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Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer King diaries

Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer King diaries

Descriptive Summary

Title: Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer King diaries
Creator: King, Francina Elizabeth Cox Greer, 1810-1886
Inclusive Dates: 1844-1883
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet 3 boxes
Collection Number: ms3054
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

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

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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

General Notes

This collection has been digitized and is available through the Digital Library of Georgia:

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject 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 -- Georgia.
Plantation owners' spouses -- Geogria -- Oglethorpe County -- Diaries.
Plantation owners' spouses -- Georgia -- Clarke County -- Diaries.

Related Collections in this Repository

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 Access Online
12Diary and transcript, 1848 December 26-1851 May 19 Access Online
13Diary and partial transcript, 1851 May 20-1854 July 26 Access Online
14Diary, 1854 July 27-1855 May 20 Access Online
15Diary, 1855 May 21-1856 April 6 Access Online
16Diary, 1856 April 7-1859 August 23 Access Online
21Transcript, 1859 August 24-1862 October 10 Access Online
22Diary, 1859 August 24-1862 October 10 Access Online
23Diary, 1862 October 11-1866 July 23 Access Online
24Diary, 1871 June 14-1874 November 17 Access Online
31Diary, 1874 November 18-1876 October 23 Access Online
32Diary, 1876 October 24-1879 July 24 Access Online
33Diary, 1879 July 25-1881 August 13 Access Online
34Diary, 1881-1883 Access Online