Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer King diaries

Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer King diaries

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: King, Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer, 1810-1886
Title: Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer King diaries
Dates: 1844-1883
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet 3 boxes
Coll. Number: ms3054

Biographical/Historical Note

Born December 31, 1810, to Richard and Elizabeth Meade Cox, Francina Elizabeth Cox grew up five miles east of Athens in recently formed Clarke County. In 1826, Francina Elizabeth Cox and John Cox Greer were married. Soon after, Elizabeth, as she preferred to be called, added a small inheritance when her father died. Located about five miles east of Athens on the road leading to Lexington, John Greer's plantation encompassed 300 acres along Shoal Creek. The Greers called their home Chalky Level because the drive around it was laden with limestone. The original structure was built around 1817, and had served as an inn for the stagecoach between Athens and Augusta. Elizabeth Greer became pregnant within a year of her marriage and over thenext 19 years had 15 children, only three of whom survived to adulthood. Elizabeth Greer possessed enormous energy and a strong will to survive in spite of great personal losses. She was a very slight and fragile woman who, before the war, was often confined to bed and weighed only 77 pounds. Athens Banner Herald - Plantation life in Clarke County: the world of Francina Elizabeth Greer / Mary Levin Koch, June 17, 2001.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 13 volumes dated July 12, 1844 to July 23, 1866 and June 14, 1871 to October 29, 1883, written by Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer King. The diaries include information about the weather, family visits, births and deaths, and day-to-day life.

Index Terms

Athens (Ga.)--History.
Clarke County (Ga.)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
King, Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer, 1810-1886 -- Diaries
Oglethorpe County (Ga.)--History.
Plantation owners' spouses--Geogria--Oglethorpe County--Diaries.
Plantation owners' spouses--Georgia--Clarke County--Diaries.
Plantation owners--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer King diaries, ms3054, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository include: Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer King diary, ms1167.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Diary, 1844 July 12-1848 December 25 View online.
2Diary and transcript, 1848 December 26-1851 May 19 View online.
3Diary and partial transcript, 1851 May 20-1854 July 26 View online.
4Diary, 1854 July 27-1855 May 20 View online.
5Diary, 1855 May 21-1856 April 6 View online.
6Diary, 1856 April 7-1859 August 23 View online.
21Transcript, 1859 August 24-1862 October 10 View online.
2Diary, 1859 August 24-1862 October 10 View online.
3Diary, 1862 October 11-1866 July 23 View online.
4Diary, 1871 June 14-1874 November 17 View online.
31Diary, 1874 November 18-1876 October 23 View online.
2Diary, 1876 October 24-1879 July 24 View online.
3Diary, 1879 July 25-1881 August 13 View online.
4Diary, 1881-1883 View online.