According to Tharon Griffin, who published The Descendents of Emanuel Griner, John Martin Griner, Jr. was known as “Black John” Griner or sometimes as Johnnie Griner. Black John Griner was the son of John Martin Griner and Emily Taylor.
His grandfather was one of the earlier settlers of Lowndes County, GA, and his father, John Martin Griner, Sr. served as a Private in Company I, 50th Infantry Regiment Georgia. He was a brother of Robert Lee Griner.
Black John Griner married Francis Elizabeth Meyers on September 13, 1883 in Berrien County, GA.
John Griner died August 8, 1929. He was buried at New Ramah Cemetery, Ray City, Berrien County, GA. His widow, Lizzie Griner, was living at Ray City with her daughter Maggie and son-in-law Raymond R. Knight in the census of 1930. Lizzie died in 1939 and was buried next to her husband.
Children of John Griner and Francis Elizabeth “Lizzie” Meyers were:
- Jesse Waldon Griner -born May 9, 1896, Berrien County, GA; enlisted Navy, apprentice Seaman, December 28, 1917; later lived at Jasper, Fl.
- Maggie Griner wife of Raymond R. Knight – Ray City, GA
- Effie Griner (married Harley D. Bostick) – Ray City, GA
- Fannie Texas Griner – born November 24, 1891; married Abraham B. Lane; died April 3, 1965
John Martin Griner was survived by five siblings:
Henry Perry Griner
Lee Griner – [Robert Lee Griner]
Mrs. Tom Myers – Ray City, GA
Mrs. G. A. Wheeless, Ray City, GA
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