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Memoir on the Life and Services of George Sears Greene 
Preface to Genealogy 
The House of Greene 
The Greenes of Northamptonshire 
Drayton, Northamptonshire 
Boughton, Northamptonshire . 
Greene's Norton, Northamptonshire 
Pedigree of Greene of Greene's Norton 
gillingham, dorsetshire . 
Bowridge Hill, Gillingham 
The Greenes of Dorsetshire . 
Settlement of Warwick, R. I. 
The Greenes of Warwick, R. I 
First Generation 
Second Generation 
Third Generation 
■Fourth Generation 
Fifth Generation 
Sixth Generation 
Seventh Generation 
Eighth Generation 
Ninth Generation 
Tenth Generation 
The Family Arms 
Latest Research in England 
English Wills 

Appendix L (Wills and Deeds) 
Appendix IL (Notes and Correspondence) 
Appendix IIL (Inscriptions) 






Greene Arms 

Portrait of Maj. Gen. George Sears Greene 

Portrait of Maj. -Gen. George S. Greene and Wife 

Portrait of General George S. Greene at Cedar Mo 

BouGHTON Manor House ..... 

St. Bartholomew's Church, Greene's Norton 

Effigy and Tomb, Greene's Norton 

St. Mary's Church, Gillingham 

Bowridge Hill Farm, Gillingha.m 

Facsimile of Deed of Miantonomi 

Greene's Stone Castle 

Thomas Greene of Boston 

Colonel Christopher Greene (Revol. Army) 

Major-General Nathanael Greene (Revol. Army 

Dr. Rowland Greene (Quaker Preacher) 

Greene Memorial House . 

George Sears Greene, Jr. 

Lieutenant Samuel Dana Greene . 

Major Charles Thruston Greene . 

Mrs. Anna Mary (Greene) Day 

Major-General Francis Vinton Greene 

Arms, Seals, and Tankard 

Book-Plates and Seal 

Book-Plates and Cup 













MY father's life covered almost the entire span of the nineteenth 
century. Bom in 1801, he died in 1899. As a boy he went to 
Newport to see the wreck of the Macedonian, towed in by her 
captor, the United States, Captain Stephen Decatur; and a few years later 
heard of the battle of Waterloo and the exile of Napoleon to St. Helena. 
In 1 81 8, while a clerk in New York, he saw a venturesome hotel-keeper, 
who had erected a hotel at the comer of Broadway and Chambers Street, 
go into bankruptcy, because his hotel was so far in the country that it had 
no inmates. When he went to West Point the following year he travelled 
by sloop, making the voyage in two days. He was already past his younger 
manhood when he witnessed the beginning of the practical applications of 
steam and electricity, which were destined in a comparatively few yeaxs to 
change the face of the earth, to multiply the wealth of the world more than 
an hundred fold, to change the customs and habits of all peoples, to alter 
the standard of living, and to add more to the physical comfort and mate- 
rial well-being of the hviman race than had been accomplished in all the 
previous centuries of recorded history. More than one third of his life was 
passed as an engineer, doing his part in this transformation, in the building 
of railroads and other public works. He was already at the age of retire- 
ment when he re-entered the army at the outbreak of the Civil War, and 
was nearly sixty-three years of age when a bullet crashed through his face, 
carrying away the most of his teeth and a part of his cheek-bone. He 
lived for more than a generation after this, retaining his extraordinary 
health and physical strength until within a year of his death, and keeping 
full possession of all his faculties and his buoyancy of spirits until ten days 
before the end. The man who travelled by stage and sloop in his youth, 
and whose first knowledge of important events related to Waterloo and 

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New Orleans, lived to ride on electric cars and in automobiles, and to dis- 
cuss the aptitude of the Cubans for self-government and the proper course 
for us to pursue after taking the Philippines. 

A life so long, passed amid a succession of such important events, is 
worthy a moment's consideration, even of a stranger; and his friends, by 
whom he was universally respected for his high character, and deeply 
beloved for his genial disposition, will, I feel sure, be interested in some of 
its details. 

His ancestry is indicated in the pages of this book, which is chiefly 
derived from the antiquarian and genealogical researches which were his 
chief mental recreation during the last fifty years of his life. Six genera- 
tions of these ancestors had lived and died in the State of Rhode Island — a 
State small in area, but of great potency in the development of civil and 
religious liberty; three preceding generations had lived in Dorsetshire, 
England; and through a similarity of anns it is believed, though not proven, 
that these latter were descended from the Greenes of Greene's Norton, who 
were the most wealthy and powerful family in Northamptonshire from the 
thirteenth to the sixteenth century. The emigrant, John Greene, aided 
Roger Williams to fovrnd Rhode Island. His son was Lievitenant-Governor, 
and among his descendants in successive generations were men holding 
prominent offices — Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, U. S. Senator, Judge 
of the Stipreme Court. Two of them, Major-General Nathanael Greene and 
Colonel Christopher Greene, achieved great distinction in the army during 
the War of the Revolution. My father's father, Caleb Greene, was a ship- 
owner, and in his youth a ship-master; residing in the village of Apponaug 
in the town of Warwick, and owning several hundred acres which formed 
part of the large tract which his ancestor, the first John Greene, had pur- 
chased from Miantonomoh in 1640. On his lands was a small cotton-cloth 
factory, operated by water-power, one of the first ventures in that branch 
of manufacturing which has since become the chief industry of New Eng- 
land. The cotton was brought in Caleb's ships from Baltimore, and on 
their return voyage they carried cotton cloths and occasionally the anchors 
and chains which were still made at the iron works at Coventry, estab- 
lished by Nathanael 's Greene's father fifty years before. Caleb also 
raised such crops, principally com, oats, hay, and wheat, as his land 
would produce. He was born in 1772 and died in 1853. Soon after his 
marriage, in 1795, he built the house in Apponaug shown in the photo- 
graph, (see page 475) and lived in it until his death. My father was 
born in this house, in the southwest room on the second floor, on May 
6, 1 80 1. He was one of nine children, and, singularly enough, four of 

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these died before they were two years old, and the other five hved to be 
more than eighty. 

He attended the village school at Apponaug, and afterward the gram- 
mar school at Old Warwick. In his sixteenth year he was sent to Wren- 
tham, Mass., to prepare for college, and in the following year to the Latin 
grammar school near Brown University in Providence. It was his inten- 
tion to enter Brown, but the project was abandoned, because his father, 
whose shipping business had been ruined by the embargo, could not afford 
to support him through college. He therefore sought commercial employ- 
ment, and came near being apprenticed as a boy on an East India mer- 
chantman. The captain at the last moment decided not to take any 
apprentices on that voyage; and my father then secured employment in 
the office of Henry Jacobs, a dry-goods merchant in Pearl Street, New York. 
While employed there he received his appointment as a cadet at West Point. 
He entered the Academy, June 24, 181 9, and was duly graduated four years 
later, number two in a class of thirty-five members. Among his fellow- 
cadets who afterward attained the rank of general officer in the Civil War, 
or were otherwise distinguished, were Donelson, Winder, and Ramsay, of 
the class of 1820; Mansfield, Hunter, and McCaU, of the class of 1822; 
Mordecai, Thomas, and Day, of his own class; Mahan, of 1824; Bache, 
Anderson, and C. F. Smith, of 1825; and Bartlett, A. S. Johnston, Heintzel- 
man, and Casey, of 1826. His own class entered seventy-nine strong, of 
whom only twenty-six received their commissions in 1823, after passing the 
severe ordeal of the yearly examinations, then recently established by 
Major Thayer; who had become Superintendent in 181 7, and introduced 
the methods of instruction and administration which have ever since been 
the basis of the training at the Military Academy. During his term as a 
cadet, my father was the quartermaster-sergeant and quartermaster of the 
battalion, and, in his last year, acting assistant professor of mathematics. 
The corps of cadets then numbered about two hundred, and was com- 
manded by Brevet Major W. J. North, afterward distinguished in the 
Mexican War. It was the custom to have a practice march every summer, 
part of the distance being covered by actual marching and part by trans- 
portation on boats. In 181 9, the march was up the Hudson to Rhinebeck, 
in 1820 to Philadelphia, and in 1822 to Boston. 

Upon his graduation in 1823, my father was appointed a Second Lieu- 
tenant in the 3d Artillery. After the usual graduating furlough, he was 
ordered to duty at West Point as assistant professor of mathematics, and 
remained there nearly four years, with the exception of a few months in the 
summer of 1824, when he was on duty at the Artillery School then just 

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established at Fort Monroe. While there he had the pleasijire of being 
presented to General Lafayette at the Yorktown celebration of 1824, forty- 
three years after the surrender of Comwallis, in which Lafayette had played 
so important a part. 

In the spring of 1827, my father was ordered to join his regiment, then 
at Fort Wolcott, on Goat Island in Newport Harbor; and the following year 
was transferred to Fort Sullivan, at Eastport, Me., the extreme eastern 
point of United States territory; and, with the exception of one year's se- 
vice at Fort Independence, Boston, he remained at Eastport until he ob- 
tained leave of absence in 1835, with a view to resigning from the army. 

In the summer of 1828, he was married at Providence to Elizabeth 
Vinton, whose brother, David H. Vinton, had been in the class before him 
at West Point, and was one of his most intimate friends. She bore him 
three children, two sons and one daughter; but all of them, together with 
their mother, died within a period of seven months at Fort Sullivan in 1832 
and 1833. From such an overwhelming calamity the only possible relief, 
in the monotony of garrison life at a small and remote station, was in in- 
tense study; and during the next three years he read exhaustive courses 
in law and medicine, and was qualified to pass examinations admitting him 
to practice in either of these professions. He also continued the studies in 
engineering which he had pursued at all times since his graduation at West 
Point. In the autumn of 1835, being still, after more than twelve years of 
service, a First Lieutenant of artillery, he determined to resign from the army 
and engage in the practice of the profession of civil engineering. He ob- 
tained leave of absence until June 30, 1836, at which time his resignation 
was to take effect, and began work as an assistant engineer on the railroad 
from Andover to Wilmington in Massachusetts, the humble beginning of 
what is now the great Boston & Maine Railroad system. 

While thus employed he was frequently in Boston and Charlestown, 
but it was while she was on a visit to Maine in company with her father 
that he met his second wife, Martha Barrett Dana, daughter of the Honor- 
able Samuel Dana, who had served for several terms in the Assembly, the 
State Senate, and in Congress. His home had formerly been at Groton, 
Mass., whence he had moved to establish his residence in Charlestown and 
to practise law in Boston. He was of the well-known Dana family in Mas- 
sachusetts, descendants of Richard Dana, who came from England to Cam- 
bridge in 1640. They were married in Charlestown on February 21, 1837, 
and the marriage was a very happy one"; my mother living for forty-six 
years after it, and my father surviving her for sixteen years. Of the six 
children of this marriage, one died in infanc}^ five grew to maturity, and 

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fotir survived their parents. Three of them served in the military or naval 
service in time of war. 

Soon after his marriage, professional advancement came, in an appoint- 
ment as assistant engineer to survey and locate the route for a railway 
from Charleston, S. C, to Cincinnati, Ohio, the great project to which 
Senator Hayne, Webster's antagonist, devoted himself with unflagging 
energy until his death; hoping to create a line which would not only bring 
the wealth of the West to the Southern seacoast, but would also bring the 
people of Ohio and Indiana into close relations and political sympathy with 
the people of South Carolina — a project which failed of realization, both 
on the material and on the political side. My father surveyed and located 
that part of the line which was to run from near Asheville, N. C, down the 
beautiful vallej^ of the French Broad River to the Tennessee River, and 
thence across the Cumberland Mountains into Kentucky; other parties 
carried on the surveys of the line to Cincinnati on the one side and to Charles- 
ton on the other. The death of Senator Hayne in 1840 led to the abandon- 
ment of this project; and my father was then employed in locating and 
examining coal mines at Cumberland and other points in Western Maryland, 
and in constructing a portion of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. About 
1849 1"^^ ^^'^ employed on the Boston & Providence Railroad; in 185 1 he 
went to Maine again, on the Kennebec & Portland Railroad; and in 1853 
to Rhode Island as chief engineer in charge of the construction of the Provi- 
dence & Bristol Railroad. In 1856, he came to New York as engineer in 
charge of the extension of the Croton Water Works, and particularly of the 
construction of the great reservoir in Central Park. 

On the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, he immediately offered his 
services to the War Department. He had never taken an active part in 
politics; his sympathies were with the Whig party, and I think that when 
he had voted at all he had voted for the candidates of that party; he had 
no sympathy with abolition ideas, although some of his brothers and sisters 
were rabid abolitionists, but he had a profound respect for law and legal 
authority and intense antipathy to rebellion or any defiance or evasion of 
the law. When Sumter was fired upon he had no question of what his duty 
was, — viz., to re-enter the military service and serve through the war, not 
especially to suppress slavery, but to defend the government against rebel- 
lion, and to save the Union. It was, however, not so easy to obtain an 
appointment. He was over sixty years of age, had been for twenty-five 
years out of the army, where his rank had been only that of lieutenant ; he 
had been living but a few years in New York, and for every appointment 
there were numerous applicants who had more friends and influence than 

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himself. Finally, however, there was a vacancy in the colonelcy in the 
6oth New York Volunteers, a regiment which had been raised in St. Law- 
rence County and was serving in the vicinity of Baltimore. On the advice 
of those in whose judgment he had confidence, Governor Morgan offered 
this position to my father ; it was immediately accepted, the commission 
was dated January i8, 1862, and in less than ten days he took command 
of the regiment in the outskirts of Baltimore. 

The regiment was composed of sturdy farmers, mechanics, hunters, and 
laborers from the northern part of New York; it had been in service only 
three months, and its first colonel had been a man without military train- 
ing or instincts, who had resigned on the unanimous written request of his 
officers. My father was an entire stranger to every one in the regiment; 
he never understood nor sought to learn the arts of gaining popularity ; and 
while he did whatever lay within his power to care for his men and to save 
them from unnecessary discomfort or hardship, yet he was a very strict 
disciplinarian, his manner was at times severe and even harsh, and he 
insisted upon the same vmquestioning obedience to his orders that he him- 
self rendered to the orders of his own superiors. The regiment was dis- 
posed at first to look askance at such strictly military methods, but there 
soon grew up a feeling of mutual confidence and respect, which continued 
unbroken during their service together. His promotion soon took him 
away, but the regiment was assigned to his brigade, and served with him 
until he was compelled by his wound to leave the field eighteen months 

On the 28th of April, 1862, he was appointed Brigadier-General of 
Volunteers, and ordered to report to General Banks, then commanding the 
United States forces in the Shenandoah Valley. He served with Banks in 
his retreat to Williamsport, then received command of a brigade consisting 
of the 2d Massachusetts, 29th Pennsylvania, 27th Indiana, and 3d Wiscon- 
sin, and advanced with Banks to Winchester. He was then detached and 
ordered to report to Pope at Washington, and on July 9th he was assigned 
to command the Third Brigade in Augur's (Second) Division of Banks's 
corps, which he joined at Warrenton, Va. The brigade consisted of the 
60th and 78th New York, 3d Delaware, ist District of Columbia, and^the 
Pumell Legion of Maryland, about 1420 men in all. 

Meanwhile, two of his sons were in active service. Samuel Dana 
Greene, who had graduated at the Naval Academy in 1859, ^^'^ the First 
Lieutenant and executive officer of the original Monitor, from the day she 
was launched in January, 1862, until she sank in a gale off Cape Hatteras, 
while on her way to Charleston in the following December. In her famous 

From a Ferrotype taken at Cedar Mountain, 9th August, 1862, 

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engagement with the Merrimac, on March 9, 1862, he had handled the guns 
in the turret until Worden was disabled near the close of the engagement, 
when he succeeded to the command, being then only twenty-two years old. 
In July, 1862, the Monitor was stationed in the James River, part of a fleet 
co-operating with McClellan's army. Another son, Charles Thrviston Greene, 
had enlisted at the age of twenty as a private in the 2 2d New York Militia 
when it was ordered to Harper's Ferry in 1862. My father succeeded in 
getting him a commission as Second Lieutenant in the 60th New York and 
detailed as an aide on his staff. He was subsequently promoted to be 
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General, and served with his father in all 
the campaigns in Virginia and aftei"wards around Chattanooga. In Novem- 
ber, 1864, at the battle of Ringgold, Ga., his leg was cut off by a three-inch 
shell, and he was compelled to leave the field of active service. 

When my father joined his brigade at Warrenton, Va., in July, 1862, 
Pope was just beginning his movements against Jackson, and, after consider- 
able manoeuvring and countemiarching, the first engagement was fought at 
Cedar Mountain on August 9th. It was my father's first battle. His 
brigade had been weakened by detachments and was therefore placed in 
reserve, and only brought into action at the close of the engagement. The 
report of the commanding general. Pope, mentions him as having "be- 
haved with distinguished gallantry." The division commander. Augur, 
was wounded, and of the brigade commanders, one, Geary, was wounded, 
and another. Prince, was taken prisoner; so that my father succeeded to 
the command of the division, which he retained for the next two months, 
including the Antietam campaign. 

Cedar Mountain was quickly followed by Jackson's brilUant flank 
movement, the disastrous battle of Manassas, and Pope's hasty retreat 
within the fortifications of Washington. In these movements Banks's 
corps covered the retreat, but was not actively engaged. From Washing- 
ton the army moved under McClellan's command to Antietam, and there, 
around the Dimker Chtirch, my father was engaged in some of the fiercest 
fighting of the whole war. His division arrived on the field at 2.30 a.m. 
of September 17th, and at 5 a.m. moved into action as part of the attack 
by Hooker's, Mansfield's, and Sumner's corps, which was intended to turn 
Lee's left fiank. This attempt failed, but only after a morning of excep- 
tionally hot fighting, in which Mansfield was killed (my father had met him 
for a few moments that morning for the first time since they were cadets 
at West Point forty years before) and Hooker, Sedgwick, and others were 
wounded. The centre of attack was the Dunker Church, on the Hagers- 
town tvunpike, and it fell to my father's division to carry this point about 

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8 A.M. and hold it until 2.30 p.m., when he was finally driven back, after 
Hooker's and Sumner's corps and Williams's division — on the right and left 
of him — had all in turn been forced to retire. His antagonists were a por- 
tion of Jackson's corps, containing his original command, the "Stonewall 
Brigade," and there were no better fighters in Lee's army; the same troops 
had been opposed to him at Cedar Mountain, and were destined to attack 
him again at Gettysburg in the following summer. In this engagement my 
father's division lost upwards of twenty per cent, in killed and wounded. 

The Antietam campaign was followed by the deposition of McClellan, 
the appointment of Burnside in his place, the march to the Rappahannock, 
and the terrible defeat of Fredericksburg. The Twelfth Corps had been 
left to garrison Harper's Ferry, and was only ordered to Fredericksburg 
just after the battle. Then followed the dreary winter in the mud, relieved 
only by the visit of President Lincoln, after Hooker had succeeded Burn- 
side, and the imposing cavalry and infantry reviews held in his honor on 
the plains of Falmouth. It was there that my father first met President 
Lincoln, at a lunch given by Hooker. In the closing days of April, 1863, 
the Chancellorsville campaign began, and my father's brigade, forming 
part of the Twelfth Corps, crossed the Rappahannock at Kelly's Ford, the 
Rapidan at Gennanna Ford, and moved along the Plank Road past Chan- 
cellorsville, taking position on the ridge in the woods just beyond that ham- 
let. After some manoeuvring and skirmishing on May ist and 2d, it had 
returned to this position, adjacent to the Eleventh Corps, when, at dusk 
on the evening of the latter day, Jackson struck the right and rear of the 
Eleventh Corps and routed it. The fugitives in a panic rushed through and 
behind the Twelfth Corps, but it stood firm. In the morning (May 3d) the 
attack was renewed by Jackson's corps (under Stuart) on the right flank and 
rear of the Twelfth Corps, which made a most gallant resistance, graduall)^ 
retreating, under orders, in the direction of United States Ford, on the 
Rappahannock. The fighting continued all day and the losses were very 
heavy. On the 4th and 5th of May the corps remained in its intrench- 
ments; on the 6th recrossed the Rappahannock; and on the 7th was back 
at its old camping-ground at Aquia Creek on the Potomac, whence it had 
marched out just ten days before. The losses in the brigade had been 
nearly one fourth of its strength. 

A month later the Gettysburg campaign began, and my father's brig- 
ade (Third Brigade, Second Division, Twelfth Corps) marched with the 
rest of the army through Northern Virginia, across the Potomac, into Mary- 
land and northward through Pennsylvania. Meade succeeded Hooker on 
June 28th, and on the afternoon of Jioly ist the Twelfth Corps arrived on 

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the field at Gettysburg. They went into position for the night on the left 
flank, near Little Round Top, but early the next morning they were moved 
over to the extreme right and took position on the slopes of Gulp's Hill, 
where they immediately threw up heavy intrenchments. The position was 
the extreme right of the Union line and was somewhat "in the air," the 
flank not being protected by any natural obstacle/ The hillside was thickly 
wooded with oak and chestnut trees, and the ground was covered with 
large boiilders. In front of them was a small stream and a naiTow, flat 
valley, also wooded. On their left were the trenches of Wadsworth's divi- 
sion of the First Corps, extending to the cemetery. During the afternoon 
of July 2d occurred the desperate fighting near the peach orchard, in which 
the Third Corps was driven back; 'and Meade, becoming alamied for the 
safety of his left flank, sent an order about 6 p.m. to Slocum to send the 
entire Twelfth Corps to reinforce the left. Slocum took the responsibility 
of leaving one brigade, and he selected m}^ father's for this duty. He was 
to remain and hold the trenches which had been occupied b}^ six brigades. 
His force consisted of five small regiments, — the 60th, 78th, io2d, 137th, 
and 149th New York, — numbering in all 1350 men present for duty. A 
little after dark the onslaught began, an entire division (Rodes's of Ewell's 
corps), numbering over 8000 men, assaulting this thinly manned line of 
trenches with the intention of breaking through. Had they done so they 
would have been at Meade's headquarters in a few minutes, would have 
crushed his right flank, and would have taken in reverse the position at the 
stone wall — "high- water mark" — where the great fight of the next day 
occurred; and would have gained possession of the Baltimore turnpike, the 
only line of retreat for the Union army in case of disaster. There was inore 
than one point where the fate of Gett)^sburg hung in the balance, and where 
failure would have resulted in complete disaster in this most critical battle 
of the war; and Gulp's Hill was one of these points and at least the equal 
of any of them in importance. The attack lasted from 7 until 10 p.m. A 
portion of the trenches on the extreme right, which were empty, were oc- 
cupied by the Confederates, the 149th Regiment changing front to face 
them ; but otherwise they gained no ground, and their losses were four to 
one of those sustained by the defenders. During the night the Twelfth 
Corps returned to their positions, and reinforcements to the extent of a few 
regiments were obtained from the First, Eleventh, and Sixth Corps. At 
dawn, about 4 a.m., the struggle was renewed, both sides moving to the at- 
tack. It lasted until 10 a.m., and resulted in the Twelfth Corps regaining 
every part of its lines and driving the Confederates back behind the line of 
Rock Greek. 

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Through carelessness on the part of General Meade's staff in compiling 
the reports of corps and division commanders, my father at first received 
no credit for his great services at Gettysburg. Meade's report ignored what 
he had done and was full of glaring errors. Some months later, on the 
urgent remonstrance of Generals Williams and Slocum of the Twelfth Corps, 
Meade made a supplementary report in which he said that "the enemy 
. . . attacked Gen! Greene with great vigor, who making a gallant de- 
fence . . . succeeded in repulsing all the efforts of the enemy to di- 
lodge him." As time passed on and the details of the battle were carefully 
studied, the importance of my father's services was better appreciated, and 
it finally came to be recognized by all historians that the holding of the 
right flank was absolutely essential to success at Gettysburg, and that hold- 
ing it against the vigorous assault of immensely superior numbers was a 
military achievement of high order. As Mr. Leslie J. Perry (who has had 
charge of the Records of the Civil War, and is probably more familiar with 
its literature than any other living man) expressed it, "The Greene exploit 
grew and grew, until now it indisputably stands out as a salient feature of 
one of the century 's greatest battles, one of the turning points of the struggle. ' ' 

After Gettysburg the Ai-my of the Potomac marched back to its old 
camping-ground on the Rappahannock and Rapidan. But in October the 
Eleventh and Twelfth Corps were detached and sent by rail to Chattanooga, 
a distance of nearly twelve hundred miles. The movement attracted wide 
attention, for never before had so large a force been moved so great a distance 
in so short a time. The troops arrived in the vicinity of Chattanooga just as 
Grant was taking command and preparing to raise the siege of Chattanooga. 
As part of the movement for opening his line of communications along the 
Tennessee River, Hooker was directed to approach Chattanooga from the 
west and south through the Lookout Valley. The movement was seen 
from the heights of Lookotit Mountain, and, on the night of October 28th, 
Bragg sent Longstreet with two divisions to destroy the force in the valley. 
The attack began a little before midnight, and the brunt of it fell on my 
father's brigade, which was bivouacked for the night at Wauhatchie Station. 
Although the moon shone through the clouds at times, yet the position of 
the contending forces was indicated chiefly by the flashes of their rifles at 
a range of only a few hundred yards. In moving about to dispose his regi- 
ments for the defence of his position, my father came alongside one of the 
guns of Knapp's battery just as it was discharged. His horse reared and 
pltmged, and in so doing broke the girth of his saddle. He was alone at 
the moment, his aides and orderlies having all been sent off with orders. 
He dismounted and attempted to repair the broken girth, alternately facing 

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the saddle and turning his face to the left to watch the enemy's movements 
as disclosed b}" their fire. Just as he had turned his face in this manner a 
bullet entered the upper lip, just under the nostril, passed through his 
mouth, and made its exit through the right cheek. He was thrown down 
by the shock, but quickly regained his feet, and, after sending word to 
Colonel Ireland to take command of the brigade, he made his way to the 
field hospital, where he passed the remainder of the night. In the morning 
he was sent in an ambulance to Kelly's Ferry, and the following day to 
Bridgeport, thence on a stretcher by train to Louisville, arriving there on 
November 4th, seven days after he was wounded. Here he was joined by 
his eldest son, G. S. Greene, Jr., and travelled slowly by train, stopping each 
night, until, after another week, he reached Washington, where my mother 
had already arrived to meet him. 

The bullet, calibre .62, had torn out most of his teeth and part of his 
cheek bone, but the wound apparently healed quickly. Within two weeks he 
was able to walk out, and at the end of a month was ordered on light duty 
as member of a court-martial. But the bullet, in passing out of the cheek, 
had cut the salivary duct, carrying the ends outward, so that the saliva 
was discharged on the outside of the cheek. The case was a very unusual 
one, and it became necessary to consult one of the most eminent surgeons 
of the day. Doctor Van Buren of New York, as to its treatment with a view 
to permanent relief. Dr. Van Buren finally decided to undertake a novel 
operation, by which, after cutting open the cheek, the ends of the salivary 
duct were turned inward. The face was then sewed up, bandages were 
placed around the jaw to prevent any movement for three days, during 
which the incision healed, liquid food meanwhile being injected through a 
glass tube. This operation was performed in May, 1864, and was successful, 
although the wound healed very slowly. After it had finally healed, it 
never gave any serious trouble except at long intervals, when small pieces 
of lead which had been left in the cheek forced their way out, causing sup- 
puration. It was many months, however, before he regained his strength 
sufficiently to be fit for light duty ; and he was then employed as a member 
of boards and commissions until the beginning of the new year. 

In January, 1865, he applied to be assigned to duty again in the field, 
and he was ordered to report to General Thomas at Nashville. On arriving 
there he was sent back to report to General Slocum, then commanding one 
of the grand divisions of Sherman's army, marching northward through the 
Carolinas. He proceeded by transport to Newbem, N. C, where General 
Schofield was organizing a force to move into the interior and join Shennan 
at Goldsborough. My father went with the leading division of this force, 

George Sears Greene. 

commanded by General Jacob D. Cox, who, in his diary, expresses his ad- 
miration of his gallantry and soldierly bearing, especially during a combat 
at Kingston on March loth, where my father's horse was shot under him. 
When Schofield joined Sherman at Goldsborough, March 23d, my father 
was assigned to command the Third Brigade, Third Division, Fourteenth 
Corps. With this command he took part in the movements which led to 
the capture of Raleigh and the surrender of Johnston's army, and thence 
on the march through familiar ground in Virginia to Washington, where the 
famous review took place on May 25th, 1865. A month later the Four- 
teenth Corps was sent west to be mustered out, and my father was em- 
ployed as a member of courts and on other duty in Washington until April 
30, 1866, when he was mustered out of the service, having received the 
appointment of Major-General by Brevet "for gallant and meritorious ser- 
vices during the Rebellion." 

He at once returned to the practice of his profession as an engineer in 
the Croton Water Department in New York. The reservoir in Central 
Park, of which he had charge when the war broke out, had meanwhile been 
finished; but the ever-growing needs of the great metropolis for additional 
water supply had made necessary the construction of storage reservoirs in 
the upper Croton basin. The surveys had just been completed, and he was 
placed in charge of the designing and construction of the storage reservoir 
at Boyd's Comers, in Putnam County. He resided part of the time at the 
site of this work and part in New York ; and during the next few years he 
made those friendships which endured throughout the remaining thirty 
years of his life. He had been one of the twelve engineers who, in 1852, 
organized the American Society of Civil Engineers, and when the Society was 
reorganized in 1867 he became one of the Directors and remained on the 
Board for several years, being President of the Society in 1876 and 1877. 
The Society, which now has a membership of 2650, representing fifty-two 
States and Territories, and a splendid home of its own in West 5 7th Street, 
then occupied modest rooms in William Street. 

In 1868 he joined the Century Club, and within its walls and among 
its genial and distinguished members many of the happiest hours of his 
life were passed. Even after he had passed the age of ninety-five he was 
almost among the last to leave in the early hours following its Saturday 
night meetings. He also joined the Loyal Legion, where he was ever an 
honored and welcome guest at the monthly dinners; and during the years 
of its largest membership he rarely failed to attend the annual reunion of 
the Army of the Potomac. His tastes also led him to join the New York 
Historical Society and the New York Genealogical Society, of both of which 

George Sears Greene. 

he was at all times an active member and for several years the President. His 
professional reputation led to his being employed as consulting engineer from 
time to time in other cities on questions relating to water supply, drainage, and 
other branches of mimicipal engineering ; and he was constantly called to 
Albany on hearings before legislative committees concerning city matters. 

In the spring of 1868, Mr. Alfred W. Craven, his most intimate friend 
and professional associate for many years, resigned the position of Chief 
Engineer and Commissioner of the Croton Aqueduct Department, and my 
father was appointed in his place. He retained this office and performed 
its duties until the Department was abolished by the Tweed Charter of 
1870. In 1869 he became Chief Engineer of the Central Underground 
Railroad, which was designed to traverse the length of Manhattan Island, 
and was the first proposition for rapid transit ; the transportation facilities 
of that period being a small ntmiber of horse-car lines and a great number 
of stage routes, the latter being all concentrated on Broadway, south of 
14th Street. He prepared the plans for this railroad, and a small piece of 
it, as an object-lesson and demonstration, was constructed tmder Broad- 
way at Park Place. The smoke and dirt of the underground railway in 
London caused the rejection of steam as a motive power, and neither elec- 
tric nor cable systems had then been invented; the pneumatic system of 
propulsion was therefore adopted, the ends of the cars being shaped to con- 
form to the circidar section of the tunnel. The project was, however, a 
generation in advance of the times, and it was never possible to raise the 
capital necessary to put it into operation. 

In 1 87 1 he was appointed, by Governor Cooke, Chief Engineer of the 
Department of Public Works in Washington; but, at the close of the year, 
on the advent of the Shepherd administration, he was displaced, being 
employed, however, for several months afterward in preparing complete 
plans for the sewerage of Washington. In the autvimn of 1872 he returned 
to New York and continued in the practice of his profession for the next 
ten years as Consulting Engineer for the Department of Public Parks, 
having charge of the laying out of the streets as well as the preparation of 
plans for sewerage in what is now the Borough of the Bronx; consisting 
engineer for the water works of Troy and Yonkers, N. Y., Providence, R. I., 
and Detroit, Mich. ; for the proposed canal from the St. Lawrence to Lake 
Champlain; for the Gilbert Elevated Railroad, the first of the overhead 
roads in New York; and for many other public works in New York and 
elsewhere. As late as 1886, when he was eighty-five years of age, he was 
associated with Generals Newton and Gillmore on a commission to investi- 
gate the construction and management of the new Croton Aqueduct. The 

George Sears Greene. 

active practice of his profession was practically given up in 1883, when he 
moved his residence to Morristown, N. J., remaining there until his death 
in 1899. His only datighter had married an officer of the navy, Lieutenant 
Murray S. Day, whose father, General Hannibal Day, U. S. A., had been 
graduated at West Point in the same class of 1823-. They had not again 
met until their children were married nearly fifty years later ; and at the 
close of their life the two classmates came together in a joint home made 
for them by the widowed daughter. General Day's wife died there in 
1881, my mother in 1883, General Day in 1891, and my father in 1899. 

In his Morristown home (with seldom a week passing without one or more 
visits to New York), my father passed the closing years of his life, occupied 
chiefly with genealogical researches and the preparation of the data published 
in this book concerning the Greene family. His summers were passed on 
Narragansett Bay, which he always contended to be the most beautiful 
sheet of water in the world, and the climate of its islands and shores the most 
salubrious. The tenacity with which he retained his mental and physical vigor 
was phenomenal. His successive birthdays, from his ninetieth to his ninety- 
seventh year, were passed without any impairment of his vision or his hear- 
ing, and with his memory defective only as to the few years immediately 
preceding. He was capable of long walks and of exhausting travel, and it 
was necessary to remonstrate frequently with him against his habit of getting 
on and off street cars while in motion. In the summer of 1893 there was a 
large reunion of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg, thirty years after 
the battle ; and my father, being then ninety-two years of age, was chosen 
as Grand Marshal of the parade. He was most cordially received by his 
old comrades, and performed the duties of the day without fatigue. 

At the request of his friends he was photographed on every birthday 
after ninety. The (frontispiec?) reproduction is from the photograph 
taken at the close of his ninety-first year; the alertness of the eye and the 
vigor of the expression are extraordinary. As with his body, so with his 
mind and heart, they were ever young. The querulousness of old age never 
came to him. All of his contemporaries had passed away years before his 
own death, but his sympathies and affiliations were with younger men, and 
his interest in their aft'airs and in the events and questions of the day and 
year in which he was living, was keen, intelligent, and kindly. His courtesy 
to women was bred in a less busy age, but it lasted with his life, and to the 
end he could never retain his seat in a public convej'ance while a woman 
was standing. His unselfishness in all his relations with his children and his 
friends, was unsurpassed. His consistent belief in the Christian religion was 
never shaken , and his efforts to follow its precepts in his daily life never flagged. 

George Sears Greene. xxiii 

In the midst of his ninety-seventh year, after returning from a fa- 
tiguing round of visits to relatives and friends in New England, he was at- 
tacked with a weakness or failure of the heart action, which caused him to 
sink to the ground while walking one morning in the streets of New York. 
His physicians thought he could live only a few days, but he rallied and 
survived nearly eighteen months. During this time he was confined at first 
to his house, then to one floor, and finally to his room ; but his mental fac- 
ulties remained unimpaired, and he followed the events of the Spanish War 
with the sharpest interest and intelligence. When I returned in January, 
1899, he was sitting up in his room, and discussed the events of the previous 
year with full knowledge, as well as with discrimination and discernment. 
When I saw him ten days later, he was insisting on writing a somewhat 
incoherent letter to a friend who had been dead for twenty years. A week 
after this he could not leave his bed, and for twenty-four hours the human 
flame grew gradually lower, flickered, and then went out. There was no 
organic disease; the heart simply ceased to act. Before dawn on the 28th 
of Januarys 1899, near the close of his ninety-eighth year, he ceased breath- 
ing, and was gathered unto his fathers, "having the testimony of a good 
conscience ; in the communion of the catholic church ; in the confidence of 
a certain faith; in the comfort of a reasonable, religious, and holy hope; in 
favor with God, and in perfect charity with the world." 

He was buried near six generations of his ancestors, in Warwick, R. I. ; 
and over his grave rests a rock from Gulp's Hill at Gettysburg, with a 
bronze tablet, telling briefly whom it commemorates. 

A simple life like this, not pre-eminent for worldly success, but remark- 
able for kindly love and Christian virtue, is not lived in vain. Its keynote 
was the soldier's ideal of devotion to duty. As God gave him the light to 
see his duty, he did it. Not grasping nor self-seeking, often failing to see 
his own advantage or to grasp it, he worked earnestly and incessantly 
through his nearly one hundred years, "in that station of life in which it 
had pleased God to place him," doing thoroughly and to the utmost of his 
ability, the task at hand; never complaining, though at times there was 
cause, but always cheerful and buoyant of spirit; in war he risked his life 
and shed his blood to good purpose, and did his fvill share of the task of 
preserving the Union; in peace he devoted his time to useful occupations, 
and left his monument in enduring public works; inspired by the highest 
ideals, and incapable of dishonor, he has bequeathed to his children the 
priceless heritage of a spotless name. 

Francis Vinton Greene. 
New York, 1902. 


E who is not proud of his ancestors either shows that he has no 
ancestors to be proud of or else that he is a degenerate son." — 

orr asd od indi aworfa isrijis sioJ-ssoitb aid lo buomq ion at orfw 311 
— '".no8 9J-Bi9n9§9b B at ari iedi safe lo io biroiq sd oJ' zroiasoctB ^ ^ 



IT has been stated that " one of the interesting pecuHarities of genealogi- 
cal research is the fact that one can never be perfectly satisfied that 

the last storehouse of records relating to the family history has 
been reached." It would seem, however, that the patient labors of the late 
General George Sears Greene, covering a period of more than half a century 
and resulting in collections from the highest genealogical and historical 
authorities in England and in America, should have been rewarded by the 
most perfect records attainable. His valuable MSS. disclosed compara- 
tively few conflicting statements, although corrections and substitutions 
had been made by him from time to time. It was doubtless his insatiable 
desire to glean from every source possible all items bearing upon the history 
of the Greenes of Rhode Island, together with his expectation that in some 
special instances additional data would be contributed, which caused him 
to delay publication of his records year after year. 

This is much to be regretted. It would have brought delight to the 
many descendants and kinsmen could he have carried out his earlier inten- 
tions and given to them the result of his painstaking labor — a work the 
dearer to his heart for the love of kindred that dwelt therein — in some 
enduring printed form after his own tastes and plans. But the long and 
beautiful life of activity in things civil and military, religious and patriotic, 
with its long-continued labor of love on family history, has come to a peace- 
ful close, and it has remained to his immediate descendants to fulfil his 
wishes in the completion and pubHcation of his treasured records. 

There were three distinct families of Greene settled in Rhode Island 
at an early date, the progenitors of whom all bore the name John. But 
the present work embraces only the descendants of John Greene, surgeon, 
who emigrated from Salisbury, County Wilts, England, and settled in War- 
wick, R. I. 

In the case of the marriage of females of this family with other Greenes, 
the same rule is observed as is followed with other intermarriages of female 
descendants, viz., the record is extended for two generations only and 

xxviii Preface. 

always under her individual number, excepting in a few instances where 
great-grandchildren have been included or interesting data supplied. Uni- 
form orthography of the name is observed throughout. Although heads 
of families in other Greene lines may have dropped the final c, the descend- 
ants of John Greene, surgeon, have uniformly retained it. 

Authorities are cited whenever indicated in the MSS. or as supplied 
by the compiler. When lacking in regard to points of importance it may 
be safely concluded that General Greene, after careful research, was entirely 
convinced of their accuracy or he would not have so recorded them. 

The kindly assistance given to General Greene during the long years 
of his labor is hereby gratefully acknowledged, with regret that no list of 
contributors has been preserved. The cordial, courteous aid rendered 
more recently to the compiler in the completion of these records is deeply 

Many collateral lines were followed by General Greene with patient 
care, but it was not deemed expedient to thus enlarge the present work, 
thereby delaying its publication indefinitely. 

The labor of compilation from another's notes requires unusual patience, 
exactness, and perseverance, and becomes the more difficult when consul- 
tation is no longer possible. The collator's plans, so far as known or gath- 
ered from the character of his notes, have been conscientiously followed, 
but in some instances even extensive correspondence and personal effort 
on the part of the compiler have failed to bring the desired information. 
In common, therefore, with other works of this nature, there will be found 
some incomplete or incorrect records. 

While the present work has been accomplished under difficulties that 
all co-workers will readily recognize, it is hoped that in some directions 
new light may be obtained therefrom, thus increasing the interest of the 
numerous Greene descendants and possibly stimulating some among their 
number to continue research and perfect the history of this distinguished 


L. B. C. 
New York City, 



"Succinct Genealogies of the Noble and Ancient 

Houses," etc., etc., by Robert Halstead, 

London, 1685. 

THIS rare work (of which but twenty-four copies were printed) is in 
the Library of the British Museum, and was described by Mr. H. G. 
Somerby during his researches in England in behah" of the Greene 
descendants as "a large folio of 695 pages, copiously illustrated, giving an 
elaborate history of the collateral branches of the family of the Earl of 
Peterborough where they intermarried with heiresses. The Earl inherited 
from the Greenes of Greenes Norton and Drayton, through one of these 
heiresses, a large portion of their numerous estates." That portion of the 
work devoted to the Greenes — seventy-six pages — is entitled, "A Succinct 
Genealogy of the House of Greene that were Lords of Drayton justified by 
publick records, xA.ntient and Extant Charters, Histories and other Authen- 
tic proofs." 

This volume was drawn up for Henry, Lord Mordaunt, second Earl of 
Peterborough, with the aid, of his Chaplain, Mr. Raus, Rector of Tumey, 
County Bedford, and printed at the expense of that nobleman, the name 
of the compiler, Robert Halstead, being fictitious. 



" Other pedigrees of these Ancient and Noble Houses have been de- 
duced but 'being old' have wanted the necessarv and real ornaments. 
The curiosity and learning of these latter times have afforded Composi- 
tions of this Nature, there having been omitted in them an insertion of 
proofs. . . . Wherefore there being Families in reality and truth so 
rich in Records and Evidence ... I have thought it a Debt to Truth 

TJie House of Greene. 

and History, having come, through my Curiosity in Matters of this kind, 
to a Sight and Knowledge of them, to be a means they should be expos 'd 
unto the World, for the Entertainment and Instruction of such as may 
delight in things of this Nature, and the Honour of those Families that are 
descended from them. ... 

" I desire that it should be known that I am an Antiquary by Inclina- 
tion, not Profession; that although I have purchased verity out of Ancient 
and Authentick Records, I sell no Fables from my own Brain and less from 
the Phancies of others; that I esteem nothing but Truths, and those so 
much, as if any have lost their Proofs, though there I pity them, I use them 
not, but consider them as unhappy Orphans out of the Guard of their 
Parents in a possibility at least to have been corrupted." 




Of the original of the House of Greene we have no certain information, 
but it is apparent they assumed their Name and Arms from an allusion to 
their principal and beloved lordship, which was Buckton, or the Town of 
Bucks, in the County of Northampton, being in the Hundred of Spelho, a 
place memorable for the excellency of its soil and situation and a spacious 
and delightful green upon which, at the desire of the Lords, was yearly held 
and exercised a Fair with particular and extraordinary privilege. Hence 
they were called "Greene" or "of the Greene." 

And from Buckton or the town of Bucks they have assumed for their 
Arms in a field azure Three bucks trippant, or 

In the first mention of the family, we find it in a very flourishing con- 
dition, possessed of the Manor of Buckton from which the Lords thereof 
did take their usual style as also of the lordships of Heyborne, Heydmon- 
courte, Dadington, Ashby Mares and Grene's Norton, the latter whereof 
was held by particular obligation of holding up the lord's right hand toward 
the King upon Christmas day wherever he should be at that time in Eng- 
land. (See "Origin of the Name," secondly, etc., page 4.) 

And of these was Lord Sir Thomas of Buckton, or Sir Thomas Grene 
of Buckton who lived in the reign of King Edward the First. Of these 
Grenes we find divers to have been qualified by their riches and power and 
the esteem they held for the principal employments in the counties where 
they lived. Among the other advantages of this House the great blood of 
which it was participant did honor it very much, it having had the fortune 

The House of Greene. 

to ally itself to the great Houses of Stafford, De La Zouche, Mauduit, Talbot, 
Ferrers of Chartley and Rosse, all of the illustrious and old nobility. But, 
at last, coming to the fortune of all transitory things, it concluded in Sir 
Henry Grene who, being without issue male, the Arms, blood and inheri- 
tance of this family came by a daughter to the Veres that were Lords of 
Addington and from them by another heir to the present Earl of Peter- 
borough. — Halstead. (See pedigree, following " The Greenes of Northamp- 
tonshire.") ' 


The following memorandum attached to, or a part of, the parchment 
pedigree of the "House of Greene" presented to the Boston Athenaeum 
Library in 1881 by William Batchelder Greene, was possibly made by Mr. 
Burt, the compiler of the chart. The theory as to the origin of the name 
Grene or Greene is well worthy of consideration, and the three points upon 
which the connection of Sir Henry Grene, Lord Chief Justice of England, 
is based, are certainly sufficiently strong to awaken the interest of all those 
who bear the name in America. 


On origin: "The name of this family is not of Saxon or Scandinavian 
origin as its present form might suggest, such as Wood, Vale, Green, etc., 
names taken from localities and found in almost every country \_sic\ of 
modem Great Britain. During the 12th and 13th centuries flourished 
a number of minor Barons (i. e., not possessing more, or as much as, thir- 
teen knight's fees and a quarter) bearing the name of De la Greene (or 
Grene) in Co. Northampton. Sir Henry Greene, Lord of Buckton, may 

I In 1S95, Gen. F. V. Greene had so much of Halstead's book as relates to the Greenes repro- 
duced in facsimile. There were but few copies made, and a copy was sent to the following Libraries: 
The British Museum. 

The Congressional Library, at Washington, D. C. 
Astor Library, New York City. 
Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass. 

New England Historic and Genealogic Society, Boston, Mass. 
The New York Historical Society, New York City. 

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 226 West 58th Street, New York City. 
The Lenox Library, New York City. 
The New York Public Library, New York City. 
The New York State Library, at Albany. 

The Long Island Historical Society, Brooklyn, New York City. 
The Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, R. I. 
The Greene Memorial Home, Apponavig, Warwick, R. I. 

The House of Greene. 

be counted with these by three facts ; First, that on one of his seals attached 
to an Indenture now in the archives of the British Museum, is found the 
inscription — ' Sigill (Henri) ci Grene, Miht, ' (this in old English characters) ; 
Secondly, that the said Sir Henry held his lands in capite by the same 
service as the feudal lords before mentioned, i. e., by lifting up the right 
hand on Michaelmas Day wherever the King should be in England (Harl. 
MSS.) ; Thirdly, all these claim much the same family alliances (as found 
on their various records and on their tombs). Tracing the name further 
back, we find the name De la Grene replaced by Del Grene (the latter seems 
to have been one of the latest of the Lords of the township of New- 
sholm) and before the Norman Conquest the name of Grene' disappears 
altogether and we are said to find Grini or Del Grini in counties York and 
Northampton. This would show the great antiquity of the family as well 
as suggest a Latin origin. It is worthy of note that a patrician family 
existed at Rome, shortly after the Roman Conquest, of the same name, and 
that the name is still borne by certain nobles in the northern part of Italy 
near Belluno. ' (Added note: Grene or Grenee, ' Histoire des Pairs de 
France,' par M. de Cotircelles, 1822.)" 

In addition to the above memorandum are a few notes on the opposite 
upper corner of the chart; the first giving names and baptisms of the 
children of John Greene, who emigrated to the American colonies, and 
others referring to General Nathanael Greene of the Revolutionary Army 
and descendant of said John; also to that line of his descendants who 
settled in New Hampshire (records now partially erased) ; and to the 
Gardiner Greenes and Copley-Greenes of Boston. In another handwriting 
is a note relating to the Greenes of Ireland on the authority of Burke, being 
endorsed, "signed by Sir Bernard Burke." It has special interest in con- 
nection with the recently published pedigree following " Greene's Norton, 
Northamptonshire," where descent is claimed by this Irish branch 
from the Northamptonshire family, though proof is not conclusive. (The 
note referred to above will be found following the pedigree.) 

I "The old form of the name was Grene. There is avithority for the statement that the family 
in Scandinavia bore the name Gren, although surnames were not generally borne there earlier than 
the 1 5th century. But possibly there was some connection between this family and the English 
Grenes. Gren means a bough or branch and may have been the occasion of adopting the word as 
a surname." — Northamptonshire Notes and Queries, p. 252 (W. Greene, Howrah, Bournemouth). 

' The ancient Belunum, the capital of a province and the seat of a Bishop, a city of 15,500 inhabit- 
ants, north of Venice. 


THE family of Grene or Greene of Northamptonshire, England, is of 
great antiqtoity and reputation. The earliest of whom we have 
record, Alexander de Boketon, recovered the advowson of the 
church of St. John the Baptist at Boketon (a seignioral right of the Lords 
of Boketon) against Simon de Hecter and Simon de Boketon about twelve 
years before the granting of the Magna Charta, in the fourth year of the 
reign of King John (1203). 

Walter de Boketon, his son, occurs in the 20th and 45th of King Henry 
III. and 2d of Edward I. (a.d. 1235, 1260, and 1273). 

John de Boketon, son of Walter, is of record 7th of Edward H. (a.d. 
1313). (See " Boughton, Northamptonshire.") 

Thomas de Boketon,' his son, occurs in 13th of Edward 11. (13 19). 
He married Alice, daughter and co-heiress of Sir Thomas Boltesham of 

Sir Thomas de Boketon,- son and heir of Thomas and Alice de Boke- 
ton, and cousin and heir of Sir Thomas Boltesham, b. 1292, aet. 12 Esc. 
^^ Ed. I. n. 53, Member of Parliament from County Northampton, 1336, 
1338, and 1343, and Sheriff of said county for several years, appears to 
have been the first to have taken the name Att Grene or de la Grene. He 
was buried at Boughton and his posterity took the surname of Grene. 
(See "Pedigree of Greene of Greene's Norton.") He married (i) 
Lucy, daughter of Eudo, Lord Zouche of Harringworth, by Millicent, sister 


1 A Knight of this Family named Sir Thomas Grene, that was Lord of Buckton and other fair 
Possessions, flourished in the Coimty of Northampton about the beginning of King Edward the 
First. We find him recited in an ancient Catalogue of the Knights who followed the King in his 
first expedition against the Scots. — Halstead. 

2 Thomas of Buckton, who was indeed Sir Thomas Grene of Buckton, is recorded to have been 
High Sheriff for the Covmty of Northamptonshire in the fifth year of Edward the Third, an Office 
that unto those da5'S had been of great trust and reputation and was justly esteemed bo)iits fine oncre. 
He married Lucie the Daughter of Eudo or Ivan de la Zouch. — Halstead. 

The Greenes of Northaniptonsliirc. 

and co-heiress of George Canteloupe, Baron of Abergavenny in Wales; 

and (2) Christian, daughter of Irwardby. The son by second wife, 

Sir Nicholas, m. Joan, daughter of Sir John Bruce. They had two daugh- 
ters, Joan, wife of Sir Thomas Culpeper; and Elizabeth, wife of Sir John 

Lucy la Zouche, first wife of Sir Thomas of Boketon, was granddaugh- 
ter of Alan, Lord Zouche of Ashby, Governor of Northampton Castle, whose 
wife was granddaughter of Saier de Quincy, Earl of Winchester, one of the 
twenty-five Magna Charta Barons and a Knight of the Fifth Crusade in the 
Holy Land, 1220. Lucy la Zouche was also descended from Hengest, King 
of the Saxons, and Hugh Capet, founder of the Capetian dynasty in France. 
(See pedigree below.) 

Sir Henry Grene " de Boketon," son of Sir Thomas and Lucy (Zouche) 
de Boketon, was Sergeant-at-Law, 1345, Justice of the King's Bench, 1354, 
Chief Justice of England, 24th May, 1361. 

He had the grant of " Boketon Fair " in 1351 and purchased the Manor 
of Norton in 1353, which, with the village, has since been called Greene's 
Norton. He died 1369 and was buried at Boketon, where the ruins of the 
old church still remain. " Sir Henry Grene for his great wisdom and know- 
ledge was advanced to the office of Lord Chief Justice of England and with 
his large possessions in Northamptonshire and other counties left his pos- 
terity one of the most considerable estates of that age ' ' (Baker) . 

In 1358, Sir Henry Grene, then Justice of Common Pleas, having been 
cited before the Pope for pronouncing judgment against the Bishop of 
Ely for harboring one of his men who had burnt the Mansion House of 
Lady Wake and slain one of the servants, was excommunicated for non- 
appearance, but it did not prevent his being raised to the office of Chief 
Justice of the King's Bench on 24th May, 1361. He opened Parliament 
in the following two years and was present in the next. He was succeeded 
by John Knyvet, 29th October, 1365. The warrant for the delivery of the 
Rolls, etc., calls him ''delectus et fidelis" (Foss), showing that he was dis- 
missed with honor. In all his extant deeds he styles himself " de Buck- 
ton." He added greatly to his patrimonial estates and, dying in 43d 
Edward III. (1370), left his vast extent of property to his eldest son, Sir 
Thomas, and his second son. Sir Henry Grene. He married Catharine de 
Drayton of the noted de Vere family, daughter of Sir John and sister of 
Sir Simon Drayton.' 

They had issue: 

I Sir John Drayton was eighth in male hne of descent from Aubrey de Vere, who came in with 
William the Conqueror. (See pedigree de Vere.) 

The Greenes of NorthamptonsJiire. 7 

1. Sir Thomas Grene, eldest son and heir of Grene's Norton and Boughton, Knt., 

who married a daughter of Sir John Mablethorpe.' 

2. Sir Henry Grene of Drayton, m. Matilda, daughter and sole heir of Sir Thomas 

Mauduit of Warminster, Co. Wilts. 

3. Richard Grene, died s. p. 

4. Nicholas Grene, died s. p. 

5. Amabilia, m. Sir Ralph Reynes, Knt., of Clifton Reynes, Co. Buckingham. 

6. Margaret, m. William, Lord Zoiichc of Harringworth, Co. Devon. 

In addition to Drayton Manor, inherited through his wife, Catharine 
Drayton, Sir Henry Grene possessed those of Luifwick, I slip, Shipton, one 
third of Great Haughton, and others in the counties of Buckingham and 
Bedford, and the advowson of Luffwick and lands in Harringworth, Carle- 
ton, Raundes, Kingstead, Cotes, and Titchmarsh, which passed by settle- 
ment to his second son. Sir Henry Grene; the residue of his estate, 
comprising the Manors of Boughton, Grene's Norton, and the advowson of 
Sewardsley Priory, Heymondecote, Haughton, with others in the counties 
of Leicester, Hertford, York, etc.; the advowson of Boughton, Grene's 
Norton, and Great Haughton, and lands in Pittsford, Whittlebury, Silves- 
ton, Towcester, Pavelisbury, Batsaddle in Orlingbury, Cottingham, Middle- 
ton, Isham, Pightesley, Little Harrowden, and Northampton, and also a 
mansion in Silver Street, Cripplegate, London,' passed to his eldest son and 
heir, Sir Thomas Grene of Boughton and Grene's Norton. 

Sir Henry Grene, second son of Sir Henry, Lord Chief Justice, and his 
wife, Catharine de Drayton, inherited the estates of his cousin, Sir John 
Drayton, son of Sir Simon, his mother's brother. With the estates he was 
required to assume the arms of Drayton instead of his paternal arms, viz., 
Argent, a cross engrailed gules. It does not appear that all his descen- 
dants used these arms, but some in Essex are so recorded. 

Sir Henry was knighted by Richard II. and received from the King 
several confiscated estates as proof of his favor. Sir Henry Grene, with 
Lord William Scroope, Earl of Wiltshire and Treasurer of England, and Sir 
John Busbee, Knt., who had been appointed by Parliament to assist the 
King, Richard II., in the management of the realm, repaired to the Castle of 
Bristol and prepared to make resistance to the Duke of Lancaster (after, 
Henry IV.), but when it would not prevail they were taken and brought 

1 For descendants of Sir Thomas, see " Pedigree of Greene of Greene's Norton." 

2 Stow's Survey of London mentions "Silver Street, Cripplegate, in which be divers fair houses" 
(p. 112). 

H. G. Somerby's extracts of wills in England in rsth, i6th, and 17th centuries: 
"1577, Richard Greene of St. Giles without Cripplegate, London, Gentleman, will dated May 11, 
proven June 15, 1577, noncupative will, speaks of his brothers, but does not give their names." 

The Greenes of NortJiamptonshire. 

forth bound as prisoners into the camp before the Duke of Lancaster. " On 
the morrow next ensuing (28th July, 1399) they were arraigned before the 
Constable and Marshal and found guilty of treason for misgoverning the 
King and the Realm, and forthwith had their heads smit off," their estates 
being confiscated. 

Sir Henry married Matilda, daughter and sole heiress of Sir Thomas 
Mauduit of Warminster, County Wilts. They had issue: 

I'. Ralph Grene, eldest son, to whom the estates were restored in blood and 
inheritance (ist Henry IV.); Lord of the Manor of Drayton, Member of 
Parliament (sth Henry IV., 1404), Sheriff of Co. Northampton. He married 
Catharine, daughter of Ankatil Malorie, who survived him. (Her sister, 
Ela, married his brother, Thomas.) 

2. John Grene, second son, who inherited his brother Ralph's estates. He died 2d 

of Henry VI., will dated 28 Jan'y, 1432. He married Margaret, daughter of 
Walter Grene of Bridgenorth, Co. Shropshire, and of Hesse, Co. Middlesex. 

3. Thomas Grene of Isham,' married Ela, daughter of Ankatil Malorie, whose 

brother, William la Zouche, Archbishop of York, settled upon him one third 
of Sudborough Manor ("the remainder to Thomas Grene of Isham and Ela his 
wife, dau. of said Ankatil Malorie"). (See "Gillingham, Dorsetshire.") 

4. Henry Grene, of whom we have no record. 

5. Eleanor, married Sir John Fitzwilliams, Knt. 

6. Elizabeth, married Cotton of Cheshire. 

7. Mary, married Sir Jeffrey Luttrell, Knt. 

The male line (of heirs of Drayton) terminated in Henry (son of John 
above and grandson of Sir Henry), whose only daughter, Constance,^ mar- 
ried, 1464, John Stafford, Earl of Wiltshire, third son of Humphrey, Duke 
of Buckingham. She died leaving an only son, Edward, Earl of Stafford, 
born 1470, who married Margaret, daughter of John, Viscount Lisle. Ed- 
ward, Earl of Stafford, died s. p. 1495, aged twenty-five, and the Drayton 
estates passed to heirs of Isabel Grene, ^ his grandfather's sister, who mar- 
ried Sir Richard Vere,'* and finally to the Mordaunt family. Earls of Peter- 

1 This Thomas the supposed ancestor of Robert Greene of Dorsetshire (Somerby) . 

2 "Northamptonshire; 23d Henry VI. (1445). Henry Grene a wealthy man who first built 
the iine House of Draiton in this Co. had one sole daughter and heir Constance who married John 
Stafford Earl of Wiltshire to whom she bore Edward Stafford Earl of Wiltshire, who died s. p. so 
that her large inheritance devolved unto the family of Veres." — Fuller's Worthies of England, p. 174. 

3 " ist Henry VII. (14S5); Henry Vere, Esq. of Adington, son of Sir Richard by Isabel his 
wife, sister and at last sole heir to Henry Grene of Draiton, Esq. This Henry (Vere) was aftenvard 
knighted and dying without issue male, Elizabeth his daughter and co-heir was md. to John, ist 
Lord Mordaunt, to whom she brought Draiton House and other fair lands in this County, and other 
fair lands as the portage of her portion." — Fuller's Worthies of England, p. iSi. 

4" Isabella Greene with Sir Richard Vere Lord of Thrapton, Adington into whose posteritj' as 
you will find for default of issue in the heirs of Henry and Margery descends afterwards the lands 
of the Greenes and the Mauduits." — Halstead. 

The Greenes of Noytliaiuptoiishiyc. 

borough, thence to Sir John Germaine, and later became the seat of Mrs. 
Stafford Sackville. (See pedigree.) 

Sir Henry Grene, Chief Justice == Catharine Drayton. 

Sir Henry Grene, 2d son = Matilda Mauduit. 

John Grene = Margaret Grene, dau. Walter Grene. 

Isabel Grene = Sir Richard Vere Henry Grene = Constance Paulet. 

I of Great Adington. I 

Sir Henry Vere, Knt. = Isabella Constance = John Stafford. 

Tresham. | 

Edward = Margaret Lisle. 

Elizabeth Vere, = Lord John Mordaunt, 

Lady of Dray- 
ton, who inherited 
the estates 

son of Sir John of 
Turvev, Co. Bedford. 

Lewis, Lord Mordaunt = Elizabeth, dau. Sir Arthur Darcey. 

Henry, Lord Mordaunt = Margaret, dau. Henry, Lord Compton. 

John, Earl of Peterborough = Elizabeth, dau. Wm., Lord Howard of 

I Effingham. 

Henry, Earl of Peterborough = Penelope, dau. Barnabas, Earl of Thomond. 

Sir John Gennaine, = Mary Mordaunt = Henry Howard, Duke of Norfolk, 
second husband first husband. 

The Greenes of NorthaviptonsJiiye. 


Henry I., King of France = Anne of Russia. 

Hugh Magnus, Count of Vermandois = Adelaide, dau. Herbert IV., " Comte 

de Vermandois." 
Ladv Isabel de Vennandois = Robert Bellomont, Earl of Millent, created 

Earl of Leicester. 

Robert, Earl of Leicester and _ Amelia de Waer, dau. Ralph, Earl of 
Lord Justice of England "j" Norfolk. 

Lady Margaret de Bellomont = Saier de Quincy, created 1207 Earl of 

Winchester, one of the twenty-five 
Magna Charta Barons, d. 12 19. 

Roger, Earl of Winchester, Constable _ Helene, dau. Allan, Lord of Gallo- 
of Scotland ~\ way. 

Lady Elene de Quincy = Sir Alan, Lord Zouche of Ashby, Constable of the 

Tower of London, Governor of the Castle of 
Northampton, d. 1269. 

Eudo la Zouche, 2d son = Millicent, sister and co-heiress of George Can- 

j teloupe. Baron of Abergavenny in Wales. 

Lady Lucy la Zouche = Sir Thomas Grene, Lord of Bough ton, Northamp- 
(Browning's A'inericans of Royal Descent.) 

The Greenes of Northamptonshire. 


Aubrey de Vere, who came in with the Conqueror = 
Aubrey de Vere, Great Chamberlain to Henry I. = Adelisa de Clare. 

Sir Robert de Vere = Matilda, dau. Robert de Furnel. 

Sir Henry de Vere = Hildeberga. 

Sir Walter de Vere, a Crusader, who went to the 

Holy War and took for his arms. Argent, a = Lucia Barret, 
cross engrailed gules, and assumed the sur- 
name of Drayton. 

Sir Henry de Drayton = Isabella de Bourdon. 

Sir Baldwin de Drayton = Idonea de Gemages. 

Sir John de Drayton = Philippa de Ardene. 

Catharine de Drayton = Sir Henry Grene, Chief Justice of England and 
I Lord of Drayton. 

Sir Henry Grene of Drayton = Matilda, dau. Sir Thomas Mauduit. 

(Baker's History of Northamptonshire.) 


DRAYTON, the Capital Mansion of Drayton and Luffwick Manors, " an 
antient building, but a very elegant structure, was built by Henry 
Grene about the latter end of Henry the Sixth's reign. It had for- 
merly been a castle, it is now embattled and hath turrets at each end of it. 
Here are many good pictures and portraits, particularly of the Mordaunt 

Luffwick Hundred in Northamptonshire was commonly called Lowick, 
and in Domesday Book is written Luhwic and Ludewic. 

In the 9th of Edward II., Robert de Vere, Robert de Ardene, John de 
Techmere, Simon de Drayton, and Robert le Low were Lords of Luffwick 
and its members. The next possessor was Sir Henry Grene (Chief Justice), 
who, at his death in the 43d of Edward III. (1370), settled on his second son, 
Sir Henry. 

Sir Henry Grene, the elder, was son of Sir Thomas and grandson of 
Sir Thomas de Boketon (Boughton) in Northamptonshire, who lived in 
Edward the First's time and whose descendants asstimed the name Greene. 
(Bridge's Northamptonshire, vol. ii., pp. 246, 248.) In Leland's Itinerary, 
vol. i., p. 5 (1538), mention is made of " Draiton Village and Castle "as "the 
prettiest place in these Quarters, belonging as Iselipe doth, in co-partion unto 
Lord Mordaunt. " (See pedigree, " The Greenes of Northamptonshire, " p. 9.) 

Stafford, Earl of Wiltshire, uncle to Edward, late Duke of Bucking- 
ham, " had Draiton by an heir general of the younger Grene and kept his 
household y** it. The Great Grene gave to his eldest son Grene 's Norton 
with a great portion of lands, and he gave Draiton with other lands to his 
younger sonne. This Draiton Castle was mostly builded by Grene that was 
so great a man in King Richard's time." 

General George S. Greene in correspondence alluded to Drayton House 
as "a place of much interest, filled with works of art and family portraits." 
This was the residence of the descendants of Sir Henry Grene, second 
son of the Lord Chief Justice, the family into which Lord Peterborough 
married and to whom his book (Halstead's Genealogies) chiefly relates. 

At Luffwick or Lowick church (St. Peter's) there are still extant fine 
monuments to Sir Henry Grene of Drayton, son of the Chief Justice, Ralph 
Grene, son of Sir Henry, and Edward Stafford, Earl of Wiltshire and Lord 
of Drayton ; for description of which, with inscriptions, see Bridge's 
Northamptonsliirc, vol. ii., p. 247. 


BOUGHTON, a parish in the southern division of the county, is situated 
three miles north of Northampton. In Domesday Book the name 
Boketon (or Boughton as now called) is variously written: Bocheton, 
Buchedone, Buckenton, Bucketone, and, in later records (Halstead's), 
Buckton, or the town of Bucks. 

Boketon Manor House was known as an estate before the Conquest. 
It contained 1400 acres and was celebrated for its good soil and beautiful 
landscapes. We have no record of the proprietors before the foiirth year 
of King John (1203), when there was a suit-at-law to recover the advow- 
son of the church, which shows that the family had a previous existence there. 
(See "The Greenes of Northamptonshire," p. 5.) Baker, in his History 
of the County of Northampton, considers the name of Saxon origin: "The 
Saxon Boc denotes a beech-tree and a book or charter, the prevalence of 
beech timber on the vill. [village] being Boc or Charter-land as opposed to 
folkland, which seems a more plausible basis for the adoption of the name 
' Boketon.' " 

Boketon Manor House was the occasional residence of the noble fam- 
ilies of Greene, Vaux, KnoUes, and Wentworth, and was occupied by the 
Earl of Rosse for a short time after the death of the Earl of Strafford. Sub- 
sequently it became the rendezvous of the Pightesley Himt, while under 
the management of John Ward, Esq., who was the last inhabitant, and in 
1822 it was mostly levelled to the ground. The park and adjacent grounds 
are described as " partly walled, well wooded, with temples, triumphal 
arches, and artificial ruins interspersed in fantastic variety." 

The church at Boughton, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, stood 
upon the green near a famous spring about half a mile distant from the 
town. It contained form.erly monuments in memory of Sir Thomas Grene 
and Sir Henry Grene of Boughton, Lord Chief Justice of England, the lat- 
ter " a portraicture of a man in a short gown y' should shew hym to be a 
Lawyer. His wife lay in portraicture by hym." The sculptured arms on 
this tomb were: at the head, Grene; on the south side, Grene repeated and 
near by, Zovich; on the north side, Grene, between Zouch impaling Grene, 
and Reynes impaling Grene. (Amabilia, daughter of Sir Henry Grene, mar- 
ried Ralph Re^Ties, and her sister Margaret married William, Lord Zouch.) 
This tomb was erroneously assigned to Sir Thomas Grene, who man-ied 


14 Boughfon, NoyiJiamptonshire. 

a Mablethorp, but as Sir Henry, the Lord Chief Justice, was the only 
Grene who achieved legal eminence, and the arms upon the tomb indicate 
his family connections, it ma}^ safely be appropriated to Sir Henry Grene, 
who always signed himself " de Buckton." In 1724, the church was in' 
ruins, portions of the wall only remaining, but the churchyard was used as 
a place of burial. The present church, a chapel, which consists of a west- 
ern tower, body, and chancel, stands about in the middle of the village and 
was rebuilt in 1806 and consecrated in 1808. 

Boughton Fair was granted by charter 28th February, 1351 (25 
Edward HI.) to Sir Henry Grene, Chief Justice of England, and became the 
most celebrated in that part of the kingdom. It is annually proclaimed in 
the name of the Lord of the Manor, and is still held (1880) on the green con- 
tiguous to the old church at Boughton on three days — the vigil, the day, 
and the morrow of St. John the Baptist. In the time of Edward I. (1272- 
1307), William de Nutricilla, Abbot of St. Wandregisile, made conveyance 
of the lands which belonged to the Monastery of Boughton to John de 
Boketon, from whom they descended to Sir Thomas Boketon. This John 
(see Greenes of Northamptonshire, p. 5) was grandfather of the Sir Thomas 
who first took the name of de la Grene, it is said, from the noted green at 
Boughton Manor ( ?) . The stately Manor House has been entirely removed 
and a large modern house takes its place. Of the original 1400 acres which 
the Manor contained, 600 were held in small holdings; the remainder, 800 
acres, falling into the possession of the Howard- Vyse family in the following 
manner: Anne, eldest daughter of the sixth Sir Thomas Grene of Boughton 
and Grene 's Norton, married Nicholas, Lord Vaux. The Manor remained in 
the family till about 1700, when it was piorchased by Thomas Wentworth, 
third Lord Stafford, whose second daughter married Sir George Howard. 
They had issue: Anne Howard, only daughter and heiress, who married 
Richard Vyse, Colonel of 3d Dragoon Guards, and in 181 2 Comptroller of the 
household of the Duke of Cambridge. He was the son of Rev. Wm. Vyse, 
Canon of Litchfield, buried in Litchfield Cathedral, 1770, with his wife, 
Catharine (daughter of Richard Smallbroke, Bishop of Litchfield), who died 
August I, 1 712. They had a son, Richard Howard- Vyse of Bruynston and 
Stoke Place, County Bucks. He assumed the name Howard before Vyse; 
was Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire, 1812, 1815, 1825. His 
son, Rev. George Charles Ernest Adolphus Richard Howard- Vyse, was bom 
at Stoke, July 27th, and baptized September 16, 181 2. He was Lord of 
the Manor and rector of the church at Boughton. (Authorities: Baker's 
History of Northamptonshire, vol. i., p. 31 ; Bridge's History of Northampton- 
shire; Notes of H. G. Somerby from London.) 


GREENE'S NORTON (foiTnerly "Norton Davey," and in Domesday 
Book " Nortone ") is a large village situated two miles west-by-north 
from Towcester and ten miles south from Northampton in the 
southern division of the county. Here was "the antient Manor Seat, the 
residence of the Grenes," now totally destroyed. 

It was formerly adjoining the enclosed park, called "Norton Park," 
which contained about two hundred acres, since 1724 divided up into fields. 
At the time of the Domesday survey the parish of Norton formed part of 
the royal demesne or Terra Regis. The Conqueror himself held the Manor 
as King Edward the Confessor had done before him, and until the time of 
Richard I. the Manor continued in the hands of the Crown. In the begin- 
ning of the twelfth century, when Philip Augustus of France and Richard 
of England went to the Holy Land, they were accompanied by Baudoin 
de Bethune, son of Robert fifth of Bethune, who went to the Holy Land 
with Philip, Count of Flanders. During the sojourn in the East, Baudoin 
appears to have attached himself particularly to King Richard, and they 
started on their return in company and were taken prisoners together in 
Germany. They made their escape to England, and shortly after their 
arrival Baudoin was married to an English lady, the Countess of Aumale 
in Normandie and of Holdemess in the Province of York, England. She 
was the daughter of the Count of Aumale, who was son of William the Con- 
queror's half-sister, who had married a Count of Aumale. (See History of 
the Bethune Family, by Mrs. John A. Weisse, pp. 3-8.) From this mar- 
riage there were two children, a son, who died young, and a daughter, 
who married William le Marechal, Count of Pembroke in England. They 
had no issue. King Richard I., after his return from the Crusades, had 
granted the parish of Norton with Suton in Bedfordshire and Wantage in 
Berkshire to Baudoin de Bethune ; and his daughter Alice, upon her mar- 
riage with the second Earl of Pembroke, received the hundred and advow- 
son of Norton as a dower. 

1 6 Greene s Norton, NortJianiptonshire. 

After the decease of Baudoin or Baldwin de Bethune, Norton passed 
to John le Marechal, nephew of the first Earl of Pembroke, who died in 1 234, 
leaving John his son and heir. John married Margaret, sister and heiress of 
Thomas, Earl of Warwick (a.d. 1241), and the Castle of Warwick was 
accordingly released to them. He is said to have borne the title of Earl 
of Warwick, but he died the year following his marriage, and the King, 
Henry HI., committed to Margaret, his widow, the Manor of Norton till 
she had an assignment of dower. In the year 1243, she agreed in the pres- 
ence of William, the Archbishop of York, that if she married before Ascen- 
sion Day next following, all her lands and the Castle of Warwick should 
go to the King, and she would not marry without the King's license. Eliz- 
abeth, the daughter of Margaret, married David ap Griffin, and she held Nor- 
ton in dower. Hence the name, "Norton Davie" or "Davey." In 1283, 
William le Marechal succeeded the above John, and in 131 5, John, son of 
William, was returned to Parliament as Lord of Norton, but he died in 
1316, and Norton remained with his widow, Ela, who in 1327 married 
Robert Fitzpaine. 

In 1346, Robert and Ela gave 100 shillings for license to enfeoff two 
trustees of the Manor of "Norton Davey" of the inheritance of William, 
Baron Morley, son of Robert de Morley, who had married Hawise, sister 
and heiress of John le Marechal. His son, William, Baron Morley, mar- 
ried Cicely, daughter of Thomas, Baron Bardolph, and their son, Baron 
Moidey, held Norton in abeyance. 

In 1359, Sir Henry Grene " de Boketon" (Boughton) and Thomas, his 
eldest son, gave 20 shillings for license to acquire by purchase the Manor 
of Norton Davey and Norton Hundred, and from this time the Manor was 
known as " Grene 's Norton." His eldest son and heir, Sir Thomas Grene, 
inherited the Manor and here resided six generations, the eldest sons all 
bearing the name of Sir Thomas. The last Sir Thomas died 1506 and 
left two daughters — Anne, who married Sir Nicholas Vatix (see "Vaux," 
note, p. 20) ; and Matilda, who married Sir Thomas Parr, and was the 
mother of Queen Catherine Parr (see Parr pedigree, p. 19). 

Sir Henry also held the advowson of the Church of St. Bartholomew 
at Grene 's Norton, which stood on rising ground at the east end of the 
village. It consisted of a bod}^ and north and south aisles, with a chancel 
and a porch on the south side. 

The space originally included in the chancel and lateral chapel could 
once boast a series of altar-tombs commemorative of four successive gen- 
erations of the Grenes of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In 1791 
the east window of the north aisle contained the Grene Arms. 

Greene s Norton, Northamptonshire. 1 7 

The church was repaired in 1826,' when the tops of the tombs re- 
maining (many having been previously mutilated or destroyed) were pre- 
served and placed in the niches of the walls, the body of the tombs being 
removed. Inscriptions engraved on brass in Old English characters are still 
visible. Fortunately, representations of these memorials have been pre- 
served to posterity in Halstead's Genealogies, "House of Greene." It was 
here that " Maud Grene's Chantry" was founded 1497. (See p. 18.) 

The first monument in chronological order which formerly stood in 
the centre of the church, was assigned, by the arms on the side of the 
tomb, to Sir Thomas Grene, who died 1391." Sir Thomas married a 
daughter of Sir John Mablethoi-pe, County Lincoln, and both lie buried in 
this church. On the tomb were two fine recumbent efhgies of alabaster 
presenting well-executed specimens of the costumes of that period. The 
knight in his rich suit of plate-armor, excepting the head and hands, 
which were elevated; at his left side, a long sword suspended from a 
transverse belt; under his head, a helmet and crest (a buck's head, or), 
and at his feet, a lion. In 1826, when the church repairs were made, the 
upper part, which was all that remained of this figure, was placed upright 
within the arch in the north aisle, behind and looking down upon his lady, 
who was removed at the same time, and lies extended under the arch.^ 
She has what is termed the horned or mitred head-dress, but unusually 
wide and flat, turned up around the forehead, and the folds falling behind 
on the cushion upon which her head reposes, and which is sustained by an 
angel. The side and end of the tomb have long, narrow, trefoil-headed 
compartments alternately charged with shields on which the following 
coats are represented: 

I. Azure; three bucks trippant, or, Grene. 
II. A bend between six mullets in a chief a lion passant, gardant, 

gules; a second coat of Mablethorpe. 
III. (G.) A chevron between three crosses crosslet or, and in a chief 
a lion passant, gardant, or, Mablethorpe. 

Under the eastern arch in the north side of the nave or ancient chan- 
cel lie buried the second Sir Thomas Grene of Bough ton and Norton, who 
died 141 7, and his wife Mary, second daughter of Richard, Baron Talbot 

1 In 1891 this church was handsomely restored at a cost of ;£3ooo. 

2 It is erroneously stated in Halstead's Genealogies that this tomb was that of Sir Henry, Lord 
Chief Justice of England, but he was buried at Boughton. (On the floor of the arch of the church 
at Grene's Norton, around this tomb of Sir Thomas, the name "Thomas Grene" is inlaid in brass 
letters an inch high and several times repeated. — -Geo. S. Greene). 

3 Since Baker's description a more sightly disposition of the figures has been made (see illustra- 
tion; also Boutell's Monumental Brasses of England, pub. London, 1849). 

1 8 '^rrceiie s N'orfoii, NorthaiuptousJiire. 

of Goodrich, County Hereford. The tomb has been destroyed, but the slab, on 
which were formerly two small figures with shields above, bearing the arms of 
Grene and Talbot, is now under the arch on the stone floor, despoiled of the 
knight's efifigy (for inscription, see Appendix III.). The third Sir Thomas 
Grene, son and heir of the above Sir Thomas, was left in possession of the 
Manor of Grene 's Norton. He married Philippa, daughter of Robert, fourth 
Baron Ferrers of Chartley, County Stafford, by Elizabeth, daughter of 
Thomas" Le Spencer" (not Edward de Spencer, as given in Baker's North- 
amptonshire, vol. i., p. 32). He died 1457. They were both buried under 
the depressed arch at the east end of the north aisle. Collateral to the 
first monument was an elegant altar-toinb to the fourth Sir Thomas 
Grene, who died 1462, and his wife Matilda, daughter of Sir John Throck- 
morton, formerly Under- Treasurer of England.' The slab with brass figures, 
though much mutilated, still remains in the centre of the nave or ancient 
chancel, and bears an elaborate inscription (see Halstead illustration 
and Appendix HI.). Matilda afterward married Richard Myddleton 
of Norton Davey, Esq., who, by his will dated 18 November, 1489 (Henry 
Vn.), directed his body " to be buried in the tomb of marble which he had 
[ordained] under the north wall of the Chapel of Holy Trinity in the 
parish church of Norton, and desired his dear wife Maud [Matilda] to 
enjoy his lands and tenements which he had in the counties of North- 
ampton and Derby formerly belonging to his brother William Middleton, 
and of which his wife was jointly seized for life with himself, on condition 
of her providing a priest to sing and pray perpetually in said church and 
for a perpetual obit for him, his said wife Dame Maud, Thomas Grene 
Knt [sometime] her husband, his father, mother, and all his ancestors and 
friends." There is no trace of this tomb, but his widow had license to 
found a chantry here. At the ecclesiastic survey 26 Henry VHI. (1535) 
it was valued at ;^6 per an. In the chantry roll of 38 Henry VIII. (1546) 
it was valued at ;;^io 105. gd. per an., whereof 145. 6d. were paid for rents 
resolute, £1 195. M. for yearly obits distributed to the poor folk and 
mending highways, 125. for the King's tenths, and £'] 45. ']d. for the 
priest's salary. The jewels and ornaments were valued at ;^5 45. 2,d. 

On the dissolution of the chantries, 1548, "Maud Grene 's Chantry" 
at Norton was certified to have lands in the counties of Northampton and 

I THROCKMORTON. — Sir John, descended from John de Throckmorton (who, according to 
Dugdale, was Lord of the Manor of Throckmorton about sixty years after the Conquest) , was a very 
eminent personage in the reigns of Henry V. and VI. and bore the title of " Under-Treasurer of 
England." His daughter Maud (or Matilda) married Sir Thomas Grene, of Grene's Norton, who 
died 1462. (From Parliamentary Writs). (See Throckmorton Will, Appendix I.). 

Greene s Norton, NortJicvnpfonshir 19 

The fifth Sir Thomas Grene of Bough ton and Norton, who died 1489, 
September loth, married Marina, daughter of Thomas, and sister and co- 
heiress of John Beler of Eye Kettleby, Esq., of County Leicester. 

Sir Thomas Grene of Boughton and Norton, sixth and last of the 
family, on November 9, 1506, married Jane, daughter of Sir John Fogge of 
Ripton, County Kent, b}^ whom he had two daughters, Anne and Matilda. 
The latter (being joint heiress with her sister) married Sir Thomas Parr 
of Kendall, County Westmoreland, and of Grene 's Norton jure uxoris; their 
daughter Catherine or Kate Parr, married 1529 (i) Edward Borough, 
son of Lord Borough, (2) John Neville, Lord Latimer, who died in 1542, and 
(3) in 1543 she became the wife of King Henry VIIL, and lastly of Thomas, 
Lord Seymour of Sudeley, Lord Admiral of England.' She died September 
5, 1548, and was buried in the chapel of Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. 
She is supposed to have been bom in the parish of Grene 's Norton, and a 
house in the village is still pointed out as the place of her birth. 

' "Queen Catherine Parr was descended [on the paternal side] from a family of no great an- 
tiqviity. but which had been somewhat distinguished in public service, and was one of two 
daughters of Sir Thomas Parr by Maud [Matilda] daughter and co-heir of Sir Thomas Grene of 
Grene's Norton in Northamptonshire." — Portraits of Illustrious Persoiiages of Great Britain, hy 
Edmund Lodge. 

Parr: Arms argent, two bars azure, a chief engrailed, sable. 
Sir WilUam Parr of Kendal, Co. Westmoreland = Elizabeth, dau. Sir John Roos. 

John Parr of Kendall =: 

Sir Thomas Parr of Kendall =: 

Sir William Parr = Elizabeth Fitzhutrh. 

Sir Thomas Parr = Matilda (or Maud) , dau. of Sir Thomas Greene. 

Catharine Parr, m. (i) Edward Borough, son of Thomas, Baron Borough, 1529; (2) John Neville, 
Baron Latimer, who died 1542. Her third husband was King Henry VIIL, married in 
Hampton Church, Co. Middlesex, 12 July, 1543. Her fovirth husband was Thomas, Baron 
Seymotir of Sudeley and Lord Admiral of England, beheaded 28 Mar., 1550. Catharine 
Parr possessed considerable literary ability, and it is said that some of her devotional poetry 
has sometimes been attributed to Catharine of Aragon, who was also endowed with talent. 
She was described by Miss Strickland as " gifted by nature with a fine mind which was 
carefully cultivated by her excellent mother [Matilda Grene]. She read and wrote Latin well 
and had some knowledge of Greek. " "Henry the VIIL, her third husband, left her a legacy 
of ;£4ooo in addition to her jointure, 'for her great love, obedience, chasteness, and wis- 
dom. '" — Putnam's Cyclop. Biog. — Baker's Northamptonshire, vol. ii., pp. 61 and 6g; also 
Dugdale's Baronage. 

Greene' s Norton, Northanipfoushire. 

Anne, the elder daughter of the last Sir Thomas Grene, married Sir 
Nicholas Vaux ' 1507-S, afterward Lord Vaux of Harrowden. He sur- 
vived his wife and died in 1524, leaving his son Thomas, Lord Vaiox, his 

Dame Matilda (Grene) Parr, wife of Sir Thomas Parr and mother of 
Queen Catharine, left a son and heir at her death in 1532, William Parr, 
Esq., afterward Marquis of Northampton, who bore a conspicuous part 
in the tournaments of the Field of the Cloth of Gold. He had first been 
created Baron Parr, Earl of Essex (through the influence of his sister. 
Queen Catharine of England). 

Being implicated with Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, in the plan 
to place Lady Jane Grey on the throne, he was condemned, and his estates 
confiscated. He was afterward forgiven and restored. He died childless 
1570, and was buried at the Collegiate Church, Warwick. King Henry 
VnL called him " his integrity," and King Edward VL " his honest uncle." 

In 1550 Norton was annexed to the honor of Grafton and granted to 
the Marquis above named, the son of Thomas Parr and Maud [Matilda] Grene. 
The Manor thus returned to the line of Grene. It had come into the pos- 
session of the Crown in 1536, wheti Sir Arthur Davey recited that Sir 
Thomas Vaux, Lord Harrowden, had sold to him and his heirs the Manor 
aforesaid, the moiety of which he had lately purchased from William Parr, 
son and heir of Sir Thomas Parr, and Maud (Grene) his wife, and that on 
certain conditions he was ready to convey it to the Crown. Being annexed 
by the Crown to the honor of Grafton, it was, as before stated, granted 
by the Crowm to the Marquis of Northampton, otherwise William Parr. By 
his death without issue, all his estate included in the grant of Norton re- 
verted to the Crown, when in the fifth year of James I. we find Nicholas 
Dryden seized of lands in Norton held by the King as his Manor. 

Finally, Norton, with its dependent manors, was included in the grant 
made 1665 to Denzil, Lord Holies, and others in trust for Queen Catha- 
rine for her life, the reversion being granted (1673) to Henry, Earl of 
Arlington, for his life, and the remainder to Henry, Earl of Euston, after- 

I VAUX. — "Halbert, Ranulph, and Robert, three brothers, sons of Harold de Vaux, Lord of 
Vaux in Normandy, accompanied William the Conqueror to England. 

"Robert, the 3d son, was ancestor of the Lords of Harrowden. His great-grandson Oliver 
Vaux distinguished himself in the reign of King John by ser\'ices which he rendered to the Barons 
who obtained Magna Charta. His great-great-grandson, Sir Nicholas Vaux of Harrowden, was 
highly distinguished as a statesman and warrior and was much in favor with Henry VIL and 
Henry VHL April 27, 1523, he was summoned to Parliament as Baron Vaux of Harrowden, 
but did not long enjoy his honors as he died the 24th of May following (1524). He was twice 
married, his second wife being Anne, dau. of Sir Thomas Grene of Grene's Norton." — From Parlia- 
mentary V/rils. 

Greene s Norton, Northaniptoishirc. 

ward Duke of Grafton. On the decease of the dowager, Queen Catharine, 
1705 (Catharine of Braganza), the estates came into possession of Charles, 
2d Duke of Grafton, and are still (1892) (except the advowson of the liv- 
ing) vested in his lineal descendants.' 

' A considerable portion of the above was copied by Gen. George S. Greene, November 7, 1894, 
from an account compiled by Samuel Beal, D.C.L. (1892), Rector of the Parish Church of Grene's 
Norton. Other authorities: Baker's History of Northamptonshire, Bridge's History of Northampton- 
shire, Hajstead's Getiealogies. 



COMPILED by A. A. Hunter, Esq., of Cheltenham, Eng., and appended to 
Pedigree of the Family of Greene compiled by Lieut. -Col. John Joseph 
Greene, B.A., M.B., of Dublin — of the Royal Arm}- Medical Corps; pub. 
1899 (onl}' 150 copies). 

Alexander [de Boketon] Greene received advowson of Bough ton 1202. = 
(Baker's N orthamptonshire , vol. i.) I 

Walter [de Boketon] Greene occurs 1235 and 1274. (Baker, vol. i.) = 

John [de Boketon] Greene, died in 1313. (Baker, vol. ii.) 

Sir Thomas Greene, Knt., Lord of Buckton, or Boughton = 

He flourished in the County of Northampton about the beginning of 
the reign of King Edward L, and is recited in an ancient Catalogue 
of the Knights who accompanied that King in his first expedition 
against the Scots a.d. 1294 (Halstead). Alive in 1319. Sup- 
posed to be the first to assume the name Greene. (Baker, 
vol. i.) 

and heir- 
ess of Sir 
ham, of 
vol. i.) 

Sir Thomas Greene, Knt., Lord of Boughton 
Born 1292. Was Member of Parliament 
for Northamptonshire in 1323, 1337, 
1338, 1343, and also High Sheriff of the 
same county in 1330, 1331, 1334, 1335, 
1343. By his first marriage he ob- 
tained "nine messuages, one toft, and 
four virgates of land with their appur- 
tenances in Harringworth." Buried at 
Boughton. (Baker, vol. i.) 


Lucie, dau. of Ivan 
de la Zouch of Har- 
ringT\^orth, who was 
lineally descended 
from the famous 
Alan, once Earl and 
sovereign of Little 
Britain; ist wife. 

= Christian, 
dau. and 
heiress of 
of Ireby; 
2d wife. 
vol. i.) 


Pedigree of Greene of Greene's lYorfon. 



Sir Henry Greene, Knt., of Bough ton 
and purchased Greene's Norton, 
Lord Chief- Justice of England 
1361-65. The first mention of 
this eminent law}-er was upon an 
occasion where, in the reign of 
King Edward III., he was com- 
missioned, with the Earl of Ox- 
ford, to examine certain abuses 
in the Diocese of Canterbury 
(Halstead). He was appointed 
Sergeant-at-Law in 1345, and re- 
ceived the honor of knighthood 
on his appointment as Justice at 
the Court of Common Pleas, 6th 
FebiTiary, 1353 (Foss'sLm'5- of the 
Judges of England) . He was much 
employed and in special trtist and 
authority under those ministers 
the King left to govern the land 
during his absence in all the long 
wars he made in France; and in 
1360 was sent with Sir William 
Shardshall, a man of great credit 
in those days, to inquire into that great 
cause of Thomas Lild, the turbulent 
Bishop of Ely, against whom the Lady 
Wake, the King's nearest cousin, did 
complain of the murder of her servant, 
WilHam Holmes, and other misdemean- 
ors (Halstead). By his wisdom, integ- 
rity, and great abilities, Sir Henry Greene 
was on ae 24th of May, 1361, raised 
to the office of Lord Chief- Justice of 
England, which he held till 29th Octo- 
ber, 1365 (Foss), and was Speaker of the 
House of Lords in the Parliaments of 
1362 and 1363. Such was his good for- 
tune and the effects of the worthy and 
industrious endeavors of his life as made 
the estate he left to his posterity one of 
the most considerable in that age, and 
dying full of years, riches, and estima- 
tion in the 43d year of the reign of King 
Edward HL (1370), was buried at Bough- 
ton (Halstead). 

: Katherine, 
dau. of Sir 
John Dray- 
ton, Knt., of 

Sir Nicholas Greene 
Knt., of Exton, 
Rutland. (Baker, 
vol. i.) 

= Joan, 
dau. and 
heiress of 
Sir John 
Bruce of 
vol. i.) 

Greene : 
died with- 
out issue. 
vol. i.) 

: Sir John Alianor = 
de Hoi- (or Joan) 
and, Knt. Greene 
(Baker) died 
vol. i.) 28th June, 
no issue. 
vol. i.) 






vol. i.) 


Pedigree of Greene of Greene s Norton 

c i 

Sir 1 






Thomas = 

= A dau. 

Sir Henry = 

= Matilda, Richard Nicholas Amabilia 



of Sir 

Greene, Knt., 

dau. Greene 


Greene = 

Greene = 



of Drayton. 

and died 


Sir Ralph 




He was in his 

heiress without without 





father's life- 

of Sir issue. 


Knt., of 



Knt., of time invested 

Thomas (Halstead.) 


of Har- 



by his cousin, 






Sir John de 




b. 1344. 

vol. i.) 

Drayton, in 

Knt., of 



d. 1391, 

the chief seat 




and was 

and lordship of 




that place with 




all the towns. 



lands, liberties. 



and privileges 





vol. i.) 

1 D 

thereimto, up- 
on condition 
that from 
thenceforth he 
should bear 
his name and 
arms. By his 
wife he ac- 
quired numer- 
ous other pos- 
sessions be- 
longing to the 
ancient, noble 
house of Mau- 
duit. His am- 
bition, fo- 
mented by 
these favors of 
fortune, drew 
him to the 
Court, where 
he resolutely 
joined his 
hopes and ex- 
pectations to 
the fate of 
that unhappy 
young prince. 


Pedigree of Greene of Greene s Norton. 


King Richard II., at 
whose hands he had re- 
ceived the honor of 
knighthood. When the 
conspiracies of the tur- 
bulent and seditious 
Lords had obHged the 
King to condemn some 
and banish others, he con- 
ferred several parcels of 
their confiscated lands — 
those belonging to 
Thomas, Earl of War- 
wick, Richard, Earl of 
Arundel, and Lord Cob- 
ham — upon Sir Henry 
Greene. The rebellion 
against the King, how- 
ever, prospered, and when 
the Duke of Lancaster's 
army "came like a torrent 
bearing all down before it. 
Sir Henry Greene, that 
had possessed himself of 
the Castle of Bristol and 
meant to defend it for his 
master to the uttermost, 
was taken by his per- 
fidious garrison and de- 
livered bound to the 
Duke, who, knowing his 
constancy to be danger- 
ous and imchangeable, 
caused him to be be- 
headed the next day 
(30th July, 1399) with 
the Earl of Wiltshire and 
Sir John Busby." (Hal- 


(Visitation, Co. Gloucestershire.) 

(Harl. MSS., io4i,fol. 106 b.; 1543, fol. 145.) 

Arms: Aziwe, three bucks trippant, Or, in 
chief a mullet pierced. 

Crest: A buck's head couped ermine, attired. 
Or, charged with a mullet, pierced. Or, for 

John Greene,' 3d brother of = 

Thomas Greene of Greene 's 
Norton in Com. Northamp- 

Thomas Greene of Tamworth 

Thomas Greene of Tamworth 

*'^ Thomas Greene '"' Oliver Greene ^ 
of Tamworth. of Tamworth. 

dau. of 

Thomas Greene 
of Warwick. 

= Isabel, dau. of Henry 
I Lingen, sonn of John 
I Lingen, of Hurst. 

Thomas Greene of Bristow, = Lettice, dau. of 

Apprentice to the Law 
in the Middle Temple 

Henry Tutt of 
West Meane in 
Com. South '- 

16 vere 

Anne. Elizabeth. Margaret. 

I Probably 3d son of Sir Thomas and Philippa Ferrers Greene, whose children were Sir Thomas, An- 
thony, John, Elizabeth, Joan, Margaret. 


Pedigree of Greene of Greene s Norton. 

\ D 

1 E 

Sir 1 


1 1 
1 1 



Thomas = 

= Mary, Henry 

Sir Ralph = 

= Katha- John = 

= Mary, Mary 



dau. of Greene, Greene, 

rine, Greene, 

dau. of Greene Greene 

Knt., of 

Richard, of 

Knt., of 

dau. of ofDray- 

Walter =Sir 

= John 


Lord Sewel, 


AnkiteU ton, 

Greene Geof- 


ton and 

Talbot, died 

Owing to 

Mai- b. 1404. 

of fry 



of Good- 1402 

the great 

lory, d. 1432. 

Bridge- Lut- 



rich Cas- with- 


Lord of (Hal- 

worth. trell. 



tle, out 


Win- stead.) 

(Hal- Knt. 



Here- issue. 

bv his 


stead.) (Hal- 



ford- (Baker, father. Sir 


stead.) stead.) 


shire, vol. i.) 




and sis- 

Greene, to 

for 2^ 


ter of 


hus. Sir 






ist Earl 

II., he 




(Sir Ralph 


and was 



K. G. 











the influ- 



ence of 




vol. i.) 

and was 






Henry IV. 
by Act of 
ment in 
1400 to 

vol. i.) 

the Lordship of Dray- 
ton and the remainder 
of the lands. Several 
instruments are ex- 

tant of the 

grace and 

clemency of this 

Prince to the other 

children also of Sir 

Henry Greene. Sir 

Ralph Greene was 

High Sheriff of North- 

amptonshire in 1406 

and 1414. 

He died 

without issue in the 

6th year of 

Henry V. 

(1418). (Halstead.) 




Pedigree of 


of Greene s 



\ F 

1 G 

Sir Thomas = 


, Amabilia 


Sir Henry = 

= istly, 




dau. of 


Greene. Greene, 

Constance Greene 


Knt., of 


= 1392, 


Knt., of 

Paulet, s. 

= Sir 

= Sir 



ist hus- 








band. Sir 


= 2dly. 






Sheriff of 



Knt., of 


of Char 



dau. of 



Born 1399. 







Member of 


Knt., of 

shire 1434 







and 1465. 



for North- 








who d. 



shire 1426, 


Apr. 2, 

1467, and 





Sheriff of 



buried at 

the same 

Greene ' 

5 buried at 






1442, 1445. 




Died 1457 

vol. i.) 

141 8 she 

and was 


buried at 


Greene 's 






vol. i.) 

Sir Thomas Greene,: 
Knt., of Boughton 
and Greene's Nor- 
ton, High Sheriff of 
1458. Died 9th 
Sept., 1462, and 
was buried at 
Greene's Norton. 
(Baker, vol. i.). 

: Matilda, dau. of Sir John 
Throckmorton, Knt., Under 
Treasurer of England, and 
Elenor, dau. and heiress of 
Guy Spinney of Congleton, in 
Cheshire. She mar., for her 
2d husband, Richard Middle- 
ton in 1472. She founded a 
chantry in Greene's Norton 
Church 6th Nov., 1496, and 
was buried there. (Baker, 
vol. i.) 

Constance = John Staff'ord, 
Greene. Earl of Wiltshire, 

K. G., son of 
Duke of Buck- 
ingham. Died 
8th May 1473. 

Edward Stafford, Earl of 
Wiltshire. Buried at 
Lowick. (Halstead.) 

Pedigree of Greene of Greene s Norton. 


Sir Thomas Greene, = 
Knt., of Boughton 
and Greene's Nor- 
ton. Born 1428 
(Baker, vol. i.). 
Was created a 
knight by King 
Henry VII. at the 
battle of Stoke, near 
1 6th June, 1487 
(Metcalf's Book oj 
Knights) . 

; Marina, dau. of 
Thomas Beler of 
Eye Kettleby, Co. 
Leicester. She d. 
loth Sept., 1489. 
(Baker, vol. i.) 

A son. 

John Greene. 

From one of these sons the 
Greenes of Kilmanahan 
Castle, Co! Waterford, Ire- 
land, claim their descent, 
but it is not yet proven.' 


Sir Thomas Greene, Knt., of Boughton: 
and Greene's Norton. Was made a 
knight banneret by King Henry VII. 
at the battle of Blackheath against the 
Commons of Cornwall on the 17 th of 
June, 1497 (Metcalf's Book of Knights). 
He d. 9th Nov., 1506, in the Tower, 
where he had been tried and acquitted 
of being a confederate of Edmund de la 
Pole (Baker, vol. i.). 

Jane, dau. of 

John Greene, 


Sir John 

died without 


Fogge, Knt., 



of Repton, 

(Baker, vol. 

vol. i.) 

Co. Kent. 


(Baker, vol. 

Anne Greene, co-heiress = Lord Vaux of 
with her sister Matilda. Harrowden, 
Born 1489. Alive in who mar. for 

1508. (Baker, vol. i.) his 2d wife 

Elizabeth, dau. 
of Henry, Lord 
Fitzhugh, and 
widow of Sir 
Wm. Parr, K. 
G., of Kendal. 
Lord Vaux d. 
14th May, 1523. 
(Baker, vol. i.) 

Matilda, co-heiress 
with her sister Anne. 
Born 1493, died ist 
Sept., 1532, and was 
buried in Blackfriars 
Church, London. 
(Baker, vol. i.) 


:Sir Thomas Parr 
of Kendal and of 
Greene's Norton 
jure ux. Died 
12th Nov., 1 5 18, 
and was buried 
in Blackfriars 
Church, London. 

I Among the notes which are endorsed "Signed by Sir Bernard Burke," found upon the parchment pedigree 
chart of the "House of Greene" at Boston Athenaeum Library, is the following : "All I know about the 
Greenes of Kilmanahan Castle, Ireland, I have given in the Landed Gentry (edition 1S4S-68). The Arms are 
given therein, but I do not say they are duly registered." — (See Burke's Landed Gentry, p. 500.) 

Pedigree of Greene 

of Greene s Norton. 


\ I 


= ist Anne, dau. Anne Parr 

Katharine Parr, b. 1 5 1 2 . = 

= ist, 1527, Ed- 

William Parr, 

of Henry Bou- ^Wm. He 

•- Was mar. four times. 

ward, son of 

Marquis of 

chier, Earl of bert, ist 

D. 5th Sept., 1548, and 

Thomas, Lord 


Essex. Earl of 

was buried in the 

Burough of 

ton. D. 

= 2d Eliza- Pem- 

Chapel of Sudeley Cas- 


1570, was 

beth, dau. of broke, K. 

tle, Gloucestershire. 

ough. D. 1528 

buried at 

George G., D. 

s. p. 


Brooke, Lord 17th Mar., 

= 2d, 1531, 

S. p. 

Cobham. 1570- 

John, Lord 

= 3d Helen, 


dau. of Wol- 

ob. 1540 s. p. 

fangen Snaven- 

= 3d, 1543' 

burg, of Swe- 

Henry VIIL, 


King of Eng- 
land, who d. 
28th Jan'y, 
1547. s. p. 
= 4th, 1547, 
Lord Sey- 
mour of 

Mary Seymour, 
b. 30th Aug., 1548. 

:Sir Edward Burstel. 


(Ix Domesday Book IT 13 givex " Gelixgeham.'') 

THE first mention we find of this place is in the Saxon Chronicle, a.d. 
1016. in an account of the battle fought between Edniund Ironside 
and Canute at Peonna or Penn, County Somerset, near Gillga or Gill- 
ingham. This action happened so near the place that some less exact histo- 
rians style it the "Battle of Gillingham." The pursuit probably extended 
into this parish, where is a gate still called "Slaughter Gate." There are 
ver\" remarkable pits where the field of battle is supposed to have been. 
These are ver\- numerous and regularly made for offence and defence, some 
for the main body and some for the advance guards. Tradition says they 
were made by Canute, which was confirmed by MS. in possession of one of 
the lords of the Manor. 

In Domesday Book this place was surveyed in parcels, Gillingham 
being "the king's land,"" etc. W'ilHam the Conqueror gave the church of 
Gillingham to the Abbey of Shaftesbury- for the hide ^ of land in Kingston, 
on which he built Wareham Castle. The Manor of the town belonged to 
the Crown for several ages (Hut chin "s History of Dorsetshire, vol. ii.). 

Gillingham is one of the largest parishes in Dorsetshire, being about 
forty-one miles in circumference and containing upwards of three thousand 
inhabitants. It includes the forest of Selwood and about half a mile from 
the chiirch are traces of the ancient palace of the Saxon and Xorman kings, 
where they resided when they came to hunt in the forest. Here it was 
that King Henn,- I., in 1132, dated one of the charters which he gave to 
the Cathedral of Lincoln, and later the building was repaired by King John. 
In 1270, King Edward I. passed his Christmas here, with much feasting. 
Gillingham, like Boughton, had its annual fair, or rather two, one being 
held on September ist (O. S.) and the other on Trinity Monday. These fairs 
were continued until about the beginning of the nineteenth centun,'. 

' A certain portion of land, the quantity of which is not well ascertained, but variously estimated 
at sixty, eighty, or one hundred acres. 


Gillins[hani, Dorsetshire. 

The church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a large ancient 
structure, parth' in the Norman style of architecture, consisting of a nave, 
two aisles, a chancel, and a chantry chapel adjoining, the seating capacity 
being about one thousand. The tower is lofty and contains six musical 
bells, a clock, and chimes. The organ was demolished in the civil war by 
the Parliamentary soldiers imder Waller. Formerly the chm-ch contained 
monumental tombs, the description of which will be found in Hutchin's 
History of Dorsetshire. 

On the wall of the belfry or ringing loft was the following (as stated 
by the same authority, vol. ii., p. 237): 

" The porch new built, the lead thereof new cast, 
the church and the vestry repaired 161 7. 
The tower raised 21 feet, the dial, ringing loft 
and the King's Arms made by the gift of several 1618." 

Beside the parish church, Gillingham contained a "large old building" 
near the chiorch, formerly the schoolhouse. Its founder is not known. It 
appears b}^ some of the proceedings relating to parish lands, they were 
anciently designed among other uses for the perpetual maintaining of a 
schoolmaster in the town for the instruction of youth "in good literature." 
At the time of the Rebellion the school was in good standing, and the sons of 
many loyal gentlemen were among the students, not unlikely including some 
of the Greene family of Bowridge Hill. Hutchins tells us that " Lord Chan- 
cellor Clarendon received part of his education here" (see vol. ii., p. 253). 


The parish register begins in 1560 and contains eighty entries of the 
family of Greene, chiefly those of the junior branches. Among them the 
following, of the Greenes of Bowridge Hill. 


1595, Aug. 31, Anne, dau. of Richard ' Greene, gentleman. 
1599, May 23, Thomas, son of Richard ' Greene, gentleman. 
1605, Dec. 29, Mary, dau. of Peter ' Greene of Bowridge Hill. 
1607, Apl. 7, William, son of Peter Greene of Bowridge Hill. 
1609, Apl. 25, Joan, dau. of Peter Greene of Bowridge Hill. 

1 61 1, Apl. II, Margery, dau. of Peter Greene of Bowridge Hill. 

1612, Aug. 6, Richard, son of Peter Greene of Bowridge Hill. 
161 5, Apl. 30, Richard, son of Peter Greene, gentleman. 

161 7-18, jvly 23, Robert, son of Peter Greene, gentleman. 

iRichard, mentioned 1595, 1599, and 1616, was the father, and Peter, mentioned 1605-17, was 
the brother of John Greene, surgeon, of Sahsbury, England, and Wanvick, R. I. 

Gillingham , DorsetsJiij^e. 


1583, Ultimo die Maie Petras Greene, gentleman, of Bowridge Hill, erat 
sepultus [son of Robert]. 

1599, Aug. 15, Thomas, son of Richard ' Greene, gentleman. 

1616, Seats were assigned in the church to Richard ' Greene, gentleman. 

The Greenes of Gillingham, by circumstantial evidence, are identified 
as one of the branches of the family of Greenes of Boughton, Drayton, and 
Greene's Norton, in Northamptonshire, as verified by similarity of arms 
recorded in the Herald's College and on the monuments in Northampton- 
shire, also by the use of these arms by members of the family born in 
England who emigrated to America, as well as by that branch of the family 
who resided in Dorsetshire, England, in the early part of the reign of Henry 


Mr. H. G. Somerby wrote from London in 1870: 

"The family of Greene, originally written de la Grene, derive their 
name from their ancient possessions in Northamptonshire, where they were 
seated so early as the time of Edward the First. In 1320, Thomas de Greene 
succeeded to the estates and was Lord of the Manor of Boughton and Norton, 
afterward called 'Greene's Norton,' where the family continued to flourish 
for several generations, sending offshoots into various counties. . . . 
The Somerset branch of the family now appears to me to have sent the 
branch into Dorsetshire, from which the R. L Greenes are descended. It 
is not improbable that this branch in Somersetshire was an offshoot from 
the Greenes of Northamptonshire. The pedigree of the Greenes of that 
county, from the Herald's College, seems to have been principally confined 
to the heads of that family, which became extinct in the male line and very 
few collaterals are given. There are also pedigrees of Greenes recorded in 
the College of Arms for more than twenty counties, many of them branches 
of the Northamptonshire family. One of these branches, as verified by the 
similarity of arms as recorded in the Herald's College, was seated in Dor- 
setshire in the early part of the reign of Henry the Eighth, when Robert 
Greene of Gillingham, from whom an unbroken line of descent is traced, 
was assessed to the King's Subsidy, as appeared by the Rolls of the Ex- 
chequer bearing date 1543." 

' See footnote on preceding page. 

Note — Mr. H. G. Somerby, of Massachusetts, went to England and engaged in genealogical 
researches for New England families. He made up the records of the Greene family of Warwick 
and of the Arnolds of Rhode Island to some extent; the Greenes, at the request of Rev. John 
Singleton Copley Greene, of Boston, and the Arnolds, at the request of Mr. Benj. Greene Arnold of 
New York, a native of Warwick, R. I. General Geo. S. Greene furnished material for the identifica- 
tion of both of these families from his collections. 

Gillin^liani , DorsetsJiire. 

Among the "Abstracts of English Wills" submitted by Mr. Somerby 
was that of John Greene of Cucklington, County Somerset, husbandman, 
dated April i6, 1620, proved May 22, 1620, in which he bequeathed to the 
parishes of Cucklington, East Flower, West Flower, and Gillingham, £30 for 
the poor; mentions William Greene, Hugh Greene, John Greene, Richard 
Greene, Simon Greene, and his kinsman, William Nelson of Gillingham; 
also appoints Morgan Cave of Gillingham one of the supervisors of his will ; 
all of which may be considered conclusive proof of close relationship between 
the Somersetshire and Dorsetshire branches. In further support of Mr. 
Somerby's theory, it may be stated that the second son of Richard Greene 
of Bowridge Hill, Gillingham, County Dorset, was Robert of Cucklington, 
County Somerset, the brother of John Greene, the American ancestor, to 
whom he willed his Latin books. (See "The Greenes of Dorsetshire.") 

The late Major-General George Sears Greene, under date of 1896, 
writes as follows: 

" We have no direct evidence that we are descended from the Greenes 
of Northamptonshire. Mr. H. G. Somerby, who made up an Album of ovir 
Genealog\-, supposed that we came from that family, but he did not find 
any positive evidence of that fact. He supposed that we came from Thomas 
Greene, third son of Sir Henry, who was beheaded by the officers of the 
Duke of Lancaster, Henry IV., who deposed Richard II. I find a record 
of this Thomas and of his son and heir John, and of his son and heir Thomas, 
but no record of any other children, but yet there may have been others 
(see note below). The record which I found was only to detemiine the 
heirship from Thomas, third son of Sir Henry and Matilda." 

In another letter, bearing date November 30, 1 896, General Greene writes : 

" I do not believe there is any authority for the statement that Thomas 
Greene, third son of Sir Henry Greene of Drayton, was grandfather to 
Robert Greene of Bowridge Hill. I think that I stated to some coiTespon- 
dent, that there were probably, or apparently, three generations between 
this Thomas and Robert. 

" The proof that Thomas Greene of Isham was the third son of Sir 
Henry Greene of Drayton is not positive, but the probabiHty is strong." 
(Baker's History of Northamptonshire is authority for this statement.) 

In conclusion. General Greene states: 

" There is no positive record which has come to my knowledge that we 
come from the Northamptonshire Greenes, but I believe we do! " 

Note — It is not against Mr. Somerby's supposition that Robert (of Gillingham) is not among 
these generations; the inquest looked for the heir-at-law only, and there is room for other children — 
G. S. G. 

34 Gillingham, Dorsetshire. 

Among the manorial lands inherited from his father, Sir Henry Greene, 
Lord Chief Justice, by the eldest son, Sir Thomas, were those of Isham (see 
"The Greenes of Northamptonshire," p. 7), and it is not improbable that 
this estate was in turn inherited by his nephew and namesake, Thomas, third 
son of his brother, Sir Henry Greene of Drayton. The following account, 
taken from Bridge's History of Northamptonshire, has stronger bearing upon 
the point at issue, and shows more clearly the "strong probability" of the 
relationship of Thomas Greene of Isham to Sir Henry Greene of Drayton, 
and is quoted in part in the above letter: 

" In the 1 6th of Henry III. a fine was levied of the right of common 
pasture in Sudbury. Ultmerde Deneford and Sara his wife, demandants of 
Henry de Drayton, Deforciant ' to the use of the said Henry de Drayton. 
After the decease of her husband, Sara de Deneford appears to have mar- 
ried a second husband, Roger de la Hyde, by whom in the 4Sth of this 
reign, in conjunction with the said Sara, the Manor of Sudbury was given 
up to Reginald de Waterville and Extranea his wife, who there levied a fine 
of it. In the 24th of Ed. I., Reginald de Waterville was found to hold the 
lordship of Sudbury of the Abbot of Westminster, who held it in capita of 
the King. 

' ' Reginald de Waterville had issue three daughters : 

" Johanna = Robert de Vere, Petronella = John Wykham, and Mar- 
garet = Henry de Tichmarshe, between whom, at his decease, the Manor 
of Sudbury was divided. 

" Robert de Vere was succeeded by his son Robert de Vere, who left 
issue Robert de Vere his son and heir, by whom a third part of this Manor 
was sold to Nicholas Beech, who conveyed it to William la Zouche, Arch- 
bishop of York, who afterward gave it to his brother, Ankatil Mallory, on 
whom it was settled for his life ' zviih the remainder to Thomas Greene of 
Isham and Ela his wife, daughter of Sir Ankatil, and the heirs of their 
bodies, with reversion in default of issue to the right heirs of said Ankatil 
de Mallorie.' 

" John Wykham, who by his marriage with Petronella, second daughter 
of Sir Robert de Waterville, had a third part of the Manor, sold it to Sir 
Robert de Ardeme, Knt., whose son and successor passed it to Sir Simon 
de Drayton. Henry de Tichmarshe, husband of Margaret, third daughter 
of Sir Robert de Waterville, left issue John de Tichmarshe, who was suc- 
ceeded by Henry de Tichmarshe, who sold his third part to Simon de 

" By inquisition 9th Ed. IV. (1469) after the decease of Ankatil Mal- 

■ Deforciant: one who keeps the rightful owner from the possession of his estate. 

GilUngJiam, Dorsetshire. 35 

lone, it appears that Thomas and Ela Greene had issue, John, son and heir, 
who was succeeded in his part of the Manor by Thomas Greene his son, at 
that time in possession of it (1469). 

" The Manor, with certain lands and tenements in the hands of Thomas 
Greene, was held of the Abbot of Westminster by an unknown service. 
Thereafter the mention of Sudbury Manor occurs in the 21st of Henry 
VIII." (Vide Bridge's History of Northamptonshire, vol. ii., p. 254.) 

It will be recalled that Lucie la Zouche, wife of Sir Thomas Greene of 
Boughton, was the mother of Sir Henry, Chief Justice, and grandmother 
of Sir Henry Greene of Drayton. Her brother William's son, William la 
Zouche, was the Archbishop of York, who willed his Sudbury property to 
Thomas Greene of Isham, whose wife Ela was the daughter of his brother 
Ankatil Mallorie. As Ralph Greene, eldest son of Sir Henry Greene of 
Drayton, married Ela's sister, Catharine Mallorie, it is natural to conclude 
that Ela's husband, Thomas of Isham, was brother of Ralph and third son 
of Sir Henry Greene. 

Mr. Somerby reached his conclusions regarding the descent of Rhode 
Island Greenes from Thomas, third son of Sir Henry Greene, only after pro- 
longed search among public records at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury,, 
London, and at the British Museum, and careful examination of parish 
registers, wills, etc., in the south of England, aided by considerable corre- 
spondence with descendants in America. Upon the results of this faithful 
research he based his firm belief that the Dorsetshire branch of the Greene 
family were lineal descendants of Sir Henry Greene, Lord Chief Justice of 
England, through his grandson Thomas, the third son of Sir Henry Greene 
of Drayton, Northamptonshire. 

Note — " The early wills %Yhich were proven in Dorsetsliire and deposited in Blandford were 
nearly all destroyed by a mob during a political riot about 120 years ago. Only a few scattering 
ones remain and none of persons of the name of Greene. This is much to be regretted, as I have no 
doubt with their aid we should have been able without much trouble to have carried the pedigree 
back much further. 

(Signed) "H. G. Somerby. 

"London, July 18, 1870." 


BOWRIDGE HILL, formerly written Bor-ridge Hill (sometimes re- 
corded as " Porridge Hill"; see Hutchin's History of Dorsetshire) , the 
seat of the principal family of the Greenes of Gillingham, derived its 
name from the shape of the hill on which their residence was placed. It 
lies about a mile from the church, and the remains of the ancient mansion 
house are now (1899) occupied by a farmer. 

One of the lineal descendants of Robert Greene who resided on his 
estate at Bowridge Hill, in the reign of King Henry VIII. (1543), gives the 
following description of his recent visit (1899) to Gillingham: 

"The fai"m at Bowridge Hill, hardly more than a mile from the centre 
of Gillingham, is beautifully situated upon a slight eminence from which 
one has a surprisingly extensive view over the surrounding country. I 
found the place very interesting and attractive. It is a typical English 
farm, with a pleasant garden of old-fashioned English flowers in front of 
the house, and the stables and bams behind. It is situated about a half- 
mile from the public highway with which it is connected by means of a 
hard, well kept, private road which serves as an approach to a few other 
houses as well. I was told by the gentleman who kept the records (the 
Manorial records of Gillingham) that the name Bowridge Hill has always 
referred to this particular farm and no other. . . . The house, although 
ancient, does not in its present form date back to the time of Robert Greene, 
but was probably built over, as I was told by the present resident, in about 
the 3'ear 1720, which date is built into the house but concealed by the ivy. 
I do not imagine, however, that the form was materially altered.' The 
building seems to be of much the same type as those of the previous cen- 
tury, and I am inclined to believe that the old buildings were not entirely 

I Part of the old house was standing when Mr. Somerby (1870) made up the records of our branch 
of the family. There are many records in the Parish Church at Gillingham which are 250 years 
old.— G. S. G. 


Bowridge Hill in the Parish of GillingJiam. n 

torn down and that the old material was incorporated in the new struc- 
ture. . . . 

" The old church, in its present form, preserves largely the form and 
architectural style of the sixteenth century, but was restored and placed in 
good repair during the present century. I looked through the church and 
yard for graves of members of the Greene family, but discovered very few 
and those only of a comparatively modem date. There were no stones, as 
I recall, which dated back to 1600. The probability is that most inscrip- 
tions of that date had become illegible at the time of rebuilding, and were 

" There are few antiquities at Gillingham. The town has a population 
of between 3000 and 4000, but in the middle of the last century it was still 
only a hamlet of thatched houses. It is not unnatural, therefore, that 
nearly all the old houses have given place to modem buildings, and the 
town is less picturesque than the American visitor would wish. A rather 
romantic old mill upon a very ancient site is almost the only exception. 

"The Manorial records, which are not indexed before 1700, establish 
the fact that the Greenes have not been connected with the farm at Bow- 
ridge Hill since the beginning of these records, i. e., about 1700. The farm 
was held under copyhold title and the books in question contain records of 
rents, transfers of title, etc. Most of the other records of the town, it 
appears, are preserved in London." 

We are indebted for the above to the correspondence of Prof. Wash- 
ington Irving Bruce of Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass., who per- 
sonally secured for this work the accompanying views of Gillingham. Prof. 
Bruce is a grandson of Daniel Safford Greene. (See 6th Generation.) 

' The Parish Register contains earlier entries than can be traced on the stones. (See "Gilling- 
ham, Dorsetshire." 


ROBERT GREENE owned and resided on his estate at Bowridge Hill 
in the Parish of Gillingham, County Dorset (a locality noticed in 
the Ordnance Survey of England), when taxed on the Subsidy 
Rolls in the time of King Henry VHI. (1543); in the ist of Edward VI. 
(1547), and in the first of Queen Elizabeth (1558). 

To Mr. H. G. Somerby of Salem, Mass., who investigated the records 
of the Greene family in England, is due the discovery of Robert Greene of 
Gillingham recorded as above. 


These records contain the supplies to the King from his tenants in 
capite, generally given gratuitously to aid him in his wars and emergencies. 
They contain the names of the persons assessed and the amount of their 
assessments for land and goods. 

The introduction to the "Returns from Dorsetshire" in the reign of 
Henry the Eighth is as follows: 

" In this Cedule indentyd is conteignyd as well the names of all and 
ev'y p'son or p'sons havyng landes to y" yerly valeu of XLti or above as 
also goods to y^ valeu of XLti or above & also y*" sumes p'tyclerly set oute 
uppon ev'y off ther seyd namys dew to our soverenge Lorde the king for 
y^ fyrst of y^ four yerys s'bsydie graunted unto hys hygnes in y^ last p'lymet 
& upon & after y" taxacyon & cessing therof . ' ' ' 

Robert Greene (wife's name unknown) had issue: 

I. Peter Greene, gentleman, son and heir, who succeeded to the 
estate of Bowridge Hill, Gillingham. He died and was buried (according 
to Parish Register) May 31, 1583. His will is dated May 20, and was proved 
in London, June i, 1583 (See Appendix I). He died without issue, leaving 
bequests to his "wife Joan" and to his brothers and sisters. 

II. Richard Greene, gentleman, second son of Robert, inherited the 
property of Bowridge Hill as heir-at-law and "residuary legatee of his 
brother, Peter Greene." He was taxed on Subsidy Rolls 29th of Queen 
Elizabeth (1587). His will, dated May 10, 1606, was proved May 3, 1608. 
The name of his wife not given — issue : 

I Most of these rolls relating to Gillingham (in the sixteenth century) are missing. 

The Greenes of Dorsetshire. 39 

(i) Richard of Bowridge Hill, an only son, who married Mary, 

dau. of John Hooker. 
(2) Katharine, an only daughter, who married a Mr. Tumor. 

He gave legacies to Mary Greene, wife of his son Richard, and to each 
of his grandchildren by name; the residue of his property, including 
Bowridge Hill estates, to his "only son Richard." (See Appendix I.) 

(No record of the burial place of Richard or of the baptism of his elder 
children is found in Parish Register at Gillingham. It is probable that they 
were recorded in one of the hamlets of the parish where he [his father?] 
resided prior to his succession to the estate upon the death of his elder 
brother Peter. — H. G. Somerby.') 

III. John Greene of Gillingham, received legacy from his brother, 
Peter Greene, by will. 

IV. Alice Greene, received legacy from her brother Peter's will. She 
married Mr. Small and had issue: 

(i) Elisabeth Small, who also received legacy from her imcle Peter. 

V. Anne Greene, received legacy from her brother Peter's will. She 
married Roger Capps of Gillingham and had issue : 

(i) Richard Capps, who also received legacy from his uncle Peter. 

Richard Greene, gentleman, son of Richard, succeeded to Bowridge 
Hill, 1608. He was appointed executor of his father's will. He married 
Mary, daughter of John Hooker {alias Vowell), who was Chamberlain of 
the city of Exeter, England, 12th September, 1534, and represented Exeter 
in Parliament; he was uncle to the celebrated divine, Richard Hooker, 
Rector of Bascombe, County Wilts, and Prebendary of Salisbury. Mary, 
his daughter, was the grandniece of iVrchbishop Grindal of Canterbxu-y. 
(See History of Exeter, England, Astor Library, New York City.) Issue: 

I. Peter Greene, gentleman, son and heir to Bowridge Hill estate. Men- 
tioned in grandfather's will (Appendix I.). He married Joan . Issue: 

(All recorded in Parish Register, Gillingham.) 
(i) Mary, baptized Dec. 29, 1605. 

(2) William " Apr. 7, 1607. 

(3) Joan " Apr. 25, 1609. 

(4) Margery " Apr. 11, 161 1. 

(5) Richard " Aug. 6, 161 2, died young. 

(6) Richard " Apr. 30, 161 5. 

(7) Robert " Jan. 23, 1617-18. 

' Mr. Somerby probably confused Richard Sen. and Richard Jun. The former's children were 
only two; the latter had ten children, the two youngest only being recorded in baptisms of Gilling- 
ham Parish Register. 

40 The Greene s of Dorsetshire. 

II. Richard Greene of Salisbury. In his will, dated April 28, 1614 
(mem. " Vicesimo nono Septmb. 1616"), he styles himself "of the Close of 
the Canons of the Cathedrall Churche of Sarum (Salisbury), County of 
Wiltes — Gent." He died s. p. 161 7, leaving his property to his father, 
"wife Agnes," and to his brothers and sisters. He left his Latin books to 
his brothers Robert and John. (See Appendix I.)- 

His will was proved in London by his father and his brother John, 
June 23, 1617.' 

III. Robert Greene of Cucklington, County Somerset, gentleman, died 
1650. His will, dated October 21, 1649, was proved January 7, 1 650-1. He 
gave his Latin books to his "brother John Greene in New England," and 
all other property, including Gyms at Gillingham (received b}^ will from 
his brother Richard) to his son, Robert Greene. 

His wife is not named. Issue: 

(i) Robert, his father's sole executor. 

IV. John Greene, surgeon, bom about 1590, of Salisbury, County 
Wilts. He married November 4, 1619, at St. Thomas Church, Joanne Tat- 
tershall. He emigrated to New England with his family in 1635, where 
he died in 1659. 

(For further record, see "The Greenes of Warwick, R. I.," and "First 

V. Rebecca Greene, married Downton. 

VI. Mary Greene, mentioned in her brother Richard's will. 

VII. Rachel Greene, married Richard Perne of Gillingham. Men- 
tioned in her brother Richard's will. Issue: 

(i) Rachel (then written Ratiel), married in England, Edward 
Rawson, afterward Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay 
Colony (and ancestor of the numerous families of that name 
in the United States) bom at Gillingham, County Dorset, 
April 15, 1615. He came to America, 1637-8, soon after 
his marriage. (See Ancestry of Edward Rawson, by E. B. 
Crane, 1887, pp. 13, 22, 33.) By will of her mother, Rachel 
Feme, proved November 13, 1656: "Legacy of £40 to 
daughter, Rachel Rawson, in New England." (See Appendix 

VIII. Anne Greene, baptized at Gillingham, August 31, 1595, married 
Giles Stagg of Little Newton.-' 

IX. Thomas Greene, baptized May 18, 1599, buried August 15, 1599. 

1 The principal persons in a coimtry generally having property in places out of their particular 
diocese made it necessary for their wills to be proven in London. — Correspondence H. S. Somerby. 

2 The will of Richard Greene, son of Robert, mentions "five daughters of son Richard," but only 
four seem to be on record. 


As many of the original proprietors of Shawomet (Warwick) and their 
descendants are connected by marriage and in poHtical association 
with the descendants of John Greene, surgeon, the great-grandson 
of Robert Greene of GilKngham, Cotinty Dorset, England, who emigrated 
from Salisbury and settled at Warwick, R. I., it is deemed a fitting intro- 
duction to the family history to give a brief account of the beginning of 
that town, which was the offspring of the settlement at Providence under 
Roger Williams and his associates, and which "has a history surpassed in 
interest by none other of the New England settlements." 

In an address before the New York Historical Society, George Ban- 
croft made the statement that "more ideas which have become national 
have emanated from the little Colony of Rhode Island than from all the 
other American States." 

The first item on the Town Records of Providence, 1636, was an agree- 
ment signed by this small company to subject themselves to "all such 
orders or agreements as shall be made for public good of our body, in an 
orderly way, by the major consent of the present inhabitants — masters of 
families incorporated together into a town fellowship, and others whom 
they shall admit unto them — only in civil things/' 

This was the beginning of a government, the first of Christendom to 
be established and maintained where the principle of freedom in "religious 
concernments" was a fundamental principle, and which is now adopted in 
all Christian governments in the civilized world. 

Ex-President Andrews, of Brown University, in the able and interest- 
ing paper, "Roger Williams, Founder of Rhode Island," which he read 
before the Rhode Island Historical Society, February, 1895, concludes with 
these words: " I regard it not rash to declare that Rhode Island has done 
more than any other State to make the American Republic what it is. 
With equal propriety may one pronoimce Roger Williams — George Wash- 
ington excepted — the most influential and useful man of the western con- 
tinent up to date." 

His successor in the presidential chair. Rev. Dr. Wm. H. P. Faunce, 

42 Settlemeiii of IVarwick, R. I, 

recently (March 5, 1900) delivered a lecture upon the same subject in 
Brooklyn, New York City, and after quoting Lord Macaulay's famous asser- 
tion of the seventeenth centtiry, "There are only two great creative minds; 
one of these produced the Paradise Lost and the other the Pilgritns Pro- 
gress,'' said (in brief): "I wish to show that at least one other creative 
mind was working besides these two, when a bold assertion of liberty was 
made by a friend of Milton in America, — the man who first in the modem 
world created a State that was truly free, and was founding a city at the 
head of Narragansett Bay in which no dreamer or prophet should ever 
suffer for uttering his message to the world. He was not a saint. No 
aureole played about his head in the eyes of his contemporaries. His 
faults were obvious and insistent. He was a man to be reckoned with when 
living, and being dead he yet speaketh. He was right, but he stood alone. 
Massachusetts was wrong, but the whole world was with her. Roer 
Williams wanted toleration for beliefs that he abhorred. He wanted equal 
civil rights for Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Atheists. It is a signifi- 
cant fact that the best modem defence of Roger Williams has come from 
the pen of Hon. Oscar S. Straus, whose creed is as far as possible re- 
moved from that of the apostle of Rhode Island. The defenders of liberty 
in all ages constitute one church, and what they learn in suffering they 
teach not only in song but in history, in statesmanship and institutions 
that endure. Roger Williams was no mere theorist — he was the founder 
of a State. The State of Rhode Island to-day feels in every fibre of its 
body politic the influence of Roger Williams and his associates." ' 

Thus the settlement of Warwick became only possible with this free 
Christian government of Providence. 

The late Hon. Amos Perry, Superintendent of the Census of Rhode 
Island in 1885, wrote of the early days in the history of Warwick: "The 
settlement of this town was begim in January, 1642. Its Indian name was 
Shawomet, meaning a spring. It took the name of Warwick from the Earl 
of Warwick, who signed the Patent of Providence Plantations, March 14, 
1643-4. The historic importance of the western settlement was recognized 
by the foimders of the Rhode Island Historical Society by inscribing upon 
one side of the triangle device of their seal, 'Shawomet, 1642.' The estab- 

' "Williams was only for two years chosen Governor by the Colony for which he had done much 
and was rarely honored by it in any way. So neglected was he by the many men who owed to him 
their prosperity that in old age he became dependent on his sons, — he whom the United Colonies 
of New England should have delighted to maintain with high honor! Yet to the last, he was cheer- 
ful and loving. When, in 1684, he died at about the close of his four score years, the Colony awoke 
to his worth. He was buried at his Providence under arms, with all the honors of a magistrate, and 
Ills memory is entailed on the successive generations of Rhode Island as a priceless legacy " (Good- 
win's Pilgrim Republic, pp. 370-1). 

Settlement of IVarwick, R. I. 43 

lishment of this third point in the triangle was assured only after a long 
and painful struggle, in which disaffected and neighboring colonists leagued 
with Indians against the original and rightful grantees of this territory. 
The Charter of 1644 tiimed the scales in favor of the Warwick planters and 
the Providence Plantations. Warwick, facing Narragansett Ba}^ on the 
east, and possessing numerous fertilizing streams and water privileges, is 
worth all it cost.'' 

In 1888 a committee (Wm. D. Ely and John A. Howland), appointed 
by the Rhode Island Historical Society, reported upon the correctness of 
the dates and device of the Society's Seal and also upon the early settle- 
ment of Warwick, as follows: "To Warwick, the western division of Rhode 
Island, was given the name, 'Shawomet,' the name of a Sachemwick, the 
most conspicuous of all in that division of the State, from the character and 
conduct of its settlers, as well as the nucleus of that broad Township of 
multitudinous villages, which the devotion of those settlers preserved to 
the Colony and to the State. In fact, from the time of the first Charter, 
Shawomet was synonymous with Warwick, the two names being used 
interchangeably by the men of Warwick and their enemies of ' the Bay. ' 

" But at the time the Society adopted its Seal, nearly two centuries after- 
ward, Shawomet had, in the light of history, become a name not only mem- 
orable, but consecrated by the heroism, the suffering, and the Christian 
patience of Samuel Gorton and his companions. This small but indomit- 
able band, with the laws of God in one hand and the laws of England in the 
other, withstood all the efforts of the Government of Massachusetts Bay by 
soldiers and savages, by prisons and fetters, and worse than inquisitorial 
cruelties, to force on them a Puritan Hierarchy and a foreign jurisdiction, 
each as merciless in its tyranny as it was regardless of law. Desperate as 
the contest seemed, Gorton and his companions triumphed at last. Rhode 
Island owes to them a heavy debt. . . . When at last public opinion 
and a sense of danger to their own power forced the Puritan dynasty to 
set them free, Gorton, Greene, and Holden ' made their strong appeal to 

' Samuel Gorton, John Greene, and Randall Holden went to England in 1644 armed with a deed 
of submission to England of the Narragansetts, and on the 13th of Sept., 1646, they appeared in 
Boston Harbor from England, bringing with them the following order from the Governor in Chief, 
Lord High Admiral, and Commissioner appointed by Parliament for the English Plantations of 

"Whereas, we have thought fit to give an order for Mr. Samuel Gorton, Mr. Randall Holden, 
Mr. John Greene and others, late inhabitants of a tract of land called the Narragansett Bay, near the 
Massachusetts Bay, in New England, to return with freedom to the said tract of land, and there to 
inhabit and abide without interruption; These are therefore to pray and require you and all others 
whom this may concern, to permit and suffer the said Samuel Gorton, etc., -n-ith their company, 
goods, and necessaries carried with them out of England, when the ship wherein they do embark 
themselves shall arrive and from thence to pass, without any of your lets or molestations, through 

44 Settletnent of IVarwick, R. 1. 

the ' Honorable State of Old England, ' procuring at the same time and 
also bearing with them to England the submission of the powerful Narra- 
gansett tribe to King Charles (see note) . The justice of their claims could 
not be denied. The laws and the throne of England were supreme. Eng- 
land upheld both the men of Shawomet and the Narragansetts against the 
assumed jurisdiction of the Bay, which in her humiliation was forced to 
appeal for aid against ' opposition from Warwick, ' to the Commissioners 
of the United Colonies. Thus Gorton's successfiol appeal and the stern 
rebuke it brought to the tyrann}^ of the Puritan Hierarchy led in a momen- 
tous degree to the preservation of the whole Colony of Rhode Island and 
Providence Plantations, and the final emancipation of its entire territory 
from the usurpation of Massachusetts Bay. 

" Here, happily, on the territory known as Warwick, nothing seems bet- 
ter established than the fact that the first purchase by the English in these 
parts was made by John Greene, to whom was deeded, October i, 1642, the 
tract of land called Occupasuetuxet by Miantonomi,^ Chief Sachem of the 
Narragansetts, and Socononoco, the local Sachem of Pawtuxet. That he 
(John Greene) bought it for a settlement, a plantation, and a home seems 
evident, for Judge Staples states that on the 25th of September, 1644, he 
was actually residing there. How much earlier he had established himself 
there does not appear, but he and his family held it as a home for 
more than a hundred and forty years, and there, doubtless, he himself 
was, as certainly successive generations of his descendants were laid to 

This John Greene, an English surgeon, was the founder of a family 
than which none has been more prominent or more honored in the history 
of the State. The mention of a few names will suffice. It gave to the 
Colony two Governors (both named William Greene) ; to the Army of the 
Revolution, Major-General Nathanael Greene; to this Society, two Presi- 
dents; and to the United States force in the Rebellion, Major-General 
George Sears Greene and his two gallant sons. 

any part of the continent of America within your jurisdiction, to the said tract of land called Narra- 
gansett Bay, or any part thereof, they carrying themselves without offence, and paying according to 
the custom of the country and their contract, for all things they shall make use of in their way, of 
victuals, carriages and other accommodations. Hereof fail not, and this shall be your warrant." 
Dated at Westminster, May 15, 1646. 

This was directed to the Governor and Assistants of Massachusetts and signed by the Commis- 
sioner of Plantations. 

I A copy of the deed of Miantonomi (see Appendix I.) will bear out the well established facts 
attending John Greene's purchase of Occupasuetuxet, and additionally warrants the inscription of the 
date 1642 upon the seal of the Historical Society as the earliest date in which Warvi'ick (alias Shaw- 
omet) first began to pass permanently imder English control. 

Settlement of IVarwick, R. I. 45 

" And in this connection, it is worthy of notice that all of these, with- 
out exception, were also descendants of Samuel Gorton."' 

John Greene, surgeon, the American ancestor of the Greenes of Rhode 
Island, emigrated from Salisbury, England, in 1635, and first settled at 
Salem, Mass., where he was associated with Roger Williams,'' and where 
he built or purchased a house. 

In 1636-7 he followed Williams to Providence and was one of the first 
six who received home lots (the one granted him being the fourth from that 
of Roger Williams) , although this fact has been overlooked by the historian 
of Providence (see The Providence Plantations, p. 37). On the Town Re- 
cords the "lothof 4th month" (June — the year "1637" being added by the 
publisher of the Colonial Records ?), we read: "The several portions of grass 
and meadow which our neighbour Greene, our neighbour Cole, neighbour 
Arnold and Mr. Weston laid out in the Town's name with our neighbour 
James, neighbour Olney, neighbour Waterman, neighbour Cole, neigh- 
bour Carpenter and neighbour Hollyman, were confirmed as their proper 
right and inheritance to them and theirs as fully as the former portions ap- 
propriated to our neighbour Throckmorton, neighbour Greene, neighbour 
Harris, Joshua Verin, neighbour Arnold and neighbour Williams were, or 
are confirmed to them or theirs." 

Joshua Verin, in a letter to the town of Providence, 27th April, 1637, 
wrote: "Some of you cannot but recollect that we six ^ which came first 
should have the first convenience," etc. {Colonial Records, i., 17.) 

John Greene was also one of the original twelve " neighbours " '^ to whom 

1 Hon. Albert Gorton Greene, a man of antiquarian tastes and a lineal descendant also of 
John Greene, surgeon, was the designer of the seal of the Rhode Island Historical Society, of which 
Society he was a Trustee from its foundation, and its Vice-President and President for twenty-five 

The Seal of the Society is an equilateral triangle within a circle, which bears on the several sides 
the following inscriptions: On the base, " Mooshassuck, 1636" (Providence); on the right, "Aquid- 
neck, 163S" (original name of Rhode Island) ; on the left, "Shawomet, 1642" (Warwick). 

2 It has been said that, later, at Pro\'idence, he did not appear to have very cordial relations 
with Roger WiUiams, but they were not unfriendly. Mr. WiUiams, in his letter to Governor Win- 
throp, July 31, 1637, wrote: "For myself, I have no partial respect to Mr. Greene, nor relation but 
of neighbors together. . . . Mr. Greene here is peaceable, a peacemaker, and a lover of all Eng- 
lish that visit us." — G. S. G. 

3 Throckmorton, Greene, Harris, Verin, Arnold, and WiUiams. 

4 Samuel Gorton. John Greene, Randall Holden, John Wickes, Francis Weston, Richard Water- 
man, John Warner, Richard Carder, Sampson Shotten, Robert Potter, WilUam Waddell, and Nicho- 
las Power (although the last named was not interested in the deed) were the twelve neighbors to 
whom Mr. Williams deeded his original purchased lands from Miantonomi, each of whom paid 
thirty shillings. — G. S. G. 

In connection with the above, "The Origin and Evolution of the Titles to Real Estate in Provi- 
dence Plantations" will be of interest (see The Providence Plantations for 2^0 Years, i6j6-iSS6, 
pp. 46-47, by Welcome Arnold Greene.) 

46 Settlement of Warwick, R. I. 

Roger Williams transferred all the lands he purchased of Canonicus and 
Miantonomi between Pawttixet River on the south side and Mooshassuck 
on the north. This interest in the Providence purchase Mr. Greene trans- 
ferred to his eldest son, John Greene, Jr., on September 25, 1644, the same 
date given by Judge Staples as the time of settlement of John, senior, at 

Mr. Greene does not appear to have taken any active part in the gov- 
ernment of the town of Providence. We do not know whether he was 
absent or whether he declined to enter into an agreement to form authori- 
tative government which was not authorized by the Government of Eng- 
land, this being the sentiment of most of those who were associated with 
him in the plantation of Shawomet. He did not sign the agreement for 
government "by arbitration," July 27, 1640, although Judge Staples 
erroneously stated otherwise. On October i, 1642, John Greene purchased 
from the Indian chief, Miantonomi, seven hundred acres of land known as 
Occupasuetvixet, situated on Narragansett Bay, directly south of the settle- 
ment of Pawtuxet. This property, as mentioned in the above report, 
remained in possession of the posterity of Mr. Greene for one hundred and 
forty years, when it was sold, October 6, 1782,' by his great-great-grand- 
children to the Hon. John Brown of Providence, by whose descendants it 
was owned, being occupied by the heirs of the late Governor John Brown 
Francis, who soon after the purchase named the place "Spring Green" 
(formerly "Greene's Hold")- 

On January 12, 1642 (as the deed shows), the same John Greene was 
associated with Samuel Gorton and others (twelve in all) in the purchase 
from Miantonomi of the Sachemwick Shawomet, commonly called " Old 
Warwick," the tract of land lying directly south of that purchased by Mr. 
Greene a few months before. This last tract was about four miles wide, 
and extended from Narragansett Bay due west about twenty miles. 

This Shawomet purchase was made by those who claimed that no title 
could vest in the territory purchased from the Indians until a right in the 
same was obtained by grant from the Crown of England. Consequently 
only the powers of a provisional government were exercised until 1647, 
when the four towns, Providence, Portsmouth, Newport, and Warwick, were 
organized under the first Charter or Patent obtained from the English Par- 
liament, May 14, 1643-4, John Greene being one of the committee who 
formed this organization.-' 

' See Land Evidences, II., p. 349, office town clerk, Warwick, R. I. 

^ The town of Warwick organized the first "Town Council," being the first act of government 
in that town, on 8th August, 1647, under the authority of the Colonial Charter. John Greene was 
the first named in the Council, which consisted of six members. 



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Settlement of Warwick, R. I. 47 

In addition to these purchases the inhabitants of the town of Warwick 
purchased on the 13th of July, 1654, from Taccomanan (the deed being 
signed also by Amashetuck and Wawamockashaw his sons) the tract of 
land now known as Potowomut, on the south side of Coweset Ba}^ This 
tract of land has ever since formed a part of the town of Warwick. James 
Greene, son of John Greene, surgeon, was the first settler of this territory 
of Potowomut. 

It was not, as before mentioned, till the year 1647 that a permanent 
settlement was made in Shawomet, when the name Warwick was assumed 
in honor of the Earl of Warwick, the powerful protector in England of 
Gorton and his friends and the " Governor in Chief and Lord High Admiral 
of the English Plantations" in America. During King Philip's War (1675-6) 
there was a general exodus of the inhabitants of the town to the island of 
Rhode Island.' But one house, the Greene " Stone Castle," as it was known 
for centuries, remained inhabited. A garrison stayed there during the 
entire war and for many months afterward, before the return of the inhabi- 
tants, who had meantime organized themselves at Portsmouth as the town 
of Warwick, and for fifteen months maintained such organization there, 
tmtil it was safe for them to return to their own territory. Excepting this 
" Stone Castle," every house in the town was destroyed. 

After the close of King Philip's War, the town of Warwick w^as resettled 
and commenced a prosperous career, which has ever since then continued. 
Among the early manufacturing interests established were the Greene 
Anchor Forge and Mills at Potowomut, which had an extensive reputation 
many years before the Revolutionary War. All through this period War- 
wick was noted for the numerous men of ability which she contributed to 
the patriotic cause, prominent among whom, as before stated, were mem- 
bers of the Greene family, the most noted being Major-General Nathanael 
Greene and Colonel Christopher Greene of the Revolutionary Army. Thus, 
through varying fortunes, the town of Warwick survived all difficulties.^ 

I On 13th March, 1675-6, the General Assembly of the Colony, in session at Newport, sent a 
message to the people of Warwick, stating that the Colony was unable to defend them and advisino- 
them to seek safety at the island of Rhode Island, promising them hospitality from the inhabitants 
of Newport and Portsmouth. Four days later the town of Warwick was burned (on the night of 
i6th and 17th of March, 1675-6) by the Indians, excepting the stone house of Thomas Greene. 

^ " Many of the original settlers of the Colony lived through all the dangers and difficulties after 
their coming above forty years. WilUam Arnold, John Greene, William Harris, and Thomas Olney 
lived to a great age, and many of the second generation reached to fourscore and some to ninety 
years. Here is evidence, not only of health and vigor, but of sober and temperate habits, so that 
we are justified in saying that the first century of this Colony was marked by a fair degree of moral 
character corresponding to the conscientious views of the early Puritans " {Sketches of Congrega- 
tionalism in Rhode Island, p. 44, by Rev. James Gardiner Vose, D.D.). 

48 Settlenie7it of IVarwick, R. I. 

The frequent disturbances that arose between the early proprietors of 
Shawomet and the Massachusetts Bay authorities, the unjust persecutions 
which followed, the depredations of the Indians, are all matters of history 
too familiar to require repetition. Hon. Wm. P. Sheffield, of Newport, 
R. I., in closing his able monograph on Samuel Gorton (ptiblished in 
the National Magazine, November, December, January, 1893-4), writes: 
" Gorton was undoubtedly the leader in the settlement of the town of War- 
wick, but the descendants of John Greene have been far more influential in 
maintaining and upholding this ancient municipality than the descendants 
of any other of the original settlers — possibly more influential than the 
descendants of all the other first settlers." 

As has been said, Gorton and his companions triumphed, and their 
posterity still proudly testify to their brave endurance, their stiniggles for 
the right, and their untiring activity which promoted and sustained the 
religious, patriotic, and civil interests of the community in which they 
dwelt, leaving to their descendants the inheritance of peaceful homes and 
a healthful condition of prosperity which has continued to the present time. 


Staples's Annals of Providence; Arnold's History of Rhode Island; The Providence Plantations for 
2^0 Years, i6jd~iSS6, by Welcome A. Greene; Samuel Gorton, First Settler of Warwick, R. I., by Dr. 
Lewis G. Janes; "Report on Society Seal and Settlement of Warwick," Rhode Island Historical 
Society, i88S, by Hon. Wm. D. Ely and Hon. John A. Rowland. 


IT is conceded by leading genealogists as strong presumptive evidence 
of the descent of the Warwick Greenes from the family of Northamp- 
tonshire, England, that Major John Greene, Deputy Governor of the 
Colony of Rhode Island, and son of the emigrant, John Greene, svirgeon, 
should have used upon an official letter to England at an early date (1692) 
a seal with the arms of the Greenes of Bough ton and Greene's Norton, 
Northamptonshire, the same arms being recorded in the Herald's College, 
(Somerby) , as borne by Robert Greene of Gillingham, Dorsetshire, England, 
who was the great-grandfather of John Greene, surgeon, and from whom 
the records are unbroken. 

Major Greene was well known in official life and was on several occa- 
sions sent as Agent of the Colony to England. The letter alluded to was 
of no special importance save for its seal. It was addressed to Sir Robert 
Southwell, Knight, one of the Secretaries of State to their Majesties' Privy 
Council, at Whitehall, London, bearing date December 21, 1692. It was 
sealed with red wax, having the impression of the Greene arms, and was 
sent to America about 1840 by Mr. Thompson of Liverpool to the President 
of the Rhode Island Historical Society, and was received in good condition.' 

■ Among General Greene's notes is the following: " Letter from John Greene, Dep. Gov., R. I., 
21 Dec, 1692, to Hon. Sir Robert Southwell, Knight, one of the Secretaries of State to their Majesties' 
Pri\'y Council, at Whitehall, London. This letter was received July 4, 1693. It was to introduce 
Christopher Almy, brother-in-law of John Greene, the writer of the letter. The letter was sealed 
with red wax and the plain impression of the arms, 3 bucks trippant, in perfect preservation when 
this letter was received from Mr. Thompson, of Liverpool, by the President of tte Rhode Island His- 
torical Society." 

The ollowing statement was received by the compiler under date, Providence, November 3, 

■' The record of the accession of the letter in question as made by the cabinet keeper in his annual 
report for July, 1840, reads as follows: 

" ' From Thomas Thompson, Liverpool, 

'"Letter from Dep. Gov. John Greene to Robert Southwell, dated Newport, Dec. 21, 1692.' 

" R. I. Hist. Society Correspondence and Reports, vol. iii., p. 91.) 

" (Sgd.) Clarence S. Brigh.\m, 

" Librarian R. I. Hist. Soc." 


50 The Greenes of Warwick, R. I. 

General George Sears Greene carefully examined the seal and thus reported : 
" It bears a fair impression of the arms, three bucks trippant, but the colours 
are not distinct and it is without the crest/ which is not significant, the 
crest often being omitted from seals because it so much enlarged them." 
The following extract is from another letter written by him more than half 
a century ago, bearing date July, 1842: "Deputy Governor John Greene 
used a seal with the family Arms. The seal was small and the colours not 
designated, but the three bucks trippant were plain, and the crescent. The 
only grant which I have seen in the Heraldic books corresponding with this 
is that granted to a branch of the Greenes of Bristol, Eng., as a younger 
branch, which the crescent signifies, viz., 'Azure 3 bucks trippant or, attired 
or, with a crescent for difference: crest, a buck's head erased ermine attired 
or.' If this is the true coat of arms of our branch of Greenes, it was granted 
in the sixteenth century, before John Greene and his family left England. 
The name was of note in the fourteenth century, as appears from history 
and the Index to Chancery Cases published in Parliament." 

At a later date. General Greene wrote: " The arms used by the Greenes 
of Rhode Island are those of the family of Sir Henry Greene of Boughton 
and Greene's Norton in Northamptonshire, and his descendants. Major 
John Greene, Dep. Gov. of R. I. and Agent of the Colony to the Home 
Government, was but fifteen years old when he came to this country 
with his father. He passed much of his time (later) in England in an 
official capacity and would have well known his people there and the Arms 
of his branch of the family and would not have used them, unduly.'' And 
other branches of the Greene family in the southern counties of England 
presented these anns at ' Visitations, ' when they would not be used thus 
lonless the persons entering their families at ' Visitations ' had a right to 
wear them. Mr. Somerby, under all the circumstances which came to him, 
considered the point clear that the Greenes of Bowridge Hill in Gillingham, 
Dorsetshire, were of the Northamptonshire family. He made the positive 
connection of the emigrant, John Greene of Salisbury, Co. Wilts, with 
three generations before him in England." 

The following extract is from Mr. Somerby 's correspondence in 1866, 
which was in substance repeated in 1870: 

' " A coat of arms without crest is rather the sign of an old family than otherwise " (Introduc- 
tion to Armorial Families, by A. C. Fox-Davies) . 

2 In the fifth year of the reign of Henry V., June 2, 1418, at New Sarum (Sahsbtuy) ordered: 
"That no man of what state, degree or condition soever he be, shall take upon him such Arms or 
" Coats of Arms|" save he alone who doth possesse or ought to possesse the same by the right of his 
ancestors or by donation and grant of someone who had sufficient power to assign him the same." 
(Fuller's Worthies in England, vol. ii.) 

TJie Greenes of Warwick, R. I. 51 

"A strong reason and perhaps a conclusive one for believing the con- 
nection between the Greenes of R. I. and the ancient Greene family of 
Northamptonshire, is the similarity of arms. These same arms were used 
by other families of Greenes in the southern counties of England at the 
Visitations, when inquiries were made by commissioners appointed by the 
Crown of the then present and past genealogies of the families. This use 
of the arms (if they were properly used) shows descent from the Northamp- 
tonshire Greenes." 

There is positive evidence in the above letters of General Greene that 
the original seal of Deputy Governor John Greene showed distinctly the 
Northamptonshire arms, with the crescent, borne only by descendants from 
younger sons. This fact may be regarded as conclusive proof that the 
Deputy Governor's ancestors in Dorsetshire, England, including Robert of 
Gillingham, County Dorset, were allowed to bear these same arms, or he 
would not have sealed his official letters, addressed to officials in England, 
with the impression of these arms. The fact, also, that Bristol, England, 
lies partly in Somerset County, and that the arms granted to the Bristol 
family bore a crescent (only used by younger sons) is evidently strongly 
in favor of the conclusion reached by Mr. Somerby, viz., that the Somerset 
family, an offshoot from the ancient family of Northamptonshire, sent a 
branch into Dorsetshire, and that Robert of Gillingham, County Dorset, 
was one of these descendants, and therefore a lineal descendant of Sir Henry 
Greene, Lord Chief Justice of England, through Thomas, the third and 
" younger son " of his son. Sir Henry.' The Greene arms, azure three bucks 
trippant or, crest, a buck's head erased or, have often been confirmed to 
persons claiming descent from the family of Boughton or Greene's Norton,^ 
with slight differences, by adding some points or by change of color. There 
are other places in the south of England beside Dorsetshire where the 
Greenes have been seated, but no positive connection has been established 
except with Robert Greene of the parish of Gillingham, County Dorset, 
from whom, as before mentioned, the line is unbroken to John Greene, sur- 
geon, of Salisbury, Covmty Wilts, who came to New England in 1635 and 
settled in Warwick, R. I., in 1643. 

1 The elder lines from both Thomas and Henry, sons of the Chief Justice, Sir Henry Greene, have 
terminated in females, but it is very evident that there are many branches extant from the yoimger 
sons. — G. S. G. 

2 Greene's Norton was formerly written "Grene's Norton." In the sixteenth century the Nor- 
thamptonshire branch wrote the name Grene as appears on the earliest records and on the monu- 
ments, according to Anglo-Saxon authority. At a later date the double e and final e were adopted, 
which form has been pertinaciously retained by the descendants. — G. S. G. 


U A DESCENDANT of the Greenes of Greene's Norton, County 
ZA Northampton, John Greene, came over from Salisbury, County 
Wilts, to Boston, in 1635. His ancestry is traced back to 
Robert Greene of Gillingham (1545). 

" Sir Bernard Burke states that this John Greene was a companion of 
Roger Williams and a party to the Providence purchase from the Indians. 
A family tombstone in the King's Chapel Burial Ground, Boston, shows the 
same devices; as does also the book-plate of Gardiner Greene (b. 1753), who 
married a sister of Lord Lyndhurst. 

" The crest A is that found on the tombstone. The family uses more 
generally the crest B. 

" Crests: A. A dove holding a sprig of olive. 
B. A buck's head, erased, or. 

" Motto: Nee Timeo nee Sperno" ; [also Virtus semper viridis]. 
(Am. Hcraldica, p. 58, edited by E. de V. Vermont. Brentano Bros., 1886.) 


I. JOHN GREENE, surgeon, the progenitor of the Warwick Greenes, 
was the son of Richard and Mary (Hooker) Greene, and was born on his 
father's estate at Bowridge Hill in the parish of Gillingham, County Dorset, 
England, about 1590. Though not so recorded, dates before and after him 
would seem to determine this as the year of his birth.' His father, Rich- 

I Concerning the birth .of J ohii Greene, surgeon, General Greene inade the following ingenious 
calculation when ninety-five years of age: 

" MoRRisTOWN, N. J., November 30, 1S96. 

"Anne, the yoiuigest child of Richard and Mary (Hooker) Greene of Bowridge Hill, was bap- 
tized at Gillingham, 31 August, 1595. I suppose that Peter, their oldest child, was 20 years 
old in 1605 when his first child was bom [which would make Peter's birth-date 1585]. There are 
six intervals between Peter and Anne; time, 10 years or 120 months. These 120 months di\4ded 
by 6 give inten,'als of 20 months. Then the three intervals between Peter and John, surgeon, would 
be 60 months or 5 years, which, added to the birth-date of Peter (1585) would be 1590, the [probable] 
date of birth of John, surgeon." (It is not likely that he was bom at an earlier date, as this would 
have made him twenty-nine years of age at the time of his marriage, 1619.) 

There was one error in the above calculation, — the omission of one child,— which error General 
Greene discovered and corrected, making seven intervals (between Peter and Anne) of 17 J months, 
which difference, however, did not materially change the conclusion reached as to the approximate 
birth-date of John Greene, surgeon, 1590. — Compiler. 


Fiyst Generation. 53 

ard, grandfather Richard, and great-grandfather, Robert, had for nearly 
one hundred years before him resided at Bowridge Hill, and were undoubt- 
edly a branch of the Northamptonshire family of Greene through a younger 

General Francis Vinton Greene, in his Introduction to that choice 
volume, A Photographic Facsimile from the Original Volumes of Halstead's 
Genealogies Pertaining to the House of Greene, states: "The antecedents 
[immediate] of this Robert Greene have not yet been traced with certainty, 
but it seems probable that he was descended from a younger branch of the 
powerful and wealthy family of Greenes of Northamptonshire," thereby 
coinciding with the conclusion reached by his honored father, General 
George Sears Greene, after many years of patient research. 

The mother of John Greene, surgeon, Mary Hooker, was the daughter 
of John Hooker (alias Vowell), who was bom at Exeter, England, about' 
1524, his father, Robert Hooker, having been mayor of that city in 1520. 
His parents died when he was about ten years old. His early education 
was acquired under Dr. Moseman, Vicar of Menhussin in Cornwall, and he 
afterward studied law at Oxford. Later he travelled in Germany and re- 
sided some time in Cologne and Strasburg, where he was the guest of Peter 
Martyne and attended the divinity lectures of that learned Reformer. He 
returned to England and after a short stay went to France, intending to 
extend his travels to Spain and Italy, but was prevented by the war. Re- 
turning to his native country he settled in Exeter, and was chosen first 
chamberlain of that city, 1555. He devoted himself after this to the study 
of history and antiquities. In 1568 was a member of the Irish Parliament, 
and in 1 5 7 1 was one of the members of the English Parliament from Exeter 
(Wood). Price says he died 1601 (?), when about eighty years of age, and 
was buried in Exeter Cathedral, but had no monument. He was the author 
of several works, among them: " State of Ireland and Order of keeping a Par- 
liament in that Country," the same being found in the British Musetim 
under title, "Order and Usage of keeping Parliament in England" (MS. 
Harl., 1173, fol. 19). (From History of Devonshire, by Rev. Thomas Moore, 
vol. ii., p. 125.) 

John Hooker was uncle to the celebrated divine, Richard Hooker, 
Rector of Bascombe, County Wilts, 1591, and Prebendary of Sarum. John 
Greene removed early to Sarum (Salisbury), the county town of Wiltshire,' 

I Leland's Itinerary (pp. 7-8, 31) gives the following: 

"The city of Old Saresbyri standing on an hill is distant from the New a mile by north weste 
and is in compace half a mile and mo. This city has been anncient and exceeding strong but syns 
the building of New Saresbyri it went totally to ruin. ... In times of civile wars — insomuch as 
the castellanes of Old Saresbyri and the chanons could not agree, whereupon the bishop and they 

54 The Greene Family. 

and was there married at St. Thomas's Church,' November 4, 16 19, to Joanne 
Tattershall (or, as it was written on the church register, " Tatarsole ") • 
Nothing is definitely known of her EngHsh connections. The name is fre- 
quently found in early records among post-mortem examinations, parlia- 
mentary writs, and charters, and is variously written Tatersall, Tateshall, 
Tatashall, Tatershal, and Tattershall. The first of the family of whom we 
have mention came in with William the Conqueror and obtained the 
lordship of Tattershall in Lincolnshire, where he seated himself and from 
which he took his surname. His descendants were seated in Berkshire and 
Norfolkshire, and were held in high repute. It is probable that other 
branches located in other counties, and it is not improbable to suppose that 
Joanne the wife of John Greene, who emigrated to America from Salisbury, 
County Wilts, was a connection of the family of George Tattershall, who 
was seated at Stapleford, County Wilts, which is about five miles distant 
from his Salisbury home ; but as yet this relationship has not been proved. 
The following note, recently received by the compiler in answer to an 
inquiry about records at Stapleford, may be of interest in this connection : 

"Stapleford Vicarage, Salisbury, 

" October 18, 1900. 
"Madam: I have received your letter of the 25th September, but 
regret to say that I cannot help you in your research, as the Stapleford 
Register begins only with the year 1637. 


"Vicar of Stapleford." 

[Joanne Tattershall 's marriage date was 1619, eighteen years earlier.] 

The marriage of John Greene and the baptisms of all his seven children, 
recorded in the Parish Register of St. Thomas's Church at Salisbury, England, 
are still extant. He is therein styled " Mr." and " Gent.," a mark of some 
distinction at that date." He resided at Salisbury with his family, follow- 

consulting together at the last began a church on their own proper soyle and then the people resorted 
straight to New Saresbyrie and builded there and in continuance were a great numbre of the houses 
of Old Saresbyri pulled down and set up at New Saresbyri." 

1 St. Thomas's Church was built as a Chapel of Ease to the Cathedral by Bishop Bmgham in the 
year 1240. It was dedicated to St. Thomas k Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was martyred 
in the reign of King Henry II., and is said to be in some respects more beautiful than the Cathedral. 
It is a vicarage, with the living in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of SaUsbury Cathedral. 

2 " John Greene received by will^from his brother Richard, Clerk of the Close of Salisbury Cathe- 
dral, April 28, 1614, half of his Latin books, the other half being given to his brother, Robert, who 
by will October 20, 1649, gave them also to his 'brother John Greene in New England if he 
come for them.' The possession of these Latin books by three brothers indicates that they were 
of an educated family. Mr. Greene in the Baptismal and Marriage Records at Salisbury was 
recorded ' Mr. ' or ' Gent.,' denoting his social position." — G. S. G. 

First Generation. 55 

ing his profession, for about sixteen years. On April 6, 1635, he was regis- 
tered for embarkation at Hampton, England (see Appendix II.), with his wife 
and six children (one having probably died in England before this date), " in 
the ship James, of 200 tons, William Cooper, Master, for New England." 
After a voyage of fifty-eight days he arrived at Boston, Mass., June 3, 1635. 
He first settled at Salem, Mass., where he was associated with Roger Wil- 
liams, purchasing or building a house there, but soon after Mr. Williams's 
flight from Salem (1636) he sold it and, joining Williams at Providence, 
secured his home lot. No. 15, on the main street. He was one of eleven men 
baptized by Roger Williams, and one of the twelve original members of the 
first Baptist church on this continent, organized at Providence, R. I. He 
was the first professional medical man in Providence Plantations. He is 
alluded to in Goodwin's Pilgrim Republic (p. 407) as "one of the two local 
surgeons" at Providence in 1638, though we are told " the people of Provi- 
dence relied solely upon him for surgical aid long after his removal to War- 
wick in 1643." His first wife, Joanne Tattershall, the mother of all his 
children, died soon after his removal to Rhode Island and it is supposed 
was buried at Conimicut, Old Warwick (?). He married (2) " Ailsce (Alice) 
Daniels, a widow" (recorded as proprietor of a home lot in Providence, 
1637) (see below). They removed to Warwick, 1642-3. At the time of the 
persecution of the Shawomet pioneers (October, 1643), when " forty mounted 
and armed men," sent from Boston to arrest them, fired over their houses, 
the women and children fled to the woods. Fright and exposure caused the 
death of the (second) wife of John Greene. (It seems more probable that 
this was the wife who was buried at Conimicut.) Samuel Gorton wrote of 
this attack of the Massachusetts troops: " Afflicting our wives and children, 
forcing them to betake themselves some into the woods among the Indians, 
suffering such hardships as occasioned the death of divers of them, as the 
wife of John Greene, as also the wife of Robert Potter." Judge Staples, in 
his Annals of Providence, mentions the fact that the second marriage of 
John Greene was not recorded, but he found evidence in Probate Records, 
where mention is made of the son of Alice Daniels as "John Greene's step- 
son." Evidence of this marriage is also given in the following item: 

" In the division of 52 House lots John Greene senior Had lot between 
Thomas James on the North and John Smith on the South, and he inherited 
the lot of Alice Daniels his second wife between Wm. Harris on the North and 
John Sweet on the South" {Rhode Island Colonial Records [Printed], vol. i., 
p. 24). 

In files. City Clerk's office. Providence, is a book containing " A revised 
List of Lands and Meadows as they were originally lotted for the beginning 

5 6 TJie Greene Family. 

of the Plantations of Providence in the Narragansett Bay in New England 
unto the [then] inhabitants of the said Plantations until anno i6 — -." 

First in order are the "home lots," beginning at the Mile-end Cove, 
south end of town, between Fox Point and Wickenden Streets, lots all 
boimded by Town (Main) Street on the west and by what is now Hope 
Street on the east. The name of Alice Daniels is found on this list. 

Mr. Greene was married (3) in London, England, about 1644, to Phil- 
lippa (always written Phillip), who returned with him to Warwick, R. I., 
1646. Her family name is not known. She died at Warwick, March 11, 
1687, aged about eighty-seven years, having survived her husband for 
nearly thirty years.' In further support that his third wife was from 
London we quote the words of Samuel Gorton, who, in a letter from War- 
wick addressed " to Edward Calverly at his house by the east end of Christ 
Church in Newgate Market, London," and dated November 20, 1649, wrote 
of this last wife of John Greene: " Your auld neighbour, our loving friend, 
Mrs. Greene, hath writ a letter of advise to you [which] made me laugh not 
a little, which I heartily wish may come to your hands. She laies out the 
benefights of these parts better than I could have advised to have done. 
She takes well with the country and cheerfully performs her place [part], 
hath the love of all, non can open their mouth against her, which is a rare 
thing in these parts." 

John Greene, surgeon, was a prominent man in the public affairs of the 
town and Colony and enjoyed the confidence and respect of his associates 
through a long and active political life, holding office almost continuously 
until the summer before his death, when he refused to accept the office 
of Commissioner, being repeatedly urged thereto. A few months later, the 
General Court of Massachusetts at the request of Edward Rawson, Secretary 
of the Colony (whose wife was Rachel Peme, daughter of John Greene's 
sister, Rachel), granted him permission to visit Boston in the coming spring, 
but he did not live to accomplish this visit. He died and was buried at 
Conimicut, Warwick, it is suppo'sed beside his first wife ( ?) in the first week 
of January, 1659. 

Although John Greene must have been in Providence as early as April 
27, 1637, as mentioned in a letter of Joshua Verin of that date ("we six 
which came first"), and when "the first portions of grass & meadow were 
appropriated to Throckmorton, Greene, Hams, Verin, Arnold, and Wil- 

I Mrs. Phillip Greene, widow, deeded to her stepson, Major John Greene, all her houses and 
lands for maintenance, etc., in 1668, twenty years before her death. Her will described the locality 
of the John Greene homestead, which description exactl)' coincides with that given in the will of 
Peters Greene, son of John, surgeon, (See notes of General Greene on Warwick Records, Appen- 
dix II ) 

First Generation. 57 

Hams," June lo, 1637, (see Rhode Island Colonial Records [Printed], vol. 
i., p. 17), his name is not mentioned on Massachusetts records till August 
I, 1637: "Mr. John Greene of New Providence bound to Quarterly Court 
first Tuesday of seventh month next for speaking contemptuously of mag- 
istrates in 100 marks" (Massachttsctts Colonial Records, i., p. 200). 

On which account taken as follows : 

"John Greene of New Providence fined 20;£ and forbidden this juris- 
diction on pain of fine and imprisonment for speaking contemptuovisly of 
magistrates Sep. 19, 1637" {Massachusetts Colonial Records, i., p. 203). 

John Greene, feeling the injustice of the magistrates, wrote a letter 
concerning which the following entry was made, March 12, 1638: 

" A letter was sent to the Court by John Greene dated New Providence, 
wherein the Court was charged with ustirping the power of Christ over the 
chiu-ches and men's consciences, and it was then ordered (March 12, 1638) 
that he ' should not come within their jurisdiction,'" etc. 

The late Henry E. Turner, M.D., of Newport, in The Greenes of War- 
wick in Colonial History (p. 7), writes: "However insignificant in the 
aggregate of historical items this transaction may appear, it was one of the 
earliest assertions of entire and absolute freedom of opinion in defiance of 
either sectdar or ecclesiastical authority, and was one of the scintillations 
from the profoimd which aided to kindle the flame which is now lighting 
the world in its march to universal emancipation, and it seems to me to 
entitle John Greene to a high place among the apostles of fine thought." 

In all transactions in Warwick, John Greene was a prominent figure, 
" enjoying fully the confidence of his fellow citizens and suffering in common 
with them from the machinations of their enemies in Mass.," inasmuch as, 
though he escaped imprisonment,' he was with them under the ban of 
outlawry by name, and was forced to submit to interference with and 
destruction of his property. 

In "Letters from the Pawtuxet, " by Henry Rousmaniere, on "Genealogy 
of the Greenes," published in the Providence Journal, May, 1859, mention is 
made of John Greene as "This Adam of Shawomet [Warwick], who was 
driven out of Massachusetts, not Paradise, for the great crime of obeying 
his conscience in religion," and "who left to his family a fair name and a 
large landed estate." His will was dated December 28, 1658, and proved 
January 7, 1659. He left his large estate to his descendants, much of the 
property being still in the possession of his posterity. 

I During these persecutions of Gorton and his companions, John Greene was not arrested by the 
Massachusetts Bay authorities. Possibly this was due to the influence of Edward Rawson, Secretary 
of Massachusetts Bay Colony, who had married a niece of John Greene, surgeon. The warrant for 
the arrest of John Greene, surgeon, and his son John was never executed. — G. S. G. 

58 The Greene Fmnily. 


August 8, 1647. Member of first Town Council of Warwick, R. I. 
February 26, 1648. Commissioner (Representative of Warwick in 

General Assembly). 
May 7, 1649. Magistrate in Court of Trials at Warwick. 
June 4, 1649. Assistant. 
July 2, 1649. Member of Town Council. 
October 26, 1650I 

May 8, 1655 I Commissioner. 

October 6, 1656 ] 
August 9, 1657 J 

He is mentioned in Col. Rec, R. I., pp. 241, 278, 304, 325, 326, 337, 
354; "Commissioner, 1652, 1654, 1657, Magistrate, 1656." 

Children by First Marriage only: 

2. John, bap. August 15, 1620, married Anne Almy. 

3. Peter, bap. March 10, 162 1-2, married Mary Gorton. 

4. Richard, bap. March 25, 1624, died young (probably in England). 

5. James, bap. June 21, 1626, married (i) Deliverance Potter; (2) Elizabeth Anthony. 

6. Thomas, bap. June 4, 1628, married Elizabeth Barton. 

7. JoNE, bap. October 3, 1630, married John Hade. 

8. Mary, bap. May 19, 1633, James Sweet. 

St. Thomas's Church in the City of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. 
Extract from the Parish Register, which begins 1570. 


1619, November 4, John Greene mar. to Joane Tatarsole. 


1620, August 15, John ye sonn of John and Joane Greene. 
162 1-2, March 10, Peter the sonn of John and Joane Greene. 

1624, March 25, Richard, the son of Mr. John and Joan Greene. 
1626, Jtine 21, James, of Mr. John and Joane Greene. 
1628, Jtme 4, Thomas, sonne of John and Joane Greene, gent'm. 
1630, Oct. 3, Jone daur. of John and Jone Greene. 
1633, May 19, Mary of John and Jone Greene, Chirtorgeon. 
The above John Greene, chirurgeon, and Joane Tatarsole settled in 
Warwick, R. I., and were ancestors of the Warwick Greenes. 


2. MAJOR JOHN= GREENE "of Occupasuetuxet " (John'), eldest 
son, was bom at Salisbury, County Wilts, England, and baptized at St. 
Thomas's Church, August 15, 1620. He came to New England with his 
parents in 1635, and remained with them in Providence till his father's 
removal to Warwick, R. I., in 1643. He afterward settled on the Occu- 
pasuetuxet farm, the fine estate inherited from his father, and then known as 
" Greene's Hold, " which remained in possession of the family for one hundred 
and forty years, from October i, 1642, when purchased from the Indian 
Chief, Miantonomi, till October 6, 1782, when it was sold by the grand- 
children of Major John Greene to John Brown of Providence. 

During the early settlement of Providence, John Greene, Jr. (as he 
was then called), was associated with his father, and both were proprietors 
of home lots there on Town Street (now North Main), extending as did the 
other home lots to Hope Street. These Providence interests were all trans- 
ferred to John, Jr., in 1640 (or 1644 ?). He was one of the witnesses to 
the sale of Shawomet by Miantonomi, Chief Sachem of the Narragansetts, 
to his father and associates, January 12, 1642. After their removal to 
Warwick he was almost continuously in public affairs. He became a large 
land owner in his own right as well as by inheritance, and was prominently 
active in all interests of town and Colony. It was written of him at a later 
period: " He was a man of great weight of thought, sharpness of wit, apt- 
ness of action and adroitness of understanding." 

In early life he was Town Clerk ' and Surveyor. On several occasions 
he was sent as Agent for the Colony to England, and for nearly fifty years 
he filled the highest public offices. He was a member of the Colonial Assem- 
bUes (or Commissioner), Deputy, Assistant, and Deputy Governor under 
both charters. Major John Greene was one of the twenty-four named in 
the permanent charter obtained from King Charles II., 1663, and one of the 
ten Assistants provided for in that charter. He was a member of the most 
important committees, and was one of those commissioned to determine the 
boundary lines of the Colony with the Colonies of Connecticut and Massa- 
chusetts. He visited England during the Andros administration and pre- 

I Gen. Geo. S. Greene, in 1S42, wrote that he had "collated extensively from the town records 
of Warwick," which he found "quite perfect from the time of the first settlement of the town, many 
of them being in the hand-writing of Major John Greene, Deputy-Governor of Rhode Island, who 
wrote a very fair hand." 


6o The Greene Family. 

sented a petition to the King "in behalf of the towns and places" in his 
Majesty's Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, "represent- 
ing the people of those towns and places," as the government of the Colony 
under the charter had been abolished during Andros's administration. 
He was appointed one of Andros's Council under instructions from the 
King.' There is no record, however, to show that he attended the Council. 
September 6, 1686, in a deed to his sister, Mary Sweet, he mentions being 
"bound for England again" (Warwick Land Ev., I., 94), and being absent 
for some time there is no probability that he ever attended a meeting. He 
was present as Assistant in the last Assembly held before the assumption of 
the government by Andros, May 28, 1686, and was in the first Assembly 
after Andros's fall in the same capacity, being among the first to re-estab- 
lish the government imder the old charter of 1663. He was Captain of 
the militia for eight years and " Major for the Main" for seven years (1683- 
86, 1690-91, 1696), commanding all the trained bands on the mainland in 
Rhode Island, the highest military rank in the Colony, though not, as the 
historian of Rhode Island states, equivalent to that of major-general. The 
militia did not amount to more than a battalion — a major's command. 
His political record is as follows : 

Representative to General Court for twelve years, 1652-63. 

Deputy for five years, 1664, 74, 77, 80. 

Assistant for twenty- five years, 1660-90. 

Warden for Warwick, 1658. 

General Recorder (Secretary of State), 1652-3-4. 

General Solicitor, 1655. 

Attorney General, 1657-8-9-60. 

Deputy Governor for eleven years continuously, 1 690-1 700, when he 
retired from public life at the age of eighty years. 

The late Dr. Henry E. Turner of Newport wrote of the Deputy Gov- 
ernor as follows: "As judged in the light of his period by those who knew, 
there can be no doubt that whatever was done by John Greene was done in 
good faith; and no name is better entitled than his to the respect and 
gratitude of every true Rhode Islander." 

" No man has been more honored in public life. That he received the 
abuse of some of his contemporaries is not to his discredit, as the high esti- 

'^ Rhode Island Colonial Records, [Printed], vol. i., p. 210: "Sir Edmund Andros published his 
commission in R. I. and agreeably to his orders, dissolved the Government, broke the seal of the 
Charter, made the Colony of Rhode Island a single County and admitted seven inhabitants to his 
legislative Council, viz.: Walter Clarke, (Major) John Greene, Richard Arnold, Richard Smith, 
John Sanford, Walter Newberry, and John Coggeshall." 

Colonial Records, vol. iii., p. 240: "John Greene appointed one of Andros Council in the in- 
structions from the King, Ap. 16, 168S." 

Second Generation. 6i 

mation in which he was held by those who knew him best is evidenced by 
his continued election to places of honor and trust, till in his old age he 
sought rest from public life and engaged the remainder of his days in quiet- 
ness on the lovely borders of Narragansett Bay" (G. S. G.). 

The Deputy Governor died in Warwick, November 27, 1708, and was 
buried on the eastern part of his homestead farm (now "Spring Green"), 
where his original headstone is in good condition. 

Major John inherited from his father, by will dated December 28, 1658, 
and proved January 7, 1659, " that neck of land called Occupasuetuxet and 
all meadows that belong thereto with a little island adjoining, all of which 
was purchased of Miantonomion Oct. i, 1642 "; also, all his father's right 
in the purchase of Providence Plantations. The "home-lot" which form- 
erly belonged to his step-mother, Alice (Daniels) Greene, he sold after his 
father's death. Major John left a large estate to his posterity. His will, 
made December 20, 1 706, was proved November 27,1 708, his wife being made 
executrix (see Appendix I.). He married, about 164S, Anne, daughter of 

William and Audrey ( ) Almy of Portsmouth, R. I . , bom in England about 

1627. William Almy is said to have come to America with Winthrop, but 
soon returned to England for his family, embarking with them in the Abigail 
from London in 1635 for New England. He first settled at Lynn, Mass., 
but early removed to Sandwich, where he had a grant of land. In 1642 he 
sold his place to Edmund Freeman and removed to Portsmouth, R. L, 
where he had a grant of land in 1644. He appears to have been a man of 
considerable influence and is said to have been a member of the Society of 
Friends. He was bom in 1601 and died in 1676. His will, dated February 
1676, was proved April 23, 1677, in which he mentions his " daughter Anne," 
who married John Greene, Deputy Governor of Rliode Island. 

Anne (Almy) Greene died May 6, 1709, in her eighty-second year, 
about six months after her illustrious husband, and was buried beside him 
on the farm. Several of their descendants, whose headstones are well pre- 
served, are buried near them. The tombstones of Major John Greene and 
his wife, said to have been made in England, bear similar workmanship to 
those in the Newport Cemetery which were made in that country. The 
inscriptions are as follows : 

Here lyeth the 

body of John Greene Esq 
& late deptie Govern^ 
he departed this life 

in ye 89 year of his age 
November ye 27 1708 

Here lyeth the bod}^ 
of Ann 3^e wife of 
Major John Greene 
She deceased in the 
82*"^ year of her age 
May ye 6"" 1709. 

62 The Greene Family. 

Children : 

9. Deborah, bom August 10, 1649, married WUliam Torrey. 

10. John, bom June 6, 1651, died unmarried. 

11. William, bom March 5, 1652-3, married Mary Sayles. 

12. Peter, bom February 4, 1654, married Elizabeth Arnold. 

13. Job, bom August 24, 1656, married Phcbe Sayles. 

14. Phillip (daughter), bom October 7, 1658, married (i) Caleb Carr, and (2) Charles 


15. Richard, born February 8, 1660, married Eleanor Sayles. 

16. Anne, born March 13, 1662-3, married Thomas Greene, Jr. 

17. Catharine, bom August 8, 1665, married Charles Holden. 

18. Audrey, bom October 27, 1667, married John Spencer. 

19. Samuel, bom January 30, 1670, married Mary Gorton. 

(Copied from Warwick, R. I., records, ist Book of Marriages, commenced by James 
Greene (see No. 5), Town Clerk, May 6, 1664.) 

3. PETER = GREENE of Warwick (John ■) was bom at Salisbury, Eng- 
land, and baptized at St. Thomas's Church, March 10, 162 1-2. He came with 
his parents to New England in 1635. He inherited his father's homestead in 
Old Warwick, where he resided and where he died, February, 1659. By 
will he left the homestead to Peter, son of his brother, Deputy Governor 
John Greene. He married Mary, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Gorton 
of Warwick (see below). Samuel Gorton, bom 1592, at Gorton, near Man- 
chester, England, where his family had been seated for generations, was one 
of the most prominent men of his time. He was a clothier in London, and 
emigrated to America, landing in Boston, March, 1637. He was leader of 
the pioneer settlers at Warwick, R. I., and, though sharply criticised and 
cruelly persecuted, it is written of him: " He was a man of great abilit}^ and 
individuality, of perfect sincerity, of strong pertinacity in his very peculiar 
views both of religion and politics ; a man who had the courage of his con- 
victions; and the stocks, the scourge and the prison, and even the over- 
hanging shadow of the gallows cotdd not make him deviate a hair's breadth 
from what he deemed to be right. . . . After the R. I. Charter was 
obtained he was one of the best and ablest citizens of the State, a saga- 
cious counselor, a wise and able negotiator; he won the confidence of the 
red and white men alike, lived long in the land and died respected " (see 
The Providence Plantations for 2§o Years, pp. 30-31). He was successively 
Magistrate, Corporator, Foreign Commissioner, Assemblyman, Judge, and 
Senator, and, in 1651, President or Governor. His death occurred Decem- 
ber 10, 1677. He mentions in his will, " son-in-law John Sanford and his 
wife Mary." Mary (Gorton) Greene had no children by first marriage. She 
married (2), April 27, 1663, John Sanford, Attorney-General of Rhode 

Second Generation. 63 

Island, son of Lieutenant John and Elizabeth (Webb) Sanford of Ports- 
mouth, R. I. They lived in Tiverton, where she died in 1688. (See will of 
Samuel Gorton, Appendix I.) She had by second marriage four children: 

Mary Sanford, bom March 30, 1664, who married . 

Eliphalet Sanford, bom February 20, 1666. 

John Sanford, bom June 18, 1672, married . 

Samuel Sanford, bom October 5, 1677. 

John Sanford was General Treasurer, 1655-64; Commissioner, 1656-63; 
General Recorder for sixteen years, 1656-76, inclusive; Attorney-General 
for four years, 1663-71, inclusive; Deputy for sixteen years, 1664-86, in- 
clusive; Assistant for three years, 1664-80; member of Andros's Cotmcil, 
December 22, 1686 (see note, p. 60). August 10, 1667, he enlisted in a troop 
of horse. He was bom June 4, 1633, and died in 1687. 

Deed of John Sanford of Portsmouth, and Mary his wife, Jtily 7, 1672 : 

"To John Greene of Warwick all right in houses and lands &c in 
Warwick that was bequeathed to my wife Mary Sanford by her former 
husband Peter Greene by will." (See will of Peter ' Greene, Appendix I.) 

The wife of Samuel Gorton, the emigrant ancestor, has so often been 
recorded as Elizabeth that General Greene doubtless felt it safe to follow 
Savage and other prominent genealogists. But there is a deed among early 
Rhode Island records (Book 3, brass clasp, p. 613) in which Samuel Gorton 
conveys his title to all the lands he received from Robert Cole, deceased, 
before he (Gorton) went to Shawomet. This was his first purchase of land 
in the Colony and it lay just outside the village of Providence. Said deed 
was made by Samuel Gorton and "wi/e Mary.'' 

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. xliv. , gives an 
accovmt of the bequest of "Mary Mayplet of London, widow," December 7, 
1646, to her ''daughter, Mary Gorton wife of Samuel being in New Eng- 
land" of " all the money which her said husband Samuel doth owe me and 
a breed of cattle which he hath of mine," which is conclusive evidence that 
his wife at this date was not Elizabeth. 

In vol. xlvi. the will of "John Maplet, Doctor of Physicke" of the city of 
Bath, Somerset, dated April 16, 1670, contains the following: "I give and 
bequeath unto my dear sister Mistress Mary Gorton of New England, the 
sum of 205. and to each of her children I give 105. apiece." Dr. Maplet was 
eminent in letters as well as medicine, having been for a time the Principal 
of Worcester College. (See Samuel Gorton, First Settler of Rhode Island, by 
Dr. Lewis G. Janes, published by Preston & Rounds, Providence, R. I. ; 
The Life and Times of Samuel Gorton with a Genealogy will soon be published 

64 The Greene Family. 

by A. Gorton of Philadelphia, who has kindly contributed to the present 
work on the Gorton-Greene lines.) 

4. RICHARD ^ GREENE (John ') was baptized at Salisbury, England, 
March 25, 1624. As we have no further record of him, he probably died 
young, before his parents emigrated to America. 

5. JAMES = GREENE "of Potowomut" (John 0, was baptized at St. 
Thomas's Church, Salisbury, England, June 21, 1626, and came with his 
parents to New England in 1635. He was made freeman of Warwick and 
Providence Plantations in 1647. He resided at Old Warwick on the main 
street on the southerly side, where the graveyard is now located in which 
he and some of his family are buried. He was on the " Roule of y*" Freemen 
of y*" Colonic of everie Town" in 1655, and was Town Clerk, May 16, 1661. 
He was "an excellent penman of the old English text." ' He was a mem- 
ber of the General Assembly of the Colony, being Commissioner under the 
first charter, and Deputy and Assistant under the second (1663), for ten 
years, between 1660 and 1675. He was considered " a man of much prac- 
tical sagacity." He does not appear to have been in public life after the 
Indian war (1675-6), when his house, with all others in Warwick, except 
the "Stone Castle," was biimed to the ground. When the message from 
the General Assembly advising the people of Warwick of danger was 
received, he fled to Portsmouth, R. I., where the father of his second wife, 
John Anthony, resided. He remained for some years at " Hunting Swamp, ' ' 
but in 1684, having made purchases of Warwick land,'' he removed to 
Potowomut, where was an ancient mill, and built his house on the hill near 
the west bank of the river, overlooking the beautiful lake which furnished 
the water power for the forge which his grandsons (sons of Jabez) estab- 
lished for making anchors and other forms of iron work. This became a 
notable industry in colonial times and in the early days of the republic. 
The interests of the forge "were enhanced by the revival of business after 
peace existed between England and her emancipated colonies, and this be- 
came the pioneer of the more extensive works on Pawtuxet river, near 
the western border of Warwick, known as 'the Forge.'" The place at 
Potowomut where James Greene resided until his death, was the birth- 
place of his great-grandson, the highly distinguished Major-General 
Nathanael Greene of the Revolutionary Army, and the residence of his 

1 Warwick Records, 1664, ist Book of Marriages. 

2 Warsvick Records, Land Ev., p. 12; 

"15 Oct. 1682 Thos. Stafford of Warwick sells to James Greene of Hunting Swamp Ports- 
mouth for 5£, all his lands in Warwick, purchased by the inhabitants of Warwick which deed stands 
recorded in Warwick." 

Second Generation. 65 

descendants for more than two hundred j^ears. He died " at his mansion 
in Potowomut," April 27, 1698, in the seventy-second year of his age, and 
was buried at the Old Warwick burial-ground, under an altar-tomb with the 
inscription still in a good state of preservation, on his original house lot of 
six acres granted by the proprietors of Warwick, 1647, when he had attained 
his majority. This lot was located on the main street, the second lot north- 
easterly from the road leading to Warwick Neck. The burial-ground and 
lot descended to his eldest son, James, whose descendants have been buried 
there to the present generation. The estate in Old Warwick has within a 
few years been sold out of the Greene family, but they still retain owner- 
ship of this ancient and historic btirying-ground located near the site of the 
"Stone Castle." In recent years much has been done to preserve the his- 
tory of the family records, memorial stones having been erected by Riifus W. 
Greene and Benjamin Greene Arnold, containing records of the Greene ances- 
tors dating back to John Greene of Salisbury, England. And thus they will 
be passed on to coming generations, who will gratefully appreciate the fore- 
thought which has preserved them, and the resting place of their ancestors. 

He married (i), about 1658, Deliverance, daughter of Robert Potter 
(one of the early proprietors of Warwick, whose homestead adjoined his, and 
who was the ancestor of the Bishops Potter of New York and Pennsylvania) , 
and his wife Isabel, who died from exposure when the Massachusetts troops 
invaded Shawomet in 1643. 

Deliverance (Potter) Greene, born 1637, died 1664, and he married (2), 
August 3, 1665, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Susanna Anthony of 
Portsmouth, R. I. She died in 1698. 

Children by First Marriage: 

20. Ja.mes, bom June i, 1658-9, married Mary Fones. 

21. Mary, bom September 28, 1660, murried James Reynolds. 

22. Elisha, born March 17, 1662-3, died young. Not mentioned in his father's 


23. Sarah, bom August 27, 1664, married Henry Reynolds. ^ 

Children by Second Marriage : 

24. Peter, bom August 25, 1666, married Elisabeth Slociim. 

25. Elizabeth, bom October 17, z.b()2,,rasirr\Qd{i) Francis Reynolds, (2) Hill. 

26. John, bom February i, 1670, died young. 

27. Jabez, born May 1.7, 1673, married Mary Barton. 

28. David, born June 24, 1677, married (i) Mary Slocmn, and (2) Sarah Barber. 

29. Thomas, born November 11, 1682, died young. 

30. John, bom September 30, 1685, died December 8, 1757, married Mary Allen. 

31. Susanna, bom May 24, 1688, married Joseph Hull. 

(All but last date from Warwick Records.) -^ 

66 The Greene Family. 

John Anthony, father of Elizabeth, second wife of James Greene, was 
the son of John Anthony, "an inn-keeper with other occupations," who 
came in the ship Hercules to New England, April i6, 1634, and settled at 
Portsmouth, R. I. He was made freeman in 1641, and in 1642 sold fifty 
acres of land which had been granted him at Newport. In 1644 had land 
grant at Portsmouth. He was appointed. May 25, same year, by the Court 
of Commissioners "to keep a house of entertainment." He was Corporal, 
Commissioner, and Deputy, and was ancestor of Hon. Henry B. Anthony, 
Governor of Rhode Island and United States Senator. He died July 28, 1675. 

James ^ Greene's father, John ' Greene, surgeon, by will leaves " to son 
James Greene " as follows : "I give unto my sonne James Greene my six 
aker Lott in y*" necke called Warwick neck or Misshaomet together with 
my Great Lott and all my other Right in y" saide necke yet undivided either 
upland or meddow." 

James- Greene, in his will dated May 27, 1697, proved May 25, 1698, 
gives to his "loving son James Greene the one half of all my right in the 
farm land, commonly called and known by the name of farm lands undivided 
with half the meadow already divided and ioning to the land of Coweset 
lying in the Grand Purchase" (Appendix I.). 

6. THOMAS -^ GREENE, of "Stone Castle" (John'), was bom and 
baptized at Salisbury, Cotmty Wilts, England, June 4, 1628, and came with 
his parents to New England in 1635. A few years after their settlement at 
Warwick, and soon after the organization of the government (1648), he 
had a home lot assigned to him. On September 30, 1660, one year after his 
marriage, he purchased of his brother-in-law, James Sweet, a stone house at 
Old Warwick, which had been built at the earliest settlement of the town, 
situated on the north side of "The Street" and nearly opposite the lane 
which leads to the only wharf in Warwick Cove. This was the only stone 
dwelling-house south of Providence on the mainland, and here he and his 
posterity resided until 1795, when, to the regret of many, the house was 
replaced by a wooden structure, now (1898) in good condition. During 
King Philip's War, on the 13th of March, 1675-6, the General Assembly of 
the Colony, in session at Newport, sent a message to the people of Warwick, 
stating that the Colony was unable to defend them and advising them to 
seek safety at the island of Rhode Island, promising them hospitality from 
the inhabitants of Newport and Portsmouth. Many removed to the^island, 
and on the night of March 1 6th and 1 7th every house in Warwick was btirned, 
excepting Thomas Greene's "Stone Castle," where he and his wife and six 
children, with some of his friends and neighbors, remained in safety, and 


Second Generation. 67 

it thus became the garrison house dviring the war. John Wickes only, a 
neighbor who sought its shelter, was slain. He went out in the morning after 
the burning of the town to look for his cattle, against the advice of his friends, 
thinking the "Indians who had been so friendly to him would not harm 
him," but he was killed and quartered by a marauding party of Indians, 
and his head set on a pole. His remains were brought in as they were 
found and biiried in three separate graves, marked with rough stones, near 
the " Stone Castle. " In 1880, Benjamin Greene Arnold, a descendant of the 
fifth generation from Thomas Greene and of the sixth from John Wickes, 
erected a headstone to his memory (see Appendix I.). The family residing 
at the stone house and their descendants were known thereafter as the 
"Stone Castle Greenes." 

Thomas Greene was Commissioner, 1662; Deputy for ten years (1667- 
84) and Assistant for five years (1678-85). He died Jtme 5, 1717, and 
with five generations of descendants lies buried near the original site of his 
dwelling. He left the homestead to his son Richard, and land at Coweset 
to the other children (Appendix I.). He married, June 30, 1659, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Rufus and Margaret Barton of Old Warwick, born 1637, died 
August 20, 1693 (see No. 27). 

Rufus Barton, father of Elizabeth, came to Portsmouth, R. I., about 
1640, to escape persecution from the Dutch at New Amsterdam, he being a 
Quaker. He received a grant of land at Portsmouth, 1641. He probably 
went to Warwick soon after the purchase of Shawomet, but was not one of 
the original purchasers. He was town magistrate and in 1648 was sent 
with a special message to the government of Massachusetts Ba}-. On 
arriving at Dedham and learning that the General Court at Boston had 
adjourned, he wrote a letter to Governor Winthrop (see Austin's Genealogi- 
cal Dictionary of Rhode Island, p. 250). His death occurred soon after his 
return (1648). As he died intestate, the Town Council made an order for 
the distribution of his estate, but when his only son, Benjamin, applied to 
the Council eighteen years after, for protection of his property, this will or 
order could not be found and another will was substituted as nearly like the 
original as could be remembered. It mentions " daughters Elizabeth and 
Phebe £^0 each at the age of 18 or day of marriage." 


Elizabeth, bom July 12, 1660. No further record. 
Tho.mas, bom August 14, 1662, married Anne Greene. 
Benjamin, born January 10, 1665-6, married Susannah Holden. 
Richard, born March 5, 1666-7, married Mary Carder. 
Welthyan, born January 23, 1669-70, married Thomas Fry. 

68 TJie Greene Family. 

37. RuFUS, born January 6, 1672-3, died at Surinam, S. A. 

38. Nathaniel, born April 10, 1679, married Anne Gould. 

With the exception of this last child this was the record of the family 
at the burning of Warwick, 1676. 

In reference to the death of John Wickes, General George S. Greene 
wrote to a relative: 

" He was killed by Indians when all the houses in the town were 
burned, excepting Thomas Greene's Stone Castle (an ordinary stone house), 
on the night of the i6th and 17th of March, 1675. On the morning of the 
17th of March he went out (contrary to the advice of his friends, and was 
killed and quartered by the Indians and his remains were brought in at 
three several times and buried in three graves near the old Stone Castle. 
A few years since I had erected there at the charge of our cousin, Benjamin 
Greene Arnold, a headstone to his memory over the graves. The memory 
of the location had been well preserved." 

7. JONE^ GREENE (John') was baptized at St. Thomas's Chui'ch, 
Salisbury, England, October 3, 1630. She came with her parents to New 
England, 1635. She married John Hade (or Haden), probably the son of 
William Hade, "admitted freeman 7*"^ of 7* mo. 1640" {Portsmouth, R. I., 
Records). John Hade occurs in Warwick Records, July 3, 1651. "John 
Hay den granted a township right and his voate," March 8, 1652. 

John' Greene left by will, dated December 8, 1658, to his grandchild, 
Ann Hade (Haden ?), "one two yeare ould heifer and one yearlinge calf to 
be disposed of by her uncle James Greene for her profit as he shall see best." 
Peter Greene, in his will, 1659, also mentions "cousin [i.e., niece] Ann 
Hade." This is the only child of whom we have record, and as she must 
have been quite young at this date (1658) and no further mention is made 
of her name, she probably died early. 


39. Ann Hade — mentioned only as above. 

8. MARY ' GREENE (John ') was baptized (as were all the children 
of John Greene, stirgeon) at St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury, England, May 
19, 1633. She came to New England with her parents in 1635. She mar- 
ried, about 1654, James Sweet, probably bom in Wales, 1622, came to 
America about 1630 with his parents, was a resident of Portsmouth, 1681 ; 
Coweset, Warwick, 1683, and Kingstown, 1686. He was progenitor of the 
celebrated natural "bone-setters" who bore that name, and was the son of 

Second Generation. 69 

John and Mary Sweet, who, as " widow of John," who died at their home in 
Salem, Mass., in 1637, was assigned land in Providence, R. I., in 1637, she 
having removed there soon after her husband's death. In 1638 she married 
(2) Rev. Ezekiel HoUimanof Warwick, R. I., one of the original purchasers. 
James Sweet was made freeman, 1655, ^'^^ settled on Ridge Hill, N. Kings- 
town; he was Commissioner from Warwick, 1653-58-59; juryman, 1656. In 
1660 (September 30th), he sold the lot granted him at Warwick with the 
house thereon (afterwards known as "Stone Castle") to Thomas Greene^ 
(John')- He was three times married, and died in 1695 i^ the seventy- 
third year of his age. 

Children by First Marriage: 

40. Philip Sweet, of Coweset and Providence, bom July 15, 1655. His father, 

November 8, 1686, deeded to his "eldest son Philip of Prudence Island, all 
right of lands in Providence, as my father John Sweet deceased, was one of 

the first purchasers thereof." Philip married Elizabeth . They gave by 

deed, April 8, 1693, one half of farm at Coweset to Thomas Remington of 

41. James Sweet, bom May 8, 1657, of Prudence Island. He married Mary 

Pearce of Portsmouth. She was widow of Robert Hill and had no children 
by second marriage. James received, November 8, 1686, deed of land in 
Mashantatuck from his father. 

42. Mary Sweet, bom February 2, 1660, married Enoch Place, son of Enoch and 

Sarah Place of Kingstown. He died 1703; his wife, 1746. Had daughter, 
Mary, bom October 16, 1697. 

43. (Captain) Benoni Sweet of Kingstown, bom March 28, 1662, also received deed 

of land in Mashantatuck from his father, November 8, 1686. He married 

Elizabeth . He died at N. Kingstown, July 19, 1751, in his ninetieth 


44. Valentine Sweet, bom February 14, 1665, of Kingstown, also received land 

from his father in Mashantatuck, November 8, 1686. 

45. Samuel Sweet, bom November i, 1667, of Prudence Island. 

46. Jeremiah Sweet, bom January 6, 1669. p, 

47. Renewed Sweet, bom July 16, 1671, married/o/zn Gereardy oi Warwick, who 

was of Dutch parentage. They had daughters, Mary and Phillis, who mar- 
ried Jeremiah and John Smith of Kingstown, R. I.; and a son, John, who 
married (2) Deliverance Corp, widow of John Corp. 

48. Sylvester Sweet, bom March i, 1674, of Prudence Island, married Sarah 

Teiu, daughter of Deputy-Governor Henry Tew. They had a son, Sylvester, 
bom 1 7 19, who married Mary Johnson. (From Family Records.) 


9. DEBORAH 3 GREENE (John/ John was bom at Warwick, R. 
I., August 10, 1649. She married, about 1669, William Torrey, bom in Eng- 
land, 1638 (?), son of Captain William Torrey of Weymouth, Mass., who 
was the great-great-grandson of William Torrey of Combe St. Nicholas, 
Cotmty Somerset, England. He was an intimate friend of Edward Rawson, 
Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who had married Rachel 
Feme, a cousin of his wife's father, Deputy-Governor John Greene,- — Rachel 
Feme's mother being the sister of John Greene, surgeoi ., — [see letter to Sec- 
retary Rawson, Appendix H., and also will of Rachel (Greene) Feme, Ap- 
pendix I.]. Wilham Torrey 's brother. Rev. Samuel Torrey, married Mary, 
daughter of Secretary Rawson. 

In the early history of Weymouth, Mass., a large family of Greens were 
there settled, and a strip of land is still known as " Green's Neck," but they 
were not of the same lineage as the Rhode Island Greenes. William Torrey, 
who married Deborah Greene of Rhode Island, owned a farm which in 
1730 was divided into two equal parts, one of which was assigned to his son 
Fhilip, who had acquired the rights of some of his brothers and sisters. 
His portion of the farm remained in possession of three successive genera- 
tions bearing the name of Fhilip Torrey, and for many years after was 
retained by their descendants. William Torrey 's will is on record at Boston 
Suffolk Probate Records, vol. xx., p. 206). He left all his property to his 
children after making provision for the support of his "wife Deborah." 
She also received a legacy of " i6£ in current New England money" from 
her father, Deputy-Governor John Greene. 

William Torrey died January 11, 1718, and his wife died at Weymouth, 
February 8, 1729, where both were buried. (Much of the above informa- 
tion is kindly contributed b}^ H. A. Newton, Esq., of Weymouth, Mass.) 


49. William Torrey, bom at Weymouth, September 14, 1670, died young. 

50. John Torrey, bom at Weymouth, June 23, 1673, died January 7, 1729; mar- 

ried, December 28, 1700, Mary, daughter of Captain William and Mary 

Third Generation. 71 

Symes of Charlestown, Mass., who died February 14, 1758, in her eighty- 
first year. Their children were : (i) William; (2) John; (3) Samuel, who 
married (r) Abigail, daughter of Wm. Snowden of Boston, and (2) Martha 
Strickland; had six children by first marriage and four by the second. Of 
the latter, John Torrey married Rtith Tyrell, and their daughter Ruth mar- 
ried Stephen Frazier, whose children numbered ten, two of whom died. The 
others were Weighty, died unmarried ; Martha, married Ambrose Green, grand- 
son of Ambrose of Herkimer County, N. Y., and had a daughter, Mrs. M. L. 

Frazier of Hudson, Mich., who married her cousin, Frazier, son of Samuel 

and grandson of Stephen and Ruth (Torrey) Frazier; Minerva, married 
George Thayner, had one son; Sarah, married Samuel Gardner, had three 
daughters; Elizabeth, married Roswell Morgan, had one son; Asenath, died 
unmarried; Clarissa, married A. C. Payn, had one daughter. (4) Josiah, 
(5) Mary, (6) Ann, (7) Ruth. (Above records partly contributed by Mrs. 
M. L. Frazier of Hudson, Mich.) 

51. Samuel Torrey, bom at Weymouth about 1675, removed to Boston. Mar- 

ried, June 29, 1699, Abigail Bridge of Boston. He died September 6, 1748. 
Had seven children: Abigail, Deborah, William, Samuel, Persis, William, John. 

52. Joseph Torrey, bom at Weymouth about 1678, died April, 1723. Married, 

March 28, 1704 (?), Elizabeth, daughter of Captain William and Mary 
Symes, sister of his brother John's wife. They had four children : Joseph, 
Mary, Deborah, Zachariah. Mrs. Elizabeth {Symes) Torrey married (2), 
August 6, 1724, William Calder. 

53. Philip Torrey, bom at Weymouth, May 2, 1681. Married, January 3, 1708-9, 

Mary, daughter of Thomas and Sarali (Lincoln) i,^'->-sh of Hingham, 
Mass., who died October 8, 1781, in her ninety-eighth year. Children : 
Jane, Philip, William, Thomas, Mary, Joseph, Alary, William. 

54. Haviland Torrey, of Plymouth, married before 1752, Elizabeth . Chil- 

dren: Haviland, John, Nathaniel, Thomas, William, Joseph, Josiah. 

55. Josiah Torrey, bom September 19, 1686, died August, 1706. 

56. Jane Torrey, bom about 1689, died January 24, 1730. Married, December 

10, 1716, William' Reed of Weymouth {Wm.^, Wm.^), who died September 22, 
1729. (See Torrey Genealogy, by John Torrey, 1885.) 

10. JOHN ^ GREENE (John,^ John '), eldest son, was born at War- 
wick, R. I., Jime 6, 1651, and died before February i, 1686, as at that date 
his father, the Deputy-Governor, made a deed guaranteeing property to gran- 
tees {Warwick Records) , putting in some words omitted by his son John in 
a deed made by him, February 23, 168 1-2, in which deed he stated that his 
son was " deceased." There is no record or evidence of his marriage. 

Extract from letter of H. Rousmani^re of Warwick, R. I., addressed to 
General George Sears Greene, dated Providence, December 13, 1837: 

. The fact you mentioned about Dept.-Gov. John Greene's 
indenture for confirming a certain tract of land to the heirs and as- 
signs of the grantee to whom his deceased son had conveyed it without a 

72 The Greene Family. 

guarantee to said heirs and assigns, is positive proof that the son left no 
heirs but his father." 

11. WILLIAM 5 GREENE "of Old Warwick" (John/ John') was 
bom at Occupasuetuxet, March (or December) 6, 1652. His father, John 
Greene, later the Deputy-Governor of Rhode Island, being a large land- 
owner and political leader, he was influenced like many of the sons of 
prominent families in the Colony, to seek a knowledge of men and of coln- 
merce in the merchant marine service. In this service many fell a sacrifice 
to duty and enterprise, and those who were successful, early retired to 
farming or mercantile life at home, with a knowledge of commerce in 
which the principal landholders and merchants were alike interested, which 
led to success and prosperity. 

