Hiram Greer

Looking through eastern Kentucky newspapers, I came across several references to Hiram Greer of Morgan County who was reportedly a good fiddler. The clippings below are a start in learning more about him. His name is variously spelled Greer, Grear, or Greear.

hiram greear

Hazel Green Herald ~ September 16, 1885

Morgan County.

Hiram Grear and son, William, and a number of others near this place have just returned from quite an extended visit to relatives and friends in Virginia, and report a pleasant trip.

Hazel Green Herald ~ July 14, 1886

Morgan County.

Grassy Creek.

Candidates are becoming very numerous in this county., and especially in this precinct. We have four for Magistrate, to wit: Wm. Havens, T. H. Testerman, Hiram Greer, and Math Hale. The present indications are that somebody will get beaten, although there are two to elect.

Hazel Green Herald ~ March 30, 1887


Grassy Creek, March 25.

Hiram Greer of this place was recently called to Missouri to see his son who went from here a short time ago. He wrote to his father that he was very sick, and Mr. Greer went at once, but we have since learned that his son is better. Mr. G. will probably look the country over before returning.

Hazel Green Herald ~ November 4, 1887

Hiram Greer sold Wm. B. Goad a cow  for $16.

Hazel Green Herald ~ April 3, 1891


West Liberty Wisps.

Circuit court convened last Monday with his honor Judge Cooper on the wool sack, and M. M. Redwine at his post. There was a good crowd in town, but jockeys say it was a dull day in their line of business as only a few changed horses. The following persons compose the juries: Grand Jury—M. Carpenter, foreman; J. S. Nickell, Jack Black, J. M. Lewis, D. N. Ferguson, M. R. Steele, A. B. Lovelace, J. M. Perry, Jr., R. B. McClure, R. M. Smith, W. D. Caskey, Richard Ferguson, J. T. Caskey, D. C. Hutchinson, Menefee Turner, J. V. Oakley. Petit Jury—W. G. Blair, H. C. Ferguson, E. P. Lewis, J. W. Wheeler, James Williams, W. P. Samples, Milt Williams, B. F. Lykins, J. W. Day, Hiram Greer, R. C. Day, J. M. Adkins, W. A. Lacy, Charles W. Cecil, Boone Oldfield, R. F. Williams, W. H. Elam, Dock Isom, Miles Little, J. T. Wills, John D. Fannin, James K. Nickell, J. W. Bays, Wm. Pack. Cases were disposed of as follows:....

Mount Sterling Advocate ~ September 15, 1896

Curative Springs for Kidney Trouble.

Mr. Jacob See, of this county, has returned from Morgan county, where he went in search of health. He was gone from home and was at the springs two weeks, and was very much benefitted. The first spring he attended is known as the Hiram Greer Spring on the waters of Grassy Creek. Mr. See first drank water from the spring on the South side of the mountain, where he remained one week at the home of Hiram Greer, one of the most hospitable men in the mountains. Mr. Greer is 73 years old and is a very active old man. The waters on this side of the mountain are warmer than waters on the North side, with about the same medicinal properties. The spring on the North side is known as the Amyx Spring. Mr. See boarded one week with Mr. Andrew Amyx, where he was quite sick and received the kindest attention. While these waters are  comparatively unknown, it is a fact where a real test has been made, that they have proved themselves a positive permanent cure for kidney troubles. Mr. See makes the statements above for the benefit of those afflicted with kidney troubles. Mr. See is one of our most prominent and reliable farmers, and these statements can be relied upon.

Hazel Green Herald ~ March 30, 1905


Old Uncle Hiram Greer sold on last week the Matt Greer farm to James Montgomery, of Magoffin county for $1,225.


Hazel Green Herald ~ January 30, 1908

Hiram Greer, of Ezel, was the guest of his granddaughter, Mrs. Ben Murphy, from Monday until Wednesday. He brought his fiddle with him and gave some excellent music.

Hazel Green Herald ~ August 6, 1908

Murphy Fork Minutes.

Hiram Greer, of Ezel, a crack fiddler of the mountains, is on the creek this week filling the air with sweet melodious strains.

Hazel Green Herald ~ February 25, 1909


Hiram Greer, of Ezel, was a guest of his granddaughter, Mrs. Ben Murphy, recently.

Hazel Green Herald ~ May 13, 1909

Hiram Greer, of Ezel, visited his granddaughter, Mrs. Lizzie Murphy, over Sunday.

Hazel Green Herald ~ November 3, 1909

Murphy Fork.

Uncle Hiram Greer and his old fiddle are guests of Ben Murphy this week. He is a fiddler of renown.

Hazel Green Herald ~ November 18, 1909

The first dedication of any public school in Morgan county was held Satruday at the Ben Murphy schoolhouse. The opening speech was delivered by J. P. Wheeler, of West Liberty, followed by George Goad, of Oklahoma. Both were classical addresses. The recitations, dialogues and singing were well performed by the scholars under Prof. Kelly Wheeler's instructions. At intervals some excellent instrumental and vocal selections were rendered by Misses Nancy and Sarah Sample, of Hazel Green, and some old-time violin solos by Uncle Hiram Greer, of Ezel. The whole concluded with a laughable sketch entitled "A Jack for Every Jill." After the dinner was spread and eaten the immense crowd witnessed a ball game between the Hazel Green and Murphy Fork clubs, which resulted in a victory for the Murphy Fork boys by a score of 11 to 5. The box supper came off at night, which was pronounced a success. Beautiful maidens from everywhere came with boxes of delicious eatables, which sold like hotcakes. The highest box brought $3.30. Twenty-four boxes $21.40. All went home happy, feeling that they had been to a grand entertainment.

Nov. 15. TULIP

Hazel Green Herald ~ January 6, 1910

J. F. Havens bought the Hiram Greer tract of land , near Ezel, for $525.

Hazel Green Herald ~ April 21, 1910

Murphy Fork.

Old Hiram Greer, of Pekin, the renowned fiddler, was among his relatives and friends on the creek Saturday and Sunday.

The photo below comes from a Morgan county genealogy and local history website. I'm looking for the URL... OK,Found it!


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Hiram Greear's death certificate has been posted on Roots Web, here: