County Illinois; Cynthia married William Allen Hammond. Sarah married Johnn M Payton. Elmira died when a child. Elva married Edward J Smith. Elisabeth died when a young woman. William married Melina Nell. The other three sons died in boyhood and young manhood.

To William Allen Hammond and Cynthia Bamond were born seven children. Only two are living at this date (1912) W.A. Hammond in Douglas, Arizona and Mrs M.T. Foreman of Carrizozo(?), Mew Mexico. W. A. Hammond has six children living in El Paso, Texas. Mrs Foreman's first husband was B.G. Kelley. Their two children are John T Kelley of Meming, New Mexico, and Mrs Lemuel McCall, Carrizozo, New Mexico. Mrs Foreman was married the second time to Miles B. Foreman. By this marriage two children are living, George Foreman in El Paso, Texas, and William Foreman Rosewell, New Mexico.

Elva married Edward J. Smith and has five children - Caroline Palmer living in Parsons, Kansas, Clara Collins near Fairmount, Illinois, Sara Riddle near Muncie, Illinois; Peter Smith of Fithian, Illinois, and Joseph Smith of Fairmount, Illinois. Children of John and Sarah Payton are W.A. Payton of Danville, Illinois; Julia of Aurora, Illinois and a daughter Jenny Stein.

John Frazier, father of Elizabeth Frazier Greer, was of Scotch descent. He was a cooper and farmer. He had black hair and eyes, weight about 160 pounds. He was a soldier in the Revolution of 1776. He died in Vermilion County, Illinois about 1828.

Elizabeth Frazier Greer was born at Hanover, Virginia, May 1, 1778.
The marriage bond of Elisabeth Frazier and James Greer in the Franklin County, Va records is dated Sept 22, 1800. Surety is John Frazier
James and Elisabeth Frazier Greer had the following children:

George Greer
born 5-12-1800
m. Susanna Porter
Settled: Eugene, IN


  • Elizabeth (m. Edmond Edmonds)
  • Silas
  • James Austin (m. Eliza Collins Hughes)
  • George
  • Richard
  • Mary Jane (m. Dr. EA Flaughter)

Mary Greer
born 9-2-1802
m. Joseph Danner


  • Henry
  • George
  • Nancy
  • Elizabeth
  • Margaret
  • Sarah (m. William Hawkins)
  • Joseph
  • Allen
Eleanor Greer
born 3-22-1804
m. 1. John White
2nd. John Hammers
John Greer
born 5-4-1806 in Franklin County, VA
married Penelope Miller Parks
Settle in Northern Indiana
Nancy Greer
born 5-14-1808
m. 1st - David Lyons
m. 2nd - Robert Williams
m. 3rd - William Dawson
Settled in northern Indiana

James Greer
born 5-25-1810;
m. Rachel Hibbs
d. while children were small. Rachel remarried.


  • Francis Marion
  • Rachel
  • James Richard
  • Joseph

Betsey Greer
m. Andrew Danner
Settled in/near Danville, IL


  • Sarah
  • Lily
  • Josephine
  • Marion
  • Joseph Sylvester
Sarah Greer
born 4-12-1816
m. William Dawson

Settled in northern Indiana
Jane Greer
born 4-12-1816
m. John Prevo

Settled in southwestern Missouri
Moses Greer
b. 2-17-1819 - may have been in KY
m. 1st - Emily Baylor
m. 2nd - Mary Jane Phumphrey

Settled in northern Indiana
Delilah Greer
born 10-25-1821
m. Alby Baylor
Settled in southwestern Missouri

The above story relating to my great grandfather, grandfather and father was told me by my father as to their war record both in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812
(Signed) Elva Smith



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