William Greene died at the early age of twenty-six years, in 1678, a 
victim to the severity of the marine service and the malarial climate into 
which the commerce of the Colony carried him. On his return he was too 
weak to be taken to his home at Warwick, and died at Newport, R. I. He 
was buried at the Easton burial-ground, Middletown, R. I., beside his wife's 
parents. His nuncupative will was taken by Thomas Starr and Em. Peper- 
day and -by them sworn to before John Cranston, Governor, and James 
Barker, Deputy-Governor, at Newport, January 16, 1678. It was ad- 
mitted to probate at Warwick, March 12, 1678-9. 

William Greene married, December 17, 1674, Mary, daughter of John 
and Mar}^ (Williams) Sayles (see No. 13), granddaughter of the illustrious 
pioneer, Roger Williams. 


57. j\Iary, bom July 8, 1677, married Edward Dyre. 

Mary (Sayles) Greene, widow of William, married (2), October 12, 
1680, John Holmes of Newport (son of Rev. Obadiah Holmes, whose first 
wife was Frances, daughter of Captain Randall and Frances (Dungan) 

12. (Captain) PETERS GREENE "of Conimicut" Gohn,= John") 
was born at Warwick, February 4, 1654. Freeman, April 30, 1678; Deputy 
from Warwick to General Assembly for ten years. He was Captain of the 
Train Band, 1697, and held responsible town offices. He inherited by will 
from his imcle, Peter Greene (see Appendix I.), the homestead of his grand- 
father, John Greene, surgeon, in the eastern part of Old Warwick, near 
Conimicut Point, where he resided; and also by will of his father, Coweset 

TJiird Generafioji. 72, 

lands, etc. (see will, Deputy-Governor John Greene, Appendix I.). About 
the time that he retired from public life he made his will, wherein he shows 
his devotion to his family, and particularly to his afflicted wife: "Foras- 
much as it has pleased God to visit my well beloved wife Elizabeth with a 
distemper for many years, whereby she is not in her right senses; therefore, 
for the tender love I have for her, I appoint that my executors shall care- 
fully provide for her comfort." The will, dated May 14, 1718, was proved 
September 2, 1723 (see Appendix I.). 

He married, December 16, 1680, Elizabeth, daughter of Stephen and 
Sarah (Smith) Arnold of Pawtuxet, R. I., bom November 2, 1659; died 
June 5, 1728. He died August 12, 1723. 

Stephen Aniold, father of Elizabeth, was son of William and Christian 
(Peak) Arnold, and grandson of Richard Arnold of Dorsetshire, England, 
who, it is claimed, belonged to that ancient family of Arnold who had their 
origin among the princes of Wales (Somerby's Genealogy of the Arnold 
Family). Stephen came with his father from Cheselboume, Coionty Dorset, 
England, to New England in 1635, and, after residing some time in Provi- 
dence, R. I., removed to Pawtuxet, where, and at other places in the State, 
he had large landed property, a portion of which, called " The Coweset pur- 
chase, " he divided among his sons. He was prominent in public affairs and 
filled some important positions in the Colony. He was Deputy from War- 
wick, 1 664-1 690; (not Deputy-Governor of Rhode Island, as has been 
stated) and Assistant, 1672-98. He died November 15, 1699. (See will 
of Stephen Arnold, senior, Appendix I.) 


58. Peter, bom January 20, 1683, married Kcziah Davis. 

59. Sarah, bom October 27, 1685, married Stephen Arnold. 

60. John, bom March i, 1686-7, married Mary Greene. 

61. Stephen, bom September 19, 1688, died April 10, 1722, unmarried. 

62. William, bom July 29, 1690, married Sarah Medbiiry. 

63. Elisha, bom February 13, 1692, married Mary Greene. 

64. Barlow, bom December 24, 1695, married Lydia Hardin. 

Elizabeth (Arnold) Greene received from her father's will, dated June 
2, 1698, proved 1699, "a tract of land — two lots in Conimicut — all in War- 

13. (Major) JOB 3 GREENE "of Occupasuetuxet " (John,^ John 0, 
who inherited the farm commonly called "Pasttoxet," was born at War- 
wick, August 24, 1656. He became one of the leading men of the town in 
colonial affairs. "From the year 1681 when he assumed the prerogatives 

74 • The Greene Family. 

of a freeman of the colony until the close of his varied career in 1744, 
he was foremost in the race of ambition, of politics and business." He 
was Deputy to the General Assembly, 1696, and for several succeeding 
years (thirteen terms). Assistant (see note, p. 77) for nine years, and Speaker 
of the House of Deputies, 1727-28. He is described in the language of his 
time, as " a man of much strength of will and forceful in the expression of his 
thoughts. He was of muscular frame, somewhat blunt of speech, but hos- 
pitable, open handed, fond of all active amusements, and the picture of a 
typical English squire." Mr. Rousmaniere wrote of him: "He grappled 
with events as a politician and fought for power like a partisan soldier — 
with him success was principle and defeat was remorse ' ' ; but he made him- 
self practically a man of distinction. He was elected " Major for the Main ' ' 
for all that part of the State exclusive of the islands, on May 4, 17 15, which 
office he held for several years. On March 23, 1696-7, he, with Mr. Thomas 
Greene, Captain Peter Greene, Mr. Job Greene, and Mr. John Warner (all 
Deputies from Warwick), protested against the act passed (as did his father, 
the Deputy-Governor) transferring to Providence that part of Warwick lying 
between the north line of the Shawomet Purchase and Pawtuxet River. 
Warwick resisted this transfer and finally prevailed, retaining her terri- 
tory as limited by purchase and by her town charter. "Previous to 1700 
Major Job Greene laid the foundation for Centreville, R. I., by building a 
mill and a house and cultivating his large farms [for inheritance of lands, see 
will of his father, Deputy-Governor John Greene, Appendix I.]. He owned 
a very large tract of fine agricultural land in this vicinity, on which he 
placed several tenants, the country being then in a transition state from 
the ruin and misery that grew out of the recent Indian wars ' ' ; and it was 
said, "The person who struck the first blow for the welfare of this village, 
was Major Job Greene." He married, January 22, 1684, Phebe, sister 
of his brother William's wife, daughter of John and Mary (Williams) 
Sayles, and granddaughter of Roger Williams, born about 1658, died 1744. 
Her father, John Sayles of Providence, was Assistant, 1653-55-57-79; Com- 
missioner, 1655-59; Town Clerk, 1655-57; Warden, 1658; Town Treasurer, 
1659-60; Deputy, 1669-71, 1674-76-77-78; and member of Town Council, 
1670-71. He was buried at Easton burial-ground, Middletown, R. I., near 

Major Job Greene died July 6, 1745, in his eighty-ninth year, and was 
buried in the family burial-ground on his estate. His will, dated July 6, 
1744, was proved September 23, 1745. His large property was left to his 
children. He was the grandfather of Colonel Christopher Greene of the 
Revolutionary Army. 

Third Generation. . 75 


65. Anne, bom February 23, 1685, married Thomas Stafford. 

66. Mary, bom December 3, 1687, married Captain John Greene. 

67. Deborah, bom February 28, 1689-90, married Captain Simon Ray. 

68. Job, bom July 5, 1692, died young. 

69. Phebe, bom October 12, 1694, not mentioned in her father's will, married 

William Arnold (?), and probably died young. 

70. Christopher, bom March 9, 1696-7, married Elizabeth Denmark. 

71. Daniel, bom February' 20, 1698-9, married (i) Temperance Harris, (2) Bethiah 

(Howland) Davis. 

72. Richard, bom February 12, 1700, died March 29, 1700. 

73. Catharine, bom March 17, 1701-2, married Major James Brown. 

74. Philip, bom March 15, 1704-5, married Elizabeth Wickes. 

"Major Job Greene in 1726 gave to his son Philip, 278 acres lying on 
the southwest of the South Pawtuxet and also his saw mill and house. In 
his will dated 1744, he bequeathed to Philip his 'mansion house in Occu- 
pasuetuxet, ' where he had passed a long life ; also his lands in the forks of 
the Pawtuxet, all his lands on the north side of the river in Warwick and 
Coventry, also his cattle, swamp lands, agricultural tools, silver tankard, 
two silver cups, negro man Primus and negro woman and her children. To 
his other children he distributed his Natick lands, farms in Tunkhill and in 
Scituate and bills of credit and money. He died at his home in Old War- 
wick which was then ' the centre of power and the seat of talent for the 
whole town.'" (See account "Pastuxet" home, No. 74.) 

14. PHILLIP 3 GREENE, daughter (John,= John '), was bom in War- 
wick, October 7, 1658. She married (i) Caleb Carr, son of Robert Carr of 
Newport, and nephew of Governor Caleb Carr of Rhode Island, the history 
of whose family is said to be as old as the Norman Conquest.' The two 
brothers came to New England on the ship Elisabeth Ann, which sailed 
from London, May 9, 1635. After residing a short time at Bristol they 
removed to Newport, R. I., where they accumulated considerable property. 
Robert was one of the original purchasers of the island of Conanicut in 
Narragansett Bay, which contained about six thousand acres. In 1681, 
having " determined on a voyage to New York and New Jersey," he made 
his will, dated April 20, 1681, which was proved October 4, 1681, for he died 
the same year. He left by will " to my eldest child Caleb Carr, all my land 
at Conanicut, alias Jamestown." Caleb and his wife Phillip Greene resided 
on this estate, where he died in 1690. His will, dated Jamestown, January 
27, endorsed " i^' of William K. of Gt. B." and proved in Newport, March 

I Carr Family Records, by Edson I. Carr. 

76 The Greene Family. 

30, 1690, makes mention of his "brother-in-law Peter Greene." His wife 
PhilHp was executrix of the estate.' 


75. Robert Carr, born January 2, 1678, died young. 

76. Caleb Carr, bom March 26, 1679, married Joanna' Slociim, daughter Ebenezer 

and Mary (Thurston) Slocuni. Her father (Ebenezer) was Speaker of the 
House of Deputies and often served as Moderator, Councilman, and Head 
Warden. He was a "valuable minister," according to Quaker records. 
Children: Caleb, Joseph, Patience, Mary, and William. 

77. William Carr, born October 16, 1681, married Abigail Barker, February 8, 

1708. She was daughter of James and Sarah (Jefferay) Barker and grand- 
daughter of James Barker, Deputy-Governor of Rhode Island. They had 
one son, Robert. 

78. Robert Carr, bom June 7, 1683, married Hannah Hale, October 21, 1708, who 

was bom at Swansea, May 8, 1690. He lived at Swansea after his marriage, 
and died there October 12, 1722. She died at Warren, R. I. Children: 
Mary, Robert, Hannah, and Caleb. 

79. Job Carr, bom 1685, died January 23, 1753. He married Mehitable Sherman, 

bom at Kingstown, R. I., March 4, 1688, died November 3, 1751. 

80. Mary Carr. No record. 

81. Phillip Carr, bom December 8, 1688; married April 20, 1709, at Jamestown 

by Edward Carr, warden, to Edward Boss, a merchant of Newport, and son 
of Edward and Susanna Boss, bom January 20, 1685, died December 25, 
1752. Children : Mary, Truelove, Abigail, Edward, Hannah, Susanna, 
Joseph, Phillip, and Benjamin, who married Katharine Wightman, September 
22, 1750. 

PhiUip (Greene) Carr married (2) Charles Dickinson " of Jamestown, 
R. I., and her father, in his will, December 20, 1706, proved December 20, 

' Col. Records, iii., p. 265: 
"To the Honored Governor, Deputy Governor and Assistants, being the General Council! assembled 

at Newport March 3"^ day 16S9-90. 

"The humble petition of Phillip Carr, widow and executrix of Caleb Carr of Jamestown late 
deceased, humbly showeth: That there being no Town Councill in the Town of Jamestown, cannot 
therefore have my husband's will proved, and letters of administration given without making appli- 
cation to your Honors. And therefore do humbly petition you that you will be pleased to give order 
to the Recorder to perfect the matter. And what is necessary to be done on my part I shall be ready 
to perform; and your petitioner shall pray for your prosperity. 

" (Signed) Phillip Carr. 

"Ordered that the said will having been proved in the Councill that the Recorder do take the 
same Will and Inventory and place them to record in the General Councill Book for the reasons before 
[stated] and grant letters of administration unto the said Phillip Carr as executrix. 

" By order of the Governor and Council 

"John Greene, Clerk." 

= Charles Dickinson, freeman of Jamestown, 1695, and Deputy from Jamestown, 1696, undoubt- 
edly married Phillip, widow of Caleb Carr of Jamestown, and daughter of Major John and Anne 
(Almy) Greene of Warwick. John Greene in his will (1706) gives a legacy to his daughter Phillip 
Dickinson's children, so that she must have died before that date. — G. S. G. 

Third Generation. 77 

1708, leaves a legacy to her children: "to daughter Phillipp Dickinson's 
children i6£ to be improved till they are of age." Charles Dickinson was 
in Jamestown, R. I., December 4, 1695, when he was appointed on a com- 
mittee "to make rates "; was made freeman August 21, 1696; Deputy to 
General Assembly at Providence, October 20, 1696. We have not the date 
of his marriage to Phillip (Greene) Carr. He was son of John Dickinson 
and his second wife Elizabeth, daughter of John Rowland of the Mayflower. 
The following notes probably refer to their son John, but we find no record 
of any other child by Phillip Greene's second marriage. 

" Jtme 13, 1730, John Dickinson of Newport purchased land in Coweset, 
Warwick, of William Greene* his cousin" (Samuel,^ John,- John'), and also on 
same date " of Benjamin son of Samuel 100 acres, " etc. Samuel^ was brother 
of Phillip (Greene) Carr. In 1740 John Dickinson sold land to his kins- 
man, Gov. Wm. Greene, and seems to have left Warwick and we have no 
fiorther trace of him. The above John, bom 1699, married in Kingstown, 
1 7 18, Mary, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Phillip. He died 1736, 
and his widow married Col. Thomas. (See Updike's History of Narra- 
gansctt Church ; Warwick Town Records for Dickinsons.) 

15. RICHARD ^ GREENE " of Occupasuetuxet ' ' Qohn ,= John was 
bom at War\\4ck, February 8, 1660. He inherited and resided on the old 
homestead farm (see will, Deputy-Governor John Greene, Appendix I.) . He 
was Deputy, 1 699-1 704; x\ssistant, 1704-17 11, and died in office. His brother 
Job was elected to succeed him.' He was buried beside his parents on the 
homestead farm on the shores of the Bay. He married, February 16, 
1692, Eleanor, daughter of John and Mary (Williams) Sayles and grand- 
daughter of Roger Williams, who died March 11, 17 14, in the forty-fourth 
year of her age. She was sister of Mary and Phebe Sayles, who married 
Richard's brothers, William and Job. His will, dated May 20, was proved 
Jtily 2, 1 71 1. 


82. Audrey, born January 8, 1693, married Thomas Stafford (2d wife). 

83. John, bom November 7, 1695, ^^i^d December 6, 1695. 

84. Almy, bom October 4, 1696, married John Greene (2d wife). 

85. Isabel, born September 3, 1698, married Samuel Low. 

86. Ele.\nor, bom February 19, 1701-2, married Thomas Fry. 

87. Mercy, bom April 9, 1704, died August 25, 1711. 

88. Mary, bom February 16, 1706, married John Godfrey. 

89. John, bom December 23, 1709, married Mary Almy. 

' The above Job and Richard were sons of Depiuty-Govemor John Greene ^ (John ') (see No. 13). 

78 The Greene Family. 

June 28, 1 711, Assembly at Newport: 

" The Assembly having been made sensible of the death of Mr. Richard 
Greene and both Houses resolved into a grand committee for the election of 
another in his room ; and 

"Mr. Job Greene is chosen in his room and engaged." 

16. ANNE^ GREENE (John% John') was bom March 13, 1662-3. 
She married her cousin Thomas Greene of Potowomut, son of Thomas of 
Stone Castle, on May 27, 1686. He Avas drowned on going from Newport to 
Warwick in the winter of 1698-9. His widow died in 17 13. For children's 
record, see No. 33. 

17. CATHARINE ^ GREENE (John =, John ') wasbomAugust 8, 1665, 
at Occupasuetuxet, as were probably all of the children of Major John Greene. 
She married, about 1688, at Warwick, R. L, Charles, son of Captain Randall 
and Frances (Dungan) Holden of Old Warwick, bom March 22, 1666. He 
was a farmer and resided at Natick, Warwick, on the north side of the Paw- 
tuxet River. He was Deputy to the General Assembly from Warwick, 
1710-16, and bore the title of "Lieutenant." His father, Randall Holden 
(in early records, "Houldon"), came from Salisbury, County Wilts, Eng- 
land. He was at Portsmouth, R. L, at the beginning of that plantation and 
witnessed the deed of sale of Aquidneck, or Rhode Island, on March 24, 
1637-8, to Mr. William Coddington and his friends (as stated in the first 
volume of printed records), and was one of the nineteen associates who 
signed the first compact at Portsmouth, March 7, 1638. He was present at 
the General Meeting in that town in 1638, and was appointed Corporal and 
Marshal and assigned five acres of land. In 1642-3 he became one of the 
original proprietors of Warwick, and in 1644 he accompanied John Greene, 
senior, and Samuel Gorton to England to redress the wrongs of the Colony. 
He was Commissioner for nine years and a man of prominence and influ- 
ence. (See Col. Rec, R. I.) 

Lieutenant Charles Holden, on the maternal side, was great-grandson 
of Lewis Latham, bom in England, 1570, died about 1670, Falconer to King 
Charles I . Lieutenant Holden died Jiily 21, 1 7 1 7 . Will proved August 1 7 , 

90. Frances Holden, bom January 9, 1689, married Job Bennett, son of Robert 

Bennett of Newport, who, in 1639, was in the employ of WilHam Coddington. 

91. Anne Holden, bom March 25, 1691, married John Low, son of John and Mary 

(Rhodes) Low and grandson of Anthony Low of Warwick, whose house, 
bumed by the Indians in 1675, was mentioned by Roger WilHams in a letter 

Third Generation. 79 

to John Winthrop as the "one new great one Anthonie Loes." Children: 
Anthony, John, and Ann. His inventory, ;^58o3 ibs. 8d., of which his son, 
Captain Anthony, was administrator, was dated January 4, 1757. 
92. Anthony Holden, bom November 8, 1693, married Phebe, daughter of John 
and Waite {Waterman) Rhodes of Warwick, and granddaughter of Zachariah 
Rhodes of Providence, R. I., who was Commissioner, 1659-63, and Town 
Treasurer, 1665. [Phebe (Rhodes) Holden married (2) Samuel Aborn.] Cath- 
arine, daughter of Phebe and Anthony, was bom October 13, 1717, and mar- 
ried, January 2, 1736, Christopher Lippitt, descendant of the emigrant 
ancestor, John Lippitt, who came to Rhode Island in 1638, and son of Moses 
and Ann Phillis (Whipple) Lippitt. Their son Charles married Penelope Low, 
and they were the grandparents of Governor Henry Lippitt, bom in Provi- 
dence, October 9, 1818, son of Warren Lippitt, who was in early life a sea 
captain and subsequently a cotton merchant in Providence, R. I., and 
Savannah, Ga. His son Henry, after the completion of his education at 
Kingston Academy, entered at once into mercantile business and "was 
always interested in public affairs, identifying himself with every enterprise 
calculated to enhance the prosperity and public welfare of the people. He 
took an active part in reorganizing the Providence Marine Corps of Artillery 
in 1840, and in 1842 was elected Lieutenant-Colonel of the Corps, after he had 
served in the different subordinate offices, and commanded a portion of the 
company, armed and drilled as infantry, through the ' Dorr War' in 1842." 
He was elected Governor of Rhode Island, 1875-76. He was esteemed as " a 
man of high character for financial ability and integrity," and was universally 
respected. He married Mary A., daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann (Bailey) 
Balch, bom Providence, October 7, 1823, died August 31, 1889. 
Their eldest son, Charles Warren Lippitt, bom in Providence, October 8, 1846, 
was also Governor of Rhode Island. In early years he was educated at 
private schools and was prepared for college at the University Grammar 
School. Was graduated from Brown University in 1865, and for three years 
following, continued studies with private tutors and travelled in Europe and 
America. He began his business career in 1869 at his father's office in con- 
nection with the Social Manufacturing Company, the Silver Spring Bleaching 
and Dyeing Company, and the Lippitt Woolen Company. In 187 1 was elected 
Treasurer of Silver Spring Company; 1875-76, President of Franklin Lyceum, 
during which period he served as Colonel and Chief on Personal Staff of his 
father, Governor Henry Lippitt; 1878-80, he served as First Vice-President 
and 1881-82 as President of the Providence Board of Trade. He was also 
President of the Garfield and Arthur Republican Club. In 1880 was elected 
President of the National Board of Trade; 1878-84, served three years as 
Secretary, two years as Vice-President, and one year as President of the 
Providence Commercial Club, declining re-election as President. His entire 
business life has been in connection with the manufacturing enterprises of 
Rhode Island. He was made President of the Social Manufacturing Com- 
pany in 1891, and continues to hold this position. In 1894 was Chairman of 
the Republican State Convention. He was elected Governor of Rhode 
Island, April, 1895, and re-elected in 1896. 

8o The Greene Family. 

Governor Lippitt is a lineal descendant in the ninth generation from Roger 
Williams, founder of Rhode Island; in the tenth, from Samuel Gorton, 
founder of Warwick, R. I. ; and in the seventh, from John Ctishing, Judge 
of the Superior Court of Judicature of Massachusetts, 1728-37. He married 
February 23, 1886, Margaret Barbara, daughter of Alexander and Charlotte 
Barbara (Orinsbee) Farnimi of Providence. Children: Charles Warren, Jr., 
bom 1887, died 1893; Alexander Farniim, bom 1890, died 1894; Jeanie 
Barbara, bom 1892, died 1893; Charles Warren, Jr., bom 1894; Alexander 
Farniun, bom 1896; Gorton Thayer, born 1898. 

93. Catharine Holden, born August 6, 1694-5, married ]\Iajor John Rhodes 

(brother of Phebe, the wife of her brother Anthony), a son of John and Waite 
(Waterman) Rhodes of Warwick. He was Deputy, 1731-35-42-43-44-51- 
53-54, and held the office of Major for many years. He died in 1776, aged 
eighty-five. Children: Waite, Catharine, Charles, Mercy, Anthony, Joseph, 
Zachariah, Holden, and Jolin (Captain), who married Sarah Greene (see No. 

94. Charles Holden (see No. 234), bom May 24, 1695, died January 20, 1785, in 

his ninetieth year. He married (i) Penelope Bennett of Newport; (2) Hannah 
Martin, January 23, 1757, widow Elder Manassah Martin. He was called 
"Captain" and "Elder," and was ordained in the Baptist Church, Warwick, 
in 1756-7, in the sixty-second year of his age. Children: Barbara, married 
(i) Richard Wickes, (2) John Wells; Charles, died in Surinam in his twentieth 
year; John, married Dorothy Rice, daughter of Thomas Rice of Warwick and 
great-great-granddaughter of Captain Randall and Frances (Dungan) Holden, 
and had four children: Mary, Charles, Penelope, who married Oliver Greene; 
and Barbara. 

Hannah {Martin) Holden, widow of Charles, died June 19, 1781, aged ninety- 

In the valuable Diary of Samuel Tillinghast, now deposited with the Rhode 
Island Historical Society, the second marriage of Elder Charles Holden is thus 
recorded: "Capt. Chas. Holden Jan'y 20, 1757, married to the widow Martin, 
a very agreeable match which is generally allowed by all." Also, June 16, 
1757: "Went to ordain Charles Holden." 

95. William Holden, bom November 4, 1700, married his cousin Waite, daughter 

of Randall' and Bethiah {Waterman) Holden of Warwick. Children: An- 
thony, who had his right arm shot off on board an English man-of-war about 
1746, Charles, and Mary. William Holden married (2) a widow Arnold. 

96. John Holden, bom September 24, 1702, died about 1801; married (i) Deliv- 

erance Greene, daughter of James and great-granddaughter of John Greene, 
surgeon. She died, leaving no children. He married (2) January 6, 173 1-2, 
Hannah Fry. Had son, Charles, who married Sarah Remington, and had ten 
children: {1) Penelope; {2) John; {t,) Abigail; {4) Charles; {^) Randall, who 
died in Philadelphia of yellow fever in 1802; (6) Thomas; (7) James, lost at 
sea in brig Eliza (Captain Benj. Taylor), with all the crew in 1804; (8) 
Henry; (9) Ulysses, died October 26, 1825, in thirty-sixth year; and (10) 
Sarah (see No. 109). 

TJiird Generation. 8i 

l8. AUDREY^ GREENE (John% John') was born December 27, 1667, 
died April 17, 1733. She married, about 1692, John Spencer, of East Green- 
wich, son of John and Susannah Spencer of Newport, R. I., bom April 20, 
1666. He was Deputy for many years between 1699 and 1729; Justice of 
the Peace, 1704; and Speaker of the House of Deputies, 1712-29. He died 
in 1743. His will, dated July 2, 1733, proved December 31, 1743, mentions 
the following legacies: "To son John, homestead farm, Lott 222 tannery 
utensils etc ; to son William, a farm in East Greenwich ; to grandson John, 
son of son William, Lott 132 E. G; to grandson John, son of son John, Lott 
137 E. G; to grand- daughter Audrey Spencer, daughter of John, a house lot 
No 10; to grand-daughter Audrey Spencer, daughter of William, a house 
lot No 9; to sons John and William the rest of personal estate equally." 


97. John Spencer, bom June 10, 1693, married (i), September 13, 1716, Mary, 

daughter of Thomas (Deputy-Governor, 1727-29) and Welthyan {Greene) Fry, 
and (2), February 26, 1740, Elizabeth Fry, sister of his first wife (see No. 36). 
Children by first marriage: (i) Thomas, born July 18, 1717, married Alar- 

garet ; (2) Welthyan, born February 16, 1718, married, March i, 1740, 

Samuel Gorton (see No. 170), son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Greene) Gorton, 
bom September 14, 171 1, and had three children: Mary, born May 24, 1741 ; 
Samuel, born July 5, 1743; and Welthyan, mentioned in her grandfather's 
(Governor Thomas Fry's) will. Samuel Gorton, senior, probably died soon 
after the birth of this last child, as his widow, Welthyan Gorton (the only 
Welthyan Gorton of that period), married, October 10, 1747, Thomas Nichols 
(East Greenwich Records); (3) Audrey, born December i, 1720; (4) John, 

bom November, 1722, married Susannah ; (5) Rujus (Captain), born 

East Greenwich, R. I., August 21, 1724, married (i) Ruth Vaughan, and (2) 
Margaret, daughter Governor Wm. Greene, had five children (see No. 292); 
(6) Charles, born June i, 1727; (7) Susannah, born September 10, 1729, 
married October, 6, 1751, Col. Joab Stafford, son of Thomas and Audrey 
(Greene) Stafford. He was an officer of the Revolution and a man of wealth 
and influence. They had ten children (see No. 293; also Stafford Family, 
by H. M. Benedict, pp. 5-8); (8) Mary, bom March 14, 1731. 

98. William Spencer, bom May 15, 1695, married. May 10, 1716, Elizabeth, 

daughter of John and Elnathan (Whipple) Rice of Warwick, bom May 8, 
1698. She was the great-granddaughter of Captain Randall and Frances 
(Dungan) Holden. Children: (i) John, bom January 25, 1717, married, 
December 22, 1737, Mary Coggeshall, daughter Joshua"^ (Joshua', John-, 
John ') and Mercy (Nichols) Coggeshall, bom June 6, 17 19, died November 
6, 1749. They had Alice and Eudora (twins), 1738; Charles, bom August 3, 
1747. (Another account mentions a son, William, who married Mary, 

daughter John Manchester.) John Spencer married (2) Mary and had 

Mary, bom August 20, 1753; Ebenezer, bom November 16, 1755; a.nd John, 
bom February 28, 1757. (2) Richard, bom March 16, 1718, married HoHHa/i, 

82 The Greene Family. 

and had John, bom October 7, 1730, married, 1760, Experience, daughter 
John Lyon oi Coventry, whose children were John, bom October 9, 1761 (?) 
married, 1784, Hope, daughter Daniel Pearce; Simmons, bom June 23, 1766, 
married Ruth, daughter Nathan Miller. (3) Audrey, bom April 6, 1720. 

(4) William, bom July 4, 1723, married Mary ,■ and had Elizabeth, bom 

October 12, 1746; Mary, bom February, 1748; Richard, bom December 13, 
1751; Audrey, bom June 22, 1754, married, November 23, 1775, Thurston 
Carr of West Greenwich ; Elizabeth; Mercy, horn A-pviX 22, 1757; John, horn 
February 7, 1760. (5) Ellen, bom September 14, 1725. (6) Elizabeth, bom 
December i, 1727. (7) Job, bom December 26, 1730, married, March 25, 
1750, Sarah, daughter Robert Vaughan, had a daughter, Mary, bom May 15, 
1751 (?). who married John Reynolds of Exeter. (8) Nathan, bom June 
29, 1732, married Susanna, and had William, bom July 12, 1758; Mary, bom 
December 2, 1759; Anthony, bom April 15, 1762, married, January 8, 1784, 

Anstis, daughter Morgan Corwin (?); Charles, bom , married, April i, 

1787, Lydia, daughter Silas* Spencer {John', Michaef, John^). (9) Ran- 
dall, bom December 28, 1734. (10) Benjamin, born January 28, 1736, mar- 
ried January 9, 1757, Mercy Sweet, widow of Samuel, and had Harrietta, bom 
August 2, 1757, W. Greenwich; Abiel, bom December 4, 1758; Barney, bom 
June 4, 1 761; Augustus, bom June 3, 1763; Sarah Ann, bom November 6, 
1765; Silas Casey, bom December 29, 1767. Benjamin Spencer above was 
a loyalist and went to Canada. (11) Leah, born September 14, 1742. 

John Spencer of Ipswich, Mass., came from London, England, in the 
Mary and John, 1634.^ Removed to Newbury, but was banished for heresy, 
1637; died 1648 (?). Will proved at Salem, Mass., March, 1649, i^ which 
he mentions his "nephew John Spencer his heir," "brother Thomas," and 
" cousin Ann Knight" (Savage, iv., pp. 11-17). His nephew. Dr. John 
Spencer, senior, was made freeman of Newport, October 9, 1668 {Colonial 
Records, vol. ii., p. 238), and was the first named of the grantees of East 
Greenwich, October 31, 1677. He died intestate. His will was made by 
Covincil of East Greenwich, 1684. His son John, who married Audrey 
Greene, being heir-at-law, inherited all of his father's real property. In 
1696-1700 he gave to his brothers, Michael, William, Benjamin, and Abner, 
portions of his inheritance. 

(There was also a brother Robert, bom 1674, died 1748, who married 
Waite, daughter of Theophilus Whaley.) 

19. (Captain) SAMUEL ^ GREENE "of Apponaug" (John% John'), 
was bom at Occupasuetuxet, January 30, 1670-7 1 . He resided at one of the 

' John Spencer was doubtless a lineal descendant of the Spencers of Bedfordshire, England; pos- 
sibly a brother of the emigrants, William, Thomas, Michael, and Gerrard, the first three names having 
been perpetuated in the family. (See Our New England Ancestors — "Spencer Family," by Henry 
Whittemore, 1900.) 

Third Generation. 83 

Wequochaconet farms west of Apponaug. This land, drawn by or assigned 
to the pioneer, Samuel Gorton, original proprietor of the Shawomet Pur- 
chase, whose granddaughter he married, was purchased of his wife's uncle, 
Othniel Gorton. On April 13, 1702, he purchased of Jeremiah Westcott 
forty acres of land with the water power, fulling-mill, and land attached 
thereto at the southwest comer of the cross-roads at Apponaug, where he 
afterward removed and later collected material and made preparations for 
erecting a dwelling, but he died of smallpox, September 18, 1720, and it was 
left to his son Samuel to carry out his plans, he being owner of the farm, 
which belonged later to heirs of Jeffrey Greene, his descendants. He was a 
farmer as well as owner of the fulling-mill, and was comet of a troop of 
horse in Providence Coimty , in which Warwick was then included ; was also 
Captain of the Train Band in Warwick; Deputy to the General Assembly; 
and Justice of the Peace. He was buried on his Wequochaconet farm, near 
the brook, and within one hundred feet of his former home. An altar-tomb 
was erected over his grave of rough stones laid in mortar without any top- 
stone, but in 18 — this was substantially rebuilt and covered by a granite 
slab, with the inscription of his birth and death, by his great-great-grand- 
sons, Hon. William Greene" (Ray*^, Wm.^ Wm.", SamueP) ; Major-General 
George Sears Greene" (Caleb", Caleb ^ Samuel '', SamueP) ; Brigadier-Gen- 
eral Alphonso Greene'' (Jeffrey", Charles ^ Samuel'', SamueP). Samuel 
Greene died intestate. Inventory, dated November 9, 1720, ;£3539 185. %d. 
(see Appendix I.). He married, January 24, 1694-5, Mary, daughter of 
Captain Benjamin and Sarah (Carder) Gorton, and granddaughter of Samuel 
Gorton, the famous pioneer of Warwick, bom October 31, 1673, died Jan- 
uary, 1 731-2. 


99. William, bom March i6, 1695-6, married Catharine Greene. 
100. Mary, bom August 25, 1698, married Thomas Fry. 
loi. Samuel, bom October 22, 1700, married Sarah Coggeshall. 

102. Benjamin, bom January 5, 1702-3, married Ahny Angell. 

103. Anne, bom April 5, died June 30, 1706. 

Captain Samuel Greene was the father of a Governor (Wm.), the grand- 
father of a Governor (Wm., Jr.), the great-grandfather of a United States 
Senator (Hon. Ray Greene), and the great-great-grandfather of a Lieuten- 
ant-Governor (Wm. Greene). ^^ 

_,-^-20. (Captain) JAMES' GREENE "of Nassauket" (James % John'), 
eldest son, was bom June t\ 1659. He was admitted freeman of the Colony 
on Jime 26, 1683, when twenty-four years of age. In October, 1685, he joined 

The Greene Family. 

with others in a petition to the General Assembly for settling a plantation 
in the Narragansett and the Niantic countries. On May 5, 1696, he was 
Deputy from Warwick, and November 14, 1711, he was allowed the use of 
;£3oo bills of credit for four years free of interest, he paying for printing and 
signing the same, for nine months' service and expenses in accompanying 
his uncle. Major John Greene, Agent of the Colony in 1668 to England. 

He resided at Nassauket, Warwick, where he built a house in 1687 
which was still standing (1887). He married, January 29, 1688-9, Mary, 
daughter of Captain John and Margaret Fones of Newport, Jamestown, and 
Kingstown. Captain Fones, one of the prominent planters of Kingstown 
(called Rochester during Andros's administration), was a member of the 
court-martial at Newport for trial of Indians, August 24, 1676; was Deputy, 
1679-80-81. On May 26, 1686, he was appointed Justice of the Peace by 
President and Council then governing New England. He was Clerk of the 
Court of Commissioners, June 23, 1686, and Deputy and Assistant, 1698-99. 
Captain Fones died December 20, 1703, and left by will a legacy of land to 
his " daughter Mary." Captain James Greene died March 12, 171 2, and was 
buried in his father's -burial-ground at Old Warwick. His wife died March 
20, 1 72 1, aged fifty years. 

His will was dated March 11, 171 2, "widow Mary, administratrix," 
to whom he bequeathed half his farm; also, "I give and bequeath unto 
my eldest son Fones Greene the other half of my housing and farms where I 
now live, to enjoy after my decease, to him his heirs and assigns forever ; 
and further my will is that in consideration of the above ; said housing and 
farms which I have given to my son Fones, that he shall pay unto my son 
James Greene one hundred pound to be paid to him in two year after my 
decease but if my wife should marry, as is above promised then my will is, 
that my son Fones shall enjoy that part of my housing and farms which is 
given to her at the time of her marriage he paying the above sd fourty 
poimd according as it is above promised ; to be to him his heirs and assigns 
forever" (Appendix I.). 

104. Fones, bom March 23, 1689-90, married (i) Dinah Batty, (2) Rebecca Tibbitts. 

105. James, bom April 2, 1692, married (i) Roby Carr, (2) Susannah . 

106. Mary, bom March 16, 1693, died October 21, 1695. 

107. Daniel, bom April 7, 1696. No further record. 

108. Elisha, bom August 5, 1698, married (i) Martha Brown, (2) Abigail Fenner. 

109. Deliverance, bom February 12, 1 700-1, married John Holden, died s. p. 
no. Mary, bom September 25, 1703, married Resolved Rhodes. 

III. John, bom February 26, 1705-6, died December 8, 1757, unmarried (see No. 

Third Generation. 85 

112. Jeremiah, bom December i6, 1708, died April 17, 1758; married (i) Anne 

-113. Samuel, bom June 8, 1711, died February 18, 1778; married (i) Mary Whit- 
ford, (2) Elizabeth Stanbrough. 

21. MARY' GREENE (James ^ John') was bom at Warwick, Sep- 
tember 28, 1660. She married, February 19, 1684-5, James Reynolds, son of 
James of Aquidneck, bom at North Kingstown, October 28, 1650. He was a 
grandson of William Reynolds, one of the original proprietors of Providence, 
1636-7. He, with his father, James Reynolds, signed the petition to the 
King, Jtily 29, 1679, that he would " put an end to these differences about 
the government," etc. He resided at Sand Hill, North Kingstown, R. I. 


114. James Reynolds, bom February 20, 1685-6, Kingstown, R. I. 

115. John Reynolds, bom June 10, 1688, of Sand Hill, North Kingstown. [This 

John is probably an error and the name is misplaced. John, son of 
Henry Reynolds, who married Sarah Greene (see below), was doubtless the 
one intended, his birth being June 10, 1688, and whose sister, Sarah, was the 
next child, both being mentioned together in the will of their grandfather, 
James Reynolds. Austin, in Rhode Island Genealogical Dictionary, gives 
James, Jr., and Mary (Greene) Reynolds but one child, James, which is 
probably correct.] 

Another account gives "Jane [or Joan ?], bom 1690, and another" as 
children of James. 

James Reynolds, married (2) Joanna . The date of the mar- 
riage is not given, and probably the children last mentioned were of this 
marriage and died young, as we find no other mention of them. " Mar. 2, 
1699 — he and his wife Joanna were witnesses to a deed from James Rey- 
nolds senior to his son Henry." 

In a letter from General Geo. S. Greene to a Greene descendant, which 
bears the date, Morristown, N. J., June 17, 1892, he states: "A fragment of 
a will in the North Kingstown Records at Wickford of James Reynolds, dated 
15 October, 1692, mentions sons Joseph, Henry, James, and Francis [John, 
the eldest son, was killed in King Philip's War, 1675], grandson John Rey- 
nolds, granddaughter Sarah Reynolds, daughter Deborah Sweet, and my 
. . . nry (probably his son-in-law, Henry Nichols) . ' ' The date of this 
will is several years earlier than that of the deed to his son Henry, above 
referred to, but the will may not have been probated till after March 2, 

The Greene Family. 

23. SARAH ^ GREENE (James % John') was born August 27, 1664. 
She married Henry-' Reynolds (James % Wilham'), bom June i, 1656, who 
settled near Exeter, R. I. He was brother of James, who married her 
sister, Mary Greene. His grandfather, William Reynolds, the emigrant 
from England, was one of the early proprietors who signed the compact at 
Providence, R. I., August 20, 1636, and was on the list of "lot holders" in 
1638. Henry Reynolds died 1716, and his wife died the same year. 


116. Henry Reynolds, bom July 31, 1686, married, March 9, 1709, Mary Jenkins, 

daughter of Zachariah of East Greenwich, and had nine children. He 
inherited his father's estate. He died November 5, 1726. 

117. John Reynolds, bom June 10, 1688. He received by his father's will ;g2o 

and land in Westerly, R. I. 

118. Sara Reynolds, bom January 5, 1689, married Briggs. She received 

;£io legacy from her father. 

119. Deliverance Reynolds, bom December 2, 1692. Received legacy of ;£i2 


120. Mary Reynolds, received the same legacy. 

121. James Reynolds ) They received £$0 by their father's will when they 

122. Thomas Reynolds j attained twenty-one years of age. 

123. Deborah Reynolds, married, June 16, 1725-6, Joshua Coggeshall, of East 

Greenwich. She received ;^i5 legacy from her father. 

124. Elisha Reynolds, bom 1706, received £$0 when twenty-one years of age by 

his father's will, dated April 28, 17 16 (on file). 

From East Greenwich Records we learn that an agreement was made 
April 28, 1 7 16, before the Council in East Greenwich, between Sarah, widow 
of Henry Reynolds, and her eldest son Henry, heir-at-law, in regard to the 
use of her husband's new house in lieu of dower, etc. " Should she marry, 
to have only the thirds of the yearly income of her husband's estate." 
Also mentions portion assigned to all the above children of Henry and 
Sarah (see Appendix I.). 

24. PETERS GREENE "of Coweset" (James % John') was born 
August 25, 1666. He lived on his farm at Warwick. He was admitted 
freeman, April 30, 1687. He married, February 12, 1695, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Rev. Ebenezer and Mary (Thurston) Slocum of Conanicut 
(Jamestown), born January i, 1677, died June 5, 1728. She was sister 
of his brother David's wife (see No. 28). He was drowned at Pawtucket 
Falls in 1708, and his widow Elizabeth was appointed administratrix of his 
estate by the Court of Probate of Warwick, November 16, 1708. 

Third Generation. 87 

Peter Greene and Elizabeth, his wife, gave by deed, March 15, 1702-3, 
"to Father-in-law Ebenezer Slocum of Jamestown 90 acres of land in 
Coweset, part of said Peter Greene's Coweset Farm No. 13, on which his 
dwelling house stands; bounded East by a highway South by a highway 

West by of John Greene, North by a swamp ; also half of my undivided 

land above what my father Greene gave me by will." 


125. Mary, bom April 6, 1697, married Samuel Carr. 

126. Elizabeth, born June 4, 1699. 

127. Ebenezer, bom February 8, 1701, married Miriam Remington. 

128. Thomas, bom February 18, 1704, married Sarah Berry. 

(One record gives another child, Susannah, born May 21, 1707, but no further 

The Slocom family came from Somersetshire, England. The Ameri- 
can ancestor of the Rhode Island family was Giles Slocum of Portsmouth, 
who with his wife was early identified with the Society of Friends. In his 
will, 1 68 1, he left a bequest to his " Loving Friends the people of God called 
Quakers." "Joan the wife of old Giles she Dyed at Portsmouth the 31^* 
of 6^^ mo 1679." Giles Slocum died in 1682. 

25. ELIZABETH ' GREENE (James % John ') was bom October 
17, 1668. She married Francis^ Reynolds (James ^ William'), of North 
Kingstown, R. I., brother of her two sisters' husbands. He was a farmer 
and resided near Hunt's River. He was bom April 2, 1662, and died April 
14, 1722. His wife Elizabeth also died in 1722. 


129. Francis Reynolds, bom 1689, resided at Great Plain. 

130. Peter Reynolds, bom 1691, resided at Great Plain. 

131. James Reynolds, bom 1693, of West Greenwich, married Elizabeth Jones. 

132. Jabez Reynolds, bom 1695, inherited the homestead. 

133. Elizabeth Reynolds, bom 1699. 

134. Mary Reynolds, bom 1705. 

135. Susannah Reynolds, bom 1717, died 1811. 

136. Deborah Reynolds, bom 1719. 

27. JABEZ ^ GREENE "of Potowomut" (James ^ John ') was bom 
at Portsmouth, R. I., November 17, 1673. He inherited and resided at the 
Potowomut homestead. He was admitted freeman of Warwick, May 5, 1696. 
He was a Quaker and a meeting of the Society of Friends is recorded as 
held at his house, December 3, 1699. He inherited also the Forge at Poto- 
womut, where his six sons and his grandchildren carried on the successful 

88 The Greene Family. 

industry of manufacturing anchors and other iron work as late as 1820. 
Jabez was grandfather of the distinguished Major-General Nathanael 
Greene. He married (i), March 17, 1697-8, Mary, daughter of Benjamin 
and Susannah (Gorton) Barton and granddaughter of the Warwick pioneer, 
Samuel Gorton. Her father, Benjamin Barton, brother of Elizabeth, who 
married Thomas - Greene (John '), was son of Rufus Barton, member of 
the first Town Coimcil organized at Warwick, who died in 1648, and who 
left a legacy of £-^0 by will made by Town Council (see Austin's Genealogi- 
cal Dictionary, p. 250) "to Benjamin son and heir at the age of 21 years " 
(see No. 6). Jabez Greene died October i, 1741, and was buried at Poto- 
womut. His wife Mary died March 6, 171 2-13 He married (2), May 23, 
1 716, Grace, daughter of Valentine Whitman of Providence, who was one 
of those "who staid and went not away" in King Philip's War, August 
14, 1676. 

Children by First Marriage: 

137. Susannah, bom June 30, 1699, married William Chadsey. 

138. James, born April 24, 1701, married Elizabeth Gould. 

139. Benjamin, born February 16, 1703-4, married Ann Hoxsie. 

140. Jabez, bom July 26, 1705, married Mary Gould. 

141. Nathanael, bom November 4, 1707, married (i) Phebe Greene, (2) Mary 


142. John, bom February 14, 1709, married Ann Hoxsie, widow Benj. Greene. 

143. Rufus, bom June 2, 17 12, married Martha Russell. 

Child by Second Marriage: 

144. Mary, bom December 18, 1718, married Caleb Greene (see No. 146). 

Extract from the proceedings of the General Assembly of the Colony 
of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, copied from the original 
record, p. 108: "At a Gen' x'Vssembly &c . . . at Providence 23 Day 
of Jan^ 1732 . . . Present ... It appearing to the Assembly 
that Jabez Greene his wife and children, had burnt lately in the said Jabez 
Greene's house Thirty pounds of this Colony's money, Therefore it is 
Voted and Ordered that they be allowed and paid out of the Gen' Treasury 
the aforesaid sum of Thirty pounds to repair the aforesaid loss." 

For record of his public service, see Rhode Island Records (Printed). 

28. DAVID 3 GREENE " of Jamestown" (James ^ John ') was bom 
at Portsmouth, R. I., June 24, 1677. He married. May 11 (or March 3), 
1698-9, Mary, daughter of Rev. Ebenezer and Mary Thurston Slocum of 
Jamestown, and sister of his brother Peter's wife (No. 24), born June 21, 

Third Generation. 89 

1679. Her father, Deputy for fifteen years and a noted man among the 
Quakers, as well as a citizen of importance and influence, was buried in 
Friends' Burying Ground at Jamestown. Her maternal grandfather was 
Edward Thurston of Newport, R. I., also a Quaker, Deputy for twelve years, 
Commissioner and Assistant. David Greene married (2), June 24, 1706, 
Sarah, daughter of Moses and Susanna Barber of South Kingstown, R. I., 
(Friends Records, Newport), born March 25, 1682, died June 29, 1729. He 
died at Jamestown, January 31, 1 761-2. 

Child by First Marriage: 

145. David, bom September ii, 1701-2, married (i) Katharine Greene, (2) Mary 


Children by Second Marriage: 

146. Mary, bom June 5, 1707, married Joseph Sheldon. 

147. Sarah, bom January 20, 1708-9, married Benjamin Ingraham. 

148. Elizabeth, bom March 25, 1711, married John Hookey. 

149. Susannah, bom May i, 1713. 

150. Abigail, bom March 25, 1715, married John Remington. 

151. Waite, bom December 3, 17 16. No further record. 

152. Bathsheba, bom July 30, 1720, married John Grenold. 

153. Jonathan, bom April 6, 1722, married Mary Stafford. 

154. Joseph, born May 30, 1724, married Abigail Gould. 

155. Patience, born February 15, 1726. 

29. THOMAS ' GREENE (James \ John ■) was born November 11, 
1682. Of him we have no further record. Probably died young, and was 
not mentioned in his father's will. 

30. JOHN 3 GREENE (James \ John ") was bom at Potowomut, 
September 30, 1685. Freeman, May, 1708. He died December 8, 1757. 
His will, dated June 22, 1754, was proved December 11, 1757. He mar- 
ried, February 16, 1709-10, Mary, daughter of Increase Allen of Dartmouth, 
Mass., born May 29, 1689. 


156. David, bom January 4, 1710, married Alice Hall. 

157. James, bom March 14, 1712, married Mary Nichols. 

158. Rachel, bom March 16, 1714, married Henry Matthewson. 

159. Increase, born April 12, 1717, married (i) Phebe Matthewson, (2) Ruth Greene. 

160. Elizabeth, bom May 26, 1719, married Job Matthewson. 

161. Benjamin, bom September 26, 1721. 

162. Dinah, bom January i, 1724, married Samuel Hall. 

90 The Greene Family. 

163. Joseph, born February 19, 1727, married (i) Phebe Langford, (2) widow 

Moon . 

164. Mary, bom January i, 1724-5, died October 23, 1727. 

165. Peter, born January 8, 1730. Only mentioned with his sister Mary, and 

probably died young also. 

31. SUSANNA^ GREENE (James % JohnO was born May 24, 1686, 
and was mentioned in her father's will. She married, February i, 1712 
(second wife), Joseph Hull, Jr., of Kingstown, R. I., son of Joseph and 
Experience (Harper) Hull of Barnstable, Mass., who removed, 1690, soon 
after their marriage, to Kingstown, R. I. Joseph, senior, was a cooper, 
trader, and Quaker preacher, the religious meetings being held at his resi- 
dence, "a very large wide house." Joseph, Jr., was Constable and member 
of Town Council at Westerly, R. I., where he purchased lands in 17 14. He 
died in 1748, and his wife Susanna died September 25, 1748. 


166. Joseph Hull, bom October 4, 1714, married, November 11, 1731, Elizabeth 

Richmond of Kingstown, and had four children: Sarah, Tristam, Elizabeth, 
and Hannah. 

167. Susanna Hull, born April 20, 1716, married Low, son of Anthony Low. 

168. Mary Hull, born February 19, 1719, died unmarried. 

169. Experience Hull, born August 25, 1722, died unmarried, December 31, 1789. 

Joseph Hull married (i) Ann Gardiner, daughter of William and Eliza- 
beth Gardiner. They had three children: Ann, William, and Alice. 

The Hull family came from Somersetshire, England. Rev. Joseph 
Htill, bom 1594, was Rector of North Leigh, County Devon, and was the 
first minister of Weymouth, 1635. He died 1665. His son. Captain Tris- 
tam Hull, bom 1624, at North Leigh, was a merchant at Barnstable, Mass., 
and a sympathizer with the Friends. He died 1666. His son, Joseph, born 
1652, was the noted Quaker preacher of Kingstown, who died 1709. 

He deeded to his son Joseph, Jr., October 10, 1706, "100 acres of 
land. ' ' 

33- THOMAS 3 GREENE "of Potowomut" (Thomas ^ John'), 
eldest son, was born at Warwick, August 14, 1662. He married. May 27, 
1686, his cousin Anne, daughter of his uncle. Major John Greene, Deputy- 
Governor of Rhode Island, born March 19, 1662, died 1713. In the winter 
of 1698-9 Thomas Greene was drowned in going from Newport to Potowo- 
mut. An inquest was held April 18, 1699. His will was made by Town 
Council, Warwick, 1699. He inherited a large farm on Potowomut Neck, 
which was afterward sold by his grandsons, Richard Greene's executors, and 

Third Generation. 91 

came into the possession of the heirs of the late Thomas P. Ives, Esq., of 
Providence (see No. 16). Ancient records give the marriage of "Thomas 
Greene Jr. to Anne Greene y^ younger May 27. 1686." 


170. Elizabeth, bom May 8, 1687, married Samuel Gorton. 

171. Anne, bom June 25, 1689, married John Tillinghast. 

172. John, born April 14, 1691, married (i) Deborah Carr, (2) Almy Greene. 

173. Phebe, born May 10, 1693, married John Tillinghast. 

174. Phillip (daughter), born March 8, 1694, mentioned in her mother's will, 1711, 

but died before 1717. 

175. Welthyan, born October 9, 1696, mentioned in her grandfather's will. 

176. Deborah, born October 25, 1698, died unmarried. 

34. BENJAMIN ^ GREENE "of Old Warwick" (Thomas % John ') 
was bom at Warwick, November 10, 1665. He lived on his farm (called 
" Sennasset ") , situated on the north side of Pawtuxet River, about half a 
mile from Arnold's Bridge (Dutee Arnold's place). He married (i), Jan- 
uary 21, 1689, Susannah, daughter of Captain Randall and Frances (Dun- 
gan) Holden of Warwick, bom December 8, 1670, died April 11, 1734. His 
father-in-law, Captain Holden, born in Salisbury, County Wilts, England, 
was one of the noted early proprietors of Warwick, and was closely asso- 
ciated with his grandfather, John Greene, in colonial affairs, and also with 
his uncle. Major John, the Deputy- Governor, and was one of the most con- 
spicuous men in early colonial history. Lieutenant Charles Holden, son 
of Captain Randall and brother of Benjamin Greene's wife, married his 
cousin, Catharine ^ Greene (John ^ John ')• Benjamin Greene married (2), 
July 31, 1735, Mary Hudson, widow of Thomas Hudson of Providence. 
He received by will of his father, January 25, 1717, "100 acres in Cowe- 
set." He was called "Captain Benjamin," but more commonly "Tobacco 
Ben." He died, February 22, 1757, in his ninety-second year. His will, 
dated October 27, 1755, was proved July 28, 1757 (Appendix I.). 


177. Benjamin, born June 10, 1691, married Phebe Arnold. 

178. Susannah, born July 16, 1694, married Philip Arnold. 

179. Catharine, bom March 31, 1698, married [Governor] Wm. Greene. 

180. Thomas, bom November 30, 1701, died February 15, 1702. 

181. Elizabeth, bom June 26, 1706, married John Fry. 

182. Margaret, born January 16, 1707, married Pardon Tillinghast. 

35. RICHARD^ GREENE "of Stone Castle" (Thomas % John ') 
was born March 5, 1666-7. He inherited the Stone Castle homestead and 

92 The Greene Family. 

"remainder of lands." He married in 1700, Mary, daughter of John and 
Mary (Holden) Carder of Old Warwick, bom September 11, 1677, died 
April 12, 1 761. She was a granddaughter of Captain Randall Holden and 
of Richard Carder (of Boston, Portsmouth, and Warwick), one of the orig- 
inal purchasers of Shawomet and also Commissioner and Deputy, 1659-66. 
He died at Newport, where he had sought refuge dtoring King Philip's War. 
Richard Greene died September 25, 1724, intestate (inventory, Appendix I.). 
He was Deputy from Warwick, 1699-1700; from Portsmouth, 1702; and 
was one of the Committee to send an Agent to London in 1 700. His widow 
married (2) Jabez Howland of Bristol.' 

Children (from Warwick Records) : 

183. Mary, born September 23, 1700, married Elisha Greene. 

184. Richard, bom April 17, 1702, married Elizabeth Godfrey. 

185. Elizabeth, bom August 20, 1710, married James Allen. 

186. Thomas, bom April 14, 1713, married Elizabeth Church. 

187. Welthyan, bom February 19, 17 14, married Jeremiah Lippitt. 

March 2, 1725, an inventory of the estate of Richard Greene, pre- 
sented by his son Richard, administrator, was allowed by the Probate 
Court. The following record of his marriage and family will be of interest: 

"Mr. Richard Greene and Mary Carder, daughter of Mr. John Carder 
was married in Warwick in ye year 1700. 

"Their daughter Mary was born y® 23'''^ day of September in y*" year 
1700 of a Monday about nine o'clock in the evening. 

"Their son Richard was born y*" 17*'' day of April a little after one 
o'clock in y" afternoon in y" year 1702. 

"Their daughter Elizabeth was born y^ 20*^" day of August after 3 
o'clock in y'^ afternoon in year 17 10. 

"Their son Thomas was bom y*" 14''' day of April about eleven o'clock 
in y^ forenoon in y'' year 17 13. 

" Their daughter Welthan was born y" 19*'' day of February about four 
o'clock in y*" morning in y^ year 17 14 or 15. 

"The above sd Mr. Richard Greene deceased in Warwick y*" 25*'' day 
of September 1724 in y^ 55*^ year of his age." (From records at Town 
Clerk's Office, Apponaug, R. I.) 

' Bristol Records — Intentions of Marriage: "Jabez Howland of Bristol and Mary Greene of War- 
wick March II, 1727-S." 

"Mother Howland died Apr. 13 1761 Aet. 83 y. 6 m. 22 d." 

"Here lyes Interred ye Body of Jabez Howland who dyed Oct' y= 17"' 1732 in y"= 64"' year of 
his age." — Headstones, St. Michael's Churchyard, Bristol. 

Third Generation. 93 

36. WELTHYAN ' GREENE (Thomas ^ John') was born January 
23, 1669, at "Stone Castle," Warwick. She married, February i, 1688, 
Thomas Fry of East Greenwich, born 1666, son of Thomas Fry of Newport, 
R. I. Freeman of the Colony, 1690 ; Deputy for East Greenwich for twenty- 
seven years, from May, 1696, to May, 1733; Justice of the Peace for eleven 
years, between May, 1698, and May, 171 2; appointed Captain, May 5, 1696; 
"Major for the Main," May 5, 17 14. He was elected Deputy-Governor, 
April 22, 1727, and continued in office till May, 1729. He was Speaker of 
the House of Deputies for five years, and Clerk of the House in 17 10. He 
died September 2, 1748, in his eighty-third year. 


188. Thomas Fry, born February i6, 1691, married (i) December 31, 1719, Mary 

Greene, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Gorton) Greene of Apponaug; (2) 
November 16,1 740, Eleanor, daughter of Richard and Eleanor Saylcs Greene. 
Had eleven children by first marriage and two by second (see Nos. 86 and 

189. Mary Fry, born June 24, 1693, married, September 13, 1716, John Spencer, 

son of John and Audrey {Greene) Spencer of East Greenwich (see No. 18). 

190. John Fry, born October 31, 1695, died September, 1753, married Elizabeth 

Greene, daughter of Benjamin and Susamia (Holden) Greene. They had 
eight children (see No. 34). 

191. Elizabeth Fry, bom December 7, 1697, married, February 6, 1746, John 

Spencer (2d wife) (see No. 18). 

192. Welthian Fry, born July 27, 1700. 

193. Hannah Fry, born March 31, 1702, married John Holden, son of Lieut. Charles 

and Catharine {Greene) Holden. 

194. Ruth Fry, bom January 3, 1703-4, died unmarried, February 4, 1755. 

Welthyan (Greene) Fry, wife of Thomas, received by will of her father, 
Thomas Greene of "Stone Castle," a legacy of "200 acres of land in Cow- 
eset " (see will, Appendix I.). 

37- RUFUS^ GREENE "of Boston" (Thomas % John') was born 
January 6, 1672, and died in Surinam, S. A. 

38. NATHANIEL ^ GREENE "of Boston" (Thomas -', John was 
born at "Stone Castle," Warwick, April 10, 1679. He was Captain in the 
merchant marine service. He removed to Boston, Mass., where he was 
married by Rev. Samuel Miles in King's Chapel, February 27, 1703, to Anne, 
daughter of Thomas and Frances (Robinson) Gould of Boston, born about 
1685, died January 16, 1728. He died in Boston, August 8, 1714, and both 
were buried in the family vault at Granary Burial Ground, Tremont Street. 

94 The Greene Family. 

His will, dated August 6, 1714, but two days before his death, was proved 
September 18, 17 14. 


195. Thomas, born June 4, 1705, married (i) Elizabeth Gardiner and (2) Martha 

(Coit) Hubbard. 

196. RuFus, born May 30, 1707, married Catharine Stanbridge. 

197. Nathaniel, bom May 14, 1709, married Elizabeth Taylor. 

198. William, bom May 3, 1711. 

199. Benjamin, born January 11, 17 12, married Mary Chandler. 

Nathaniel Greene "received by deed June 4, 1700, from his father 
Thomas of Stone Castle — in Coweset, Warwick, farm No. 15 — 240 acres and 
lot No. 12 — 28 acres." 


57. MARY " GREENE (William \ John % John was bom at War- 
wick, July 8, 1677. She married Edward Dyre (born 1670), son of Samuel 
(the grandson of William and Mary Dyre, the Quaker martyr) and his wife, 
Anne (Hutchinson) Dyre, daughter of Captain Edward and Catharine 
(Hamby) Hutchinson. Samuel Dyre was "appointed May 21 1669 one of 
the conservators of his Majesty's peace for the Narraganset Country and 
was long engaged in promoting its settlement." Edward Dyre was a house 
carpenter, and owned a farm in North Kingstown, R. I. He petitioned the 
General Assembly, Rhode Island, May 7, 1712, concerning a highway near 
his land. 


200. Edward Dyre, born North Kingstown, January 6, 1701, at which place he 
resided. He was made freeman. May i, 1722, and was Deputy to the 

General Assembly from North Kingstown, 1748. He married ?. Had 

son Edward, who was born North Kingstown, 1725, married, November 29, 
1750, Elizabeth Fish, and had nine children. Their son Henry, bom North 
Kingstown, July 12, 1759, married, March 19, 1787, Sarah Coy, and removed 
to Vermont. They were the parents of Rev. Heman Dyer, D.D. (See 
Records Dyer Family, by Cornelia C. Joy Dyer, pp. 47, 54-71.) 

Mrs. Mary (Greene) Dyre inherited by will her father's land at War- 
wick Neck and also received a legacy of ;^io. From the will of her grand- 
father, Deputy Governor John Greene, also the following bequest: to "my 
grand-daughter Mary Dyre sixteen pounds to be paid her or her heirs or 
assignes a year after my decease" (see will, Appendix I.). 

58. PETERS GREENE" of Conimicut" (Peter ^ John ^ John'), 
eldest son, was bom at Old Warwick, January 20, 1682. He was admitted 
freeman, 1734. He was commonly called "Major Peter." He married, 
June 29, 1710, Keziah Davis, bom August 3, 1688, died March 17, 1753, 
aged sixty-five years. Major Greene died December 3, 1767. His will, 
made May 14, 1765, was proved December 14, 1767. The homestead farm 


96 The Greene Family. 

at Conimicut, which was left to him by his father, was inherited by his 
eldest son, John ' Greene. 


201. John, born April 23, 1711, married Elizabeth Foster. 

202. Ann, born December 4, 1712, married Nathan Westcott. 

203. Richard, bom October 3, 17 15, married Mary Rice. 

204. Peter, bom March 6, 1717, died at sea, October 17, 1745. 

205. Deborah, bom January 4, 1720, married Captain Charles Rhodes. 

206. Elizabeth, bom March 29, 1723, married John Stafford. 

207. Audrey, bom November 17, 1727, died aged ten months. 

59. SARAH ' GREENE (Peter ^ John % John ') was born at Old 
Warwick, October 27, 1685. She married, November 28, 1706, her cousin, 
Stephen Arnold, son of Israel Arnold, brother of her mother and the brother 
of Governor Benedict Arnold of Rhode Island. She died December 5, 
1724. (See No. 61, Warwick Records.) 


208. Stephen Arnold, mariner, born May 30, 1709, married, January 16, 1732, 

Hannah, daughter of William Case of South Kingstown, R. I. Had one 
daughter, Sarah, bom November 18, 1733. He was killed February 12, 
1734, by falling from the masthead of a vessel coming from St. Eustatius, 
West Indies. His widow married (2), November 22, 1736, Jeremiah Corey. 

209. Elizabeth Arnold, bom March 16, 1710, married, February i, 1736, Peter 

Wells of Warwick. 

210. Sarah Arnold, bom March 6, 17 12. 

211. Mary Arnold, bom July 8, 17 19. 

212. Peter Arnold, bom July 17, 1724, died October 5, 1724. 

Stephen Arnold, senior, married (2), December 28, 1727, Jane Blunt. 

60. JOHN 4 GREENE "of Coweset" (Peter ^ John % John') was 
born at Old Warwick, March i, 1686-7. He was admitted freeman, May i, 
1 716. He resided on the Coweset farm, near Crompton village, which he 
inherited from his father, and to which he removed soon after his marriage. 
He married, October 25, 1719, his cousin Mary*, daughter of Major Job ^ 
Greene (John -, John '), born October 3, 1687, died March i, 1783. Captain 
John Greene died May 30, 1758. 

He was described as " a man of generous impulses who as an active 
member of society grew in moral strength and influence." But neither his 
wealth nor distinction could shield him from affliction, and the sad circum- 
stance of his wife's insanity was alluded to in his will, dated August 5, 1757, 

Fourth Generation. 97 

in terms which evidenced his devotion to his family. After mentioning 
"the unhappy condition of his beloved wife" and dividing a large property 
between his granddaughter Ann Greene, his son-in-law, Thomas Greene, his 
grandson John Clapp, and his son-in-law Silas Clapp, he gives to his daughter 
Mary Clapp "the homestead farm" on which he dwelt, appointing her sole 
executrix. In one of the provisions of the will he alludes to her lovely dis- 
position and uniform devotion to her parents, and commends to her care 
" her afflicted mother. " Mrs. Greene not only survived her husband but all 
her children. Mr. Greene left a large property. It was said about this 
time that "one could not put four fingers on a plot of Warwick land with- 
out one of them touching part of the landed domain of one of the Greene 
family ! ' ' 


213. Ann, bom June 30, 1720, died October 10, 1748. 

214. M.\RY, born April 10, 1723, married Silas Clapp. 

215. Christopher, bom August 19, 1725, died, March 3, 1729, at Pomfret, Conn. 

216. Phebe, bom May 3, 1728, married Thomas Greene (see No. 66). 

61. STEPHEN ' GREENE (Peter ^ John % John was born at Old 
Warwick, September 19, 1688. He "died intestate, leaving no wife or 
issue," April 10, 1722. His father, " Peter ^ Greene, inherited the farm near 
Crompton from his father, John - Greene, Deputy Governor, and about six 
years previous to his death he willed one half to his son John and the 
other half to his son Stephen" (" Letters from the Pawtuxet," 1859, Provi- 
dence Journal). 

Wardoick Records, Wills, I., p. 193: Peter Greene, John Greene, Wm. 
Greene, Elisha Greene, Barlow Greene, Stephen Arnold and Sarah his wife, 
all of Warwick: "whereas our brother Stephen Greene of y* said town 
dying intestate 10 April 1722 and being seized in fee of half of a farm in 
Coweset in said town, and leaving no wife nor Isheu," etc., dated July 23, 

62. WILLIAM* GREENE "of Old Warwick" (Peter \ John % 
John ') was bom July 29, 1690. Admitted freeman May i, 1716. He mar- 
ried (i), February 14, 1712-13, Sarah, daughter of John and Sarah Med- 
bury of Rehoboth, Mass., born April 27, 1689, died April 6, 1763. He was 
called "William Greene Esquire." The homestead was on the old family 
plantation near Conimicut Point. He was "a Quaker farmer, intelligent 
and honest, a modest man and not solicitous for pubHc stations. He never 
gave up to official eminence what was intended for private enjoyment. The 

98 The Greene Family. 

only office he held was that of Justice of the Peace, and when he died, March 
17, 1766, it was in the full esteem of his fellow citizens." He was buried 
on his farm, and old records tell us that a portion of the graveyard was 
washed away during the memorable September gale of 181 5. His will,, 
dated January 30, 1766, was proved March 24, 1766. Inventory men- 
tioned his slave "Tony valued at i2oo;£, Cuff at iooo£ and Hannah at 


217. James, born September 8, 1713, married Desire Slocuin. 

218. Elizabeth, bom September 25, 1715, married Benjamin Jefferson. 

219. Sarah, born September 17, 1718, married John Rhodes. 

220. Almy, born April 22, 1721, married John Culverson. 

221. Stephen, born July 4, 1723, married Mary Hammeti. 

222. Mercy, born October 31, 1725, married Job Greene. 

223. Phebe, born August 6, 1728, married Thomas Warner. 

224. Freelove, bom February 8, 1734, married Godfrey Greene. 

William Greene married (2), October 16, 1763, Phebe Johnson. 

63. ELISHA ' GREENE (Peter ^ John =, John was bom at Old 
Warwick, February 13, 1692. Was admitted freeman, 1723. He married 
his second cousin, Mary (No. 183), daughter of Richard and Mary (Carder) 
Greene and granddaughter of Thomas Greene of " Stone Castle," bom Sep- 
tember 23, 1700, died September 27, 1750. 

He and "wife Mary" sold his mansion house and land at Coweset on 
the east side of the road, between Apponaug and East Greenwich, with 
the lot between the road and Coweset Bay, being " the lot bought of Samuel 
Cooper" (see p. 99, Warwick Records). Inventory of his estate, pre- 
sented by his son Elisha, was made September 28, 1767, and recorded April 
20, 1768 {yVarwick Records, p. 126). He died 1767, and was buried with 
his wife at " Stone Castle." His burial, as recorded in Elder John Gorton's 
Journal, was March 29, 1767. 


225. Mary, born May 22, 1724. 

226. Elisha, bom July 7, 1726, married Isabel Budlong. 

227. Elizabeth, born June 14, 1731. 

A family letter states: "one of the daughters [of Elisha Greene] mar- 
ried Benjamin Arnold but left no children," but no date is given, and the 
reference is probably to Sarah ^ Greene (Elisha ^ Elisha ^, James ^ James % 
John') (see No. 796). 

Fourth Generation. 99 

Warwick Records, L. E. : 

Deed, June 30, 1732, Elisha Greene, yeoman, and Mary his wife, sell 
to John Dickinson of Newport "my mansion house and lot on which it 
stands in Coweset, and is the same bought of Samuel Cooper bd. east by 
the highway leading to East Greenwich S. by land of Daniel Remington, 
west by the Highway N. by land of sd Elisha Greene — by estimation 14 
acres together with the undivided land laying to the East of sd highway 
that leads to East Greenwich against said lot the full width of sd lot and 
out to the sea with f of a whole right in the Island of Chiponoxet and is 
No — on the map No — and was laid out to John Greene sen. and John 
Green jr." 

64. BARLOW* GREENE "of Occupasuetuxet " (Peter J, John ^ 
John ') was born at Old Warwick, December 29, 1695. Freeman, May i, 
1 7 18. He resided on the south side of Occupasuettixet Creek, but sold his 
land there to William Greene and removed to New York State. He mar- 
ried, October 21, 171 7, Lydia, daughter of Israel Hardin (or Harding), son 
of John of Newport and grandson of Stephen Harding of Providence, R. I. 


228. Lydia, born March i8, 1718, married Simeon Arnold. 

229. Esther, bom September 2, 1720, probably died young. 

230. Martha, bom April 27, 1723, married Dr. Oliver Carpenter. 

231. Barlow, born October 25, 1724. 

232. Israel, bom January 26, 1726, ? married (i) Rachel Thorn, (2) Sarah Deane. 

233. John, bom August 5, 1731, probably died young. 

234. Pelatiah, bom March 30, 1735, died November 25, 1736. 

235. Oliver, bom September 10, 1740, married Penelope Wells. 

A private letter mentions three other children: Mary, Amy, and Anna, who 
married Peter Halleck (see No. 232). 

65. ANNE ■* GREENE (Job ^ John \ John ■) was bom at Occupa- 
suettixet, Warwick, February 23, 1685. She married, December 25, 1707, 
Thomas Stafford ^ (Samuel % Thomas '). born 1682. He was Deputy from 
Warwick for five years, 1720-28 ; Deputy from Coventry, 1747, when he bore 
the title of "Captain." He sold his portion of the farm at Warwick and 
removed to Coventry prior to 1744. His wife, Anne, died August 24, 1718. 
He married (2), July 16, 17 19, Audrey, daughter of Richard and Eleanor 
(Sayles) Greene, born January 8, 1694, died April 7, 1763. She was his 
first wife's cousin (see No. 82). He died November 18, 1765. 

The Greene Family. 


236. Phebe Stafford, born April 10, 1710, married, May 6, 1733, Wm. Arnolds 

of Warwick (Elisha ■*, Israel 5, Stephen ^, Wm.'). 

237. Anne Stafford, born January 4, 1712, married son of Wm. Whaley and had 

two children, Wm. and Anne. 

238. Mercy Stafford, born March 12, 17 15, married Waterman, and had 

daughter Mercy. 

239. Job Stafford, bom April 11, 17 16. 

240. Samuel Stafford, bom February 8, 1717, died March 11, 1719. 

241. Deborah Stafford bom April 9, 17 18. 

66. MARY ' GREENE (Job ^ John % John ') was bom at Warwick, 
December 3, 1687. She married, October 25, 17 19, her cousin, Captain 
John * Greene, son of Captain Peter Greene ^ (John ^ John '), who resided 
on the Coweset farm. 

(Children recorded under John Greene, No. 60.) 

67. DEBORAH ^ GREENE (Job ^ John ^ John ') was born at War- 
wick, February 28, 1689. She married, November 22, 1725 (2d wife). Cap- 
tain Simon 5 Ray of New Shoreham, Block Island, born April 9, 1672. He 
was son of Simon ^ (who was lame and blind, but lived to the great age of 
loi years) and Mary (Thomas) Ray of Braintree, Mass., and grandson of 
Simon Ray of Braintree, Cotmty Essex, England. On the maternal side he 
was grandson of Captain Nathaniel Thomas of Marshfield, Mass., who was 
commissioned Ensign of the Marshfield company of colonial troops, com- 
manded by Captain Miles Standish, and who also served as Captain in the 
expedition against the Pequots in 1645. His father, William Thomas of 
Marshfield, the great-grandfather of Captain Simon Ray, gave the site for 
the first meeting-house and burying-ground at that town, and it was his 
estate at Marshfield (owned and lived on by his descendants for many 
years) that afterward became the home of Hon. Daniel Webster. Captain 
Simon Ray had buried all his sons by his first marriage, and his only daugh- 
ter lived in Nova Scotia when he married his second wife, Deborah Greene, 
in her thirty-seventh year. He had been a widower for twenty-one years. 
He was Deputy from New Shoreham for twenty-one years. In 1723 the 
Assembly ordered that " 123;^ be paid to him for the use of New Shoreham 
to assist them in rebuilding their pier. " He and four others were appointed 
a committee by the Assembly in 1734 "to procure materials for building a 
pier at Block Island and making a harbor there," and in August, 1735, he 
and Peter Ball were appointed "to improve the i20o£ allowed to build a 
pier at Block Island or to repair the old one." He freed three negroes in 

Fourth Generation. 

1726 who had been brought up with him from their infancy, said freedom 
"to take effect on the death of himself and wife." He died March 19, 1755, 
and was buried in the town burial-ground. His epitaph describes him as 
" filling the most important offices with honor to himself and advantage to his 
country," and declares that he was " a lover of learning, justice and benevo- 
lence, ever attentive to the interests of this island" (see Appendix HI. ; also 
Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, p. 160). His will, dated 
October 11, 1737, was proved March 31, 1755. Inventory, £7468 15. 5^. 
His widow, Deborah, refused the executorship of his estate, requesting that 
her son-in-law, Samuel Ward, be appointed administrator. She died De- 
cember II, 1763, in her seventy-fifth year. Buried on Governor Wm. 
Greene's farm. 


242. Judith Ray, born October 4, 1726, married at Westerly, R. I., May 7, 1747, 

Thomas Hubbard of Boston. She died March S, 1775, and was buried in 
Governor Greene's cemetery, Coweset, Warwick. Had daughter, Deborah. 

243. Anne Ray, born September 27, 1728, married, December 20, 1745, Governor 

Samueli Ward of Rhode Island (Richard =, John'), bom May 27, 1725 
(see R. I. Rec). Children: Charles, born 1747, officer in Revolutionary 
army, died unmarried; Hannah, bom April 12, 1749, died 1774, unmarried; 
Anna, bom August 24, 1750, married Ethan Clarke; their daughter Anna 
Maria married Nath'l Ray Greene, son of General Nathanael Greene of the 
Revolutionary army; Catharine, bom October 21, 1752, married Chris- 
topher^ Greene {Nathanael ■», Jabez 3, James ', John ') (see No. 394); Mary, 
born December 5, 1754, died 1832, unmarried; Samuel, born November 17, 
1756, died August 16, 1832, married, March 8, 1778, his cousin Phcbe, daugh- 
ter Governor (2d) Wm. Greene {Wm.'*, Samuel 3, John', John^), and had 
ten children (see No. 706); Deborah, bom October 12, 1758, married (2d 
wife) Christopher Greene {Nathanael *, Jabez i, James', John^); Simon, 
bom October 4, 1760, Lieutenant Revolutionary army, married Sarah 
Gardiner, died of yellow fever in West Indies about 1790 — they had two 
daughters; John, bom July 26, 1762, married Elizabeth, daughter Dr. Eph- 
raini Bowen of Providence, died 1823, s. p.; Richard, bom 1764, married 
Eliza, daughter Joseph Brown of Providence, died October, 1808, s. p.; 
Elizabeth, born 1766, died 1783, unmarried. 

244. Catharine Ray, bom July 17, 1731, married, September 30, 1758, William s 

(2d Governor) Greene {William *, Samuel 3, John ', John =) (see No. 291). 

245. Phebe Ray, bom September 10, 1733, married John Littlcficld. Their daugh- 

ter Catharine married General Nathanael Greene of Revolutionary army 
(see No. 391). 

Will of Deborah (Greene) Ray, January 14, 1762, proved March 12, 

The Gree7ie Fmnily. 

"To daughter Judith Hubbard a Lot of land in Scituate R. I. &c &c. 
given me by my father [Job Greene] and one fourth part of all my wrought 
silver and silver money and \ of all due me by bond or otherwise ; to daugh- 
ter Anne Ward \ part of ditto ; to daughter Catharine Greene \ part of do ; 
to grandchildren Simon Ray Littlefield, Wm. Littlefield, Catharine Little- 
field, Phebe Littlefield and Anne Littlefield \ part of do, when i8 or at time 
of marriage ; to granddaughter Deborah Hubbard my bed and all belonging 
to it. To granddaughter Anne Littlefield a silk gown equal to what her 
mother had or money to purchase one when 1 8 or at marriage. To son-in- 
law William Greene all the rest of personal estate and he is appointed 
executor" {Warwick Records, Wills, IIL, p. 142). 

Simon Ray was first married, January 17, 1695, to Judith, daughter 
of Oliver and Hannah (Raymond) Mainwaring. The children by this mar- 
riage were: Simon, bom January 26, 1697; Gideon, born November 17, 
1698; Nathaniel, born January 3, 1700; Mary, bom December 21, 1702 
(see letter of Catharine Ray, Appendix H.). 

70. CHRISTOPHERS GREENE "of Warwick" (Job ^ John =, 
John'), eldest son, was born March 9, 1696, at Occupasuetuxet, Warwick. 
He married, August 20, 1721, Elizabeth Denmark of Bristol, R. L Inten- 
tions of marriage published August 10, 1 721. It is supposed that his widow 
married (2) Richard Gill of Bristol. The will of Major Job Greene, dated 
1757, mentions "son Daniel to have the silver cup which was his brother 
Christopher's." Christopher died before this will was made, and it is sup- 
posed, as his family was not mentioned, that he left no surviving children. 

71. DANIEL* GREENE (Job^ John^ John'), was born at War- 
wick, February 20, 1698. He was married (i), November 11, 1731, by 
Simon Ray, warden, to Temperance Harris of New Shoreham. She died 
March 28, 1732. He married (2), 1741 (intentions of marriage recorded, 
Bristol, R. I., November 21, 1741), Mrs. Bethiah (Howland) Davis, widow 
of Simon Davis of Bristol, and the great-granddaughter of John Howland 
of the Mayflower. She was formerly the wife of Nicholas Bragg (born May 
23, 1696, son of Henry and Elizabeth Bragg), to whom she was married May 
19, 1725. Her son, Nicholas Bragg, Jr., married Sarah Greene, bom Sep- 
tember 4, 1736, daughter of Benjamin ■* and Ann (Hoxsie) Greene (No. 378). 
Benjamin *, second cousin of Daniel Greene, was son of Jabez ^ (James -, 
John'). Daniel Greene died November 24, 1797. 

From Bristol Town Records: 

Fourth Generation. 103 

" Bethia Howland and Nicholas Bragg married by Rev. John Usher, 
May 19, 1725." 

" Mrs. Bethia Bragg and Simon Davis married by Rev. John Usher, 
Aug. 29, 1733." 

"Intentions of marriage; Daniel Greene and Bethiah Davis, Nov. 21, 

Child by First Marriage: 

246. Temperance, bom March 13, 1733, married Captain Joh Pierce. 

Child by Second Marriage: 

247. Deborah, bom May 24, 1745. 

The home of Daniel Greene is thus described by Henry Rousmaniere: 
" So halting had been the march of enterprise that but three houses had 
been erected at Centreville from 1695 to 1775. In one of them, a long, low 
structtore, lived Daniel, son of [Major] Job Greene. Its situation was very 
near the dwelling-place of Elder Jonathan Bra}'ton. Daniel, hke all his 
father's family, was a violent 'liberty man.' When the English govern- 
ment laid a tax on windows he proudly resolved to foil the scheme; he 
removed all the glass lights from his house and substituted coarse wooden 

" He died November 24, 1798-9, about one hundred years old. Had he 
survived thirteen months more he would have flourished in three centuries" 
{Providence Journal, May 31, 1859, "Letters from the Pawtuxet"). 

Major Job Greene, father of Daniel, transferred to him, in 1726, over 
400 acres of land on the east side of the Pawtuxet. Upon this estate 
Daniel lived for many years, bequeathing it to his grandnephew, Christo- 
pher Greene, son of the gallant Colonel Christopher of the Revolutionary 
army (see No. 670). 

73. CATHARINE* GREENE (Job ^ John ^ John') was bom at 
Warwick, March 17, 1701. She married (2d wife), April 27, 1746, Major 
James Brown of Newport and later of Scituate, where they resided. He 
was son of James and Elizabeth (CaiT) Brown and grandson of Rev. Chad 
Brown of Providence, R. I., who was the first settled pastor of the first 
Baptist church. Major James Brown was Deputy for nine years, between 
1706 and 1 7 15; Justice of the Peace, 1708; Major for the Island, 171 1- 
13; Assistant nine years, between 17 15 and 1723. He died in 1756. His 
will, dated December 19, 1754, was proved November 27, 1756. No chil- 
dren. (See Austin's Geneal. Did. R. I., p. 261.) 

I ©4 The Greene Family. 

Major Brown was first married to Anne Clarke and had five children : 
James, John, Clarke, Hope, and Thomas. His widow, Catharine Greene, 
married (2) John Mason, who is mentioned in a deed by James and John 
Brown (sons of Major Brown and his first wife, Anne) as their " step-father." 
The brothers James and John Brown married sisters, Anne and Dorothy 

74. (Judge) PHILIP ^ GREENE " of Occupasuetuxet ' ' (Job ^ John ^ 
John ') was bom at the old Pastuxet home, Old Warwick, inherited from 
his father, Major Job, on March 15, 1705. He was a leading man in all 
town affairs and was for some years Town Clerk. He was Assistant and 
Deputy in the General Assembly, and for a period of twenty-five years was 
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. His home was the centre of the 
social and political life of the town. 

Mr. Henry Rousmaniere, in his "Letters from the Pawtuxet," wrote 
of Judge Greene: " In his early manhood his figure was noble and imposing, 
his voice loud but pleasant, and his address good-humored but command- 
ing. At the head of a stormy assemblage, when men of honest hearts but 
weak nerves would falter and fail, he shone pre-eminently; his voice rose 
like the swell of an organ, echoing in the souls of the most timid and rous- 
ing the brave to deeds of surpassing valor. In the Revolutionary struggles, 
when the Councils of the town of Warwick were perplexed sometimes with 
over-cautious advisers, his tones of indignation and scorn would scatter at 
once all doubt and fear." It is unfortunate that no record should have 
been made of his "free-flowing conversation" or his public oratory during 
his long and honorable career, for we are told that "such a transcript of 
his mind would have opened a pathway to the fount of Rhode Island his- 
tory, and we should then have known how our ancestors talked at the fire- 
side as well as in public debate. " Judge Greene was chosen Moderator, with 
very few exceptions, from 1757 to 1774, and against his inclination was 
re-elected 1776-77 and '79. 

Like his father. Major Job Greene, he continued to the end to reside 
at the Old Warwick home, managing his mill and farms at Centre ville by 
tenants or agents. It was said that "he was the master and not the ser- 
vant of his wealth, preferring the esteem of his friends rather than gold and 
the approbation of his conscience more than either." 

His estate was part of the large tract of land purchased of Miantonomi 
in 1643, and extended "from some distance within Coventry down to the 
forks of the Pawtuxet, including a portion of what is now the manufactur- 
ing village of Riverpoint." In 176 1 Judge Philip divided much of his estate 

Fourth Generation. 105 

among his children and "made a gift to his son Christopher (Col.) of the 
western half of a tract of land of 458 acres including a two story house in 
which Caleb Hathaway then dwelt and which stood on the lot that Dr. 
Stephen Harris subsequently sold to William Tibbitts." This mansion was 
probably the most ancient in this vicinity. He also bequeathed much of 
his Riverpoint property to his grandsons Job and Jeremiah, sons of Colonel 
Christopher Greene. 

After a long, brilliant, and useful career Judge Philip Greene died at 
the home of his birth on April 10, 1791, aged eighty-six years, and was laid 
to rest in the family burial-ground on the estate. 

An attractive picture of the Judge and his life in the old historic home 
was recently given in the Providence Sunday Journal by one of his gifted 
descendants, who treads professionally in the footsteps of her honored 
ancestor, and is quoted in part below. 

Judge Greene married, August 12, 1731, Elizabeth, daughter of John ^ 
and Sarah (Gorton) Wickes, born February 5, 1706, died December 23, 
1776 (see No. 316, last note). They were the parents of the distinguished 
Colonel Christopher Greene of the Revolution, the gallant defender of Red 
Bank fort on the Delaware. It is said that while Judge Greene "rejoiced 
at his country's welfare as a citizen, yet, as a father, he never ceased to 
mourn that a part of the price paid for our national liberties was the blood 
of his favorite son." 

The mother of Mrs. Greene was the daughter of Captain Benjamin ' 
Gorton, who was son of the noted Samuel " Gorton, the pioneer of Warwick. 
The father, John ^ Wickes, was the son of John ' and Rose (Townsend) 
Wickes, who removed from Rhode Island to Oyster Bay, L. I., and the 
grandson of John ' Wickes, who came from Staines, Middlesex County, 
England, to America in the Hopewell in 1635, and who was one of the pur- 
chasers of Shawomet in 1643. He was constantly active in town and colo- 
nial affairs and was a member of the Town Council, Magistrate, Assistant, 
Commissioner, and Deputy for many years. It was this John Wickes who 
was slain by Indians, 1676-7, near the " Stone Castle." John ^ his grand- 
son and father of Elizabeth Greene, was a man of prominence and influence. 
He held the office of Town Clerk for twenty-eight years, Deputy for nine 
years, and Assistant for twenty-four years. 

In his will, dated December, 1741, he mentions a legacy of " 50;^ each" 
to his "daughters Sarah, Rose and Elizabeth" (see No. 319; also, Wickes 
wills and letters, Appendix I. and II.). 


248. Phebe, born March 25, 1732, married A)itlioiiy Low. 

io6 The Greene Family. 

249. Job, bom October 24, 1735, died January 20, 1739. 

250. Christopher (Colonel in Revolution), bom May 12, 1737, married Anna 


251. Philip, bom March 25, 1739, died February 6, 1740. 

252. Elizabeth, bom September 2, 1742. 

253. William, bom October 25, 1746, married Welthian Lippitt. 

254. Mary, born March 14, 1748, married John Greene. 

255. Sarah, bom May 6, 1752, married Griffin Greene. 

Another Sarah (second child) should have been included. She was bom 
September 10, 1733, died January 4, 1739. 


"To the Greenes of Rhode Island this ancestral home can never be 
known by any other than its ancestral name, Occupasuetuxet, the Indian 
appellation of those level 'meadows through which the river flows,' short- 
ened to ' Pastuxet ' for convenience in conversation. It was the life-long 
home of a Chief Justice and an Associate Justice of a Rhode Island court, 
the home of a Speaker of the House of Deputies, and the birthplace of one 
of the most brilliant heroes of the Revolution, who laid down his life in his 
country's service. Many distinguished men have been entertained under 
its roof as the guests of successive generations of Greenes, Dr. Benjamin 
Franklin being perhaps the most famous. 

" The house now known as ' Cole's ' or ' Elm Lawn ' was built by Deputy 
Governor John Greene for his son Job, who married Phebe Sayles, a grand- 
daughter of Roger Williams. It was a most elegant house for its day. 
Professor Isham in his book. Early Rhode Island Houses, names it seventh 
in his chronological list of ancient houses still standing in the State. Con- 
sequently there are but four now standing which are older, as two have been 
recently destroyed. The old stone chimney is gone and a large addition, 
now itself old, was attached to the house, but the framing of the first story 
is intact and Professor Isham speaks of the elaborate hand-carved mould- 
ings adorning the great beams which are still in place in the ceilings. 

"The glory and hospitality of Pastuxet reached its height during the 
long life of Philip Greene, son of Job. Born in the old house in 1705, he 
died there full of honors in 1791 ; and he, too, lies in the family burying- 
ground. Like all his ancestors, he was Assistant and Deputy in the Gen- 
eral Assembly, and in 1759 he became an Associate Justice of the Court of 
Common Pleas of Kent County, serving continuously on the bench of that 
court for twenty-five years, during eight of which, from 1776 to 1784, he 
was Chief Justice of the Court, holding that high office through all the 
troublous years of the Revolution. At that early period Rhode Island had 

Foil rill Generation. 107 

no true Supreme Court. Five judges, one from each of the five towns, were 
chosen annually by the General Assembly to act as a ' Supreme Court of 
Judicature and Gaol Delivery,' and in 1768-9 Judge Philip Greene served 
as a Justice of that court. The Judge was of commanding presence and of 
able mind. 

" Intensely patriotic, he gave largely of sheep, cattle, and money to 
support the army. And he gave a son, his eldest, the brilliant Christopher 
Greene, bom at Pastuxet, 1737, Colonel Commandant of the Rhode Island 
brigade, killed in 1781 in a night attack upon his camp, over whose remains 
the State of New York has just raised a monument in the cemetery where 
they lie at Yorktown, N. Y. Colonel Christopher Greene, the ' Hero of Red 
Bank, ' the conqueror of Count Donop, was a brave officer, a valiant fighter 
and a noble gentleman. His father, Judge Philip Greene, built a house for 
him when he became of age and gave to him a large tract of land where the 
villages of Centre ville, Arctic, and Riverpoint now lie. 

"The old house at Pastuxet was always filled with company in Judge 
Philip Greene's day. One of his nieces, who lived to the great age of one 
hundred and two, and who is well remembered by the writer, says when she 
got permission to go to visit at Uncle Philip's 'she felt as if she was going 
to heaven.' She said one could never go there without finding company. 
Whole boat-loads of the Block Island friends would sail up for a week's stay. 
Deborah Ray, wife of Simon Ray, of Block Island, the mother of the Cath- 
erine Ray who married Governor William Greene, and the grandmother of 
the piquant 'Kitty Littlefield,' who won the heart and hand of General 
Nathanael Greene, was the sister of Judge Philip Greene. All the famous 
men who gathered around Governor William Greene and General Nathanael 
Greene were the honored guests of Judge Greene under the roof of Pastuxet. 
Tradition at close range tells of the attentions of Dr. Benjamin Franklin to 
' Betty, ' the witty and haughty youngest daughter of Judge Philip, who 
wotdd have none of him. Another notable relative and guest was Thomas 
Wickes, brother of Mrs. Philip Greene {nee Elizabeth Wickes), herself an 
intellectual woman. Updike, in his Narragansett Church, speaks of Thomas 
Wickes as ' a very remarkable man. ' 

"Assisting in this open-handed and open-hearted hospitality were the 
old family servants, the nine or ten slaves of Judge Greene, who had more 
slaves than any other landowner in the town of Warwick, save Jeremiah 
Lippitt, the Town Clerk, whose daughter Anne was the wife of Colonel 
Christopher Greene, and whose daughter Welthian married Judge Philip's 
only other son, William. 

"This William Greene, the only surviving son of Judge Philip, became 

io8 TJic Greene Family. 

by his father's will the owner of Pastuxet. 'He possessed fine literary- 
tastes, but in scholarship mathematics was his forte, ' and the same was true 
of his soldier brother. Colonel Christopher Greene. In 1784, when, by 
reason of advancing years, Chief Justice Philip Greene declined to serve 
longer, this son, William, was elected an Associate Justice of the same Court 
of Common Pleas of Kent County, but. owing to delicate health, he was able 
to serve but one year. 

"At the death of Judge William Greene in 1809 the old home became 
by will the property of his youngest son, Jeremiah Greene, all of whose 
eight children were bom in the house. It was not in 181 7, but in January, 
1823. that the place was sold to Mr. Edward Cole's father, for the daughter 
of Jeremiah Greene who still survives was bom in 18 18 and her youngest 
brother in 1822 in the ancestral home. The writer's maternal grandmother, 
another daughter of Jeremiah Greene, as also bom in the old house. 

" As to the old elms that are justly the pride of the Cole family to-day, 
one was planted by Judge Philip himseh and one was planted by Christo- 
pher, a son of Judge William Greene, as he himself told his niece, who still 
lives. Bettv, daughter of Judge Philip, also set out an elm, which was 
blown down by a gale some years ago. 

" It is pleasant to know that the spirit of hospitality clung so strongly 
to the old house, after the last of its Greene owners left it, and that after 
the ro3'al feastings of reason and flow of soul of the days of the Greenes 
came another dynasty to continue the good old custom. 

" i\Iav the ancient house long stand and may the day be not far distant 
when a suitable monimient shall mark the spot near b}', where rest the 
remains of so many loyal servants of the Colony and State of Rhode Island. 

"Mary Axxe Greene. 

"Providexce, Sept. 6, 1901." 

82. AUDREY * GREEXE (Richard \ John -', John was bom at 
Occupasuettixet, Old Warwick, January 8, 1693-4. She married (2d wife), 
J-uly 16, 1719. Thomas Stafford, son of Samuel ', "a representative man of 
W^arwick," and grandson of Thomas the emigrant who came from War- 
wickshire, England, to Plymouth, Mass., in 1626, lived a few years in New- 
port and Providence, R. I., thence to Warwick in 1652; died 1677. His 
first wife was Anne ■* Greene, daughter of Major Job, and a cousin of his 
second wife (see Xo. 65). 

Children : 

256. Eleanor Stafford, bom April 25, 1720. 

257. Richard Stafford, bom September 24, 1721. 

Fourth Generation. 109 

258. Thomas Stafford, born April 20, 1723. 

259. Samuel Stafford, bom December 6, 1724, died July 24, 1729. 

260. Almy Stafford, born April 19, 1728. 

261. JoAB Stafford, bom November 14, 1729, married Susannah ■. 

262. He was Colonel in the Revolutionary army (see Stafford Family, pp. 5-8). 

263. Audrey Stafford, bom February 8, 1731. 

264. John Stafford, bom May 5, 1735- 

Thomas ' Stafford, the emigrant ancestor, was a millwright, and it is 
claimed that the mill he built at Plymouth was the first mill built in this 
country for grinding com by water. He constructed another at Providence, 
near what is called Millbridge, and still another on his own place at War- 
wick, the site of which is still recognizable. 

The Staffords claim descent from the noble house of Stafford, of whom 
the founder was Robert, appointed by William the Conqueror as governor 
of the Castle of Stafford. Rev. Dr. Thomas Stafford Drowne of Brooklyn, 
N. Y., is authority for the following: " I have the coat of arms brought over 
by the first Stafford, which is engraved on wood and the paper moimted 
on a panel about a foot square in frame. It is the regular Stafford arms 
and bears the inscription, 'The family of Stafford of Warwickshire, Eng.' 
It has been regularly transmitted from the first settler in Wan\nck here, 
bears marks of great age, and could never have been gotten up here" (Staf- 
ford Family, by Henry M. Benedict, p. 4). 

84. ALMY ' GREENE (Richard ^ John =, John ') was bom at Old 
Warwick, October 4, 1696. She married (2d wife), January 28, 1730, her 
second cousin, John Greene " " of Potowomut ' ' (Thomas ^ Thomas % John '), 
bom April 14, 1691 (for children see record. No. 172). 

85. ISABEL ' GREENE (Richard ^ John ^ John was bom at Old 
Warwick, September 3, 1698. She married Samuel Low, of Barrington, 
R. I., son of Samuel and Rachel Low, bom March 29, 1701, died 1749. His 
grandfather was Anthony Low (son of John Low, wheelwright, of Boston), 
whose "new, great house," as Roger Williams styled it, was bumed by 
Indians at Swansea, 1675. Captain Benjamin Church, when negotiating 
with the Seaconet Indians in 1676, was disappointed in securing a vessel 
"until at last Mr. Anthony Low put into the harbour with a loaden vessel 
bound to the westward and being made acquainted with Mr. Church's case, 
told him he had so much kindness for him and was so pleased with the busi- 
ness that he was engaged in, that he would run the venture of his vessel and 
cargo to wait upon him." He brought him to Newport, where Mr. Church 
disembarked (Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, p. 338). 

TJie Greene Fmnily. 

Isabel Greene died in 1750, the year following her husband's death. 
She was a great-granddaughter of Roger Williams, whose daughter Mary 
married John Sayles, her maternal grandfather. 

Children : 

265. Ann Low, died before 1749, married Bosworth. Had three children: 

Samuel, Lewis, and Joseph. 

266. Hooker Low. 

267. John Wilson Low. 

268. Samuel Low. 

The children of Ann (Low) Bosworth received ;^5oo (to be equally 
divided) from their grandfather Low's will, dated June 25, 1748. 

86. ELEANOR ^ GREENE (Richard \ John =, John ') was bom at 
Occupasuetuxet, Warwick, February 19, 1702. She manied (2d wife, see 
No. 36), March 16, 1740, Thomas Fry of East Greenwich, son of Deputy 
Governor Major Thomas and Welthian (Greene) Fry, born February 16, 
1691, died 1782. She died August 19, 1764. 


269. Amey Fry, bom November 23, 1741, died March 12, 1752. 

270. Richard Fry, born March 19, 1743, married, August 14, 1768, Sarah, daugh- 

ter of Major John Arnold of East Greenwich. They had five children: 
Thomas; John; Sally, married Carey Whitjord; Eleanor, married Joseph 
Tillinghast; Siikey, married Mumjord Pierce. 

88. MARY * GREENE (Richard ^ John % John ') was bom at Occu- 
pasuetuxet, February 16, 1706. She married John Godfrey, bom January 
31, 1703, son of Captain John and Elizabeth (Carr) Godfrey of Newport, 
and brother of Elizabeth Godfrey, who married Richard Greene * of " Stone 
Castle" (Richard ^ Thomas ^ John'). His mother was a daughter of 
Governor Caleb Carr, of Rhode Island, and his second wife. His paternal 
grandfather was Captain John Godfrey, of Newport, mariner, who, in 1689, 
under the authority of the Colony of Rhode Island, was given command of 
an armed brigantine fitted out from that place and sent in pursuit of a 
French privateer which had invaded and plimdered Block Island. This 
was presumably the John Godfrey, brother of Richard -, of Taunton, Mass., 
who "went to the Narragansett country" and of whom there is little record 
beyond the above (E. W. Pierce, Contributions Biog. and Geneal., p. 52). 
John Godfrey was commissioned Captain (Printed Colonial Records of 
Rhode Island, iii., p. 276). Some authority gives "John, mariner, son of 
Richard^ and Mary (Richmond) Godfrey," but the son of Richard' was 

Fourth Generation. 

bom 1691, married Joanna Gooding, and died 1758. John, mariner, of 
Newport, married Sarah, and died 1702, and was probably the brother and 
not son of Richard ^ son of Richard ' of Taunton. Captain John Godfrey, 
Jr., who married Mary Greene, died at St. Martin's, W. I., in 1752, in his 
forty-ninth year. Another account reads: "John Godfrey late of Provi- 
dence, mariner, died about April i, 1756, son Richard administrator {Provi- 
dence Records). 

Children : 

271. Richard Godfrey, mentioned as his father's administrator. 

272. John Godfrey, j 

'■^' ^ ' y No further record of these children. 

274. Christopher Godfrey, 

275. James (Captain ?) Godfrey, 

In the "Old Burial Grotind" at Newport, R. I., are several graves of 
the Godfrey family with inscriptions as follows: " Sacred to the memory of 
Anstis Godfrey widow of the late Capt. James Godfrey who departed this 
life May 29, 1830, aged ^t, years." Adjoining are the graves of their daugh- 
ters, which bear the following names: " Anstis-Almy-Godfrey, who died 
July 29, 1837"; "Mary Greene Godfrey, who died Dec. 11, 1841"; and 
" Abby S. Godfrey, who died Apr. 9, 1868." These names are suggestive of 
close relationship between Captain John and Captain James Godfrey, the 
first (Almy ) being the name of the wife of John Greene (brother of Captain 
John Godfrey's wife), and the second of Captain John's wife. We have no 
proof at hand that Captain James Godfrey was son of Captain John, but the 
above is strong, conclusive evidence that he was, and his birth-date was 
probably between 1 738-1 745; his wife, according to the headstone, was 
bom 1747 (see Austin's Thirty-three Rhode Island Families, p. 81; The 
Richmond Family, by Joshua Bailey Richmond, pp. 3-9). 

89. JOHN^ GREENE "of Occupasuetuxet " (Richard ^ John % 
John '), only son, was bom at Old Warwick, December 3, 1709, Admitted 
freeman. May 4, 1731. He married, December 8, 1737, Mary, daughter of 
John and Anstis ( ) Aim}', bom February 3, 1 721-2, died August 6, 

1777, in the fifty-fifth year of her age. He died October 11, 1762, in his 
fifty-third year, and was buried on the Occupasuetuxet farm. His will, 
dated September 6, 1762, was proved November 19, 1762. 


276. Richard, bom April 4, 1739, married Ruth . 

277. Anstis, bom July 15, 1740, married Nathaniel Greene. 

The Greene Family. 

