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GREAVES, Hal P., M. D., Hinds County, MS., then Tensas Parish, Louisiana Greaves, Hal Percy, M. D., mayor of Waterproof, and one of the prominent men of Tensas parish, is a son of William Francis and Eleanor Matilda (Du Pree) Greaves, and was born March 17, 1867, in Hinds county, Miss.  William Francis Greaves was born near Charleston, S. C., in 1820, and came to Mississippi in early youth settling near Jackson.  He obtained the degree of M. D., at Philadelphia and practiced medicine in Hinds county, Miss., until his death in 1885.  Eleanor Du Pree whose death occurred in 1873 was a native of Mississippi, her father having been a native of France.  H. P. Greaves lived in Hinds county, Miss., until about 20 years of age and obtained his preliminary education in the country schools of that county. Later he passed 2 years of the regular course in the Agricultural and Mechanical college at Starkville.  In 1887 he came to Madison parish, La., and did clerical work and bookkeeping for 3 years.  He then went to the Memphis hospital Medical college at Memphis, Tenn., where he took the degree of M. D. in 1892.  Following this he practiced medicine one year in Madison parish and then located at Madison, Miss., where he continued his professional labor for 7 years.  At the end of that period he came to Waterproof, Tensas parish, and here he has continued his professional calling to the present time, earning the reputation of a careful and skillful physician.  Dr. Greaves is a member of the Knights of Pythias, a democrat in politics, and is now mayor of Waterproof to which office he was elected in the fall of l913.  June 30, 1894, he was married to Elizabeth R., daughter of J. C. Pitchford, a school teacher and farmer of Madison parish.  They are the parents of the following children.  Evie Hinton, Percy DuPree, John Pitchford, Francis Landon, Sterling Groesbeck, William Ridley.  Mrs. Greaves' ancestors were from North Carolina.  Mr.. Pitchford, a native of that state was living in Mississippi at the outbreak of the Civil war and at once enlisted in Pogue's battery of artillery with which he served through the war.  He was wounded and left on the field at Cold Harbor and was also wounded at the battle of the Wilderness.  All his service was in Virginia, where he saw some severe fighting.  He surrendered at Appomatox Court House and from there was paroled and returned to Mississippi to resume farming.  Dr. Greaves by his own industry and strict attention to his duties has acquired high standing in his profession. Their home at Waterproof is the center of hospitality and refined influence.

Source:  Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form, volume 3, p. 723. Edited by Alc e Fortier, Lit. D.  Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association.


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