Sarah Ann Elizabeth Berry

Sarah Ann Elizabeth Berry was born July 19, 1836, in Hardin County, Tennessee. She was the sixth child born to William Berry and Sarah Weatherford.

She moved with her parents to Wayne County, Tennessee about 1837.

The 1840 Wayne County census shows Elizabeth as a female under the age of 5 years.

The 1850 Wayne County census shows 15 year old Elizabeth living at home with her parents and siblings.

Elizabeth married David Cook Greeson on August 14, 1859, in Wayne County. David was a widower with seven children.

David Cook Greeson was born March 9, 1822, in Bedford County, Tennessee, the son of Henry Christopher Greeson and Elizabeth Cook. Henry C. Greeson was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, in 1788, son of Isaac Greeson and Doretha Turley Ingle. The Greeson family was of German descent. They immigrated to America in 1728. Elizabeth Cook, daughter of John Cook, was born in 1794, in North Carolina.

David was a farmer. He lived in both Wayne and Hardin Counties in Tennessee. Records show that David filed a claim, in 1873, with the U. S. Government for payment of 500 pounds of bacon and hams taken by the Union Army during the Civil War.

The 1880 Hardin County, Tennessee census, District 7, shows David Greeson, 57, a farmer; Elizabeth, wife, 43; William, son, 19, farm laborer; John E., son, 16; Sarah E., daughter, 15; Cook, son, 13; Nancy, daughter, 8; and Dorothy E., daughter, 5 years old. Living with the family was Elizabeth Greeson, mother, widowed, 86, born in Tennessee.

David died November 29, 1885, in Wayne County. The Savannah Courier newspaper in Hardin County, Tennessee, printed an obituary which stated, "Mr. David Greeson, an estimable citizen living on Horse Creek, died very suddenly, while kneeling in prayer, on last Sunday". David is buried in Gillis Mills Cemetery in Hardin County.

In 1907, Elizabeth filed a claim with the Eastern Cherokee Court of Claims attempting to establish her Cherokee ancestry, in which she listed her parents and grandparents. The application was denied.

Elizabeth raised her step-children and eight children of her own. She died January 4, 1916, in Wayne County and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery at Waynesboro, in Wayne County.

Children of David C. Greeson and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Berry

1. William David Greeson, b. 1860, Hardin Co, TN

2. Margaret Rebecca Emaline Greeson, b. 1861, Hardin Co, TN

3. John Elderson Greeson, b. 1862, Hardin Co, TN; m. Mary Emma Hampton

4. Sarah Elizabeth Greeson, b. 1863, Hardin Co, TN

5. Martin Cook Greeson, b. 1866, Hardin Co, TN

6. Laura C. Greeson, died young

7. Nancy Caroline Greeson, b. 1871, Hardin Co, TN

8. Dorothy Ellen Greeson, b. 1875, TN