278. Almy, born June 15, 1742, unmarried 1782. 

279. Mary, born January 14, 1743-44, married Augiistiis Brown. 

280. Abigail, born May 10, 1745, unmarried 1782. 

281. Benjamin Ellery, bom December 29, 1746, married Lucy Huntington. 

282. John, born September 26, 1748, died September 15, 1762, aged fourteen. 

Buried at Occupasuetuxet. 

283. Lewis Sayre, born August 8, 1750, married Sybil Ball. 

284. Job, born March 2, 1752, died at sea, August 29, 1776, buried at Occupas- 


285. Eleanor, bom May 19, 1754, unmarried (1782). 

286. William, bom March 13, 1757, died 1764. 

287. Elizabeth, born 1761, died April 6, 1764. 

288. Ann Mercy, bom March 3, 1762, married Gordon. 

John Greene's surviving children, viz.: Richard Greene and his wife 
Ruth; Anstis and her husband, Nathaniel Greene of Boston; Almy, Abi- 
gail, and Ann Mercy Greene, single women; Benjamin Ellery and his wife 
Lucy; and Lewis Sayre Greene, sold the property of "Greene's Hold" on 
October 6, 1782, to John Brown, Esq., of Providence, who took possession 
in the spring of 1783 and called the place "Spring Green." Here he and 
his descendants continued to dispense generous hospitality, as the Deputy 
Governor John Greene and his descendants had done for more than one 
hundred and thirty years before him. 

99. (Governor) WILLIAM^ GREENE "of Coweset" (SamueP, 
John % John '). eldest son, was bom at Apponaug, Warwick, March 16, 
1695. He was admitted freeman, May i, 1718. He resided in that part 
of Warwick adjacent to the village of East Greenwich. He received in the 
division of his father's estate, Coweset farm No. 14, with house, 258 acres 
(excepting 4 acres sold to Wm. Bennett southwest corner), which his father 
purchased of his brother-in-law, Samuel Gorton, son of Capt. Benj. Gorton, 
for ;£8oo. This farm has been owned and occupied by the family to the 
present time (1878). In early manhood he was a surveyor; a plot of half 
of the town of Coventry, R. L, used in a lawsuit, is extant. He was always 
in public life, and was eleven years Governor of the Colony of Rhode 
Island and Providence Plantations, 1743-58.' He married, December 30, 
1 7 19, his second cousin, Catharine, daughter of Captain Benjamin and 
Susanna (Holden) Greene of Mashanticut, Warwick, born March 31, 1698, 
died November 28, 1777. He died February 25, 1758. His will, dated 

I Governor Greene's correspondence with English niihtary authorities is prescribed in Rhode 
Island Colonial Records, and shows "ability and good sense and that he was well qualified to deal 
with the difficult duties that the disturbed condition of the country demanded of him" {Providence 
Plantations for 2jO Years, p. 368). 

Fouyfli Geiienitiou. 

August 3, 1757, was proved March 2, 1758. (For public services, see Rhode 
Island Records.) 


289. Benjamin, born August 19, 1724, married Mary {Fry), widow of Dayiiel 


290. Samuel, bom August 28, 1728, married Patience Cooke. 

291. William, born August 16, 1731, married Catharine Ray. 

292. Margaret, bom November 2, 1733, married Riifus Spencer. 

293. Catharine, bom December 9, 1735, married John Greene. 

294. Christopher, born April 18, 1741, died May 30, 1741 (see No. 179). 

Catharine Greene (widow of Governor Wilham Greene) divided her 
property among the following: 

"sons Benjamin and William Greene; 

" daughter Margaret Spencer ) 

" son-in-law Ruf us Spencer ; ( 

" daughter Catharine Greene [ 

" and John Greene of Boston; ) 

" grand-daughters Susannah Jen-aidd and Patience Arnold, daughters of 
son Samuel" (see Nos. 704, 705). 

100. MARY * GREENE (Samuel \ John = , John ■ ) was born at War- 
wick. August 25, 1698. She married, December 31, 1719, Thomas Fry, Jr., 
of East Greenwich (see No. 36), son of Thomas, who was Deputy Governor, 
1727-29. Thomas Fry, Jr., was born February 16, 1691. He was Deputy 
1726-40-46. In September, 1740, in behalf of the town of East Green- 
wich, he and Colonel Peter Mawney successfully petitioned the Assembly for 
a highway in North Kingstown that the Town Council had refused to make 
to meet one built in East Greenwich. His will, made December 27, 1773, 
was proved December 9, 1782, by which he gave lands to his sons and 
grandsons, leaving the homestead "between the country road and the sea" 
with " all the silver and plate marked with the letters of his mother, grand- 
father and grandmother's names," etc. There were legacies also to the 
daughters. His first wife, Mary, died October 28, 1739. He married (2d) 
March 16, 1740, Eleanor, daughter of Richard and Eleanor (Sayles) Greene, 
bom February 19, 1702, died August 19, 1764 (for children of this marriage, 
see No. 86). 

Children : 

295. Welthyan Fry, born October 19, 1720, died March 27, 1734. 

296. Mary Fry, born July 15, 1722, married (i), February 7, 1741, Daniel Gould 

of South Kingstown, and (2) Benjamin Greene (see No. 290). 

114 TJie Greene Family. 

297. Thomas Fry, born December 29, 1723, married, December 23, 1743, Mary, 

daughter of Colonel Peter Mawney. 

298. Anne Fry, born May 14, 1725. 

299. Sarah Fry, born December 21, 1726, married Richard^ Greene, son of John * 

of Potowomut (see No. 477). 

300. John Fry, bom January 23, 1728, married, December 27, 1750, Mary, daugh- 

ter of Philip Tillinghast, who died 1797. They had six children: Almy, 

married Bailey of Tiverton; Benjamin; Christopher; Mary, married 

Ganot, an officer of Rochambeau's staff; Esek (?); and Lucretia, bom 

July 13, 1767, died February 13, 1843, married George Sears of Baltimore, 
born Newport, R. I., 1756, son of George and Abigail (Hall) Sears, a success- 
ful and highly esteemed merchant of Baltimore. He died, in the midst of 
his prosperous career, at Christiana, Md., where he had fled from the epidemic 
of yellow fever raging in Baltimore, September 17, 1800. Their children 
were: (i) George Sears, died October 7, 1825, in Washington, D. C, un- 
married; was engaged in battle of Bladensburg, Md., 1814. (2) Abigail 
Sears, born May 17, 1797, Newport, R. I., died December 21, 1864, at 
Orange, N. J. She married James W. McCulloch, bom Philadelphia, Feb- 
ruary 5, 1789, died Orange, N. J., June 17, 1861 ; was engaged in the battle 
of Bladensburg, Md., and was wounded; a lawyer of Baltimore and Comp- 
troller of Currency, U. S. Treasury Department. They had six children: 
i, John, born November 28, 1816, married Anna Austin; ii, Richard, bom 
March 13, 1818, Professor of Natural Philosophy, Princeton College, married 
Mary Vowcll; iii, Mary Louisa, born October 20, 1821, married (i) Henry C. 
Mayer of Baltimore, grandson of Christian Mayer of Wurtemburg, Germany, 
and had four children: Susan T ., born February 19, 1843, died February 18, 
1857 ; Henry C, born March 31, 1844, married (i) Adeline, daughter Bishop 
Stevens of Pennsylvania, and (2) Mary F. Lewis, daughter Geo. T. Lewis of 
Philadelphia; Frederic M., born July 21, died November 21, 1845; Mary 
Abby, bom September 14, 1846, Washington, D. C, married /. S. Copley 
Greene, son of Rev. J . S. Copley Greene (Seventh Gen.) ; iv, Eliza Ann, bom 
May II, 1823, died January 24, 1824; v, Isabella W., bom May i, 1825, died 
March 10, 1870 ; married Rev. John Singleton Copley Greene (Sixth Gen.) ; vi, 
James W., born March 17, 1827, married Isabella, daughter Wm. Walker. 
(3) Richard Sears, bom December 6, 1799, died November 8, 1817. He was 
drowned while viewing a battle-ship, being seated on the rail of a steamer 
from which he fell overboard. 

301. Samuel Fry, bom March 22, 1729, married (i) Luciana, daughter Daniel 

Coggeshall, and had three children: Wm., Mary, Daniel. He married (2), 
August 28, 1764, Deborali s Greene {John*, Thomas ^ , Thomas'^, John^) 
(see No. 480). 

302. Hannah Fry, born April 16, 1730, married, February 6, 1755, James Sherman 

(see Narrag. Hist. Reg., 1884, vol. iii., p. 9). 

303. Elizabeth Fry, bom November 18, 1732, died November 19, 1833. 

304. Ruth Fry, born May 20, 1734, married March 5, 1756, Pardon Tillinghast, son 

of Pardon and grandson of "Elder" Pardon (another account says "son of 
Philip") Tillinghast. 

Fourth Generation. 1 1 5 

305. Joseph Fry, bom March 3, 1736, married Eleanor s Greene {John ■», Thomas 3, 
Thomas ^, John ■ ). 

loi. SAMUEL * GREENE "of Apponaug" (Samuel ^ John % John ') 
was born at Apponaug, October 22, 1700. Was made freeman, May i, 
1722. He inherited the farm and mill property at Apponaug, and con- 
tinued the fulling-, saw-, and grist-mills in operation. He carried out his 
father's plans for building the house (for which he had collected material, 
but did not live to complete) on the southwest comer lot at the cross-road 
in Apponaug, which house was always his residence and continued to be 
the residence of his descendants for three generations. Samuel, Jr., was 
Comet in a troop of horse in Providence County, which then included the 
town of Warwick (see copy of his commission, Appendix II.). He married, 
February 17, 1724, Sarah, daughter of Joshua and Mercy (Nichols) Cogges- 
hall of East Greenwich, bom December 22, 1704, died February 13, 1790 
(burial as recorded in Elder Gorton's Journal, February 15, 1790). He died 
September 15, 1780, and was buried beside his wife in the famil}^ burial- 
grotmd at Apponaug. Date of his burial (Elder Gorton 's Journal) , ' ' Septem- 
ber 17, 1780." His will, dated September 5, 1780, was proved September 
23, 1780. 

306. Samuel, born December 7, 1725, died unmarried. 

307. Almy, born September 8, 1727, married Oliver Arnold. 

308. Joshua, born February 24, 1729, married Mehitable Manton. 

309. Mercy, bom 1731, married John Walton. 

310. Caleb, bom April 23, 1737, married Mary Tibbitts. 

311. Christopher, born April i8, 1740, married Abigail Davis. 

Sarah (Coggeshall) Greene was a great-great-granddaughter of John 
Coggeshall, the emigrant ancestor, a silk merchant who came from Essex 
County, England, in the ship Lyon, with his wife and three children, arriv- 
ing in Boston, September 16, 1632. He was Deacon of the First Church at 
Boston, 1634; Selectman, 1634; and Deputy, 1634-7. He removed to 
Portsmouth, R. I., in 1638, and in 1640 was recorded at Newport as owner 
of 389 acres of land. He was Assistant, 1 640-44 ; Corporal, 1644; Modera- 
tor, 1647; ^^d President of the Colony of Rhode Island, 1647. He died in 
office, November 27, 1647, aged fifty- six years, and was buried on his own 
land. His son Joshua, who embraced Quakerism, was also Assistant and 
Deputy for many years. In his will, proved in 1688, he bequeathed to his 
son, Joshua, Jr., 120 acres at Newport. Joshua, son of Joshua, Jr., resided 
at East Greenwich. He married Mercy, daughter of Thomas Nichols, and 
was father of Sarah, wife of Samuel Greene, above. 

1 1 6 The Greene Family. 

102. BENJAMIN^ GREENE "of Coweset" (Samuel ', John % 
John ') was born at Apponaug, January 5, 1702. He was a mariner and 
resided on Coweset Bay. In June, 1730, he sold to his kinsman, John 
Dickinson of Newport, son of Charles and Phillip (Greene) Dickinson, who 
was the widow of Caleb Carr, his mansion house and land in Coweset, and 
in 1738 he sold his land in Warwick and removed to North Parish, New 
London (now Montville), Conn. His record is not traced beyond the date 
of this deed. He married at Warwick, September 2, 1730, Almy (or Mary 
Almy) daughter of James and Susannah (Wilkinson) Angell of Warwick, 
and great-granddaughter of Thomas Angell from London, England, who 
came with Roger Williams to Providence in 1636 (see Talcott's New Eng- 
land Families, p. 87). 

312. Mary, born January 28, 1732. No further record. 

313. Christopher, born September 7, 1733, married Mary (or Mercy) Stoddard. 

314. Delight, born July 30, 1735. No record. 

315. Stephen, born February 19, 1736-7. 
(Arnold's Warwick Records.) 

104. FONES ■• GREENE "of Nassauket" (James \ James \ John'), 
eldest son, was born in Warwick, March 23, 1689-90. He resided in the 
house which he inherited, built by his father in 1687. He was married (i), 
March 15, 1710-11, by Edward Carr, head warden, to Dinah, daughter of 
Sampson and Dinah Batty (or Beatty) of Jamestown, R. L She was 
drowned March 21, 171 o- 11, only six days after her marriage by the upset- 
ting of a boat in going from Newport to Jamestown. He married (2), Feb- 
ruary 29, 171 2, Rebecca, daughter of Henry and Rebecca Tibbitts of North 
Kingstown, R. L, who died February 18, 1765, in the seventy-first year of 
her age. He was Deputy from Warwick, May 5, 1724. He died July 29, 
1758, aged sixty-seven years. His will was duly executed on the loth of 
July previous, witnessed by Thomas Rice, Jr., Anne Rice, and Jeremiah 
Lippitt, in which provision was made for his wife during her life, and also 
for his son James (see below). 

316. James, born December 2, 1713, married Patience Waterman. 

317. Dinah, born December 24, 1715, married Captain Randall Rice. 

318. Job, bom August 8, 1717, married Mercy Greene. 

3x9. Thomas, born November 22, 1719, married (i) Pliebe Greene, (2) Mary 
(Waterman) Greene. 

320. Mary, born March 18, 1723, died May 2, 1742, aged nineteen. 

321. FoNES, born July 29, 1727, married Mary Waterman, died s. p., at Surinam, 

South America. 

Fourth Geneyaiiou. 1 1 7 

Extract from will of Fones •* Greene of Nassauket : 

Item: " I give and bequeath unto my loving son James Greene and to 
his heirs and assigns forever my mansion house and westermost part of my 
homestead farm situate in Warwick aforesaid together with all the other 
buildings on said westermost part of the Farm now executed. I also give 
unto my said son James Greene and to his heirs and assigns forever all my 
salt thatch bed and upland that lies Southward of line hereafter mentioned 
on the Easterly part of my Farm aforesaid. Said line is to begin at stake 
standing in the thatch bed on the East point of my farm near opposite to 
where the Chanel of the horseneck cove so called Branches out into the 
Chanels and so from said stake Westerly upon direct line to a black oak 
tree standing on the edge of the bank of the upland and from thence West- 
erly upon the upermost part of the bank until it comes to a black oak stump 
standing a little below the edge of the bank and from thence Southerly into 
the bay which line is as far Westward as my Salt thatch bed now grows on 
m}^ share." 

105. (Major) JAMES ^ GREENE "of Newport" (James 3, James % 
John ') was born at Nassauket, April 2, 1692. He was Major of the mihtia. 
Was made freeman, Newport, May 4, 1714. He died April 17, 1758, in the 
sixty-seventh year of his age, and was buried in the old burial-ground, now 
the "Newport Cemetery," as were his wives and several of their children. 
Their headstones are still extant, and from these monumental inscriptions 
is gathered the only record we have of the family of Major James Greene. 
He married (i) Roby, daughter Caleb and Deborah (Sayles) Carr, who died 
December 22, 1728, in the thirty-fifth year of her age. She was bom about 

1693. He married (2) Susannah -, who died December 10, 1754, in the 

forty-fourth year of her age. It is probable that both wives were residents 
of Newport, as Major James Greene was on record there as early as 17 14. 

Children by First Marriage: 

322. Daniel, bom about 1710, married Sarah Tillinghast. 

323. Deborah, bom 171 1, married Samuel Tillinghast. 

324. Mary, bom about 1720, died June 30, 1757. Buried in Baptist burial-ground 

at Greenwich. 

325. James, born 1721, died in infancy, buried at Newport. 

326. Son, born 1721, died in infancy, buried at Newport. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

327. Samuel, bom June 4, 1736, died at Newport, June 26, 1736. 

328. Samuel, born 1738, died August 23, 1758. 

(It is said that Major James Greene had twenty children; probably many 
died young, as only the above names were given with the records.) 

1 1 8 TJie Greene Family. 

lo8. ELISHA* GREENE "of Providence" (James ^ James % 
John ') was born August 5, 1698. He was known as " Elder Elisha Greene 
of Providence." He was baptized by Rev. Daniel Wightman, December 5, 
171 7. He resided in Cranston (then a part of Providence), near where the 
State Farm is now located. He was a blacksmith and iron manufacturer. 
Near his residence he erected and operated iron works, extensive for the 
times, and was in partnership with his brothers-in-law the "Brown Bros." 
of Providence. July 30, 1764, he was ordained a Baptist minister by 
Elders Charles Holden, John Gorton, and Thomas Burlingame. He mar- 
ried (i), September 26, 1723, Martha, daughter of James and Mary (Harris) 
Brown, and great-granddaughter of Rev. Chad Brown, the first minister of 
the First Baptist Church of Providence. She was born October 12, 1703, 
and died July 27, 1725. Buried in North Burying Ground, Providence. 
He married (2), March 13, 1727, Abigail, widow of Arthur Fenner and 
daughter of John and Alice (Smith) Dexter. Her grandfather. Rev. Gregory 
Dexter, was born at Olney, Northamptonshire, England. He went early 
to London, where he became a printer, and with Coleman kept a stationer's 
shop there. He was the friend and correspondent of Roger Williams. He 
came to America and settled in Providence, R. I. 

Abigail, second wife of Elisha Greene, was born April 26, 1696, died 
January 11, 1770, and was buried near the State Farm at Cranston. Elder 
Greene removed to Gloucester, R. I., about 1773, as in that year he held a 
deed of land there, some of which he sold to his son Elisha, Jr.' He died 
at Gloucester, 1780 (probably in November). His will, dated May 31, was 
proved by the Court, December 11, 1780 (see No. 322). 

Child by First M.\rriage: 

329. James, born September 13, 1724, married (i) Freelove Burlingame, (2) Abigail 

Freeley, (3) Susannah Lynch. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

330. Elisha, born 1728, married Hannah Gorton. 

331. Abigail, born , married Captain Solomon Owens. 

Inscription on gravestone (well preserved, 1890) in memory of Elder 
Greene's second wife in the old burying-ground opposite north entrance 
to State Prison grounds at Cranston, R. I.: 

I From Town Clerk, Chepachet, Gloucester, R. I., December i8, 1895: 

"Elisha Greene from Cranston in 1773 had a deed of some land in this town — he sold some of 
it to his son Elisha Greene, Jr., also of Cranston — same year." 

Fourth Generation. 119 

" In memory of 

Mrs. Abigail 

late wife of 

Elder Elisha Greene 

of Cranston 

Who died June i^' 1770 

In the 74''' year 

Of her age." 

109. DELIVERxA.NCE ■* GREENE (James \ James % John') was 
born at Nassauket, Warwick, February 12, 1 700-1. She married John 
Holden, son of Lieutenant Charles and Catharine (Greene) Holden of Old 
Warwick, and grandson of Captain Randall Holden, who came from Salis- 
bury, England, and was one of the original proprietors of Warwick, R. I. 
She died before 1731, leaving no children. John Holden married (2), Jan- 
uary 6, 1 731-2, Mary Fry (for record of their descendants, see No. 17). 

no. MARY ^ GREENE (James 3, James % John') was born at 
Nassauket, September 25, 1703. She married Resolved Rhodes of Provi- 
dence, R. I., January- 23, 1724. He was bom May 22, 1702, and died 
August 8, 1738. He was the son of John and Waite (Waterman) Rhodes 
and great-grandson of Roger Williams, whose daughter Mercy married 
Resolved Waterman. On Toivn Records the wife of Resolved Rhodes is 
given "Phebe Greene," which is an error, as above record is sustained by 
the fact that he "and wife Mary" gave receipt for legacy received by will 
of their great-aunt Isabel Burton, September 15, 1724 (see Austin's Genea- 
logical Dictionary of Rhode Island, pp. 268, 367). 

Children : 

332. Resolved Rhodes. 

^^;i. Deliverance Rhodes, married Eleazar Whipple. 

334. M.\RY Rhodes. 

(Another account says, "also three younger children.") 

III. JOHN ■* GREENE (James ^ James \ John ') was born at Nas- 
sauket, February 26, 1705-6. Deeds on record at Warwick show that he 
was of Newport, 1735, and of Warwick, 1737, where he then resided, — 
"late of Newport" (see Warwick Land Evidences). Samuel Tillinghast, 
who married John Greene's niece, Deborah Greene, daughter of his brother, 
Major James Greene, records in his noted Diary (now deposited at the Li- 
brary of Rhode Island Historical Society at Providence): "Dec. 8. 1757 — 
Uncle John Greene died at Potowomut," where he had been sick for some 

TJie Greene Family. 

time and where he was visited by Mr. TilHnghast; for the Diary also shows, 
"Nov. 9, 1757 — Watched with Uncle John Greene at Potowomut"; and 
"Dec. 10. 1757 — Went to Burying of Uncle John Greene at Potowomut" 
(see note, "Long Island Greenes," Appendix II.). 

113. JEREMIAH^ GREENE "of Warwick" (James ^ James % 
John ' ) was born at Nassauket, December 16, 1 708. Freeman, April 30, 1 734. 
He was of Warwick, October 9, 1733, when he joined his brothers, Elisha of 
Providence and Samuel of Newport, in a deed wherein he calls himself 
" cordwainer. " He married {Town Records) Anne Wylis, August 13, 1749. 
Diaries show that his death occurred at Potowomut, bvit the date is not given. 

Warwick Land Evidences, October 9, 1733: 

" Elisha Greene of Providence, Blacksmith, Samuel Greene of Newport, 
Carpenter, and our brother Jeremiah Greene of Warwick, cordwainer, all 
sons of Capt. James Greene deceased." 

Id., September 29, 1735: "Elisha Greene of Providence, Jeremiah 
Greene of Providence, Samuel Greene and John Greene of Newport, all sons 
of Capt. James Greene of Warwick deceased" join in a deed. 

Id., August 23, 1737: "Elisha Greene of Providence, Blacksmith Jere- 
miah Greene yeoman, Samuel Greene of Newport, Carpenter, and John 
Greene late of Newport, sons of Capt. James Greene" join in a deed. 

113. SAMUEL^ GREENE "of Newport" (James ^ James % John') 
was born at Nassauket, June 8, 171 1. He was a carpenter by trade and 
one of the builders of the Redwood Library at Newport, where he resided. 
He married (i) Mary, daughter of Nicholas Whitford, born June i, 1711, 
died May 22, 1745, in the thirty-fifth year of her age. He married (2), 
May 19, 1752 {Newport Record), Elizabeth Stanbrough, widow of Fleet 
Stanbrough and daughter of John Marshall, born September 3, 17 13-14, 
died November 18, 1782, in her sixty-ninth year. He died at Newport, 
February 18, 1788, in his seventy-seventh year. 

Children by First Marriage: 

335. John, born August 8, 1734, married Mary Allen. 

336. James, born February 5, 1736, lived to an advanced age. 

337. Samuel, born November 20, 1737, died April 2, 1738. 

338. Samuel, born March 18, 1739, died at Cape St. Nicholas Mole, Hayti, 1769. 
~~-. 339. Mary, born November 16, 1740. 

340. Catharine, born September 6, 1742, married Captain John Langley. 

341. Deliverance, born June 30, 1744, married Thomas Hudson. 
,/y>\V ■ 342- Ruth, died January 10, 1745. 

' ^■J' '• (From Family Records.) 

FourtJi Geueration. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

343. Fleet Stanbrough, born February 17, 1753, died at an adv; need age. 

344. FoNES, born March 7, 1754, died March 5, 1755. 

345. FoNES, bom December, 1755, married Deborah Cbaiupliu, daughter of Wni., 

bom April 12, 1758. 

(There may have been Sarah and Elizabeth, died young.) 

125. MARY-* GREENE (Peter 3, James % John") was bom at 
Coweset, Warwick, April 6, 1697. She married, 1719, Samuel Carr, son of 
John and Waite (Easton) Carr, born in Newport, 1694. He was the great- 
grandson of Governor Nicholas Easton and the grandson of Governor Caleb 
and his first wife, Mercy (Vaughan), Carr. He resided at Newport and was 
a gnnsmith. He died of smallpox, June 19, 1739 (his daughter Waite died 
the same day). His will was made June 12, 1739, and proved August 7, 
1739. The inscription on his tombstone at Goat Island reads : "In memory 
of Mr. Samuel Carr who died June 19 1739 in y'^ 46*'' year of his age, and 
his daughter Waite died y" same day aged 13 years." Mary, his wife, died 
in 1745, but her burial-place is not known. In her will, dated July 13, 1745, 
she mentions all her sons and "daughter Waite deceased." 


346. Caleb Carr (Captain) (see below), born in 1720, married in Newport, Novem- 

ber 15, 1741, by Rev. Nicholas Eyres to Elizabeth Phillips, bom in 1722, 
died February 28, 1805. They had sixteen children. Their son Caleb, born 
May 7, 1744, was the father of Captain John Carr, who was, soon after the 
Revolution, with six of his comrades, surprised by the Indians and cap- 
tured. All were staked to the ground and burned to death, except John 
Carr, who, because of his fine voice, was made to sing his companions' 
requiem. The Indians had a night of carousing, and their prisoner escaped 
in the early morning. He became Captain of a company of State militia, 
and with his son was engaged in the battle of Plattsburgh. He lived after 
1800 at Ticonderoga, where he died, 1832 {Carr Fani. Rec, pp. 62, 90, 144). 

347. Samuel Carr, born July 28, 1722, died September 2, 1796, at Jamestown. 

Married, June 6, 1745, Dainaris, daughter of James and Abigail ( ) Carr, 

born November 3, 1727, died September 6, 1800; both buried in family 
ground at Jamestown. They had seven children {Carr Earn. Rec., pp. 62, 


348. Waite Carr, bom 1726, died June 19, 1739. 

349. Ebenezer Carr, born Newport, R. I., October 2, 1735, married Phebe , 

who died May 7, 1789. Their children were: Robert Robinson, born Janu- 
ary 12, 1767; Samuel, bom January 15, 1769; and twins Abigail and 
James, bom December 2, 177 1. 

350. John Carr (Captain), born Newport, R. I., October 6, 1738, died March 25, 

1814. Married, by Rev. Gardiner Thurston, July 19, 1761, to Mary Arnold, 

The Greene Family. 

born 1736, died November 2, 1789. He was a Captain in the Revolutionary 
War and took an active part in the battles of Rhode Island and at Trenton 
Bridge, N. J., under Washington. They had twelve children, for whose 
record see Carr Fam. Rec, p. 63. His grandfather, John Carr (born 1664), 
in 1700 was granted the privilege of running a ferry between Newport and 
Jamestown, and this franchise remained in the family for one hundred and 
seventy j^ears. 

The following is a copy of Captain Caleb Carr's commission in the 
colonial service : 

" By the Hon. Samuel Ward, Esquire, Governor, Captain General and 
Commander-in-Chief of and over the English colony of Rhode Island and 
Providence Plantation in New England in America. 

"To Caleb Carr, Gentleman, Greeting: Whereas the General Assembly 
of the colony aforesaid at their session in Newport on the first Wednesday 
in this instant, may choose and appoint you the said Caleb Carr, Captain 
of Fort George upon Goat Island, in the township of Newport in the colony 
aforesaid, I do therefore in the name of His Most Sacred Majesty George 
the Third by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain &c. hereby authorize 
and empower and commission you the said Caleb Carr to have, take and 
exercise the Office of Captain of the Fort aforesaid, with full Power and 
Authority to conduct, order and command all such Officers and Soldiers 
as do or shall belong unto the said Fort. And in case of any Invasion or 
attack of any enemy upon the said Fort, you are to the utmost of your 
Skill and Ability with the men under your Command, to resist, fight and 
expel, kill, and burn and destroy all Ships, Vessels and Parties that may 
attack or attempt the said Fort, in Order to preserve the Interest of his 
Majesty and his good Subjects in these Parts. And you are always to fol- 
low and obey such further Instructions, Directions and Orders as shall from 
Time to Time be issued unto you by your Superior Officers. 

"Given under my Hand and the seal of the said Colonj^ this Fourth 
Day of May 1765 and in the Fifth year of His said Majesty's Reign. 

"Sam'l Ward. 

"By his Honor's Command Henry Ward Sect'y." 
(See Carr Family Records, p. 61, by Edson I. Carr.) 

126. ELIZABETH^ GREENE (Peter 3, James % John') was bom 
at Coweset, Warwick, June 4, 1699, and died unmarried. Her will, made 
August 23, 1748, was proved October 25, 1750. 

127. EBENEZER ^ GREENE (Peter \ James \ John ')- eldest son, 
was bom at Coweset, February 8, 1 701-2. Freeman, April 30, 1723. He 

FourtJi Generation. 

married, August i, 1724, Miriam, widow of John Remington (see No. 414). 
He died October 11, 1728. His will, dated October 10, 1728, was proved 
November 9, 1728 (see No. 150). 


351. Mary, born June 8, 1725, married Joseph Wickes. 

352. Ebenezer, born August 19, 1727, married Ann Arnold (?). 

Miriam (Remington) Greene, widow of Ebenezer '^ , married (3) Edward 
Capron of Attleboro, R. I., February 26, 1729-30. They had son, Jonathan 
Capron, who married Margaret ' Greene (David '', David \ James -, John ') 
(see Capron Geneal.). 

128. THOMAS^ GREENE (Peter \ James % John') was born at 
Coweset, February 18, 1704-5. He married, April 8, 1733, Sarah, daughter 
of Joseph Beny of East Greenwich, R. I. He and his Avife Sarah " sold to 
Wm. Clark (?) Mar. 23, 1742-3, 19! acres in E. Greenwich for 92;^, and also 
4:^ acres for 53;^. Nov. 16, 1743, Caleb Carr sold 4^ acres inE. Greenwich 
where he dwelleth, to Joseph Berry for his natural life — and his wife Mary." 
Captain Caleb Carr was the nephew of Thomas Greene. 


353. Thomas, born December 22, 1735 (?). 

354. Joseph, born May 13, 1738. 

355. Elizabeth, born April i, 1742. 

356. Lazarus, born March 25, 1744. 

357. Sarah, born August 10, 1749. 

137. SUSANNAH^ GREENE (Jabez ^ James % John') was born 
at Potowomut, June 30, 1699. She married, 17 19, William Chadsey, who 
was bom in Wales, 1692, and came to America in 1715. He settled at 
Sand Hill, North Kingstown, R. L, the following year, and resided upon 
the same farm for sixty-eight years. The farm is still in possession of the 
heirs of his great-grandchildren. He lived to be ninety-five years of age, 
and his wife, who died the same year, 1787, three months later, was in her 
eighty-ninth year. His granddaughter, Elizabeth Slocum, daughter of his 
son Jabez, was devoted to him until his death and "cared for him through 
his second childhood." She was a woman of bright intellect and remark- 
able memory, and according to the Chadsey record, prepared by William's 
great-grandson, Jeremiah Greene Chadsey, in 1840 (in possession of A. B. 
Chadsey of Wickford), she was able at that date, in her eightieth year, to 
give a clear account of her grandfather. He told her that "he was bom in 

124 Tlie Greene Family. 

Wales in the Island of Great Britain in the year 1692. In 1715 at the age 
of 23 he came to this continent and landed first in the Southern states. 
The next year he came to Newport and soon after crossed the Narragansett 
Bay and fixed his residence at Sand Hill in North Kingstown four miles 
south of East Greenwich." 


358. Jabez Chadsey, born April, 1720, married (i), March, 1751, Honor, daughter 

of Captain Alexander ^ Huling of Kingstown, R. I., born April, 1720, died 
1772. He married (2), September i, 1774, Mary {Goddard), widow of John 
Corey, whose first husband was Jeremiah Greene {Jabez ■*, Jabez 3, James ^ , 
John '). She died 1789. Jabez married (3), 1792, Martha {Patty f), widow 
of Archibald Grieves, who died in 1803 (Family Record says eleven years after 
marriage). Jabez Chadsey died when nearly one hundred years of age and 
was buried in the family burial-ground called Goshen, January i, 1820. He 
was cousin to the distinguished General Nathanael Greene. Children by 
first marriage only: (i) John, born December 16, 1751, died December 17, 
1838, married Alice, daughter of John Pearce of East Greenwich. She died 
March 20, 1826. They had two children, Alice, who married Samuel 
Rhodes Aylesworth; and John, who married Phebe Aylesworth. (2) Jabez, 
Jr., bom January 31, 1754, was a Revolutionary officer. He died Septem- 
ber, 1820. He married, September 30, 1779, Hannah^, daughter of Jere- 
miah 5 Greene {Jabez *, Jabez 3 , James ^ , John ' ). Jeremiah was a cousin of 
General Nathanael Greene (see No. 381). (3) Tabitha, born June 20, 1756, 
died January, 1793, married George Tennant. They had eleven children 
(of whom Eliza married Nath'l Sweet of Newport; Anna married Boone 
Spink; and Honor married James Shaw of Newport). (4) Joseph married 
and settled at Stephentown, N. Y. He was born August 20, 1758, died 
1795, leaving a widow and four sons, John, Samtiel, Joseph, and Benjamin. 
(5) Elizabeth, bom January 16, 1761, died February 21, i860. She married 
(i), January 30, 1794, Jonathan Slocum and (2) William Slocum, his brother. 
By first marriage one daughter, Martha (blind). By second marriage: 
Archibald, married Hunt; Ann; and Elizabeth. (6) Honor, born Sep- 
tember 2, 1763, died January, 1781, married, April, 1780, Benjamin Jenkins, 
son of Philip; no children. (7) Rowland, born February 3, 1766, died Sep- 
tember 20, 1838; married (i) Mary Pearce, (2) Mary Tourgee. He had by 
first marriage one child, Christiana, who married Naaman Gardiner; no 
children. (8) Circuit (or Sirket), bom August 23, 1768, died March, 1818; 
married, March 17, 1803, Rachel, daughter of Jeremiah and Phebe Ayles- 
worth. Children: Caleb, unmarried; Harriet, married Royal Vanghan, Jr.; 
Anna, married Anthony Vaughan. 

359. Mary Chadsey. 

360. Richard Chadsey. 

361. Susannah Chadsey. 

362. Jane Chadsey. 

363. William Chadsey. 

Fourth Generation. 125 

364. Naomi Chadsey. 

365. Phebe Chadsey. 

366. John Chadsey. 

367. Elizabeth Chadsey.' 

138. (Dr.) JAMES* GREENE "of Potowomut" (Jabez \ James % 
John '). eldest son, was born at Potowomut, April 24, 1701, where he re- 
sided and followed the profession of medicine. He had interest also in the 
Iron Works with his brothers.- His family were members of the Friends' 
Society of Warwick. He married (i), February 16, 1726, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Jeremiah Gould of North Kingstown, and (2) Hannah, daughter of 
Abraham and Hannah (Mott) Tucker of Dartmouth, Mass. Dr. Greene 
died October 6, 1789, aged eighty-eight years. His first wife, Elizabeth 
died July 14, 1733, and his second wife, Hannah, October 9, 1787. Dr. 
Greene's will, dated April 4, 1786, was proved December i, 1789. 

Children by First Marriage: 

368. James, born December 8, 1727, married Elizabeth Fry. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

369. Elizabeth, born April 11, 1735, married Silas Clapp (2d wife). 

370. Paul, born February 25, 1736, married Sarah Hall. 

371. Jabez, born January 25, 1738, married Mary Greene. 

372. Abraham, born October 10, 1740, married Patience Arnold. 

373. Hannah, born October 5, 1743, married Nathan Greene. 

374. Ruth, born May 8, 1748, married (i) John Greene, (2) John Langford. 

(Dates from Bible records.) 

139- BENJAMIN* GREENE of "Potowomut" (Jabez ^ James % 
John') was born February 16, 1703. With his brothers he was engaged 
in the Iron Works at the forge in Potowomut and also on Pawtuxet River, 
near the Warwick line, which industry proved a most lucrative one for the 
family. He married, November 27, 1735, at Friends' Meeting-House, West- 
erly, R. I., Anne, daughter of Joseph Hoxsie, "late of Westerly R. I." He 
died intestate in 1743. Inventory of his estate was taken May 30, 1743. 
One item, " From manufactory in company with his brothers, James, Jabez, 
Nathaniel, John and Rufus." His wife Anne was appointed administra- 

I Much of the above information is taken from the records of Professor Ray Greene Huling, 
great-great-grandson of Andrew Huling, the brother of Honor Huling, first wife of Jabez Chadsey, 
senior; and the author of "The Greenes of Quidnesset," published in Narragan sett Register, 1883-84. 

= Dr. James Greene sold his share in the Iron Works soon after 1741 to his brother John, who 
resided near the forge, for £420 ("History of Greene Family," Providence Journal, 1859, in "Let- 
ters from the Pawtuxet"). 

126 The Greene Family. 


375. Sarah, born September 14, 1736, married Nicholas Bragg, Jr. 

376. Benjamin, born April 23, 1738, removed to New York State. 

377. Mary, bom March 5, 1739. 

378. Anne, born December 31, 1742. 

Anne (Hoxsie) Greene, widow of Benjamin, married (2) his brother, 
John Greene, February 10, 1744 (No. 142). 

140. JABEZ * GREENE " of Potowomut ' ' (Jabez ^ , James ' , John ' ) 
was bom July 26, 1705, and was engaged with his brothers in the iron 
manufactory at Potowomut. He married (i), February 17, 1725, Mary, 
daughter of Jeremiah Gould of North Kingstown, who died June 18, 1732.' 
She was a sister of the first wife of his brother. Dr. James Greene. He 
married (2), March 13, 1735, Susannah, daughter of Philip and Susannah 
(Greene) Arnold. He died in 1754. His will, dated April 20, 1753, was 
proved October 28, 1754 (see No. 178). 

Children by First Marriage: 

379. Jeremiah, born October 10, 1726, died October 31, 1730. 

380. Elizabeth, born January 25, 1728, married John Matt. 

381. Jeremiah, born June 13, 1731, married Mary Goddard. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

382. Susannah, born April 27, 1736, married Silas Weaver. 

383. Mary, born December 1, 1737, married (i) Edward Gorton, Jr., (2) Charles 

H olden. 

384. Margaret, born April 28, 1740, married Jacob Greene. 

385. Catharine, born November 18, 1747. 

386. Griffin, born February 16, 1749, married Sarah Greene. 

Susannah, widow of Jabez Greene, married (2), April 6, 1761, Wm. 
Anthony of Portsmouth. 

141. NATHANAEL ^ GREENE " of Potowomut ' ' (Jabez ^ , James ' , 
John ') was bom November 4, 1707.^ He inherited the homestead of his 
father (see No. 381) and grandfather on the banks of the river. He was a 

1 After his removal from Potowomut to North Kingstown, Jabez Greene sold his property on 
Flat River, 248 acres in extent, to Joseph Bucklin of Rehoboth for £332. This tract of land was 
situated in the famous " seven men's land," about five miles northwest of what became, eighty years 
later, the village of Washington. Mr. Bucklin here built a grist-mill which was regarded by his 
neighbors as such a convenience " he was allowed to take three quarts out of a bushel for toll." 
(" Letters from the Pawtuket"). 

2 Nathanael Greene and his son, the noted General of the Revolution, always used the termina- 
tion ael in writing their names. — G. S. G. 

FouyfJi Gcucrafion. 

Quaker preacher, and was also engaged with his brothers in the Iron 
Works, which were in full operation in 1741, one year before the birth of 
General Nathanael Greene, his fourth son. He married (i), September 13, 
1733, his second cousin, Phebe ', daughter of Benjamin" (Benjamin^, 
Thomas % John ') and Phebe (Arnold) Greene, who died May 3, 1737 (see 
Certificate, Appendix II.). He married (2), April 18, 1739, Mary, daugh- 
ter of Jacob and Rest (Perry) Mott, bom April 25, 1708, died March 7, 
1753. She was the mother of Major-General Nathanael Greene of the 
Revolutionary army. Her father was Deputy from Portsmouth, R. I., 
1705-9, and her grandfather, Jacob Mott, senior, served as Deputy in 1674. 
He with three others built the first Quaker meeting-house at Dartmouth, 
Mass., 1699. He left by will (proved 1712) to his "son Jacob confirmation 
of half the farm as per deed " ' (August 28, 1 705). Adam Mott, the emigrant 
ancestor, came from Cambridgeshire, England, in the ship Defence, July 2, 
1635. He and his second wife, Sarah Lott ( widow), were members of the 
First Chiirch at Roxbury, but removed to Portsmouth, R. I., 1638, where 
he had a grant of land, June 23, 1638. He was made freeman, March 16, 
1 64 1. Was clerk of the military company, 1642. 

Phebe (Arnold) Greene, first wife of Nathanael, was the granddaughter 
of Stephen Arnold of Providence, R. I., who was Deputy for thirteen years, 
1664-1690, inclusive, and Assistant for nine years, 1672-98; and great- 
granddaughter of William Arnold of Rhode Island, who it is claimed came 
from Cheselboume, County Dorset, England, and was a lineal descendant 
of Roger Arnold of England, twelfth in descent from Ynir, King of Gwent- 
land in Wales (Somerby's Arnold Family). -Nathanael Greene died in Octo- 
ber, 1768, and was buried in the old Friends' meeting-house lot at East 
Greenwich, his grave being marked by a rough, reddish granite stone about 
one foot above ground. His will, made March 25, 1765, was proved Decem- 
ber 24, 1770. The third wife of Nathanael Greene was Mary Gardiner (see 
below) . 

Children by First Marriage: 

387. Benjamin, bom July 7, 1733-4, married Frcelove Tillinghast. 

388. Thomas, bom November 11, 1735, died February 14, 1760, s. p. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

389. Jacob, bom March 7, 1739-40, married Margaret Greene. 

390. Phebe, bom March 20, died October, 1741. 

391. Nathanael (Major-General of Revolutionary army), bom July 27, 1742, mar- 

ried Katharine Littleficld. 

392. William, bom November i, 1743, died unmarried. Served in Revolutionary 


128 TJie Greene Family. 

393. Elihu, born December 10, 1746, married jane Flagg. 

394. Christopher, born July 3, 1748, married (i) Katharine Ward and (2) Deborah 


395. Perry, born November 9, 1749, married Elizabeth Belcher. 

The following from an old family record gives slight difference in dates : 

" Nathanael Greene, son of Jabez, married Phebe Greene and had 
issue; Benjamin was bom the first day of the 5* month [July] 1734. 
Thomas was born the 11*^ day of the 9*^ month [Nov.] 1735. My wife 
Phebe died the 11* of the 3'''^ month [May] 1737. I was married to 
Mary Mott the 18 of the 2*"^ month 1739: Our son Jacob was born the 7*^^ 
of the i^* month, [March] 1740. Our daughter Phebe was born the 20*'' of 
the i^* month, [March] 1741, our daughter Phebe died the of the 8"" 
month 1 741. Our son Nathanael was born on the 27**^ of the 5**" month 
[July] 1742. Our son William born the i"" of the 9*'' month [Nov.] 1743. 
Our son Elihu was born the 10''' of the 10'*' month [Dec] 1746. Our son 
Christopher was born the 3'''^ of the 5* month [July] 1748. Our son Perry 
was born the 5"" of the 9*'' month [Nov.] 1749. My wife Mary died the f^ 
of the 3"^ month [Maj^] 1753. 

"Nathanael Greene married Phebe Greene 13* of the 7*'' month [Sep.] 
1733 to Mary Mott the 18"^ of the 2"^ month [April] 1739 — third wife Mary 

Friends^ Records, Newport: 

" Nathanael Greene son of Jabez married Nov. 28, 1754 Mary, widow of 
John Rodman and daughter of Samuel Collins and his wife Elizabeth." 
(Mary was bom January 29, 1713). 

"John Rodman of S. Kingstown, son of Thomas and Catharine, and 
Mary Collins, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth of Newport, were married 
Oct. 14, 1736." 

John Rodman was the brother of Anne, who married Caleb Greene, 
son of John of Potowomut (see No. 472.) 

As we find no Gardiner connection and have no proof of a fourth mar- 
riage, it may be inferred that the name was erroneously copied and was 
intended for Rodman, and that "wife Mary," for whom such careful pro- 
vision was made in Nathanael 's will, was the Mary Rodman above (see 
Appendix I.). 

142. JOHN ^ GREENE (Jabez ^ James % John ') was born at Poto- 
womut, February 14, 1709, and was engaged with his brothers at the Iron 
Works at Potowomut and Coventry. He purchased the interest of his 
brother. Dr. James Greene of Potowomut, for £420 soon after 1741. He 

Fourth Generation. 129 

married, February 10, 1744, Anne (Hoxsie) Greene, widow of his brother 
Benjamin, and daughter of Joseph Hoxsie, "late of Westerly" (No. 139). 
He died September 15, 1802 (Friends' Records, East Greenwich). 


396. Gideon, born 1745, married Marcy Howland. 

Samuel Tillinghast's valuable diary has this entry: "Mrs. Hoxsie 
mother of John Greene's wife died Mar. 6. 1758." 

143. RUFUS* GREENE "of E. Greenwich" (Jabez ^ James % 
John ') was born at Potowomut, June 2, 1712. Was made freeman, Feb- 
ruary, 1735. He was interested with his brothers in the iron manufactory, 
and was engaged also in mercantile business. He resided at East Green- 
wich. He married, March 13, 1735, Martha, daughter of Joseph Russell 
of Dartmouth, Mass., and aunt of Joseph Russell of Boston, who died Sep- 
tember 30, 1770. He died December, 1784, and his will, made December 
3, 1784, was proved December 25, 1784. 


397. Abraham, bom October 2, 1736, married Eleanor Langford. 

398. Russell, bom March 9, 1738, married Barbara Casey. 

399. Phebe, bom December 2, 1740, married Sylvester Greene. 

400. Mary, bom March 20, 1743, married John Reynolds. 

401. Joseph, born March 20, 1745, married Patience Sheffield. 

402. RuFUS, bom March 17, 1748, married Margaret . 

403. William, born May 13, 1749, married Mary Sheffield. 

404. Caleb, born August 31, 1751, married Elizabeth Russell. 

405. Charles, born July 28, 1753, married Phebe Sheffield. 

406. Stephen, bom January i, 1756, married Patience Wall. 

407. Martha, bom April 20, 1758, died April 30, 1759. 

408. Jonathan, bom April 16, 1760, ) removed to Vermont, 

409. David, born April 16, 1760 j married Eunice Hopkins. 

410. Martha, born June 23, 1763, married George Harris of Smithfield, R. I., and 

removed to Stamford, Vt. Had son, Russell, and other children. 

144. Mx\RY * GREENE (Jabez 3, James % John") was bom at 
Potowomut, December 18, 17 18. She was the daughter of Jabez Greene's 
second wife, Grace Whitman, and was half-sister to Nathanael Greene, 
father of General Nathanael of the Revolution. She married, November 
26, 1 741, Caleb Greene of East Greenwich, son of John Greene of West 
Greenwich, who was not of the Warwick Greene family. He died Septem- 
ber 3, 1743 (see No. 27 and note). "The Friends' Meeting Records give 

I30 The Gveene Family. 

'married 26*'' of 9. mo. 1741.' There were three witnesses to the marriage 
certificate named John Greene" (G. S. G.). 


411. Nathan Greene, bom November 2, 1742, married Hannah^ Greene (James *, 

Jabez 3, James ', John '), whose record, with children, is given in No. 373. 

Mary, widow of Caleb Greene, married (2), May i, 1746, in Friends' 
Meeting, East Greenwich, Charles Atwood, son of Francis of Providence. 
They had five children : Nehemiah Atwood, man-ied Joanna Snell ; Charles 
Atwood, married Mary Bray ton; Caleb Atwood, married Miriam Walton 
(see No. 309) ; Elizabeth Atwood, married Daniel Brayton, father of Judge 
Charles Brayton of Apponaug, Warwick; Mary Atwood, married Benjamin 
Brayton, brother of Daniel, above. 

Warwick Records, lib. 2, folio loi, Council Book, June 8, 1752: 
"Nathan Greene infant son of Caleb Greene deceased, being about 10 
years of age or thereabouts having a legacy left him by his grandfather 
John Greene of West Greenwich late deceased, moves by his father-in-law 
Charles Atwood of Warwick, to the Council to appoint a Guardian," etc., 
and the Council appointed Thomas Greene of Warwick. 

145. DAVID * GREENE (David \ James % John '), eldest son, was 
born at Jamestown, R. I., September 11, 1701. He married (i), December 
23, 1721, Katharine Greene of East Greenwich, and (2), November 4, 1724, 
Mary, "daughter of Henry Knowles of South Kingstown," who died May 
17, 1744, in her forty-second year {Records Friends' Meeting, East Green- 
wich). He died October 10, 1757, in his fifty-sixth year. His will, dated 
September 9, 1754, proved October 18, 1757, mentions "wife Hannah" 
(which would indicate a third marriage if the name is correctly copied) ; also 
" son David, daughters Mary Tillinghast, Patience and Waity, grandson 
David Hazard" (North Kingston Records, 48, 69). 

Children by Second Marriage: 

412. Mary, born June 2, 1727, married Charles Tillinghast. 

413. David, born August 28, 1728, married (i) Elizabeth , (2) Esther . 

414. Margaret, born March 8, 1730, married Jonathan Capron. 

415. Ebenezer, bom January 10, 1731, married Frances Rice. (?) 

416. Patience, born November 7, 1733. 

417. Alice (or Abbie ?), bom June 16, 1735. 

(There may have been also a daughter. Wait, born June i, 1739, died July 
17. I744-) 

Fourth Getieratmi. 

One record states that " Patience (Brayton) and Abb 3^ (Kelton), daugh- 
ters of David Greene, were Quaker preachers " (see Friends'" Records). 
Their grandmother was a daughter of Ebenezer Sloctim, prominent among 
the Quaker preachers. 

One of the descendants of this hne wrote, July 25, 1880: 

"The first Greene in Kingstown settled on land where Oliver Greene 
now lives. His name was David ' , and he had a son David ^ , a lame man, 
who had David ^ and another son, name not known [Jonathan]. David ^ 
married Sarah Allen, daughter of Jeff ray, a Revolutionary soldier." 

(David', David-, and David ^ correspond to David "*, David ^ and 
David ", of fourth, fifth, and sixth generations, in this Genealogy.) 

146. MARY^ GREENE (David ^ James % John') was born at 
Jamestown, Jvme 5, 1707. She married Joseph Sheldon, son of Nicholas 
and grandson of John and Joan (Vincent) Sheldon of Providence. She 
was cousin to Nathanael, father of General Nathanael Greene of the Revolu- 
tionary army. 


418. Lydia Sheldon, bom . 

419. Joseph Sheldon, born . 

420. Christopher Sheldon, bom February 22, 1732. He married, 1752, i?05an»a 

daughter of Israel and Mary (Rhodes) Arnold, bom December 27, 1737. 
Israel Arnold was the great-great-grandson of William, the emigrant ances- 
tor. Children: Remington, Israel, Lydia, Mary, Rosanna, and another. The 
eldest. Remington, bom August 22, 1753, died December 17, 1829, married 
in 1778, Huldah, daughter of Stephen and Mary (Rhodes) Greene of Paw- 
tuxet, R. I., bom 1757, died October 14, 1823. Stephen Greene was son of 
Thomas and a grandson of John Greene of West Greenwich, and was not of 
the Warwick Greene family. He was bom 1733, married October 24, 
1754, and died October i, 1819. His wife, Mary (Rhodes) Greene, died 
at ninety-seven years of age. 

421. Elizabeth Sheldon, bom . 

422. Abigail Sheldon, born . 

423. Hannah Sheldon, bom . 

424. Mercy Sheldon, bom . 

425. Mary Sheldon, bom . 

Stephen Greene, whose daughter Huldah married Remington Sheldon, 
had an uncle, Caleb Greene, who married Mary Greene, daughter of Jabez, 
and second wife, Grace (Whitman) Greene. Mary was thus half-sister to 
Nathanael, the father of General Nathanael Greene of the Revolutionary 
army (see No. 144). 

132 The Greene Family. 

147. SARAH -^ GREENE (David ^ James % John') was born at 
Jamestown (?), January 20, 1708. She married, September 7, 1739, Ben- 
jamin Ingraham, probably of the Bristol Ingraham family, but we have no 
further record. 

148. ELIZABETH ^ GREENE (David \ James % John ') was bom 
March 25, 1711. She married, April i, 1737, John Hookey of Newport (?). 

149. SUSANNAH* GREENE (David ', James % John') was bom 
May I, 1 713. She probably died young or unmarried, as we find no further 
mention of her in the notes of this family. 

150. ABIGAIL* GREENE (David 3, James % John') was bom 
March 25, 171 5. She married, August 8, 1743, John Remington, probably 
a relative of John Remington whose widow, Miriam, married Abigail 
Greene's cousin, Ebenezer * Greene (see No. 127). 

John Remington, the emigrant ancestor and progenitor of all of that 
name in Rhode Island, came from Wales and first settled at Haverhill, 
Mass. He was probably exiled to Rhode Island, 1669, or before, for non- 
conformity to the tyranny of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He became 
a citizen of Portsmouth, R. I., 1669. He gave to his son Thomas " the 
Haverhill estate, comprising " a house, four acres of land, two orchards and 
40 acres of land on the river." Thomas settled on Prudence Island, and 
subsequently removed to Warwick. He bought Farm No. i, containing 
240 acres, of John Warner and Philip Sweet in 1692-3, for ;^57. He built 
a mansion and became a prudent, industrious agriculturist. His will, ac- 
cording to a singular custom of that period, was proved September 26, 
1 7 10, a short time before his death. He was probably buried on his farm, 
as his son William ^ , when he sold his share of the farm in 1712 to John 
Whitman, Jr., of Kingstown, reserved " the burial place where his father and 
grandfather were interred" ("Letters from the Pawtuxet," Providence 
'Journal, June 21, 1859). 

Thomas ' , William ^ , and John ^ , sons of Thomas "" Remington of War- 
wick, received by will the lands of their father; they to pay legacies to the 
other children — the five other sons and two daughters. John * Remington, 
who married Abigail Greene, was probably a son of William ^ or John 3, as 
Thomas ^ , Jr., married Maplet, daughter of Captain Benjamin Gorton, and 
had no son John. 

152. BATHSHEBA * GREENE (David ^ , James = , John ') was born 
July 30, 1720. She married in 1765 (?) John Grenold. 

Fourth Generation. 133 

153- JONATHAN^ GREENE " of Conanicut " (David ^ , James % 
John') was bom at Jamestown, R. I., August 2, 1722, died 1749. He 
married, July 27, 1740, Mary, daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Bennett) 
Stafford, bom March 2, 1715 (1725 ?). She was granddaughter of Amos 
Stafford, who was Deputy, 1708-21, and who left by will, dated March 24, 
1753, and proved October 20, 1760, to his six gi-andchildren, including Mary 
Greene, "residue of personal estate." Amos was son of Samuel Stafford of 
Warwick and his wife Mercy, daughter of Stukely Westcott, and grandson 
of Thomas Stafford, the emigrant ancestor who came from Warwickshire, 
England, to Plymouth, Mass., in 1636, and who had a land gi-ant at New- 
port, R. I., in 1638, but settled at Warwick, purchasing a house there as 
early as 1652 (see No. 82). 


426. Caleb, bom February 24, 1741, married Polly Remington. 

427. Stukeley, born November 14, 1742. 

154. JOSEPH * GREENE "of Jamestown" (David ^ James % John ' ) 
was bom at Jamestown, May 30, 1724. He was a farmer and a member of 
the Society of Friends. He married, October 4, 1750, Abigail, daughter of 
Daniel and Mary Gould of Middle town. She was the great-granddaughter 
of Daniel and Wait (Coggeshall) Gould of Newport. Daniel, senior, was a 
Quaker preacher who suffered much persecution in early manhood. He 
was Commissioner, 1656; Deputy, 1672; Assistant, 1673-75. He died 
1706, and was buried in Friends' Btu-ial Ground. 

Joseph Greene died at his home in Jamestown, March 5, 18 15, aged 
ninety; and his wife, Abigail, died at Warwick, August 15, 1803, aged 
eighty- two (Records Frietids' Society, Newport). Longevity prevailed in 
this family; the parents lived to a good old age, and of their five children 
two lived to be fourscore and four, two reached the age of ninety, and one, of 
ninety-four ! 


428. Anne, bom December 4, 1751, died unmarried. 

429. Mary, bom March 18, 1754, died unmarried. 

430. Jonathan, bom February 22, 1755, married Abigail Earle. 

431. David, bora January 6, 1758, died unmarried. 

432. Joseph, bom March 30, 1760, married Sarah Collins. 

155- PATIENCE* GREENE (David ^ James % John') was born 
February 15, 1726 (also given February 18, 1725). She was the youngest 

134 The Greeiie Family. 

of eleven children. The eldest, her brother David, had a daughter named 
Patience, bom 1733, and there is confusion of dates (see No. 416). 

156. DAVID "- GREENE (John \ James % John '), eldest son, was 
bom at Warwick, January 4, 17 10. He lived at Coweset Bay and owned 
property there north of the road which leads to Coweset Station and wharf ; 
which property (formerly belonging to John Dickinson) went to his son 
John. He married, in Friends' Meeting, East Greenwich, October 17, 1734, 
Alice, daughter of Robert Hall of North Kingstown. He died in 1775. His 
will, dated May 2, 1775, was proved September 11, 1775. His wife's will 
mentions all the children but Increase, who probably died young. Her 
bequests were as follows: "Son John to have half of Lot above country 
road, having already given him the other half [see No. 436]; also half of 
Lot which formerly belonged to John Dickinson and half of store and 
wharf house. Son David Jr and das. Elizabeth, Mary, Patience and Alice 
Nichols, one silver spoon." 


433. Elizabeth, bom September 21, 1739, married Benjamin Greene. 

434. Increase, bom March 7, 1743, probably died before his father, as he is not 

mentioned in his will. 

435. Mary, bom December 11, 1744, married David Buffum. 

436. John, bom May 12, 1747, married Ruth Greene. 

437. David, bom about 1748, married Isabel Warner. 

438. Patience, married Pierce Spencer. 

439. Alice, bom June 16, 1755, married Anthony Nichols. 

157. JAMES ^ GREENE " of Warwick " (John ^ James % John') 
was bom at Warwick, March 14, 1712. He married, April 5, 1737, Mary, 
daughter of James Nichols of East Greenwich. James Greene is mentioned 
later as "of Coventry." He died about 1792 (?). 


440. Increase, bom August 30, 1740, married Comfort Weaver. 

441. Thomas, bom March 24, 1743, married Sarah Corey. 

442. Jedediah, born April 13, 1747, married Waite Bates. 

443. Jonathan, bom February 2, 1748, married Lydia Nichols. 

444. Caleb, bom 1753, married Elizabeth Moon. 

One account gives also a daughter, Elizabeth, but as the record is a du- 
plicate of that of Elizabeth, daughter of Increase * Greene {John i, James ', 
John '), bom 1753, it is supposed to be erroneous (see No. 447). 

158. RACHEL^ GREENE (John ^ James % John') was born 

Fourth Generation. 135 

March 16, 17 14, and married, November 13, 1740, Henry Matthewson, son 
of Francis and Sarah (Nichols) Matthewson of Coventry, R. I. She died 
March 8, 1741. Henry Matthewson 's grandfather, Henry of East Green- 
wich, was Deputy in 1685 and owned considerable property. His father, 
Francis Matthewson, left by will, made March 20, proved April 28, 1750, 
"To son Henry half of homestead at death of testator and the other half 
a year after death of wife"; "To son Henry all bonds, notes, blacksmith 
tools &c." Inventory, £2530 35. 9^. 

159. INCREASE* GREENE (John ^ James % John') was bom 
April 12, 1 71 7, in Coventry, R. I. He removed to New York State, but 
the date of removal is not given. He was a farmer at Berlin, Rensselaer 
County, N. Y., where he died in 1810. He married (i), April 28, 1743, 
Phebe, daughter of Francis Matteson of West Greenwich, R. I. {Friends' 
Meeting Record), and (2), January 17, 1750, Ruth, widow of William 
Greene, and daughter of John Greene (of Kingstown and West Greenwich, 
not of Warwick Greenes) and his first wife, Mary Ay les worth, who was on 
the maternal side a great-granddaughter of Rev. Chad Brown of Provi- 
dence and of Rev. Obadiah Holmes of Newport. 

Child by First Marriage: 

445. Jonathan, bom May i, 1746, died young. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

446. Daughter, bom 1752, married Ichabod Scott. 

447. Elizabeth, bom 1753, married (i) Job Whaley, (2) Rufus Brayton. 

448. John, born 1757, married Ruth Matteson {Matthewson). 

449. Rachel, born 1760, married Richard Stafford. 

i6o. ELIZABETH ' GREENE (John ^ James % John') was born 
May 26, 1 7 19. She married, May i, 1746, Job Matthewson, son of Francis 
and brother (probably) of her sister Rachel's husband, and also of the first 
wife of her brother Increase above. 

161. BENJAMIN* GREENE (John 3, James % John') was born 
September 20, 1721. One account gives his marriage to Mary Gould, but 
this record is apparently confused with that of Captain Benjamin of War- 
wick Neck, son of Governor William Greene, who married Mary, daughter 
of Thomas Fry and the widow of Daniel Gould. The date of Captain Ben- 
jamin's birth (August 19, 1724) being so near that of Benjamin, son of 
John, above, probably caused the error, and leaves us no reliable record of 
this Benjamin. 

136 Tlie Greene Family. 

\(i:i. DINAH * GREENE (John ^ James % John ') was born Janu- 
ary I, 1723. She married, February 16, 1743, Samuel Hall, son of William 
Hall of Exeter, R. I. 

Record not completed. 

163. JOSEPH^ GREENE "of Berlin, N. Y." (John ^ James % 
John ') was born at Warwick, February 19, 1728. He was a tailor and a 
Quaker, and wore the costume of that sect. In 1769 he removed from 
Warwick or East Greenwich to Berlin, Rensselaer County, N. Y., and was 
the third white settler in the town. In an old ledger of a shipping firm of 
Providence, R. I., 1775-78, was found record of transactions with George 
Washington, General Nathanael Greene, General Sullivan, and Jacob Greene 
and Sons. In this last transaction was an entry of the sale of "the house 
and lot in East Greenwich which we [the shipping merchants] bought of 
Joseph Greene." This was but a few years after his removal to New York 
State. He is said to have been a great friend of General Van Rensselaer 
and always stopped at his house when in Albany. He married (i), October 
27, 1751, Phebe, daughter of John and Barbara (Rice) Langford of East 
Greenwich, R. I., born April 26, 1734. The old Langford place, about 
three miles from East Greenwich, was distinguished by an enormous elm 
tree of great age and beauty. Among the descendants of the Langford 
family, of whom Thomas of Newport was ancestor, were General Thomas 
Lincoln Casey, U. S. A., and Captain Silas Casey, U. S. N.' 

The marriage of Joseph Greene was thus recorded: "Married; Joseph 
Greene of John of Warwick, and Phebe Langford of John of East Green- 
wich Oct. 27, 1751" {Vital Statistics, Rhode Island.). He died at Berlin, 
Rensselaer County, N. Y., in 1824, aged ninety-six. He married (2) the 
Widow Moon. (Above dates from family records.) 

Children by First Marriage: 

450. Benjamin, born February 16, 1752, married Polly Brown. 

451. Jonathan, bom February 24, 1754, married Patience Terry. 

452. James, born February 14, 1757, married Joanna Terry. 

453. David, bom May 12, 1762, married Sarah Thomas. 

454. Sarah, born January 21, 1764, married Rowland Thomas. 

455. Langford, bom December 18, 1766, married Abigail Thomas. 

456. John, bom November 10, 1768, married Ellen Randall. 

457. Phebe, born November 21, 1770, married Major Daniel Hull. 

458. Joseph, born May 25, 1773, married Marcy Rice. 

459. Thomas, born May 19, 1775, married Hannah Rex. 

460. Barbara, bom February 4, 1778, married Joshua Godfrey. 

I ■' Accoiuit of Langford Family," by General Casey, was published in the Narragansett His- 
torical Register, 1883-84, vol. ii., pp. 202-204. 

Fourth Genera f ion. 137 

170. ELIZABETH^ GREENE (Thomas 3, Thomas % John was 
bom at Warwick, May 8, 1687. She married, July 25, 1706, Samuel Gor- 
ton of Warwick and Providence. He was son of Captain Benjamin ^ and 
grandson of Samuel ' and Mary (Maplet) Gorton. He was Deputy from 
Warwick, 1708, died August 21, 1723. His will proved October 21, 1723, 
widow Elizabeth administratrix. By the will of her grandfather, " Thomas 
Greene of Stone Castle," Elizabeth (Greene) Gorton received " 100 acres of 
land at Coweset": and from the will of her husband's mother a legacy of 
;^25 (see Austin's Genealogical Dictionary, p. 304), widow of Captain Ben- 
jamin Gorton admint. See Appendix I. 


461. Alice Gorton, born October 5, 1707, married, April 18, 1726, Stephen Low, 

son of Anthony and Mary (Arnold) Low, and had nine children. She was 
the great-great-grandmother of Governor Henry Lippitt of Rhode Island. 

462. Elizabeth Gorton, bom November 26, 1709, married Benjamin Talhnan, 

January, 1735-36. 

463. Samuel Gorton, bom September 14, 171 1, married Welthyan, daughter of 

John and Mary {Fry) Spencer (see No. 18). 

464. Thomas Gorton, bom May 2, 1713, married Penelope, daughter of Daniel and 

Mary ( ) Brown. Had son, Daniel. 

465. Benjamin Gorton, born February 11, 1715, died 1767. Married, May i, 

1740, Mercy, daughter of George and Mary {Weaver) Foster. Had five sons. 

466. Ann Gorton, bom July 22, 1718, married, September 17, 1747, Daniel Spen- 

cer, son of Benjamin and second wife. Patience {Haski)is) Spencer. Had 
two children. 

467. Richard Gorton, born August 15, 1720. No record. 

468. John Gorton, bom April 22, 1723, ordained September 6, 1753, died August 

6, 1792. Married (i), August 31, 1746, Rhoda, daughter of Ezekiel Bowcn 
of Scituate; and (2), May 11, 1783, Phebe, daughter of Rev. Benjamin Shel- 
don of Cranston, R. I. There were six children by first marriage. He was 
the noted preacher, "Elder John Gorton of Warwick" (see Cranston 

171. ANNE * GREENE (Thomas \ Thomas % John ') was bom at 
Warwick, June 25, 1689. She married, April 8, 1714, John ' Tillinghast, son 
of Pardon ^ and Mary (Keach) Tillinghast and grandson of " Elder ' ' Pardon ^ 
of Providence, bom April 14, 1696. She died in 17 18, and her sister Phebe 
became the second wife of her husband, John Tillinghast (see No. 173). 
The sisters received each a legacy of £100 from the will of their grand- 
father, Thomas Greene "of Stone Castle" (see Appendix I.). 

' A complete Genealogy of the Gorton Family will soon be published by Mr. A. Gorton, Phila- 
delphia, Pa. 

138 The Greene Family. 


469. Mary Tillinghast, born June 29, 1715. 

470. Pardon Tillinghast, born June 3, 17 18. His grandfather, Pardon^ Tilling- 

hast, bequeathed to him in his will, dated October 3, 1743. "the farm where 
he dwelleth of 260 acres, a pair of oxen, black mare, and negro Csesar for 
6 years and then to have his freedom." 

172. JOHN '^ GREENE "of Potowomut" (Thomas ^ Thomas % 
John '), eldest son, was bom at Warwick, April 14, 1691. He married (i), 
December 6, 171 1, Deborah, daughter of Caleb and Deborah Carr of James- 
town, great-granddaughter of Roger Williams, and granddaughter of Gov- 
ernor Caleb Carr. She died May 6, 1729, and he married (2), January 28, 
1730, Almy, daughter of Richard ^ Greene of Occupasuetuxet (John % 
John '), who was his second cousin. He resided on the eastern part of 
Potowomut on the farm inherited from his father. He died December 8, 
1757. His will, dated August 20, 1757, was proved December 19, 1757. 

Children by First Marriage: 

471. Thomas, born October 29, 17 14, married Ehiathan Rice. 

472. Caleb, born June 11, 1716, married Anne Rodman. 

473. Anne, bom February 24, 1717, married John Proud, Jr. 

474. Benjamin, born May 2, 1720, married Niobe Paul. 

475. Job, bom March 29, 1721, married Mary Paul. 

476. Almy, born January 31, 1723, married Thomas Brown. 

477. Richard, bom October 4, 1725, married Sarah Fry. 

478. Nathaniel, bom April 10, 1727, died s. p. (see No. 84). 

Children by Second Marriage: 

479. William, bom March i, 1732. No record. 

480. Deborah, bom September 27, 1735, married Samuel Fry. 

481. Eleanor, bom June 2, 1737, married Joseph Fry. 

173. PHEBE * GREENE (Thomas ^ Thomas % John ") was born at 
Warwick, May 10, 1693, "ii^d May 27, 1733. She married as second wife, 
January 23, 17 19 (East Greenwich Records), John ^ Tillinghast, whose 
first wife was her sister Anne. He was born April 14, 1696, died October 
21, 1777. He was son of Pardon ^ and Mary (Keach) Tillinghast of East 
Greenwich, and grandson of "Elder" Pardon' Tillinghast of Providence. 
His father left him by will, dated October 3, 1743, a legacy of £100, and 
to his grandson Pardon, son of John (and first wife. No. 171), "the farm 
where he dwelleth," etc. Also " to grandsons Benjamin, Charles, Thomas 
and Joseph, 30;^ each." 

The date of Phebe Greene's marriage is also given September 21, 17 19. 

Fourth Genera f ion. 139 


482. JoHX TiLLiNGHAST, bom March 27, 1720, died 1744, unmarried. 

483. Anne Tillinghast, bom June 7, 1721. 

484. Welthyan Tillinghast, born September 23, 1723. 

485. Lydia Tillinghast, born March 3, 1725. 

486. Benjamin Tillinghast, born September 20, 1726. 

487. Charles Tillinghast, born April 5, 1729, married (i) wife unknown. 

He married (2), 1762, Abigail, daughter of Caleb and ( ) Allen of North 

Kingstown, R. I., born 1732, died 1792. Their son. Pardon, born June 8, 
1763, married Mary, daughter Sylvester and Mary (Johnson) Sweet. Pardon, 
Jr., their son, married Sarah, daughter Gideon and Martha (Pidlman) 
Waite. Their daughter, Elsie Maria Tillinghast, born January 3, 1820, 
died May 20, 1884, married, October 30, 1841, Colonel Stephen Burlingame 
(lineal descendant of Roger and Mary Burlingame of Warwick and Provi- 
dence, R. I.), son of Stephen and Celia (Fisk) Burlingame, bom December 
3, 1819, died November 15, 1890. They were the parents of Sarah Maria 
Burlingame, bom February 10, 1854, who married, December 12, 1877, 
Prentiss Webster oi Lowell, Mass., born May 24, 1851, died October 26, 1898. 
Mrs. Webster still resides at Lowell. They had five children: Susan H., 
Adeline B., Prentiss B., Helen B., and Dorothy. 

John ^ Tillinghast married (3) Abigail (Brown) Thomas, a widow, and 
had two sons, Thomas and Joseph (mentioned in their grandfather's will). 
Thomas, son of John and Abigail (3d wife) married four times. His first 
wife's name is not learned. She left three children: (i) John, born Novem- 
ber 4, 1756, married, January 26, 1777, his cousin Phebe, daughter of his 
father's half-brother, Benjamin Tillinghast, and his wife Sarah James; (2) 
Amos, bom January 15, 1758; and (3) Abigail, born May 16, 1763. 

Thomas Tillinghast 's second wife was Mary Hyams, married March 
19, 1770. They had five children; and his third wife, married October 28, 
1792, was Mary Corey; had three children. The fourth wife's name 

175. WELTHYAN GREENE^ (Thomas ^ Thomas % John') was 
bom at Warwick, October 9, 1696. No further record. Was not men- 
tioned in the will of her grandfather, Thomas Greene % 1717, and probably 
died before that date. 

177. BENJAMIN ^ GREENE (Benjamin \ Thomas \ John ■), eldest 
son, was bom at Warwick, June 10, 1691. He married Phebe, daughter 
of Stephen and Mary (Sheldon) Arnold, bom March 5, 1695. He died March 
II, 1 7 14, when in the twenty-fourth year of his age and many years before 
his father. His daughter married the father of Major-General Nathanael 

140 TJie Greene Family. 


488. Phebe, horn February 16, 17 14, married Nathanael Greene. 

Stephen ^ Arnold, grandfather of Phebe A. Greene, resided at Pawtiixet, 
and owned land on both sides of the river. He died November 15, 1699. 
His will is dated June 3, 1698. He gave to his sons, Stephen ^ , Israel ^, 
and Elisha ^, land to be divided equally. The share of Stephen ^ was in 
Pawtvixet, north of the river. (The wills of Stephen =^ and his wife Sarah 
[Smith] Arnold are recorded at Providence.) Stephen " Arnold loaned the 
town of Warwick fifty-four pounds to pay the expenses of Major John 
Greene and Mr. Randall Holden to England to protect the interests of 
Warwick and the other towns. In a final settlement for this loan, with 
interest, he received 750 acres, extending from Apponaug Cove and Cow- 
eset Bay westward between the Coweset road and the road from Apponaug 
towards Centreville. 

Phebe (Arnold) Greene, widow of Benjamin, married (2), December 
12, 1 71 7, John* Potter (John 3, John", Robert'), ancestor of the distin- 
guished Bishops of Pennsylvania and New York. 

In an ejectment suit {Court Records, Providence County, September 
17, 1763) by the heirs of Captain Benjamin ■' Greene (Thomas-, John') 
to recover property given by him for life to his great-grandsons Thomas and 
Benjamin, sons of Nathanael and Phebe (Greene) Greene, they having died 
without heirs, John Potter says, "Benjamin Greene was grandson to my 
wife Phebe Potter and son of Phebe Greene, first wife of Nathanael Greene, 
bom in my house 29 years ago last — ' ' [July ?] (last word copied indistinctly ; 
Benjamin, son of Nathl and Phebe Greene, was born July 7, 1733 see No. 

178. SUSANNAH* GREENE (Benjamin ^ Thomas,^ John') was 
born at Mashanticut, Warwick, July 16, 1694, died after 1746? The 
home farm, "Sennaset," Warwick, on north side of Pawtirxet River, she 
inherited b}^ will from her father, Captain Benjamin Greene. She married, 
June 10, 1 7 14, Philip Arnold * of Pawtuxet, son of Stephen •' (Stephen '^j 
Wm.') and Mary (Sheldon) Arnold. He was the brother of her brother 
Benjamin's wife, and was born February 12, 1693, died 1749. His will was 
dated May 30, 1749. The homestead was for many generations owned and 
occupied by his descendants. Philip also received from his father, Stephen 
Arnold, 250 acres near Apponaug, by deed December 19, 17 16. It was the 
northern third of the Arnold purchase. 

Fourth Generation. 141 


489. Susannah Arnold, bom July 23, 1716, married (i), second wife, March 13, 

1735, Jabez* Greene, Jr. (Jabezs, James', John ') of Warwick (see No. 
140); and (2) Win. Anthony of Portsmouth, R. I. 

490. Mary Arnold, born February 6, 1720, married, December 6, 1741, John 

Potter, Jr., son of John and Phebe {Arnold) Potter, removed from Providence 
to Scituate. 

491. Benjamin Arnold, born March 5, 1722, died February 21, 1799; married 

Barbara, daughter of John Rice, who died October 4, 1814, aged ninety. 
Their children were: (i) Philip, born June 23, 1750, married, February 3, 
1780, Roby, daughter Jonathan and Sarah {Arnold) Gorton, and had Gorton, 
bom January 30, 1781; Stephen, born October 29, 1784, died March 24, 
1802; Samuel Gorton, born May 8, 1795. (2) Stephen, twin brother of 
Philip, died young ( ?). (3) John Rice, born July 12, 1751, died February 4, 
1806; married September 8, 1782, Mercy, born April 27, 1762, died February 
3, 1787, daughter Major Henry Rice, and had a daughter who married Wm. 
Rhodes of Pawtuxet. (4) Henry, bom 1757. (5) Thomas, bom July 21, 
1759, married. May 6, 1796, Sarah, daughter Jonathan, son of Philip Gorton, 
born November 16, 1775, and had Thomas, bom July 8, 1797, died Feb- 
ruary 26, 1803; Alary Gorton, born September 21, 1799, married, December 
II, 1820, Benjamin Robinson Greene, son of Caleb of Apponaug; Elizabeth, 
bom September 24, 1803, married, January 30, 1822, Christopher A. Whit- 
man; Lydia, born March 5, 1806, married, December 28, 1826, Charles 
Morse; John Rice, born July lo, 1808. (6) Duiee, born 1763, died August 
13, 1849, at Warwick; married, August 27, 1786, Naomi, daughter Major 
Henry Rice, born May 28, 1764, and had Horatio, born April 27, 1787; 
Mercy, bom October 10, 1788, died February i, 1875, unmarried; Wa)iton, 
bom April 8, 1792, died February 7, 1800. 

492. Elizabeth Arnold, born November 23, 1724, married, March 24, 1744, 

James Arnold, Jr. {James, Israel, Stephen, Win.). They had five children: 
(i) Oliver, bom January 11, 1745; (2) George, born April 9, 1747, married 
Ruth, daughter Zebidon or Wm. Utter. (3) James, born January 9, 1748, 
married January 30, 1772, Elizabeth Stafford, who married (2) Colonel 
Christopher Arnold of Providence. (4) Sarah, bom November 7, 1751, mar- 
ried James Rhodes. (5) Philip, bom May 15, 1754, married, January 10, 
1779, Phebe, daughter Wm. Harris of Cranston, and had Mary, married 
John Potter (they had daughter who married Thomas Wickes Gardiner). 

493. James Arnold (?). 

494. Philip Arnold, born June 9, 1726. Received with his brothers a legacy by 

will of his grandfather. Captain Benjamin Greene (see Appendix I.). 

495. Thomas Arnold, bom June 22, 1730, married Hannah . They had five 

children: Susannah, bom December 5, 1756; Elizabeth, bom August 17, 
1758; Randall, born December 11, 1760; Bowen, born August 11, 1767, 
married, 1801, Elizabeth Briggs, widow Charles, Jr.; Frederick, born 
April 7, 1770, married, April 26, 1801, Dorcas Matteson. 

496. Stephen Arnold, born September 2, 1732, died at Centreville, May 19, 1816; 

married, June 16, 1751, Anne, daughter of Captain Josiah Haynes, and had 

142 The Greene Family. 

four children: Edward, born March 9, 1752; Mary, born October 30, 1753; 
Benedict, born March 17, 1756, married (i), April 6, 1777, Lydia, daughter 
George Weaver of East Greenwich, and (2), June 30, 1793, "Elizabeth dau. 
of Edward Andrews deceased"; Anthony, born March i6, 1758, married, 
December 3, 1786, Eunice, daughter Jonathan Andrews of East Green- 
wich, and had Sally Ann, born July 14, 1787; Whipple, born June 2, 1789; 
Cromwell, born January 2, 1794; Russell G., born March 19, 1796; Asholise 
(Achelis ?), born March 19, 1797; Polly Crawford, born March 7, 1800. 

497. Joseph Arnold of Coventry (1762 ?). 

498. Gideon Arnold, married, November 22, 1767, Patience, daughter of Elisha 


499. Sarah Arnold, born 1739, married Jonathan Gorton. 

500. Hannah Arnold. 

501. Jonathan Arnold. 

The last five children are mentioned in their father's will {Warwick Records). 

179. CATHARINE^ GREENE (Benjamin 3, Thomas % John') 
was born at Warwick, March 30, 1698, died November 28, 1777. She 
married, December 31, 1719, WilHam Greene * of Coweset, Warwick, son 
of Samuel ^ (John % John '), who was her second cousin, born March 16, 
1695, died February 25, 1758. He was Governor of the Colony of Rhode 
Island for eleven years (for full record, see No. 99). She received lands in 
Warwick Neck by will of her father, Captain Benjamin Greene. 

181. ELIZABETH^ GREENE (Benjamin \ Thomas % John') 
was born at Warwick, Jtine 26, 1705, died in 1753. She married John Fry 
of East Greenwich, born October 31, 1695, son of Thomas and Welthyan 
(Greene) Fry of Newport. He was Deputy for five years, 1742-53, inclu- 
sive. He died September 6, 1753. His will, dated August 17, 1753, was 
proved September 27, 1753, his wife Elizabeth and son Benjamin executors. 
Inventory, £i^,?>6'] os. 'jd. Elizabeth Greene received legacy from her 
father, Captain Benjamin Greene (see Appendix I.). 


502. John Fry, born May 18, 1724, died January 21, 1726-7. 

503. Elizabeth Fry, born December 28, 1726, died 1731. 

504. Benjamin Fry, born February 11, 1728, married, January 19, 1756, Rachel, 

daughter of Captain James Allen of Newport. 

505. Susannah Fry, bom November 27, 1730, married, September 29, 1757, James 

Greene s, Jr., son of James * {Jabez 3, James ^, John '). 

506. Welthyan Fry, born March 23, 1735, married, February 8, 1756, Ebenezer 

Cooke, Jr., son of Ebenezer Cooke. 

507. Elizabeth Fry, born December 2, 1739, married (i), January 12, 1756, 

Henry Tibbitts, Jr., and (2), September 16, 1760, Gideon Mumford of South 
Kingstown and East Greenwich, son of Wm. Mumford. 

Fourth Generation. 143 

50S. Mary Fry, born February 26, 1742-3, married, March 4, 1762, Paul Mum- 
ford of South Kingstown. 

509. Ruth Fry, born March 14, 1745, married, December 2, 1773, Augustus Mum- 
ford, son of Wm. 

183. MARGARET 4 GREENE (Benjamin ^ Thomas % John ') was 
bom January 16, 1706. She married, January 8, 1729, Pardon ^ Tilling- 
hast of Providence, son of Philip - and Martha (Holmes) Tillinghast, and 
grandson of Elder Pardon' Tillinghast, born December 15, 1701. She died 
January 29, 1730, in her twenty-fifth 3^ear. He died after 1757, for the 
will of Captain Benjamin Greene, his father-in-law, proved February 28, 
1757, bequeathes to "son-in-law Pardon Tillinghast 1000 pounds in bills 
of credit O. T." 

183. MARY •• GREENE (Richard \ Thomas -' John ') was born at 
"Stone Castle," Warwick, September 23, 1700. She married her second 
cousin, Elisha Greene, son of Captain Peter (John -, John '), born February 
13, 1692, died 1767. She died September 27, 1750. Division of her father's 
estate was made by Council, 1725. "Mary to have ye 100 acres farm by 
Abiah Carpenter's and all ye un-divided in Coweasett and the Lott and 
quarter in ye common lotts and the quarter of 28 acres Lott above ye road 
near Adam Casey's." 

(For record of children see No. 63). 

184. RICHARD * GREENE " of Stone Castle ' ' (Richard ^ , Thomas = , 
John '), eldest son, was born at " Stone Castle," April 19, 1702. Freeman, 
May 5, 1724. In division of the estate of his father by Town Council , 1 7 2 5 , he 
received "ye homestead and all ye land within the four miles common 
and the Land in Warwick Neck that was his father's" (see Appendix I.). 
He was married by Rev. James Honeyman of Trinity Church, Newport, on 
June 7, 1727, to Elizabeth, daughter of Captain John and Elizabeth (Carr) 
Godfrey, and granddaughter of Governor Caleb Carr and his second wife. 
She was born May 21, 1709, died November 30, 1789, and was buried at 
Stone Castle. Her will was made June 6, 1788. She was baptized by 
immersion, at Warwick, by Rev. Dr. McSparran, missionary from the Church 
of England, April 12, 1750. Richard Greene died December 28, 1778, and 
was also biu-ied at Stone Castle. His wife is alluded to in family corre- 
spondence as a woman of remarkable piety, and her daughter Elizabeth as 
"an honorable pious woman of the same society as her mother." 

144 TJie Greene Family. 


510. Elizabeth, bom June 17, 1728, died unmarried, March 19, 1816. Her will, 

dated January 31, 1S05, was proved April 4, 1816. 

511. Thomas, bom October 11, 1729, married (i) Mary Low, (2) Sarah Wickes. 

512. Godfrey, bom May 31, 1732, married Freelove Greene. 

513. William, bom January 3, 1733, died 1736. 

514. William, bom June 9, 1737, married Comfort Greene. 
'■'' 515. Welthyan, bom January i, 1738, died March 27, 1739. 

516. Benjamin, bom January 5, 1741, died at Surinam, July 21, 1771. 

517. John, bom Noveraber 10, 1743, married Mary Greene. 

518. Caleb, bom January 3, 1746, married Mary Lippitt. 

" Newport R. I. June y^ g""^ 1727 : 

" This certifies whom it may concern y! Mr. Richard Greene was Maryed 
to Mrs. EHzabeth Godfrey in Newport aforesaid upon y^ 7**^ Day of this 
instant according to the form prescribed in the lyttergy of y* church of 
England, their banes of marriage having been first duly published in Testi- 
mony whereof I herewith sete my hand y" Day and date above. 

"James Honeyman." 

181. ELIZABETH^ GREENE (Richard ^ Thomas % John') was 
bom at "Stone Castle," xA.ugust 20, 1710. She married, August 31, 1726, 
James Allen of Newport, son of Captain James Allen. We have no record 
of children besides the following item from East Greenwich records: " Ben- 
jamin Fry Esq. of E. Greenwich and Rachel Allen daughter of Capt. James 
Allen, late of Newport, married Jan'y 19, 1756." Elizabeth Greene, by 
Council's division of her father's estate, received "all 3'e land in Wails and 
ye part of ye farm by IMattesons with W" Greene and ye quarter of ye 
hundred acres by Mishinek and half the right and quarter in Chippenoxit." 


519. Rachel Allen, married 5(?Hya;H/n Fry. 

186. THOMAS^ GREENE "of Bristol" (Richard ^ Thomas % 
John ') was bom at " Stone Castle," April 14, 1713. Freeman, Newport, 
May 4, 1736. By division of his father's estate by Coimcil, 1725, he re- 
ceived "ye Naticke farme and all ye land at Mashantitut." He married, 
April 9, 1732, EHzabeth, daughter of Colonel Charles and Hannah (Paine) 
Church of Bristol, bom December 24, 17 10, died at Woodstock, Conn.,' 
April 22, 1774. He was recorded as "of Newport" in 1733, where they 

I Mrs. Greene's sister, Dorothy Church, married Samuel Chandler, of Woodstock, and it may 
have been at her home that Mrs. Greene died. 

Fourth Geuemfion. 145 

resided for some time and where most of their children were bom. He 
was Captain of mihtia in Bristol County, 1748, and Colonel, December 18, 
1758; Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Bristol, 1757; Deputy to 
the General Assembly under the first charter for six years, 1747-56 inclu- 
sive. Colonel Greene died November 3, 1769, and was buried at Bristol. 
His will (Appendix I.), dated September 29, 1769, was proved November 
9, 1769, in which he mentions "wife Elizabeth, sons Thomas, Nathaniel, 
and Benjamin, and daughter Mary, wife of Rev Abiel Leonard of Wood- 
stock Conn." 


520. Thomas, bom March 21, 1733, married Amy Whipple. 

521. Hannah, bom November 25, 1734, married Gardiner Chandler. 

522. Elizabeth, bom November 14, 1736. 

523. Nathaniel, bom May 23, 1738, married Keziah Richardson. 

524. Welthyan, bom December 14, 1740, died January 29, 1741. 

525. Mary, bom February, 1741, died July 31, 1742. 

526. Mary, bom June 18, 1742-3, married, May 8, 1766, Rev. Ahiel Leonard. 

527. Constance, bom 1746, died April 24, 1747. 

528. Benjamin, bom March, 1755; a physician. Resided in Vermont and Canada. 


Colonel Charles Church, father of Thomas Greene's wife, was the 
son of the distinguished warrior. Colonel Benjamin Church. He left by 
will, proved November 29, 1746, a legacy of land "to dau. Elizabeth wife 
of Major Thomas Greene," also "land to Church of Christ in Bristol for 
support of gospel in the Presbyterian or Congregational way" (see Austin's 
Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, p. 42). 

In 1757, at the time Fort Henry was besieged, John Adams, who had 
offered his services to Colonel John Chandler, was sent by him to the Gov- 
ernor of Rhode Island. On his return he made this entry in his diary: 
" I spent the night with Col. Greene at Bristol whose wife is a Church, 
sister to Mrs. John Chandler" (Chandler Family, p. 227). 

187. WELTHYAN^ GREENE (Richard ^ Thomas % John') was 
born at "Stone Castle," February 19, 1714-15, died July 15, 1797. She 
married, September 12, 1734, Jeremiah * Lippitt, born January 27, 1711, 
son of Moses ' Lippitt (Moses ' , John ' ) of Old Warwick. She was bap- 
tized by Rev. Dr. McSparran, April 21, 1750. Moses Lippitt left by will, 
dated January 20, 1744, proved January 24, 1745, "to son Jeremiah a lot 
in Horse Neck, and half of warehouse and lot in Warwick near the wharf." 
Jeremiah Lippitt was a great-grandson of John, one of the early proprietors 
of Providence and one of the thirty-eight who signed the agreement for 

146 TJie Greene Family. 

form of government; also one of the Commissioners appointed to form a 
government under the charter of Warwick, 1648. His father, Moses Lip- 
pitt, was Deputy from Warwick for six years, between 1715 and 1730; and 
Jeremiah was Town Clerk of Warwick, 1742-76. 


529. Anna Lippitt, bom November 15, 1735, married Colonel Christopher Greene 

of the Revolutionary army (see No. 250). 

530. Welthian Lippitt, bom 1737, died young. 

531. Jeremiah Lippitt, bom 1737, died s. p. 

532. Thomas Lippitt, died at Demerara, unmarried. 

533. Elizabeth Lippitt, bom 1744, died unmarried. 

534. Welthian Lippitt, born March 15, 1746-7, married William Greene^ 

{Philip 4, ]oh 3, John ^, John ') (see No. 253). 

535. William Lippitt, born March 9, 1748-9, married Patience Earle (?). 

536. John Lippitt, bom May 15, 1750, died April, 1797, and was buried on the 

coast of Africa. He was a sea captain and sailed to the East Indies. He 
married, May 19, 1776, Anne, daughter of Amos and Sophia {Harris) War- 
ner, who died 1820. They had ten children, viz. : (i) Jeremiah, bom 1777, 
died 1778. (2) John, bom 1779, died 1795. (3) Marj', bom 1780, died 1854; 
married, lygS, Joseph Potter (son oi Joseph and Abby), who died 1804; they 
had two children. (4) Jeremiah, born 1782, died young. (5) Thomas Harris, 
bom 1784, died 1789. (6) Joseph, born 1785, died young. (7) William, 
bom 1786, died 1787. (8) Nancy, bom 1787, died 1790. (9) Sally, born 
1791, died 1813. (10) Louisa, bom 1796, married, 1813, Captain Joseph 
Herlitz, who died 18 17. They resided in Providence, and had one daughter, 
died 1829, aged fourteen years. 

537. Moses Lippitt, bom December 16, 1752, died April 11, 1833. He was a mer- 

chant of Providence, R. I., and engaged in the East India trade. He mar- 
ried, November 7, 1785, his cousin Elizas, daughter of Joseph'^ Lippitt 
{Moses 3, Moses ^ , John '), bom September 26, 1760, died August 12, 1830. 
Their children were: (i) Joseph Francis, born March 25, 1788, died Sep- 
tember 25, 1857. He was graduated from Brown University, 1805. He 
married (i) Caroline Snow, daughter Captain James Munro of Providence. 
She was the granddaughter of Rev. Joseph Snow, pastor of Beneficent 
Church for fifty years. She died April, 1815; had two sons, (Brigadier- 
General) James Francis Lippitt, and one who died in infancy. Joseph 
Francis Lippitt married a second time. {2)Jcremiah, bom October 11, 1790. 
B. U., 1808. Removed to Wilmington, N. C, where his children lived. 

(3) Lucy Ann, bom May 20, 1793, died unmarried, December 16, 1866. 

(4) William, born April 11, 1795, died October 23, 1847. He also moved 
to Wilmington, and died, leaving four children. (5) John, born November 
9, 1796, died unmarried. (6) (Rev.) Edward Russell, born April 23, 1798, 
died March 9, 1870. B. U., 1817. Moved to Virginia. Professor Theolog- 
ical Academy, Alexandria, 1829. Married, about this time, Mary Frances, 
daughter Charles and Mary B. Alexander of Mt. Ida. Four children sur- 
vived. (7) Thomas Bowen, bom April 5, 1800, married Elizabeth Schafjcr. 

From Portrait by Copley. 1758. 

Foitrth Generation. 147 

195. THOMAS* GREENE "of Boston" (Nathaniel 3, Thomas % 
John ') was born in Boston, Mass., June 4, 1705. Yale College, 1727. He 
was a merchant of prominence and a director in the Massachusetts Bank, 
and was highly respected by his associates. He married (i), February 22, 
1727, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Sarah (Chandler) Gardiner and 
great-granddaughter of Lion Gardiner, the first proprietor of Gardiner's 
Island. It is a tradition of the Isle of Wight (Gardiner's Island) that 
"Thomas Greene Chaplain to John Gardiner (who had the same pay as the 
hired men and the keep of his horse extra) ran off with his daughter Eliza- 
beth who was at school in Boston, and married her." She died in Boston, 
February 3, 1743-4. He married (2), September 6, 1744, Martha, daughter 
of Dr. John and Mehitable (Chandler) Coit and widow of Daniel Hubbard, 
bom April i, 1706. She was the great-granddaughter of John Coit, who 
came from Glamorganshire, Wales, and was the first shipwright of New 
London, Conn. The mother of Mrs. Greene is mentioned as " a woman 
of imusual energy and power, physically and mentally." Family corre- 
spondence states that "Thomas & Martha [Coit] Greene owned the first 
coach in Boston having their Coat of Arms a deer's [buck's] head" (see 
Chandler Family). Thomas Greene died in Boston, August 5, 1763, and 
was buried in the family vault at Granary Cemetery, Boston. In com- 
pliance with his expressed wish, his children presented Trinity Church, 
Boston, the same year with a fund, called the "Greene Foundation," for 
the support of assistant rectors. We learn from The Greene Family in 
England and America, recently published by Mr. Frederick Amory of Boston 
for private distribution, that " this fund was originally 500;^ but now in- 
creased twenty fold it furnishes a substantial addition to its funds ' ' (see 
Annals of King's Chapel, vol. i., p. 496, containing engraving of Thomas 
Greene's autograph); also that Mr. Greene "was long a member of the 
parish of King's Chapel where he occupied part of pew No 56, previously 
owned by his mother." He removed to Trinity Church about 1740. Mr. 
Greene owned land on Newbury Street (now Washington), Boston, south 
of West Street, and running back to the Common. There were several 
houses on this land, one being his mansion house. A plan of the estate is 
on file in Suffolk Probate Office. It is referred to in his will, dated Decem- 
ber 6, 1 761, proved August 6, 1763. The Boston Theatre stands on part 
of this estate. 

Children by First Marriage: 

538. Thomas, bom July i8, 1729, married Mary Olney. 

539. John, bom December 24, 1731, married Catharine Greene. 

540. Mary, bom May i, 1734, married Daniel Hubbard, Jr. 

The Greene Family. 

541. William, bom October 25, 1736, married Elizabeth Salter. 

542. Nathaniel, bom April 12, 1738, married Anstice Greene. 

543. Samuel, bom October 4, 1740, died Boston, September 23, 1847. 

544. Elizabeth, born October 25, 1742, died July 8, 1743. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

545. Joseph, bom January 26, 1745, married Mary Greene. 

546. Benjamin, bom August 25, 1747, died aged one year. 

547. David, born June 20, 1749, married Rebecca Rose. 

548. Martha, born 1751, died 1752. 

Martha Coit had five children by her first marriage: Captain Russell 
Hubbard, Lucretia Hubbard, Daniel Hubbard, Jr. (who married Mary 
Greene, daughter of her second husband, Thomas Greene), Ehzabeth Hub- 
bard, and Wm. Hubbard. Her first husband, Daniel Hubbard, was great- 
great-grandson of Governor Haynes of Hartford, Conn., and his second 
wife, Mabel Harlakenden {Chandler Family, pp. 54, 55). 

196. RUFUS* GREENE "of Boston" (Nathaniel ^ Thomas % 
John') was bom at Boston, Mass., May 30, 1707. He was married in 
King's Chapel, Boston, December 10, 1728, by the rector. Rev. Henry 
Harris, to Katharine, daughter of Edward Stanbridge, one of the fifty- 
three pew-holders of Christ Church, Boston, at its consecration, December 
29, 1723 (who died July 11, 1734, and was buried, as was also his son 
Edward, in King's Chapel graveyard). 

Rufus Greene was a merchant and goldsmith in connection with his 
brother, Nathaniel, at Boston. He died December 31, 1777, and was 
buried in the Greene tomb at Granary Burial Ground on Tremont Street, 
Boston, where he owned the vault which came into the possession of his 
descendants. His wife Katharine died January 13, 1768, aged fifty-nine. 
His will, dated Boston, May 13, 1777, was proved January 13, 1778. His 
children were all baptized in King's Chapel, where he was for several years 
a vestryman or warden. 


549- Anne, born December 16, 1729, died young. 

550. Katharine, born November 22, 1731, married John Amory. 

551. Rufus, bom August 23, 1733, died unmarried, October 19, 1760. 

552. Mary, bom February 27, 1734, married William Taylor. 

553. Anne, bom December 19, 1736, died s. p., August 30, 1773, aged thirty- 

seven years. 

554. Henry, bom January 6, 1738, not mentioned in his father's will and probably 

died young. 

Fouyth Generation. 149 

555. Elizabeth, bom January 3, 1739, died August i, 1777. 

556. William, bom December 13, 1741, was living at date of his father's will, 

May 13, 1777. 

557. Sarah, bom December 7, 1743, married Thomas Hinckling. 

558. Martha, baptized March 9, 1747, married William Taylor, widower of her 

sister Mary. 

197. NATHANIEL^ GREENE "of Surinam, S. A." (Nathaniel ^ 
Thomas % John ') was born in Boston, Ma}^ 14, 1709. He was eariy en- 
gaged in business at Boston with his brother Rufus; later a merchant at 
Paramaribo, Guiana, on the Surinam River, South America, where he 
resided, 1737. He was married, June 27, 1729, by Rev. Dr. Joseph Sewall, 
to Elizabeth, daughter of Boynton (?) Taylor of Boston. She died at Suri- 
nam, October 3, 1768, after an illness of six years, aged sixty-two. Nath- 
aniel Greene also died at Surinam (1792 ?). Mrs. Garfield, widow of the 
late President of the United States, is descended from him (see No. 562). 
In 1732 he, with his brother William, receipted for their portions of their 
father's estate, ;^i438 each (will of Nathaniel Greene [Stiffolk County], 
July 17, 1732, wife Elizabeth executrix). 


559. Anne, bom at Boston, August 5, 1731, died at Surinam, S. A. 

560. Nathaniel, bom August 23, 1733, at Boston, probably died young. 

561. Elizabeth, bom December 25, 1734, died at Surinam. 

562. John, bom December 10, 1736, married Azitbah Ward. 


198. WILLIAM* GREENE (NathanieP, Thomas % John was 
bom in Boston, May 3, 1711. At the age of twenty-one (1732) he receipted 
for his portion of his father's estate, and we have no further account of him 
He died s. p. 

199. BENJAMIN* GREENE "of Boston" (NathanieP, Thomas % 
John") was bom in Boston, January 11, 171 2-13, where he resided. He 
married at New London, Conn., February 7, 1736, Mary, daughter of Hon. 
John and Hannah (Gardiner) Chandler of Worcester, Mass., bom Septem- 
ber 9, 1 717, died February 28, 1756. Her mother, Hannah Gardiner, was 
a lineal descendant of Lion Gardiner, an officer in the British army, who 
came to this country from London in 1635, and had been employed as an 
engineer under the Prince of Orange in the Netherlands. He was first 
employed in America at Saybrook, Conn., but after a few years purchased 
the " Isle of Wight," at the east end of Long Island, called more commonly 
"Gardiner's Island" {Chandler Family, pp. 116-21). Here Hannah and 

150 The Greene Family. 

Judge Chandler were married, October 23, 17 16, by John Mulford, Esq. 
Mary, their daughter, who married Benjamin Greene, was the eldest of 
seven, who were "remarkable for their beauty and intelligence and held a 
high social position." Benjamin Greene died April jo, 1776. His wife 
died February 28, 1756, aged thirty-nine. 


563. Benjamin, bom June 23, 1738, married Elizabeth Hubbard. 

564. Hannah, bom March 29, baptized April 3, 1741, at Trinity Church; died un- 

married, September 2, 1791. 

565. John, bom September 27, died November 16, 1743. 

566. Mary, bom November 3, 1745, married Joseph Greene. 

567. LucRETiA, bom July 17, 1748, married Captain John Callahan. 

568. Sarah, bom December 17, 1750, died unmarried, February 28, 1826. 

569. Gardiner, bom September 23, 1753, married (i) Anne Reading, (2) Elizabeth 

Hubbard, and (3) Elizabeth Copley. 

570. Anne, bom and died February 28, 1756. 

Judge John Chandler was (1736) Commander of the "Ancient and 
Honorable Artillery Co.," Boston (vol. i., pp. 469-70). His portrait and 
that of his wife, by Simbert, are in the possession of Mrs. Franklin Dexter, 
Boston, Mass. A Copley portrait of Benjamin Greene was left to Rev. 
John Singleton Copley Greene by his mother, Elizabeth Clarke (Copley) 
Greene, third wife of Gardiner, son of Benjamin Greene. (See The Greene 
Family in England and America, Boston, 1901.) 


