Biography of G. G. Greeley

G. G. Greeley horticulturist, near Anaheim, was born in Belfast, Maine, in 1817. His parents, John and Mary (Black) Greeley, natives respectively of New Hampshire and Maine, and of English descent, had seven children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the second. At the age of twenty-one he started out in life for himself, learning the trade of carpenter at Searsport, Maine, being employed in that business four years. He subsequently took up land at Aroostook, and followed timbering for about a year. Next he worked at his trade for a time, building a hotel at No. 11; worked two years longer in Boston, and then on the barracks in New Orleans. In the spring of 1848 he went to New York State, and was employed one summer. In September, 1849, he left Boston for California in the sail-ship Harriet Rockwell, as the ship’s carpenter. Coming by way of Cape Horn, he landed in San Francisco in February. The first two years in this State he spent in the mines on the Tuolumne River, the next six years on the Feather river, then traveled some through Oregon, and in 1858 he settled in Oakland and worked at his trade there for nine years. In 1869 he came to Southern California and bought property near Anaheim, where he has since lived, raising grapes, oranges, etc. He owns an interest in the Anaheim Union Water Works, and has been very successful as a horticulturist.

He was married in the fall of 1860, in Oakland, to Mrs. Hannah B. Greeley, whose maiden name was Strant. Mr. Greeley. is a stanch Republican in politics. His first vote was cast for Harrison, and his last for the grandson.” Mr. and Mrs. Greeley have no children, and are speeding the evening of life in the quiet retreat of their beautiful suburban home.



The Lewis Publishing Company. An Illustrated History of Southern California embracing the counties of San Diego San Bernardino Los Angeles and Orange and the peninsula of lower California. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois. 1890.

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  1. I have a photo of George Gilmore Greely, that was in a collection of my great-grandfather’s photo’s.
    George was listed in the “California Voter Register of 1888”, residing in Anaheim. He must have returned to Swanville, Waldo Co., Maine, when his wife Hannah, died May 8, 1890 in Anaheim.
    He was born, 24 Feb. 1817, Belfast, Waldo county, married Hannah Sept. 1870, Oakland, Calif.
    George died 10 Jun. 1891 Swanville, and is buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Swanville, Maine.

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