In 1860, the year of George E. Greenlee Hobson's birth, George Elisha Greenlee, farmer, age 23, resided nearby in Grassy Creek, Yancey County, NC (at home number 1260 with the Hopson family at home number 1261). The 1860 census lists the value of Mr. Greenlee's real property as $13,000 and the value of his personal property as $23,407. The census slave schedule records that he owned seventeen slaves, comprising nine families.
The Joseph Hopson family had real property valued at $800 and personal property valued at $315.
Sources: US Census Yancey Co NC, 1860; US & International Marriage Records, George Elisah Greenlee and Jane Elizabeth McKinney, 1873.