201. JOHNS GREENE "of Conimicut" (Peter % Peter J, John % 
John '), eldest son, was bom April 23, 1711. Freeman, May 2, 1732. He 
inherited the homestead of his father at Conimicut Point by will and by 
entail. He married, June 12, 1737, Elizabeth, daughter of George Foster 
of East Greenwich, who died August 8, 1780. John Greene died January 2, 


571. Comfort, bom July 26, 1738, married William Greene. 

572. Stephen, bom May 22, 1740, married (i) Mercy Lockwood, (2) Mercy Jeitckes. 

573. William, bom December 24, 1742, married (i) Phebc Johnson, (2) Waite 


574. Peter, bom April 6, 1747, married Elizabeth Johnson. 

575. John, bom December 12, 1754, married Hannah Greene. 

202. ANNE 5 GREENE (Peter ^ Peter % John % John ') was born 
in Old Warwick, December 4, 1712. She married, March 6, 1735. Nathan 
Westcott, son of Josiah (Jeremiah % Stukely ') and Hannah (Gardner) 
Westcott of Providence, born March 23, 1 7 1 1 . Stukely Westcott, his great- 
grandfather, was one of the twenty-nine who signed the agreement for the 
civil government of Providence, July 27, 1640, and was one of the original 
members of the First Baptist Church. He was Commissioner, 165 1-5 and 
1660; Surveyor of Highways, 1652-6; and Assistant, 1663. The Town 
Council met at his house. In 1 664 he was authorized " to keep an ordinary 
for the entertainment of strangers during the time the King's Commissioners 
held court in Warwick. He died January 12, 1677. 

Nathan Westcott settled near the home farm of this great-grandfather, 
where he died February 25,1 796. His wife, Anne, died January 6, 1 744, and 
he married (2), April 2, 1745, Mary, daughter of Thomas Rutenberg, son 
of John of Warwick, and had thirteen children, of whom a daughter, 
Penelope, married Benjamin Greene; and a son, Caleb, married Susan 
Greene (Nos. 729, 730). 

152 The Greene Family. 

Nathan Westcott was by trade a cordwainer. He was deacon in the 
"Six Principles Baptist" Church, spending much of his time preaching in 
adjacent towns. He was much respected, and exerted a wide influence in 
civil and religious affairs. 


576. Hannah Westcott, bom December 31, 1731, married, August 20, 1770, Jon- 

athan Stone of Cranston, R. I. (John ^ , Hugh '), bom 1720, died Johnston, 
R. I. Their children were: Mercy, married Oliver Williams (great-great- 
grandson of Roger), Phebe, Hannah, and Jacob. 

577. Keziah Westcott, born June 6, 1740, died unmarried, September 19,1800 

(See Westcott Genealogy, p. 85.) 

203. RICHARD 5 GREENE (Peter \ Peter ^ John-', John was 
bom at Old Warwick, October 3, 1715. Freeman of the Colony, May 3, 
1737. He made his will on entering the Colonial service. May 15, 1760, 
which was proved January 15, 1761. The Colony raised a regiment for the 
campaign of 1760 under General Amherst, who, after the fall of Quebec, 
was commander-in-chief of the forces which took Montreal and completed 
the conquest of Canada. Richard Greene died July 30, 1760. He married, 
June, 1742, Mary, daughter of Captain Thomas Rice of Warwick and grand- 
daughter of Captain John and Elnathan (Whipple) Rice. 

Captain John Rice made his will, August 17, 1753 (which was proved 
February 10, 1755), in which he bequeathed to his son Thomas lands "in 
the fork of Pawtuxet river," two other lots of land, and £25. 


578. Audrey, bom December 8, 1743, died, s. p., August 10, 1798. Buried in 

Friends' Burial Ground, Providence. 

579. Mary, bom November 25, 1745. 

580. Thomas Rice, bom June 17, 1748, married Mary Briggs. 

581. John Holden, bom March 18, 1750. 

582. Peter, bom January 23, 1754, married Sarah Davis. 

583. Keziah, bom February 19, 1756. 

584. Bethiah, born October 26, 1758, married John Levally. 

204. PETER' GREENE (Peter ^ Peter ^ John % John ■) was born 
at Old Warwick, March 6, 17 19. Freeman, May, 1739. He died at sea, 
February 18, 1746. 

205. DEBORAH' GREENE (Peter \ Peter 3, John % John') was 
born at Old Warwick, January 4, 1721. She married, January 31, 1738, 
Captain Charles Rhodes, son of John and Catharine (Holden) Rhodes, bom 

Fifth Generation. 153 

September 29, 1719, at Warwick, died at Cranston, R. I., 1777. He was 
the grandson of Lieutenant Charles and Catharine (Greene) Holden, and 
great-grandson of Deputy-Governor John Greene, his wife's great-grand- 


585. Waite Rhodes, bom Warwick, August 25, 1740, died October, 1811. She 

married, July 10, 1757, Peleg Remington of Warwick, and had six children. 

586. Peter Rhodes, bom at Warwick, February 24, 1741, died March 16, 1823, 

married, March 22, 1761, Hesta Arnold, daughter of Simon and Lydia 
{Greene) Arnold, bom October 23, 1740; had nine children. 

587. Charles Rhodes, bom at Warwick, October 23, 1743, died April 12, 1744. 

588. Charles Rhodes, bom at Warwick, January 29, 1745. He was ist Lieuten- 

ant in the " Pawtuxet Rangers," 1783, and was jointly with his elder 
brother Peter administrator of his father's estate {Warwick Records). 

589. Anthony Rhodes, bom July 9, 1748. 


James Rhodes, born October 17, 1751. 
Kezia Rhodes, bom March 22, 1755. 
Anne Rhodes, bom June 23, 1757. 
Elizabeth Rhodes, bom April 5, 1761. 
Frances Rhodes, bom March 3, 1764. 

Dates from Bible Record of Charles Rhodes in possession of a descendant 
of his daughter, Waite Remington. 

206. ELIZABETH-^ GREENE (Peter \ Peter ^ John % John') 
was bom at Old Warwick, March 29, 1724. She married, October 22, 1744, 
John 5 Stafford, son of Captain John and grandson of Joseph and Sarah 
(Holden) Stafford of Warwick, born about 1720. (See No. 82.) 


604. John Stafford, married Martha, daughter of Henry Rice of Coweset, born 
October 9, 1754. They lived in a large gambrel-roofed house about three 
quarters of a mile north of East Greenwich. Thomas Rice (brother of 
Henry) makes the following mention in his will, dated July i, 1797, proved 
January 12, 1798: "To niece Martha Stafford, wife of John, and daughter 
of my brother Henry Rice, whom I brought up from in fancy, all the lots 
of land I own in that part of Warwick called Fulling Mill [Apponaug]. " 
John Stafford's will, dated March 19, 1798, proved April 7, 1798, gives 
to his wife Martha "the use and profits of all my money and securities 
during her life as widow, to bring up and support and educate our children 
under age, and after her death, or at time of second marriage." Also, left 
land to his "sons Thomas Rice and Henry Rice," and to his "four single 
daughters, Marbury, Patty, Polly and Mercy Stafford $200 each; to daugh- 
ter Betty [Elizabeth] Greene $500; to honored and aged mother Elizabeth 
Stafford $100; to beloved wife Martha and son Thomas Rice Stafford, all 
the rest of estate." {Warwick Records, Book of Wills No. 5.) 

154 The Greoie Family. 

The children of John and Martha were: (i) Anna, born January 12, 1775, 
married Thomas Taylor, son oi Atnbrose. (2) Elizabeth, bom March 30, 1780, 
married (i), March 19, 1796, Samuel Greene, son of Caleb (No. 736), and 

(2) Olney Potter; (3) September 24, 1837, Pardon Mason, died May 
18, 1845, aged eighty-seven. She died June 9, 1856, aged seventy-six. 

(3) Thomas Rice, bom March 6, 1782, married 'a daughter of Ambrose 
Taylor. (4) Marbury, bom July 25, 1784, married July 15, 1804, Martin 

S. Wightman. (5) Polly (Mary), bom February 2, 1788, married 

Whitford. (6) John Greene, bom April i, 1790. 

[Their father's will mentions three other children not included in this 
record, viz.: "son Henry Rice "and "daughters Patty and Mercy."] 

214. MARY= GREENE (John \ Peter ^ John % John") was bom 
at the Coweset farm, April 10, 1723. She married, April 19, 1752, Silas 
Clapp, son of John and Elizabeth Douglas (Quincy) Clapp, and a great- 
great-grandson of Dr. George Gilson Clapp, who claimed that the family 
were of Italian origin. He was graduated from an English university and 
afterward travelled extensively for twenty years, acquiring several lan- 
guages. He sailed from London in 1665, and settled first in South Carolina, 
removing later to Westchester County, N. Y., near the Hudson, where he 
practised medicine. He was esteemed as one of the most learned men of 
the Colony. 

Silas Clapp ' (John *, John ^, John \ George G.') was a member of the 
Society of Friends, and a man of a cool, calm temperament. He was born 
at Rye, Westchester County, N. Y., February 27, 1717. His father-in-law. 
Captain John Greene "of Coweset," remembered him in his will, and ap- 
pointed his " daughter Mary, wife of Silas Clapp," his sole executrix, leaving 
to her the homestead farm. Mrs. Clapp was of a delicate constitution, and 
was greatly taxed by long attendance upon her afflicted mother. She never 
rallied from grief at her father's death, and this depression so increased 
that her death came suddenly by her own hand on July 8, 1760, about two 
years later. It was dtiring a visit to Block Island and Warwick that Silas 
Clapp became acquainted with his future wife, Mary Greene. He died, 
March 19, 1777, aged sixty-eight, and was buried on the Coweset farm, as 
were all the family of Captain John Greene. The homestead was left to his 
son, John Clapp, whose descendants continued to occupy it. Silas Clapp 
married (2), August 25, 1763, Elizabeth Greene (No. 369). 


605. John Clapp, born May 14, 1754, died September 19, 1815, married, August 
31, 1775, Anne Waterman, of Coventry, R. I., bom May 27, 1748, died Sep- 
tember 19, 1844. Had seven children: (i) Silas, born August 29, 1776, 

Fifth Generation. 155 

died October 8, 1853. (2) Mary, bom August 30, 1778, died February 11, 
1868, unmarried. (3) John, bom August 8, 1780, married Catharine God- 
frey, and removed to Abington, Conn. (4) Thomas, bom March 26, 1782, 
died October 7, 1828; married Hannah Smith. (5) Anna, bom September 
6, 1784, died March 10, 1876, in her ninety-second year. She retained her 
faculties and received her friends on her ninety-first birthday. (6) William, 
bom January 24, 1786, died October 31, 1873, married Mary Reynolds. 
(7) Waterman, horn April iS, 1788, married Eliza Woodward oi Providence, 
and continued to reside, after the death of his wife, with his two daugh- 
ters, on the old homestead farm at Coweset. He died in Warwick, August 9 , 
1884. The original house, after many years, was raised and somewhat 
enlarged ; and it still retained some of the old furnishings — one chair bore 
the date of 1696. The family burial-ground was not far from this house. 

606. Phebe Clapp, bom March 14, 1756, died September 26, 1795, in her fortieth 


607. David Clapp, bom May 5, 1757. 

Mrs. Catharine (Ray) Greene, wife of Governor Wm. Greene, wrote, 
March 25, 1792, that "Dorothy, daughter of Simon Ray of Block Island 
[her father's sister], married a Clapp at Rye ; some are said to be living there 
yet — very clever people." This probably referred to John ^ Clapp, grand- 
father of Silas, who married Mary Greene. Silas's grandmother, Dorothy 
Ray, was a granddaughter of the first Captain Nathaniel Thomas of Marsh- 
field, Mass. 

Simon Ray, in his will, dated October 11, 1737, gives "to kinsman 
Silas Clapp 100 pounds in current money of the colony." (See Clapp 
Memorial, published by David Clapp & Sons.) 

216. PHEBE 5 GREENE (John ^ Peter ^ John =, John ') was born 
at Coweset, Warwick, May 3, 1728. She married, April 6, 1749, Thomas 
Greene of Nassauket, Warwick, son of Fones and Rebecca (Tibbitts) Greene, 
bom November 22, 17 19. She died November 21, 1753, in her twenty- 
fifth year. He married (2), Mary (Waterman) Greene, widow of his brother 
Fones. (For children's record, see No. 319.) 

217. JAMES 5 GREENE " of Centre ville ' ' (William ^ , Peter ^ , John ^ 
John '), eldest son, was born at Old Warwick, September 8, 17 13. Free- 
man, May 6, 1735. He was an enterprising man, engaged in farming and 
manufacturing. He received from his father the "mansion house in Old 
Warwick" and valuable lands in the neighborhood of the tide-mill. In 
this home he resided for a niunber of years, but when Revolutionary troubles 
began, Old Warwick was much exposed to attacks from ruffians, and the 
house of James Greene was seized and converted into barracks, while he was 
forced to remove to his farm at Centre ville. At this period the change was 

156 The Greene Family. 

described as "going into the woods," and was a marked contrast to the 
dehghtful banks of the Narragansett. The Centre ville farm in the course of 
time became sufficiently attractive, however, for a permanent residence. 
Like his father, James Greene was not ambitious for office and held only 
that of magistrate. Among the anecdotes illustrative of his good humor 
and tact while dispensing justice, the following was told of a simple-minded 
couple whom he had united in marriage, who soon proved to be uncongenial 
to each other. The husband had called upon "Squire Greene" to lodge a 
complaint against the "bad disposition" of his better half. He found his 
wife already there before him, having concluded her charges against the 
"vile wretch of a husband." Mr. Greene, after listening a few moments, 
asked if they had strong memories? Both answered, " No." — "That's it," 
said Squire Greene, "that's the whole affair; you have forgotten what 
you promised to do when I married you to each other. Now, I '11 marry 
you again, and you must listen to every word, and you'll be happy for the 
future." The repetition of the ceremony restored them to good will, and 
they often declared that " Squire Greene married them a great deal stronger 
the second time than the first ! ' ' 

Mr. Greene was also, like his father, a member of the Society of Friends, 
and was married in the Friends' Meeting-House at East Greenwich, June 
iS> 1735 (?).to Desire, daughter of Giles and Mary Slocum of that town. As 
a wedding gift, Desire received from her Quaker father a female slave! 
James Greene died May 30, 1792, in his seventy-ninth year. He left by 
will the homestead near Conimicut Point, inherited from his father, William 
Greene, to his "grandson Giles," and his own family mansion in Centreville 
to his only surviving son, James; his widow "to share one third of the 
profits of the real estate." The three lame and dependent daughters — 
Mary, Sarah, and Agnes — were to occupy a portion of the house and "be 
supported by their brother James." Ample provisions were also made for 
several slaves, including "Clara" (his wedding gift to his daughter), who 
always declared she was a princess, her father being an African king. But 
the "princess" in her later years had a fall to the cellar and could not 
escape injury, though " always kindly cared for until her death, when she 
was biiried near the family graveyard." James Greene was the founder of 
the Centreville burying-ground. " He was buried in the James Greene 
cemetery on the east side of the river, about ^ of a mile south of the Bridge 
at Centreville." 

Children : 

608. William, born January 7, died January 23, 1738. 

609. Mary, born January 5, 1739-40, unmarried. Mentioned only in her father's will. 

Fifth Generation. i57 

6io. Sarah, born August 17, 1742, unmarried. Mentioned only in her father's 

611. Giles, bom March 25, 1745, married Phehe Rhodes. 

612. Elizabeth, bom July 15, 1748. died September 2, 1751. 

613. Desire, bom January 6, 1750, married Spencer Merrill. 

614. Almy, bom May 27, 1752, married Jabez Comstock. 

615. Tames, bom 1754, married Rebecca Pitman. 

616. Rachel, bora August 2, 1759, married Thomas Whitaker. 

617. Agnes, unmarried. Mentioned only in her father's will. 

218. ELIZABETH 5 GREENE (William \ Peter ^ John % John') 
was bom at Old Warwick, September 25, 17 15. She married, August 9, 
1737, Benjamin Jefferson of Newport, baptized September 8, 1717 {Trinity 
Church Records). "Elizabeth Jefferson wife of Benjamin, mariner, died 
Apr. 23, 1780." (Another account gives the date "Oct. 17, 1782, in her 
67th year.") 

Children (baptized Trinity Church, Newport) : 

618. Sarah Jefferson [baptized Febmary 29, 1747 {Vital Records, R. I., Febm- 

619. Peter Jefferson ) ary 18.) 

620. Elizabeth Jefferson, baptized September 25, 1748. 

This may not be the full record, but it is all that could be obtained. 
There may have been other children, bom earlier. 

219. SARAH 5 GREENE (William ^ Peter ^ John % John ^ was 
born at Old Warwick, September 17, 17 18, died November 14, 1776. She 
married, April 25, 1738, her second cousin, Captain John Rhodes, son of 
Major John and Catharine (Holden) Rhodes, who was daughter of Lieuten- 
ant Charles and Catharine (Greene) Holden. Captain Rhodes was born at 
Warwick, May 5, 1716, and died in 1774. His will, dated February 7, 1774, 
proved July 18, 1774, after providing for all just debts and legacies, divides 
his property equally between his four sons. " From the amount received 
from sale of land and buildings, the daughters to have one half as much 
as the sons." He mentions his "wife Sarah," "daughter Catharine Bud- 
long," and "my honored father, Major John Rhodes." His widow was 
made executrix. 


621. Catharine Rhodes, married September 28, 1758, Samuel Budlong, son of 

Moses Budlong of Warwick. 

622. John Rhodes, bom April 8, 1744, married, August 25, 1763, Rosaiuia, daugh- 

ter of Elder Daniel Budlong. Removed to Bridgewater, N. Y., where he 
died after 1822 (one account states that he died in Rhode Island while on a 
visit there). They had twelve children. 

158 The Greene Family. 

623. Phebe Rhodes, bom 1748-9, married (i), September 13, 1764, her cousin, 

Giles * Greene {James s, WmA, Peter 3, John ', John ') (see No. 611 for fur- 
ther record). She married (2), March 2, 1767, Nathaniel Chapman, and 
died May 9, 1823. 

624. Sarah Rhodes, born March 15, 1750, married, April 27, 1770, Daniel Bud- 

long of Warwick, son of Daniel and Rebecca {Davis) Budlong, and grandson 
of John Budlong, who was captured by the Indians, November, 1675, but 
afterwards restored to his uncle, Moses Lippitt, his mother's brother; his 
father, Francis Budlong, and all his family (save John) having been slain 
by the Indians. Daniel Budlong, who married Sarah Rhodes, was bom 
October 6, 1741. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and died of camp-fever 
during the war, at the home of his father-in-law. Captain John Rhodes. He 
was buried in the Budlong burial-ground. His widow married (2) Captain 
Joseph Hill. She died at Albion, N. Y., aged ninety-one years (1841). 
Daniel Budlong, her son, married March 17, 1797, Martha, daughter of 
Moses and Sarah {Dixon) Campbell and granddaughter of Doctor John 
Campbell, who came from Ulster County, Ireland, about 1698, to New Lon- 
don, Conn. Daniel Budlong, Jr., died at Adrian, Mich., January 24, 1853, 
aged eighty-four years. His wife, Martha, died also at Adrian, and both 
were buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Miranda, their daughter, bom April 
25, 1798, married, June 27, 1822, Rev. Lemuel Dada, bom at Northamp- 
ton, Mass, 1796. She died at Fulton, N. Y., October 6, 1854. Their son, 
Samuel Newell Dada, bom at Cortland, N. Y., December 7, 1826, is still 
living (1901) at Chicago, 111., and is justly proud of his New England ances- 
try. Through his father he traces to the earlier proprietors of Hartford, 
Conn., and Dorchester and Northampton, Mass. 

625. Amey Rhodes, married Thomas Davis, son of Samuel. 

626. James Rhodes was lost at sea; unmarried. 

627. Lydia Rhodes, bom 1755-6. 

628. William Greene Rhodes, married; had one child. His widow married 

again and lived near Rome, N. Y. 

629. Anthony Rhodes, born 1759-60, married Anna . Removed to Her- 

kimer County, N. Y. 

220. AMEY 5 GREENE (William * , Peter ^ , John = , John ' ) was born 
at Old Warwick, April 22, 1721. She married, July 2, 1747, John Culverson 
of Newport. She was formerly the widow of Samuel Tillinghast, son of 
Philip. She died, October 23, 1753, in her thirty-third year. In notes of 
Coventry Records : "10 Nov. 1758: This day died Amey Culverson for- 
merly widow of Samuel Tillinghast." (The name was also written Almy.) 

221. STEPHEN' GREENE (William \ Peter 3, John % John ') was 
born at Old Warwick, July 4, 1723. He married, February 8, 1753, Mary, 
daughter of John Hammett. He died September 8, 1756, in his thirty- 
fourth year. 

FiftJi Geiiemfioii. 159 


630. Phebe, mentioned in her grandfather Greene's will, 1766. 

Mary, widow of Stephen Greene, married (2) October 4, 1761, Daniel 
Gardner (one account states erroneously "She married Daniel Greene of 
Coventry.") From Coventry Records : " Daniel Gardner and Mary Greene 
widow of Stephen, married Oct. 4, 1761." 

222. MERCY 5 GREENE (William \ Peter ^ John ^ John was 
bom at Old Warwick, October 31, 1725. She married. May 30, 1745, her 
third cousin, Lieutenant Job' Greene of Coventry (Pones'*, James 3, 
James % John')- She died April 8, 1800. (Por further record, see No. 

223. PHEBE 5 GREENE (William \ Peter 3, John % John') was 
bom at Old Warwick, August 6, 1728. She was married by Elder John 
Hammett, Jtone 22, 1749, to Thomas' Warner (John'', John ^ John % 
John') of Old Warwick, born March 4, 1721, died June 28, 1769. She 
died December 17, 1768. He was the grandson of John and Elizabeth 
(Coggeshall) Warner of Warwick, and great-great-grandson of John 
Warner, one of the early proprietors of Shawomet, 1643. 


631. Mary Warner, bom September i, 1752, died unmarried, July 27, 1797. 

632. Sarah Warner, born November 27, 1754, married by Elder Charles Holden 

to Anthony Holden, son of Captain Randall and Naomi (Potter) Holden, 
bom February 22, 1751, died May, 1838. She died January 24, 1824, 
buried in the Holden burying- ground. Children: Ann Gibbs Holden, bom 
August 14, 1780, married Thomas Lippitt Greene (see No. 672); Thomas 
Warner Holden, bom October 16, 1783, died December 22, 1793; Naomi 
Potter Holden, born April i, 1787, died October i, 1871, unmarried; Sarah 
Holden, bom April 7, 1793, died April 24, 1796. 

633. Thomas Warner, bom July 26, 1757, married November 24, 1782, by Elder 

John Gorton, to ATary, daughter Nathaniel and Hannah {Waterman) Hill, 
of Warwick bom January 16, 1762, {Mary was half-sister to Thomas * Greene 
{Thomas i, Fones *, James i, James'', John^). In 1808, Thomas Warner 
rented his farm in Old Warwick to Joel Young and moved to a new house 
at Apponaug, which he gave by will to his daughter Catharine T. Warner. 
He died March 10, 1815; his wife died March 18, 1847, and both (with 
their second son, John) were buried at the Old Warwick farm inherited 
from his uncle, John Warner.^ This was the first burial there. His children, 
Thomas and Mary, were buried in the old Warner burying-ground. Chil- 
dren: Isabel Warner, bom September 13, 1783, married John Robinson Water- 
man; Catharine Townsend Warner, bom December 14, 1785, married Captain 
Wm. Harrison; John Warner, bom September 16, 1 788, died September 1793 ; 

i6o The Greene Family. 

Christopher Townsend Warner, horn October 14, 1 791, died September, 1793; 
John Warner, bom November, 1793, died April 8, 1816; Thomas Warner, 
died young; Alary Warner, died young. 

634. Phebe Warner, born May 19, 1760, married James * Greene {James s. Fanes ^ , 

James s, James ', John ') (see No. 758). 

635. Anne Warner, bom September 4, 1763, was married by Elder Abraham Lip- 

pitt, December 2, 1792, to Nathaniel Gorton, son of Wni., Jr., and Submif^ 
(Briggs) Gorton {WmA, Samuel 3, John^ , Samuel'^). Children: Mary Warner 
Gorton, bom October 28, 1794, died unmarried; Eliza Gorton, bom Novem- 
ber 6, 1796, married Captain John C- Evans; Thomas Warner Gorton, bom 
October 28, 1799, married Almira Manchester. 

636. William Warner, born December 8, 1766, died October, 1783, in his seven- 

teenth year. 

224. FREEL0VE5 GREENE (William*, Peter 3, John % John') 
was born at Old Warwick, February 18, 1734. She married, July 23, 1735, 
her third cousin, Godfrey = Greene (Richard *, Richard ^ Thomas % John '). 
She died November 3, 1804. 

(For children's record, see No. 512.) 

225. MARY s GREENE (Elisha *, Peter ^ John % John ') was born 
May 23, 1724. No further mention of her in the family records, but a mar- 
ginal note states that "one of Elisha Greene's daughters married Benjamin 
Arnold — No children." This seems to be an error, and the reference was 
(see No. 227) doubtless to Sarah '^ Greene, daughter of Elisha = (Elisha ". 
James ^ James % John') (see No. 796). 

226. ELISHA' GREENE (Elisha \ Peter ^ John -', John ■), eldest 
son, was bomat Warwick, July 7, 1726. He married (i), December 4, 1748, 
Isabel, daughter of John Budlong, and (2) Sarah Johnson (sister of Jere- 
miah), who survived him. He resided at East Greenwich, where he died in 
1802. His will, dated September 10, 1800, was proved June 26, 1802. 
Mentions "widow Sarah," and bequeaths to "daughters Mary and Eliza- 
beth, house and land where I now live in East Greenwich — to daughter 
Tabitha Lippitt lots in Apponaug opposite the house I lived in near the 
meeting house; to sons Stephen and William, land," etc. 

Children by First Marriage: 

637. Tabitha, bom March 8, 1750, married Moses Lippitt. 

638. Stephen, bom November 5, 1752, married Elizabeth Wightman. 

639. Mary, born July 15, 1755. Mentioned in her sister Elizabeth's will. 

640. William, bom October 8, 1757, married Mary Tibbitts. 

641. Elizabeth, bom November 30, 1759, died unmarried. Will dated June 2, 


FiftJi Geiiemtion. i6i 

227. ELIZABETH^ GREENE (Elisha ^ Peter 3, John % John 
was born at Warwick, June 14, 1731. It is vaguely stated in one account 
that EHzabeth or her sister Mary married Benjamin Arnold (see above), 
but the statement probably refers to Sarah Greene, daughter of Elisha. 
(Elisha ■>, James ^, James % John ') (see No. 796). 

228. LYDIA 5 GREENE (Barlow ^ Peter ^ John % John') was 
born at Warwick, March 18, 1718. She married, March i, 1738, Simeon 
Arnold, son of Israel (Israel ^ Stephen % William ') and his first wife, Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Benjamin and Lydia (Carpenter) Smith. Simeon was 
bom December 25, 17 17. Another Simeon or Simon is recorded "bom 
Oct. 21, 1 713," but he probably died in infancy. 


642. Esther Arnold, bom October 23, 1740, married, March 22, 1761, Peter 

Rhodes (Charles*, Jolin^, Joint \ Zach^). They had eight children: 
Peleg, bom and died 1761 ; Benjamin, bom March 25, 1763, drowned March 

10, 1834; Lydia, bom July 27, 1765 married Remington, had son Peleg; 

Phebe, bom February 14, 1768; James Peter, bom July 11, 1773, died Feb- 
ruary 20, 1832; Arnold, bom February 25, 1776, died at sea June 24, 1826; 
Rosanna, bom October 19, 1778; Charles, bom December 19, 1780. 

643. Benjamin Arnold, bom July 21, 1742. 

644. Phebe Arnold, bom March 21, 1744-5, married (i) Olney Stone, (2) Joshua 


645. Patience Arnold, bom December 4, 1747, married Stephen Smith, Jr., son 

of Stephen. 

646. Israel Arnold, bom February 11, 1749-50, married Mercy Waterman. 

(Barlow Arnold, bom February 11, 1749-50, is given in one account, but 
there is no mention in the family record of this twin brother.) 

647. Lydia Arnold, bom February 23, 1752, married Nathan Westcott. 

648. Elizabeth Arnold, bom September 2, 1758. 

229. ESTHER 5 GREENE (Barlow ^ Peter ^ John ^ John ■ ) was 
born at Warwick, September 2, 1720. She probably died early, as there is 
no further mention of her in records contributed by her father's descendants. 

230. MARTHA 5 GREENE (Barlow \ Peter ^ John % John') was 
born at Warwick, April 30, 1722. She married, April 7, 1743, Dr. Oliver 
Carpenter of Providence. 


649. Lydia Carpenter, bom September 3, 1744. 

650. Barlow Carpenter, bom September 12, 1747. 

1 62 The Greene Family. 

231. BARLOW 5 GREENE (Barlow \ Peter 3, John % John') was 
born at Warwick, October 25, 1724. He probably died young; nothing 
definite in family records. 

232. ISRAEL 5 GREENE (Barlow \ Peter ^ John % John') was 
born in Westchester County, N. Y., January 7, 1743-4, where his father had 
removed from Rhode Island. After some years Israel went to Dutchess 
County, and later was married there to Rachel Thorn of the distinguished 
Thorn family of that county. Both were birthright Quakers, and they 
probably joined hands at the meeting in the old Quaker settlement, " The 
Nine Partners." She died when quite young. 

He married (2) Sarah Deane, the "Widow Haight," born April 18, 
1757. She was a niece of Silas Deane, who was missionary to the Oneida 
and other tribes of Indians in New York State, and who was associated, by 
order of the United States Government, with Benjamin Franklin as Com- 
missioner to the Court of France in 1785. The Deanes of Oneida County 
were for generations the accredited agents of the United States in adjudicat- 
ing matters with various tribes of Indians, on Quaker principles. Israel 
and his second wife joined with the Piatt family of Poughkeepsie, and re- 
moved in 1795 (?) to "the new settlement on Lake Champlain," or Cumber- 
land Bay on the west shore of the lake. The patent was there granted in 
1784 "for 2,000 acres of land" to Judge Zephaniah Piatt and thirty-two 
others. The next summer the frame of a sawmill was raised, June 22, 
1785 — "The mill property being owned by Zephaniah and Theodorus Piatt 
and Melancton Smith." Here at Plattsburg, Israel died, August 26, 1831, 
in his eighty-ninth year. 

In 1836, Thomas Deane, U. S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs, who was 
a cousin of Mrs. Greene, paid her a memorable visit, for they had not met 
for nearly sixty years. Mrs. Greene died February 7, 1839. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

651. Armenia, bom October 4, 1785, married Carhart. 

652. Deborah, bom August 28, 1787, married Dr. Beaumont. 

653. Thomas, bom August 24, 1789, married Elizabeth Piatt. 

654. Anna, bom April 29, 1792, married Colonel Melancton Smith. 

655. Platt Rogers, bom September 21, 1796, died unmarried. 

Additional information, kindly contributed by a relative of the family, 
was received too late for the proper insertion. The following account of the 
children by Israel Greene's first marriage was copied from his quaint record 
in his own handwriting : 

Fifth Geneyaiio)i. 


the Days of 

the week 


Phebe G 











Phebe Green Bom ye 24 Day of Ye 10 Mo. 1772 

23 lo '" 1781" 

" 13 " " 




" 3 " " 

' 7 " 



" 7 " " 

' 5 " 



" 22 

' 9 " 



Phebe, the eldest child, married Phineas Lounsberry, and lived to the 
advanced age of ninety-six. She was known far and wide for her goodness 
as "The Widow Lounsberry." When her father and his second wife re- 
moved to Plattsburg, she adopted their eldest child, who married from her 
home (see No. 651). Joseph, son of Israel, was of a delicate constitution, 
and did not accompany his father to Plattsburg, but some years after his 
marriage, in Columbia County, to Gertrude Hogeboom, he also removed 
there with his wife and twin children, who were born at Kinderhook. Their 
daughter, Charlotte Anne, bom at Plattsburg, December 17, 1809, married, 
November 24, 1831, Joel S. Fisk, and had William, Jr., who married Mary J. 
Driggs, and has a son, Wilbur D. Fisk; Elizabeth S., who married Albert 
Johnson, — resides at Spokane, Wash. ; and several others. 

Hannah, third child of Israel, married Benjamin Hasbrouck, lineal 
descendant of the famous Huguenot, " Abrahame the Patentee," and had 
several children. Elizabeth, the eldest, lived to an advanced age, and 
Catharine, the yovmgest, married Wm. Henry Rice of Albany, and had an 
only child, Katharine. 

The three youngest children of Israel's first marriage are not further 
mentioned, and probably died young. 

Another family letter discloses the fact that Israel Greene had three 
sisters not mentioned in these records, viz.: Mary, Amy, and Anna. The 
last named "married Peter Halleck of Union, Clinton County, N. Y., and 
became the grandmother of Fitz-Greene Halleck, the poet, from whom 
he took his baptismal name. She was a woman of tmusuaUy bright in- 
tellect and never lost her mental vigor although ninety-nine years of 
age at the time of her death, which occurred in the little settlement of 
Union, N. Y., in 1830. She is buried there in the rural graveyard of the 

An Israel Greene, son of Barlow, is recorded born " January 22, 1726," 
who must have died in infancy for the above date is verified by Israel's 

164 The Greeiie Family. 

No further record. 

^Z2>- JOHN 5 GREENE (Barlow -^ , Peter ^ , John = , John ■ ) was born 
at Warwick, August 5, 1731. No further record from family data obtain- 
able. He may have removed to the West. 

235. OLIVERS GREENE (Barlow \ Peter ^ John % John ^ was 
born at Warwick, September 10, 1740. He married, March 20, 1760, 
Penelope, daughter of John and Barbara (Holden) Wells of Old Warwick. 
Her grandfather was Elder Charles Holden, who married Penelope Bennett 
of Newport. He was son of Lieutenant Charles and Catharine (Greene) 
Holden (see No. 17). 


656. Anstice, bom May 9, 1761. ) 

657. Anne, bom September 7, 1762. 

658. Hester (Esther), bom April 12, 1764. 

659. John, bom September 20, 1765. 

660. Mary, bom March 3, 1768. 

661. Charles Wells, bom January 3, 1770. 

662. Lydia, bom December 21, 1771. J 

246. TEMPERANCES GREENE (Daniel ^ Job ^ John % John') 
was born March 13, 1733. She was married to Job Pierce, son of Captain 
John Pierce of East Greenwich. Her mother (the first wife of Daniel 
Greene) was Temperance Harris of New Shoreham, Block Island. "Job 
Pierce son of Capt. John Pierce and Temperance Greene both of East 
Greenwich married in said Greenwich July i, 1770." (From list of mar- 
riages by Elder John Gorton of Warwick, which was published in Pawtuxet 
Valley Gleaner, Phenix, R. I., July 19, 1879.) 

247. DEBORAHS GREENE (Daniel \ Job 3, John % John') was 
born May 24, 1745, and is not further mentioned, except in one account 
where she is recorded as the "wife of Capt. Job Pierce," who married her 
half-sister Temperance, as above. This is probably an error, unless her 
sister Temperance died, of which event we have no record. 

Deborah was the daughter of Daniel Greene and his second wife, Bethiah 
(Howland) Davis (widow). 

248. PHEBEs GREENE (Philip ^ Job ^ John % John ■) was born 
at Occupasuetuxet, March 25, 1732. She was the eldest daughter of Judge 
Philip Greene. She married, January i, 1754, Anthony Low, only son of 
Captain John and Frances (Holden) Low of Old Warwick. She was bap- 
tized by immersion, by Rev. Dr. McSparran, Jvily 23, 1756. She died No- 
vember 20, 1759, and was buried in Providence. Captain (afterward 
Judge) Anthony Low was born in 1725, and died in 1802. 

Fifth Geneyatiou. 165 


662". Philip Low, bom Old Warwick, June 27, 1755, died at Sunbury, Ga., Septem- 
ber 28, 17S5. When a very young man he went to Washington, N. C, and 
enHsted in a North Carohna regiment at the outbreak of the Revolution, 
finally becoming Major in a Georgia regiment (see Heitman's Official Regis- 
ter of Officers in the Continental Army). Major Philip Low married, in 
Savannah, Ga., 1779, Mrs. Mary (Sharpe) Jones, widow of Major John 
Jones of Savannah. They had two children: son bom and died 1783 at 
Sunbury, Ga., and a daughter, Elizabeth Greene Low, bom Sunbury, Ga., 
September 29, 1785, the day following her father's death. She married 
three times. The name of her first husband is unknown ; he lived but a 
few months. She married (2), February, 1804, William Robarts, who died 
of consumption in Savannah in 1807. Their only child, Mary Eliza, bom 
in Savannah, February i, 1805, died unmarried in Marietta, Ga., December 
2, 1878, and is buried there. 

Mrs. Robarts married (3), 1810, David Robarts (a cousin of her second husband) 
and had two children: (i) William Joseph Robarts, bom Greenesboro, Ga., 
November, 1811, married, December 21, 1837, Sophia Louisa Gibson of 
Augusta, Ga., who died July 24, 1847. Their four children were: (i) Mary 
Sophia Robarts, bom 1839, married, 1866, at Atlanta, Ga., Theodore Dwight 
Adams of Atlanta, formerly of Fairfield, Herkimer Covmty, N. Y., who died 
January, 1901 (his first wife was Ellen Seagrave of Brooklyn, N. Y.). Chil- 
dren of Theodore D. and Mary S. R. Adams are Lil Ellen, bom 1867 ; Zaidce 
Dwight, bom 1867; Theodore Dwight, Jr., bom 1S74, married 1897, and has 
one child. All reside in Pensacola, Florida. (2) Elizabeth Walton Robarts, 
bom 1841, resides Brooklyn, N. Y., unmarried. (3) Ellen Douglas Robarts, 

bom 1843, married at Atlanta, 1866, Brumby, M.D., of Athens, Ga., 

the ceremony taking place on the same day of her sister Mary Sophia's 
marriage — a double wedding. Dr. Brumby died at Athens about 1878. 
Children: A/ary, bom 1867, unmarried; Louis Joseph, horn liibSi; Harriet, 
bom 1870; Lilla, bom 1871; Sophie, bom 1875. Mrs. Brumby and 
her children reside at Ocala, Fla. (4) Joseph Jones Robarts, bom 1845, 
enlisted in the Confederate Army and died of diphtheria while in ser- 
vice, 1864. William Joseph Robarts, the father of these four children, was 
for some time Treasurer of the city of Savannah, Ga. He died there 
about 1857. 

(2) Louisa Jane Robarts (sister of Wm. Joseph), bom September, 1813, died 
unmarried at Marietta, Ga., January 30, 1897, and is there buried. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Greene (Low) Robarts survived her third husband David Robarts, 
fifty-five years, being but twenty-eight years of age at the time of his death. 
She died November 12, 1868, and is buried at the cemetery at Marietta, Ga., 
with her two daughters. 
662*. Anthony Low, Jr., bom at Old Warwick, December 10, 1757, was drowned 
January 18, 1780. "This unfortunate Youth, as he was diverting himself on 
the Ice in the River, fell threw the Ice and was Drowned : his Body was taken 
up the 28th day of February and was Buried " (his father's record in Family 

1 66 The Greciie Family. 

Record Book). .Anthony, Jr., was unmarried. He resided with his father's 
sister, Mrs. Nathaniel Kiese {nee Barbara Low), in North Carolina. 
662'. Christopher Low, born at Old Warwick, June 28, 1759, died March 24, 1760. 

(The above descendants of Judge Anthony and Phebe (Greene) Low 
are all recorded in the quaint little Family Record Book, in his elegant 
handwriting, which is now in possession of Mrs. M. F. Greene of Providence, 
R. I., from which and from an unbroken series of family letters from 1775 to 
1 901 these data were taken and kindly contributed by her daughter, Miss 
Mary A. Greene.) 

Judge Anthony Low married (2), January 9, 1766, Sarah, daughter of 
Captain Samuel and Hannah (Bennett) Stafford and granddaughter of 
Amos and Mary (Burlingame) Stafford. They had eight children: (i) 
Phebe, (2) John, (3) Anne, (4) Thomas, and (5) Sarah, all died yormg and 
unmarried; (6) Barbara, married John Littlefield; (7) Samuel (Captain) 
married Elizabeth Holden, and their eldest son, Joseph Holden Low, 
married Mary Anne Greene, daughter of Jeremiah and Phebe (Hughes) 
Greene (No. 678); (8) Anne Frances, maiTied Christopher * Greene (Wm.s, 
Philip *, Job ^, John % John ') (see No. 673). 

(Philip * , Job 3 , John ' , John ' ) , of the Revolutionary Army, was born at 
the Occupasuetuxet homestead, Warwick, May 12, 1737. He was the 
cousin (third) and intimate friend of General Nathanael Greene, their 
homes being not far apart. He early received all the advantages in the 
best lines of education, under the guidance of his father. Judge Philip 
Greene, who was so distinguished for his intellectual powers, and by 
assiduous application he made great proficiency, laying up a stock of know- 
ledge exactly suited to that profession to which he was afterward unex- 
pectedly called. He received the mill estate from his father in 1761, and 
conducted the business till he became an officer in the Revolutionary Army. 
When at an early age, he was elected by his native town to a seat in the 
colonial legislature, which he continued to fill by successive elections, until 
the commencement of the Revolutionary War. At this period the legis- 
lature established a military corps called " Kentish Guards " for the purpose 
of fitting the most select of her youth for military office, and young Greene 
was chosen Lieutenant. In May, 1775, he was appointed by the legislature 
a Major in what was then called an "Army of Observation," — one brigade 
of one thousand six hundred effectives under the orders of his distinguished 
kinsman, Major-General Nathanael Greene. He was from this situation 
called to the command of a company of infantry in one of the regiments 




Fifth Geiiemfion. 167 

attached to the Army of Canada, conducted by General Montgomery, in 
which campaign he shared all the vicissitudes and difficulties, evincing on 
all occasions that unyielding intrepidity which marked his military prowess 
in every other scene. In the attack upon Quebec, Captain Greene belonged 
to the column which entered the lower town, and was taken prisoner. With 
his elevated mind he could not gracefully submit to the ills and irksomeness 
of captivity, and it is asserted that he often declared he would never again 
be taken alive. 

As soon as he was exchanged, he rejoined his regiment, with which he 
continued without intermission tmtil promoted to the Majority of Vamum's 
regiment. In 1777 he succeeded to the command of the regiment, and 
was selected by Washington to take charge of Fort Mercer, commonly 
known as Red Bank, on the Delaware. His future career and the noble 
manner in which Colonel Greene sustained himself is familiar history, as 
is also the event of his fall at Croton River, when surprised by the enemy 
at dawn on the 14th of May, 1781, the event being justly recorded as a 
" triumph of barbarity over valor ' ' (from Memoirs of the War in the Southern 
Department of United States, by Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Lee). When this 
tragedy closed his brilliant career, Colonel Greene was but forty-four years 
of age. (It is a coincidence worthy of note that his illustrious cousin, 
General Nathanael, died at the same early age.) 

He married. May 6, 1757, his third cousin, Anna, daughter of Jeremiah 
and Welthian (Greene) Lippitt, born November 15, 1735. She was the 
granddaughter of Moses ^ (Moses ' , John ' ) and his wife Anphillis (Whipple) 
Lippitt of Old Warwick (see Nos. 187, 529). Soon after his marriage 
Colonel Greene settled upon the estate given him by his father, Judge Philip 
Greene, which should be distinguished from his birthplace. 


663. Welthian, bom November 19, 1758, married Major Thomas Hughes. 

664. Job, bom November 19, 1759, married Abigail Rhodes. 

665. Phebe, bom January 16, 1762, died September 22, 1786. 

666. Ann Frances, bom June 2, 1764, married Jeremiah Fenner. 

667. Elizabeth, bom December 15, 1766, married Jeremiah Fenner (2d wife). 

668. Jeremiah, bom October 17, 1769, married Lydia Arnold. 

669. Daniel Westrane, bom March 2, 1772, died April 6, 1773. 

670. Christopher, bom August 27, 1774, married Catharine Greene. 

671. Mary, bom September 2, 1777, married Benjamin Fenner. 

Anna (Lippitt) Greene, widow of Colonel Christopher, married (2) 
Colonel John Low of Old Warwick (see New England Historical and Gene- 
alogical Register, 1873, p. 70). 

TJie Greene Family. 

On the occasion of a recent pilgrimage (October i8, 1901) made by 
several of the historical associations of Rhode Island to the ancestral home 
and birthplace of Colonel Christopher Greene at " Pastuxet," the following 
interesting items were contributed: "Col. Greene has been described by 
one who served under him as being rather above the average height, and a 
very handsome man. As a commander he made his men ' toe the mark ' 
nor was any man allowed to flinch from duty; he is also said to have been 
himself a very brave man. In early life his father gave him a large tract of 
land comprising several hundred acres lying west of the south branch of 
the Pawtiixet river, and embracing what is now known as Riverpoint, 
Arctic, and a part of Centreville and Quidneck villages, R. I. This estate 
[upon which Colonel Greene settled after his marriage], with the adjoining 
property, owned by others of the Greene family, was known for over half a 
century as Greenville. The exact site of the residence of Col. Christopher, 
however, is not now definitely known, but a great granddaughter who died a 
few years ago, distinctly remembered its destruction b}' fire when she was a 
little girl, and thought the date was about 181 7. The location was not far 
from the present French Catholic Church at Arctic Centre. Col. Greene 
had a large family of children. The eldest son, Job Greene, was the father 
of Simon Henry, both of whom served their town and their State with emi- 
nent ability in exalted offices. 

" It is a fact unparalleled probably in the history of this country, that 
each generation in the line of the Greenes referred to, has represented the 
town of Warwick in the Rhode Island General Assembly from Dr. John ' 
Greene to the present time, when Mr. Francis Whittier « Greene, a great- 
great-grandson of Col. Christopher, represents Warwick in the Legislature." 

Extract from Minutes of the old Congress: 

"In Congress Nov 4. 1777 — 

' ' Resolved : That Congress have a high 
sense of the merit of Col. Greene and the officers and men under his command, 
in their late gallant defence of the Fort at Red Bank on the river Delaware, 
and that an elegant sword be provided by the Board of War, and presented 
to Col. Greene. Charles Thompson, Sec'y. " 

(See letter to Job Greene, No. 664). 

252. ELIZABETHS GREENE (Philip \ Job ', John % John ') was 
born at "Pastuxet," September 2, 1742. She was the youngest daughter 
of Judge Philip Greene, and was familiarly known as " Betty." One of the 
most distinguished guests at the hospitable home of her father was Ben- 
jamin Franklin, whose marked attentions to his bright and attractive 

Fifth Generation. 169 

daughter Betty were not always graciously received by the spirited maiden. 
The following account, contributed by the great- great-great-granddaughter 
of the Judge, Miss Mary A. Greene of Providence, is the true story of Dr. 
Franklin and Betty Greene: 

"In the stormy days of 1775 and 1776 Benjamin Franklin returned 
from France to America, crowned with laurels as the greatest scientist and 
diplomat of the age. It was natural that Dr. Franklin when visiting Gov. 
William Greene at East Greenwich should become a farm friend of Judge 
Philip Greene, who rode frequently from his home at Occupasuetuxet to 
the State House in East Greenwich to hold his court, and that the ancestral 
house beneath the elms of Occupasuetuxet should receive the distinguished 
guest beneath its roof. 

" It was natural, too, was it not, that the distinguished Dr. Franklin, 
being a widower of sufficiently long standing to begin to take notice, should be 
attracted by the brilliant mind and piquant wit of the youngest daughter of 
the house, Betty, then at an age when fascinating women are said to be 
most dangerously fascinating; when an experience of the world has added 
dignity and grace to the charms of beauty and of mind. Perhaps it was 
natural, too, that Mistress Bett}- Greene, while enjoying the intellectual con- 
versation of the distinguished Dr. Franklin, should find him a trifle slow and 
tedious, especially when he became sentimental. Certain it is, that Mis- 
tress Betty positively and steadfastly refused all the Doctor's invitations 
for a horseback ride with him, though she owned one of the fleetest saddle 
horses in the county and was exceedingly fond of riding. 

" Her conduct became so marked that her father at last deemed it neces- 
sary to remonstrate with her. ' My daughter,' said he, ' why do you persist 
in such discourtesy to Dr. Franklin ? No one should treat a guest under his 
roof as you are treating him. Moreover, Betty, Dr. Franklin is the most 
famous man in the whole world, and any girl ought to feel flattered by his 
attentions. He is old enough to be your father, and, therefore, your be- 
havior is especially rude. I command you, my daughter, to be more polite 
to him hereafter, and the next time he asks you to ride, you must go with 

" In those days children were brought up to obey their parents, even 
when they were no longer children. Mistress Betty dared not say 'Nay' 
when Dr. Franklin proposed a ride to Providence a few days after. The 
saddle horses were brought to the door. The handsome old Doctor and the 
haughty Mistress Betty cantered out from under the elms planted by her 
great-grandfather. Deputy Gov. John Greene, when he built the house 100 
years before for his eldest son, her grandfather, upon his coming of age. 

ijo The Greene Family. 

Along the beautiful avenue of locust trees, level as a floor, as it is to this day, 
out into the well-travelled bridle-path leading to the banks of the Pawtuxet, 
through the fields that gave to the home of the Greenes its name in the In- 
dian tongue, Occupasuetuxet, ' The^^ meadows through w^hich the river flows,' 
and so up to Providence town they went. 

" Tradition fails to tell us what they talked about. Perhaps it was the 
glories of the French Court. Perhaps it was the fate of her handsome and 
gallant brother. Col. Christopher Greene, the future hero of Red Bank, who, 
when last heard from, was toiling through the Maine woods with Arnold's 
expedition, bound to capture Quebec, and of whom no news had been gained 
for many anxious months. The outcome of the war, too, might have been 
their theme. But there must have been some other topic of conversation. 
We are sure of that, and possibly we can imagine what it was. At least we 
know the good old Doctor's conversation was not entirely fatherly in its tone, 
for when they reached home, at the close of the day. Mistress Betty informed 
her honored father of the result of the day's outing in these words: ' Don't 
you ever ask me to ride with that old fool again.' Which shows that the 
American girl of 1776 was not less free to express her mind, regardless of the 
considerations of age and high station, than her sisters of 1901." 

Betty Greene died unmarried in 1822, and was buried in the family 
bury ing-ground . 

253. WILLIAM' GREENE "of Old Warwick" (Philip \ Job ^ 
John ' , John ' ) was born at ' ' Pastuxet , ' ' October 25, 1746. He was a farmer 
and owned the homestead farm bounded on the north by Occupasuettixet 
Cove and on the east by Narragansett Bay. He married, January 4, 1774, 
Welthian, daughter of Jeremiah and Welthian (Greene) Lippitt of Old 
Warwick and granddaughter of Richard Greene of Stone Castle. She was 
born March 15, 1746, and died September 12, 1809. As the only surviv- 
ing son of Judge Philip, William Greene, inherited by will the "Pastuxet" 
homestead. He possessed fine literary taste and mathematical skill. When 
his father, the Chief Justice, because of his advanced age, declined in 1784 
to serve longer, his son William was elected an Associate Justice of the Court 
of Common Pleas, Kent Co., but owing to delicate health he was able to 
serve but one year. He died January 3, 1809. 


672. Thomas Lippitt, bom October 16, 1774, married Anne Gibbs Holden. 

673. Christopher, bom May 8, 1776, married Anne Frances Low. 

674. Harriet, bom April 2, 1778, married Benjamin Greene. 

675. Catharine, bom April 8, 1780, married Christopher Greene. 

Fifth Generation. 171 

676. Philip, born July 25, 1782, died unmarried, at Rio de la Platte. 

677. William Warner, bom July 15, 1784, died unmarried, August 26, 1802, at 

Marseilles, France. 
67S. Jeremiah, bom September 10, 1787, married Phehe Hughes. 

254. Mi\RY s GREENE (Philip ^ Job ^ John % John") was born 
at Old Warwick, March 14, 1 747- She married April 22, 17 71, John' Greene 
(Richard,'* Richard,^ Thomas % John')- Record of children, No. 517. 

355. SARAH' GREENE (Philip ^ Job ^ John-', John') was bom 
at Old Warwick May 6, 1752. She married, February 16, 1769, her third 
cousin. Griffin ' Greene, son of Jabez " (Jabez ^ James % John '), and lived 
in Ohio. (For ftill record, see No. 386.) 

276. RICHARD 5 GREENE (John \ Richard ^ John % John ') was 

bom at Occupasuetuxet, April 4, 1739. He married Ruth , whose 

maiden name is not recorded. He survived his father, who died in 1762 
(see No. 89), as he and his wife Ruth are mentioned in the deed of sale of 
the "Greene's Hold" property in 1782 to John Brown, Esq., of Providence. 
We have no record of children. 

277. ANSTICE 5 GREENE (John \ Richard ^ John % John ') was 
born at Occupasuettixet, Jtily 15, 1740. She married, December 21, 1763, 
Nathaniel' Greene of Boston (Thomas", Nathaniel, Thomas', John'). 
For children and further record, see No. 542. 

279. MARY' GREENE (John*, Richard ^ John-', John') was 
born at Occupasuetuxet, January 14, 1743. She maiTied, February i, 
1767, Augustus Brown. The record states, "widow Oct. 6, 1782," and he 
probably died some years earlier, as there is no further mention of him after 
his marriage. Mary was named in her father's will, dated September 6, 


679. Elizabeth Brown, married Mr. Bassett (or Barrett) and had four children: 
John, Sarmiel, Augustus, and Sarah, who married Wm. F. Weld, son of Rev. 
Wm. Weld of Braintree, Mass., and resided in Milwaukee. Their daughter 
married Mr. Soper of Boston, whose son married Caroline, daughter of Dr. 
Christian of New Orleans, La. 

281. BENJAMIN ELLERY ' GREENE (John ^ Richard ^ John \ 
John ') was born at Occupasuetuxet, October 29, 1746. He was a merchant 
of Boston, Mass. He, with the other heirs of his father, in 1782, sold the 

172 TJie Greene Faim'Iy. 

homestead property which John Greene the emigrant ancestor had pur- 
chased of the Indian chief Miantonomi in 1642, to John Brown, Esq., of 
Providence (see No. 89). He married, March 21, 1775, Lucy, daughter of 
Rev. Jonathan Huntington of Worthington, Mass., born at East Haddam, 
Conn., November 16, 1759, died at Vergennes, Vt., February 25, 1824. Her 
father was the great-grandson of Deacon Simon Huntington', born in Eng- 
land in 1629, who was one of the early colonists of Norwich, Conn. Without 
a collegiate education, Rev. Jonathan became both a physician and a 
preacher, and "in both professions maintained an honorable rank." He 
was a man of warm sympathies and early became interested in the condi- 
tion of the colored race, laboring faithfully for their improvement. He 
held the pastorate at Worthington for ten years, 1771-1781. Benjamin 
EUery Greene died in Boston, May 27, 1806, and was buried in the burial- 
ground at the foot of the Common. (See Huntington Family Memoir, 
p. 117.) 


680. Wealthy, bom August 27, 1776, married Scth Weller. 

681. Mary, born July 28, 1778, married Eli Norton. 

682. John, bom May 7, 1780, married Hannah Beers. 

683. Job, bom February 26, 1783, married Lydia {Blake) Erving. 

684. Sarah, born February 16, 1785, married Amasa Payne. 

685. Lucy Huntington, bom February 10, 1788; unmarried. 

686. William Ellery, bom September 19, 1793, at Worthington, Mass., died 

August 27, 1810, at Vergennes, Vt., in his seventeenth year. 

Lucy (Huntington), widow of Benjamin Ellery Greene, married (2) 
Asa Strong of Vergennes, Vt., who died 1832. 

283. LEWIS SAYRE ' GREENE (John ^ , Richard ^ , John -' , John ' ) 
was born at "Pastuxet," Warwick, August 8, 1750. In 1782 he and his 
brothers and sisters sold the Warwick homestead and the following spring, 
1783, he removed to New Haven, Conn., and there married Sybil, daugh- 
ter of John Ball of Westville, Conn., who died 1841, aged sixty. He 
was an industrious, frugal man, principally engaged in agriculture and gar- 
dening. He died July 28, 1842, aged ninety-one, and was buried in the 
old burial-ground at New Haven, Conn. " Mr. Lewis S. Greene was the 
oldest inhabitant of this town, where he resided for upwards of fifty 
years. He was of the family of Greenes of R. I. and a connection of Gen. 
Greene of the Revolutionary Army. His residence here was purely 
accidental, having been landed here from a Providence vessel bound to 

FiftJi Generation. 173 

New York which made a harbor here on her passage. For some years he 
pursued the occupation of a baker, but in later years that of a gardener, 
whence he acquired the appellation of ' Gardener Greene.' Though gener- 
ally in good health, he for many years possessed the strange hallucination 
that he was heir to the throne of England and went through a long line of 
heraldic descent to prove his title." — New Raven Herald, 1842. 


687. Leverett, bom 1788, married Maria Warden (?) of New Haven, died, s. p., 


688. Sally, died at the age of twenty-three, unmarried. 

689. Mary, bom 1796; unmarried. 

690. Lewis Sayre, bom December 4, 1798, married Emclyne Curtis. 

691. Nancy, bom March 31, 1801, married Levi Gilbert. 

692. Betsey, bom 1803, married Edward Button. 

693. Richard, bom 1805, married Elizabeth Camp. 

694. Caroline, married John Hayden. 

695. William H., bom March 20, 1809, married Polly Semantha Curtis. 

696. Edward, died young. 

697. Eliza, bom September, 1814, married Lewis Layman. 

284. JOB s GREENE (John \ Richard ^ John % John ') was born 
at Warwick, March 2, 1752. He died at sea, August 29, 1776, and was 
buried at Occupasuetuxet. 

288. ANNE MERCY ' GREENE (John ^ , Richard ^ , John ' , John ' ) 

was born at Occupasuetuxet, March 3, 1762. She married Gordon 

(or Gorton ?) after 1780 (record states "unmarried 1782"). 


698. (Daughter) Gordon. 

289. (Captain) BENJAMIN' GREENE "of Warwick Neck" (Wil- 
liam ■* , Samuel ^ , John ' , John ' ) , eldest son, was born at Coweset, Warwick, 
August 19, 1 724. Freeman, May 6, 1 746. In early manhood he was a Cap- 
tain in the merchant marine service, a merchant at East Greenwich, and a 
farmer at Warwick Neck. In December, 1758, he was appointed enlisting 
officer for East Greenwich, and Deputy from that town, May, 1761. He 
was Deputy from Warwick, 1770-4 and 1789. He married (i), September 
21, 1749, his cousin Mary, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Greene) Fr}', who 
was the widow of Daniel Gould of South Kingston, R. I. She was born 
July 15, 1722, and died January 31, 1790. He died January 25, 1811. 

174 The Greene Fatnily. 

Children by First Marriage: 

699. Benjamin, born April 13, 1751, died January 4, 1752, buried on the Governor 

Greene farm, Coweset, Warwick. 

700. Catharine, bom December 10, 1756, married William Searle. 

701. Welthyan, bom December 28, 1758, died April 30, 1760. 

702. LucRETiA, bom June 30, 1760, died December 31, 1761. 

703. William, bom April 18, 1764, married Celia Greene. 

The following statement is from a family letter and is supposed to be 
correct: Captain Benjamin Greene married (2) (May 18, 1792), Mrs. Amy 
Bucklin (whose maiden name is given as Converse), " widow of Capt. Joseph 
Bucklin late of Coventry, deceased." No children. She had previously 

married Waterman, and by this marriage she had one son, with whom 

she afterward lived and at whose home she died. Captain Greene received 
lands in Coventry by will of his grandfather, Captain Benjamin Greene (see 
Appendix I.). 

290. SAMUEL 5 GREENE (William \ Samuel ^ John % John') 

was born at Warwick, April 28, 1727. He was a merchant and went to the 
East Indies ; was supercargo of a ship which sailed from that country and 
was lost at sea. The ship and crew were never heard from. Probably died 
prior to 1761 (see below). He "was married April 28, 1747 on his 20"" 
birthday ' ' (according to very ancient family records) by Elder John Ham- 
mett, to Patience, daughter of Ebenezer and Patience "- (Gorton) Cooke of 
East Greenwich, born January 18, 1728, died July 9, 1809. She was the 
granddaughter of John and Patience (Hopkins) Gorton, and great-grand- 
daughter of the pioneer ancestor, Samuel Gorton. (Dates from records of 
the late George H. Greene of Lansing, Mich.) 


704. Susannah, born July 21, 1751, married Dr. James Jerrauld. 

705. Patience, bom May 13, 1754, married Welcome Arnold. 

East Greenwich records give the marriage date of " Samuel Greene of 
Warwick Apr. 28, 1751," but the entry may have been made from memory 
after he was "lost at sea." His wife, Patience, married (2) Oliver Hazard 
of South Kingstown, who was the great-uncle of Commodore Oliver Hazard 
Perry (his sister, Mercy Hazard, married James Freeman Perry). Chil- 
dren of Patience by this second marriage were : Mary Hazard, born March 
15, 1762; Samuel Greene Hazard, born February 15, 1764; and EHzabeth 
Hazard, born April 12, 1767 (see The Hazard Family, by Mrs. Caroline E. 
Robinson, p. 62). 

Fifth Generation. 175 

291. (Governor) WILLIAM = GREENE "of Coweset" (William % 
Samuel ^ John -, John ') was born at Warwick, August 16, 173 1. He was 
a stirveyor and made the surveys and plots of Coventry, R. I., in the con- 
test between the proprietors of the north and south parts of Coventry, which 
divisions were called the " seven and ten men's lands." He was also a far- 
mer, but spent much of his life in public office. He was Deputy from 
Warwick to the General Assembly, 1773-7, and was one of the committee 
to charter vessels to import salt for the people of the State, and was very 
active in the support of General Washington during the Revolutionary War. 
Was one of a committee appointed by General Assembly to examine the 
papers of a person in Newport and to look for any correspondence in rela- 
tion to the dispute between America and Great Britain in conformity with 
the resolution of Congress of July 18, 1776. He was Justice of the Supreme 
Court, 1776, and Chief Justice of the same, 1777, when he was also Speaker 
of the House. He was Governor of the State for eight years, 177 8- 1785, 
and performed valuable services during the Revolutionary War. In October, 
1792, he was appointed one of the Electors of President and Vice-President. 
He married, September 30, 1758, Catharine, daughter of Simon and Deborah 
(Greene) Ray of New Shoreham, Block Island (see No. 256) and great- 
great-granddaughter of Roger Williams. She was born July 17, 1731, died 
January 29, 1794. He died November 29, 1809, and was buried on his 
father's farm at Coweset, Warwick. Deborah (Greene) Ray, in her will, 
dated January 14, 1762, proved March 12, 1764, left " to son-in-law William 
Greene all the rest of personal estate and he is appointed executor" (see 
No. 67). 


706. Phebe, bom March 20, 1760, married Colonel Samuel Ward. 

707. Celia, bom June 15, 1762, married Colonel William Greene. 

708. Ray, bom February 2, 1765, married Mary Magdalen Flagg. 

709. Samuel Ward, bom June 24, 177 1, married Mary Rhodes Nightingale. 

710. Anne, bom June 17, 1774. 

By will of his maternal grandfather. Captain Benjamin Greene, William 
Greene received a legacy of lands in Coventry (see Appendix I.). 

292. MARGARET = GREENE (William ^ , Samuel ^ , John -' , John ' ) 
was bom at Warwick, November 2, 1733. She married (2d wife), July 12, 
1 761, Captain Rufus Spencer of East Greenwich, R. I., born August 21, 
1724. He was son of John and grandson of John and Audrey (Greene) 
Spencer (see No. 18). His first wife (married December 30, 1746) was 

1 76 The Greene Family. 

Ruth, daughter of Christopher and Deborah (Nichols) Vaughan, bom Octo- 
ber 22, 1729, died October 9, 1756. They had four children: Sarah, born 
August 17, 1748, died November 10, 1759; Christopher, born August 30, 
1750, married Mercy, daughter Othniel GhDrton (Othniel^ John% Samuel'), 
and had one child, Rufus Gorton, born May 6, 1773,. to whom his grand- 
father Gorton left a legacy by will, 1788, which refers also to his " daughters 
Theodosia and Mercy"; John, born August 9, 1752, died November 19, 
1759; Deborah, born May 14, 1754, died November 28, 1759. (See East 
Greenwich Records ; Narrag. Reg., iii., p. 81.) 


711. Catharine Spencer, bom September 27, 1762, died unmarried. 

712. Mary Spencer, bom July 11, 1767, died November 28, 1838, unmarried. 

713. William Greene Spencer, bom June 7, 1770, died November 28, 1838 (?), 


714. Ruth Spencer, bom January 11, 1772, unmarried. 

715. Margaret Spencer, bom December 21, 1777, died September 28, 1801, in 

her twenty-fourth year. She married, February 18, 1798, John R. Sher- 
man, son of James Sherman. 

The Spencer family has been traced back three generations in England 
to 1558. John, of Newport and East Greenwich, the great-grandfather of 
Captain Rufus Spencer, was probably a son of one of the four emigrant 
brothers, Michael, WilHam, Thomas, and Gerrard, who came to America 
and were of Cambridge, Mass., in 1634 (see Austin's Geneal. Diet. R. I., 
p. 186). John, it is certain, had sons bearing the names of Michael, Wil- 
liam, and Thomas, for his son John deeded lands to them, 1696-1700. This 
son John married Audrey, daughter of Deputy Governor John Greene (No. 
18). John, senior, of Newport, was the nephew and heir of the first John 
Spencer, who came to this country in the Mary and John, 1633 (who men- 
tioned him in his will, made at Newbury, Mass., in 1637, proved at Salem, 
1648), and who was probably a brother of the four emigrants mentioned 
above, and was therefore a lineal descendant of the Spencers of Stotfold, 
Bedfordshire, Eng., who, it is stated by Collins, "claimed descent from the 
baronial family of de Spenser, of whom Robert de Spenser came over with 
William the Conqueror, and was, as his name imports, steward to that mon- 
arch." It is interesting to note that at a much earlier date than the mar- 
riage of John and Audrey (Greene) Spencer, of the third generation, there 
was also connection between these two families. The third Sir Thomas 
Greene of Greene's Norton mamed PhiUppa, daughter of Baron Ferrers and 
his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas " Le Spenser" (see Greene pedi- 
gree). The will of Peter Greene of Bowridge Hill, Gillingham, County 

Fifth Generation. 177 

Dorset, England, which was proved in 1583, mentions one John Spencer, 
who was possibly a relative (see Our New England Ancestors, " Spencer 
and Allied Families," by Henry Whittemore) . 

293. CATHARINE ' GREENE (William * , Samuel ' , John ' , John ■ ) 
was born at Warwick, December 9, 1735. She married, March 11, 1756, 
her cousin, John Greene -' (Thomas " , Nathaniel ' , Thomas ' , John ' ) of Bos- 
ton, born December 4, 1731, whom she survived. She died April 30, 1785, 
and was buried at Governor Greene's burial-place, Coweset, Warwick. 
No children. 

307. ALMY 5 GREENE (Samuel \ Samuel ^ John % John') was 
born at Apponaug, Warwick, September 8, 1727. She married, March 11, 
1762, Oliver Arnold of East Greenwich (2d wife). He was son of William '* 
(IsraeP, Stephen', William"). He was buried December 7, 1789 (Elder 
John Gorton's Journal). 


715". Mary Arnold, bom November 7, 1762. 

715'". Freelove Arnold, bom January 23, 1765, married June 25, 1795, Benjamin 
Arnold, son of Gideon. 

716. Sarah Arnold, married November 4, 1790, Othniel Wighiman, son of Philip 


(Oliver Arnold married (i), about 1756, Mary and had a daughter, 

Lucy, bom July 24, 1757, who married, December 16, 1781, Joseph Chase, 
son of Abram Chase of Warwick, R. I.) 

308. JOSHUA-' GREENE "of Johnston" (Samuel ^ Samuel ^ 
John \ John ') was bom at Apponaug, Warwick, February 24, 1730. He 
married, March 30, 1753, Mehitable, daughter of John Manton of Johnston, 
bom 1738, died February 20, 18 10. He was Lieutenant of troop of horse. 
May 10, 1766. He died 1795. They resided at Johnston, R. L His will 
was dated June 2, 1795, and inventory of his personal estate, June 23 and 
24, 1795; amount, £ss'^ 155. 2^ d. "Wife Mehitable to have half of farm 
and other property for life; daughter Polly (Mary) do. after wife's death; 
son Samuel, lands in Johnston, son John 140 acres in Gloucester." 


717. Samuel, bom February 26, 1758, married Mehitable Thornton. 

718. Phebe, died unmarried probably. Not mentioned in her father's will, 1795. 

719. William, bom January u, 1761, died young. 

720. John, bom , 1766, married ? * 

721. Mary, bom 1773 (?), married (i) George Field, (2) Matthewson Williams. 

178 TJie Greene Family. 

January 17, 1757, John Man ton of Providence deeded to his son-in-law, 
Joshua Greene of Warwick, and his beloved daughter " Mehittebell," wife of 
said Joshua, a farm of about 200 (?) acres. Mentions " Tar kill [?] brook" 
and "Hines[?] Hill." 

John Manton also deeded in 1758 to said Joshua and his wife "all his 
Right title and interest of a certain Tract of land situate in that part of 
Gloucester called Absoloney." 

Said Joshua sold 100 acres to Benedict Burlingame in 1760, and bought 
it back in 1761, being "part of that large tract called Absoloney." 

Said Joshua Greene bought of Josiah King, administrator of the estate 
of John Manton, March 17, 1770, 200 acres of land, a part of the tract called 
Absoloney; and May 19, 1770, he bought of said administration 200 acres 
more. (Notes from Town Clerk of Gloucester.) 

Joshua Greene "of Johnston" also sold to James Greene of Cranston, 
blacksmith, Oct. 6, 1763. 

309. MERCY s GREENE (Samuel \ Samuel ^ John % John ') was 
bom at Apponaug, Warwick, about 1 731-2. She married, January 6, 
1750, John Walton of Warwick, son of Dr. John and Miriam (Ward) Walton 
and grandson of Laurence and Margaret (Smith) Walton, early settlers of 
Preston, Conn. John Walton and his son Samuel were in the Revolutionary 
Army at Charlestown, Mass., August 7, 1775, and on Manhattan Island 
about one and a half miles below King's Bridge, October 13, 1776, as ap- 
pears from a letter written by the former to his wife Mercy, and by Samuel 
to his sister Welthyan King of Johnston, R. I. John Walton died July 22, 
1778. Samuel Greene in his will, 1780, gives his " daughter Mercy Walton, 
widow, the privilege to live in his dwelling-house so long as she remains a 
widow, if she thinks fit." 

" Dr. John Walton, father of John who married Mercy Greene, was a 
graduate of Yale, Class of 1720, studied for the ministry, preached as Pres- 
byterian at Freehold, N. J., later as a Baptist at Providence, R. I., 1730. 
He became a physician and settled in Gloucester, R. I., 1743, where he died, 
1764." — H. Ruth Cooke in Newport Mercury, March 15, 1902. 


722. John Walton, bom August 23, 1751. 

723. Welthyan Walton, bom 1752, died May 23, 1832, aged eighty. She was 

married, November 6, 1774, by Elder Charles Holden to William Bordens 
King, who died May 9, 1839. He was son of Josiah * and (2d wife) Mary 
(Borden) King. They lived at the " Big Elm Tree " farm at Johnston, R. I. 
Josiah was the son of John 3 King, who was son of Clement ' King, who came 

FiftJi Generaiio7i. 179 

from Marshfield, Mass., to Providence, R. I., in 1688, and was the son of 
Clement^ King, constable of Marshfield, who was probably brother of Daniel 
King, gentleman, of Lynn, Mass., son of Ralphe Kinge of Watford, Hertford 
County, England (see Newport Mercury, January 4 and March 15, 1902, 
"The Cookes of Rhode Island," by H. Ruth Cooke). Children of Wtn. 
Borden and Welthyan (Walton) King were: (i) Sarah Ki>ig. (2) Lydia 
King, bom October 14, 1777, died October 5, 1853; married, November 28, 
1798, Benjamin, son of Zuriel and Abigail {King) Potter, and had ten chil- 
dren: Sarah, Zuriel, Wm., Benj., Otis, Welcome, Lydia, Abby. Nancy, and 
Asa. (3) Mary Borden King, bom December 3, 1779. (4) William 
Borden King, Jr., bom March 3, 1782, married Sally Greene; had one son, 
William King, bom August 3, 1S06. (5) Samuel Ward King, bom May 
23, 1786; Governor of Rhode Island duringthe Dorr Rebellion, andformerly 
a physician; married Catharine Latham, daughter of Olney and Mary 
(Waterman) Angell. Had thirteen children: Mary Waterman, Mary Ann, 
Eliza Smith, James Lawrence, Charles Rollin, Samuel Ward, Maria Water- 
man, Caroline M., Sarah Frances, Frances Elvira, Antoinette Loeser, Samuel 
Ward, and .Antoinette Welthyan. Governor King's wife was the great-great- 
granddaughter of Richard and Bethiah Waterman of Salem, Mass., and 
Providence, R. I. (6) Josiah King, born February 13, 1788. (7) Jolm King, 
bom January 21, 1795. 

724. Miriam Walton, bom May 30, 1754, married, July 29, 1781, Caleb Atwood, 

son of Charles and (2d wife) Mary (Greene) Atwood, who was daughter of 
Jabez 3 (James-, John^) of the Warwick Greenes, and widow of Caleb 
Greene, son of John of West Greenwich (see No. 144). Children of Miriam 
and Caleb Atwood were: (i) John Walton, married Catharine, daughter 
Benjamin Budlong, and had Charles Walter, George B., and Almy; (2) Ray 
Ward, married and had one son ; (3) Charlotte, unmarried. 

725. (Daughter) Walton, married Remington. 

726. Samuel Walton, removed to New York State. Served in the Revolution. 

(See above.) 

727. Lydia Walton, married J. Alverson, and had a son, Benjamin Potter Alverson 

(or Ctdversonf). 

310. CALEB' GREENE "of Apponaug" (Samuel \ SamueP, 
John -, John ') was born at Apponaug, Warwick, April 23, 1737. He re- 
sided on the east side of the main street. He inherited from his father the 
mill property and water power, granted by the proprietors of the town of 
Warwick, and which was purchased by his grandfather, Samuel Greene, in 
1704, with the fulling, grist, and saw mills. He married, January 24, 1760, 
Mary, daughter of George and Dorcas (Reynolds) Tibbitts of Pojac Point, 
North Kingstown, born May 26, 1738, died February 25, 181 2. He died 
April 23, 1813. He was bom and died on "St. George's Day." He 
was buried on the hill by the mill-pond, which he gave by will for a 

i8o The Greene Family. 


728. Mary, bom July 24, 1762, married Richard Burke. 

729. Susannah, born May 12, 1763, married Caleb Westcott. 

730. Benjamin, bom February 18, 1764, married Penelope Westcott. 

731. Dorcas, bom March 21, 1769, married Isaac Hall of North Kingstown, dieds. p. 

732. George, bom January 31, 1767, died 1793, unmarried. 

733. Caleb, bom February 8, 1771, died March 20, 177 1. 

734. Caleb, bom June 17, 1772, married Sarah Robinson Greene. 

735. Sarah, bom May 31, 1774, married (i) William Henry Rice and (2) Rufus 


736. Samuel, born February 9, 1776, married Betsey Stafford. 

737. Henry, bom November 23, 1778, died August 20, 1800, unmarried. 

The will of Caleb Greene, dated March i, was proved April 26, 18 13. 
He gave land or legacies " to his sons Benjamin and Caleb Greene, to his 
daughter Mary Burke, Sarah Greene, and Dorcas Hall, to grandchildren, 
the children of daughter Susannah, and Caleb Westcott, and grandchildren 
Dorcas, Mary, and Henry Greene, children of son Samuel Greene deceased, 
Sarah William Rice, daughter of daughter Sarah and her husband William 
Rice, deceased." 

311. CHRISTOPHER -^ GREENE "of Apponaug" (Samuel ^ Sam- 
uel 3, John % John ') was born at Apponaug, Warwick, April 18, 1740. He 
was a farmer and inherited the homestead in the village of Apponaug in 
Warwick and land adjacent to it. He married, August 19, 1770, Abigail, 
daughter of Jeffray Davis of East Greenwich. He died December 4, 1798. 
His will, dated December 4, was proved December 31, 1798. He be- 
queathed his real estate to his three sons who survived him, namely, Jeffray, 
Samuel, and Christopher. The will of Abigail, his wife, was dated October 
20, 1799. 

Children : 

738. Augustus, died at sea. 

739. Betsey, bom about 1771, married Nathaniel Millerd. 

740. Almy, bom about 1773, married (i) Captain Wm. Hammett, (2) Wrn. Hall. 

741. Catharine, bom 1778, married Caleb Ladd. 

742. Jeffray, bom April 24, 1783, married Lucy Westcott. 

743. Abby, bom February 16, 1786, married Herman Curtis Fisher. 

744. Sarah, bom 1790, married Herkimer Johnson. 

745. Samuel, bom 1791, died, s. p., July 22, 1858. 

746. Christopher, bom 1795, married Julia Anne Searle. 

313. CHRISTOPHER 5 GREENE (Benjamin 4, Samuel % John % 
John '), eldest son, was born at Warwick, September 7, 1733. He married 
Mary or Mercy Stoddard. 

FiftJi Generation. 


747. Welthyan, bom April 4, 1761. 

748. Jonathan, bom August 30, 1763. 

749. Lucy, bom February 26, 1766. 

750. Mary, bom February 26, 1768. 

751. Almy, bom July 10, 1770. 

752. William, bom June 7, 1772. 

753. Mercy, bom November 14, 1774. 

754. Christopher, bom March 3, 1777. 

755. Junius, bom June 10, 1779. 

756. Stephen, bom October 10, 1783. 

(For Stoddard family, see Hist. Montville, Conn., by Henry A. Baker.) 

Above record contributed by Mrs. R. I. Stone of Brooklyn, N. Y. 
through Judge George A. Brayton of Providence, 1842-5. 

316. JAMES 5 GREENE " of Nassauket ' ' (Fones ■* , James ^ , James ' 
John'), eldest son, was born at Nassauket, Warwick, December 2, 1713 
He was married, April 10, 1740, by Elder Manassah Martin, to Patience 
daughter of Captain John and Anne (Olney) Waterman, born March, 1715 
died February 8, 1796. She was a great-granddaughter of Roger Williams 
Her paternal grandparents were Resolved Waterman and Mercy Williams 
Her great-grandfather, Richard Waterman, came from England with Roger 
Williams. James Greene was a member of the Baptist Society for sixty 
years. He was a farmer, and resided on the homestead farm, north side of 
Coweset Bay, which he inherited. He died September 3, 1802. 


757. Patience, bom March 7, 1753, married .\braha'in Lockwood. 

758. James, bom October 20, 1757, married Phebe Warner. 

(See item referring to James ' Greene in his father's will. No. 104.) 

Copied from the Bible of Benoni Waterman, brother of Patience 
(Waterman) Greene, August, 1842: 

"My father's name was John, my mother's maiden name Anne Olney. 
My grandfather's name was Resolved & my grandmother's, Marcy Williams, 
daughter of Roger Williams the first settler in Providence. She had five 
children by my grandfather viz: Richard, John, Resolved, Mary, & Waity. 
Her second husband was Samuel Windsor — their children were: Samuel, 
Joshua, & Hannah. 

" My Great Grandfather's name was Richard — he came from England 
with Roger Williams and my great grandmother's name was Bethiah. 

(Signed) "Benoni Waterman 1755." 

1 82 The Greene Family. 

Benoni Waterman's wife was Sarah, daughter of John Wickes and the 
sister of Elizabeth Wickes, who married Judge PhiHp * Greene (Job ^ , John ^ , 
John ') of "Pastuxet" (see No. 74). 

317. DINAH 5 GREENE (Fones \ James ^ ,• James % John') was 
born December 24, 1715. She married, March 16, 1735, Randall Rice, son 
of Captain John and Elnathan (Whipple) Rice of Warwick, to whom was 
left by his father's will, dated August 17, 1753, proved February 10, 1755, the 
home at Warwick: "to son Randall all homestead both sides the way and 
all other lands, stocks and movables." Inventory of the estate, ;£336i 
95. td. 


759. John Rice, born March 19, 1736. 

760. Job Rice, bom February 20, 1737. 

761. Olney Rice, bom February 12, 1738. 

762. Thomas Rice, bom November 11, 1739. 

763. RoBY Rice, bom February 20, 1741. 

764. Fones Rice, bom April 30, 1743. 

765. William Rice, bom September 28, 1744. 

766. Mary Rice, bom September 28, 1746. 

767. Phebe Rice, born October 12, 1747. 

768. Nathan Rice, bom May 28, 1749. 

769. Elnathan Rice, born September — , 1753. 

318. (Lieutenant) JOB = GREENE " of Coventry" (Fones ^ James ^ 
James', John ') was born August 8, 1717. He was married May 30, 1745, 
by Elder John Hammett to Mercy ' , daughter of William "• and Sarah (Med- 
bury) Greene of Old Warwick, born October 31, 1725. He was a farmer 
and owned and resided at the Fones Greene farm at Coventry. The house 
which he built was occupied by his descendants for about one hundred and 
fifty years. He was prominent in military affairs during the Revolutionary 
War, as shown by Colonial Records of Rhode Island (see below). He died 
March 29, 1798, in his eighty-first year. His widow died April 8, 1800, in 
her seventy-fifth year. Both were buried on the old farm nearly opposite 
the old house (see Inscription, Appendix I.). His will, dated March 17, 
1794, was proved April 18, 1798, in which he mentions all his children but 
Daniel and the first Mary, both of whom died in infancy. (See Nos. 210, 


770. Job, bom August 7, 1746, married Mercy Dexter. 

771. Mary, born 1747, died young. 

FiftJi Generation. 183 

772. William, bom January 15, 1748, married Marcy Knight. 

773. Mary, bom February 15, 1752, married George Tillinghast. 

774. FoNES, bom September 6, 1754, married Patience Cornell. 

775. Stephen, bom January 9, 1757, married Sarah Chace. 

776. Rebecca, bom 1759, died unmarried. 

777. Mercy, bom 1762, married William Rice. 

778. Daniel, born 1764, died young. 

779. John, bom March 15, 1767, married Lavina Knight. 

780. Samuel, bom April 13, 1769, married (i) Barbara Sheldon and (2) Mary 

(Nancy mentioned in her father's will.) 

Military service of Job Greene of Coventry : 

"Confirmation of officers' commissions by General Assembly": 

1. Vol. viii., 45-6, Nov., 1776: 

Col. John Sayles' Regt., Capt. Malachi Hammett's Company: Micah 
Whitmarsh, ist Lieut.; Job Greene, 2d Lieut.; Jos. Hopkins, Ensign. 

2. Vol. viii., 78-9, Dec, 1776: 

Col. Stanton's Regt., Capt. Malachi Hammett's Company: Micah 
Whitmarsh, ist Lieut. ; Job Greene 2d Lieut. ; Wm. Whipple, Ensign. 
(Col. Jno. Topham succeeded to the command of this regt.) 

3. Vol. viii., 589, Sept., 1779: 

"Officers for the Alarm Company of the Town of Coventry": Sam'l 
Wall Capt.; Abel Bennett ist Lieut.; Job Greene, 2d Lieut.; Jona- 
than Nichols, Jr., Ensign. 

4. Vol. ix., 96, June, 1780: 

Among " Officers to command the several Trained Bands or Compa- 
nies of Militia within the State" appear in 2d Battalion, county of 
Kent, Coventry Senior Class Company, Abel Bennett, Capt. ; Job 
Greene, Lieut. ; Jonathan Nichols, Ensign. 

5. Vol. ix., 408. The same appointments were reaffirmed for 1781. 

At the outbreak of the Revolution Job Greene (senior) was fifty-eight 
years old and his eldest son. Job, was twenty-nine. The above records do 
not absolutely determine to which of the two this service should be credited. 
So far as age is concerned it might be either for Rhode Island had not only 
to furnish its quota for the Continental (Regular) Army, but had to main- 
tain an army for home defence against a British force quartered within its 
borders from December, 1776, to October, 1779, and every able-bodied 
male citizen was ordered to be enrolled regardless of age, from sixteen 
years up. 

The Greene Family. 

In above cases i and 2 the company officers are the same except the 
ensign, and the second entry doubtless refers to the same company trans- 
ferred to another regiment. From association with Bennett and Nichols 
the Job in the Alarm Company (case 3) is undoubtedly identical with the 
Job in cases 4 and 5. In Sayles' regiment (vol. viii., 45), among thirty 
officers named, six are designated as "Jr." In Stanton's regiment there 
are five " Jr.'s." As Job Greene, senior, was a well-known man who had 
been Deputy from Coventry, 1757 {Rec. R. I., vi., 4), there is strong pre- 
sumption that he and not the younger man was the Job made lieutenant, as 
the latter would doubtless have been noted with the others as "Jr." to 
distinguish him from his father. It is not known what the term " Senior 
Class Company" means — whether the elderly men were there enrolled, or 
if it were made up of veterans, or men who had already had considerable 
military service. 

[Contributed by Captain Lewis Douglas Greene, U. S. A. (retired), 
great-great-grandson of Lieutenant Job Greene of Coventry (see Job Greene, 
Jr., No. 770.] 

319. THOMAS' GREENE "of Nassauket" (Fones \ James 3, 
James % John') was born November 22, 17 19. Freeman May 6, 1746. 
He was a farmer, inheriting the homestead from his father and grandfather. 
He married (i), April 6, 1749, Phebe, daughter of Captain John and Mary 
Greene of Coweset, born May 3, 1728, died November 20, 1752. He mar- 
ried (2), February 5, 1758, Mary (Waterman) Greene, daughter of Colonel 
Benoni and Sarah (Wickes) Waterman and widow of his brother, Fones 
Greene. She was born May 6, 1726, and died at the home of her father, 
January 3, 1765, while on a visit. She was buried in the family burial- 
ground. Thomas Greene married (3), November 13, 1766, Hannah, widow 
of Nathan Hill, who had a daughter, Hannah, by her first marriage, born 
January 16, 1762. Hannah Hill, senior, was born December 30, 1740, died 
October 2, 1820 (no children by her second marriage). Thomas Greene 
died in 1806, aged eighty-five (another record says "in 1812"). 

Child by First Marriage: 

781. Anne, bom June 15, 1751, died, s. p., December 3, 1779. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

782. Sarah, bom April 8, 1760, married Caleb Hill. 

783. Fones, born March 14, 1762, died unmarried June 20, 1789. 

784. Thomas, bom April 3, 1768, married Ann {Nanna) Harrison. 

Fifth Geneyation. 185 

321. FONES 5 GREENE (Fones *, James ^ James % John'), mar- 
iner, was born July 29, 1727. He married Mary, daughter of Colonel 
Benoni and Sarah (Wickes) Waterman, who afterward married his brother 
Thomas (No. 319). He died at Surinam, September 12, 1753. No chil- 
dren. His wife's mother, Sarah (Wickes) Waterman, was the sister of 
Elizabeth Wickes, who married Judge Philip ■» Greene. 

322. DANIEL 5 GREENE (James \ James ^ James % John'), 
eldest son, was born in 171 1, died April 10, 1746, in the thirty-sixth year 
of his age. ' ' Dr. ' ' Greene was buried in the north btirial-ground at Newport. 
He married, November 16, 1733, Sarah, daughter of Philip and Martha 
(Holmes) Tillinghast of Providence, born March 5, 17 10. She survived 
her husband twenty-eight years, and died April 7, 1774. She was also 
buried at Newport. She married (2) Carpenter (see Newport Histori- 
cal Magazine, vol. i., p. 159). She was cousin of Samuel Tillinghast, author 
of the noted Diaries, who married Daniel's sister, Deborah. 


785. Deliverance, bom October 12, 1734, died November 3, 1736. 

786. RoBY, bom January 7, 1735, died January 29, 1753. 

The James Greene mentioned in the following note from the Diary of 
Samuel Tillinghast should also have been recorded as eldest (?) child of 
Daniel and Sarah Greene if we read correctly: "Mar. 18, 1758 — James 
Greene son Daniel 'prentice to James Greene son Elisha died about 12 
this night — buried 21 March. Elders Holden Gorton and Fish preached." 

323. DEBORAH 5 GREENE (James \ James 3, James % John') 
was born in 171 1. She married Samuel Tillinghast, son of Joseph and 
Freelove (Stafford) Tillinghast, born October 8, 1711. He was the brother 
of Freelove Tillinghast, who married Deborah's cousin, Benjamin Greene 
(No. 387), and a grandson of Elder Pardon Tillinghast of Providence, and 
of Samuel and Mercy (Westcott) Stafford. 

Samuel Tillinghast resided at Apponaug, Warwick. He was a merchant, 
trader, and writer. His Diaries from 1757 to 1758, now deposited in the 
Library of the Rhode Island Historical Society at Providence, contain 
much interesting matter concerning the social habits of the times, and are 
also useful in showing his many respectable family connections and his in- 
timate relations with the Greene family. His name does not appear in 
connection with these Diaries, but the author has been fully identified with 
the Samuel Tillinghast, merchant at Fulling Mill, Apponaug (see Newport 

The Greene Family. 

Historical Magazine, vol. i., p. 159). He died in 1787, and his wife died 
December 25, 1750, in the fortieth year of her age. Both were buried in 
the Baptist burial-ground of East Greenwich village. 


787. Thomas Tillinghast, bom August 16, 1737, died January 27, 1739 (?). 

788. (Daughter) Tillinghast, married Benjamin Greene, died in Ohio. 

The record of Deborah's children is a little uncertain, and one account 
does not mention any children. 

Samuel's parents, in another account, are given " Philip and Martha 
(Holmes) Tillinghast," but the will of Benjamin Greene, as quoted (No. 
387), proves beyond a doubt that he was son of Joseph and Freelove, as 

328. SAMUEL 5 GREENE (James ^ James ^ James % John ■) was 
born in 1738. He died early, at the home of his uncle, Elisha Greene, at 
Cranston, and was buried there, near the State farms on the main road to 
Providence. The inscription on his tombstone reads: 

" In memory of Samuel 

Son of Major James Greene of Newport 

and of Susan his wife 

Died Aug. 23d 1758 

Aged 20 years." 

329, JAMES 5 GREENE "of Providence" (Elisha, \ James 3, 
James % John '), eldest son, was born in Providence, September 15, 1724, 
and became a merchant of that city. He was the great-great-grandson of 
Rev. Chad Brown, the Baptist preacher. He married, December 12, 1745, 
Freelove, daughter of Elder Thomas Burlingame of Providence (Cranston ?), 
born in 1727, died in Gloucester, R. I., March 6, 1751. She was buried in 
the Greene burial-ground at Cranston, where the following inscription is 
still seen: 

" In memory of Freelove 

Wife of James Greene 

Died March 6th 1751 

In the 24th year of her age." 

James Greene married (2), September 4, 1754, Abigail Freeley of Newport, 
who died before 1780. He married (3) Susannah Lynch. "James Greene, 

Fifth Geiieratiou. 187 

of Elisha of Gloucester, deceased, married 19. Aug. 1782 — Susannah, daugh- 
ter of Mary Lynch late of Portsmouth R. I." {Portsmouth Records). In 
Providence Records she is mentioned as " daughter of Mary Lynch of 

James Greene died "about two years after his father," at Gloucester, 
R. L, which must have been shortly after his third marriage. He appointed, 
October 28, 1775, "son Josiah Attorney" (Providence Records, vol. xiii.). 

Children by First Marriage: 

789. Daniel, born October lo, 1747, married Rebecca Barton, 

790. Elisha, bom about 1748. 

791. Josiah, born about 1750, married Susanna Vaughan. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

792. John Morley (Lieutenant), bom 1760 in Providence, where he died. 

793. Thomas, bom 1766, married Susannah Blackmar. 

794. Susannah, bom before 1770, married (i) Dr. Nathaniel Richmond (2) Ben- 

jamin Adams. 

James Greene was Deacon of the first Congregational church, his 
name often appearing in the proceedings of his time, and it is found in many 
deeds on record in Providence. In 1747 his father deeded to him a large 
tract of land, " 60 acres where he now dwells on Pawtuxet River" (see No. 
108). James Greene purchased a farm at Gloucester, 1783 (Gloucester 
Records of Deeds) . 

330. ELISHA 5 GREENE (Elisha \ James ^ James % John ■) was 
bom in Providence in 1728. Like his father, he was engaged in the Iron 
Works at Cranston. He married, 1750, Hannah, daughter of Edward and 
Hannah (Matthewson) Gorton and great-great-granddaughter of the noted 
emigrant ancestor, Samuel Gorton. Elisha Greene died March 13, 1776. 
By will of his father, Elisha, senior, dated July 13, 1751 (see Appendix I.), 
he received "70 acres on Pawtuxet river by James Greene's part of home- 


795. Deliverance, bom July 22, 1751, married Nathaniel Carpenter. 

796. Sarah, bom November 26, 1752, married Benjamin Arnold. 

797. Hannah, bom November 16, 1754, married Reuben Westcott. 

79S. Edward, bom February 13, 1757, married (i) Prudence Davis, and (2) Sally 

799. Dexter, born February 17, 1759, died unmarried. 

The Greene Family. 

800. James, born October 4, 1761, died January 21, 1847. 

801. Arthur, bom November lo, 1764, married ? 

802. Abigail, bom March 21, 1767, died unmarried. 

803. Mary, born April 2, 1770, married William Hall. 

The last six children were mentioned in the will of their grandfather, 
Rev. Elisha Greene. 

Hannah (Gorton) Greene, widow of Elisha, Jr., married (2) Ar- 
nold of Coventry. 

331. ABIGAIL 5 GREENE (Elisha \ James ^ James % John ') was 
born in Providence, but the date is not given. She married, March 21, 
1767, Capt. Solomon Owens of Gloucester, R. I. No children recorded. 

She received by will from her father "household goods &c. and one 
third of his books." Her husband was appointed executor of her father's 
will, but decUned, and Edward Greene, son of his wife's brother Elisha, 
was appointed in his stead. 

335. JOHN 5 GREENE "of Newport" (Samuel ^ James \ James -', 
John '), eldest son, was born August 8, 1734. He was a carpenter and re- 
sided at Newport. He married, November 10, 1762, Mary, daughter of 
Stephen Allen "of Long Island near the New York ferry," born September 
12, 1733, died December 3, 181 2, in her eightieth year. 


804. John, bom September 24, 1763. He went to St. Louis, and died young. 

805. Samuel I., bom April 3, 1765, married Abigail Hayward. 

806. James, bom December 20, 1766, married in New York. 

807. Mary Elizabeth, bom February 6, 1769, married (i) Peter Casioff, (2) James 


808. Cornelia, bom October 4, 1770, died June 22, 1777. 

809. Stephen, born November 30, 1772, married Elizabeth Bentley. 

810. Katharine, born September 12, 1774, died August 15, 1793, in nineteenth 


81 1. Sarah Joanna, born January 19, 1777, married (i) Riki ( ?), and (2) 


812. Abby, died unmarried. 

336. JAMES 5 GREENE (Samuel*, James ^ James % John') was 
born February 5, 1736. He lived to an advanced age, but no further ac- 
count of him is given. 

Fifth Generation. 

340. CATHARINE -' GREENE (Samuel ' , James ^ , James ^ , John ' ) 
was bom at Newport, September 2, 1742. She married, August 29, 1762, 
Captain John Langley, son of Nathaniel and Bethiah Langley, bom in 
Boston, October 6, 1735. She died March 2, 1765. 


813. Elizabeth Langley, born July 30, 1763, died October 8, 1763. 

John Langley married (2), April 6, 1769, Mrs. Elizabeth Jenkins, bom 
February 2, 1745, and had one son, John J., born July 5, 1770, who married 
Elizabeth Billings, 1792. He married (3), January 31, 1779, Mrs. Lucina 
Halverson, widow of Goodman Halverson, and daughter of Richard and 
Priscilla Lowden of Newport. They had two children, James L., born 
January 2, 1781, and Lea, born January 23, 1788, died February 4, 1792 
(From Bible Records belonging to Miss Elizabeth Langley of Newport). 

341. DELIVERANCE 5 GREENE (Samuel ^ James ^ James % 
John ') was born at Newport, June 30, 1744. She married Thomas Hudson 
of Providence (?). She died September 16, 1797. 

" Died — Deliverance, wife of Thomas Hudson and sister of my first 
wife Catharine Greene 16 Sep. 1797 Ae. 53 y, 2 m, and ^. She was bom y"^ 
30^'' June 1744 " (From Langley Bible; see Rhode Island Historical Mag- 
zine, April, 1886, p. 307). 


814. Thomas Hudson. 

815. John Hudson. 

816. Sarah Hudson, married Alexander Jack. 

817. Rebecca Hudson, married (i) Capt. Eben Sherman, (2) Stephen Cornell. 

818. Deliverance Hudson, married Samuel Oxx. 

Another child, Catharine, bom January 8, 1768, is recorded m Vital Records, R. I. 
(Newport), perhaps the eldest. 

345. FONES 5 GREENE " of Newport ' ' (Samuel ' , James ^ , James ' , 
John') was bom December, 1755. He married Deborah, daughter of 
William Champlin. 


819. Constant Chase, married (i) Abigail Coggeshall {2) Harriet Perry, (3) Elizabeth 
White, widow James Woodbury. 

820. WiLLiA.M. No record. 

19° The Greene Family. 

351. MARY 5 GREENE (Ebenezer^ Peter 3, James % John') was 
born June 8, 1725. She married, July 30, 1741, Joseph Wickes, son of 
Thomas and Anne (Cole) Wickes, and great-grandson of John Wickes, the 
emigrant ancestor. He was born May 31, 17 19. (He was married (2), 
June 22, 1758, by Elder John Gorton, to Bridget Price.) 


821. Joseph Wickes, born May ig, 1742. 

822. Waite Wickes, bom March 26, 1744. 

823. Ebenezer (?) Wickes, bom June 17, 1746. 

824. Daniel Wickes, bom November 5, 1749. 

825. Miriam Wickes, bom August 2, 1752. 

826. Mary Wickes, born July 19, 1754. 

827. William Wickes, born July 30, 1756. 

(The last two names General Greene gave as children of second wife, but if Joseph 
Wickes did not marry the second time till 1758, which date is plainly written, Mary 
and William were of the first marriage.) 

352. EBENEZER ' GREENE (Ebenezer * , Peter ^ , James ' , John ' ) 
was born August 19, 1727. Made freeman, May 2, 1749. He was called 
Captain. His record reads: "married May 19, 1751 Frances Rice daughter 
of Thomas Esq. " but the following comment is added : " This is uncertain. " 

The dates of Captain Ebenezer ' Greene above and those of his cousin 
Ebenezer = (David *, David ^ James % John ') seem to have been confused. 
There is reason to conclude that Captain Ebenezer married (perhaps 175 1-2) 
Ann, daughter of William and Phebe (Stafford) Arnold, born April 2, 1734. 
She married (2) about 1771 Captain John Ladd, and is mentioned in the 
family correspondence as the mother of Caleb Ladd; is also referred to as 
"the widow Greene," as will be seen by comparison with record of 
Catharine'' Greene (Christopher ^ , Samuel'*, Samuel ^ John % John'). 

The will of James Sweet, dated January 3, 1760, proved July 10, 1763, 
gives " to brother Thomas 5 acres in Coweset with Mansion House [on] part 
of land purchased of Joseph Wickes, he to pay Ann Greene widow of Eben- 
ezer 24o£. bills of credit old Tenor, and gold necklace 6o;^. being less ']£ 
what my land is bonded for." 

This mention of Ann seems to prove her the widow of Captain Eben- 
ezer 5 Greene (it could not have been his father Ebenezer * , for he died in 
1728, and this will is dated nearly three years after the death of Captain 
Ebenezer ^ in 1757). And the fact that Captain Ebenezer ^ Greene's sister 
Mary (No. 351) married Joseph Wickes, who is also referred to in same will, 
seems to emphasize the probability that Ann Arnold above (and not Frances 

Fifth Getieratioti. 191 

Rice) married Captain Ebenezer ^ Greene. And as his widow, she married 
(2) Captain John Ladd. 

Captain Ebenezer ' Greene died March 23, 1757. Inventory of his 
estate was dated April 11, 1757. 


82S. Ebenezer, born August 3, 1753. 

829. William, bom November 9, 1754. 

830. Phebe, bom April 30, 1756, married Christopher Weaver. 

Perhaps also a son Peter, as stated by Alexis, son of Caleb Ladd, whose 
mother (first wife) was Catharine * Greene referred to above. 

368. JAMES 5 GREENE "of East Greenwich" (James \ Jabez ^ 
James % John '), eldest son, was born December 8, 1727. He was a phy- 
sician and resided at East Greenwich. He married (i), September 29, 
1757, Susannah, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Greene) Fry and grand- 
daughter of Captain Benjamin Greene ("Tobacco Ben"), who was the 
grandson of John Greene, surgeon. He and his wife were plaintiffs in a 
suit to recover land in Providence County, 1763. He died in 1768. His 
will, dated July 30, 1767, was proved March i, 1768. 


831. James, bom August 12, 1759, married . 

832. Elizabeth, bom June 16, 1761, married Nicholas Davis Greene. 

833. Nathaniel, bom i76-(?) married Low (?). 

834. John. 

369. ELIZABETH ' GREENE (James ^ Jabez ^ James % John ') 
was born April 11, 1735. She married (second wife), August 25, 1763, at 
Friends' Meeting, Silas' Clapp (John*, John^, John-, George Gilson'), 
whose first wife was Mary ^ Greene (John * , Peter ^ , John ' , John ' ) , her 
third cousin (see No. 214). 

370. PAUL s GREENE "of Potowomut" (James ^ Jabez ^ James % 
John ') was born February 25, 1736. He belonged to the Friends' Society 
and was a farmer. He married at Friends' Meeting, East Greenwich, No- 
vember 23, 1758, Sarah, daughter of Robert Hall of East Greenwich. She 
died January 5, 1773. He married (2) Anna Wing of Sandwich, Mass. 
He died December 2, 18 17. His widow died September 7, 1820. 

2_92 The Greene Family. 

Children by First Marriage: 

835. Timothy, bom June 13, 1760, married Lucy Wilkinson. 

836. Hannah, bom March 15, 1762, married John Greene. 

837. Isabel, bom June 18, 1764, married Benjamin Arnold. 

838. Daniel, bom June 8, 1766, died unmarried July 18, 1794. 

839. Patience, bom June 12, 1770, died unmarried December 28, 1803. 

840. Ruth, bom June 22, 1772, died unmarried October, 1845. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

841. James, bom August 2, 1781, died unmarried May 25, 1804. 

842. Sarah, bom July 20, 1783, died unmarried August 23, 1823. 

843. Edward Wing, bom May 17, 1786, died unmarried June 3, 1802. 

844. Anna, bom June 21, and died August 20, 1790. 

371. JABEZ 5 GREENE " of Potowomut " (James ^ Jabez 3, James % 
John') was bom January 12, 1739. He married at Friends' Meeting, 
February 2, 1763, his second cousin, Mary, daughter of David and AHce 
(Hall) Greene, bom December 13, 1744. He died about 1776, and his 
widow married (2), April 16, 1779, David Biiffum, son of Joseph and Mar- 
garet Buffum of Smithfield (see No. 435). 


845. David. 

846. James. 

847. Hannah. 

372. ABRAHAM 5 GREENE "of North Kingstown" (James ^ 
Jabez 3, James % John ') was born October 10, 1740. He resided at North 
Kingstown and was a Quaker. He married (i), September 5, 1765, Patience, 
daughter of Joseph and Patience (Gifiord) Arnold, born in North Kingstown, 
1 74 1. He married (2), January 9, 1774, Mary Reynolds of East Green- 
wich. The Joseph Arnold homestead (inherited by his son Edmund, 
brother of Patience) was situated about five miles southwest of Wickford. 

Children : 

848. Benjamin, married . 

849. William, born February 13, 1769, married (i) Sarah Low, (2) Mary Wilcox. 

850. Patience, unmarried. 

851. Hannah, married James Hendricks. 

852. Ruth, a Quakeress, unmarried. 

853. Jabez, went to sea and was never heard from afterward. 

Fifth Generation. 193 

854. Nathaniel, bom August i, 1787, married Martha F. Northup. 

855. Paul, died young. 

One record gives the last child "John." Few birth dates being given, 
the above children may be incorrectly placed. 

373. HANNAH 5 GREENE (James ^ Jabez \ James % John ') was 
born October 5, 1743, died May 11, 1789. She married, January 14, 1764, 
her cousin Nathan of West Greenwich, born .November 2, 1742, died in 
East Greenwich, May 19, 1809. He was son of Caleb and Mary (Greene) 
Greene of West Greenwich, and was not of the Warwick Greene Hneage 
(see No. 144). 

Children : 

856. Caleb Greene, bom November 9, 1764, died August i, 1S23, married Par- 

mcla Bcntley, and had four children: (i) Sarah, (2) Harriet, and (3) Henry, 
all died single; (4) Daniel, married Phebe'' Greene, and had William, who 
married Martha Brcnvn ; Hannah, married Anthony Chace ; and Lydia 
Arnold married James G. Arnold. 

857. Elizabeth Greene, bom August 14, 1767, died 1773. 

858. Mary Greene, bom October 23, 1769, died at Potowomut October 16, 1801. 

859. Elizabeth Greene, bom March 2, 1775, married. May, 1811, John Smith of 

Providence. She died March 14, 1833. 

860. Nathan Greene, born August 5, 1783, died August 30, 1809. 

Nathan Greene, Sr., married (2) Dec. 20, i-jgi, Abigail Arnold. Their chil- 
dren were: {j) Caleb i^rnold Greene ,hom'DecQrnheT Tfi ,!■] g2 ; (2) Thomas Arnold 
Greene, bom December 12, 1793, married. May 5, 1820, Lydia Mitchell of Nan- 
tucket,who died at New Bedford, December 14, 1867 ; and (3) Welcome Arnold 
GreeHf (see below), bom July 17, 1795, married (i), November 11, 1826, Sarah, 
daughter of Zenas and Susannah (Httsscy) Gardner of Nantucket. She died 
October 30, 1833, and he married (2), December 13, 1838, Caroline, daughter 
of Daniel and Rachel (Gardner) Austin, a niece of his first wife. She died 
April 10, 1866, and he died at Smithfield, at the residence of Jacob Arnold, 
December 15, 1870. Children of Wclco)ne and Sarah were: Thomas 
Arnold Greene, bom November 2, 1827, married, June 10, 1857, Elizabeth 
Cadle of Milwaukee, Wis. , and had two children ; George Gardner Greene, bom 
July 26, 1 83 1, married, May, i860, Sarah Pearson of Providence, and had 
nine children. He died of pneumonia, in Milwaukee, Wis., October 19, 
1880. Children of Welcome and Caroline were: Charles Greene, bom Sep- 
tember 12, 1839, married Maria Leonard Carpenter of Providence, no chil- 
dren; Howard Greene, born March 21, 1840, married Harriet Louisa Webb, 
in Nashville, Tennessee, February 23, 1863; he was killed at the charge 
on Missionary Ridge, near Chattanooga, while gallantly leading his men, 
November 25, 1863; Sarah Greene, born July 7, 1842, married Gustave 
Lentz, and had eight children; Welcome Arnold Greene, Jr., bom September 
8, 1843, married, October 5, 1868, Susan A. Weeden of Smithfield, and had 

194 The Greene Family. 

five children; Edwin Greene, born June 19, died October 17, 1845; Alfred 
and Caroline Greene (twins), bom 1846, died young; Roscoe Greene, bom 
November 7, 1848, died at Sheldon, Vt., July 25, 1871; Elizabeth Greene, 
bom September 29, died September 30, 1849; Nathan Greene, born No- 
vember 15, 1850, married, October 5, 1881, Ellen M. Amesbtiry of Provi- 
dence; no children; Caroline Greene, born July 26, 1852, died January 8, 
1863; Mary Greene, bom August 13, died October 13, 1853; Alfred Greene, 
bom December i, 1854, died January 10, 1874; John Carver Greene, horn 
September 19, 1856, married, November 17, 1885, Annie Louise Harris of 
Barrington, R. I; Maria Louise Greene, born March 25, 1863. Received 
degree of A.B. from Vassar College, 1891, and Ph.D. from Yale University, 

Nathan Greene, Sr., died at East Greenwich, May 19, 1809. His 
father, Caleb, as before mentioned (see No. 144), was the son of John of 
West Greenwich, who was not a descendant of John Greene, surgeon, of 
Warwick, although his wife, Mary * Greene (Jabez ^ , James % John ') was 
thus descended. Nathan's son, Welcome Arnold Greene, after his father's 
death, at an early age entered the employ of his cousin, Samuel Greene 
Arnold, a prominent merchant of Providence, and was soon entrusted by 
him with the responsible position of supercargo. In this capacity he made 
voyages to South America, Spain, Norway, Russia, and the East. Return- 
ing from his voyages, Mr. Greene accepted the position of cashier of the 
Mechanics' National Bank of Providence, which he filled from January 7, 
1830, to July II, 1836, when he resigned and withdrew from active business. 
He was a member of the " Franklin Society for the Encouragement of 
Domestic Industry," and also of the "Rhode Island Historical Society," 
where he filled several offices and was for years its valued Treasurer. Mr. 
Greene was a member of the Society of Friends. Welcome Arnold Greene, 
Jr. (born 1843), was graduated from the University of Albany as LL.B., in 
1863, and practised law for a few years in Providence, R. I., though at the 
time of his marriage he resided in New Bedford, where he conducted an 
iron foundry. Thence he removed to Rhode Island, and later abandoned 
his profession and devoted himself to historical studies.' 

374. RUTHS GREENE (James ^ Jabez 3, James % John') was 
born January 7, 1748. She married (i), October 26, 1769, her second 
cousin, John Greene, son of David and Alice (Hall) Greene. She married (2), 
John Langford, son of John and Barbara (Rice) Langford of East Green- 

' Exception is made in the above case in recording details concerning the second marriage of 
the husband, who was not of the Warwick Greenes, because of the extent and prominence of Greene- 
Arnold lines and confusion caused by similarity of names. 

Fifth Gene ration. 195 

wich. (The first wife of John Langford was Desire, daughter of Benjamin 
Tucker of Newport.) (For further record, see No. 436.) 

375. SARAH 5 GREENE (Benjamin -*, Jabez^, James \ John') was 
bom at Warwick, September 14, 1736. She married, June 23, 1757, at 
Friends' Meeting, Greenwich, Nicholas Bragg, Jr., son of Nicholas and 
Bethiah (Howland) Bragg of Bristol, R. I. He was step-son to Daniel * 
Greene (Job % John ', John '), who was second cousin to his wife's father, 
Benjamin Greene. Nicholas was baptized at St. Michael's Church, Bristol, 
June 2, 1728. His mother, Bethiah, was great-granddaughter of John 
Howland of the Mayflower. She was born December 5, 1702, and married 
by Rev. John Usher, May 19, 1725, to Nicholas, son of Henry and Eliza- 
beth Bragg of Bristol. Nicholas Bragg, Sr., died at Surinam, South 
America, February 8, 1732, and his widow married (2), August 29, 1733, 
Simon Davis of Bristol, and (3), 1741, Daniel Greene of Warwick (No. 71). 
Intentions of Marriage, Bristol, R. I., Nov. 21, 1741, " Daniel Greene of War- 
wick and Bethiah Davis. " (Dates are chiefly from town and family records.) 


S61. Temperance Bragg, born April 28, 1771, married, March 12, 1801, EiJian 
Foster, son of Jolm and Ruth (Hoxsie) Foster of Richmond, R. I. Their son, 
Ethan Foster, Jr., bom, Groton, Conn., June 5, 1808, married, October 24, 
1837, Anna A., daughter of John and Lydia {Collins) Wilbur of Hopkin- 
ton, R. I., and had son, /o/n;i?a/-c/ay, bom September 27, 1 841, married, Sep- 
tember 16, 1868, Elizabeth F., daughter of Charles and Temperance (Foster) 
Perry of Westerly, R. I. 

(See Friends' Records, South Kingstown, R. I.; Signers of Mayflower 
Compact, by Annie Amoux Haxtun, Part I., pp. 29 and 30.) 

376. BENJAMIN s GREENE (Benjamin * , Jabez ^ , James ' , John ' ) , 
eldest son, was bom at Warwick, April 23, 1738. He removed to New 
York State, and it is supposed was there married, but his wife's name is 
not given. On February 20, 1760, he "gave his father-in-law [step-father] 
a receipt for 5^. in full for balance of estate of his late father Benjamin * 
Greene." (His father's widow, Ann (Hoxsie) Greene, married in 1744 her 
husband's brother John, to whom Benjamin ^ alludes as his "father-in- 

380. ELIZABETH 5 GREENE (Jabez \ Jabez J, James-', John') 
was born January 25, 1728. She married, Ma}^ 19, 1748 (Records Friends' 
Meeting, East Greenwich), John •* Mott, son of Jacob ^ (Jacob \ Adam ') 

The Greene Family. 

and Mary (Easton) Mott of Portsmouth grandson of John ^ (Peter ' , 
Nicholas ') and Dorcas (Perry) Easton of Newport, and great-grandson of 
Edward and Mary (Freeman) Perry. The will of John Easton of Newport, 
proved 1746, bequeaths "to daughter Mary Mott lO;;^. Case of drawers, 
high cupboard and Dutch table " (see Austin's Gcneal. Diet. R. I., pp. 
293, 345). Elizabeth (Greene) Mott died August 31, 1757. Samuel Tilling- 
hast's Diary records "she was buried at Jabez Greene's Sep. 2, 1757." No 
record of any children. 

381. JEREMIAH 5 GREENE (Jabez \ Jabez ^ James % John'), 
eldest son, was born June 13, 1731. He married. May 8, 1750, Mary, 
daughter of Ebenezer Goddard of North Kingstown. He received from 
his father by will, proved October i, 1754, land in North Kingstown. His 
widow married (2), John Corey, and (3), September i, 1774, Jabez Chadsey, 
Sr., son of William and Susanna (Greene) Chadsey (No. 137) (see North 
Kingstown aitd West Greenwich Records). 


862. Hannah, born December, 1760, married Jabez Chadsey, Jr. 

" The homestead home of James ^ Greene and his posterity went to 
Jabez '^ Greene who gave it to his son Jeremiah ' , who sold it to his [Jabez 's] 
brother Nathanael, the father of the Revolutionary General Nathanael." 

The above was copied by General George S. Greene from the " Annals 
of Mr. Rufus Waterman, senior, at his residence ' The Grange. " ' It will be 
noted that the statement is made (No. 141) that Nathanael * inherited the 
homestead farm from his father, but General Greene made the following 
note in pencil under the record of Jabez " Greene, father of Jeremiah ^ ; 
"Jere. sold 1758 to his uncle Nathanael.'' 

382. SUSANNA 5 GREENE (Jabez \ Jabez 3, James % John ') was 
born April 29, 1736. She married, June 8, 1758, Silas Weaver, son of Ben- 
jamin of East Greenwich, probably the grandson of Joseph and Elizabeth 
(Sweet) Weaver (see Austin's Geneal. Diet. R. I., p. 413). They had 
no children. 

A family letter mentions "William Weaver, born 1736, removed to 
Bennington Vt. 1773 and had a daughter Hannah Weaver who married a Bell ; 
Rufus Weaver, who died at Cazenovia N. Y. ; John Weaver, who died 1784 ; 
and Thomas and Andrew Weaver"; also a sister of the above, " Mary, who 
married Isaac Greene and lived near Quidneck Pond." Silas Weaver, who 
married Susanna Greene, was referred to in this connection, and it is sup- 

Fifth Generation. 197 

posed he was the eldest of these brothers. Susanna, his wife, received by 
will of her father, Jabez Greene, dated April 20, 1753, "eight hundred 
pounds in Bills of Credit O. T." (see Appendix I.). 

383. MARY 5 GREENE (Jabez * , Jabez ^ , James ' , John ' ) was born 
December i, 1737. She married (i) Edward ^ Gorton, Jr., son of Edward * 
(Samuel ^ , John ' , Samuel ' ) and Hannah (Matthewson) Gorton, daughter 
of Zachariah and Sarah Matthewson {Providence Records). She was mar- 
ried (2), September 22, 1785, by Elder John Gorton to Charles Holden, son 
of John of Warwick. The marriage took place in Coventry, and she is 
mentioned in the published list as "widow of Edward Gorton Jr. of said 
Warwick, deceased." Like her sister Susanna, she received a legacy from 
her father of eight hundred pounds. 

384. MARGARETS GREENE (Jabez \ Jabez ^ James % John') 
was born April 28, 1740. She married, March 26, 1761, her cousin, Jacob = 
Greene (Nathanael ■* , Jabez 3, James % John"), born March 7, 1739. She 
received legacy from her father of eight hundred pounds. (For children's 
record, see No. 389.) 

385. CATHARINE ' GREENE (Jabez * , Jabez ' , James ' , John ' ) was 
born March 18,1747. She is mentioned in her father 's will,dated April 20,1753, 
and received as did her sisters, "eight hundred pounds in Bills of Credit." 

386. GRIFFIN' GREENE "of Ohio" (Jabez ^ Jabez ^ James % 
John ') was bom in Warwick, February 16, 1749. He was one of the pro- 
prietors of the Greene Forge at Potowomut. He married, February 16, 
1769, Sarah, daughter of Judge Philip ■* (Job ^ John % John ') and his wife 
Elizabeth (Wickes) Greene, who was his third cousin and the sister of 
Colonel Christopher Greene (No. 255). He was Commissary of Rliode 
Island troops, 1775; Paymaster of Colonel Greene's regiment; and aide- 
de-camp of Major-General Nathanael Greene while he was Quartermaster- 
General of Revolutionary Army, 1778. September, 1779, he was a partner 
in fitting out two privateers in Rhode Island. In 1788 he removed to 
Marietta, Ohio, where, in January, 1802, he held the offices of Postmaster 
and Collector of Customs. He received legacy by his father's will of land 
in Warwick, R. I. (see Appendix I.). He died at Marietta, Ohio, June, 
1804. The following entry is from Elder John Gorton's Journal, April 10, 
1782 : " Buried Griffin Greene's child." This was probably an infant, born 
before the removal of the family to Ohio. 

198 The Greene Family. 

Children : 

863. Richard, married and lived at Pittsfield, 111. 

864. Philip, of Marietta, Ohio. 

865. Griffin, of Marietta, Ohio. 

866. Susan, of Marietta, Ohio, died young. 

Hildreth's Pioneer Settlers of Ohio, No. 8 in list of "Families who 
lived in Farmer's Castle Belpre 1792": "Griffin Greene Esq. wife & 4 
children from Rhode Island; 




Phebe Greene, a niece, lived with them, daughter of John Greene [Richard ■*, 
Richard 3, Thomas % John']. Her mother was Mary Greene, sister of 
Griffin Greene's wife Sarah — they were daughters of Judge Philip Greene, 
and sisters of Col. Christopher of the Revolution. Phebe married Major 
Jonathan Haskell of the Army, and settled in Belpre" (see No. 1204). 

387. BENJAMIN 5 GREENE "of Newport" (Nathanael \ Jabez \ 
James ' , John '), eldest son, was born July 7, 1733-4. He was engaged in 
the mantifacture of iron with his five brothers. He married Freelove, 
daughter of Joseph and Freelove (Stafford) Tillinghast. He died Septem- 
ber 16, 1762. His will, dated July 13, 1761, proved October 9, 1762, 
mentions "wife Freelove," "brother Thomas," "brother-in Law Samuel 
Tillinghast of Apponaug, ' ' and " brother-in Law Nicholas Tillinghast. ' ' His 
widow, Freelove Greene, died at Newport, November 8, 1787. Left no chil- 
dren. She was granddaughter of Elder Pardon Tillinghast of Providence. 

Town Council of Warwick, August 28, 1759: "Whereas Benjamin 
Greene, son of Nathanael, hath together with his family removed to New- 
port to dwell there for the better support of his Family and desires to dwell 
there — The Clerk shall give him a certificate of Residence in Warwick." 

Land Evidences of Cranston (vol. i., p. 257) show that in 1762 "Ben- 
jamin Greene of Newport, son of Nathanael of Potowomut, sold to Nathanael 
Greene merchant of Warwick, 237 acres of land given him by his [great-] 
grandfather Benjamin Greene — wife Freelove." 

Captain Benjamin^ Greene (see below) (Thomas % John '), the maternal 
great-grandfather of " Benjamin son of Nathanael," left him property "for 
life" (see No. 177, Court Records, Providence County; also, will of Captain 
Benjamin Greene, Appendix I.). 

FiftJi Generation. 199 

Warivick Records, Book of Wills, No. 4, p. 121: "The estate of Capt. 
Samuel Tillinghast is indebted to Heirs of Joseph Tillinghast late of New- 
port, deceased, io4£. 12s. g\d. also to Nicholas Tillinghast, 95^. 2s. ifd. and 
to Freelove Greene, 24;^. 12s. 9id-" (See No. 323.) 

388. THOMAS' GREENE (Nathanael \ Jabez^, James % John') 
was born November 11, 1735, died February 14, 1760, unmarried.' His 
will, dated February 4, was proved May 17, 1760. Like his brother Ben- 
jamin, he received a legacy of property from his great-grandfather. Captain 
Benjamin ^ Greene, but he died in early manhood, before completing his 
twenty-fifth year. The following extract is from Captain Benjamin Greene's 

" To great grandson Benjamin Greene son of grand daughter Phebe 
Greene [wife of Nathanael ■*] and to his heirs and assigns forever, Farm at 
Mashantituck or Secunset and house thereon 237 acres. If he dies before 
the age of 21, then to his brother Thomas, and if Thomas dies before 21 
then to go to grandchildren." 

" To grandson Thomas Greene, son of granda tighter Phebe Greene, all 
lands in West Greenwich — with like remainder to his brother Benjamin. 

Lands mortgaged to the Colony for Loan Money shall be redeemed by 

" Son in Law W"' Greene and grandson Benjamin Arnold executors." 

389. JACOB 5 GREENE "of Coventry" (Nathanael ^ Jabez ^ 
James \ John ') was born March 7, 1739-40. He married, March 26, 1761, 
his cousin Margaret, daughter of his uncle Jabez and Susannah (Arnold) 
Greene, born April 28, 1740. [Her mother was married (2) the month 
previous, April 6, 1761, to Wm. Anthony of Portsmouth, and died Decem- 
ber 13, 1802.] 

Jacob Greene is described as "not so muscular in frame as his illus- 
trious brother Nathanael, nor so vigorous in constitution. He was also of 
a less sanguine temperament." He always resided at Coventry, and was 
actively engaged with his five brothers in the iron works at the forge at 
Potowomut. He was Commissary of Purchases in the American army. 

In 1772 a sloop belonging to him was seized while transporting rum 
and sugar from East Greenwich to Newport, and some of the property was 
sent to Boston for adjudication, contrary to the law of the Parliament 

I Another record states that "Thomas and his brother Benjamin were both married and both 
died without issue," but we have no record of Thomas's wife. 

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regulating the trial of such seizures. (This seizure probably hastened the 
destruction of the Gas pee in June, 1772, an event which was sure to 
come from the determined and energetic people of Narragansett Bay, 
whose loyalty was greatly impaired by the acts of the home government 
unjustly controlling their commerce and manufactures. — G. S. G.) 

Before the death of his brother, General Nathanael Greene, Jacob became 
sole owner and manager of the forge. He resided in the house built by his 
brother. He had a store on the shore where his anchors and other heavy 
articles were deposited, trade being carried on between places on the river 
in sloops of fifteen tons. It was said that Jacob Greene always embarked 
in the vessel that was freighted at Apponaug with the implements of his 
skill. " He was an affectionate, indulgent man, active in business, and 
esteemed for his ability. " He continued to manage the forge until his death 
in 1809 at the age of sixty-nine. His large estate was divided equally 
among his children. His wife Margaret died December 13, 1802. (See 
Letters of Henry Rousmaniere in Providence Journal, 1859.) 


867. Polly (Maria), born 1762, married Beniamin Stunner. 

868. Thomas, born May 27, 1767, married Jane Dean. 

869. Jabez, died February 7, 1808. 

870. Margaret, bom 1772, died 1786. 

871. Jacob Varnum, bom 1773, married Patience Cox. 

872. Julia, married Theodore A. Foster. 

The administrators of the estate of Jacob Greene were Thomas Greene 
and Jacob Varnum Greene, his sons, Benjamin Sumner and Theodore A. 
Foster, his sons-in-law. Jacob and his brother Nathanael were appointed 
executors of the estate of their father, Nathanael '^ Greene. 

Jabez ^ James % John') of the Revolutionary Army was born at Potowo- 
mut, Warwick, R. L, July 27, 1742 (0. S.), and died in Georgia, June 19, 
1 786, in the forty-fourth year of his age (see below) . His father, the Quaker 
preacher, was described by a kinswoman whose impressions were received 
from one who was familiar with his family, as " an anchor-smith, a Quaker 
and a fanatic, who brooked no compromise with the world, the flesh and the 
devil, whose broad brim and cut-a-way, high-collared and stiff, were always 
of most sanctimonious fashion — the lines of whose life had no softening save 
as found in the gentle 'thee' and 'thou' of Quaker speech. Unsparingly 
severe toward himself, he scorned and pitilessly scourged all self-indulgence 


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in his bright, gay-tempered son, who evaded the iron rule of his sire for 
his own conscience sake, whenever occasion presented itself. A brave, 
ingenious strategist long before George Washington found him out! The 
youngsters of that day called him ' Natty,' but to the Quakers he was 
known as Nathanael, though not ' without guile, ' as, despite his broad- 
brimmed hat, his hair would persist in curling under it, and despite his 
collarless, spike-tailed drab coat, Nathanael was a sad dandy at heart and 
a worldling Quaker ! ' ' 

His father, holding narrow, restricted views, firmly believed that his boys 
should receive only the most elementary education, but shoxild, each in ttim, 
be trained to work at the old " Forge Mill" (supplied with one of the largest 
trip-hammers on the coast), which theory of manual training is even at the 
present day, usually, fairly well received. Like his brothers, therefore, the 
young Nathanael was engaged in the manufacture of iron, the business 
being regarded in the light of a family partnership whose members, from a 
feeling of Quaker humility, called themselves "blacksmiths." In 1740 
Nathanael 's father and the other five sons of Jabez Greene had become 
owners of the entire mill property. The old forge at Potowomut, near the 
family homestead, had been most successfully operated, and, in 1741, 
they built another at Coventry which was equally successful and in full 
operation the year before Nathanael 's birth. Its prosperity maintained 
over one hundred families, the village being namied Greenville. Later, 
Nathanael and his five brothers established the larger forge on the south- 
west branch of the Pawtuxet River in Coventry, near the Warwick town 
line, which was also for many years in successful operation. 

Notwithstanding his business activity the young Nathanael found time 
to acquire a large amotmt of general information, making a special study 
of mathematics, history, and law. Professor John Fiske, in his American 
Revolution, vol. i., p. 150, wrote: "From lowly beginnings he had come to 
be, though still a young man, the most admired and respected citizen of 
Rhode Island. He had begun life as a blacksmith, but, inspired by an 
intense thirst for knowledge, he had soon become a learned blacksmith, 
well versed in history, philosophy, and literature." 

Apropos of the above quotation, it may be stated that Mr. Richard 
Ward Greene Welling of New York (great-grandson of the distinguished 
General's brother. Perry Greene), who made the acquaintance of Mr. Fiske 
while at Harvard, wrote to the Professor a few years ago in regard to the 
inaccuracy of his introductory phrase, and cited the fact that the American 
ancestor, John Greene, surgeon, and his son John, Deputy Governor of the 
Colony of Rhode Island, were men of distinction in Old and New England, 

The Greene Family. 

and also that the books of "The Forge" firm showed large accounts for 
anchors, cables, and heavy iron work amounting to thousands of pounds, 
which at that period represented wealth. To this communication Professor 
Fiske replied as follows : 

"Cambridge, Jan'y i6, 1898. 
" Thanks for note on Greene. I have for some time intended to alter 
the form of expression as liable to mislead. Shall look to it for next edi- 

In a recent publication by Archdeacon Cyrus Townsend Brady he 
makes the following allusion in his preface to General Greene: "Next to 
Washington, this New England Blacksmith — who so highly educated him- 
self that, for relaxation, he read the Latin poets in the original by the light 
of the camp-fire — stands as the most brilliant soldier, strategist, tactician, 
and fighter of the Revolution. . . . And his character was as great as 
his genius." 

From his mother, Mary Mott, Nathanael is said to have inherited some 
of the strongest traits of his character, and the old traditional story that 
when her boy forsook Quakerism to assume the dangers and responsibilities 
of military life, she said to him, " Well, Nathanael, if thee must engage in 
this carnal warfare in defence of thy country, never let me hear of thee 
being wounded with thy back to the enemy," bears evidence of her bravery 
and patriotism, which were certainly nobly emphasized in the son's career. 

In his boyhood and early manhood Nathanael was an involuntary 
member of the Society of Friends, his father being their leading preacher. 
It was the rule of the Society that all persons born of parents who were 
counted among its members were by the fact of such birth also considered 
members. In 1773 Nathanael attended a military meeting with his cousin 
Griffin Greene (No. 386), and for engaging in the military drills he encoun- 
tered a remonstrance from the Quaker authorities, and after due considera- 
tion he was excluded from their Society. 

In 1769 an agreement had been made by Nathanael, Griffin, John, and 
Benjamin Greene for the management of the forge and mills at Coventry, and 
Nathanael had been thus freed from his father's stern rule, so that he was able 
to better command his own time. Though fond of his home, and undoubtedly 
still honoring and respecting his father, notwithstanding the contrast in their 
temperaments, he must have rejoiced in this change of life whereby he was 
enabled to gratify his thirst for education and pursue his plan for self-improve- 
ment. Soon after his removal to Coventry he became active in organizing the 
first public school of that place, and was deeply interested in all educational 

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matters. In April, 1770, he was elected Deputy to the General Assembly 
from Coventry, and served almost continuously until he was made a Major- 
General in the Continental Army. In 1774 he was influential in forming 
the military company known as the " Kentish Guards," at East Greenwich; 
and of the thirty-seven charter members, ten bore the name Greene. In 
December of the same year he was appointed by the General Assembly, with 
four others of high military rank, to revise the militia laws of the Colony. 
"This was the commencement," wrote General George Sears Greene, "of 
his military career, from which he rose to a military rank and esteem 
second to none but the Commander-in-Chief in a contest with the mother 
country, renowned for her military prowess." 

General Francis Vinton Greene, in one of his able articles, " The United 
States Army," published in Scribner's Monthly, September, 1901, quotes the 
following from the late Professor John Fiske: "In every campaign since 
the beginning of the war, Greene had been Washington's right arm, and 
for indefatigable industry, for strength and breadth of intelligence, and for 
unselfish devotion to the public service he was scarcely inferior to the Com- 
mander-in-Chief. ' ' 

The career of General Greene, ending in the meridian of life, has been 
so worthily portrayed by his talented grandson, Hon. George Washington 
Greene, and his distinguished kinsman. General F. V. Greene, that it is 
unnecessary herein to enlarge upon the chief events which are familiar 
history and are simply mentioned below. (See Sketches of the Life and 
Correspondence of Naihanael Greene, by Wm. Johnson, 2 vols., 1822.) For 
his services in the war. General Greene was presented with two 
pieces of captured ordnance, a British standard, and a gold medal. On 
January 18, 1782, "in consideration of his important services," the 
General Assembly of South Carolina voted him 10,000 guineas, while the 
Legislature of North Carolina on April 13, 1782, voted him 5000 guineas 
and 25,000 acres of land. By resolution of the Legislatiire of the State of 
Georgia, May i, 1782, he received 5000 guineas and 24,000 acres of 
land. This included a confiscated plantation of the Hon. John Graham, 
Lieutenant-Governor of Georgia (who adhered to the British), which was 
situated on the Savannah River, about twelve miles from the city of Savan- 
nah. It was known as " Mulberry Grove, " and was one of the finest planta- 
tions of those days, comprising 21 71 acres. At a later date the General 
wrote of its extent and comfort to his friend, Ethan Clarke, whose daughter 
afterward married the General's son, Nathanael Ray Greene. The deed 
of gift was dated March 5, 1785. Cumberland Island, near the southern 
border of the State, was part of this grant from Georgia. 

204 The Greene Family. 

While in command of the Department of the South, General Greene 
was repeatedly thanked by General Washington and by Congress. When 
hostilities were about to cease, General Washington wrote in General Orders 
from Army Headquarters at Newburgh, N. Y., January 23, 1783, expressing 
the sense he entertained "of the extraordinary abilities, bravery and pru- 
dence displayed by General Greene in conducting the operations in the 
Southern Department." After the close of the war, General Greene re- 
moved his residence from Rhode Island to Georgia, where, at Mulberry 
Grove, on June 19, 1786, he died suddenly. His death was from a conges- 
tive chill induced by exposure to the hot sun when unprotected. Major- 
General Anthony Wayne, who was with him when he died, in notifying the 
authorities of Savannah of the sad event, said: " He was great as a soldier, 
greater as a citizen, immaculate as a friend. The honors — the greatest 
honors of war — are due to his memory." 

August 8, 1786, Congress resolved that a monument should be erected 
in honor of General Greene's patriotism, valor, and ability, to which the 
attention of Congress was called after the war of the rebellion by his 
distinguished kinsman, the late Hon. Henry Bowen Anthony [grandson 
of James and Rebecca (Pitman) Greene], U. S. Senator from Rhode 
Island; and in 1877 an equestrian statue was erected in Sherman Square, 
east of the Capitol, at Washington, D. C. In 1864, every State was 
invited by Congress "to furnish for the old Hall of the House of 
Representatives, two full-length marble statues of deceased persons who 
have been citizens thereof and illustrious for their renown." One 
of the two contributed by Rhode Island was that of General Nathanael 
Greene, and in presenting it on behalf of his State, Senator Anthony said: 
" Among those who, in the Revolutionary period, won titles to the national 
gratitude, never disavowed, he whose statue we have placed in the Capitol, 
stands, in the judgment of his contemporaries and by the assent of history, 
second only to the man who towers without a peer in the annals of America. " 
A monument to General Greene was also erected by the people of Georgia 
in Johnson Square, Savannah, March 21, 1825, the corner-stone being laid 
by his deeply attached friend, the Marquis de Lafayette. 

On July 20, 1774, General Greene was married by Elder John Gorton 
to Katharine, daughter of John and Phebe (Ray) Littlefield of New Shore- 
ham, Block Island, bom 1755, died September 2, 18 14. The ceremony took 
place at the residence of his third cousin, Wm. Greene (afterward Governor 
of Rhode Island), which was at Coweset, Warwick, on the Greenwich line, 
where he had so often been a welcome guest and where he had met the best 
society of the Colony. Catharine Ray, the wife of the Governor, was aunt 

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to the bride. The following is an exact copy of the invitation to the mar- 
riage, sent in the General's own handwriting, addressed to Miss Mary (Polly) 
Greene (Richard ^ , John * , Thomas ^ , Thomas ^ , John ' ) , who afterward 
married Samuel Brown of East Greenwich: 

" Nathanael Greene ( ^ ^i, • i- ^ 4. 1^T• 

^ . , ^ , , \ present then- compliments to Miss 
Kitty Littlefield I ^ ^ 

Polly Greene and desires the favor of her company at Wil- 
liam Greene's Esq the 20^*" this instant at 10 oclock A.M." 

Katharine or "Kitty" Littlefield was of the noted Littlefield family who 
settled in New Shoreham, Block Island, in 1721, and who became promi- 
nent and influential in public affairs. She was the granddaughter of Cap- 
tain Simon and Deborah (Greene) Ray (No. 67), and great-granddaughter 
of Simon Ra3% who came from Braintree, Essex County, England, and 
settled on Block Island, and his wife, Mary (Thomas) Ra}^ daughter of 
Captain Nathaniel Thomas of Marshfield, Mass. 

The devotion of General Greene to his wife and family has been por- 
trayed by his descendants as exceptional, and his grandson, Hon. George 
Washington Greene, tells us that he delighted in his children, and when it 
became possible for him to remain with them "all the humor and fresh- 
ness of youth came back to him." After the war and the strain of public 
life, it was his ambition to retire to the peace of his fireside. His death, at 
the early age of forty -four years, left his widow with five children, the 
eldest but little more than ten years of age. Mrs. Greene was married (2), 
June 28, 1796 at Philadelphia, by Rev. Dr. Ewing to Mr. Phineas Miller, 
and removed with her family to Dungeness, Cumberland Island, Ga., about 
120 miles from Savannah. She died at this home, September 2, 18 14, and 
her youngest daughter, Mrs. Louisa Catharine Shaw, became the owner of 
the estate. For forty years after Mrs. Greene's second marriage none of 
the General's descendants lived in or near Savannah. 

Inscription at Dungeness, Cumberland Island: 

" In Memory of 

Catharine Miller, widow of the late 


Commander-in-Chief of the American Revolutionary Army 

in the Southern Department in 1783 — 

who died Sep. 2, 1814 aged 59 years. 
She possessed great talents and virtue." 

2o6 The Greene Faiiii/y. 

This stone has been mistaken for that of her illustrious husband, the 
cenotaph to his memory, also placed at Dungeness, rather tending to 
emphasize this error, which should now no longer prevail, as the burial- 
place of Major-General Nathanael Greene, so long a matter of uncertainty, 
has recently been discovered (see below). 


S73. George Washington, born about 1775 (?), drowned March 28, 1793. 

874. Martha Washington, born March 14, 1777, married (i) John Corlis Nightin- 

gale, (2) Dr. Henry E. Turner. 

875. Cornelia Lott, bom September 23, 1779, married (i) Peyton SkipwitJi, (2) 

Edward Brinley Littlefield. 

876. Nathanael Ray, bom January 27, 1780, married Anna Maria Clarke. 

877. Louisa Catharine, , married Shaw. 

The following are the principal events in the military career of Gen- 
eral Nathanael Greene : 

Member of Rhode Island Assembly, 1770. 

Charter member of the Kentish Guards, 1774. 

Chosen Brigadier-General of Rhode Island Army of Observation, May 

8, 1775- 

In command of Boston, March 24, 1776. 

In command on Long Island, April 25, 1776. 

Promoted to the rank of Major-General, 1776. 

In command in the Jerseys, October, 1776. 

Appointed Quartermaster-General, March 2, 1778. 

In the Rhode Island Expedition, August, 1778. 

Resigned as Quartermaster-General, July 26, 1780 (see letter of Gen- 
eral Washington, Appendix II.). 

President of the Court Martial at the trial of Major John Andre, Sep- 
tember 29, 1780. 

In command at West Point, October 6, 1780. 

Appointed Commander of the Army in the Southern Department, 
October 14, 1780. 

Won battle at Guilford Court House, March 15, 1781. 

Forced Comwallis to retreat from the South, March 19, 1781. 

Battle of Hobkirk's Hill, April 25, 1781. 

Siege of Ninety-Six, May 22-June 19, 1781. 

Victory at Eutaw Springs, September 8, 1781. 

Thanked by General Assembly of South Carolina, January 18, 1782. 

Triumphal entry into Charleston, December 14, 1782. 

Received gifts of money and lands from Georgia and the Carolinas,i782. 

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1786, Congress resolved to erect statue, and in 1874 decreed an eques- 
trian statue (which was erected, in 1877, ^^ Washington, D. C, as stated 
above) . 

Monument erected by State of Georgia, March 21, 1825. 

Statue placed in Memorial Hall at the Capitol, Washington, D. C, by 
the State of Rhode Island, 1870. 

The General Assembly of Rhode Island, in accordance with a recom- 
mendation in the Governor's message, having designated the sixth day of 
Jtine as " Nathanael Greene Memorial Day," commemorative services were 
held on that date, 190T, in Providence, R. I., where the historical and patri- 
otic societies of the State were ably represented, some of the Greene de- 
scendants participating. Among the speakers were: Brigadier-General 
Hazard Stevens and Hon. Asa Bird Gardiner of New York; Hon. Henry 
L. Greene of Riverpoint, R. I.; Miss Mary A. Greene and Theodore Francis 
Green of Providence; Rev. Frederic I. Bassett and Miss Margaret L. Chace. 
General Stevens spoke of the military career of the great hero from 1775 
to 1781. 

The address of Mr. Henry L. Greene was full of interest, embracing 
many of the important points in the history of the ancestors of General 
Nathanael in England and America. His closing words were: "The limit 
of time allowed on this occasion will not permit me to dwell upon the high, 
noble, and honorable traits of character which were transmitted from gen- 
eration to generation in the ancestry of General Greene, and which found 
in him a magnificent fulfilment, which shed a glorious light around his pos- 
terity, and the grand republic he helped Washington to establish." 

Mr. Theodore F. Green gave an interesting account of the General's 
boyhood and early manhood, and alluded to the appreciation in which he 
was held at that period, as follows: "Greene's talents, his attainments, his 
character, his mind, were such as did not invite popular attention, but . . . 
were such, however, as to make a deep impression upon the inteUigent and 
discriminating few with whom he came into personal contact. These had the 
opportunity to measure his mastery of facts, to estimate his mental powers, 
to test his public spirit, and to prove his absolute sincerity and singleness 
of purpose." 

Hon. Asa Bird Gardiner, who is a member of the Greene family (Rey- 
nolds line) and the President of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati, 
told the interesting story of the finding of the tomb and remains of General 
Greene by the committee of the Society. On December 17, 1783, Major- 
General Greene attended the meeting of the Cincinnati in the Senate Cham- 
ber at Providence, and was then elected by his brother Continental officers 

2o8 The Greene Family. 

of the Rhode Island line the first President of the Society. He last pre- 
sided at their annual meeting held in the State House at Newport, July 4, 
1785. At the memorial meeting above referred to, Colonel Gardiner quoted 
the resolutions adopted by the Society, in consequence of the inquiry sug- 
gested by the Savannah press and citizens, the result of which was the 
appointment of a committee " to make inquiries and do whatever should 
be necessary toward ascertaining the burial-place of its first president, the 
great patriot and soldier, who next to Washington aided so potentially in 
securing the Independence of the United States." The members of said 
committee were: Hon. Asa Bird Gardiner, LL.D., L.H.D., Chairman; 
Hon. George Anderson Mercer, A.M., President Georgia Historical Society; 
Hon. Walter G. Charlton, A.M., President Society of Sons of the Revolu- 
tion of Georgia; Hon. Philip Dickinson Daffin, Chairman of the Savannah 
Park and Tree Commission; Hon. William Harden, Secretary of the Society 
of Sons of the Revolution of Georgia, and Librarian of the Georgia Historical 
Society: and Mr. Alfred Bearing Harden, A.B., LL.B., Member of the 
South Carolina Society of the Cincinnati. The committee entered upon 
their inquiries and search with great earnestness, and were soon rewarded 
with most gratifying success, which will forever set at rest the wild tradi- 
tions and conflicting statements of the past. The President's address, de- 
livered at the annual meeting held at Newport, July 4, 1901, and published 
by the Society, gives not only a remarkably clear account of every detail of 
this search, but many items of historical accuracy in connection with the 
death and burial of the illustrious General Nathanael Greene, and it should 
command the attention and interest of all who bear the name. A letter 
recently written by the Secretary of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincin- 
nati will be of interest in this connection: 

" To the Editor of the 'New York Times': 

" A committee of gentlemen appointed by the Rhode Island Society 
of the Cincinnati, of which General Greene was the President at the time 
of his death, instituted a search in February and found the remains in an 
old vault in Colonial Park (the site of a former cemetery), in Savannah, 
Ga., where they were deposited when he died in 1786. They were identi- 
fied by a variety of concirrrent and unmistakable circrunstances, and chiefly 
by the name plate found on the coffin. This was so much corroded that, 
although it revealed a part of the name of the deceased, it was brought 
North to be wholly cleaned by modem processes. The restoration was per- 
fect and gave the name, age, and date of death of Gen. Greene distinctly. 

"The plate was returned to Savannah and presented to the Georgia 

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Historical Society, whose President, the Hon. George A. Mercer, and several 
members were among the committee which discovered the remains. The 
following letter from the Corresponding Secretary of the Georgia Historical 
Society to the Secretar}^ of the Rhode Island State Society of the Cincin- 
nati settles the matter in the estimation of the persons best qualified to 
give judgment: 

" 'Dear Sir: I am directed by the Georgia Historical Society to return, through 
you, to the Cincinnati of Rhode Island, our sincere thanks for the coffin plate of Gen. 
Nathanael Greene, recently discovered in this city. The interesting relic has been suit- 
ably encased in glass and securely placed in the archives of our society. 

"'The unmistakable inscription sets forever at rest the question of the identity of 
the remains and the spot of his burial. Much credit is due your society for the patriotic 
interest displayed in this matter. 

[Signed] " ' Otis Ashmore, 

" ' Cor. Secretary, Georgia Historical Society.' 

" Mr. Ashmore is the well-known Superintendent of Public Education 
of Savannah, and an antiquarian and local annalist of wide reputation. 

"George W. Olney. 
"New York, August 30, igoi." 

It should be stated that the remains of the eldest son of General 
Nathanael, George Washington Greene, who was drowned in the Savannah 
River, March 28, 1793, were also found in the vault beside those of his father. 

The following letter was received by the compiler of this Genealogy : 

" Georgia Historical Society, 

"Savannah, Ga., 31st May, 1901. 
"Dear Madam: Your letter of the ist was duly received and it gives 
me very great pleasure to assure you that the evidence of the discovery of 
the remains of General Nathanael Greene is too positive to admit of doubt. 
" The finding of the two bodies together in the vault, which upon in- 
vestigation proves to my mind that it is the one owned by the Graham 
family, seemed to show that they were the remains of Gen. Greene and 
his son George W. ; the size of one of the skulls indicated that it was that 
of Gen. Greene; and lastly, the coffin plate, which, after the removal of 
the rust on it, shows the inscription plainly, is of itself the most convincing 
evidence. This much is easily read on the coffin plate: 
Obit June 19 1786 
.-E 44 years. 

The Greene Family. 

If any one ever really doubted that the remains found in the vault in the 
old cemetery here, were those of General Greene, such doubt should now 

certainly be removed. 

"Very truly yours, 

"Wm. Harden, 


In concluding his address at Newport, Colonel Gardiner states that, 
" No decision has yet been reached as to where these honored remains shall 
finally be deposited, whether under the obelisk in Savannah, or under the 
equestrian statue at Washington, or under the new monument about to be 
erected at the State Capitol of Greene's native State, or under the proposed 
monument on the Guilford Court House battle ground. 

" In any final determination the Rhode Island State Society of the 
Cincinnati propose to make no suggestion, but to leave the subject wholly 
with Major-General Greene's direct descendants, after due consideration, 
as seems most suitable, with the Governors of the States of Rhode Island 
and Georgia respectively." 

392. WILLIAM 5 GREENE (Nathanael \ Jabez ^ James % John ■) 
was bom at Warwick, November i, 1743, died 1826. 

From The Republican, Auburn, N. Y., Wednesday, October 11, 1826: 
"Died in E. Greenwich, R. I. 26th ult. [September], William Greene, Esq., 
aged 83, the eldest surviving brother of Gen'l Nathanael Greene of the 
Revolutionary Army. Throughout his long life the deceased sustained 
the reputation of an honest man, a faithful friend and a good citizen. The 
ruling sentiments of his heart were love to God and good will toward men ; 
and his conduct through life was guided by these principles. It may be 
said of him that he delighted in doing good and that he was never known 
to say a hard thing or intentionally do a wrong one. In the war of the 
Revolution he took a decided part, and throughout that memorable struggle 
was among the firm, steady and active supporters of American Indepen- 
dence " (Contributed by Wm. M. Robinson, Grand Rapids, Mich.). 

393. ELIHU5 GREENE "of Potowomut" (Nathanael*, Jabez^, 
James % John') was born at Potowomut, December 10, 1746. He was 
engaged with his brothers at the Forge in the manufacture of anchors and 
other iron work, and understood thoroughly the mechanical operations of 
the business. He was a gentleman of distinguished energy and of courteous 
manners. He died August i, 1827, and was buried on the paternal estate 

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at Potowomut. He married, December 5, 1775, Jane, daughter of William 
and Sarah Flagg of Boston, and granddaughter of Edward and Jane (Frank- 
lin) Mecom, sister of Benjamin Franklin. She was born in Boston, January 

22, 1757, and died at Potowomut, April 6, 1782, when only twenty-four years 
of age. Her father, William Flagg, born about 1735, was the great-grandson 
of Lieutenant Gershom and Hannah (Leffingwell) Flagg of Woburn, Mass. 
Lieutenant Flagg was bom about 1648, and was the son of Thomas Flagg, 
bom 161 6, who came from County Norfolk, England, settled at Watertown, 
Mass., in 1641, and who was probably ancestor of all the Flaggs in America. 
He died 1696-7. His son. Lieutenant Gershom, died July 6, 1690, prob- 
abty in the expedition to Port Royal. (See tV. K. Gen. Reg., vol. vii., p. 
246; Drake's Researches, p. 46.) 


878. Celia, bom January 27, and died March 26, 1777. 

879. Sarah, bom March 16, 1778; killed by a fall from her horse, October 10, 1795. 

880. Franklin, bom September 3, 1780, married Emily Greene. 

881. Jane, bom December 24, 1781, died April 27, 1783. 

The dates of Elihu and Jane Greene are taken from their tombstones 
at Potowomut. 

394. CHRISTOPHERS GREENE "of Potowomut" (Nathanael \ 
Jabez 3, James % John ') was bom at Potowomut, July 23, 1748. He was 
engaged in the manufacture of iron with his brothers at the Forge at Poto- 
womut, where he resided during his life. He was said to be the strongest 
of all the brothers, and his relations with his brother Elihu were so closely 
affectionate and intimate that their sloop was named Two Brothers. He 
was a man of refinement, courteous and dignified in deportment, of kindly 
spirit, quiet in temper, and active to the last. He married (i), December 

23, 1773, Catharine, daughter of Hon. Samuel and Hannah (Ray) Ward of 
Newport, bom October 2, 1752, died 1781. He married (2), May 12, 1782, 
Deborah Ward, sister of his first wife, born at Newport, October 12, 1758, 
died April 26, 1835. He died December 22, 1830, at Potowomut. 

Children by First Marriage: 

882. Anne, bom April i, 1776, married William Peter Maxwell. 

883. Catharine, bom October 3, 1780, died unmarried, 1840. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

884. Christopher, bom December 8, 1783, died in 1814 in his thirty-first year, on 

going from New Orleans to New York. 

The Greene Family. 

885. Celia, born January 10, 17S6, married Ray Clarke. 

886. Emily, born October 12, 1787, married Franklin Greene. 

887. Nathanael, bom October g, 1789, married Ahhy Sophia Casey. 

888. Richard Ward, bom January 21, 1792, married Catharine Celia {Greene) 


889. Samuel Ward, born January 28, 1794. Went to South America. 

890. John Ward, born December 8, 1795, married Margaret Clarke. 

891. Elihu, bom October 12, 1802, married Matilda Sumner. 

Copy of inscription on the monument erected to the memory of Chris- 
topher Greene : 

" Christopher Greene 

Born O. S. July 23, 1748 

Married May 5, 1783 Deborah Ward of Sam'l Ward. 

A member of the Committee of Pubhc Safety. 

One of the earliest commanders of the Kentish Guards which corps he 

helped organize in 1744. 
A volunteer in Sullivan's expedition on R. I. in which he occupied an 

honorable command under his brother Gen'l Nath'l Greene. 
He was also a member of the State Convention which ratified the Constitu- 
tion of the United States." ' 

395. PERRY 5 GREENE "of East Greenwich" (Nathanael*, 
Jabez ^ James % John ') was born at Potowomut, November 9, 1749. He 
possessed fine talents and engaging address, and is said to have been the 
favorite of his brother, General Nathanael of the Revolution. An unfor- 
tunate weakness embittered and shortened his life, and he succumbed to a 
severe attack of fever, dying in early manhood. The exact date of death 
is not recorded. He was a master of the merchant marine, and was for a 
time associated with his brothers at the " Greene Forge." Like his brother, 
General Nathanael, he was probably excluded from the Society of Friends, 
for he enlisted, 187 1-2, as private in the 6th Regiment, Albany County, 
New York Militia. The fact of his enlisting in a New York regiment was 
doubtless due to the interest and activity of his distinguished brother in 
that State, and also because of the close affectionate relation which existed 
between them. (See Records of Sons of the Revolution, Albany, N. Y. ; 
also New York in the Revolution, 2d edition, 1898.) Perry Greene married, 
about 1783, Elizabeth, daughter of Colonel Joseph and Hannah (Gladding) 

' R, 1 . Colonial Records, vol. viii.: " In Council of Warren the retvim of Andrew Boyd Clerk of 
the Company of Kentish Guards choosing Christopher Greene of Warwick son of Nathaniel 2nd Lieut, 
of said company in the room of Thomas Holden who refused, which being considered by the Council; 
It was voted and resolved that the said choice be and the same is Lieutenant affirmed." 

Fifth Geiieratiou. 

Belcher of Newport, bom 1758, baptized (with her mother and brothers and 
sisters) February 25, 1770, at Trinity Church, Newport. A miniature of 
Mrs. EHzabeth (Belcher) Greene, now in possession of her descendants, 
shows her to have been a high-bred and attractive lady. (See Newport Hist. 
Mag., v., p. 317.) 


892. William Perry, born June 10, 1784, married (i) Mary Olncy, and (2) Susan 

E. Mumford. 

893. Albert Collins (Maj.-Gen.), born April 15, 1791, married Catharine Celia 


The emigrant ancestor of the Belcher family was Gregory Belcher, 
who came from Braintree, England, to Boston, Mass., in 1634. He was 
prominent in the founding of the church at Braintree, Mass., where he was 
one of the early settlers. His son Josiah (named in his mother's will) 
was one of the founders of the Old South Church, Boston. The following 
from Rhode Island Colonial Records gives the record of Joseph, great- 
great-grandson of Gregory Belcher, and father of Mrs. Perry Greene: 

Vol. v., 487: Joseph Belcher, freeman, Newport, May, 1756. 

Vol. v., 54: October 4, 1756 — Joseph Belcher, " Capt. 4th Co. of the 
Regiment to be raised to reinforce troops for this Colony at Crown Point, 
Lieut. -Col. Benj. Meekham commanding." 

Vol. vii., 13, 366, 375, 436, 510, 576: Further records "Officers of the 
several companies of Newport ": August, 1775, Joseph Belcher, " Col. Reg't. 
Newport County." 

Vol. viii., 97, Col. Joseph Belcher, Gideon Mumford, and others on com- 
mittee "to inquire as to inhabitants of towns in connection with raising the 

Warwick Records, ii., 342, June 10, 1779: "Deed of Partition signed 
by Nathanael Greene and wife Catharine; Elihu Greene and wife Jane; 
Christopher Greene and wife Catharine ; Perry Greene and wife Elizabeth ; 
Jacob Greene and wife Margaret." 

396. GIDEON 5 GREENE " of Coventry ' ' (John ' , Jabez ^ , James ' , 
John '), only son, bom about 1745. He was a man of great energy and 
business talent, and was associated with his cousins, the sons of his uncle, 
Nathanael Greene, at the Forge at Potowomut, and also at the iron works 
near the south line of Coventry. He manied, February 23, 1769, Mercy, 
daughter of Daniel and Philadelphia (Brownell) Howland, daughter of 

214 The Greene Family. 

Joseph and Ruth Brownell of Portsmouth, R. I., born in Portsmouth, 
December 30, 1745, died September 26, 1834 {Friends Records, died Janu- 
ary 26, 1824). He died March 10, 1832. 


894. Hannah, born April 25, 1770, married Aaron Knight. 

895. Rowland, bom November 20, 1771, married Nancy Pearce. 

896. Judith, bom July 24, 1773, married (i) Perry Winslow, and (2) Allen Fry. 

897. Lloyd, bom May 2, 1775 (blind), married (i) Phebe Shumaker, (2) Elizabeth 


898. John, bom February 15, died April 26, 1777. 

899. Philadelphia, bom March 17, 1778, married Russell Chace. 

900. Lucy Anna, bom April 17, 1780, married Henry Whitman. 

901. John, bom January 27, 1782, married (i) Abigail Susan Greene, (2) Mary 


902. Gideon, born February 24, 1784, married (i) Celia Baker, and (2) Sarah 

A twood. 

903. Daniel, bom September 19, 1788, married (i) Pamela Gould, (2) Elizabeth 

Eldredge Aylesworth. 

397. ABRAHAM' GREENE (Rufus \ Jabez ^ James % John'), 
eldest son, was born at East Greenwich, October 2, 1736. He married (i), 
February 13, 1763, Eleanor, daughter of John and Barbara (Rice) Lang- 
ford of East Greenwich, born May 12, 1737, and (2), January 9, 1774, Mary, 

daughter of James and ■ Reynolds of South Kingstown. His first wife 

was sister of Phebe Langford, who married Joseph ■* Greene (John ^ , James ' , 

Children by First Marriage: 

904. Sylvanus, bom October 25, 1763. 

905. Russell, bom October 29, 1767. 

906. Casey, bom December 28, 1770, died young. 

907. Mary (Polly), married William Burke, Jr. 

398- RUSSELL 5 GREENE (Rufus \ Jabez ^ James % John ') was 
born at East Greenwich, March 9, 1738-9. He married, November 3, 1763, 
Barbara, daughter of Thomas Casey, who died July 26, 1785. He died in 
1768. The will of " Barbary Greene, widow," dated June 17, 1785, proved 
September 24, 1785, bequeaths $100 to her father, Thomas Casey, and 
makes bequests to "sister Elizabeth Freeborn" and to other relatives. 
Russell Greene was named for his mother's family. She was a lineal de- 
scendant of Ralph Russell from Pontypool, Monmouthshire, England, who 

Fifth Generaiioii. 215 

came to America, 1652, and was the progenitor of the Russells of New Bed- 
ford, Mass. (No. 143). 


908. Casey Russell, bom March 31, 1765, died December 4, 1768. 

Captain Russell Greene was drowned February 24, 1768, in crossing 
Narragansett Ferry, and his body was never recovered. He was in his 
twenty-ninth year. 

399. PHEBE5 GREENE (Rufus \ Jabez ^ James \ John') was 
bom at East Greenwich, December 20, 1740. She married, December 3, 
1761, Sylvester Greene of Pawtuxet, born November 3, 1737, son of Thomas 
and grandson of John Greene of West Greenwich, one of the Newport 
Greenes, not a descendant of John, surgeon, of Warwick. The will of 
Rufus Greene mentions his "eldest daughters Phebe Greene and Mary 
Reynolds wives to Sylvester Greene and John Reynolds." 

After the death of his wife (date not known) , Sylvester Greene removed 
with his family to New Bedford, where he married again. The name of 
this second wife is not given. One account says that he went to New Bed- 
ford with his "four daughters who married and settled there"; but the 
birth of one (Phebe) is recorded twenty-two years later than the birth of 
the eldest, Mary, and it seems more probable that he went with his family 
of four children (including his son Nicholas) to New Bedford, and that 
Phebe was the child of his second marriage. 


909. NicHOL.\s Davis Greene, bom September 28, 1762, died 1853, married (i) 

at East Greenwich, September 12, 1784, Elizabeth *>, daughter of James ' 
Greene {James*, Jabez^, James^, Johii^), bom June 16, 1761. He married 
(2), October 16, 1794, Abigail, daughter of James Coggeshall. Children: 
(i) Edmund, died aged two months; (2) Anne, died aged fourteen months; 
{^) ElizabetIi,hom June 16 , 1799, died July 17,1817; (4) Charles, horn April 12, 
1 80 1, married Maria, daughter of James and Lydia {Greene) Sweet. He was 
killed by a passing team in Boston, 1S78. They had five children: Charles, 
William, Henry, Harriet, and Maria. (5) Mary Anne, died aged two years; 
(6) Susan, bom October 10, 1804, married Daniel Williams, and had Horace, 
died young ; (7) Elizabeth, married John Godfrey of Coweset ; (8) Wm. James, 
bom February 20, 1806, married (i), 1827, Ruth Carder, and had two chil- 
dren, James and Mary, who died. He married (2) Lydia Siveet, sister to his 
brother Charles's wife, and had Rebecca W., Albert Coggeshall, Caroline 
Frances, and Emma Edna; (9) Russell Davis, born May 20, 1809, of New 

2i6 The Greene Fa7nily. 

910. Mary Greene, born December 28, 1764, married, October 25, 1795, William 

James, and died s. p. 

911. Phebe Greene, born in Leonard, Maryland, September 8, 1786, married, 

April 14, 1808, John Perkins of New Bedford, Mass., where she died, January 
18,1868. Children: Sora/z A., bom 1809; /a«ie5 /I. , bom 181 1 ; SiisanAL, 
bom 1813; Thomas A., born 1815; Franklin,. horn 1818; Emeline, bom 
1820; John, ]r., horn 1822, and the only surviving child in 1886; MariaF., 
bora 1824; Elizabeth, bom 1827. 

912. Betsey Greene, married N. Rogers, died s. p. 

913. Susan Greene, married Leonard Macomher , had son George and other children. 

400. MARY 5 GREENE (Rufus \ Jabez^, James % John') was 
born at East Greenwich, March 20, 1743-4. She married, June i, 1766, 
John Reynolds of South Kingstown, son of James (probably brother of the 
wife of her brother Abraham), and removed to Hancock, N. Y. 


914. John Reynolds, died unmarried. 

915. Ada Reynolds, married Harris. 

401. JOSEPH 5 GREENE (Rufus \ Jabez ^ James % John') was 
born at East Greenwich, March 20, 1745. He was a rope manufacturer. 
He married, September 9, 1770, Patience, daughter of Caleb Sheffield, who 
died April 20, 1839, in her ninety-third year. He died March 25, 1825, in 
his eighty-first year and was buried at the Baptist burying-ground in East 
Greenwich. He was sergeant of Colonel Fry's Regiment Kentish Guards 
during the Revolutionary War. (See Geneal. Dept., Newport Mercury, 
Jtily 28, 1899.) 


916. Barnabas, bom November 2, 1771, married Mary Weeden (widow). 

917. Samuel, bom May 23, 1774. 

918. Lydia, bom February 27, 1776, married James Sweet. 

919. Susan (Susannah), born July 4, 1778, died unmarried May 17, 1858. 

920. Mary, born June 8, 1780. 

921. Joseph, bom December 19, 1781, married Mary Floyd. 

922. Catharine, bom May 28, 1783, married Augustus Mnmford Gardiner. 

923. Sarah, bom October 31, 1785. 

924. Eliza, married James Miller. 

403. RUFUS 5 GREENE (Rufus S Jabez \ James % John') was 

born at East Greenwich, March 17, 1747-8. He married Margaret 

and removed to New York State (?). 

FiftJi Generation. 217 


925. Nancy, bom March 12, 1770-1, lived in New York State. 

403. WILLIAM 5 GREENE (Rufus ^ Jabez \ James % John ') was 
bom at East Greenwich, May 13, 1749. He married, April 18, 1773, Mary, 
daughter of Caleb Sheffield and sister of his brother Joseph's wife. He 
removed to New York State. 

404. CALEBS GREENE "of New Bedford" (Rufus % Jabez 3, 
James % John ') was born at East Greenwich, R. I., August 31,1751. He 
married (i) Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Russell of Dartmouth, Mass., 
bom August I, 1753. They lived at New Bedford. He married (2), at 
Friends' Meeting, Providence, R. I., May 6, 1797, Amey, daughter of David 
and Martha Harris. "Caleb Greene was cousin to General Nathanael 
Greene, but true to his Quaker faith, he was averse to encouraging a war- 
Hke spirit in his children, and seldom alluded to this relationship of which 
he was justl}^ proud ' ' (family letter) . 

Children by First Marriage: 

926. Rufus, born November 26, 1775, married Eliza Sherwood. 

927. Judith, born August 12, 1779, died 1795, buried at Friends' Burial Ground, 

New Bedford, Mass. 

928. Gilbert, bom August 8, 1779, died November i, 1788; killed by a blow from 

a windmill on his father's land. 

929. Joseph, bom May 31, 1781, died April 16, 1784. 

930. Abraham, bom April 7, 1783, died April 6, 1784. 

931. Elizabeth, bom May 3, 1785, married John Thornton, died s. p. Febmary 3, 


932. Mary, bom February 22, 1787, married Daniel Otis. 

933. Joseph, died in infancy. 

405. CHARLES 5 GREENE "of Ohio" (Rufus \ Jabez 3, James % 
John ') was bom at East Greenwich, July 28, 1753. He mamed (i), De- 
cember 6, 1778, Phebe, daughter of Benjamin Gorton Sheffield, of James- 
town, R. I.,' and in 1788 removed to Marietta, Ohio. Phebe was bom 
October 5, 1754, died May i, 1796. All her children were bora in Rhode 
Island. Her mother removed with her to Ohio and owned shares in the 
Ohio Company. Charles Greene made two trips to Canton, China, as 

' From Elder John Gorton's Journal: " Charles Greene, son of Rufus Greene of East Green- 
wich, and Phebe Sheffield daughter of Benjamin Sheffield of Jamestown, deceased, married 6 
Dec. 177S." 

2 '8 The Greene Family. 

supercargo of a ship, and afterwards as part owner of ship and cargo. After 
his removal to Marietta, he built several sea- vessels and was a merchant 
there until 1812. He married (2), December 25, 1796, at Philadelphia, 
Eliza, sister of the wife of Judge Burnett of Ohio, and daughter of Robert 
and Rebecca Wallace. She died at Cincinnati, Ohio, January i, 1830, aged 
sixty-two years. He died at the same place, September 15, 18 16. He was 
known as "a faithful and consistent Christian gentleman." 

Children by First Marriage: 

934. Nabby Sophia, born August 25, 1779, married (i) George W .Burnett, {2) Daniel 

C. Cooper, and (3) General Fielding Lowry. 

935. Maria Antoinette, bom December 6,1781, married Alexander Grimes. 

936. Susan Harvey, bom August 19, 1784, died young, unmarried. 

937. Charles Russell, bom December 21, 1785, married Acshah Disbrow. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

93S. William Wallace, born August 15, 1798, married Sarah Ann Conn. 

939. Robert Chambers, born October 24, 1800, married (i) Maria F. Burrows, 

and (2) Frances M. Jordan. 

940. Lewis, born November 27, 1802, died 1842. 

941. Caleb, born December 14, 1804, married twice and died in Oakland, Cal. 

942. Edelisa, born June 16, 1807, married John F. Hunt. 

943. Rebecca Burnett, bom February 22, 1813, married Timothy Mitchell. 

406. STEPHEN 5 GREENE " of East Greenwich ' ' (Rufus * , Jabez 3 
James % John ") was born at East Greenwich, January 16, 1756. He mar- 
ried, April 21, 1779, Patience, daughter of William and Hannah (Cook) 
Wall of East Greenwich, born January 12, 1757. 


944. Fanny Florence, married John Wing. 

945. Eleazer, married and lived at St. Bartholomew, W. I. 

946. William, married Westcott. 

947. Augustus, bom 1784, married Mary Andrews. 

948. Stephen, born 1788, married Sara/z Parish. 

949. Samuel, married (i) Brown, (2) Dorsey. 

950. David, married . 

951. Job Wall, bom March 4, 1798, married Jeannet Hunting. 

952. Sally, married Thomas Westcott. 

953. Hannah, born 1803, married Sherman. 

408. JONATHANS GREENE "of Vermont" (Rufus \ Jabez ^ 
James % John ') was born at East Greenwich, April 16, 1760; removed to 
Hinesboro, Vt., and we have no record of his family. 

Fifth Generation. 219 

409. DAVID 5 GREENE (Rufus*, Jabez^ James % John')- twin 
brother of Jonathan above, was bom at East Greenwich, April 16, 1760. 
He was married by Elder John Gorton to Eunice Hopkins, " daughter of 
Jonathan Hopkins of Middletown, in the County of Newport, married in 
said Middletown, Oct. 30**" 1783." He was a mariner and died in New 
York, October, 17Q2. Will dated "New York Oct. i, 1792," was proved 
October 13, 1792. His wife died at Lawrence, Otsego Coimty, N. Y., 
November 20, 1836. 


954. Martha, ) bom, August 8, 1784, married William Gilbert. 

955. Mercy, j bom August 8, 1784, died February, 1785. 

956. Edwin Robinson, bom January 12, 1785, married Mary Hopkins {East 

Greenwich Records.) 

957. Mercy, born June 13, 1789, married David Carr. 

958. Phebe, bom May 30, 1791, married Jonathan. Weeden. 

410. MARTHA 5 GREENE (Rufus \ Jabez ^ James % John ') was 
bom at East Greenwich, January 23, 1763. She married George Harris of 
Smithfaeld, R. I., and removed to Stamford, N. Y. 


959. Russell Harris. 

412. MARYS GREENE (David ^ David \ James % John') was 
born June 2, 1727. She married, Febmary 14, 1754, Charles Tillinghast, 
son of John and grandson of Pardon, son of Elder Pardon Tillinghast of 
Providence, bom April 15, 1729, died November, 1776 (?). The will of 
Mary's father, David '^ Greene (proved October 18, 1767), mentions his 
" daughter Mary Tillinghast. " {North Kingstown Records, 48/69.) 

413. DAVID 5 GREENE (David ^ David ^ James % John 0. eldest 
son, was born August 25, 1728. He was made freeman of Jamestown, 
R. I., April 30, 1754. He " was a farmer, and was lame." He married (i), 

Elizabeth , who died April 8, 1783, in her fifty-third year; and (2), 

Esther , who died January 30, 1788. He died August 8, 1789. 


960. David, born November 4, 1760, married Sarah Allen. 

961. Mary, born June 14, 1765. 

962. Jonathan, born July 25, 1767, died December 29, 1821. 

The Greene Faniily. 

414- MARGARET 5 GREENE (David ^ David ^ James % John 
was bom March 8, 1730. She married, August 30, 1756, Jonathan Capron, 
son of Edward of Attleboro, Mass., and his wife Miriam (Remington) 
Greene-Capron, widow of Ebenezer Greene (No. 127). We have no record 
of any children (see Capron Genealogy, p. 146). 

415. EBENEZER 5 GREENE (David \ David ^ James % John') 
was bom January 10, 173 1. He married, May 19, 1751, Frances, daughter 
of Thomas and Mary (Holden) Rice of Warwick and widow of Ebenezer 
Graves. [This must be an error if the following records are correct: " Mar- 
ried by Elder John Hammett May ig 17 51, Ebenezer Graves and Frances 
Rice daughter of Thomas Esq." {Warwick Records). The Gorton family 
records give the marriage, June 5, 1768, of Frances (Rice) Graves, widow of 
Ebenezer Graves and daughter of Thomas and Mary (Holden) Rice, born 
January 11, 1734, to Dr. Samuel "* Gorton (Samuel ^ Samuel', Samuels- 
He died in 1777, and his will mentions " wife Frances." At the above date 
(1768) she was called "widow of Ebenezer Graves," not of Ebenezer Greene, 
therefore we must conclude that Ebenezer ^ (David "* , David ^ , James ^ , 
John ') did not marr3^ Frances Rice.] 

416. PATIENCE 5 GREENE (David ^ David ^ James % John') 
was born November 7, 1733. No record, but a stray note: "Patience 
Greene married Thomas Allen," supposed to refer to Patience, daughter of 
David, as above. 

417- ALICES GREENE (David \ David 3, James % John') was 
born June 16, 1735. Kingstown Records give "Alice Greene daughter of 
David and Mary, born June 16, 1735," which should prevent the assign- 
ment of this date to Alice = Greene, daughter of David ■* (John 3, James ■ , 
John ') and his wife Alice (Hall) Greene. As she also had a sister Patience, 
there seems to have been confusion of records, and both were left incom- 
plete in the late General Greene's notes, their birth-dates being given 
respectively June 16, 1733 and 1735, the figures 3 and 5 being scarcely 
distinguishable (see No. 439). The latter probably was intended, as this 
conforms to the town records. 

426. CALEB 5 GREENE (Jonathan ^ David 3, James % John'), 
eldest son, was born February 24, 1740. He married, November 25, 1781, 
Polly, daughter of Ruel and Roby (Rice) Remington. He was a shoe- 
maker by trade. He removed from Warwick to Pawtucket about 1792. 

Fifth Generation. 


963. Samuel Stafford, born August 28, 1782, married Abigail Glcason. 

964. Frances, bom October 24, 1783. 

965. Benjamin, born November 14, 1784, married (i) Aiiuc {Nancy) Henry, (2) 

Mary Sabin May. 

966. RoBY Rice, born February 13, 17S6, married Wood Davis. 

967. Henry, born May 7, 1787. 

96S. Phebe Low, bom July 6, 17S9, married John Kelly. 

969. Freelove. 

970. HoLDEN Rice, bom October 20, 1790, married Anne Williams. 

971. Maria, ) born September 11, 1794, died March 8, 1795. 

972. HuLDAH ) born September 11, 1794, died September 12, 1794. 

973. Maria (Polly), bom March 17, 1798, drowned at Providence, November 15, 


974. Thomas, born September 25, 1799, married Sarah Peck. 

428. ANNE 5 GREENE (Joseph \ David ^ James =, John') was 
bom December 4, 1751, died March 24, 1841, aged ninety. Mentioned in 
her brother Joseph's will. 

429. MARY 5 GREENE (Joseph \ David 3, James % John') was 
born March 18, 1754, died unmarried, March 15, 1844, aged ninety, at the 
home of Thomas B. Gould of Middletown, R. I. (probably her uncle — her 
mother was Abigail Gould). Mentioned in her brother Joseph's will. 

430- JONATHAN 5 GREENE "of North Providence" (Joseph \ 
David ^ James-, John'), eldest son, was bom February 22, 1755. He mar- 
ried, October 29, 1789, Abigail, daughter of John and Dorcas Earle of New- 
port, who died June 9, 1846, aged eighty-nine. He died June, 1838, in his 
eighty-third year. {Friends' Record gives his wife's death, "June 9, 1838 
ae. 84.") 


975. John Earle, born August 12, 1790. 

976. Ruth, bom at Newport, August 3, 1792, died at her father's home in North 

Providence, June 6, 18 11. 

977. Sarah, bom March 6, 1794, at Newport. 

978. Abigail (or Margaret), bom at Newport, May 9, 1796. 

979. Anna, bom at Newport, April 24, 1799. 

980. David Earle, born October 24, i8oi. 

981. William Earle, bom February 22, 1803. 

982. Joseph Earle, bom January 2, 1806. 

983. Jacob Barney (or Barnes), born March 18, iSoS. 

The Greene Family. 

431. DAVID -^ GREENE (Joseph \ David 3, James % John') was 
born January 6, 1758. He died at Nantucket, March i, 1794, when in his 
thirty-seventh year. The following mention is made of him in his brother 
Joseph's will, dated Jamestown, November 5, 1839 : " To my cousin Thomas 
B. Gould . . . my desk and bookcase . ... (it was my brother 
David's) together with all my books &c; the Manuscript Journal of my 
late and dear brother David Greene, and all the rest of his books and papers, 
whether printed or in manuscript." No mention of his having been mar- 

432. JOSEPH 5 GREENE "of Jamestown" (Joseph \ David ^ 
James % John') was born March 30, 1760. He died at Jamestown, 
R. I., August II, 1844, aged eighty-four. In his will he mentions his 
Jamestown home as follows: "where my predecessors of the same name 
have lived for generations back, if not from the first settlement of the Island 
by the English emigrants." And in another clause: "that inasmuch as 
my home has been open during my life-time (as well as for generations back 
to the life-time of my ancestors of the same name) for the reception and 
entertainment of ministers, and others travelling in the service of Truth, so 
it shall continue to be a place for the reception and entertainment of such 
forever, in conformity with the preamble to this my Last will and Testa- 
ment and in the discretion of my Trustees." He also mentions having 
chosen his burial-place, " in the north corner of my nether orchard, the spot 
which I and my two sisters herein after named, have selected for a place of 
btirial for ourselves, &c." He makes ample provision for his "dear and 
tenderly beloved sisters, Anne and Mary Greene ' ' (both died before him) 
and his "beloved brother Jonathan" and Jonathan's sons, "John, David, 
William, and Joseph." The terms of his will and the many bequests to 
other relatives would indicate that Joseph Greene had no children. 

The following is probably from Jamestown records: "Sarah Greene, 
wife of Joseph Greene and daughter of Jabez and Sarah Collins of Hopkin- 
ton died Sep. 9, 1827 aged 46 yr. 11 m. 5 da." If wife of this Joseph (bom 
1760), she must have been twenty years his junior. (For will, see Appen- 
dix I.) 

433. ELIZABETH 5 GREENE (David ^ John ^ James % John') 
was born September 21, 1739. She married, December 27, 1759, Benjamin 
Greene of Coventry, but of which family is not stated. Mentioned in her 
father's will, dated May 2, 1775. 

Fifth Geneyation. 

434. INCREASE 5 GREENE (David \ John ^ James % John ■) was 
born March 7, 1743. He was not mentioned in his father's will, and we 
have no further record of him. 

435. MARY ^ GREENE (David \ John 3, James % John') was 
bom December 10, 1744. She married (i) Jabez ^ Greene (Jamies", 
Jabez^, James ^ John'), and (2), April 16, 1779, David Bttffum, son of 
Joseph and Margaret Buffum of Smithfield, R. I. (see No. 371). She was 
mentioned in her father David Greene's will, dated May 2, 1775. 

436. JOHN 5 GREENE (David ^ John ^ James % John ') was born 
May 12, 1747. He married, October 26, 1769, Ruth, daughter of Dr. 
James and Hannah (Tucker) Greene of Potowomut, born January 7, 1745 
{Providence Records, 1748). She married (2), in 1793, John Langford (see 
No. 374). John Greene's father's will was proved in 1775, and from the 
fact that no grandchildren were mentioned in connection with John's 
legacy, it may be inferred that he had no children (see No. 156). 

437. DAVID 5 GREENE (David ^ John ^ James % John') was 
bom about 1748. He married, April 16, 1772, Isabel, daughter of John 
Warner of Old Warwick. He died in Cuba, 1814-15. 


984. John, bom June 22, 1773. 

985. Amey, bom 1774, married Nathaniel Arnold. 

986. Isabella, married William Briggs. 

987. Daughter, married Chaffee of Massachusetts. 

988. Daughter, married John Warner. 

438. PATIENCE 5 GREENE (David*, John ^ James % John'). 
Her birth-date is not given. She married, October 26, 1769, Pierce Spencer 
(also given David) of Coventry, R. I. She is not mentioned in her father's 
will, proved 1775, as Patience Spencer. Patience and her sister Alice were 
the last named of the children, from which it is inferred they were the 
youngest (see Nos. 156 and 417). 

439- ALICE 5 GREENE (David ■♦ , John ^ , James = , John ' ) was bom 

June 16, 1755. She married, September 14, 1774, Anthony Nichols, son of 
Thomas ^ Nichols of East Greenwich. She is mentioned in her mother's 
will as "Ahce Nichols." Friends' Records, East Greenwich.- "Anthony 
Nichols of E. Greenwich of Thomas, and Alice Greene Jr. of David of War- 
wick Sep. 14, 1774" (see Nos. 156 and 417). 

The Greetie Family. 

440. INCREASE' GREENE (James \ John J, James % John'), 
eldest son, was born August 30, 1740. He married, January 29, 1761, Com- 
fort, daughter of John and Mary Weaver, born September 15, 1741. They 
resided at Saratoga, N. Y. 


989. Weaver, born August 22, 1762. 

990. James, bom May 20, 1765, married Hnldah Fisk. 

991. Mary, bom May 4, 1775, married David Fisk. 

Comfort, widow of Increase Greene, married (2) Porter. 

441. THOMAS 5 GREENE "of Coventry" (James \ John^ James % 
John ') was born in Coventry, March 24, 1743-4. He married, January 12, 
1764, Mary, daughter of WilHam and Sarah (Matteson) Corey of Scituate, 
bom (probably) in 1740. She was a granddaughter of John and Elizabeth 
Corey and great-granddaughter of William and Mary Corey of Portsmouth, 
R. I. 


992. Phebe, born June 15, 1764-5, married Andrews. 

993. Ruth, bom August 13, 1766, married John Bailey. 

994. Joseph, bom December 11, 1768. 

995. Matteson, born March 25, 1772. 

996. Mary, born November 6, 1776, married Harrington. 

"Thomas Greene of Coventry, son of James married Sarah Corey of 
Scituate Jan 'y 12 1764" {Coventry Records). 

443. JEDEDIAH 5 GREENE (James ^ John', James% John') 
was born in Coventry, April 10 or 13, 1747. He married, May 11, 1769, 
Waite, daughter of Hezekiah Bates of Coventry, who died at Paris, Oneida 
Countv, N. Y., where Jedediah had removed in 1801. 


997. Nathan, born 1770, married, December 26, 1790, Sarah Hanimett of Warwick. 

998. Christopher, married ? 

999. Oliver, married Clarice King. 
1000. Olive, married Willia)n Potter. 
looi. Elizabeth, married Stone. 

1002. David, married ? 

1003. Caleb. ^ . .. 

Fifth Generation. 225 

1004. Warren D., married Rhoda Franklin. 

1005. Sally, married Verynilye. 

1006. Rhoda, married Randall Rice King. 

443- JONATHAN 5 GREENE (James ^ John 3, James % John') 
was bom in Coventry, R. I., July (Feb. ?) 20, 1 748. Removed to New York 
State in 1789, but may have resided in East Greenwich for some years 
earher. He married Lydia Nichols. Mentioned in deed as "Jonathan 
Greene of East Greenwich, tailor, and wife Lydia " (see No. 523). He 
was third cousin of Nathaniel Greene of Providence, R. I. and Hudson, N. Y. 

Jonathan Greene died April 29, 1797. 


1007. TuRPiN, bom October 26, 1771, married Catharine Lasher. 

1008. Nicholas, married Hannah Hammett. 

1009. Hannah, married Hale. 

loio. Lydia, married Rowland. 

loii. Semantha. 

1012. Allen, married ? 

1013. James, married ? 

1014. John of Greenfield, married ? 

1015. Esther. 

1016. Benjamin. 

1017. Catharine, died in infancy. | 

1018. William, died in infancy. ) Twms. 

" Jonathan Greene son of James Greene of Coventry, and Lydia Nichols 
daughter of Jonathan, both of East Greenwich married by Elder John 
Gorton of Warwick, in said Greenwich Oct. 7, 1770" (Elder Gorton's mar- 
riage list). 

444. CALEB 5 GREENE (James ^ John ^ James % John') was 
bom in Coventry, 1753. He removed from Rhode Island to Nine Partners, 
New York State, probably just after his marriage (1773 ?), where he lived 
until after the Revolution. He then removed to Easton, Washington 
County, N. Y., where he resided till 1806, whence he removed to Pompey, 
Onondaga County, N. Y. The History of Pompey, N. Y., gives an account 
of Caleb Greene, but his parentage is incorrectly stated. He served in the 
Revolutionary Army, and the family tradition is confirmed by the official 
record of his Revolutionary service below. He married, in Rhode Island, 
Elizabeth Moon, who died in Pompey, N. Y., February 6, 182S, aged sev- 
enty-three. He died at the same place, March 29, 181 7, aged sixty-three. 
(The dates of death are taken from their tombstones.) 

2 26 The Greene Fauiily. 


1019. ZiLPHA, born May 9, 1774, married Jonathan Babcock. 

1020. Comfort, bom May 25, 1776, married Job Andrews. 

1021. James, bom Dutchess County, N. Y., married Susan Ballard. 

1022. Russell, bom March 10, 1783, married (i) Mercy Milk, (2) Alice Thomas. 

1023. Griffin, bom March 4, 1786, married Mary Townsend. 

1024. Betsy (Elizabeth), bom June 16, 1790, married John Martin. 

1025. Sally (Sarah), married Minot Hoyt. 

1026. TuRPiN, bom September 20, 1796, married Martha Hall. 

1027. Ransom, born August 10, 1798, married Diantha Greene. 

In a letter from Dr. Caleb Greene, son of Turpin and grandson of Caleb, 
he mentions his recollection of his grandmother's reference to the Coventry 
home as " down country," as elderly people then called it. 

From the Record and Pension Office, Washington, D. C. (all Dutchess 
County) : " The records of this office show that one Caleb Greene served as 
a private in Captain Richard Sackett's Co. of Colonel Morris Graham's 
Regiment, New York, Rev. War. His name appears on a pay-roll, not 
dated — with remark — ' Entered Feb. 16 1778,' and his name is last borne on 
a pa3^-roll for the period from Aug. i to Sept. 18, 1778, without special 
remark relating to his services." 

" The records also show that one Caleb Greene, rank not stated, served 
in Captain Francis West's Co. of Militia, from Dutchess Co., in Vander- 
burgh's Regiment of N. Y. Militia, Rev. War." 

His name appears on a pay-roll for September, 1778, dated at Fort 
Clinton, September 23, 1778, with remarks, "Commencing Sept. 18, End- 
ing Sept. 24 No. of days 7." 

"The records further show that one Caleb Greene, rank not stated, 
served in Fields' regiment of Dutchess Co., N. Y., Militia, Rev. War. His 
name appears on a return of Capt. Josh. Dykman's Co. to West Point 8 
days 1780, without special remark as to his service." 

A descendant writes that the above is quoted exactly from Revolution- 
ary War Records, and there is no doubt from family traditions that all 
this service was rendered by this Caleb Greene. He lived in Dutchess County 
until after his fourth child was bom, 1783. Then he went to Easton, Wash- 
ington County, and from there to Pompey, N. Y. 

446. ^ GREENE (Increase '', John \ James ' , John ') was born 

in 1752. She married Ichabod Scott of Coventry, R. I. Her name is not 
recorded with the other children of Increase and Ruth Greene, nor is the 
date of marriage given. 

Fifth Generation. 227 

447. ELIZABETH ' GREENE (Increase \ John ^ James % John ') 
was born in 1753. She married (i), December 28, 1777?, Job Whaley of 
West Greenwich, son of Thomas Whaley of Coventry, R. I. : and (2) Rufus 
Brayton, when he removed from Rhode Island to New York State and 
resided at Berlin, N. Y. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1028. Caleb Whaley, born November 3, 1777. 

1029. JoAB (or Job) Whaley, born October 22, 1779, died September, 1781. 

1030. Ruth Whaley, bom June 22, 1781. 

1031. Job Whaley, bom December 30, 1782, married Rachel , and had Bar- 

bara S., born August 6, 1803; JoJin and Esther (twins), bom June 8, 1805. 

1032. Isaac Whaley, born March 7, 1784. 

1033. Samuel Whaley, bom August 19, 1785. 

1034. Reuben, bom August 7, 1787. 

1035. Barbara, bom October 11, 1790. ■ 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1036. Samuel Brayton. 

1037. James Brayton. 

1038. Mary Brayton, married Dr. Matteson, a dentist, who removed to Utica, 

N. Y., about 1827, where his brother-in-law, George Brayton, then lived. 

1039. Jonathan Brayton. 

1040. George Brayton, married Foster, lived at Utica, N. Y. 

Job Whaley was (probably) the great-grandson of Theophilus (see 
Austin's Geneal. Diet. R. I., p. 221) Whaley, an officer in the Parliamentary 
army, England, who belonged to a family of wealth. He first settled in 
Virginia and later in Rhode Island. 

448. JOHN 5 GREENE (Increase \ John 3, James % John') was 
born in Coventry, 1757. He married, October 25, 1778, Ruth, daughter of 
Henry Matteson of West Greenwich. They removed to Berlin, N. Y., 
where he died March 8, 181 3. She also died at Berlin, having received a 
pension for her husband's Revolutionary service for many years before her 


1041. Phebe, bom 1779, married Asa Stone. 

1042. Rowland, bom 1781, married Barbara Andrews. 

1043. Reuben, bom 1783, married Rebecca Warren. 

1044. Ruth, bom 1785, married Benjamin West of Grafton, N. Y., and died, leaving 

no children. 

2 28 The Greene Family. 

1045. Orpha, born 1790, married, 1812, Lemuel Jones of Berlin, N. Y, died s. p. at 

Warwick, 1876. 

1046. PoLLONiA, bom 1792, married, August 23, 1812, James Stone, Jr. 

1047. Sally, bom August 3, 1795, married Whipple Andrews. 

1048. RoBY, born 1797, married Justus Hartshorn, died 1870 s. p. 

1049. Merritt, born October 28, 1800, married Betsey Jones. 

"John Greene entered the service in the R. I. troops Nov., 1776, and 
served one month at Warwick. He again enhsted in Jany., 1777, and 
served in alternate terms of one month each, until July, 1778, in the vicinity 
of East Greenwich, Tiverton, and Newport. He also served a short term of 
twenty days at Bristol, in the year 1780. The only officers' names men- 
tioned, are Captain William Roy (Ray) and Col. John Waterman. John 
Greene was engaged in battle at Newport, Rhode Island. Resided at the 
time of his enlistment at Coventry. Date of application for pension by the 
widow Nov. 26, 1838. She was then residing at Petersburg, Rensselaer 
Co., N. Y., and was seventy-seven years of age. John Greene married 
Ruth Matteson at Coventry, R. I. They removed to Berlin, N. Y., where 
they resided at the date of the soldier's death, March 8th, 181 3." — Extract 
from letter from Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D. C, received by Mr. 
Merritt Greene of Pittsburgh, Pa., grandson of John Greene. 

449. RACHEL 5 GREENE (Increase \ John ^ James % John ') was 
born in 1760. She married (i), January 20, 1780, Richard Stafford, son of 
Thomas Stafford, and (2) Edward Carr of Coventry, son of Benjamin and 
Avis (Weaver) Carr. He died in 181 2. The Carr Genealogy states that 
"Edward Carr born in Jamestown R. I., Feb. 20, 1754, married Rachel 

and settled in the state of New York." He was great-great-grandson 

of Governor Caleb Carr of Rhode Island. {Carr Family Records, pp. 64, 65.) 

450. BENJAMINS GREENE (Josephs Johns James % John'), 
eldest son, was born February 16 (or 19), 1752. His father removed from 
Rhode Island to Berlin, Rensselaer County, N. Y., in 1769. He married 
Mary (Polly) Brown, of whom we have no further record. He died at 
Berlin. No children. 

451. JONATHANS GREENE (Josephs Johns James S John') 
was born February 24, 1754. He married Patience Terry. 


1050. Sally. 

1051. Deborah. 

FiftJi Generation. 229 











Mary (Polly), 






James Ray, 





1052. Rhoda. 

1053. Susannah. 

1054. Terry. 

452. JAMES 5 GREENE (Joseph \ John ^ James % John') was 
bom February 14, 1757. He went with his father to BerHn, N. Y., where 
he resided and where he died in 1857, aged one hundred years, at the home 
of his son-in-law, Ebenezer Matteson. He married Joanna Terry, probably 
the sister of Patience, his brother Jonathan's wife. 

married Rogers Sweet. 
married James Sweet. 

married Rouse. 

married Polly Rogers. 

married Rogers Greenfield. 

married Sally Smith. 

died unmarried. 

married Mary (Polly) Matteson. 

married Reynolds Davis. 

married Lydia Greenfield. 

1065. RoxANA (Roxy), married Ebenezer Matteson. 

453. DAVID ^ GREENE (Joseph \ John ^ James % John') was 
bom May 12, 1762. He married Sarah Thomas, and resided in Berlin, 
N. Y. 


1066. Jarvis, bom October 4, 1782, married Deborah Bentley. 

1067. David, bom October 21, 1785, married Jcritsha Jones. 

454- SARAH 5 GREENE (Joseph \ John 3, James % John') was 
born June 21, 1764. She married Rowland Thomas, son of Peleg Thomas. 
He was a Revolutionary soldier. [Another account gives Rowland = 
Thomas (Russell ■*, Arthur \ John % Arthur ')]. 


1068. Peleg Russell Tho.mas, bom December 7, 1780, married Freelove Arnold. 

1069. Naomi Thomas, bom October 18, 1783, married Daniel Gray, and had several 

children; youngest son. Burton Gray, lives in Barry, 111. 

1070. Russell Thomas, bom December 7, 1786, married Peter Hull of Berlin, N. Y. 

(Russell is not identified as "son" or "daughter," and this marriage may 
be an error.) 

230 The Greene Family. 

455. LANGFORD= GREENE (Joseph*, John 3, James % John') 
was born December 18, 1766. He lived and died at Stephentown, N. Y. 
He was said to be the wealthiest man in his section. He married Abigail, 
daughter of George Thomas. A family letter says: " Uncle Langford mar- 
ried a Berry," which may have been a statement from memory, and con- 
fused with the marriage of his daughter Bathsheba to Jonathan Berry. Or 
he ma}^ possibly have been twice married. 


1071. Bathsheba, born August 21, 1790, married Jonathan Berry. 

1072. George, married Sarah Reeves. 

1073. Phebe, married William Jones. 

1074. Joseph, married Urani Hull. 

1075. Benjamin, bom November 27, 1798, married Rhoda Niles. 

1076. 6amuel, bom August 21, 1800, married Rose. 

1077. Hannah, bom , 1802, married Sainitd Hull. 

456. JOHN s GREENE (Joseph \ John 3, James % John ') was bom 
November 10, 1768. He married Ellen Randall. He lived and died at 
Berlin, N. Y. He was known as " Money John." 


1078. Lucy. 

1079. Esther. 

1080. Langford, married Phebe Gray. 

1081. Allen, married and removed to Illinois; died 1870. 

1082. Erastus, died unmarried. 

1083. Abigail. 

1084. Hezekiah, died unmarried. 

1085. Mary (Polly), unmarried, and lived at the homestead. 

1086. Randall, removed to Pownal, Vt. ; died April, 1879. 

1087. Philander. 

1088. Phebe. 

1089. Ann (Nancy), married Hewett. 

(Several of these children probably died in infancy, as there is no further 
mention of them.) 

457. PHEBE 5 GREENE (Joseph*, John ^ James % John') was 
born November 21, 1770, died April 7, 1831. She married Major Daniel 
Hull of Berlin, bom April 22, 1767, died April 2, 1842, aged seventy-five. 
Her niece, Phebe Godfrey, daughter of her sister Barbara, " was brought 
up in Major Hull's family" (family letter). 

Fifth Genera f ion. 


1090. Leland Greene Hull, born December 3, 1792, died December 12, 1823, 

married Mary Stanton, and had one son, Daniel Morton Hull. 

1091. Sarah (Sally) Hull, bom August 24, 1794, married Eliphalct Jones. She 

died November 23, 1822; two sons, Oakland and Daniel Jones. 

1092. Benjamin Langford Hull, born April 21, 1796, married Maria Jones of 

Berlin, who died January 12, 1869. They had six children: (i) Helen 
Maria, married Thomas Sars, a farmer of South Berlin, N. Y., living, 1880, 
Peoria, 111. ; (2) Alma Ann, married Francis Marion (or Marvin), a farmer, 
Centre Berlin, N. Y. ; (3) Morton Benjamin, born May 19, 1832, married 
Eudora Elvira, daughter of Jonathan and Elvira {Allen) Dennison, lumber 
merchant, Chicago, 111., in 1881, two children, Morton and Maud Eiidora 
(twins), born January 13, 1869; (4) Phebe Addie, married Calvin Very 
(or Vary) of Lime, N. Y., who died a few months after marriage; (5) 
Nancy Gertrude; (6) David James, married Adelaide, daughter of Paul 
Dennison of Berlin. 

1093. Martha Hull, born November 2, 1797, died May 12, 1829, married Hilton 

Rodney Jerome, and had two daughters, Sallie and Phebe Jerome. 

1094. Ebenezer Hull, bom March 20, 1802, married, July 3, 1824, Polly Jerome, 

bom June 5, 1801, died October 22, 1873. He was a fanner of Berlin, 
N. Y. They had six children: (i) Daniel Volney, born 1825, died July 26, 
1836; (2) Augustus Jerome, bom August 13, 1826, married, October 30, 
1854, Harriet Frances Clement of Troy, N. Y., who died March 14, 1867. He 
died November 5, 1875. (3) Anna Marion (or Marvin), bom October 25, 
1828, married, October 14, 1851, George Isaac Crossett of Bennington, Vt., 
a banker in Constantine, Mich. She died, February, 1832, in Lamonton, 
0. (4) Polite Pauline, bom April 3, 183 1, married, 1864, John Lawrence 
of Bennington, Vt., farmer and selectman. (5) Sallie Ruth, born August 
9, 1833, died March 23, 1837. (6) Frances Maria, born August 17, 1835, 
unmarried 1879. 

1095. Phebe Betts Hull, bom May 3, 1806, died in Illinois, May 4, 1837. 

1096. Daniel Joseph Hull, bom March 19, 1809, died March 21, 1823. 

(Above record from Family Bible of Daniel Hull, in possession of his 
grandson, Morton B. Hull, of Chicago, 111.) 

458- JOSEPH 5 GREENE (Joseph \ John \ James % John') was 
born May 25, 1773. He removed to Cherry Valley, Schoharie County, 
N. Y., where he died. He married Marcy Rice. 



1097. Rice. 

1098. Anthony. 

1099. Phebe. [- No further record, 
iioo. Stephen. 
iioi. Rensselaer. 

The Greene Family. 

459. THOMAS 5 GREENE (Joseph \ John ^ James \ John ') was 
born in Berlin, N. Y., May 19, 1775. He was a farmer. He married Han- 
nah, daughter of James and Hannah (Safford) Rex and granddaughter of 
Joseph Safford of Preston, Conn. He died September 20, 181 2, in BerHn, 
N. Y., where he had Hved. 


1 102. Thomas Rex, born January 2, 1801, married Mary Whitford. 

1103. Daniel Safford, bom September 6, 1802, married Elizabeth Maxson. 

1104. Jerusha, born April 10, 1804, died young. 

1105. Phebe, bom January 20, 1806, died young. 

1 106. Joseph Langford, bom February 8, 1808, married Susan Ann Maxson. 

460. BARBARA' GREENE (Joseph \ John 3, James % John') 
was bom February 4, 1778. She married Joshua Godfrey, of whom we 
have no further record. 


1107. Stafford Godfrey. 

1 108. Barbara Godfrey. 

1 109. Alanson Godfrey. 

1 110. Joseph Godfrey. 

mi. Phebe Godfrey, married Calvin Brown, and lived in Pittsfield, Pike Co., 
111. She died in 1880. Her early life was spent in the home of her aunt, 
Phebe Greene, who married Major Hull (see above). 

47»- THOMAS ' GREENE " of West Greenwich ' ' (John * , Thomas ' , 
Thomas', John'), eldest son, was born October 29, 17 14. He was a 
farmer and resided at West Greenwich. He married, January 18, 1735-6, 
Elnathan, daughter of John and Elnathan (Whipple) Rice of Warwick, 
born August 4, 17 16, and granddaughter of John and Mary (Olney) Whipple. 
John Rice was son of John and Elizabeth (Holden) Rice and grandson of 
Captain Randall and Frances (Dungan) Holden (see No. 17). His will, 
dated West Greenwich, June 17, was proved July 29, 1745. 

Children : 

1112. Caleb, born January 26, 1737, married Amy Harris. 

1113. Deborah, bom February 25, 1738. 

1 1 14. Mary, bom August 10, 1740. 

1115. Almy, bom April 27, 1742, died June, 1742. 

1116. John, bom December 3, 1743, inarried Deborah Greene. 

1117. Thomas, bom December 6, 1745, married Mercy Cook. 

(From West Greenwich Records.) 

Fifth Generation. 233 

Elnathan Rice, widow of Thomas Greene, married (2), February 29, 1 747, 
Daniel Hill, Jr., of West Greenwich, and had four children: Tabitha, born 
December 12, 1750; Elnathan, born April 12, 1753; Daniel, born March 27, 
1755; and Sarah, born July 6, 1760. 

472. CALEB 5 GREENE " of Coventry ' ' (John ^ , Thomas ^ , Thomas ^ 
John ') was born June 11, 17 16. He was called "Judge." He was a mem- 
ber of the Societ}' of Friends, and resided in Coventry. Was made freeman. 
May 6, 1746. He received from his father, John Greene "of Potowomut," 
by will, August 20, 1757, "the farm in Coventry No 11, first division." 
He married (i), November 22, 1739, in Friends' Meeting, Anne, daughter 
of Thomas and Katharine (FrjO Rodman of South Kingstown, born April 
20, 1717-18, died May 2, 1748. She was sister of John Rodman, whose 
widow, Mary, married, 1754, Nathanael Greene, father of General Na- 
thanael. He married (2), February 12, 1750, Mary Gibbs of Coventry. " He 
was an honest intellectual man and presided for some years as Judge of one 
of the R. I. courts." Judge Greene was Deputy for seven years, 1757-67. 
He died at Coventry, R. I. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1118. Catharine, bom December 4, 1740 (Coventry Records), married Joseph 


1 1 19. Deborah, bom August 3, 1742, married Johu Greene. 

1120. Anne, born January 20, 1743, died May 5, 1744- 

1121. Anne, bom March 10, 1744, married Charles Cooke. 

1122. Mary, bom May 2, 1748, married Stephen Clarke. 

The four daughters received from their grandfather, Thomas Rodman, by 
will, a legacy of £600. Will dated January 4, 1772, proved May 8, 1775. 

473- ANNE ' GREENE (John \ Thomas 3, Thomas % John ') was 
born February 24, 1717-18. She married, November 22, 1738, in the old 
Friends' Meeting House, John Proud, Jr., son of John, "who came from 
England and settled at Newport, and was a chair maker" (Friends' Record, 
East Greenwich). We find no mention of the children of John, Jr., and 
Anne (Greene) Prottd, but their granddaughter, Rebecca Proud, married, 
in 1787, John Casey, Esq., son of John Casey of Newport. "Rebecca was 
daughter of John Proud formerly of Newport, and granddaughter of John 
Proud Jr. who married Anne daughter of John Greene of Newport." 

234 The Greene Family. 

474. BENJAMINS GREENE "of Newport" (John ^ Thomas 3, 
Thomas \ John ') was born May 2, 1720. He received from his father, by 
will, August 20, 1757, "land in Coventry called Coweset." He was a sugar 
refiner and merchant. "Greene's Sugar House" was built on Taylor's 
wharf, Newport, July (January ?) 18, 1771. 

Benjamin married, March 20, 1742, Niobe, daughter of William and 
Penelope (Goulding) Paul, granddaughter of Roger and Penelope (Arnold) 
Goulding, and great-granddaughter of Governor Benedict and Damaris 
(Westcott) Arnold. She died November 20, 1788, in her sixty-ninth year 
(one record says sixty-third). Benjamin Greene died March 24, 1769, in 
his forty-ninth year, and both were buried in the old burying-ground at 


1123. Thomas, born January 30, 1743, married Elizabeth Gibbs. 

1 1 24. Penelope, bom August 21, 1746, married William Mintiirn. 

1125. Deborah, bom October 12, 1748, married James Nixon. 

1 126. Anne, born November 22, 1750, married Joseph Swineburu, and died, s. p., 

February 3, 1845. 

1127. Niobe, born 1751, died February 3, 1846. 

1128. Mary, born February 4, 1752, died September 20, 1754. 

1129. Nathaniel, bom May 5, 1755, died at Port Royal, Va., August 18, 1773. 

1130. John, bom September 27, 1757, married (i) Anne Thiirrell, (2) Susannah 


1131. Mary, bom March 27, 1760, married Captain John Stanton. 

1132. Elizabeth Pelham, born May 17, 1763, married Benjamin Bailey. 

475. JOB 5 GREENE "of Newport" (John ^ Thomas 3, Thomas % 
John ') was born March 29, 1722. He married, December 21, 1746, Mary, 
daughter of William and Penelope (Goulding) Paul, a sister of his brother 
Benjamin's wife. He was supposed to have been lost at sea in a hurricane 
when coming from the West Indies before 1752 (see Job, Jr., No. 11 34). 


1 133. Mary. 

1134. Job, Jr., born before 1757. 

1135. Nathaniel, died s. p. 

476. ALMY5 GREENE (John S Thomas ^ Thomas % John') was 
born January 31, 1723. She married, April 3, 1746, Thomas Brown, son 
of Major James Brown of Scituate (formerly of Newport), and great-great- 
grandson of Rev. Chad Brown of Providence. " Married by Samuel Greene, 

FiftJi Gciiemfion. 235 

Justice of the Peace, Almy Greene and Thomas Brown son of Major James 
of Scituate" {Scituate Records) . Thomas was son of Major James Brown's 
first wife, Anne Clarke (see No. 73). His wife, Almy Greene, died, and he 
married (2) Catharine Greene. 


1136. Fleet Brown, bom July 17, 1747, married (i), April 19, 1767, Elizabeth, 

daughter of Captain Peter and second wife, Mercy {Wanton) Cooke, bom at 
Scituate, July 23, 1751. He married (2), April 6, 1780, Mercy Hopkins. 

From Scituate Records, p. 207: "These are to certifie that Fleet Brown 
and Elizabeth Cooke, both of Scituate in the County of Providence, was 
lawfully married in said Scituate on the 19* day of April 1767 by me 
Jeremiah Angell Justice of Peace. 

"Recorded June 5, 1768. Gideon Harris Town Clerk." 

And p. 255: "Fleet Brown (son of Thomas) was lawfully married on the 
6* day of April 1780 to Mercy Hopkins." 

1 137. Judith Brown, bom June 3, 1748, married William Cooke, son of Captain 

Peter and first wife, Elizabeth (Bates) Cooke, bom Smithfield, R. L, June 
II, 1741. Had one child, Thomas. (Authority for Cooke records above, 
Mrs. H. Ruth Cooke.) 

1 138. Job Brown, bom April 29, 1751. 

1139. Deborah Brown, bom January- 11, 1754. 

1 140. Thomas Brown, bom October 18, 1755. 

477. RICHARD 5 GREENE "of Potowomut" (John ^ Thomas ^ 
Thomas % John ') was bom October 4, 1725. He resided on his large farm 
at Potowomut. Was made freeman, May, 1759; Deputy from Warwick, 
1765. He was noted for his generous hospitality. He married, Septem- 
ber 28, 1746, Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Greene) Fry, and 
granddaughter of Samuel Greene of Apponaug. She was bom December 
21, 1727, died xA.pril 4, 1775. With permission of the State authorities 
Richard Greene went to Newport to be treated for cancer by the British 
Army surgeons, and died June 19, 1779, from an overdose of cicuta, one of 
the remedies prescribed. His will, dated February 18, 1779, was proved 
December 17, 1779. 


1141. John, bom March 22, 1747, married Barbara Holden. 

1142. Nathaniel, born July 31, 1748, married Elizabeth Qitincy. 

1143. Welthyan, bom November 17, 1749, died January 6, 1753. 

1144. Tho.mas, bom January 10, 1750, died March 19, 1756. 

1145. Samuel, born August 8, 1752, died August 10, 1761. 

236 The Greene Family. 

1 146. William, born July 9, 1754, married Dorothy Carlton of South Carolina, 

died s. p. 

1147. Mary, bom October 4, 1756, married Samuel Brown. 

1148. Ann, bom August 17, 1758, died May 4, 1759. 

1149. Sarah, born May 10, 1760, married Daniel Houdand, Jr. 

1 150. Elizabeth, born October 23, 1761, married Sylvester G. Hazard. 

1151. Benjamin, bom September 28, 1763. 

1152. Job, bom November 22, 1765, died at sea, s. p., married Miss Heweson of 

Alexandria, Va. 

1153. Caleb, bom September 18, 1767, married Miss Robinson. 

1154. Samuel, born December 12, 1769, married Harriet Daniels. 

In 1776 the Legislature of Rhode Island appointed an agent to pur- 
chase stores of Richard Greene, as follows: "It is voted and resolved; that 
James Arnold Jr. Esq. be and hereby is empowered to purchase of Mr. 
Richard Greene, the com, oats, rye, pork and sheep he has on hand, for the 
use of this State, and to remove the same to places of safety, and that if 
the said Richard Greene shall refuse to dispose of said articles to this state, 
the said James Arnold be empowered to take the same, allowing him there- 
for at the prices affixed by this Assembly" (R. I. Col. Rec, 1776-1779). 
The property alluded to was in danger of being seized by the enemy, being 
stored on the shore of Narragansett Bay. 

480. DEBORAH 5 GREENE (John \ Thomas \ Thomas % John 
was born September 27, 1735. She married, August 28, 1764 (2d wife), 
Samuel Fry, mariner, son of Thomas and Mary (Greene) Fry of East Green- 
wich, born March 22, 1729. She died September 4, 1800. Her mother, 
Almy Greene (Richard ^ , John ' , John ' ) was the second wife of John 
Greene of "Potowomut" (No. 100). 


1155. Deborah Fry, born 1765. 

1156. Eleanor Fry, bom July 31, 1767, died, s. p., September 30, 1788. 

1157. Mercy Fry, bom February 19, 1769. 

1158. Samuel Fry, bom May, 1770, died 1778. 

1159. Anne Fry, bom April 23, 1772. 

1160. Joseph Fry, bom March 17, 1774. 

1161. Sarah Fry, bom October 7, 1776, married Albro Anthony. 

1162. Almy Fry, born December 26, 1779. 

Samuel Fry married (i) Lucianna, daughter of Daniel Coggeshall, and 
had three children: William, born October 6, 1754, died 1777; Mary, born 
September 8, 1758; Daniel, born December 19, 1760, died January 30, 1794. 

Fifth Generation. '^il 

481. ELEANOR 5 GREENE (John \ Thomas ^ Thomas % John ■) 
was born June 2, 1737. She married Joseph Fry of East Greenwich, the 
brother of her sister's husband. She was daughter of John Greene "of 
Potowomut" and his second wife, Almy ■» Greene (see No. 100). 


1 163. A.MEY Fry, bom October 30, 1756. 

1164. Hannah Fry, bom May 15, 1761. 

1165. William Fry, bom May 11, 1763. 

1 166. Thomas Fry, bom July 6, 1765, married Hannah Spink. 

1 167. Ruth Fry, bom July 20, 1767. 

1 168. Deborah Fry, bom August 22, 1769, married Bernon Matthcwson. 

1 169. John Fry, bom March 2, 1772. 

1 170. Mercy Fry, born September 10, 1774- 

1171. Isabel Fry, bom January 31, 1779. 

488. PHEBE5 GREENE (Benjamin \ Benjamin ^ Thomas % 
John') was born December 16, 17 14-15. She married, September 13, 
1733, Nathanael ^ Greene (Jabez^, James', John'). She died May 3, 
1737, and he married (2) Mary Mott, who became the mother of the illus- 
trious General Nathanael Greene of the Revolutionary Army. (For chil- 
dren see No. 141.) 

511. THOMAS ' GREENE "of Stone Castle" (Richard ^ Richard ^ 
Thomas % John '), eldest son, was born at " Stone Castle," Warwick, Octo- 
ber II, 1729. He owned the old garrison house, but purchased the cottage 
nearly opposite, where he resided during his married life, and where all his 
children were born. He was a landholder and shipmaster, trading on the 
Mediterranean and in the West Indies. He gave the " Stone Castle" to his 
son, Thomas Wickes Greene, who demolished it about 1795, and built a 
new house near the site. 

Thomas Greene married (i), January 28, 1762, Mary, daughter of 
Colonel Stephen and Alice (Gorton) Low of Old Warwick, who died August 
30, 1765. She was the great-great-granddaughter of Samuel Gorton the 
pioneer (see 516). (Her sister married Benjamin Greene, her husband's 
brother.) He married (2), January 21, 1768, Sarah, daughter of Robert 
and Margaret (Barton) Wickes, and great-great-granddaughter of John 
Wickes, who was slain by the Indians, 1676. She was born August 11, 
1742, died November 11, 1828. She was a member of the Friends' Society. 
Thomas Greene died November 14, 1813. 

238 The Greene Family. 

Child by First Marriage: 

1172. Welthian, born December 12, 1762, married Colonel ]ohn Waterman. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1173. Thomas Wickes, born August 17, 1769, married. Bar6a?-a how. 

1 1 74. Rowland (Dr.), born November 24, 1770, married Susanna Harris. 

1175. Benjamin, bom March 6, 1772, died July 19, 1777. 

1176. RuFUS, bom May 10, 1773, married Sarah (Greene) Rice. 

1177. Sarah Robinson, born October 12, 1774, married Caleb Greene. 

1178. Benjamin, bom October 13, 1777, died December 29, 1796, at Trinidad, of 

a fever in the twentieth year of his age. 

1 1 79. Robert Wickes, born May 10, 1779, married Mary Low Arnold. 

1 180. Margaret, bom October 22, 1780, married Benedict Arnold. 

1 181. Mary, bom February 18, 1782, married Benedict Arnold. 

1182. Lloyd, born January 2, 1784, married Freelove Arnold. 

512. GODFREY-^ GREENE "of Old Warwick" (Richard ^ Rich- 
ard'', Thomas % John') was born at "Stone Castle," May 31, 1732. He 
lived on the road leading to the old tide-mill. He was a mariner and ship- 
master. Captain Godfrey was taken prisoner by the French in the old 
French war, and by the English in the Revolutionary War. He was con- 
fined in the prison ship Jersey at New York, from which he soon made his 
escape. He married, July 4, 1755, Freelove, daughter of William '^ (Peter ^ , 
John ^ , John ' ) and Sarah (Medbury) Greene of Old Warwick. She was 
his third cousin and was born February 18, 1734, died November 3, 1804. 
He died October 21, 1801 (see No. 224). 


1 183. Almy, born July 11, 1756, died unmarried, December 8, 1836. 

1184. Elizabeth, bom January 23, 1759, died May 6, 1760. 

1185. Elizabeth, born August 20, 1761, died unmarried, August 17, 1833. 

1 186. William, bom September 2, 1763, married Rosanna Wells. 

1187. Sarah, bom January 8, 1766, died unmarried, February 2, 1846. She was 

buried at "Stone Castle." 

1 188. Godfrey, bom May 14, 1768, married Ruth Holden. 

1189. Caleb Carr, born July 15, 1769, married Maria Arnold. 

1 190. Benjamin, bom June 25, 1771, married Harriet Greene. 

514. WILLIAM 5 GREENE (Richard ^ , Richard ^ , Thomas = , John' ) 
was born at "Stone Castle," June 9, 1737. He was of Foster, R. I., for 
some years, but removed to New York State. He married, February 18, 
1762, Comfort, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Foster) Greene, born July 

Fifth Geneva f ion. 239 

26, 1738, died July, 1798. Her father, John Greene (Peter ■*, Peter ^ John % 
John') was her husband's third cousin. WilUam Greene died in New York 
State, and one account states that only three of his children survived him. 


1191. Richard. 

1192. Mary, bom August 26, 1765. 

1 193. William, bom November 5, 1767. 
1 193''. John. 

1 1 94. Wanton, of Richfield, N. Y. 

1195. Thomas 

1196. Brenton 

1197. Elizabeth 

1 198. Comfort 

1199. Charles 

516. BENJAMIN 5 GREENE " of Rose Hill" (Richard \ Richard 3, 
Thomas % John ') was bom at " Stone Castle," January 5, 1741. He mar- 
ried, September 30, 1764, Anne, daughter of Colonel Stephen and Alice 
(Gorton) Low, and great-great-granddaughter of Samuel Gorton, founder 
of Warwick. She was the sister of the wife of Benjamin's brother Thomas 
(No. 511). She died September i, 1831, aged eighty-eight. Mr. Greene 
was drowned at Surinam, South America, July 21, 1776. While strffering 
from fever he became delirious and threw himself from the cabin window. 


1200. Benjamin, bom August 5, 1765, married Lydia Fisher. 

1201. Thomas, bom May 27, 1767, married Rebecca Lippitt. 

1202. Catharine, bom October 20, 1769, married Philip Dexter. 

1203. Anne (Nancy), bom September 25, 1771, died unmarried. 

517. JOHN 5 GREENE "of Ohio" (Richard ^ Richard ^ Thomas % 
John") was bom at "Stone Castle," Old Warwick, November 10, 1743. 
He removed to Marietta, Ohio, in 1790, thence to Newport in the same 
State. He married, September 22, 1771, his third cousin, Mary, daughter 
of Judge Philip-* (Job^ John % John') and Elizabeth (Wickes) Greene, 
born March 14, 1748, died September 24, 1823, aged seventy-five. He died 
at Newport, Ohio, May 27, 181 3, aged seventy. They were called familiarly 
"Uncle Johnny" and "Aunt MoUie" (see No. 254). 

Children : 

1204. Phebe, born June 22, 1772, married Major Jonathan Haskell. 

1205. Daniel, bom March 7, 1774, married Mary Strout. 

240 The Greene Family. 

1206. Eliza, born July 7, 1777, married (i) John Greene, (2) Stephen Piltcher. 

1207. Mary, born September 2, 1778, married Ebenezer Battelle. 

1208. John, born December 21, 1779, married Mary Hill. 

1209. Richard, bom April 29, 1781, married (i) Rebecca Lawton, and (2) Harriet 


1210. Ruth, born April 4, 1782, married James Whitney. 

1211. Sarah, bom November 7, 1785, died December 29, 1810, unmarried. 

1212. Caleb, born June 24, 1787, married Catharine McMaster. 

1213. Philip, bom July 17, 1789, married Martha Brooks. 

518. CALEB 5 GREENE "of Providence" (Richard ^ Richard ^ 
Thomas % John') was born at "Stone Castle," Old Warwick, January 3, 
1746. He was captain of a merchant ship and died on the river Gambia, 
Africa, February 7, 1796. He mai-ried, January 21, 1768, Mary, daughter 
of Moses Lippitt of Providence, born June 26, 1749, where she died, Decem- 
ber 28, 1835. She was a sister of "Elder" Abraham Lippitt of Warwick, 
R. L, and Otsego County. N. Y. 


1214. Waite, bom September 15, 1768, married Joshua Allen. 

1215. John Francis, bom June 9, 1773, married (i) Anne Gladding, (2) Phebe 


1216. Joseph Lippitt, bom June 19, 1777, married in South America. 

1217. Mary, born September 19, 1780, married James Aborn. 

1218. Elizabeth Godfrey, born July 29, 1782, died August 8, 1849, unmarried. 

Captain Caleb Greene was alluded to in family correspondence as "an 
uncommonly amiable and affectionate man." He found that the war had 
so interrupted his business, he removed with his brother William to Foster, 
R. L, and engaged in farming. "This was not to his liking, and he soon 
returned with his family to Warwick; but finding no satisfactory business 
there, he removed thence to Providence, where he again met with disap- 
pointment, and was finally induced against his judgment (and it was said 
through the influence of his wife) to accept the command of a slave-ship 
bound for Africa. His friends noticed at the time of sailing, that he seemed 
to feel disgraced and was much depressed. Upon his arrival on the coast 
of Africa, he was taken sick and died there of fever soon after, thus sadly 
closing his embittered life" (Family letter, copied 18 71). 

520. THOMAS 5 GREENE "of Bristol" (Thomas ^ Richard ^ 
Thomas % John '), eldest son, was born at Newport, March 21, 1732. He 
was married March 24, 1757, by Rev. — Potter (name not learned), clerk of 

Fifth Generation. 241 

Trinity Church, Newport, to Amy, daughter of Joseph and Anne Whipple 
of Newport, born October 18, 1734, died April 7, 1782. The date of her 
husband's death is not given. "Thomas Greene of Bristol, Jany 8, 1784, 
gave power of attorney to son William Greene and Henry Tillinghast to 
sell to Col. Daniel Tillinghast the house and lot where Thomas Greene 
lived in Providence on east side of South Main St. purchased of Samuel 
Winsor and Thomas Harding" (Land Ev., Providence). 


1219. Elizabeth, bom February 26, 1759, married Henry Tillinghast. 

1220. Joseph Whipple, bom October 22, 1761, married Rebecca Ingrahani. 

1221. William, bom August 6, 1763, died on board the Anne and Hope, s. p. 

1222. Amy, bom 1771, died February 18, 1772. 

521. HANNAH 5 GREENE (Thomas \ Richard ^ , Thomas ' , John ' ) 
was bom November 25, 1734. She married, September 25, 1755, Gardiner 
Chandler, son of Hon. John and Hannah (Gardiner) Chandler, of Worcester, 
Mass., and Woodstock, Conn., born at Woodstock, September 18, 1723. 
He was grandson of John Gardiner of Gardiner's Island and his first wife, 
Mary King. He resided at Worcester, where his first wife, Hannah, died, 
December 15, 1765. His house was described by Timothy Dwight, D.D., 
in his Travels as "one of the handsomest which I have seen in the interior 
of the country." 

Gardiner Chandler was Selectman, 1754-55-56; Treasurer of Worces- 
ter County, 1754-62; Sheriff of Worcester County, 1762-75. August 10, 
1757, as Major and commander he marched with Captain John Curtis 's 
company to Sheffield, 105 miles distant, to aid in checking the advance of 
the French after the surrender of Fort William Henry. February 5, 1762, 
he was chosen by the General Assembly, "Collector of Excise" for Worces- 
ter Cottnty. He died at Worcester, June 28, 1782, in his fifty-ninth year. 
(For further record, see Chandler Family, pp. 231-6.) 


1223. Thomas Chandler, died young. 

1224. Gardiner Chandler, Jr., died young. 

1225. Hannah Chandler, married, November 10, 1778, John Wiliianis of Boston. 

1226. Elizabeth Chandler, married, December 18, 1785, Nailianiel Paine. 

Sheriff Gardiner Chandler married (2) Ann, daughter of Major George 
Leonard of Norton, Mass. She died September 5, 1793, aged sixty, and 
left one child, Gardiner Leonard Chandler, born at Worcester, November 

242 The Greene Family. 

29, 1768, married at Boston, October 6, 1795, Lucretia Callahan, daughter 
of Joseph and Mary -' (Greene) Greene and granddaughter of Benjamin ** 
(Nath'l 3, Thomas % John ') and Mary (Chandler) Greene. 

523. NATHANIEL 5 GREENE "of Hudson, N. Y.," (Thomas \ 
Richard ^ Thomas % John') was born at Bristol, R. I., May 23, 1738. 
Freeman of Providence, May i, 1760. His maternal grandfather was 
Colonel Charles Church, son of the noted Colonel Benjamin Church. Na- 
thaniel Greene was married at Newport by Rev. Ezra Stiles, January 14, 
1 761, to Keziah, daughter of Ebenezer and Keziah (Draper) Richardson of 
Newport, "formerly of Boston," born August 19, 1741. Her father was, 
for his time, a man of considerable means and was a large landowner in 
and about Newport. He was Justice of the Peace, 1730, and was one with 
others who signed a petition to the King " urging that the legislative author- 
ity of the colony of R. \. be restricted from making any more bills of public 
credit without Royal permission," etc. His will was probated June 2, 
1785, before George Sears, Esq., Judge for Probate of Wills at Newport. 

Nathaniel Greene lived for many years in Providence, where he was a 
prosperous merchant. His store was still standing a few years ago (1891). 
There came to that city one Thomas Jenkins of Nantucket, Mass., who, in 
1783, formed an association of about thirty men, mostly merchants or 
mariners, among whom were Nathaniel Greene and Samuel Mansfield, who 
became his son-in-law. This little company moved to Hudson, N. Y., and 
were prominent in its early settlement. Nathaniel Greene is mentioned as 
"one of Hudson's energetic, active citizens." He was the first Recorder 
appointed by the Governor and Council in 1785, and was one of nine who 
contributed eleven shillings fourpence each to defray the cost of a city 
seal, the said seal being still in use (see History of Hudson, by Stephen B. 
Miller). Mr. Greene was appointed one of the trustees of the Presbyterian 
Society at its organization in 1790. He subscribed ;£4o to the bmlding 
fund of the chitrch. In a list of those whose estates were taxed for 1797 
he was assessed ;^82o. He died at Hudson, April 29, 1806. His widow 
lived to be ninety years of age, and died also at Hudson, April 27, 1831, 
where both were buried. It is recently learned through the superintendent 
of the cemetery that "Nathaniel Greene's tombstone has to all appear- 
ances been in place ever since his death in 1806, the position of stone 
being horizontal and raised about two and a half feet from the ground." 
His death is thereon recorded at sixty-eight years, but the exact date is 
not given (for inscriptions, see Appendix III.). Mrs. Greene, in old age, 
became very feeble and was nearly blind, but it was said " she was always 

FiftJi Generation. 243 

able to tell the value of a coin by the touch." The story is told (but not 
vouched for) that when a neighbor who was nearing his end asked her what 
message he should bear to her husband in the other world, she replied, 
" Tell him I have doubled the property since he left." The estate inherited 
by her descendants was a large one for those days. 


1227. Elizabeth, bom December 15, 1766, married Samuel Mansfield. 

1228. Catharine, born , married Elisba Jenkins. 

In a private letter the writer mentions that he vaguely recalls having 
seen an advertisement of " Nathaniel Greene & Son" in an old Providence 
newspaper, but we find no record of any but the above children. 

Providence Lmtd Evidences (1792?): " Nathaniel Greene and wife Keziah 
to John MtuTiford of Newport: Sold j of building sold by Thomas Greene, 
Jonathan Greene of East Greenwich, tailor, and wife Lydia — mortgage 22 
May 1792" (see No. 443). 

January 7, 1792: "Nathaniel Greene of Hudson, N. Y. and Keziah 
his wife sold lot in Providence purchased of Low, to Grenell & Sayles." 

February 25, 1800, Governor De Witt Clinton deeded to Nathaniel 
Greene of Hudson, Dutchess County, N. Y. (consideration, $1.00): 

Lot 37, Town of Homer, 600 acres. 

Lot 82, Town of Junius, 600 acres. 

Lot 17, Town of Camillus, 600 acres. 

All these towns were in Cayuga County. Now, Homer is in Cortland, 
Junius in Seneca, and Camillus in Onondaga Coimty (Book A, p. 388). 

(The last item was contributed by courtesy of Mr. Wm. M. Robinson 
of Grand Rapids, Mich.) 

526. MARY 5 GREENE (Thomas S Richard ^ Thomas % John') 
was born June 18, 1743. She mamed (2d wife). May 8, 1766, Rev. Abiel 
Leonard of Woodstock, Conn., who held a pastorate there at the beginning 
of the Revolutionary War. He went to Boston as chaplain of General 
Richmond's regiment. When the term of service expired most of the men 
of the regiment enlisted in the regiment of the line. Colonel Benedict Arnold, 
in 1778. Rev. Mr. Leonard was called to his home by the sickness of a 
child; he overstayed his furlough a few days, and when, on his return to 
camp, he was met at Danbury, Conn., with the news that he had been 
censured and superseded, it so affected him that he shot himself on 
August 14, 1778. He was son of Rev. Nathaniel' (George", Thomas^, 

244 The Greene Family. 

James % Thomas') and Priscilla (Rogers) Leonard, who were settled at 
Plymouth, and was born there, November 5, 1740. H. C, 1759, Yale, 1766. 
He was of the noted Leonard family whose progenitors were James and 
Henry, sons of Thomas Leonard of Pontopool, England, who came to 
America in 1650, and established at Raynham (Taunton, Mass.) the first 
iron works in Plymouth Colony in 1652. The first wife of Rev. Abiel Leon- 
ard was Dorothy, daughter of Judge Hezekiah Huntington of Norwich, 
Conn., by which marriage he had one daughter, Dorothy Huntington 
Leonard, baptized at Thompson, Conn., January 20, 1764 {Church Records). 


1229. Mary Greene Leonard, baptized April 5, 1767. 

1230. Nathaniel Leonard, baptized October 9, 1768, died 1844. Lieutenant 

Artillery and Engineer U. S. A., June 4, 1798, from Vermont, retained till 
1802; Captain, 1804; Military Agent, Fort Niagara, 1810; Assistant 
Department Quartermaster, 1812; disbanded May 12, 1814. In 1790 Cap- 
tain Nathaniel was engaged in business in Windsor, Vt., but failed in 1804. 
He married, about 1792, Mary Greenleaf Leverett, a lineal descendant of 
Governor John Leverett of Massachusetts. They had four children: (i) 
Benjamin Greene Leonard, bom Newport, about 1798; graduate of Dart- 
mouth and eminent lawyer of Chillicothe, Ohio, died unmarried. (2) 
Hon. Judge Abiel Leonard of Supreme Court, Missouri, married Jeanette 
Reeves of Kentucky, and had a large family: Reeves, educated at Dart- 
mouth College and Berlin, Germany, served in Union Army during the 
Civil War and died soon after; William, Dartmouth College, an extensive 
stock raiser in Missouri; Abiel, Rt. Rev. Bishop of Utah and Nevada, 
also a graduate of Dartmouth; Mary, married Hon. Horace Everett of 
Council Bluffs, Iowa, educated at University of Vermont. Have three 
sons, one engaged in business with his father, a graduate of Cornell, another 
of Harvard College, the third a student of St. Paul's, Concord, N. H. 
Their only daughter, Ada, married Mr. Waddell, Professor of Engineering 
of the Royal University of Japan at Tokio, where one of their two children 
was bom ; the other bom at Council Bluffs. The father of Horace Everett 
was Hon. Horace, member of Congress from Vermont for fourteen years, 
who married Mary Leverett, a niece of the wife of Captain Nath'l Leonard 
above. The American ancestor of the Everett family settled in Massa- 
chusetts about 1632. Martha, married an eminent physician at St. Joseph, 
Mo. ; Kate.'married General Guitar, a Union general during the War of the 
Rebellion; Ada, widow of Rt. Rev. Bishop Hawkes of Missouri. (3) 
Nathaniel Leonard, one of the largest farmers in Missouri. (4) Margaret 
Leonard, married Captain Bailey, an army contractor (see Nash Genealogy). 

1231. Margaret Luscombe Leonard, baptized July 22, 1770, married a Mr. 

Church of New York City, where she died in early life. 

1232. Thomas Leonard, baptized July 12, 1772. 

Fifth Generation. 245 

1233. Philip Dodridge Leonard, baptized March 12, 1774, went as supercargo of 

vessel to the Indies and was lost at sea. 

1234. Abiel Leonard, baptized April 14, 1776, died in Liverpool, England. 

1235. (Daughter) Leonard, died at the home of her brother. Captain Nathaniel, on 

the Niagara frontier in 1804. 

[Many of above dates from Church Records, Woodstock (Thompson), 

The will of Thomas Greene, dated September 29, 1769, and proved 
November 9, 1769, mentions his "daughter Mary wife of Rev. Abiel Leon- 
ard of Woodstock Conn." (see No. 186). 

Extracts from Miss Lamed 's History of Windham County: 

P. 149: " 26 April, 1775. General Assembly of Conn. Raised a regi- 
ment in Windham Co. Israel Putnam Colonel. Chaplain, Rev. Abiel 
Leonard, the eloquent and patriotic pastor of Woodstock's ist Church. 
The society could not bring itself to vote consent to such a sacrifice, but 
' by its silence manifested its resignation to said appointment. ' ' ' 

P. 150: "18 July, 1775. At Cambridge, Mass., Putnam's division 
was paraded in full force at Prospect Hill and after hearing the Declaration 
read with great pathos and solemnity by Chaplain Leonard, each soldier 
responded thrice with deep and fervent Amen." 

P. 160: "In the winter of 1675-6 a majority of Putnam's Regiment 
re-enlisted in the 20th Regt. Continental Army, ' Rev. Abiel Leonard, 
Chaplain.' Woodstock would gladly have recalled her ministerial favorite 
at the close of the winter's campaign, but yielded to the wishes of the Com- 
mander-in-Chief and their own honored leader, as expressed in the following 
letter : 

" ' To the Church and Congregation at Woodstock: 

Mr. Leonard is a man whose exemplar}^ life and conversation must 
make him highly esteemed by every person who has the pleasure of being 
acquainted with him. It therefore can be no surprise to us that they are 
not [willing] to part with him. His influence in the army is great. He 
is employed in the glorious work of attending to the morals of a brave 
people who are fighting for their liberties — the liberties of the people of 
Woodstock — the liberty of all America. We therefore hope that knowing 
how nobly he is employed the congregation of Woodstock will cheerfully 
give up to the public a gentleman so very useful, and when by the blessing 
of a kind Providence, this glorious and unparalleled struggle for otir lib- 
erties is at an end, we have not the least doubt but Mr. Leonard will, with 
redoubled joy, be received in the arms of a congregation so endeared to 

246 Tlie Greene Family. 

him as the good people of Woodstock are. This is what is hoped for. This 
is what is expected by the congregation of Woodstock's sincere well wishers 
and very humble servants 

" 'George Washington, 
" 'Israel Putnam. 
"Headquarters, Cambridge, 23 March, 1776.' 

(Original letter in possession of Hon. Horace Everett's family, Council 
Bluffs, Iowa.) 

' ' The prayers and preaching of Mr. Leonard were often commended 
by patriot journals. On the Sabbath after the evacuation of Boston by 
the British and its occupation by the Americans, he is reported to have 
' preached an excellent sermon in the audience of his Excellency the General 
and others of distinction, from Exodus iv. 25.' " 

P. 179: "And Woodstock's beloved Leonard passed beyond human 
judgment. His brilliant career closed in great darkness and sorrow. Over- 
staying his furlough in consequence of the dangerous sickness of one of 
his children, he was met (at Danville, Conn.) on his journey back to camp 
by the tidings that he had been censured and superseded. Keenly sensi- 
tive to public opinion he felt unable to endvu-e the disgrace and in the first 
shock of mortification he took his life with his own hand." 

P. 194: "The church at Woodstock hill was very seriously affected by 
the long absence and death of Rev. Abiel Leonard." 

A portrait of Rev. Mr. Leonard, by the celebrated artist Copley, is in 
possession of his descendants. 

(See .V. E. Gen. Reg., 1857, account Leonard Family, by Rev. Wm. 
R. Dean.) 

538. THOMAS 5 GREENE (Thomas ^ Nath'P. Thomas % John '), 
eldest son, was born July 18, 1729. He married, August 23, 1764, Mary, 
daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Pearce) Olney of Providence, born January 
28, 1744. He died May 20, 1766, leaving no children. His widow married 
(2) John Timmins, perhaps of same family as George Timmins of Birming- 
ham, England, whose son Henry married Elizabeth H., daughter of Gar- 
diner Greene, cousin of Thomas above. 

539- JOHN 5 GREENE "of Boston" (Thomas \ Nath'l ^ Thomas % 
John') was born December 24, 1731. He married, March 11, 1756, Cath- 
arine, daughter of the first Governor William Greene. He died December 

Fifth Generation. 247 

3, 1 781. No children. His wife survived him and died in Boston, April 
30, 1785 (No. 294). 

540. MARY 5 GREENE (Thomas ^ Nath'P, Thomas % John') 
was born May i, 1734. She married,| July 13, 1757, Daniel Hubbard, Jr., 
of New London, son of her father's fii'st wife by former marriage {Chandler 
Geneal., 1883, p. 55). He was born June 13, 1736. He was of illustrious 
lineage, being a descendant of Governor John Haynes of Hartford, Conn., 
and also of Governor John Leverett of Massachusetts. His wife died Janu- 
ary 8 (or July 9), 1808. 


1236. Martha Hubbard, born June i8, 1758, married, March 23, 1779, Adam 

Babcock. Children; Elisa' Babcock, bom February 21, 1780, married, 
March 27, 1804, Nathaniel Ingersol, and had son Nathaniel, who died 1836. 
Martha} Babcock, bom April 7, 1781, married (i), December 16, iSoo, 
George Higginson, and (2), 1813, James Perkins Higginson. Children by 
first marriage: Martha Babcock Higginson, bom October 15, 1801 ; Susan 
Cleveland Higginson, bom August 25, 1803; George Higginson, bom Sep- 
tember 18, 1804; John and Sarah Higginson, died, young. Children by 
second marriage: Prances' Saltonstall Higginson, bom May 28, 1814, mar- 
ried Charles D. Head; Louisa Gore Higginson, bom November 5, 181 5; 
Mary Higginson, born 1817, died young; Saralt Rhea Higginson, bom 
December 22, 181 g, married William Ingersol Bowditch; Charles James 
Higginson, bom December 5, 1821, married Susan Wilson; John Augustus 
Higginson; Henry Prederick Higginson, married Mary Jervis. Mary ' 
Babcock, bom August, 1782, married, June i, 1802, John Gore. Children: 
Louisa', bom March 24, 1803, died young; Louisa (2d), who married 
Horatio Greenough, the sculptor; John, Henry, and Francis. Henry Bab- 
cock, born April i, 1784; Prancis Babcock, born May 6, 1786, married Alice 
Wycr; Louisa Babcock, who died 1824. 

1237. Elizabeth Hubbard, bom March 23, 1760, married (2d wife), November 25, 

1788, Gardiner Greene, son of Benjamin, bom September 23, 1753. (Fur- 
ther record. No. 569.) 

1238. Daniel Hubbard, born January 27, 1762, died September 2, 1782. 

1239. Thomas Greene Hubbard, bom February 13, 1764. 

1240. John^Hubbard, born December 4, 1765, married (i), July 25, 1796, Elizabeth 

Ann Patterson, who died November 13, 1798; had son, John Patterson 
Hubbard, bom October, 1797, died at Mobile, and daughter, Elizabeth Ann, 
born October 10, 1798. He married (2), October 3, 1802, Jane Parkinson. 
Children by second marriage: Henry Hubbard, bom April 19, 1804, died 
1837; Mary Greene Hubbard, born April 20, 1806, married Russell Sturgis; 

William Hubbard, bom ; Gardiner Greene Hubbard, born August 25, 

1822, married Gertrude M. McCurdy (for further record see descendants of 

i , - 

The Greene Family. 

Mary A. Greene^ (Gardiner s ^ Benj.*, Nath'li, Thomas^, John''); Anne 

Hubbard, married White; Elizabeth Hubbard, married, June 15, 1836, 

John Singleton Copley Greene (Rev.), son of Gardiner Greene, born Novem- 
ber 27, 1810; Martha Hubbard, died 1836; Jane Hubbard; John Hubbard; 
Harriet Hubbard, died young; George Hubbard. 

1241. LucRETiA Hubbard, bom September 18, 1767. 

1242. Henry Hubbard, bom October 26, 1769, married Miss Chadwell; had six 

children: Henry Babcock, Elizabeth, Mary, Charles, Thomas Greene, who 
died young, Gilbert, married Miss Thatcher. 

1243. Gilbert Harrison Hubbard, bom August 2, 1771, married, October 10, 

1801, Sarah Williams; had son, George, who died at sea in 1822. 

1244. Charles Hubbard, bom November 16, 1773, died June 20, 1775. 

1245. Mary Timmins Hubbard, born March 26, 1776. 

1246. Charles Townsend Hubbard, born October 23, 1779, died June 28, 1797. 

541- WILLIAM = GREENE (Thomas ^ Nath'l ^ Thomas \ John ') 
was born October 25, 1736. He married, October 13, 1780, Elizabeth 

542. NATHANIEL' GREENE "of Boston" (Thomas \ Nathaniel 3, 
Thomas % John ') was born in Boston, Mass., April 12, baptized in Trinity 
Chiirch, April 16, 1738. He married, December 21, 1762, Anstice, daughter 
of John and Mary (Almy) Greene of Occupasuetuxet, born July 15, 1740. 
He was a merchant, like his father, and resided in Boston, where he died, 
February 3, 1791, aged fifty-three years. His wife survived him, but the 
date of her death is not given (see No. 277). 


1247. Thomas, bom March 3, 1763, died young. 

1248. Anstice, born November 5, 1764, married Horatio Townsend. 

1249. Mary, born March 9, baptized March 19, 1766, in Trinity Church, Boston, 

died May 2, 1853, unmarried. 

1250. Elizabeth, baptized Trinity Church, April i, 1767. 

1251. Nathaniel, baptized Trinity Church, May 23, 1768, buried September 23, 


1252. Martha, baptized Trinity Church, August 13, 1769, married Lewis Games. 

1253. Almy, bom February 19, 1771-2, married Seymour Potter. 

1254. Lucretia, unmarried. 

1255. Abigail, baptized Trinity Church, April 12, 1773. 

1256. John, baptized Trinity Church, November 19, 1777. 

1257. Catharine, baptized Trinity Church, July 25, 1780, married William Sayer 

or Sayre. 

1258. Anne, baptized Trinity Church, February 2, 1782, married Wm. Sayer. 

Fifth Generation. 249 

From the Massachusetts Historical Society Collection, 1900-01, p. 68, 
we learn that "At one time Mr. Greene was in partnership with his cousin 
Benjamin Greene, and at another with his half-brother Joseph Greene, on 
King Street, and on Greene's Wharf, Boston. He was appointed Register 
of Deeds for Co. of Suffolk, Oct. 4, 1786." The Boston Gazette of May 8, 
1786, published an article by a correspondent which compared the claims 
of Mr. Nathaniel Greene and his opponent, of which the closing argument 
was as follows: 

" If the child of him who was one of the first merchants of this place, 
as old Mr. Greene certainly was; If the man who has eminently served the 
tradesmen and mechanics of this town by his business (though unprofitable 
to himself) as certainly Nathaniel Greene has done ; If a needy and numer- 
ous family of young children as his assuredly is; If a firm and unshaken 
attachment to the late revolution as most decidedly he possessed during 
the whole of the late war, can render him an object of the suffrages of the 
generous, virtuous electors of this town ; our correspondent thinks that 
tomorrow's votes for County Register will be fully in favor of Mr. Nathaniel 

Several trials, however, were necessary before a majority of votes could 
be obtained, and the appointment made on October 4th, as above. The 
following advertisement appeared in The Independent Chronicle, October 12, 

" Nathaniel Greene 
Presents his compliments to the respectable inhabitants of the county of 
Suffolk, and informs them that that he has opened his office for the Registry 
of Deeds, at the house formerly occupied by Mssrs Brimmers, near the 
sign of the Lamb ; where constant attendance will be given after sunrise. 

"Boston Oct. 11, 1786." 

The date of his death recorded by the Boston Gazette, Monday, January 
31, 1 791, differs from that given above: " Died On Saturday last Nathaniel 
Greene Esq. in the 53'''' year of his age; Register of Deeds for Sioffolk Co. 
His funeral will be Tomorrow at half past 3 p.m. from his house near the 
Mall which his Relatives and Friends are requested to attend without fur- 
ther invitation." 

Administration on his estate was granted to "his wife Anstis." 

545. JOSEPH 5 GREENE (Thomas * , Nathaniel ^ , Thomas ' , John ■ ) 
was born July 26, 1745, at Boston, where he died January 9, 1802, aged 
fifty-six. He married, August 16, 1766, his cousin Mary, daughter of 

250 The Greene Family. 

Benjamin and granddaughter of Nathaniel and Anne (Gould) Greene of 
Boston, born November 3, 1745, and died September 8, 1794, aged forty- 
nine (see No. 566). 


1259. Thomas, baptized May 31, 1773, died, s. p., in 1817, aged forty-four, at Bar- 

badoes, W. I. 

1260. LucRETiA Callahan, born September 11, 1776, married Gardiner Leonard 


1261. Rebecca Rose, bom October 30, 1777, married John Smith. 

1262. Anne Reading, baptized January 7, 1781, died s. p. 

1263. Joseph, died young. 

1264. Joseph, died young. 

1265. Joseph, baptized October 30, 1778. 

1266. Fanny, baptized March 30, 1781. 

547- DAVID 5 GREENE "of Boston" (Thomas ^ Nathaniel, 
Thomas % John') was born in Boston, June 20, 1749. He was educated 
at the Latin School, Boston, 1757; Harvard College, 1768. Received 
degree of A.M. from Yale College, 1772. He became a prominent mer- 
chant, as his father and grandfather were before him, in the city of Boston. 
He travelled in Europe and the West Indies, where he met and married, 
November 13, 1777, his wife, Rebecca, daughter of John and Alice (Bacon) 
Rose of St. John's Parish, Antigua, W. I., born January 17, 1759, died at 
Boston, May i, 1800. 

In 1778 he was proscribed as a loyalist and banished from his country 
by the Legislature of Massachusetts. He associated himself with his 
father-in-law in commerce at Antigua, but after the Revolution, returned 
to Boston, and was for a long time President of the Union Insurance Com- 
pany of that city. He and his wife and children, John Rose, David Ireland, 
Charles Winston, and Rebecca Greene, were naturalized by the General 
Court of Massachusetts in May, 1789. He died at Ballston Springs, N. Y., 
June 21, 181 2. The following tribute to his memory was contributed by 
his great-grandson, David G. Haskins, Jr.: "Very few persons have passed 
through life so much beloved and esteemed as was Mr. Greene by a numer- 
ous circle of friends and acquaintances. His singtdar sweetness of temper, 
his undeviating politeness, his uncommon attention to strangers, and his 
extensive connections in business, made him known and admired in every 
part of the Union ; and he was justly considered both at home and abroad 
as one of the most accomplished gentlemen of New England. He was for 
many years a distinguished merchant, and was alike esteemed for his integ- 
rity and his attention to business." 

Fifth Geueratioji. 251 


1267. John Rose, bom December 20, 1779, married Anne Temple Nicholson. 

1268. David Ireland, born January 3, 1782, married Catharine Adrianha De 


1269. Charles Winston, born July 3, 1783, married (i) Esther Bowen Ward, (2) 

Frances Boiven. 

1270. Rebecca Rose, bom December 7, 1785, married Ralph Haskins. 

1271. Mary Hubbard, bom December i, 1787, married Leonard Jarvis. 

1272. Jane Peters, bom October i, 1789, married Joseph Wilson, Jr. 

1273. Martha Babcock, bom February 10, 1792, died Boston, February 5, 1809. 

1274. Catharine Amory, born December 14, 1794, married Henry Burroughs. 

John Rose, father of David Greene's wife, was born in the Parish of 
St. Bride's, London, December 23, 1738, and married, at Antigua, W. I., 
AHce, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Bacon, born July 25, 1735, died 
February 14, 1786. 

A cabinet portrait of David Greene was in possession of Rev. David 
Greene Haskins some years ago, and probably remains in the family. 

550. CATHARINE ^ GREENE (Rufus ^ Nath'l ^ Thomas % John ') 
was born November 22, 1731, died April 11, 1778. She married, January 16, 
1757, John Amory, youngest son of Thomas and Rebecca (Holmes) Amory 
of Boston, bom October 29, 1728. Thomas Amory was a lineal descendant 
of the family of d'Amorie, whose lineage is traced to the time of William 
the Conqueror, 1066. He was born at Limerick, Ireland, 1680. Consul at 
the Azores, 1709-19. Settled at Boston, Mass., 1720, where he married 
Rebecca, daughter of Francis Holmes, 1721. 


1275. Thomas Amory, born September 27, 1757, died 1758. 

1276. John Amory, merchant of Boston, in partnership with his brother Thomas, 

bom June 21, 1759, died September 4, 1832; married, January 15, 1792, 
Catharine, daughter of Colonel Levi and Catharine {Chandler) Willard of 
Lancaster, bom September 10, 1761, died at Roxbury, Mass., July 20, 
1 83 1. She was great-great-granddaughter of Major Simon Willard, the 
emigrant from Horsmonden, County Kent, England, and granddaughter 
of Hon. John Chandler of Worcester, Mass. Their only child was Catharine 
Amory, to whom her father left his large estate. She married Henry 
Cadman (son of Stephen), counsellor-at-law, who died 1853. Had five 
children, viz. : John Amory; //^Mry C, died unmarried, July, 1879; Katha- 
rine Willard ; Arthur ; and Maria P. Cadman. 

1277. Rufus Greene Amory, born December 20, 1760, died May 15, 1833. Har- 

vard College, i7?8. He was a lawyer; married, February 13, 1794, Anne 

252 The Greene Family. 

{Nancy) , daughter of Frederick William von Geyer, a Hessian of noble family, 
who emigrated to Boston. She was born May i , 1774, died March 27, 1817. 
They resided on Beacon Street, Boston, and later on Elm Hill, Roxbury. 
They had five children, viz.: (i) Catharine, married Joseph Levi Cunning- 
ham; (2) Susan, married Wni. H. Freeman, Lieutenant-Colonel U. S. 
Marine Corps by brevet, February 20, 1832; died March 11, 1843; had 
son, Rufus Greene Aniory Freeman, of York, Me. (3) Charlotte, who died 
young. (4) Anne Geyer, born May 14, 1802, married, November 8, 1820, 
Dr. John Jeffries, a distinguished physician of Boston, bom 1796. He 
was son of Dr. John Jeffries, the royalist, who went to Halifax and who 
made the famous passage of the British Channel in a balloon in 1785. Mrs. 
Jeffries died June 14, 1882, at Mattapoisett, Mass. They had eight chil- 
dren: John, married Anna Lloyd 7 , Greene {Wm. P.^, Gardiner^, BenjA, 
Nath'l3, Thomas ^, John^); Catharine A.; Anne McLean; Sarah Augusta, 
married Charles L. Andrews; Benjamin Joy ; Edward P.; Henry W.; and 
a son, George, who died. (5) Adeline, married Edivard L. Cunningham. 

1278. Thomas Amory, bom May 9, 1762, died October 25, 1823, was a merchant 

of Boston, and resided in Roxbury. He was in partnership with his 
brother John, and at one time accumulated a large fortune. He married, 
November 17, 1797, Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. William Bowen of Provi- 
dence, R. I., bom May 19, 1776, died November 19, 1858. They had 
eight children: (i) Mary, born October, 1800, died January 10, 1834, 
unmarried. (2) John H., born January, 1801, died September, 1837, un- 
married. (3) Harriet Bowen, born March 4, 1802, died November 10, 
1868, married, October 3, 1827, Robert Hall Ives of Providence, born Sep- 
tember 16, 1798, died July 6, 1875, and had four children: Capt. Thomas 
Poynton Ives; Elisabeth Amory Ives, married, September 22, 1851, Professor 
William Gammell of Brown University, son of Rev. Wm. and Mary (Slocum) 
Ganimell ; Harriet Brown Ives, died i860, unmarried ; Robert Hall Ives, 
Brown University, 1857, died 1862, from wounds received at the battle 
of Antietam. (4) Julia M. Bowen, bom February, 1804, married Right 
Rev. Mark Anthony De Wolf Howe, and had four children: Louisa Howe; 
Thomas Aniory Howe; Mary Amory Howe, who married Right Rev. Wm. 
Hobart Hare; and Julia Amory Howe. (Rev. Dr. Howe married (2) Miss 
Marshall of Bristol, R. I.) (5) Louisa Morris, born June 16, 1806, died 
April II, 1865, unmarried. (6) Anne McLean, bom June 16, 1810. (7) 
Helen Maria, bom August 29, 1812, married, July 7, 1842, Wm. Raymond 
Lee, Brigadier-General by brevet, U. S. A., served in war of rebellion. 
Colonel 20th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers. They had two chil- 
dren: Elizabeth Amory, married Oswald Herbert Ernst; Arthur Tracy, 
2d Lieutenant, 3d Regiment Artillery, U. S. A., died Washington, D. C, 
February 19, 1870, unmarried. (8) Thomas Bowen, died aged seven 

1279. Jonathan Amory, born June i, 1763, married Lydia Fellowes of Cuba. 

Their children were: Mrs. David Eckley; Mrs. John Lowell, whose husband 
was founder of Lowell Institute; and Madame Paussin of France. Mr. 
Amory 6.ieA January 8, 1820. 

Fifth Generation. 253 

12S0. William Amory, bom April i8, 1765, Harvard College, 1784; married Lucy 
Fletcher, and had two children: Lucy, died 1818, married Thomas Bennet, 
had son Joseph, civil engineer of distinction, who married, September 12, 
1838, Harriet Maria, daughter Samuel F. Dennison of Stonington, Conn., 
who died 1851, had daughters Catherine; and Caroline, died April, 1892. 

1281. Catharine Amory, bom March 24, 1769, married, February, 1791, John 

Cad»!a;;, and had six children: (i) George, died, 18^2, s. p. (2) Catharine 
Margaret, married John Hiird of New York. (3) Wm. Amory, died aged 
twenty-two years. (4) Francis, died September 15, 1859, unmarried. 
(5) Elizabeth, died 1845, unmarried. (6) Mary Ann, bom July 12, 1803, 
died September i, 1873, married, April 7, 1832, William Ropes, son of 
Samuel of Salem, Mass. 

1282. Rebecca Amory, bom January 8, 1771, "married, June 8, 1793, John Lowell, 

and had four children: Rebecca Amory; John Amory, who married (i) 
Susan Lowell, and (2) Elizabeth Putnam; Anne; and Sarah, who died 

1283. Anne Amory, bom June 4, 1774, married (i), February 14, 1796, John 

McLean, a merchant, who left a large estate and who contributed largely 
to the founding and support of the Massachusetts Hospital, the branch of 
which at Somerville bears his name. She married (2) Wm. Lee of Wash- 
ington, D. C. No children. 

1284. Francis Amory, bom December 28, 1776, died July, 1845, married, July 4, 

1804, Sarah Kirkland, sister of President Kirkland of Harvard, and had: 
Francis; Cornelia, married Charles G. Loring; Rufus, died in East Indies; 
George; and Charles. They resided at Milton, Mass. 

1285. Mary Amory, bom January 20, 1778 or 1773, died January 24, 1844; mar- 

ried George Bethune and had two sons. Dr. George .4. Bcthune and John 
McLean Bethune. 

552. MARY 5 GREENE (Rufus * , Nathaniel ' , Thomas ' , John ' ) was 
born February 27, 1734, died April 30, 1771. She married, January 22, 
1762, William Taylor of Boston, son of Rev. John Taylor of Milton, Mass., 
and grandson of John and Ann (Winslow) Taylor of Boston, afterwards 
Jamaica, W. I. (see Winslow Mem., i. ,p. 209). Mr. Taylor was a royalist 
and removed to Nova Scotia, where his daughter Catharine was married 
soon after. 


1286. Catharine Taylor, born about 1763 (?), died in Leamington, England, 
1839. She married, about 1799, in Nova Scotia, Edward Brabazon Bren- 
ton, son of James and Rebecca (Scott) Brenton, who removed from Rhode 
Island to Nova Scotia about the time that the Taylor family settled there. 
Edivard Brenton studied law and became Judge of Supreme Court, Halifax, 
and held important offices. Later removed with his family to Leamington, 

!54 The Greene Fauiily. 

England, where he died in 1845, leaving one daughter, Mary Eliza- 
beth, who, at the age of ninety, was still living at Leamington. Edward 
Brenton was great-great-grandson of Governor Win. Brenton of Rhode 
Island, and of Governor John Cranston, and a nephew of Admiral Jahleel 
Brenton of the British Navy. 

1287. John Taylor, bom 1767, died July 23, 1768. . 

1288. RuFus Taylor. 

1289. Nabby Taylor, died October 14, 1769, aged seven months. 

Throtigh their great-grandmother, Ann (Winslow) Taylor, the children 
of Wm. and Mary (Greene) Taylor may claim descent from John Rogers, 
the martyr. Their grandmother Taylor was a Miss D'Ambrige, said to 
have belonged to the Huguenot family whose descendants came to America, 
and also claimed descent from John Rogers. 

557. SARAH' GREENE (Rufus ^ Nathaniel ^ Thomas % John') 
was bom December 7, 1743. She married, August 22, 1764, Thomas Hick- 
ling, Esq., a merchant of Boston, and afterward U. S. Consul in the island 
of St. Michael, where he died at the age of ninety-one. They were the grand- 
parents of Wm. H. Prescott, the historian. 


1290. Catharine Greene Hickling married, December 18, 1793, Hon. Wm. Pres- 
cott, son of Colonel William Prescott of the Revolutionary Army, born at 
Pepperell, Mass., August 19, 1762. He taught for some time at Beverly 
to enable him to prosecute his legal studies, and there began the practice 
of law. He soon rose to distinction in the profession in which his talents, 
his integrity, and his industry gained for him a high rank. In 1828 he 
retired from the bar, after more than forty years' service. He died Decem- 
ber 8, 1844, and was buried in the family crypt under St. Paul's Church, 
Boston {Prescott Mem., Part I., p. 76). There v/ere seven children, of 
whom four died in infancy. The eldest surviving was Wm. Hickling 
Prescott, the celebrated historian, bom Salem, Mass., May 4, 1796, married, 
May 4, 1820, Susan, daughter of Thomas C. Amory, a merchant of Boston. 
(2) Catharine Elizabeth Prescott, born Salem, November 12, 1799; mar- 
ried Franklin Dexter, son of Hon. Samuel, the eminent lawyer and states- 
man. (3) Edward Gordon Prescott, born Salem, January 2, 1804, a lawyer. 
Colonel in the militia, and Representative in the Legislature. Later he 
studied for the ministry, and in 1837 settled as an Episcopal clergyman in 
New Jersey. His labors proved severe, and to restore failing health, he 
decided to visit St. Michael, one of the Azores Islands, but died sud- 
denly, April II, 1844, three days after he embarked. He married in 
New Jersey. 

FiftJi Gencrafiou. 

558. MARTHA ' GREENE (Rufus \ Nathaniel ^ Thomas ^ John , 
was baptized March 9, 1747. Her uncle, Thomas Greene, brother of Ru- 
fus, her father, was her godfather. She married (2d wife), William Taylor, 
whose first wife was her sister Mary (No. 552). It is supposed that her 
uncle Thomas presented her at baptism with a quart silver tankard, the 
history of which is of peculiar interest. It had engraved upon it the ini- 
tials T. G. and M. G., but as the latter belonged to both wives of William 
Taylor, it is difficult to determine to which sister the tankard was pre- 
sented, though, as stated above, it is most natural to conclude it was a 
christening gift as the uncle, " T. G.," was Martha's godfather, as above 
stated. Upon the death of Mr. Taylor, the tankard came into possession 
of his daughter (by first wife), who married Edward B. Brenton, and was 
inherited b}' her daughter, Mary Elizabeth, the family living at that time 
(1839) in England. An intimate friend of the Brentons in 1878 secured 
the tankard, the proceeds of the sale of which were to be appropriated for 
a memorial (or charity), and it passed to the trade, finally coming into pos- 
session of a Brenton descendant. The tankard was made by Paul Revere, 
goldsmith, of Revolutionary fame (see illustrations in chapter on "The 
Family Arms'"). Mrs. Martha (Greene) Taylor died in 1781, ten years after 
her sister's death, but whether the event occurred in Boston or Nova Scotia 
is not stated. 

562. JOHN 5 GREENE (Nathaniel \ Nathaniel ^ , Thomas = , John ' ) 
was bom at Surinam, South America, December 10, 1736. He resided at 
Woodstock and Stafford, Conn. He was a merchant and teacher. Rev. 
Zachariah Greene of Hempstead, L. I., wrote, in 1856, when ninety-six 
years of age, that John Greene " was a merchant who came from Providence 
and settled in Stafford. He had a son Rufus about my age. After he 
failed in business, he kept school. I was for one quarter, one of his scholars. ' ' 
[Rev. Zachariah was not a descendant of John Greene, surgeon, but of 
WilHam Green of Woburn, Mass. He was a grandson of Robert White, 
one of the " early settlers " of Stafford. He had a pastoral charge for many 
years at Hempstead, L. I., and died in 1858, aged ninety-eight.] 

John Greene married, December 26, 1765, Azubah, daughter of Daniel 
and Mary Ward of Worcester, Mass., born November 11, 1737. William 
Ward, her emigrant ancestor, came from England in 1639, "of Sudbury 
Mass. 1643," ^^d later of Marlboro. He was Representative in General 
Cotirt; died 1687. His grandson, Obadiah, son of Richard, moved to Wor- 
cester, Mass., where he died in 171 7. Obadiah 's wife, Joanna, was a grand- 
daughter of Edward and Rebecca Garfield. Daniel (son of Obadiah and 

256 TJie Greeiie Family. 

Joanna) and his wife Mary were the parents of Azubah Ward, who married 
John Greene, and they were the great-grandparents of Mrs. Lucretia 
Garfield, widow of President Garfield. 


1291. Elizabeth, born September 2, 1759, married Daniel Phelps. 

1292. RuFus, born June 4, 1761, married Catharine . Settled in New Haven; 

lost at sea. 

1293. Martha, born March 10, 1763, married Daniel Pinney. 

1294. Daniel, born March 28, 1765, married Hannah Howell. 

1295. Mary, born May 17, 1767, married Isaac Russell. 

1296. Lucretia, bom February 20, 1770, married Elijah Mason. 

1297. Azubah, born July 27, 1772, married Calvin Edson. 

1298. Sarah, bom December 13, 1774, married Asa Avery. 

1299. John Taylor, bom May 25, 1777, married Eleanor Edson. 

1300. Dorothy (Dolly), born December 25, 1783, married Nathaniel Chandler. 

563. BENJAMIN' GREENE "of Boston" (Benjamin \ Nathan- 
iel ^ Thomas \ John '), eldest son, was born June 16, 1738. He married, 
March 5, 1761, Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel and Martha (Coit) Hubbard, 
born 1738, died May 16, 1808. She was a granddaughter of Rev. John 
Hubbard of Jamaica, L. I., and a lineal descendant of Governor John 
Haynes of Connecticut, and his second wife, Mabel Harlakenden. (The 
Chandler Family, p. 55, gives date of her death. May 16, 1806.) Benjamin 
Greene died February 6, 1807. His will, dated June 3, 1805, was proved 
February 23, 1807. 


1301. Mary, bom March 9, 1762, died April 5, 1852, unmarried. 

1302. Martha, bom June 9, 1763, died March 5, 1790, unmarried. 

1303. Benjamin, bom July 20, 1764, married Mary Grew. 

1304. Elizabeth, bom April 21, 1766, married John Chandler. 

1305. Hannah, bom April 29, 1768, died March 4, 1850, unmarried. 

1306. Lucretia, born January 29, 1771, married Henry Wainwright. 

1307. Sarah, bom November 4, 1773, married Henry Chapman. 

1308. Anne, bom November 17, 1774, married John Grew. 

566. MARY -^ GREENE (Benjamin * , Nathaniel > , Thomas ^ , John ' ) 
was born November 3, 1745. She mamed, August 16, 1766, her cousin, 
Joseph Greene (Thomas'*, Nathaniel 3, Thomas % John'), born July 26, 
1745. She died September 8, 1794. (For children's record, see No. 545.) 

Fifth Geiicrafioii. 257 

567. LUCRETIA ' GREENE (Benjamin ^ Nathaniel ^ Thomas % 
John ') was born July 16, 1748. She married, October 25, 1774, in Boston, 
Captain John Callahan, born at Cork, Ireland, December 15, 1745. His 
father, who died when he was very young, was John Callahan, or more 
probably O'Callaghan, as the arms used by Captain Callahan were those of 
the O'Callaghans. His mother was Eleanor Clifford, an English lady, who 
married (2) a Mr. Gould. They lived in Cork. Captain Callahan ran 
away from home at the early age of ten and went to sea. He afterward 
became captain. He was a strong abolitionist and freed all his slaves, 
which made him poor. His wife made many voyages with him, and their 
children were born in different parts of the world. Captain Callahan's let- 
ters to his wife (unfortionately destroj^ed) were very interesting, as exhibit- 
ing the strong points of his character. He died in Demerara, November 18, 
1806, "much lamented — a fond husband; an indulgent parent; a worthy 
member of societv and an honest man." 


1309. Mary C.\llahax, bom London, March S, 1776, died Boston, April 30, 1855, 


1310. Eleanor Clifford Callahan, born Antigua, February 2, 177S, died Groton, 

Mass., November 29, 1839, unmarried. 

1311. Abigail Amory Callahan, bom Boston, February 9, 1784, where she died, 

April 5, 1821. She married. May 29, 1809, Benjamin Winsloiv. They had: 
(i) Amory CallaJian Winslow, bom August 23, iSii, died 1832. (2) 
Catharine Amelia Winslow, bom September i, 1813, married her cousin, 
Admiral John A. Winslow, U. S. N., Commander of the Kearsarge. He 
died at Boston, September 29, 1873. Their children were: James A.; 
Clinton Rhett; Wm. Randolph; Fanny Amory; Alary Catharine; and 
Benjamin Davis Winslow, Jr. (3) Benjamin Davis Winslow, bom Feb- 
ruary 13, 1815, died November 29, 1839; married Miss Barnes, and had 
a son, George Doane. (4) Lncretia Greene Winslow, bom June 4, 1816, 
died September 27, 1863. 

1312. John Handy Callahan, bom Boston, February 17, 1786, died October 12, 

1853; married, March 15, 1807, Sarah Young oi Providence, R. I. Had a 
son who died in infancy, and a daughter, Rebecca, bom August 29, iSio, 
married Edward 0. Abbott of Norwich, Conn. Their children were John, 
Edward Keinpton, and William. 

1313. Lucretia Catharine Timmins Callahan, bom at Clapham, England, 

March 31, 1788, died Boston, August 20, 1838; married (i) Thomas 
Qiiincy Hill, and had daughter, Mary Timmins Quincy Hill, bom Decem- 
ber 23, 1818, who married Benjamin Pollard Winslow, and had sons John 
Henry and Alfred Ewing. She married (2) Joshua P. Blancliard. 

1314. Hannah Willard Callahan, bom Boston, November 10, 1792, died 1870. 

1315. Eliza Greene Callahan, bom Boston, November 21, 1789, died Florence, 

258 The Greene Fmnily. 

Italy, November 10, i860; married (i), November 11, 1812, James Per- 
kins, Jr., son James and Sarah (Paine) Perkins. His grandmother, Sarah 
Chandler, was sister to Mary (Chandler) Greene, his wife's grandmother and 
the mother of Lucretia Greene Callahan. Their children were: James 
Amvry Perkins, bom 18 14, died 1824; Sarah Paine Perkins, bom January 
31, 181 8, married Henry Richard Cleveland of Salem, and had daughter, 
Eliza Callahan Cleveland; Edward N. Perkins, bom April 18, 1820, married 
Mary Spring; Charles Callahan Perkins, bom March i, 1822, married 
Frances Davenport Brnen, and had Eleanor, Ediuard, and Charles Bruen; 
James Henry Perkins, bom April 8, 1826, died March, 1851. Eliza Greene 
Callahan, widow of James Perkins, married (2), September 19, 1829, at 
Christ Church, Boston, Rev. George Washington Doane, then rector of 
Trinity Church, Boston, consecrated Bishop of New Jersey, 1832. He was 
bom May 29, 1799, died April 27, 1859. He was son of Jonathan and 
Mary Doane, descended from John Doane of Plymouth, 1621, who was 
Secretary and Assistant of Plymouth Colony. Their children were: 
George Hobart Doane, born September 5, 1830, a Roman Catholic priest 
and Vicar-General of the Diocese of Newark, N. J.; Wm. Croswell Doane, 
bom March 2, 1832, Bishop of Albany, N. Y., Protestant Episcopal Church, 
married, November 24, 1853, Katharine, daughter of Joel W. and Mar- 
garet H. Condit of Newark. They had Eliza Greene Doane, bom October 
22, 1854, and Margaret Harrison Doane, born September 9, 1858. 

Many of these dates were taken from the Callahan Bible Record, which 
was in possession of Wm. A. Irving Winslow of Boston. Portraits of Cap- 
tain Callahan and his wife are now owned bj^ Mrs. Benj . P. Winslow of Jamaica 
Plain, Mass. 

569. GARDINER = GREENE " of Boston ' ' (Benjamin * , Nathaniel ^ , 
Thomas % John') was born in Boston, Mass., September 23, 1753. He 
spent several years in Demerara, British Guiana, engaged in successful 
business. He manied (i), June 2, 1785, Anne, daughter of Dr. William 
and Ann (Livingston) Reading, born January 29, 1762, died, s. p., October 
25, 1786. He man-ied (2), November 25, 1788, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Daniel Hubbard, Jr., and his wife, Mary = Greene (Thomas*, Nathaniel 3, 
Thomas % John '), born in Boston, March 23, 1760, died in Demerara, South 
America, September 7, 1797. After the death of his second wife, Mr. 
Greene returned to Boston, and was President of the Boston branch of the 
United States Bank. He married (3), in London, England, July 3, 1800, 
Elizabeth Clarke, daughter of John Singleton Copley, the celebrated artist, 
and his wife, Susannah Clarke. Elizabeth's brother John became Baron 
Lyndhurst and was Lord Chancellor of England. She was baptized in 
Trinity Church, Boston, December 9, 1770, died February i, 1866, and was 

Fifth Generation. 259 

buried in the family tomb in the Granary Burial Ground, Tremont Street, 
Boston. Gardiner Greene died in Boston, December 19, 1832. In his will, 
dated May 21, 1828, he devised his estate: " For the ardent love and tender 
affection I have toward my Dear Wife Elizabeth Clarke, bom Copley — 
over the $3,000 annual settlement made in London on y^ 2^^ Ji^y 1800, in 
Lieu of Dower, my Dwelling house that I bot of Jona. Mason Esq., besides 
$200,000" (further items of will, Chandler Family, p. 224). This estate, 
which he " bought of Jonathan Mason Apr. 2, 1803, with mansion house and 
brick stable, for the consideration of forty thousand dollars" contained at 
the time of Mr. Greene's death 103,945 feet and was appraised at $142,000, 
being sold three years later for $160,000. It was on the crest of the hill 
known afterward as Pemberton Square. The house has been described as 
"having no architectiiral pretensions of any kind but the nattu'al beauties 
of the site improved by taste and art made it altogether the most splendid 
private residence in the city." 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1316. Mary Anne, bom April 19, 1790, married Hon. Samuel Hubbard. 

1317. Gardiner, Jr., bom in Demerara, January 5, 1792, died April 20, 1797, in 


1318. Benjamin Daniel, bom December 9, 1793, married Margaret M. Qidncy. 

1319. William Parkinson, born September 7, 1795, married Augusta E. Borland. 

Children by Third Marriage: 

1320. Gardiner, 2d, bom April i, 1802, died February 20, 1810. 

1321. Elizabeth Hubbard, bom March 20, 1804, married Henry Timmins. 

1322. Susan (Susannah ?) Copley, bom October 29, 1805, married Samuel Ham- 


1323. Sara, bom August 15, 1808, died, s. p., in Paris, France, in 1864. 

1324. John Singleton Copley (Rev.), bom November 27, 1810, married (i) 

Elizabeth Patterson Hubbard, (2) Mary An)ie Appleton, and (3) Isabel W. 

1325. Martha Babcock, bom November 15, 1812, married Charles Amory. 

1326. Mary Copley, bom July 21, 1817, married James S. Amory. 

In 1818 Mr. Greene presented to Harvard College all the proof engrav- 
ings of the historical paintings of his father-in-law, John Singleton Copley, 
the artist. 

The following note was found among the papers of the late General 
George Sears Greene: 

" John Singleton Copley, artist, commenced his career in Boston, where 
he painted many portraits of public men and private citizens, a few of which 

26o The Greene Fmnily. 

are mentioned by Drake. Desiring to widen his career and see what others 
had done (he had heretofore been self -instructed) he went in 1774 to Eng- 
land and to Rome. Having accomplished the object of his visit as far as 
his time and means woiold allow he returned to England, being joined there 
the next year (1776) by his wife and children, \vhere he pursued his pro- 
fession with great reputation to the close of his life [18 16]. Sabine classes 
him as among loyalists, which is not correct, as he always sympathized with 
his native countr}^ in the contests with the Home Government." 

In this connection it is interesting to note the honor paid to the artist's 
memory. He was buried in the fine old parish church at Croyden, about 
nine miles south of London, where some of the most famous of the Arch- 
bishops of Canterbury were laid, among them Archbishop Grindall, who was 
the great-great-uncle of Edward Rawson, Secretary of Massachusetts Bay 
Colony, who married a niece of John Greene, surgeon, of Warwick, R. I. 
The remains of Mr. Copley, "famous painter and Royal Academician," were 
placed in a vault in one of the side aisles. When the church was destroyed 
by fire (1867 ?) the plain slab on the floor of the church, inscribed with a 
modest record of his rank as an artist and the date of his death, 18 16, 
escaped, in part, the ravages of the fire, although many elaborate monu- 
ments were destroyed. 


571. COMFORT ' GREENE (John ', Peter \ Peter ^ John % John ') 
was bom in Old Warwick, Jtily 26, 1738, died July, 1798. She married, 
February 18, 1762, William ' Greene (Richard'*, Richard 3, Thomas^, 
John'), bom Jione 9, 1737. They removed to New York State. (Chil- 
dren's record, No. 514.) 

572. STEPHEN « GREENE (John ' , Peter ^ , Peter ^ , John ' , John ' ) 
was bom in Old Warwick, May 22, 1740, died August 2, 1821. He mar- 
ried (i), September 20, 1761, Mary, daughter of Captain Amos and Sarah 
(Utter) Lockwood, born Januar3^ 1739, died April 10, 1790. Elder Charles 
Holden officiated at the marriage. Stephen Greene lived on the original 
homestead farm at Conimicut Point, which had belonged to the first John 
Greene, and which was inherited by his son Peter % who died without chil- 
dren, leaving the farm to his nephew and namesake, Peter ^ (son of his 
brother. Deputy Governor John Greene), through whom it descended by 
will and by entail to Judge Stephen * above mentioned, who left the farm 
by will to his grandson, Stephen Greene Warner, who also inherited his 
"Silver Clasp and Seal," as specially itemized in his will, dated August 16, 
1 81 7, and recorded in Warwick. (See No. 12; and will of Peter - Greene, 
Appendix I.) 

Children by First Marriage: 

1327. George, bom November 8, 1761, married Sarah Waterman. 

1328. Amos, bom September 15, 1764, died September 11, 1775. 

1329. Barbara, born August 11, 1769, married Gorton Potter. 

1330. Mercy, born July 5, 1777, married Captain James Warner. 

Judge Stephen Greene married (2), December i, 1791, Mercy, daughter 
of Joseph Jenckes of Smithfield, R. I., for whom he made liberal provisions 
in his will (see Warwick Records, ii., p. 196). 

573. WILLIAM * GREENE (John ^, Peter \ Peter \ John % John 
was bom in Old Warwick, December 24, 1742. He married (i), October 


262 The Greene Family. 

i6, 1763, Phebe, daughter of Esek Johnson, and removed to Gloucester, 
R. I. He married (2), March 28, 1772, Waite, daughter of Captain Amos 
and Sarah (Utter) Lockwood, who was the sister of his brother Stephen's 
first wife. He died November 2, 1804. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1331. Anne, born June 17, 1774, married John Malbone Greene. 

1332. Barbara, born 1775, died July 6, 1807, unmarried. 

1333. Amos, born April 28, 1778, married Mary Lippitt. 

1334. William, bom March 20, 1780, died March 15, 1806, unmarried. 

1335. Sarah, bom April 9, 1782, unmarried. 

574. PETER « GREENE "of Gloucester" (John', Peter S Peter ^ 
John % John') was bom in Old Warwick, April 6, 1747. He married, 
August 7, 1768, Elizabeth, daughter of Esek Johnson of Gloucester, and 
sister of his brother William's wife, bom 1750. The Gloucester Records show 
that Peter Greene, on May 25, 1773, "bought twenty-one acres of land at 
Gloucester adjoining the farm owned by his brother William." 

"Peter Greene of Gloucester bought of Henry Saunders Oct. 14, 1774, 
five acres of land adjoining his land"; and on February 9, 1789, he "gave 
William Greene a mortgage on some of his land. ' ' He also bought land at 
Foster, R. I., but resided in Gloucester. Peter's father, John Greene of 
West Greenwich, deeded " to son Peter Greene of Foster, Rocky Point Farm, 
Old Warwick." Peter died at Milford, Mass., at the home of his son Esek, 
in July, 1828. His wife also died there, October 29, 1834. 


1336. Esek, bom about 1769, married Ruth Thornton. 

1337. John, bom 1770 (?) Removed to New York State. 

1338. Nathaniel, born 1772, married Sarah Babcock. 

1339. Oliver, bom 1786 (?), married Rhoda Bowen. 

1340. Elisha. Removed to New York State. 

1341. Elizabeth ] 

1342. Barbara V No record. 

1343. Phebe j 

575- JOHN '^ GREENE (John ' , Peter ^ , Peter ' , John = , John ' ) was 
born at Old Warwick, December 12, 1754. He married (i), April 16, 1778, 
Hannah, daughter of Paul Greene -' (James "*, Jabez ^ , James % John '), bom 
March 16, 1762, died April 2, 1783. He married (2) Mary, daughter of Isaac 
and Mary Lawton of Portsmouth, bom September 9, 1762. He died at 
Cornwall, Orange County, N. Y., November, 1793. 

Six til Goieratioji. 263 

Children by First Marriage: 

1344. Jabez, born November i, 1779, married Martha Titus. 

1345. JoHX, bom February 2, 17S3, married Sarah Bowman. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1346. George. 

580. THOMAS RICE « GREENE (Richard - , Peter ' , Peter ' , John ' , 
John'), eldest son, was bom at Warwick, June 17, 1748. He married 
Mary, probably daughter of James and Sarah (Wickes) Briggs, (who were 
married February, 1745). She died February 26, 1814, in her sixty-fotirth 
year. He died January 13, 1826. His tombstone at North Buiial Ground, 
Providence, reads, "died in 77th year." 


1347. Gorton, bom 1775, died 1796, at Cape Xicolas IMole, W. I. 

1348. JOHX HoLDEN, bom September 9, 1777, married Elisabeth Beverly. 

1349. Elizabeth, bom Warwick, January 4, 17S1, died September 2, 1833, at 


1350. Thomas Rice, Jr., bom December 21, 17S2. He was mate of the sloop 

Enterprise, and died at Wilmington, N. C, August, iSio. 

135 1. Sarah, bom Warwick, January 6, 1785, died Februar}' 15, 1854, at Paw- 


1352. Russell, bom 17S9, died 1S09, in his twenty-first j^ear. 

The following inscriptions are found in the North Burial Ground, Provi- 
dence, R. I.: 

" Erected by the survivor of fotu" brothers, 

sons of Thomas Rice Greene of Warwick and 

Mar}' his wife, in affectionate remembrance of 

Gorton Greene 

who died in Cape Nickhola i\Iole in 1796 

in his 21^* year. 

Russell Greene 

who died at Fort William 1809 

in his 21''* year. 

Thomas Rice Greene 
who died in Wilmington, N. C." 

582. PETERS GREENE " of New Hampshire " (Richard % Peter*, 
Peter \ John ^ John ') was bom in Warwick, R. I., January 23, 1754. He 

264 The Greene Family. 

married, August 3, 1777, Sarah Davis of North Kingstown. He removed 
to Concord, N. H. (probably about this date). The following was taken 
from a note on the margin of the Greene Pedigree Chart at the Boston 
Athenaeum Library: "As regards the branch which settled in New Hamp- 
shire the first person of special note seems to have been Peter Greene. He 
signed the Association test, 1776, but afterwards was imprisoned at Exeter 
for being supposed to have sided with the King. The ground on which the 
State House was built at Concord belonged to him." 

There is no mention of a deed of this State House property (possibly 
recorded at Exeter, N. H.), but other land transactions of "Peter Greene 
of Concord" are recorded at Nashua, Hillsboro County, N. H., as communi- 
cated by Register of Deeds, viz., vol. xix., p. 21: "W" Darling warranty 
deed to Green of Concord — 80 acres in Hopkinton Apr 21 1787 "; vol. xxiv., 
p. 89, "Peter Greene of Concord, warranty deed to Charity Lund 20 acres 
Hillsboro July 15 1788" (no wife); vol. xxvi., p. 490, "Peter Greene of 
Concord warranty to W" Weir — 70 acres Hopkinton July 14 1788" (no 
wife); vol. xxvii., p. 498, "A long document signed by Greene and others 
concerning division of Masonian land January 28 1790"; vol. xlv., p. 350, 
" Peter Lummis, warranty deed to Greene of Milford, land in Milford, Apr. 10, 
1798." (A second cousin of Peter above, resided at Milford, Mass. See 
No. 1336.) 

" Peter Greene of Boston, merchant, son of Richard Greene, late of 
Warwick R. L" had his name changed to " Peter W. Greene" by the Legis- 
lature of Massachusetts, February 19, 1798. "Peter Greene moved to 
Boston but returned and died at Concord." (See No. 1353.) 


1353. Nathaniel, born Boscowen, N. H., married Ruth Carter. 

1354. Peter Hazeltine, born Boscowen. 
'^ZS'i- Jacob, bom Boscowen. 

1356. Ruth. (.?) 

1357. Ballard, of Maine (?). 

1358. Gardiner, of Topsham, Me. (?). 

Note. — The Register of Hillsborough Co., Probate Office, Nashua, N. H., wrote to General 
George S. Greene, April ig, 1S97, that the names of Peter and Nathaniel Greene did not appear on 
records of that office up to 1S30, but " if these estates were entered prior to 1 771, the record would 
be at Exeter, N. H., the county seat of Rockingham County." 

584. BETHIAH'^ GREENE (Richard % Peter ^ Peter 3, John % 
John ') was bom in Warwick, October 26, 1758. She married, March 15, 
1 781, John Levally, Jr., son of John of Warwick, a descendant of the Hugue- 
not refugee, Pierre Le Valle, part of whose land is now owned by Henry 
Lehre '^ Greene of Riverpoint, R. L 

SixtJi Geueyation. 265 

611. GILES * GREENE (James ', William \ Peter 3, John % John ') 
was bom March 25, 1745. He married, September 13, 1764, Phebe, daugh- 
ter of John Rhodes. She married (2), March 2, 1767, Nathaniel Chapman. 


1359. Giles, born 1765 (?), married Rlioda Arnold. 

613. DESIRE"^ GREENE (James =, William \ Peter 3, John % 
John') was bom January 6, 1750. She married Spencer Merrill. The 
dates of mamage and death are not given. They were both buried in the 
Greene cemetery. 

614. ALMY*^ GREENE (James ', William \ Peter 3, John % John') 
was bom May 27, 1753, died April 5, 1837 (?). She married, January i, 
1784, Jabez Comstock of Chatham, Conn., son of Christopher and Anna 
(Willey) Comstock (who died when quite aged, about 181 5, and were bviried 
at Colchester, Conn. A younger son, Richardson, died at sea, unmarried). 
Jabez lived at Chatham, Conn. He "died Mar. 28, 1812 in his 59*'"^ year" 
(gravestone) . 

Children : 

1360. LuciNA Slocum Comstock, born August 20, 1787, married, June, 1808, 5_v^ 

vester Knight, M.D., of Cranston and Warwick, bom January i, 1787, died 
March 15, 1841. He practised at Centreville about thirty years, then 
removed to Providence. His wife died December 22, 18 19, leaving two 
sons, Nehemiah, bom February 5, 1812, died Brooklyn, N. Y., May 30, 
1876 ; Jahez Comstock, who married Miss Taft, daughter Orray Taft of Provi- 
dence, bom July 31, 1815. He was Mayor of Providence, 1859-64, when 
he declined another nomination. He was Paymaster-General of the State 
for twenty-four years ; member of General Assembly, and filled many posi- 
tions of trust, enjoying the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. 
Dr. Sylvester Knight married (2) Louisa Villiers Tucker, born April 18, 
1801. Their son. Colonel Sylvester Rhodes Knight, bom March i, 1S21, 
married, March 14, 1848, Abby Whipple Mauran, bom Providence, April 
II, 1822, and had Nehemiah Rice, bom December 30, 1848, married Julia 
Pennell, 1873 — three children. Their second son, Wm. Allen Knight, born 
September 5, 1823, married Sarah Rogers. 

1361. Franklin Comstock, bom March 17, 1790, died August 6, 1S45; married 

Tryphena Tracy of Westchester, Conn., who was bom October 27, 1791, 
died October 6, 1874. They had Wm. Greene Comstock, bom October 11, 
1810, lived at East Hartford, Conn., married, July 5, 1837, Adeline Strong, 
bom April 29, 1812, died January 3, 1880; Julia Ann Tracy Comstock, 
bom April 28, 181 2, married Butler N. Strong, and after her husband's 
death lived in Portland, Conn.; Mary Comstock, bom August 16, 1830, 
died July 14, 1876, unmarried. 

266 Tlie Greene Family. 

615. JAMES « GREENE (James = , William ^ , Peter ^ , John ' , John ' ) 
was bom in 1754. He was one of the earliest cotton manufacturers in the 
State, and was the first proprietor and manager of the Greene manufactory 
at Centreville, Warwick, the second cotton mill built in this country. It 
is written of him that although he " inherited Quaker principles which were 
also strengthened by an appropriate education, he could not withstand the 
temptation of gunpowder." He was a Revolutionary soldier and rose to 
the rank of captain of a military company, engaged September, 1778, in 
the expedition on Rhode Island against the English forces there encamped. 
After this adventure he settled down as a private citizen. He lived in Cen- 
treville, in the house built by his father, one of the first three in the village. 
He was married (i) by Rev. Joseph Snow, pastor of the Beneficent Congrega- 
tional Church of Providence, November 17, 1782, to Rebecca, daughter of 
Saunders and Mary Kinnicut Pitman, born March 11, 1763, died July 7, 
1806. " She was much beloved and lamented and the kindness with which 
she dispensed her bounty to the afflicted, seemed to double the blessings she 
bestowed." She was the grandmother of Hon. Henry Bowen Anthony, 
United States Senator. 

Captain Greene married (2) Mercy, daughter of Captain William and 
Phebe (Arnold) Waterman of Warwick, who died February 28, 1851. 
He died October 14, 1825. Captain Greene was not ambitious for public 
honor, and was " too modest to receive more than his merits deserved. 
He exhibited a symmetry of purpose and action that grew, and he lived 
and died in the light of universal approbation. He was a quiet man, at 
all times averse to pomp or parade. By his prudence he added to his 
hereditary wealth and by his integrity he left to his posterity a reputation 
for manly and useful virtues." He is described as "tall and muscular, of 
commanding presence, mild voice, and genial manner, bearing a strong 
resemblance in mind and person to his father, James ^ Greene of Centre- 
ville. " Both were buried in the James Greene cemetery, about one quarter 
of a mile from the bridge at Centreville, Warwick. 

James ' Greene, son of William, by his will, dated May 12, 1788, proved 
June II, 1792, gives to his son James '' "the Homestead in which he now 
dwells — outdoor movables, stock &c." 

Children by First Marriage: 

1362. William, born October 17, 1783, married (i) Minerva Bowers and (2) Anna 


1363. Mary Kinnicut, born October 31, 1785, married Wm. Anthony. 

1364. Almy, born August 25, 1788, married Resolved Slack. 

1365. Eliza, bom 1793, married Dr. Stephen Harris. 

SixtJi Geucration. 267 

1366. Abigail Susan, born October 27, 1795, married John Greene. 

1367. Joseph Warren, bom June 14, 1798, married Ahhy Frances Shaw. 

1368. Sarah Ann, bom 1801, married Stephen Arnold. 

1369. James Gary, bom 1803, married Mercy Westcott. 

(Two other children died in infancy. — Warwick Records.) 

Child by Second Marriage: 

1370. Susan, bom 1815, died August 23, 1832. 

616. RACHAEL* GREENE (James =, William*, Peter 3, John % 
John ') was bora August 2, 1759. She married, December 28, 1786, Thomas 
Whitaker of Haverhill, N. H., and died October 2, 1834, in the seventy- 
sixth year of her age. 


137 1. (General) Josiah Whitaker, born October 29. 1788, married February 26, 

181 1, Pamela, daughter of Bctijamin and Elizabeth (Gladding) Andrews of 
Providence, born July 23, 1792, died January 8, 1876. He died May 8, 
1871. They had nine children: (i) James Greene Whitaker, born Decem- 
ber 13, 181 1, died August 4, 1813. (2) James Greene Whitaker, born 
April 6, 1814, died July 6, 1873. (3) Elizabeth Andrews Whitaker, born 
June 12, 1817, died same day. (4) Henry Clay Whitaker, bom May 25, 
1818, died July 5, 1887; married, October 15, 1844, Harriet Martin, daugh- 
ter of Martin and Abby (Martin) Fearing, and widow of Benjamin Dyer 
Potter, bom April 4, 1812. (5) Josiah Whitaker, Jr., born May 15, 1820, 
died August 21, 1821. (6) Mary Elizabeth Whitaker, bom March 9, 1822, 
married, July 25, 1855, Allen Ormsbee Peck, son of Benjamin and Roby 
(Ormsbee) Peck, bom November 17, 1804, died September 15, 1871; chil- 
dren : Ellen Ormsbee Peck,hom August 8, 1856 ; Mary Talbot Peck, bom April 
12, 1858; Maria Storrs Peck, bom December 3, 1859; Elizabeth Andrews 
Peck, bom November 2, 1861 ; Jessie Comstock Peck, born October 28, 1867, 
died February 14, 1S70. (7) Benjamin Andrews Whitaker, bom June 9, 
1824, married, April 27, 1848, Mary, daughter of Charles Conrtland and 
Cornelia (Livingston) Hazard (" Hazard Family," p. 93), and had (i) Charles 
C, bom January i, 1849, married, August 9, 1876, Henrietta, daughter 
Jtdian and Elizabeth (Wall) Myers, and had three children: Charles C, Beck- 
man Russell, and Ella Stewart; (ii) Alice Hazard, born May 31, 1851, died 
June 17, 1852; (iii.) Josiah, born April 18, 1853, Mobile, Ala.; (iv.) Henry 
Snow, bom March 4, 1855, Los Angeles; (v.) Benj. Andrews, bom March 
18, 1856, died August 9, 1856; (vi.) Mary Hazard, born April 28, 1857, mar- 
ried, June I, 1881, Thomas Winston Pond of Flatbush, L. I., son of Thomas 
Madison and Sarah Nelson (Winston) Pond; had seven children: Mary 
W. Pond, bom July 8, 1882, died July 25, 1885; Thomas Pond, bom July 
12, 1887; Martha Livingston Pond, bom February 7, i860; John Albert 
Pond, bom October 4, 1861; Magdalen Pond, bom June 18, 1863; Rachel 
Greene Pond, born September 3, 1870; Camilla Cor)ielia Pond, born Sep- 
tember 3, 1870, died March 10, 1875. (8) Pamela Andrew's Wliitaker, born 

268 The Greene Family. 

June 6, 1826, died August 17, 1845. (9) E.llen Maria Whitaker, bom 
August 15, 1828. 

1372. Mary Greene Whitaker, born 1791, married Samuel Hoyt, died at Clay- 

ville, R. I., July 22, 1845, and was buried at Centreville, Warwick. 

1373. Thomas Whitaker, born November 8, 1793, at Rochester, N. Y., died at 

Providence, R. I., May 30, 1852. He married, September 16, 1814, 
Frances, daughter of Caleb and Amey {Arnold) Earl. Children: (i) 
Thomas Arnold, born October 20, 1818, Providence, died New York City, 
November i, 1872; married, in New York, May 7, i860, Louise, daughter 
of Saul and Mary Alley. She died in Switzerland, s. p., August 27, 1868. 
(2) Anthony Bowen Arnold, born July 21, 1820, at Providence, where he 
died November 5, 1859; married. May 21, 1845, Ann E. Ruth, daughter 
Joseph and Ruth Dean of Brooklyn, N. Y. Children: Katharine M., bom 
August 8, 1847, died January 25, 1889, at Worcester; married, October 
20, 187 1, Francis A. Gaskill, and had two children, Mary M., bom April 
15, 1875, and George Arnold, born June 4, 1877; Thomas Arnold, born 
Providence, November 16, 1848, married May 20, 1880, Harriet G., 
daughter of James and Susan Sutton, no children; Joseph D., born April 
19, 1850, married Sarah, daughter of Richard and Susan Valpes, had 
Susan G., bom March 25, 1879 ; Aiinie R., born September 8, 1851 ; Frances 
E., bom May 7, 1853; William G. H., born August 9, 1856, married Rosa 
S., daughter of Jacob and Susan Beeker, had son, William, bom 1882. (3) 
Frances Amelia, born December 15, 1821. (4) Mary Alice, bom January 
22, 1824. (s) Caleb Earle, born February 22, 1825, married (i), Septem- 
ber 14, 1848, Frances A., daughter of Reva and Mary Hance of New York 
City, who died October r, 1856. They had two children, Alexander M., 
bom May 28, 1853, and Reva H., bom December 8, 1855. Caleb Earle 
married (2), 1873, Catharine, daughter of Abner and Catharine P. Mudge 
of Baltimore; had daughter, Catharine, bom 1874. (6) Anna Earle (or 
Anna Eliza), born August 10, 1826, died October 10, 1829 

637. TABITHA'^ GREENE (Elisha ', Elisha ^ Peter 3, John% 
John') was born in Warwick, March 8, 1750, died August 9, 1831. She 
married, December 25, 1768, Moses Lippitt "of the Mill," so called because 
he owned the grist mill built by Thomas Stafford, the first and only one in 
Warwick, where he ground com for the whole town. He was the son of 
Moses 4 (Moses 3, Moses % John') and Waite (Rhodes) Lippitt, born May 
6, 1745, died June 14, 1833. John Lippitt, his great-great-grandfather, was 
one of the early proprietors of Providence in 1638, and one of the thirty- 
eight who signed the agreement for form of government May 16, 1647 ; and 
was also one of the commission appointed to form a government under the 
charter of Warwick in 1648. 

Children : 

1374. Waite Lippitt, born August 31, 1769, died 1849, unmarried. 

SixtJi Generaiiou. 269 

1375. Elisha Lippitt, born and died 1771. 

1376. Isabel Lippitt, born July 31, 1773, married, July 28, 1805, Stephen Budlong, 

whose farm was known as "the red, high house." He died October 13, 
1850. His widow died May 8, i860. Their children were : Mary Lippitt 
Budlong, born October 26, 1806; Tabitha Greene Budlong, bom March i, 
1 80S, married Thomas Jones Spencer; William D. Budlong, born Decem- 
ber II, 1809; Lorenzo Dow Budlong, born June 27, 181 2; Isabel Lippitt 
Budlong, bom March 13, 1814; Ann Btidlong, born March 9, 1816. 

1377. Catharine Lippitt, bom April i, 1779, married (second wife). Deacon David 

Cady, who was actively prominent in the Methodist Church at Centre ville. 
He "built and resided in the house on the hill, afterward the residence of 
Alexander Allen, postmaster of the village. He introduced the art of 
"coloring yarn, blue, in his shop near his mansion, which was then a use- 
ful trade." The Methodists were holding meetings at that period, full of 
the wildest excitement, and Deacon Cady was described by those who lis- 
tened to his addresses as being "not very fluent, though every word was 
significant and every sentence impressive. He had good natural abilities, 
but his eyesight was defective and his educational advantages were limited. 
His daily deportment betokened sincerity and an abiding faith in the princi- 
ples he proclaimed." He died in Providence. His first wife was Miss Water- 
man of Killingly, Conn. The account from which the above quotation is 
made gives to him seven sons and three daughters, but does not designate 
by which marriage. Among them two sons, Jonathan and Lawton, became 
Methodist ministers; a daughter, Lucia, married Resolved Waterman, and 
died in Centreville (before her husband's removal to Providence), leaving 
two children. Rev. Henry Waterman, Episcopal clergyman, and Nancy 
Waterman, who married Rollin Matthewson of Providence. 
137S. Tabitha Lippitt, twin sister of Catharine, born April i, 1779, married James 

1379. Mary Lippitt, born June 14, 1 781, married Amos' Greene {Wm.^, Johtis, 

Peter 4, Peter s, John ^ John ' ). 

1380. Elizabeth Greene Lippitt, born 1785, died 1806. 

1381. (Daughter) Lippitt, born and died 1787. 

1382. MosES Greene Lippitt, born August 2, 1789, died 181 2. 

638. STEPHEN^ GREENE "of Greene's Corners" (Elisha 5, 
Elisha "* , Peter ^ , John " , John ' ) , eldest son, was bom in Warwick, November 
5, 1752, died June 20, 1843, ^-^^^^ was btiried at his home, Greene's Cor- 
ners, East Greenwich. Judge Greene married, December i, 1771, Eliza- 
beth, daughter of George Wightman of North Kingston, who died April i, 
1830, in her eightieth year. She was buried beside her husband. The four 
daughters were also buried at East Greenwich. 


1383. Elisha, born 1774, died February i, 1844, in his seventieth year. 

1384. George, born October 20, 1775. 

270 The GrecJie Family. 

1385. Mary, born November 10, 1777; died. 

1386. Isabel, born February 26, 1780, died, s. p., April 4, 1S44, in sixty-fourth 


1387. Valentine, born May 9, 1782, married Mary Godfrey. 

1388. William, born November 8, 1784, married Abigail Reynolds. 

1389. Elizabeth, bom October 14, 1786, died, s. p., January 31, 1848. 

1390. Tabitha, bom April 6, 1789, died, s. p., February 6, 1864. 

640. WILLIAM'^ GREENE (EHsha 5, Elisha ^ Peter ^ John % 
John ') was born in Warwick, October 8, 1757. He married Mary Tibbitts. 
They Hved for many years in Frenchtown, Warwick, and then removed to 
Coventry, as they were so near the seacoast, Mr. Greene feared that his sons 
might desire to "follow the sea." He was for some time prosperous in 
business, but, " out of the kindness of his heart, he put his name to a paper 
to accommodate a friend," and thereby lost all his property. He then 
removed with his family to central New York. The following account of 
the removal is from a recent (1900) issue of the Newport Mercury: 

"Then was the cry, 'To the West, to the West,' so [about the year 
1805] he gathered up all his worldly possessions, stored them in his wagon, 
took his wife, 'Aunt Lizzie' [his step-mother's daughter], and the younger 
members of his family and started for 'Up Country,' as it was termed. 
They fovmd lodging places at the inns along the way. They would rise 
early in the morning, and the women and children would walk while the 
men were preparing the horses for the day's journey. When they caught up 
with the women they would stop and cook a breakfast, for they also carried 
their provisions along. It took about a week to make the journey. The 
reason for their going into central New York was because their son Ben- 
jamin had gone there and was teaching school. He had purchased a 
few acres of land and had a house ready for them when they arrived. The 
house stood a few rods north of where Burril Greene now lives in the town 
of Willet (then Cincinnatus) , Cortland County, New York. There they 
lived very happily for several years, when he was taken sick, and after a 
short illness, died, November 6, 1818. Soon after that Aunt Lizzie returned 
to Rhode Island. His widow lived alone eight years, when she had a slight 
stroke of paralysis. Then she went to live with her son James, where she 
spent the remainder of her days, nearly ten years. She died August 10, 

Children : 

1391. Henry, married Sally Whitjord. 

1392. Benjamin, married Hetty Wilson. 

1393. John, married Asia Jones. 

Sixth Generation. 271 

1394. Stephen, married Susannah Briggs. 

1395. Elisha, married Hannah Jones. 

1396. Thomas, born in Frenchtown, Warwick, went West and thence to New 

Orleans, La., and was never heard from. 

1397. James, married Sally Leach. 

1398. Joseph, married Pamela Wilson. 

1399. Isabel, married Ncivel Upham. 

641. ELIZABETH-^ GREENE (Elisha', Elisha \ Peter ^ John % 
John ') was bom in Warwick, November 30, 1759. She died unmarried. 
Her will was dated Jtme 2, 1816, and mentions "sister Tabitha Lippitt, 
sister Mary, nephew John, W". Ray son of John ; nieces Isabella daughter 
of William, Elizabeth daughter of Stephen, Betsy Ann daughter of John, 
and nephew Job Russell." The " nephew John" may have been the son of 
her brother William. 

651. ARMENIA GREENE (Israel ', Barlow ^ Peter ^ John % 

John ') was born October 4, 1785. She married Carhart. At the 

time of her father's removal (with his second wife, Sarah Deane) from 
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., to Plattsburg, about 1795, Armenia was adopted by 
Phebe (Greene) Lounsberry, the daughter of her father's first wife, who was 
at that time married and who cared for her until she grew up and was her- 
self married from this half-sister's home. After the death of Mr. Carhart, 
as his widow, she lived on with Mrs. Lounsberry to an advanced age, and 
when the latter died, at the age of ninety-six, she removed to Green Bay, 
Wis., to be with her brothers Thomas and Piatt Rogers Greene. 


1400. (Son) Carhart, married , died leaving one daughter, Armenia, a widow. 

652. DEBORAH* GREENE (Israel % Barlow ^ Peter ^ John % 
John') was bom August 28, 1787. She married Dr. William Beaumont, 
surgeon in the United States Army, who died in St. Louis, Mo., 1855, and 
"whose physiological experiments on the wounded man, Alexis St. Martin, 
gave him an almost world-wide repute as a scientist." His widow resided 
with her son at St. Louis. Date of her death not given. 


1401. Sarah Beaumont, born 1824, married (i) Lieut. Douglas Erwin, killed in 

Mexican War at Monterey, had daughter Lily living (1902); married (2) 
Isaac Keim; is now a widow and resides at St. Loixis. 

1402. (Son) Beaumont, of St. Louis 

2 72 The Greene Family. 

653. THOMAS'^ GREENE (Israel % Barlow \ Peter ^ John % 
John '), eldest son, was born August 24, 1789, at Plattsburg, N. Y. He 
manned, February 5, 1813, Elizabeth Piatt of Plattsburg. 


1403. Charles Platt, born January 19, 1819, died May 11, i860, at Kalmia, Minn., 


1404. Israel, born July 24, 1S20, married Edinoiiia Taylor. 

1405. Heman Cady, born August 11, 1831, married Fannie Baker. 

1406. Theodorus, bom December 14, 1821, married Julia Kinney. 

1407. Sarah, bom July 12, 1827, married George Wallace. 

140S. Platt Rogers, bom February 22, 1829, married Sophia Whyler Tanner. 

654. ANNA ^ GREENE (Israel \ Barlow \ Peter \ John % John 
was bom April 29, 1792. She married, in 1816 (second wife), Colonel 
Melancton Smith, U. S. A., Commandant at Fort Moreau, Lake Champlain, 
181 2-14. He was son of Hon. Melancton Smith, who was a member of the 
Constitvitional Convention, and his wife, Margaret Mott of Long Island. 
He died at Plattsburg, N. Y., in 1818, aged thirt3^-six. Mrs. Smith was the 
namesake of her atmt, Anna = (Greene) Hallock, who was grandmother of 
the poet, Fitz-Greene Hallock. Mrs. Hallock, who lived to an advanced 
age, is mentioned as "a woman of keen intellect, who stored up mental 
wealth from the sparse, dry volumes that fell in her way when yoting, but 
whose suppressed genius — owing to Quaker environments and the hard- 
ships of life in the pioneer days of Clinton Co. — found expression later, in 
the melody of verse of her gifted grandson the poet, and in the deft pencil 
of Mary Hallock Foote, author and artist." In 1831, when Mrs. Smith vis- 
ited her avmt, she was pictured as " sitting erect in her easy chair, still tran- 
quil as a saint — no disfigurement of extreme old age — even comely in her 
pretty Quaker costume and sweet Quaker speech. Eyes and ears dulled 
from multiplied decades, but with mind undimmed, she still preserved a 
memory for what was past and gone, yet retaining also, an interest in the 
present." Mrs. Smith died in 1879. 


1409. Elizabeth Smith, born at Plattsburg, N. Y., December 19, 1817. She mar- 
ried, July, 1837, Hon. Morgan Lewis Martin, who died 1887. They had 
six children: Leonard Martin, bom 1838, died unmarried, 1890; he was 
educated at West Point, Colonel in Engineer Corps during the war of the 
Rebellion, which service impaired his health, causing him to resign, 1S65; 
Annie Martin, bom 1846, died 1862; Melancton Martin, died infancy; 
Sarah Greene Martin, unmarried, resides at Green Bay, Wis.; Morgan 

SixtJi Generaiiou. 

Lewis Martin, married, 1888, Louise U'etinore; Sarah Beaumont Martin, 
resides at Green Bay, unmarried. 

Mrs. Smith, in 1831, some years before her marriage, removed with her 
father's family to Green Bay, Wis., where her daughter, Mrs. Martin, still 
resides (1902) at the age of eighty-five, with faculties unimpaired. The 
mantle of her great-aunt Hallock, seems also to have fallen upon her with 
a gift of rich intellectuality, and she retains also a charm of manner and 
power of expression, most remarkable in one of more than fourscore years. 
In a letter bearing date 1888, she wrote of her grandfather, Israel s Greene: 
" Himself in full communion (as was my grandmother) with all the peculiar 
tenets of George Fox as to dress, Quaker speech, and non-resistance to war, it 
is strange that he should have been so unfortunate as to be the patriarch of 
two generations of fighting men — soldiers and sailors! " His eldest daugh- 
ter married Dr. Beaumont, surgeon, U. S. A., and his youngest (by first 
marriage) married Colonel Melancton Smith, U. S. A., who was father of 
Admiral Melancton Smith, U. S. N. His youngest son. Captain Piatt 
Rogers Greene, was also of the Arm}^, and last, was the bright great-grand- 
son, Leonard Martin, a graduate of West Point, 1861, who became an 
artilleryman and "commanded batteries the most exposed in eighteen 
battles and skirmishes along the Potomac, and who was given a colonelcy 
in the third }^ear of the war." 

The first wife of Colonel Melancton Smith, Cornelia Jones, had four chil- 
dren, the youngest of whom, Melancton, was with Farragut's squadron in 
the assault on Fort Hudson, and made many honorable records of service 
in the United States Navy during the long period of forty years, when he 
was retired with the rank of Rear-Admiral, May 24, 187 1. He was bom 
in 1 8 10, and being nearest the age of Mrs. Martin (daughter of his father's 
second wife) they " were brought up in the closest bonds of affection, which 
lasted until his death in 1893," which event occurred at the home of his 
sister in Wisconsin. His wife, Mary Jones, had died eight years previous, 
in 1885. They left no children. 

655. PLATT ROGERS " GREENE (Israel ^ , Barlow \ Peter ^ , John ' , 
John ' ) was bom February" 21, 1796. He served in the United States Army 
from 1 814 until his death at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, June 30, 1829. 
His military record is as follows: 2d Lieutenant, U. S. Infantry, October i, 
1814. On reduction of the Amiy, May 17, 1815, he was retained 2d Lieu- 
tenant of 5th Infantr}"; Adjutant, 1820, by appointment of his Colonel, 
James Miller; ist Lieutenant, March 27, 1820; retained in 5th Infantry at 
reduction of the Army, March 10, 182 1; ist Lieutenant and Adjutant, 
Colonel Josiah Snelling; Adjutant on Register for 1827. He died unmar- 

663. WELTHIAN '' GREENE (Christopher ' , Philip \ Job ^ John ' , 
John ') was bom in Centreville, Warwick, R. I., November 19, 1757. She 

2 74 The Greene Family. 

married, in Providence, February 27, 1782, Thomas Hughes, bom May 30, 
1752, only son of Joseph and Mary Hughes. Thomas Hughes was 2d Lieu- 
tenant, nth Continental Infantry, January i to December 31, 1776; ist 
Lieutenant 2d Rhode Island Regiment (Colonel Israel Angell's), January i, 
1777; Captain, June 23, 1777; transferred to ist Rhode Island, June i, 
1 78 1, and served to the close of the Revolution with the rank of Captain 
(see Heitman's Official Register of Officers of the Continental Army). He 
served throughout the War of 181 2 with the rank of Major. The place of 
his birth is not recorded, but family tradition states that the family was of 
Scotch-Irish descent. In the Rhode Island Colonial Records (vol. x., pp. 
412 and 413) he is mentioned as of Freetown, Mass., and he may have been 
bom there. He died December 10, 182 1, at his home in Centreville, and 
was btiried in the family burying ground of his brother-in-law. Colonel Job 
Greene, on the adjoining farm. Major Hughes was one of the original mem- 
bers of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati. He was a small, wiry, 
energetic man, of refined tastes and fond of reading, with reddish hair and 
blue eyes, and was a very efficient officer. 

Some time after his death, his widow removed to North Scituate, R. I., 
with her unmarried daughter and several orjDhan granddaughters. She 
died there August 8, 1844, and was buried beside her husband at Centre- 
ville. She was the eldest child of Colonel Christopher Greene, the distin- 
guished Revolutionary hero. 

In 1896 the Greene family burying ground at "Beaver Dam," Centre- 
ville, R. I., was abandoned, and the remains of Major Hughes, his wife 
Welthian, and their maiden daughter, Sally, were removed to Greenwood 
Cemetery, Phenix, R. I. A marker of the Sons of the American Revolution 
has been placed by the Rhode Island Society at Major Hughes's grave. 
The few surviving descendants of Major and Mrs. Thomas Hughes are the 
widow and daughter of John Waterman Abom Greene, living in Providence, 
and the son and daughter and one granddaughter of William Greene, son 
of Jeremiah and Phebe (Hughes) Greene. 

Mrs. John W. A. Greene of Providence has in her possession the Hughes 
family Bible, with the family records and a few relics. This account, based 
upon the records from the Hughes family Bible, is kindly contributed by 
Miss M. A. Greene of Providence. 


1410. Mary Hughes, born January 4, 1783, died June 9, 1818; married, about 
1799, Burrows Aboni of Providence. Their children were: Gasherie 
Brasher, bom May 3, 1800, died June 17, 1806; Mary Helen, bom August 
12, 1802, died June 17, 1804; Henry Alexander, born August 12, 1804, died 

Sixth Generation. 275 

September 20, 1805; Lewis Searl Pintard, born July 19, 1806, lost at sea; 
George Burrows, bom October i, 1808, drowned May i, 1820; Helen, bom 
September 6, 1811, died young; Julia, bom January 16, 1814, died about 
1840; Edward, bom April 17, 1817, died young. (From Abom family 

141 1. Christopher Greene Hughes, bom July 9, 1785, died at New Orleans, 

unmarried, July 22, 181 5, of yellow fever. He was a sea-captain, and 
when he died, was in the port of New Orleans with his ship Caravan. 

1412. Phebe Hughes, born September i, 1787, married, February 19, 1809, 

Jeremiah Greene of Occupasuetuxet, Warwick, R. I., son of William and 
Welthian (Lippitt) Greene (see No. 678 for further records). 

1414. Katy Hughes, bom August 16, 1789, died November 10, 1790. 

1415. Sally Hughes, bom December 15, 1790, died unmarried, June 15, 1845. 

1416. Elizabeth Hughes, bom and died February 12, 1792. 

141 7. John Luther Hughes, born November 2, 1795, died in Providence, January 

14, 1863, and is buried in Swan Point Cemetery with his wife Eliza, 
daughter of Colonel Jeremiah and Anne {Keene) Whiting of Providence. 
They had several children, who died young. A daughter, Mary Elizabeth 
Hughes, who died about 1847, aged twenty years, was a very talented 
young woman in art, music, and languages. Mr. John Luther Hughes was 
a man of unusual refinement of character and taste. He was remarkably 
industrious and energetic, a leading member of the City Council of Provi- 
dence, and one of the most efficient members of its "Committee for Im- 
proving the Public Schools." He was a merchant and later, a mill owner 
in Rhode Island. The Providence Public Library stands on the site of the 
house he built at the corner of Washington and Greene Streets. 

664. (Colonel) JOB" GREENE "of Centreville" (Christopher ^ , 
Philip-*, Job ^ John', John'), eldest son, was bom November 19, 1759. 
When his father, Colonel Christopher, entered the Revolutionary service, 
the whole responsibility of managing his mill business devolved upon him. 
Like his father, he was " noted for his ability and generosity, and possessed 
the administrative skill in high degree." Colonel Job was active in both 
civil and military affairs, and was Commander of the Kentish Artillery, a 
military company still in existence at Apponaug, Warwick. He was Lieu- 
tenant of the 2d Regiment Rhode Island State Brigade in Continental ser- 
vice (see below) , and was an original member of the Rhode Island Society of 
the Cincinnati. Colonel Greene was a member of the Council of Warwick 
in 1793 and continued in office, with the exception of one year, until 1797. 
Was a member of the House of Representatives, 1797; and moderator of 
Warwick town meeting, 1801. He was subsequently one of the State Sena- 
tors, and in all these offices was admired and esteemed for his integrity and 
ability. Colonel Greene married, November 29, 1785, Abigail, daughter of 
Captain Simon and Anne (Babcock) Rhodes of Stonington, Conn., born 

276 The Greene Family. 

October 27, 1768, died April 18, 1845. Her mother died in her infancy, and 
she inherited from her, considerable property, the legacy including a portion 
of the large estate of her grandfather Babcock, of Westerly, who gave it to 
her mother on the occasion of her marriage with Captain Rhodes. Mrs. 
Greene was a "woman of uncommon judgment and energy, and was re- 
markably gifted in conversation. Her executive ability and powers of 
endurance were great, and she was most faithful in the discharge of her 
duties, esteeming no sacrifice too great, no labor too severe, which wovild 
establish and maintain the happiness of her family. She was guided by 
strong religious principles, and passed through the world with her faith 
clear, her hope bright, and her charity unspotted." 

Her children were all born at the first home built by Colonel Job at 
Centreville in 1785. He was the owner of the land lying on the westerly 
side of the north branch of the Pawtuxet River, from the bridge at Centre- 
A'ille (which in 1751 was called "Daniel Greene's Bridge") down to the 
junction of the two branches of the Pawtuxet, his southwesterly boundary 
being near Quidnick, where the line now is, between the towns of Warwick 
and Coventry, the area of his land being over five hundred acres. At 
Centreville he had a saw and grist mill. In 1801 he sold his rights in the 
spinning mill to " Almy & Brown" of Providence, and in 1805 he sold them 
sixteen acres of land, his saw and grist mills, and water power, and his 
residence, built 1785. He then built (1805) on a tract of thirty acres of 
land west of his original residence, a second house, where he died August 
23, 1808. 


1418. Christopher Rhodes, born September 19, 1786, married Mary Ann Lehre. 

1419. Susannah, bom May 5, 1788, married Lovewell Spalding. 

1420. Mary Ann, bom May 25, 1794, married Abner M. Warriner. 

1421. Simon Henry, bom March 31, 1799, married Caroline C. Aborii. 

In May, 1780, the General Assembly approved the following officers of 
the Kentish Guards for the ensuing year: Richard Fry, Captain; William 
Arnold, ist Lieutenant; Charles Greene, 2d Lieutenant; Job Greene, 

The latter was tmdoubtedly " Colonel Job of Centreville, ' ' for he could not 
have made the Coventr}^ records, as comparison of dates and rank will show. 
The official records of "Major Job of Coventry" (No. 318) should not be 
confused with the above (see Pub. R. I. Hist. Soc, vol. iv., p. 171; R. I. 
Col. Rec, vol. ix., p. 59). The sword which Congress directed to be pre- 
sented to Colonel Christopher Greene of the Revolution was sent to his son, 
Colonel Job, with the following letter: 

Sixth Genera f ion. 277 

"War Office of the United States, 
"New York, June 7, 1786. 

" Sir, — I have the honour to transmit to you, the son and legal repre- 
sentative of the late memorable and gallant Colonel Greene, the sword 
directed to be presented to him by the resolve of Congress of the 4th 
November, 1777. 

"The repulse and defeat of the Gennans at the fort of Red Bank on 
the Delaware, is justly considered as one of the most brilliant actions of 
the late war. The glory of that event is inseparably attached to the mem- 
ory of your late father and his brave garrison. The manner in which the 
supreme authority of the United States are pleased to express their high 
sense of his military merit, and the honotirable instrument which they annex 
in testimony thereof, must be peculiarly precious to a son emulative of his 
father's virtues. The circumstances of the war prevented the obtaining 
and delivery of the sword, previous to your father's being killed at Croton 
river in the year 1780. On the catastrophe, his country mourned the sac- 
rifice of a patriot and soldier, and mingled its tears with those of his family. 

" That the patriotic and military virtues of yovir honourable father may 
influence your conduct in every case in which your country may reqiiire 
your services, is the sincere wish of 

" Your most obedient 

"and very humble Servant 

"Job Greene Esq." "H. Knox. 

666. ANN PRANCES'^ GREENE (Christopher = , Philip ^ Job 3, 
John-, John') was bom June 2, 1764. She married (second wife) Jere- 
miah Penner, who first married her sister Elizabeth. She survived her 
husband seventeen years and outlived both of her daughters. 

Children : 

1422. Elizabeth Fenner, married Daniel Harkiiess. 

1423. Phebe Ann Fenner, married (2d wife) Daniel Harkiiess. 

667. ELIZABETH ' GREENE (Christopher ' , Philip ^ Job ^ John -' , 
John') was bom December 15, 1766. She married, September 22, 1789, 
Jeremiah Penner, of Coventry, a shipmaster. She died soon after her 

668. (Dr.) JEREMIAH* GREENE (Christopher -\ Philip ^ Job ^ 
John \ John ') was bom October 17, 1769. Dr. Greene practised medicine 
in Coventry, and its vicinity for many years and died July 9, 1861. He 
married, October 7, 1790, Lydia, daughter of Colonel William and Patience 

278 The Greene Fainily. 

(Wightman) Arnold of East Greenwich, born March 29, 1769, died July 9, 
1 86 1, at East Greenwich, aged ninety- two. Her grandfather, William 
Arnold, was son of Israel, and grandson of William the emigrant ancestor. 
She is said to have been a very handsome woman, possessed of rare capa- 
bilities, and her descendants speak of her with pride. She enjoyed the 
distinction, according to family history, of having knitted stockings for the 
soldiers of the Revolutionary War, of the War of 181 2, and of the Civil 
War! Dr. D. H. Greene in his History of East Greenwich, wrote: 

" The great ' Spinning Contest, ' to celebrate the adoption of the Federal 
Constitution and to encourage manufacturing in Rhode Island, was in 1789 
[one year before Mrs. Greene's marriage]. On that occasion, forty-eight 
patriotic ladies assembled at the Court House in East Greenwich, and, 
with their own wheels, their own flax, and for their own use, spun one 
hundred and seventy-three skeins of linen yarn in one day, from sunrise to 
sunset. . . . The young lady who spun the most on that day was Miss 
Lydia xA.mold, aftenvard the wife of Dr. Jeremiah Greene." A grand- 
daughter, the namesake of Mrs. Greene, adds to this account: " My grand- 
mother was so sure of victory, that she placed the laurel on her distaff 
before she commenced spinning ' ' ! 

Children : 

1424. Ardeliza, born May 5, 1792, married Pardon Handy. 

1425. William Arnold, born June 9, 1795, died, s. p., at Surinam, South America, 

February 3, 1822. 

1426. Phebe, born July 6, 1796, married Daniel Greene. 

1427. Christopher Washington, born April 9, 1798, married Sarah Hill. 

1428. Alice Ann, born May 18, 1800, died November, 1S70, unmarried. 

1429. STEPHEN Arnold, born August 20, 1803. 

670. CHRISTOPHER' GREENE (Christopher ' , Philip \ Jobs 
John ', John ') was born August 27, 1774. He married, January 7, 1799, 
his cousin Catharine, daughter of his father's brother William, of Old War- 
wick, bom April 8, 1780, died about 1850 (family letter). He received a 
large estate at Centre ville by will of his great-uncle, Daniel * Greene (Job ' , 
John ^ , John ' ) , which he sold to William Almy , and removed to Pomf ret, 
Conn, (see No. 71). 


1430. Daniel, born December 11, 1801, married (?). 

1431. Phebe Eliza, bom February 27, 1804, died unmarried, aged twenty. 

1432. George Washington, "Killed by being thrown from a horse in Warwick 

when about sixteen years of age." 

1433. Christopher, bom 1817 (?), married (?); living in Pennsylvania, 1887. 

Sixth Generatmi. 279 

Catharine Greene, widow of Christopher ^, married (2) Hazard, 

lived on a farm at Orwell, Pa., " where she had removed with her son Chris- 
topher, and there died and was btn-ied." (See No. 675.) 

671. MARY* GREENE (Christopher', Philip \ Job 3, John % 
John') was bom September 20, 1777. She married, November 8, 1795, 
Benjamin Fenner, brother of Jeremiah, who married her sisters Elizabeth 
and Ann Frances. He was a farmer and lived at Sterling, Conn., where 
she died about 1865 (?). 


1434. Jeremiah Fenner, born August 31, 1794, died April 20, 1850; married £/5tV 


1435. Elizabeth, born February 25, 1796, married, 1815, Nicholas Thomas. 

1436. Benjamin Fenner, Jr., born April 22, 1799, married (i) Polly Manchester, 

(2) Almira Weaver ( ?), widow. A family letter states that "he visited his 
uncle Christopher in Pennsylvania in 1850." 

1437. John Fenner, born April 11, 1801, married Amanda Smith. 

1438. Christopher, born September 9, 1803, married Sarah Smith. 

1439. Julia Ann, bom July 20, 1810, married (second wife) Nicholas Thomas, for- 

merly husband of her sister Elizabeth. 

1440. Amey Fenner, born March 16, 1813, married Christopher Tillinghast. 

1441. Joseph Warner Fenner, born January 17, 1815, married Lucinda Reynolds, 

1442. Mary Melinda, born November 6, 1816, married James N. Franklin. 

1443. Frances Fenner. 

672. THOMAS LIPPITT* GREENE (William =, Philip \ Job ^ 
John-, John"), eldest son, was bom at Old Warwick, October 16, 1774. 
He mamed, May i, 1803, Anne Gibbs, daughter of Anthony and Sarah 
(Warner) Holden (see No. 223). He was a mariner, and died November 28, 


1444. Thomas Holden, born March 17, 1804, married Mary Ann Lockivood. 

1445. Sally Holden, born June 12, 1805, died unmarried, October 4, 1827. 

1446. Philip, born July 26, 1806, married Sophia Burgess. 

1447. Welthian Lippitt, bom May 19, 1808, died young. 

1448. Anthony Holden, born December 25, 1810, married Cornelia Robinson. 

1449. Lewis, bom March 2, 1813. 

1450. Nancy (Ann) Holden, | born April 12, 1815, married Thomas E. Anthony. 

1451. Ann Gibbs, [ born April 12, 1815. 

{Coventry Records.) 

673. CHRISTOPHER '' GREENE (William ' , Philip \ Job ^ John = , 
John') was bom at Old Warwick, May 8, 1776. He married, April 24, 

TJie Greene Family. 

1803, Ann Frances, daughter of Captain Anthony and his second wife, Sarah 
(Stafford) Low, who died February, 1840 (see No. 248). Captain Anthony's 
first wife was Phebe = Greene, daughter of Judge Philip " Greene and the 
sister of Christopher's'^ father, WiUiam Greene, and of the illustrious Revo- 
lutionary hero. Colonel Christopher Greene. 


1452. Eliza, bom February 7, 1804, married Festns Lyon Thompson. 

1453. William Warner, born July 12, 1806, married Jane Aiken Grey. 

1454. Phebe Low, married Benjamin West. 

1455. Lucy Ann, bom 1810, married Owen Vaughan. 

1456. Christopher Columbus, married Anne Kirkland. 

1457. Sarah Stafford, , married Wm. Holden. 

674. HARRIET'^ GREENE (William', Philip ^ Job 3, John % 
John ') was bom April 2, 1778, died May 20, 1838. She married, May 19, 
1795, Benjamin Greene* (Godfrey =, Richard ^ Richard ^ Thomas', 
John '. (For children's record, see No. 1190.) 

675. CATHARINE'^ GREENE (William ^ Philip ^ Job ^ John % 
John') was bom April 8, 1780. She married (i), January 7, 1799, her 
cousin, Christopher ^ Greene (Christopher ', Philip ^, Job ^, John % John ^), 
son of the Revolutionary hero of Red Bank. (For record of their children 

see No. 670.) She married (2) Hazard, and died at Orwell, Pa., 

about 1850. 

678. JEREMIAH -^ GREENE (William 5 , Philip \ Job ^ John % 
John ' ) was bom at Occupasuetuxet, September 10, 1787. He was a farmer. 
He was married (i), February 19, 1809, by Elder Littlefield, to Phebe, 
daughter of Major Thomas and Welthian (Greene) Hughes. Mrs. Hughes 
was a cousin of Jeremiah, and was the eldest daughter of Colonel Chris- 
topher Greene, the Revolutionary hero. Phebe (Hughes) Greene was bom 
January 4, 1787, and died of consumption, November 27, 1815, in her 
twenty-ninth year. She was buried in the family burying ground at " Pas- 
tioxet," that originally belonged to Major Job ^ Greene (John % John ')• 

Jeremiah married (2), June 8, 181 7, Sarah, daughter of Elder Samuel and 
Prudence (Remington) Littlefield of Warwick, born July 6, 1792, died Octo- 
ber 26, 1828. Her mother was the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Colvin) 
Remington and the widow of Pierce Budlong. [Another record states that 
Prudence (Remington) Littlefield was widow of Rice, not Pierce Budlong 
of Warwick.] She was born March 16, 1749, died September 21, 1816. She 
owned an estate in Warwick known as "the Littlefield place." On the 

Sixth Generation. 281 

death of his father, Judge WiUiam Greene, in 1809, Jeremiah became by 
will the owner of the old Pastuxet home, where eight of his children were 
bom. Jeremiah Greene sold this ancestral home in January, 1823, to Mr. 
Cole, and removed to the village of Pawtuxet to engage in business, where 
he died, April 5, 1830. He was buried at "Pastuxet" (see An Historic 
Rhode Island Home, p. 106). 

Children by First Marriage: 

1458. Catharine Frances, bom Occupasuetuxet, October lo, 1809, died at 

Scituate, August 13, 1838, unmarried. 

1459. William, bom July 9, 181 1, married Susan W. Day. 

1460. Mary Ann, bom November 7, 1813, married Joseph Holden Low. 

1461. George Washington, bom June 7, died October 21, 1815. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1462. Sarah Littlefield, bom February 8, 181S, married Henry Waterman. 

1463. Martha Almira, bom May 7, 1819, married Lorenzo Fuller. 

1464. Samuel Littlefield, bom February 17, 1821, married Sylvia Braman. 

1465. Jeremiah Albert, bom December 30, 1822, married Abigail Smith. 

1466. Harriet Maria, bom March 26, 1825, died June 16, 1826. 

1467. Elizabeth Helen, bom January 20, 1827, married Sterry M. Cooke. 

1468. Phebe Hughes, bom October 21, 1828, died November i, 1828. 

680. WEALTHY ° GREENE (Benjamin EUery ' , John ^ Richard ', 
John % John') was bom August 22, 1776, at Worthington, Mass. She 
married Seth Weller of Hinesburg, Vt. She died April 8, 1853. 

Children : 

1469. Asa Strong Weller, born Hinesburg, Vt., 1858, married Mary Eaton of 


1470. Laura Weller, living with her father at Hinesburg in i860 

147 1. Rhoda Weller, married Orrin Mead of Hinesburg. 

1472. Greene D. Weller, married Mary Holt of Charlotte, Vt., and of Burlington, 


1473. Job Weller, married Charlotte, daughter of Canfield Darwin, living at 

Hinesburg, i860. 

681. MARY^ GREENE (Benjamin EUery', John \ Richard 3, 
John", John ') was bom at Warwick, July 28, 1778. She married, Sep- 
tember 13, 1798, Eli Norton, son of John and Mabel Norton, bom October 
30, 1776, died March 31, 1868, at Copley, Ohio. 

Children (all bom at Hinesbtirg, Vt.) : 

1474. Maria Norton, bom January 21, 1800, she married Samuel Stevens. 

1475. Osmond (Osmin ?) Norton, born February 10, 1802; was killed many years 

TJie Greene Family. 

ago by a falling tree. He married and had one son, Charles Linneas Norton 
of Frewsburg, N. Y. He was a merchant and married (no record of family). 
He died suddenly in the street, in New York City, from heart trouble. 

1476. Lucy Norton, bom September 26, 1806, married Hiram or Robert Marsh of 

Copley, Ohio, and had Pitney, Sydney, Alfred, Albert, and Warner, of 
Wellsville, Ohio. 

1477. Julia Norton, bom September 13, 1808, married John Nichols, and had 

Eli, Sherman, Lucy, Thomas, and Sarah {Sherman was of Robinson, 111.). 

1478. Relief Norton, bom November 13, 1810, probably died early. 

1479. Narcissa Y. Norton, bom November 14, 181 2. 

1480. William A. Norton, bom January 22, 1816, married Roxa A. Robbins of 

Norton, Ohio, December 27, 183S. 

1481. Alma Norton, born March 2, 1819, died June 3, 1882; married at Copley, 

February 28, 1839, Martin S. Hopkins, born in Rome, N. Y., April 4, 1814, 
died September 25, 1870, and had six children, all born in Copley, Ohio: 
(i) George R., born December 29, 1840; buried in a soldier's grave at 
Bowling, Ky., December 14, 1862; unmarried. (2) Mary E., bom Sep- 
tember 9, 1842, married April 7, 1866. (3) Helen L., bom January 30, 
1844; unmarried. (4) /fsMrj M., born November 15, 1845; unmarried. 
(5) Gertrude A., bom October 10, 1854, married February 22, 1876. (6) 
Sarah E., bom August 9, 1857, married September 21, 1887. 

1482. Eli Henry Norton, bom December 18, 1822, married Sarah Frazier of 

Ravenna, Ohio, February 4, 1S46. 

682. JOHN ' GREENE (Benjamin Ellery = , John ^ , Richard ^ , John= , 
John'), eldest son, was born at Warwick, May 7, 1780, died October 5, 
1824, at Vergennes, Vt. He married Hannah, daughter of Samuel Beers of 
Newtown, Conn., born February 14, 1775, died April i, 1823. 


1483. Julia, died in infancy. 

1484. John E. (?) 

1485. Mary, died young. 

i486. Samuel Beers, born June 14, 1809, married Harriet Weller. 

1487. William Ellery, bom August 3, 1810, married Anna Jane Sherrill. 

1488. Lucy Huntington, bom April 15, 1814, married Edwin Atwater. 

683. JOB * GREENE (Benjamin Ellery ^ John \ Richard ^ John % 
John ') was bom at Warwick, February 26, 1783, died October 18, 1833, at 
Boston, Mass. He married, February 28, 1813, Lydia, daughter of Joseph 
and Lydia (Dana) Blake of Boston, and widow of James Erving. She was 
the^great-great-granddaughter of Benjamin Dana, son of Richard the emi- 
grant. Her first husband, James Erving, to whom she was married in 
1798, died July 23, 1805. By this marriage she had fotir children; Eliza, 

Sixth Geueration. 283 

lived in New York; Hairiet, died in New York, 1872, aged seventy-two; 
James and George, who both died at sea. 


1489. Benjamin Ellery, married Merced de Valenzuela. 

1490. Lydia Maria, died in 1849, unmarried. 

1491. Samuel Huntington, merchant of Oregon in i860; died in New York City, 

December 19, 1873, and was buried in Boston. 

1402. Sarah Jane ) ,. , 

"^ „ •'-^ I died voung. 

1493. Sophia Dana ) 

1494. Sarah Sophia Dana, died 1850, unmarried. 

1495. Edward Dana Erving, artist, of New York City, died 1879. 

1496. Emily Erving, died 1845, unmarried. 

684. SARAH ^ GREENE (Benjamin Ellery =, John ^ Richard ^ 
John % John ') was bom February 16, 1785, at East Windsor, Conn. She 
married, in Addison County, Vermont, September 17, 1809, Amasa Payne, 
bom at Williamstown, Mass., April 28, 1772, died at Union City, Ohio, No- 
vember 2, 1856. He was the son of Samuel Payne (bom New Haven, 
Conn., May 25, 1733, died Zanesville, Ohio, June 21, 1813) and Abigail 
Graham (bom Wethersfield, Conn., July 19, 1735, died Madison County, 
Ohio, January 19, 1824). Samuel and Abigail (Graham) Payne were mar- 
ried at Goshen, Conn., December 15, 1755. He was a soldier in the Revolu- 
tionary War, from Vermont, in Captain Daniel Comstock's company, Colonel 
Fletcher's Battalion, as was also his eldest son, Zerah Payne, who was killed 
in the service. His brother Abram was also in the service and was one of 
General Wolfe's grenadiers at the taking of Quebec. The family records 
show that Samuel was a soldier in the French and Indian War. 

Sarah (Greene) Payne, widow of Amasa Payne, died in Concord Town- 
ship, Louisa County, Iowa, November 10, 1861. 


1497. Samuel Huntington Payne, born Addison County, Vt., July 29, 1810, died 

Benton County, Ind., February 8, 1885; married, but the name of his wife 
is not learned. They had two children: Win. Graham, married Miss Cox; 
and Sarah, married Lee Cox, brother of her brother William's wife. 

1498. William Greene Payne, bom Addison County, Vt., January 30, 1812, died 

(probably in New Orleans, La.) in the summer of 1840. He left home in 
the spring of 1840 for the South, intending to engage in business there. 
His last letter to his parents was dated "New Orleans, June, 1840," and 
all efforts failed to secure further tidings of him. He was unmarried. 

1499. Lucy Maria Payne, bom Madison County, Ohio, March 14, 1814, died in 

Urbana, Ohio, August 16, 1874; unmarried. 

The Greeiie Family. 

1500. Sarah Jane Payne, born Madison County, Ohio, February 22, 1816, died in 

Urbana, Ohio, September, 1872, unmarried. She was an invalid, to the 
care of whom her sister Lucy devoted her hfe. When death caused separa- 
tion, Lucy could not be induced to leave the place where they had lived 
together, but remained there in grief and loneliness until her own death, 
which occurred two years later (1874). 

1501. Olive Williams Payne, born Madison County, Ohio, February 27, 1818, 

where she died March 10, 1818. 

1502. Julius Augustus Payne, bom Madison County, Ohio, June 10, 1819, died 

Paris Township, Union County, Ohio, November 17, 1843, unmarried. 

1503. Jared Williams Payne, born Madison County, Ohio, December 26, died 

December 27, 1820. 

1504. Polly King Payne, born Madison County, Ohio, December 7, 1822, died 

May 24, 1824. 

1505. Mary Ann Payne, born Madison County, Ohio, July 13, 1825, married, Octo- 

ber 26, 1854, at Urbana, Ohio, Nelson Turner Wilson, who was bom in 
Clark County, Ohio, September 7, 1832. He was son of Joseph Wilson 
(bom January 27, 1803, died Fredonia, Iowa, September 14, 1868) and 
Mary Ann Jones (bom District of Columbia, September 9, 1810, died 
Yellow Springs, Ohio, June 18, 1857, married, April 22, 1830). Nelson T. 
and Mary A. Wilson had five children: (i) Mary Emma, bom Louisa 
County, Iowa, August 28, 1857, married at Leon, Iowa, Deceraber 28, 
1 88 1, John Mclntire Moffett ; reside at Clearfield, Iowa, and have six 
children. (2) Eugene Otis, born Louisa County, Iowa, October i, 1859, 
married at Chariton, Iowa, April 20, 1886, Sarah Elnora Larimer; resides 
at Chariton; has two daughters. (3) Lillian May, horn Pleasant Plains, 
Jefferson County, Iowa, July 5, 1865; residences, De Funiak Springs, 
Florida, and Grandin, Mo. (4) Olive Payne, born Pleasant Plains, Jeffer- 
son County, Iowa, February 26, 1867; residence, De Funiak Springs. (5) 
Albion Galloway, born Louisa County, Iowa, January 29, 1870; lives near 
Lamoni, Iowa. 

Mrs. Mary Ann {Payne) Wilson died at De Funiak Springs, Florida, 
November 19, 1899. The following is a daughter's tribute to her memory: 
"My mother's life was a beautiful one of self-sacrifice and heavenward 
duty — a life that helped every one who came in contact with it. Even 
down in Florida, where she spent the last years of her life, she was busied 
in trying to help and uplift the native white people there, commonly 
known as the ' Crackers ' — a people whose condition is so pitifully ignorant 
of everything! 

" On the morning of the day we laid her away, I stepped on the veranda 
and saw a young girl who belonged to one of these families, and whom 
mother had helped to a higher life, crouched in one corner, sobbing and 
moaning, 'O, I loved her so! I loved her so!' And many instances like 
this occurred then and in the days that followed, until we, who lived clos- 
est to her, felt that we had never realized half the beauty and goodness of 
her life. She exerted such a helpful infiuence over those who came in 
touch with her that to the very last she retained this power of winning 

Sixth Generation. 285 

strong, true friendships." After the death of his wife, Mr. Wilson bravely- 
struggled to face life without her devoted and ennobling companionship, 
but his strength steadily failed, and he died at De Funiak Springs, Florida, 
on December lo, 1901, where he was laid to rest beside his wife. 

1506. Joseph Maline Payne, born Madison County, Ohio, November 6, 1827, died 

New York City, April 22, 1864, unmarried. 

685. LUCY HUNTINGTON <^ GREENE (Benjamin Ellery ^ , John ^ , 
Richard^, John % John') was born at Worthington, Mass., February 10, 
1788. She was, when three years of age, adopted by her great-aunt, Mrs. 
Hannah (Huntington) Lyman, wife of Rev. Joseph Lyman of Hatfield, 
Mass. Her grandmother, Sarah Huntington, and Mrs. Lyman were grand- 
daughters of Lieutenant Samuel Huntington of Lebanon, Conn., who was 
son of Deacon Simon Htmtington of Norwich, Conn. Her grandfather, Rev. 
Jonathan Huntington, was the brother of Samuel Huntington, Governor of 
Connecticut. A much-prized family relic, an embroidered lawn apron, 
wrought by her grandmother and worn by her and by her daughter at their 
weddings, was in possession of Miss Lucy Htmtington Greene. In i860 she 
resided in the family of Rev. O. S. Hoyt at New Haven, A^t. She died at 
Vergennes, Vt., March 11, 1876, unmarried. Her betrothed, a sea-captain, 
was lost on his return voyage as he was coming home to be married. 

690. LEWIS SAYRE '^ GREENE, Jr. (Lewis Sayre \ John \ Rich- 
ard -\ John % John ') was bom December 14, 1798. He married, April 19, 
1827, Emelyne. daughter of Samuel and Mary (Polly) Ctirtis of Meriden, 
Conn. They li\-ed at West Meriden. 


1507. Lewis Curtis, bom December 26, 1828, married Eliza R. Dayton. 

1508. Eliza Ann, bom May 8, 183 1, married Minor G. Page. 

1509. Samuel Richard, bom August 26, 1833, died July 14, 1835. 

1510. Alfred Nathaniel, bom January 14, 1836, died April 27, 1837. 

1511. Alfred Pierrepont, bom February i, 1838 (see Mil. Rec, No. 1511). 

1512. Caroline Amelia, bom March 7, 1841, married Charles C. Westover. 

1513. George Perkins, bom September 26, 1843. 

1 5 14. Emma Jane, bom March 8, 1846. 

1 5 15. Charles Edward, bom January 6, 1849, died October 2, 1849. 

1516. Catharine A., bom September 16, 1850. 

691. NANCY '^ GREENE (Lewis Sayre -% John ^ Richard ^ John % 
John ') was born March 31, 1801. She married, March 25, 1825, Levi Gil- 
bert. They resided at New Haven, Conn. 

The Greene Family. 


1517. Mary Ann Gilbert, died aged eight years. 

692. BETSY ^ GREENE (Lewis Sayre ', John ^ Richard \ John % 
John ') was bom 1803. She married, about 1840, Edward Button of New 
Haven, Conn. 

Children : 

1518. Caroline Button, born about 1841. 

1519. (Daughter) Button, died young. 

1520. Benjamin Button, died young. 

1521. (Daughter) Button. 

693. RICHARD* GREENE (Lewis Sayre 5, John\ Richards 
John % John ') was bom in New Haven, Conn., 1805. He married EHza- 
beth Camp of Jefferson, Jackson County, Ala., where they resided. He 
died about 1846. 

Children : 

1522. Randolph. 

1523. John Leverett. 

694. CAROLINE* GREENE (Lewis Sayre ', Johns Richards 
Johns John') was bom 1808, died 1833, aged twenty-five years. She 
married John Hayden of New Haven, Conn. 

Children : 

1524. Levi Hayden, died young. 

1525. John Hayden. 

695. WILLIAM H. * GREENE (Lewis Sayre S Johns Richards 
John S John ') was bom March 20, 1809. He married, November 4, 1830, 
Polly Semantha, daughter of Samuel and Polly Curtis of Meriden, Conn., 
bom January 18, 181 2, a sister of the wife of his brother, Lewis Sayre, Jr. 


1526. Mary Ann, bom March 30, 1834, married Edward Hitchcock. 

1527. Frances E., bom February 5, 1837, married William C. Cutler. 

1528. Levi Gilbert, born 1852. 

697. ELIZA* GREENE (Lewis Sayre S Johns Richards John S 
John') was born September, 1814. She married, 1841, Lewis Layman of 
New Haven, Conn. 

Sixth Generation. 287 


1529. Mary Eliza Layman, born April, 1842. 

1530. William Layman, bom 1844, died 1846. 

1531. Julia Layman, bom May, 1845. 

700. CATHARINE"^ GREENE (Benjamin ', William \ Samuel ^ 
John', John') was bom at East Greenwich, R. I., December 10, 1756. 
She married, April 23, 1778, William Searle, son of Captain Richard Searle 
of Cranston, R. I. 


1532. Mary Searle, born February 22, 1779. 

1533. Benjamin Greene Searle, born October 26, 1780. 

1534. William Searle, bom February 19, 1783. 

1535. John Fry Searle, bom January 21, 1786. 

1536. Lucretia Searle, bom January 16, 1788. 

1537. Julia Anna Searle, bom 1800, married her second cousin, Christopher^ 

Greene (see No. 746). 

703. WILLIAM * GREENE "of Warwick Neck" (Benjamin \ Wil- 
Ham •*, Samuel ^ John % John ') was bom at Warwick, April 18, 1764. He 
married, November 7, 1786, his cousin, Celia, daughter of Governor William 
Greene, bom June 15, 1762, died September 7, 1796. [His parents were 
second cousins.] He died July 28, 1829. 


1538. Benjamin, bom May 13, 1788, married Frances Grey. 

1539. Mary, bom May 6, ijgo, married Joseph Niglitingale. 

1540. Simon Ray, born January 18, 1792, married Harriet Wells. 

1541. Catharine Celia, bom May i, 1794, married Hon. Albert C. Greene. 

Colonel William Greene "was Commander of the Kentish Guards, the 
independent company of Volunteer Militia of East Greenwich, in which 
Gen. Nathanael Greene acquired the first elements of his military knowl- 
edge." Colonel Greene was also cashier of the Rhode Island Central Bank 
of East Greenwich for many years. 

704. SUSANNAH* GREENE (SamueP, William ^ Samuel ^ 
John ■', John ') was bom at East Greenwich, July 21, 1751, died June 23, 
1792. She was married at the residence of her uncle. Governor William 
Greene (2d), to Dr. James Jerauld, son [nephew ?] of Dr. Dutee and Free- 
love (Gorton) Jerauld. Dr. Dutee was son of Dr. James and Martha (Dupre) 
Jerauld, Huguenot emigrants, who came to Boston, Mass., before 1700. 

288 The Greene Family. 

Susannah Greene and her sister Patience were adopted by Governor Greene 
in their youth. Their father was lost at sea and their mother remarried. 
Dr. Jerauld died March 29, 1802 (see below). Susannah is mentioned in the 
will of her gi-andmother, Catharine Greene (who married the first Governor 
William, and who died November 28, 1777) as "granddaughter Susannah 
Jerrauld" (see No. 99). The second husband of Susannah's mother was 
Oliver Hazard, great-uncle of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (see No. 
290). By will of her great-grandfather. Captain Benjamin Greene, Susan- 
nah and her sister, Patience Greene, received legacies: "To great grand 
daughters Susannah and Patience Greene daughters of grandson Samuel 
Greene, 2000 pounds each in bills of credit O. T. when of age or at their 
marriage — son-in-law Wm. Greene to have the care of it." 


1542. Horace Jerauld, went to Chili, South America. 

1543. Patience Jerauld, born June 28, 1777, died January 7, 1864. 

1544. Martha Jerauld, born 1784, died July 17. 1S04. 

In Dr. Greene's History of East Greenwich, p. 159, he states that "Dr. 
Dutee Jerauld in 1742, when 20 years of age, came from Medfield, Mass., 
to East Greenwich — that he had five sons and four daughters, among whom 
was James, Town Clerk of Warwick for many years." This James could 
not have been the husband of Susannah Greene, for he married Mary, 
daughter of Henry Rice, and of his large family of eleven children, the young- 
est was born November 24, 1792, five months after the death of Susannah 
(Greene) Jeratdd (June 23, 1792). Gen. Geo. S. Greene recorded her hus- 
band several times as " Dr. James son of Dr. Dutee," but this was evidently 
an error. Dr. Dutee may have left a brother in Medfield, who had a son 
James, ■ who was a physician, and this nephew may have married Susan- 
nah Greene. The following inscriptions are from tombstones in the North 
Burial Ground, Providence, R. L: 

" Patience Jerauld " In memory of 

daughter of Miss Martha Jerauld 

Dr James and Susannah. daug*'' of 

Jerauld Dr. James Jerauld 

Born June 28 1777 of Medfield 

Died Jan 7, 1864 who departed this life 

Aged 86 years " Born July 17 

Died 1804 

Aged 20 years " 
[Two more lines illegible. 

Sixth Generation. 

705. PATIENCE "■ GREENE (Samuel ' , William ' , Samuel ' , John ^ , 
John ') was bom at East Greenwich, R. I., May 13, 1754, died November 2, 
1809. She married, February 11, 1773, Welcome Arnold, son of Jonathan 
and Abigail (Smith) Arnold of Smithfield, R. I., born March 25, 1745. The 
marriage took place at the home of her imcle, Governor William Greene, where 
Patience had lived since her childhood. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold made their 
home in Providence, and resided on the corner of South Main and Planet 
Streets. Mr. Arnold was one of the five men in Providence who " kept a 
carriage." His wife is mentioned as a "most beautiful and amiable young 
lady," and before her marriage she was also honored with the attentions of 
Nathanael Greene, afterwards the Revolutionary general. The two young 
men were warm friends, and, according to family tradition, were both most 
affectionately attached to the Governor's niece, whose preference for young 
Arnold did not destroy friendship, as is so frequently the result of stich 
experience, but seemed to more strongly unite them in their devotion to 
each other. The President of Rhode Island College, Mr. Manning, once 
remarked that "he had spent an afternoon with two young men of such 
superior minds, that he was sure they wotild make distinguished figures in 
the world." These young men were Nathanael Greene and Welcome 
Arnold. Mrs. Arnold survived her husband nearly eleven years. She was 
a devoted wife and faithful mother. "None lived more beloved or died 
more lamented." Welcome Arnold was the grandson of Thomas ■* (Rich- 
ard ^ Thomas', Thomas'), claiming descent from Richard of Somerset- 
shire, England, and the ancient and illustrious Arnold family (see Somerby's 
Genealogy of the Arnold Family, p. 9). Tristam Burgess, in his Memoir, says: 
" Let it be remembered that Welcome Arnold was from youth to the day of 
his lamented death, a pattern man; a distinguished example for all who 
would act wisely and succeed well." He began his business career when 
but twenty-four years of age. Shortly before his marriage, he entered into 
partnership with Caleb Greene, under the name of Greene & Arnold, but 
the firm dissolved in 1776. He is said to have been "a man of inexhaust- 
ible resources," and was abundantly prosperous in all Jiis undertakings. 
He acquired a large estate and became one of the most distinguished mer- 
chants and statesmen of his time. In 1778 was Representative to the Gen- 
eral Assembly; for many years active in political life, and was a liberal 
patron of religious and educational societies, being one of the Trustees of 
Brown University (Rhode Island College) from the first. He was tall and 
distinguished in appearance, and free from all affectation. His home and 
fireside were ever exempt from business troubles and responsibilities, 
and when his end was approaching he referred all worldly cares to his son 

290 The Gree7ie Family. 

with calm resignation. He died August, 1798. (See Memoir o] Welcome 
Arnold, by Tristam Burgess, 1850.) 

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold had foiirteen children, but only four lived to ma- 


1545. Mary (Polly) Arnold, born April 19, 1774, married. May 22, 1801, Hon. 
Tristam Burgess, the distinguished Senator and orator of Rhode Island, 
son of John and Abigail (Chace) Burgess of Providence, bom February 26, 
1770. Brown University, 1796; admitted to the Bar, 1799; Representa- 
tive, 181 1 ; Chief Justice Supreme Court, Rhode Island, 181 5 ; Professor of 
Oratory and Belles-Lettres, Brown University, to 1825; Representative 
United States Congress, 1825, for five terms (ten years). He died October 
13, 1853. His wife died February 18, 185 1. They had seven children: 
(i) Welcome Arnold Burgess, born August 10, 1801; Brown University, 
1820; died August 28, 1828, at the farm of his uncle, Hon. Zachariah 
Allen, North Providence. He married Eleanor, daughter Hon. James and 
Sarah (Arnold) Burrill. She married (2), June i, 1836, his cousin, Walter 
Snow Burgess. (2) Cornelia Arnold Burgess, bom April i, 1803, died Sep- 
tember 5, 1803. (3) Cornelia Arnold Burgess, born October i, 1804, died 
October 18, 1827. (4) Abby E. Burgess, bom February 2, 1806, died 
August 31, 1826. (5) John Chace (or Curran ?) Burgess, born April 17, 
1808, died February 11, 1809. (6) Mary Harriet Burgess, born December 
25, 1813, died September 9, 1827. (7) Tristam Burgess, Jr., bom July 24, 
1817, died May 23, 1863; Colonel Rhode Island Regiment Volunteers in 
war of the Rebellion; married, October 18, 1838, Sarah Williams, daugh- 
ter Colonel Wm. and Mary Ann (Power) Blodget, and had Arnold Burgess, 
bom September 12, 1839, of Hillsdale, Mich., who married at Scranton, Pa., 
September 16, 1873, Mary Ella, daughter Dr. Thomas and Mary Ella 
McCune; Mary Arnold Burgess, born November ii, 1841, married, June 
13, 1877, Charles E. Souther, lawyer of New York; Sarah Williams Burgess, 
born April 23, 1843, married, December 20, 1866, Robert Wheaton of Provi- 
dence, who died August 6, 1874; Richard James Burgess, born May 23, 
1845, married, March 27, 1866, Emma, daughter Robert and Julia (Clarke) 
Rhodes; Tristam Burgess, born May 14, 1849, of San Francisco, Cal., mar- 
ried, September 2, 1868, Isabella, daughter George and Margaret ( ) 

Lucy; Harriet Frances Burgess, bom March 23, 1854, married, May 30, 
1877, Cassimer de Rhame Moore. 

1546. Samuel Greene Arnold, born January 20, 1778, died at Providence, Feb- 
ruary 19, 1826. He married, September 28, 1813, Frances, daughter of 
Lieutenant John Rogers of the Revolutionary army, and his wife, Elizabeth 
(Rodman) Rogers, born February 14, 1786, died in Providence, July 31, 
1865. Of their eight children but two survived: 

I. Cornelia Elizabeth Arnold, born October 7, 1814, died December 27, 
1897 ; highly esteemed for her intellectual endowments. She married, Octo- 

Sixth Generation. 291 

ber 20, 1835, Timothy Ruggles^ Green'^ {Timothy^, Johu^, Thomas'*, 
Samuel i, Thomas', Thomas' of Maiden, Mass.), born March i6, 1806, a 
lawyer of New York City; member of American Tract Society, Trustee of 
Brown University, and actively interested in benevolent institutions. He 
died in Georgia at the residence of his uncle, on his thirty-fourth birthday, 
March 16, 1840. They had two children (living 1902): (i) Arnold Green, 
bom New York City, February 27, 1838 ; Brown University, 1857. He and 
his four sons are members of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. He married, Janu- 
ary 14, 1865, Cornelia Abby, daughter Walter Snow and Eleanor {Biirrill) 
Burgess, born March 21, 1837, died January 8, 1901. They had seven chil- 
dren: (i) Arnold Biirrill Green, born August 21, 1866, died February 18, 
1872. (2) Theodore Francis Green, Attorney-at-Law, Providence, bom 
October 2, 1867, was graduated from Brown University, 1887, with degree 
of A.B. ; 1890 received from Brown the degree of A.M. ; studied at Harvard 
Law School and Universities of Bonn and Berlin, Germany, 1894-98; 
Instructor in Roman Law at Brown University. Since 1894 engaged in 
the practice of his profession with his father. Is Trustee of Brown Uni- 
versity, of Butler Hospital, and of Rhode Island School of Design; 
Director of Providence Athenaeum, and member and officer of other 
institutions. (3) Eleanor Burgess Green, homyisiTch. t,i, i^i-jo; graduated 
from Wellesley, 1892, with degree of A.B. ; is unmarried and resides at the 
Green homestead. Providence. (4) Cornelia Elizabeth Green, born Feb- 
ruary 24, 1872, died June 16, 1901. A portrait painter of marked ability; 
was also graduated from Wellesley, 1892, with degree of A.B. (5) Ronald 
Conrad Green, bom March 20, 1874; was graduated from Brown University, 
1896, with degree of A.B.; superintendent of a factory in Chicago, 111. 
(6) Erik Hastings Green, born January 16, 1876; graduated from Brown 
University, 1898, with degree of A.B., and received from same, 1899, 
degree of A.M.; 1890, appointed Graduate Scholar in Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology; and in 1901, "Fellow" in same Institute, and 
is now (1902) studying at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Has 
written a number of scientific treatises, some having been published by 
the United States Government, all in the domain of biology and chemis- 
try- (7) Herlwyn Ruggles Green, born February 22, 1877; was graduated 
from Brown, 1897, with degree of A.B., and received from same (1898) 
degree of A.M. He served during the whole of the war with Spain in ist 
Regiment Infantry, Rhode Island Volunteers, as hospital steward; is at 
present (1902) student at University of Pennsylvania Medical School. 
(11) Frances Mary Green, born May 20, 1840, married, September 10, 
1 89 1, Rev. Heman Lincoln Wayland. 

II. Samuel Greene Arnold (Hon.), born April 12, 1821, died Febru- 
ary 13, 1880. He married, November 3, 1848, his cousin, Louisa Gindrat 
Arnold, daughter of his uncle, Richard James Arnold, bom March 29, 

' The descendants of Timothy Rugglcs Green do not use the final e but adhere to the ortho- 
graphy of the family of Thomas Green of Maiden, Mass., their paternal ancestor, although their 
maternal line connects them with the Greenes of Warwick, R. I., as above. 

292 The Greene Family. 

1828. He was Deputy Governor of Rhode Island, 1853-61-62; United 
States Senator, 1862-63, and was honored as State Historian (see Puh. 
Rec, R. I.)- Children: Louisa G., born September 18, 1849, married, 
October 20, 1870, George Lyman Appleton, and had Mary Lyman; Fanny 
Rogers, born April 21, 1854; and Mary Cornelia, born December 29, 1859. 
1547. Eliza Harriet Arnold (twin sister of Richard James), bom October 5, 
1796, died August 30, 1873; married, May i, 1817, Hon. Zachariah Allen, 
son of Zachariah and Candace {Crawford) Allen of Providence, born Sep- 
tember 15, 1795. He was educated at Brown University, studied law with 
Hon. James Burrill; was Judge of Probate; Representative to General 
Assembly ; Trustee of Brown University for fifty years ; Director of Provi- 
dence Athenaeum; and President of Rhode Island Historical Society. He 
also held other important trusts, and was an inventor of valuable improve- 
ments in machinery. Judge Allen was a lineal descendant of John Allen, 
one of four brothers who came to America in 1636 from Weymouth County, 
Dorset, England. Their children were: (i) Mary, bom September 9, 
1819, married, March 2, 1843, Andrew Robeson, son of Andrew and Anna 
(Rodman) Robeson, born October 14, 181 7, at New Bedford, Mass., died, 
Tiverton, R. I., July 23, 1874. They had Andrew Robeson, bom Fall 
River, November 26, 1843, married, March 9, 1880, Abby Frances Knight 
of Haverhill, Mass.; had son Andrew, born December 26, 1880; Harriet 
Allen Robeson, born Fall River, October 31, 1845, died Newport, April 5, 
1852; Alice Robeson, born Newport, September 23, 1849, married, Boston, 
Mass., November 2, 1870, Stephen Van Rensselaer Thayer, son of Nathaniel 
and Cornelia Van Rensselaer Thayer; had son Stephen V., born July 15, 
1871 ; Mary Allen Robeson, born Newport, June 14, 1853, married, Boston, 
November 26, 1873, Charles Sprague Sargent; had Henrietta, born August 
28, 1874; Andrew Robeson, bom December 2, 1876; Mary, bom April 8, 
1878; and Charles Sprague, Jr., bom March 7, 1880. (2) Candace Allen, 
bom January 31, 1822. (3) Awwe Craw/orii yl//«i, married, April 25, 1854, 
Hon. Wm. Davis Ely of New Haven, son of William s {Richard *, Richard 3, 
Richard ^ , Richard ') and Clarissa May, daughter of Major Robert Davis, a 
merchant of Boston and an active member of the "Boston Tea Party." 
He is said to have strikingly resembled General Washington, for whom he 
was often mistaken. He was a brother of Hon. Caleb Davis, Speaker of 
the House of Representatives, and of Brigadier-General Amasa Davis. All 
three brothers were members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Com- 
pany of Massachusetts, and resided in Boston. William Davis Ely, who 
married Anne Crawford Allen, was bom June 16, 1815 ; Yale College, 1836 ; 
Instructor in Latin, Greek, and Mathematics for several years. Studied 
law at New Haven under Judges Daggett and Hitchcock. After a year of 
travel in Europe in 1842-43, was admitted to the practice of his profession 
in the courts of Connecticut, November 17, 1843. Admitted also as 
Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law of the Supreme Court of the United States 
at Washington, D. C, March 5, 1849. He removed from Hartford to 
Providence in 1856. Children: Harriet Allen Ely, born Hartford, Feb- 
ruary 26, 1855, died Providence, April 26, 1862; William Ely, bom Provi- 

Sixth GeneyatioH. 293 

dence, June 17, 1858, Brown University Scientific Department, 1878; 
Yale Scientific School, "Graduate Class," 1878-79. The great-grandfather 
of these children was Rev. Richard Ely, pastor of the Guilford, Conn., 
church for fifty years. He was the great-grandson of Richard Ely, mer- 
chant of Lyme, Conn., who came from Plymouth, England, and was 
engaged in shipping. 

"Mrs. Eliza Harriet (Arnold) Allen was possessed of great energy 
and untiring activity, never wasting a moment, and accomplishing all 
things well which she undertook. She was a firm friend, just and 
generous almost to a fault, 'doing good by stealth,' as Bishop Clark 
expressed it in the address he delivered at her funeral. Her heart was 
always open to the poor and needy. She was a devoted mother and a 
beloved wife, living with her husband over fifty years, at the end of which 
time they had a family reunion to commemorate their golden wedding. 
She was truth itself and abhorred deceit in any form and anything that 
savored of pretension." 
1548. Richard James Arnold, bom October 5, 1796, married at Boston, Mass., 
May 22, 1824, Louisa Caroline, daughter of Abraham and Barbara (Clark) 
Gindrat, and granddaughter of Henry Gindrat of South Carolina and 
Georgia. She was bom April 8, 1804, died October 15, 1871. He died 
March 11, 1873. They lived at Whitehall, Ga., on property inherited 
from her maternal great-grandfather. Captain James McKay. She is said 
to have been "a most beautiful and accomplished lady, a devoted wife and 
mother." They had nine children, seven of whom lived to be married, 
Eliza Harriet, married Wm. Brenton Greene (Win. Perry ^, Perry ^, Nath- 
aniel'^, Jabczi, James ^ , John''). Louisa Gindrat, born March 29, 1828, 
married her cousin, Hon. Samuel Greene Arnold. Richard James, bom at 
Whitehall, Ga., January 17, 1834, married, Mary, daughter United States 
Senator John H. Clark, and had a son and two daughters. He died April, 
1899. Mr. Arnold was the owner of a beautiful estate at Newport and a 
home on Conanicut Island. He was "hospitable, kindly, sympathetic in 
trouble, faithful to his friends, and devoted to his family." Thomas Clay, 
bom 1836, died December 23, 1870. Wm. Elliott, born 1838, married 
; Mary Cornelia, bom 1841, married Wm. R. Talbot; Susan, mar- 
ried Dr. Johnson. The Gindrat family were Protestants of Burgundy, 
France, who, on the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, fled to Berne, 
Switzerland. In 1740 some of the family came to America and settled in 
South Carolina. Henry Gindrat, the grandfather of Mrs. Ricliard J. 
Arnold, Sr., removed thence to Georgia, where he died in 1801, and 
where his family continued to reside. 

706. PHEBE* GREENE (William', William \ SamueP, John % 
John ') was born March 20, 1760, died September 11, 1828. She married, 
March 8, 1778, Colonel Samuel Ward of New York. His two sisters, 
Catharine and Deborah, married Christopher Greene ' "of Potowomut " 
(Nathanael '*, Jabez ^ James % John '), brother of General Nathanael. 

?94 The Greene Family. 


1549. Henry Ward, born March 17, 1784, married, September 2, 1818, Eliza, 

daughter of Jonathan Hall of Pomfret, Conn. Their son Henry died in 
infancy (?). 

1550. Samuel Ward, bom May i, 1786, died November 27, 1839; married, Octo- 

ber, 181 2, Julia R., daughter of Benjamin Cutler of Jamaica Plain, Mass. 
Children: Samuel; Julia, married Dr. Samuel G. Howe; Frances Maria; 
Ann W., married ,4. Milliard; Louisa, married (i) Thomas Crawford, 
sculptor, and (2) L. Terry. 

1551. Anne Catharine Ward, born August 19, 1788, died September 14, 1837, 


1552. Phebe Ward, bom July 17, 1791, died April 22, 1825. 

1553. Richard Ray Ward, bom November 17, 1795, married, November 3, 1835, 

Gertrude Eliza, daughter Edward Doughty of New York, died May 21, 1859, 
Children: Gertrude, Ray, and Annie Katrina. 

1554. John Ward, bom October 26, 1797, died March 21, 1866, unmarried. 

1555. William Greene Ward, born August 7, 1802, died July 22, 1848, married 

Abby Maria, daughter Jonathan Hall of Pomfret, Conn. ; had son, General 
Wm. Greene Ward, who had Charles Henry, Colonel John, Catharine, and 
Prescott Hall Ward. 

707. CELIA^^ GREENE (William ^ William \ SamueP, John % 
John') was bom June 15, 1762. She married, November 7, 1786, her 
cousin, Colonel William Greene. (For children's record, see No. 703.) 

708. RAY * GREENE " of Coweset ' ' (William ' , William * , Samuel ^ , 
John % John'), eldest son, was born at Warwick, February 2, 1765. He 
married, July 23, 1794, Mary Magdalen, daughter of George and Mary 
Magdalen (Henderson) Flagg, born June 14, 1773, died July 21, 1817. She 
was the granddaughter of James and Mary Magdalen (Souchet) Henderson 
of Charleston, S. C. " Hon. Ray Greene of Coweset," of Yale College, 1784, 
was U. S. Senator from 1797-1801. He was appointed Judge of the U. S. 
Circuit Court by President Adams. The appointment was withheld by the 
Jefferson administration. He died January i, 1849. He was the son of 
Hon. Wm. Greene (2d), Governor of Rhode Island. 


1556. George Flagg, born September 20, 1795, died at St. Mary's, Ga., Decem- 

ber 16, 1 82 1, unmarried. 

1557. William, bom January i, 1797, married Abigail B. Lyman. 

1558. Catharine Ray, bom July 18, 1799, married Dr. James V. Ttirner. 

1559. Mary Elizabeth, born February 21, 1804, died young. 

1560. Isabella Mary, born February 22, 1805, married Joseph S. Jenckes. 

SixtJi Generation. 295 

709. SAMUEL WARD « GREENE (William \ William \ Samuel ^ 
John', John') was bom June 24, 1771. He mamed, October 7, 1793, 
Mary Rhodes, daughter of Colonel Joseph and Elizabeth (Corliss) Nightin- 
gale of Providence, born November 18, 1772, died April 13, 1835. He was 
a merchant, universally esteemed for his high character and gentlemanly 
bearing. He died September 22, 1849. 


156^- Catharine, bom July 20, 1794, died June 15, 1796. 

1562. Joseph Nightingale, bom July 10, 1797, married Adeline Bryant. 

1563. William Ray, bom March 20, 1800, married Susan A. Burrill. 

1564. Elizabeth Nightingale, born January 2, 1803, married Dr. Lloyd B. Bray- 


1565. George Spencer, bom November 21, 1814. Resided in Maine, where he 

died unmarried. 

"Samuel Ward Greene died on Saturday morning. Sep. 22, 1849, i'^ 
the 79th year of his age at his residence in (Rutenburgh) Olnej^ille, R. I. 
A Christian without guile, a gentleman without ostentation, universally 
regarded, through a long life and a chequered one, as an unexceptionable 
model of the beautiful in sentiment, the honorable and high-minded in 
social life, and the thoroughly upright and honest in the world of business. 
No just man could have been his enemy; none who became acquainted with 
him could fail to be his friend." 

717. SAMUEL* GREENE (Joshua =, Samuel*, SaniueP, John % 
John '), eldest son, was bom February 26, 1 758. He was a farmer of John- 
ston, R. L He married, March 30, 1783, Mehitable, daughter of Daniel 
Thornton, also of Johnston. She was born March 30, 1763, died May 19, 
1825. He died in April, 1822. His father left him by will "the lands in 


1566. William, born June 3, 1787, married (i) Phebe Brown, (2) Lydia Dennis. 

1567. George, born April 15, 1790, died January 11, 1826. 

1568. Duty, bom July 2, 1792, married (i) Mary Roffer, (2) Abby Pierce Truman. 

1569. Ray, bom September 5, 1796, married Ruth B. Sprague. 

1570. Daniel, bom August 20, 1799, married Almyrah Stone. 

1 57 1. Mary, bom September 13, 1803 (?), married Jeremiah Tilliughast. 

Johnston Records: Hope Hawkins will Apr. 19, 1800, gives "to grand- 
daughter Mehitable Greene, one silver cream-pot; six silver teaspoons 
marked H. H. ; six parlor chairs; one chest with drawers, one looking glass; 
one pewter platter marked H. H. &c. when 18 years of age." 

296 TJie Greene Family. 

Job Hawkins married, September 5, 1752, Hope Harris. Their chil- 
dren were Catharine, Henry Harris, and Mehi table, bom February 22, 1757, 
(who married Daniel Thornton, father of Mehitable Greene). 

In 1822, Samuel Greene's estate was divided, — situate in Gloucester, 
Johnston, and North Providence — between his widow Mehitable Greene and 
his heirs-at-law, viz., Duty Greene, Wm. Greene, George Greene, Daniel 
Greene, Ray Greene, and Mary Greene (Mary was probably the youngest 
child, though not recorded). — From Gloucester Town Records, Book XVI., 
PP- 473-480. 

720. JOHN ^ GREENE (Joshua ^ , Samuel ^ , Samuel ^ , John = , John' ) 
was bom in 1766. He married and had a family. " Children lived in Glou- 
cester." He died March 24, 1838, at Burrillville, aged seventy-two. 

721. MARY*^ GREENE (Joshua ', SamueM, Samuel ^ John % 
John ') was bom about 1773 (?). She married (i) George Field, born in 
Providence, 1774, died at Jamaica, W. I., 1796. She married (2) Matthew- 
son Williams. Her father, Joshua Greene, willed to her mother "half of 
house and other property for life," and to his "daughter Polly [Mary] do. 
after wife's death." Will dated June 3, 1795. Inventory personal estate. 
June 23 and 24, same year: £551 155. 2\d. 

Child by First Marriage: 

1572. Isaac Field, bom in Providence, married Sarah Ann Walcott in 1816 and 
had two children: Anna, bom Providence, married Andrew Ward, died 

1879, had Clarence, Isabel, Alice, and one other, a son; May, married 

Lawion, no children. 

Child by Second Marriage: 

1573- William Greene Williams, bom November 21, 1798, died March 16, 1879; 
married (i), May 29, 1823, Maria, daughter William Earl, bom August 19, 
1800, died November 20, 1832. They had (i) George Earl Williams, bom 
March 10, 1824, died February 26, 1852; (2) Martha Earl Williams, bom 
September 6, 1825, died February 2, 1833; (3) Charles W. Williams, 
born November 12, 1826, died October 24, 1847 (?); Mr. Williams married 
(2) Sarah Ann Blinn, bom March 27, 1813, died September 13, 1856? and 
had (4) Anna Louisa Williams, bom December 29, 1835, who married, No- 
vember 15, 1858, Stephen Greene, son of Thomas Rhodes Greene, and had 
Stephen Daniels and Louisa; (5) Sarah Blinn Williams, born July 12, 
1838; (5) Martha Williams, bom May 29, 1841, died October 5, i860; 
(7) Frederick Williams, horn ]vine 11, 1850, died April 12, 1856. 

Sixth Generation. 297 

George = Field, the first husband of Mary Greene, was son of Captain 
Isaac " (Joseph ^ , Zachariah " , John ' ) and his wife, Martha Hartshorn. He 
was a Hneal descendant of Sir John Field, the English astronomer, who 
died in 1587. The following statement from a letter bearing date May 11, 
1880, was written by a descendant of Zachariah Field (a grandson of the 
astronomer who settled in Dorchester, Mass., and was the ancestor of Cyrus 
W. Field and the Stockbridge, Mass., family) to a descendant of John Field, 
one of the early proprietors of Providence: 

"In 1632 William and John Field, cousins of Zachariah, came to Boston 
and settled in Dorchester, where they remained till 1636 when they joined 
Roger Williams and settled on land near Narragansett Bay." William and 
John were sons of Sir John Field's youngest son, William; and Zachariah 
was the son of John, son of Sir John. (See The Field Family, by Henry M. 
Field ; also Genealogy of the Fields of Providence, R. I. by Harriet A. Brownell.) 

728. MARY ' GREENE (Caleb ' , Samuel ' , Samuel ' , John ' , John ' ) 
was bom July 24, 1762. She married, July 17, 1791, Richard Burke, son of 
William Burke of Warwick, who died August 16, 1855, aged eighty-seven 
years. She died November 4, 1834. 


1574. Burroughs Aborn Burke, died unmarried. 

729. SUSANNAH ' GREENE (Caleb % Samuel ^ Samuel \ John % 
John") was born May 12, 1763, died July 11, 1809. She married, in 
1780, Calebs Westcott, son of Nathan" (Josiah^, Jeremiah % Stukeley") 
and (second wife) Mary (Rutenburg) Westcott, born August 21, 1754, 
died September 20, 1839. He resided at Apponaug and was a merchant. 
Their children were remembered in the will of their grandfather, Caleb 
Greene, dated March i and proved April 23, 181 3. 


1575. Ann (Nancy) Westcott, bom December i6, 1780, died October, 1868; 

married, November, 1801, John Rice Jerauld, son of Dr. Gorton and grand- 
son of Dr. Dntee and Freclove (Gorton) Jerault. They had Mercy; John; 
and Eliza or Elizabeth, who married David Hart of Central Falls, and had 
John; Ann Eliza, married Crawford; James; Alfred, married (i) Harriet 
Hart, (2) Adeline Potter, five children. 

1576. Mary Westcott, bom June i, 1782, died May 14, 1854, married, February 

26, 1804, Job Carpenter, a merchant of Providence, descendant of William, 
who settled near Pawtuxet about 1638, cousin of William of Rehoboth. 

' Martha, wife of Captain Isaac Field, sold Old Hospital Lot to the town of Providence. — 
G. S. G. 

298 The Gi'eene Fmnilv. 

They had six children: Henry, born December 28, 1804, married 

Whipple; Susan, born August 7, 1806, married Gideon Spencer; Mary 
Ann, bom April 29, 1808, died unmarried; Emily Green, born September 
30, 1810, married Luke Greene, died, s. p., March 26, 1858; Catharine 

Arnold, bom July 19, 1812, died June 11, 1843 ; married Tilden; Job, 

Jr., born June 28, 1821, died March 23, 1845. 

1577. JosiAH Westcott, born July 28, 1784, died December 28, 1867; married 

Mary Cooke, daughter of Dr. John Waterman Tibbitts of Apponaug. They 
had four children: Caleb, married Catharine, daughter of Christopher 
Greene; Henry; Josiah; and Mary. 

1578. Sarah Westcott, born December 31, 1786, married, December 8, 1803, her 

cousin, John Reynolds, son of Joseph and Dorcas (Tibbitts) Reynolds. They 
removed to Hartwick, Otsego County, N. Y., where their descendants still 

1579. Catharine Arnold Westcott, born January 27, 1789, died, September 21, 

1865, unmarried. 

1580. Almy Westcott, born July 5, 1791, died March 5, 1849, unmarried. 

1581. Caleb Westcott, bom August 30, 1793, died March 6, 1797. 

1582. Henry Westcott, born August 5, 1796, died May 22, 1869; married (i) 

Mary, daughter of Payton Dana, had daughter Catharine. He married (2) 
Clarissa Perkins, and had daughter, Mary Annie, who married Frederick 
Beecher Perkins, May 21, 1857, and had Thomas, Henry, Charlotte, Anna, 
Mary, Clarissa. 

1583. Caleb Westcott, born October 24, 1798, died in Providence, February 14, 

185 1 ; married Harriet E., daughter of Henry Hoppin of Providence. His 
widow and several children survived him. 

730. BENJAMIN " GREENE (Caleb =, Samuel \ Samuel ^ John % 
John '), eldest son, was born at Apponaug, February 18, 1764. He mar- 
ried, November 12, 1790, Penelope, daughter of Nathan Westcott and his 
second wife, Mary (Rutenburg) Westcott, bom July 16, 1770 (also given 
November 4, 1769). She was sister of Caleb Westcott of Apponaug, who 
married Susannah Greene, sister of Benjamin above. 


1584. Mary, bom February 12, died September 8, 1795. 

1585. Lucy Ann, bom October 25, 1798, married Oliver Cromwell Wilbur. 

1586. Celia Ann, bom October 12, iSoi, married Wanton Rhodes Briggs. 

1587. Charles . 

734. CALEB '^ GREENE (Caleb ', Samuel ^ Samuel ^ John % 
John ') was born at Apponaug, Warwick, June 17, 1772. He married (i) 
March 8, 1795, Sarah Robinson, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Wickes) 
Greene, bom December 12, 1774, died at Apponaug, January 4, 1838. He 
was early engaged in commerce, and when of age was captain of his own 

Sixth Gene ration. 299 

vessel, of which he had the controlHng interest until 1807, when the action of 
the Government destroyed the merchant marine. He then received from 
his father the mill property at Apponaug, and in company with others 
started a cotton manufactory, which he conducted during his active life 
with marked skill and intelligence, though with varied success. He mar- 
ried (2) Elisabeth (Betsey) Burke, widow of Edmund Burke of Apponaug, 
and daughter of Taylor. She died September 28, 1852, leaving no chil- 
dren. He died suddenly, December 4, 1853, and was buried at Apponaug. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1588. Benjamin Robinson, bom May 22, 1798, married Mary Gorton Arnold. 

1589. George Sears, born May 6, 1801, married (i) Elizabeth Vt)iton, (2) Martha 

Barrett Dana. 

1590. Sarah Wickes, bom April 19, 1S03, married Rev. Benjamin Plielon. 

1591. Albert Daniel, bom July 8, 1S06, married Dorcas B. Greene. 

1592. Mary Wickes, bom September 8, 1808, married James Fish. 

1593. Robert Raymond, bom October 3, 1810, died March 16, 181 1. 

1594. Thomas Raymond, bom January 18, 1812, died February 8, 1812. 

1595. Octavia, bom September 3, 1814, married Dr. John Webster. 

1596. Nelson, bom April 3, 1817, died July 4, 1826. 

1597. Thomas Ray, bom January 28, 1819, died April 23, 1831, 

735- SARAH ^ GREENE (Caleb ^ Samuel \ SamueP, John % 
John ') was bom May 31, 1774, died October, 1839. She married (i) Octo- 
ber 28, 1792, William Henry Rice, son of Henry Rice. She married (2), 
August 16, 1804, Rufus Greene, son of Thomas of "Stone Castle." 

Children by First Marriage: 

1598. George Rice, bom April 24, 1793, married, January 27, 1820, Lydia Ann, 

daughter of Daniel and Lydia {Carpenter) Whitman (or Wightman). They 
had Geo. Franklin, bom May 2, 1823; Wm. Henry, born September, 1831 ; 
Ann Eliza, died young; Alary Amanda, died young. 

1599. Sarah William Rice, born April 20, 1795, married Joseph Franklin Arnold, 

son of Captain Joseph and Sarah (Stafford) Arnold, bom January 3, 1784. 
They had (i) Sarah Stafford, bom May 17, 1817, married, March 30, 1836, 
Josiah Baker, and had Josiah, Susan, and Frank; (2) Betsey Dexter, born 
August I, 1819, unmarried; (3) Joseph Franklin, Jr., bom June 23, 1821, 
died December 22, 1881; (4) Wm. Rice, bom May 17, 1823; (5) Phebe 
Anna, bom May 3, died December 7, 1825 ; (6) Mary Ann Carpenter, bom 
October 16, 1826, died March 29, 1827; (7) Georgiana Sears, born at 
Providence, February 7, 1828, married Stephen Sheldon, and had Fanny, 
Frederic, and Walter; (8) Mary Ann Carpenter, bom April 20, 1830, died 
July 9, 1832; (9) Cordelia Alger, born February 5, 1833; (10) Samuel 
Augustus, bom March 6, 1837, died July 16, 1838. 

(For Sarah* (Greene) Rice's children by second marriage, see No. 11 76.) 

300 The Greene Family. 

736. SAMUEL^ GREENE (Caleb s, Samuel \ Samuel 3, John % 
John ') was born February 9, 1776, died at sea, October, 1804. He mar- 
ried, March 19, 1796, Elizabeth "* (Betsey), daughter of John ^ and Martha 
(Rice) Stafford of Coweset, bom March 30, 1780. Their children received a 
legacy from their grandfather, Caleb Greene (see No. 206). 


1600. John Stafford, born April 22, 179S, died October 29, 1798. 

1601. Henry, born April 26, 1800, died unmarried. 

1602. Dorcas, bom March 28, 1802, married Aaron Baldwin Curry. 

1603. Mary, married Henry Williams, died, s. p. 

Elizabeth, widow of Samuel Greene, married (2) Olney Potter and (3) 
September 24, 1837, Pardon Mason, who died May 18, 1845, aged eighty- 
seven. She died June 9, 1856, aged seventy- six. She received by will of 
her father, John Stafford, a legacy of $500. 

739. BETSEY " (ELIZABETH) GREENE (Christopher = , Samuel ' , 
Samuel ^ John \ John ') was born about 1771. She married, June 2, 1793, 
Nathaniel Millerd, son of Esqviire Millerd and grandson of Nathaniel and 
Barbary Bowen (widow) Millerd, who were married July i, 1758 (Warwick 
Records, Book II., p. 109). 


1604. Augustus Greene Millerd, born February 24, 1794. 

1605. Millerd, born June 25, 1796. 

1606. Julia Greene Millerd, bom May 18, 1801, married Luke Hazard, who died 

June 9, 1878, in his eighty-third year. She died June 16, 1837. Their 
only child, Jidia Elizabeth Hazard, died August 3, 1848, in her fifteenth 

1607. George Washington Millerd, born February 15, 1803. 

1608. Eliza Millerd, bom May 17, 1806, died October 12, 1832. 

740. ALMY ' GREENE (Christopher \ Samuel ^ Samuel 3, John % 
John ') was born about 1773. She mamed (i), November 9, 1800, Captain 
William Hammett and (2) William Hall. 

741. CATHARINE" GREENE (Christopher ' , Samuel \ Samuel ^ 
John % John ') was bom in 1778, died July 21, 1802, in her twenty-fourth 
year. She married, July 30, 1797, Deacon Caleb Ladd, born July i, 1773, 
son of Captain John of Warwick and Ann (Arnold) Ladd (widow of Eben- 
ezer Greene). His grandparents were William and Phebe (Stafford) Arnold, 
daughter of Thomas and Anne (Greene) Stafford {Records of Apponaug, R. I. , 
and Arnold Family, p. 32, will of Wm. Arnold). Caleb Ladd married (2), 

Sixth Generation. 

February lo, 1803, Nancy, daughter of Samuel Burlingame of Cranston, and 
had eight children, the eldest of whom — Alexis — stated that his grandfather, 
" Capt. John Ladd's wife was the widow Greene, and had two sons, Eben- 
ezer and Peter Greene." Land Evidences, Warwick Records, show land 
transactions signed by John Ladd and "wife Mary" previous to 1770, and 
by "Wife Ann" on x^pril 6, 1771. His marriage to Ann (Arnold) Greene 
took place about this date, as his son Job was older than Caleb, who was 
born 1773. The will of James Sweet {Warwick Wills, ii., 485), dated January 
3, 1760, proved July 10, 1763, mentions "Ann Greene widow of Ebenezer" 
(see No. 352). One of Caleb Ladd's sons by his second marriage was 
named Ebenezer Greene Ladd, bom September 16, 1820, died in Providence, 
February 10, 1882. Col. Records of R. I., vol. v., p. 83, show that Captain 
John Ladd was admitted freeman to Charlestown, R. L, May 11, 1744, and 

that he first married Mary and had seven children; the youngest bom 

1759. Caleb Ladd died in his sixtieth year. His second wife died in 1829, 
and he married (3) Phebe Wells (see below). 


i6og. Maria Ladd, bom March 12, 1799, died April 13, 1800. 
1610. Joseph Warren Ladd, bom May 24, 1801, married Aliny R. Spencer. He 
died in Providence, April 29, 1879. (His birth is also given May 22, 1802.) 

"Gravestones removed from the old church lot to the Caleb Ladd 
graveyard on the Major Rice fann, now owned by Dr. Hartshorn," bear the 
following inscriptions : 

" In memory of "In memory of 

Deacon Caleb Ladd Mrs. Nancy 

who died wife of 

Oct 12, 1832 General Caleb Ladd 

aged 59 years " who died Feb 16 1829 

In the 45'^ year of her age " 

" Sacred to the Memory 

of "In memory of 

Mrs. Caty Ladd Mrs. Phebe 

wife of wife of 

Deacon Caleb Ladd Nicholas R. Gardiner Esq. 

and daughter of and daughter of 

Christopher Greene Henry Wells Esq 

who departed this life of 

July 21'' 1802 Woodstock Conn. 

In the 24'^ year of her age " who died 

Aug. 1843 
Aged 55 years." 

TJie Greene Family. 

The last was probably Phebe Wells, the third wife of Caleb Ladd, who mar- 
ried, after his death in 1832, Nicholas Gardiner. 

742. JEFFRAY"^ GREENE "of Apponaug" (Christopher', Sam- 
uel ", Samuel ^ John % John '), eldest son, was born April 24, 1783, died 
December 25, 1846. He married, July 24, 1803, Lucy, daughter of Judge 
Thomas Westcott, bom December 30, 1784, died April 9, 1850. He was a 

Children : 

1611. Augustus Arabet (Gen.), bom February 26, 1804, married (i) Amey Gorton, 

(2) hucy Parker. 

1 61 2. Alphonso, bom May 11, 1806, married Lydia Briggs. 

1613. Alfred, married Lucretia Kirby. 

1614. Catharine, bom 1813, died at Providence, unmarried, January 5, 1892, in 

the seventy-ninth year of her age. 

1615. Thomas Westcott, married Melissa Jerauld. 

1616. Ann Mercy, bom 1818, married E. W. Billings. 

743. ABBY '^ GREENE (Christopher ', Samuel ^ Samuel \ John % 
John ') was bom February 16, 1786, died November 27, 1861. She mar- 
ried, 1 8 10, Herman Courtes Fisher, bom in Philadelphia, January 22, 1782, 
died January 19, 1859, and was buried on his seventy-seventh birthday. 

Children : ~ \ ,. f"^'^'"^^ 

1617. Elizabeth Fisher, born September 10, 1813, married Dudley, and had 

daughter, Abhy Dudley. 

1618. Harriet Fisher, bom March 27, 1816, married Spaulding, and had 

Henrietta Spaulding, died November, i860. 

1619. Henry C. Fisher. 

744. SARAH * GREENE (Christopher ' , Samuel ' , Samuel ^ , John ^ , 
John') was bom in 1790, died October 20, 1856. She married Herkimer 


1620. Hamlin Johnson, , married Mary Sheldon, daughter of Reuben Wickes 

of Nassauket Plains. 

746. CHRISTOPHERS GREENE "of Apponaug" (Christopher', 
Samuel "*, Samuel', John % John") was bom at Apponaug in 1795, died 
suddenly December 22, 1858, He resided on his farm. He married Julia 
Anna, daughter of William and Catharine (Greene) Searle of Cranston, who 
died April 18, 1837, aged thirty-seven (see No. 700). 

Sixth Geneyation. 303 


1621. Catharine Searle, died 1826, aged eight years eleven months. 

1622. Samuel Christopher, bom January 5, 1821. 

1623. Abby Davis, bom October 25, 18 — . 

1624. Catharine Celia, bom 1828, married Caleb Westcott 

1625. Harriet Elizabeth, bom March 8, 1831, married Wm. H. Browning. 

1626. Mary Frances. 

1627. Julia Amanda, bom October 4, 1836, married James B. Stone. 

757. PATIENCE* GREENE (James ', Fones \ James 3, James % 
John') was bom March 7, 1753. She married, December 24, 1775, Cap- 
tain Abraham Lockwood, son of Captain Amos Lockwood. He died No- 
vember II, 1790, aged forty-two years. She died December i, 1838. 


1628. Thomas Lockwood, bom October 5, 1776, died January 24, 1833; married 

Sarah, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Hall) Barton, born February 8, 
1781, died June 13, 1858. They had four children: (i) Robinson, born 
June 9, 1801, died February 17, 1870; married, (i) September 6, i82g,Amey, 
daughter Joel and Hannah (Colvil) Young, who died December 10, 1834; 
he married (2) and had Thomas Joel; Benoni; Amelia Ann: and Hannah. 

(2) Mary Ann, bom September 5, 1805, married January 10, 1830, Thomas 
Holden Greene. (3) Sarah Barton, bom September 21, 1810, married (i) 
William Weaver of East Greenwich, widower. He died May 16, 1854, and 
she married (2), February, 1856, Varnum Bailey Weeden, who died Feb- 

I, ruary, 1861. She died March 9, 1866 — son, Wm. Weaver. (4) Eliza Thomas, 

born September 5, 181 7. 

1629. Amos Lockwood, born August 9, 1780, married (i), 1805, Ann, daughter of 

Nathan Westcott, and had four children, viz., (i) Albert, born December 
27, 1806, married, September 22, 1842, Abbie Lockwood, and had three chil- 
dren: Ahny, born 1845; Henry Albert, born November, 1846, unmarried; 
Wm. Arnold, born November, 1846, married Sophia Lockwood. (2) Amos, 
born December 12, 1808, died August 30, 1888; married Nancy, daughter 
Jacob and Elizabeth Perkins, and had four children: Mary Elizabeth, born 
August 17, 1837; Celia Westcott, born November 16, 1841; Annie Amey, 
born April 5, 1848; Nancy, born July 27, 1849, died February 9, 1850. 

(3) Nathan Westcott, born July 4, 181 1. (4) Arnold, born 1815, died 
young. Amos, St., married (2) Asenath Spencer, and had Abraham, born 
April 6, 181 7, died July 10, 1849; Anna Westcott, born August 31, 181 9, 
married, March 29, 1838, Captain Obadiah B. Spencer, and had Byron, born 
April 23, 1843, died young; Emily Brown, born May 3, 1849; Anne, bom 
May, 1858, married Edward P. Robinson. 

758. JAMES " GREENE " of Nassauket ' ' (James = , Fones ■* , James ^ , 
James \ John ') was born September 20, 1757, died Jtme 28, 1847. He was 

304 The Greene Family. 

a member of the Baptist Societ}^ of Warwick. He married (i), January 6, 
1782, Phebe, daughter of Thomas Warner of Old Warwick, who died Feb- 
ruary 24, 181 7. He married (2) Deborah, daughter of John Gorton, son of 
"Elder John." She was born 1772, and died at Nassauket, aged seventy- 
five years, on the same day that her husband's death occurred, June 28, 
1847. Jcinies Greene was her third husband. She married (i) John Warner, 
son of Ezekiel, and (2) Lockwood Cole. John Greene's will was recorded 
October 18, 1847. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1630. Warner James, born July 24, 1785, married Harriet Wliitmaii. 

1631. Patience, born May 8, 1788, married JaJilccl Wcstcott. 

1632. Phebe, born May 5, 1792, died November 10, 1833, unmarried. 

1633. Marcy, born April 27, 1795, died January 11, 1835, unmarried. 

770. JOB*^ GREENE (Job', Fones ^ James ^ James % John'), 
eldest son, was bom at Coventry, August 7, 1746, died September 12, 1820. 
He married, December 10, 1767, Mercy, daughter of Benjamin Dexter, who 
died March 22, 1826, in her eightieth year. 

Children : 

1634. William Fones, bom August 28, 1768, married Abby Sheldon. 

1635. Benjamin Dexter, born July 27, 1770, married (i) Esther Bucklin, (2) 

Rebecca Taylor. 

1636. Amey C, born September 24, 1772, died December 26, 1796, unmarried. 

1637. Henry Augustus, born July 24, 1774, died May 28, 1795, in his twenty-first 


1638. Dorrance, born August 24, 1776, died at Butler Hospital, Providence, R. I., 

June 3, 1848. 

1639. Thomas Warner, born November 5, 1778, died January, 1810. 

1640. Phebe, born December 4, 1780, died May 14, 1800, unmarried. 

1641. Mary, born October 4, 1783, died January 6, 1843, unmarried. 

1642. Nathaniel, born March 23, 1786, died July 9, 1790. 

1643. Job, born June 15, 1788, married Anne Warner. 

(See Lieutenant Job Greene of Coventry, No. 318.) 

772. WILLIAM " GREENE (Job = , Fones ' , James ' , James ' , John ' ) 
was born at Coventry, January 15, 1748. He married Marcy, daughter of 
Robert ' and Mercy (Gorton) Knight of Cranston. Her mother, Mercy 
Gorton, was great-great-granddaughter of Samuel Gorton, the pioneer in the 
settlement of Warwick. Her father, Israel Gorton, mentions in his will, 
dated 1774, proved November 4, 1778, his "daughter Marcy Knight," also 
"wife Freelove" and "daughter Freelove Manchester." Marcy (Knight), 
Greene's niece, Lavina Knight, married John Greene, her husband's brother. 

Sixth Generation. 305 


1644. Daniel, died young. 

1645. Sally (Sarah), married James Matteson. 

1646. Catharine, married James Matteson (second wife). 

1647. Joseph, married and moved West. He had a son, Sabiii, whose daughter, 

Mary, was Hving in Norwalk, Ohio, 1881. 
164S. Polly, died young. 

1649. William, married Phcbc Irish. 

1650. Mary, married Silas Matteson. 

773. MARY* GREENE (Job', Fones ^ James ^ James % John ^ 
was bom at Coventry, R. I., February 15, 1752. She was married by Elder 
John Gorton, May 28, 1772, to George Tilhnghast, son of Phihp of East 
Greenwich, born January 17, 1751, died April 19, 1816. He was an officer 
in the Revolution and subsequently became Judge of the County Court, 
and was a man of considerable estate for those times. His wife was a lady 
of great beauty and many accomplishments, and survived him for more 
than thirty years. She died in 185 1 (another account, 1843) ^'t the home 
of her eldest son William, in Tolland, Conn., at the advanced age of ninety- 
nine years, and is there buried. Her husband died at East Greenwich, at 
which place all their children were probably bom. 


1651. William Tillinghast, born August 6, 1773, married Eleanor Baker. They 

had nine children: (i) Mary, born February 11, 1798, married, February' 
II, 1824, Cynts Lyman, farmer, Norwalk, Ohio, who died May 25, 1871; 
was thrown from carriage by runaway horse crossing track and killed by 
railroad train, his wife and daughter being seriously injured at same time. 
He is spoken of as "a rare Christian character." Their children were: 
Mary Elizabeth Lyman, born February 12, 1825, married, March i, 1853, 
Milton Remington, merchant, of Norwalk, Ohio (four children); Sarah 
Maria Lyman, bom May 12, 1829, married, March 6, i860, James Endicott 
(who had previously married her aunt, Eleanor Tillinghast), a farmer and 
carpenter, who died May 24, 1879, at Norwalk, aged fifty-eight years (two 
children); Martha Jane Lyman, bom June 7, 1833, married, September 7, 
1852, Samuel Barnes, farmer, of Norwalk (two children). (2) Joseph 
Baker, bom September 17, 1799, at Indianapolis, Ind., married Louisa 
Walker, and had three children: Mary, married Ruftts Pitcher (three chil- 
dren); William, of Brightwood, Ind., unmarried; George, married in. 
West Virginia. (3) Oliver Cromwell, bom March 21, 1801, at Berlin 
Heights, Erie County, Ohio, married Ruth Aborn and had four children: 
Emeline, Oliver Cromwell, Jr., Charles, and Mary. (4) George, bom Janu- 
ary 18, 1803, Berlin Heights, Ohio, married (i) Mary Eldred, (2) Maria 

(six children). (5) William, bom June 29, 1805, Coventry-, R. I., 

married, January 13, 1S32, Eliza Squire oi Florence, Huron County, Ohio. 

3o6 The Greene Familv. 

He lived at Toledo. In early life was in Tolland, Conn. ; removed to Ohio, 
1831. Had four children: Henry Buckley, born February 14, 1836, mar- 
ried Sarah Merriman of Vermont, manufacturer, Toledo, Ohio; Ellen, born 
Berlin, Ohio, November 6, 1837, married A. H. Pomeroy, Mayor of Berea, 
Ohio (three children: Frederick, Mary, and Jesse); Frances Delia, born 
November 30, 1846, Berlin, Ohio, married A, M. Woolson, lives in Toledo, 
Ohio (two children : Maj'j'a, born 1874; MnnnV, born 1879); Alvin Brooks, 

born January 24, 1853, married, June 13, 1882, Smith, manufacturer, 

of Toledo, Ohio. (6) Nicholas, born March 30, 1807, Providence, R. I., 
married (i), 1828, A bby, daughter Robert and Sally Eldred of Wickf ord , who 
died March 27, 1837. He married (2), July 23, 1843, Hope Bailey, born 
Kingston, Ulster County, N. Y., January 4, 1817 (three children: James 
Boon, born April 18, 1830, farmer of Iowa (?); married Ellen Ford, Clark 
Peckham, born May 9, 1832, jeweller, Brooklyn, N. Y., married, June 
4, 1855, Sarah Hargrove of Providence, (four children); Ludovic Hoxey, 
merchant of Providence, born June 16, 1834, married Eliza, daughter 
Lebeiis and Emeline Peck of Providence (two children). (7) Sarah Anne, 
born May 5, 1809, married, September 27, 1830, Willimantic, Conn., Mellen 
Garner Kempton, had eight children: Edwin, died young; Eliza Ann, born 
May 23, 1833, married Wm. A. Johnson of Chicago; Sarah Jane, born Sep- 
tember II, 1835, married W. A. Reason; Ellen Maria, born January 19, 
1837, married Manton Abbott of Springfield, Mass., lived at Manhattan, 111.; 
Mariott, born July 16, 1838, died young; Wm. Garner, born August 27, 
1841, at Palmer, Conn., married, 1862, Jeanette R., daughter Wm. Plmn- 
mer and Mandana Jane Fox of Morton, N. H., reside in Minneapolis, Minn. ; 
Martha Ann, born August 24, 1843, in Palmer, Conn., married, 1861-62, at 
Fall River, Mass., William Cleveland of Lake Zurich, Mich.; Mary Ann, 
born February 15, 1845, in Palmer, Conn., married, 1868, in Illinois, Hiram 
Miller of Chicago. (8) Emeline, born May 17, 1814, married Jacob 
Straight (five children). (9) Eleanor, born July 4, 1818, married, August 
24, 1846, James Endicott, carpenter and farmer. She died March 19, 1859, 
and he married (2) her niece, Sarah Maria, daughter of Cyrus and Mary 
(Tillinghast) Lyman (see above). 

1652. Nicholas Tillinghast, born April 6, 1776, married Hannah Mawney. 

1653. Alice Tillinghast, born August 2, 1778, married Thomas Allen. 

1654. Job Tillinghast, born October 6, 1780, died December 17, 1826. He was a 

farmer of East Greenwich. He married, February 14, 1802, Sally Rhodes 
Davis, and had son, Sidney S. 

1655. George Washington Tillinghast, bom July 3, 1783, manufacturer. North 

Kingstown — Brigadier-General — married, February 4, 1804, Susan Eldred, 
1814, died North Kingstown, October 7, 1827, s. p. 

1656. Philip Tillinghast, born March 24, 1788, married Lydia W. Gorton. 

1657. Henry Greene Tillinghast, born February 26, 1796, married Phebe Reynolds. 

774. FONES ' GREENE (Job ', Fones \ James ^ James % John ') 
was born at Coventry, September 6, 1754, died February 22, 1842, at La- 

SixtJi Generation. 307 

salle, Mich. He married, in 1810, Patience Cornell, of Portsmouth, R. I., 
bom December 14, 1793, died September 14, 1848, aged fifty-five years. 
He removed with his family to Lasalle, Monroe County, Mich., prior to 
1834, where he purchased a farm and where he and his wife died and are 
buried. The farm was divided between the two surviving children, Joseph 
Fones and Benjamin Franklin Greene. (See No. 1660.) 

Children (all bom in Coventry) : 

1658. Abn'er, born 1812, died 1819, buried in Job Greene cemetery, Coventry, 

R. I. 

1659. Susannah, bom 1814, died 1S28, buried at Coventry. 

1660. Joseph Fones, born August 3, 1818, married (i) Mary Ball, (2) Lucinda 

J\Iincrva Willard. 

1661. Benjamin Franklin, born April 5, 1S22, married Betsey Plant. 

Of the above children, Abner and Susannah are buried in the private 
cemetery of Job Greene of Coventry on the old homestead farm. 

Fones Greene married late in life and was nearly forty years his wife's 
senior. She was called by all the Greenes " Aunt Patience-in-law " (family 

775. STEPHEN* GREENE (Job', Fones ^ James ^ James % 
John ') was bom at Coventry, January 9, 1757. He was a farmer and re- 
sided at Coventry. He sold his farm and removed to Centreville, R. I. He 
ser\'ed in the Revolutionary War. He married, May 6, 1782, Sarah, daugh- 
ter of Abraham and Mary (Gorton) Chase of Warwick, formerly of Swansea, 
bom March 2, 1755, died November 27, 1828, buried in the James Greene 
cemetery at Coventry. He died September 5, 1829, at the home of his son 
Jeremiah, at Plainfield, Conn., where he owned a farm with his son-in-law, 
William McFarland. (Mrs. Greene's sister, Mercy Chase, was the mother of 
Judge Weeden. Her maternal grandfather was John ■* Gorton (Othniel ^ , 
John "^ , Samuel ') . 


1662. Seneca, bom November 14, 17S2, married Ann (Nancy) Pcakc. 

1663. Hannah, bom August 29, 1784, died March 5, 1807, unmarried; buried at 


1664. Jeremiah, bom November 28, 1785, married Ann Smitli. 

1665. Lucia, bom April 8, 1787, died June 8, 1874, unmarried; buried in the James 

Greene cemetery, Centreville. 

1666. Gorton, bom October 14, 1788, died January ig, 1815, buried at Centreville. 

He was a silversmith, and unmarried. 

1667. Paulina, bom January 29, 1790, died February 17, 1807, unmarried; buried 

at Centreville. 

3o8 The Greene Family. 

1668. Freelove, born November 7, 1790, died March 26, 1839, unmarried. 

Drowned by falling into the wheel-pit of the mill. 

1669. Mary, born April 28, 1793, married William McFarland. 

1670. Abraham, born February lo, 1795, died May 7, 1803; buried at Centreville. 

1671. Amey, born November 14, 1796, died November 23, 1839, unmarried; buried 

at Centreville. 

1672. Sarah (Sally) Ann, born March 25, 1800; living, 1876, with her sister, Mrs. 

McFarland, at Plainfield, Conn. 

777. MERCY « GREENE (Job ^ Fones ^ James \ James % John 
was bom at Coventry about 1762. She married, January 5, 1801, Wilham 
Rice, of Middlefield, Otsego County, N. Y., to which place he removed in 
1790, and where they resided. He died about 1830, and his widow con- 
tinued to Hve at Middlefield until the death of both her daughters of con- 
sumption. She then made her home with a daughter of her husband by a 
first marriage, until about 1845, when she went to live with her nephew, 
Samuel Greene, at the homestead, Fairfield, Herkimer County, N. Y. 


1673. Mercy Greene Rice, died unmarried. 

1674. Abby Rice, died unmarried. 

779. JOHN"^ GREENE (Job 5, Fones ^ James ^ James % John') 
was born at Coventry, R. I., March 15, 1767. He was a farmer and in 1795 
he removed to Fairfield, Herkimer County, N. Y., where he died July 11, 
1840. He married, July 21, 1789, Lavina, daughter of Robert and Eliza- 
beth (Hammond) Knight of Cranston, R. I., born December 8, 1770, died 
at Fairfield, N. Y., October 31, 1841. She was granddaughter of Captain 
Amos Hammond, who was Captain of one of the Rhode Island companies 
and served in the French and Indian wars, 1755-56; and the great-grand- 
daughter of Wm. H. and Mary ^ (Whipple) Hammond, daughter of Jona- 
than ^ (John') of Providence. Robert Knight, father of Lavina, was 
brother of Marcy Knight, who married William Greene (John's older brother, 
who was nineteen years his senior) . Robert Knight was a member of the 
cavalry command known as the " Captain-General's Cavaliers" in service in 
the expedition to Rhode Island, July and August, 1778 (see War Records 
in Office of the Secretary of State). 


1675. Henry, bom December 15, 1789-90, married Julia Isham. 

1676. Nathaniel, born October 8, 1791, married Frances Wilson. 

1677. Ann Frances, born July 26, 1793, died unmarried, December 12, 1847. 

1678. Elizabeth (Betsey), born Columbus, N. Y., September 5, 1795, died Fair- 

field, April 7, 1867 (insane). 

Sixth Generation. 309 

1679. Christopher Columbus, born October 9, 1797, married Aziibah Bailey. 

1680. Abby, born August 9, 1799, married Joseph Eells. 

1681. Susan, born October 13, 1801, died April 20, 1861, unmarried. 

1682. Samuel, born November 4, 1803, married Jane Fish. 

1683. John, born January 16, 1806, married Mary Anne Arnold. 

1684. Sylvester, bom February 13, 1808, married Lydia Miller Cross. 

1685. Mercy, bom February 9, 1810, died October 2, 1831, unmarried. 

1686. Mary Angeline, bom February 29, 181 2, married John G. Palmeter. 

1687. Benjamin Franklin, bom July 24, 1814, married (Polly) Mary Parkhnrst. 

1688. Nehemiah Knight, bom May 22, 1817, died August 12, 1822. 

780. SAMUEL " GREENE " of Coventry ' ' Qob ^ , Fones ' , James ' , 
James', John") was bom at Coventry, April 13, 1769. He married (i), 
Jvly 14, 1793, Barbara, daughter of Captain James and Abigail (Fenner) 
Sheldon of Cranston, born August 24, 1770, died March 12, 1820. He mar- 
ried (2), September 3, 1820, Mary, daughter of Moses and Anstice (Holden) 
Lippitt of Cranston, R. I., bom November 20, 1780. He was a farmer and 
lived at his father's homestead at Coventry. (One account says that he 
removed to Killingly, Conn.) Moses Lippitt, father of Mary, was son of 
Christopher, who was the grandson of Moses Lippitt of Old Warwick. Sam- 
uel Greene died March 4, 1861, aged ninety-one. His wife, Mary, died July 
25, 1855, aged seventy- four. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1689. Abby Ann, born May 5, 1794, died April 15, 1803. 

1690. James Sheldon, bom February 25, 1800, married Jeanette Baldwin. 

1691. John Wesley, bom May 10, 1802, married Elizabeth Ward. 

1692. Samuel Washington, bom May 18, 1804, died July 18, 1807. 

1693. Abby Ann, bom July 2, 1806, married John Miller. 

1694. Sally Jenckes, born June iS, 1812, married Edmund Arnold. 

782. SARAH* GREENE (Thomas', Fones ^ James S James % 
John') was born April 15 (or 18), 1760. She man-ied, January 4, 1784, 
Caleb Hill, son of Caleb and Mary (Stafford) Hill, and grandson of Thomas 
Hill, born September 5, 1758, died May 6, 1835. She died October i, 1837. 
They lived at the Aquidneck homestead near Potowomut, where he was 
btiried (and probably his wife also). 


1695. Polly Hill, born September 30, 1784, married Thomas Gould Allen, son of 

Judah Allen of North Kingstown, near Allen's Harbor. 

1696. FoNES Greene Hill, bom July 26, 1786, married Patience, daughter of 

Christopher Whipple and Hannah (Atwood) Robinson. He received from 
his uncle, Thomas " Greene, ninety acres of the homestead farm (see No. 

The Greene Family. 

784). His son, Caleb Robinson Hill, born November 15, 1817, married 
July 20, 1842, Mary Warner, daughter Captain Wm. and Catharine Town- 
send (Warner) Harrison of Apponaug, and great-great-granddaughter of 
Thomas and Phcbe s (Greene) Warner {William *, Peter 3, John ^, John ■) 
(see No. 223). They had four children: (i) Wni. Fones, born May i, 
1843, died January 12, 1875, (buried in Spencer burying ground at Coweset), 
married, September 17, 1867, Anne, daughter Peleg and Marcena (?) 
(Gorton) Spencer, born January 3, 1848, and had one child, Mary Elizabeth. 

(2) Anne Elizabeth, horn K^r'il i(), i?,i\?,, died. . (3) Frank Robinson, 

born April 5, 1850, died August 7, 1872. (4) Charles Greene, born Feb- 
ruary 15, 1852, married December 24, 1874, Mary A. Tefft of South Kings- 
town, and had two children: Frank R. and William. Frank R., St., is 
a hardware merchant of East Greenwich, R. I. 

1697. WiCKES Hill, born September 14, 1788, married Sarah Vars, who died Sep- 

tember 22, 1866 (?). 

1698. Thomas Hill, born January 6, 1793, married Lucy Ann Allen, half-sister of 

his brother-in-law, Thomas Gould Allen. 

1699. Sally Hill, born October 6, died December 26, 1800. 

1700. Sally Hill, born July 18, 1802, married, January, 1831, Christopher W. 

Greene, a descendant of Captain John* Greene "of Coweset" (Peter ^ , 
John ^ , John '). She died June 2, 1836. 

The following note was found among Gen. George S. Greene's papers 
and refers to the homestead occupied by Caleb and Sarah (Greene) Hill : 

"Thomas Hill brother of Wickes . . . May i, 1868, told me 
[Edward Greene, son of Chris'' W.] that deeds in his possession at the old 
homestead, Potowomut, showed that his great grandfather Thomas Hill 
bought his land there of one Reynolds, originally ; also that he, the said 
Thomas, was partner with John Greene in the ownership of the mills, later 
the 'Forge of Potowomut.' " 

784. THOMAS'^ GREENE (Thomas ^ Fones ^ James ^ James % 
John ') was bom April 3, 1768. He married, May 27, 1815, Ann (Nanna), 
daughter of Captain George and Ann (Mandon) Harrison of Apponaug. He 
died April 7, 1846, and his widow died February 25, 1864, aged ninety years. 
They had no children. Thomas Greene inherited ninety acres of the home- 
stead farm, which he gave to his nephew, Fones Greene Hill, who, in 1872, 
sold it to the Buttonwood Beach Association, to which Association Henry 
Whitman Greene also sold about thirty-seven acres more. 

789. DANIEL ^ GREENE "of New Hampshire" (James =, Elisha ^ 
James ^ James % John '), eldest son, was born October 10, 1747, probably 
in Providence. He there married, about 1766, Rebecca Barton, born at 
Warwick, July 16, 1746, one of twin sisters, daughters of Rufus and 

Sixth Generation. 

Catharine (Rhodes) Barton. She was first cousin to Captain WilHam Bar- 
ton, who so courageously captured the British General Prescott. She was 
brought up in the home of a Baptist minister. Daniel Greene and his wife 
Rebecca owned property in Providence, but removed to New Hampshire, 
it is said, before the birth of their children. 

hand Evidences, January lo, 1793: " Daniel Greene and wife Rebecca" 
of Claremont, Cheshire County, N. H., deed all estate "of late Honored 
brother Josiah Greene late of Providence, deceased, Blacksmith, two lots of 
land and dwelling houses thereon, etc., on west side of the River in said 
Providence. The one thereof is the house and lot wherein the Rev. John 
Pitman and his wife, the widow of the said Josiah [Greene] now dwell. The 
other is the house and lot which the grantee and the said Josiah purchased 
of Nathaniel Gilmore." (The last name is possibl}^ an error in copying, 
as Josiah had a brother-in-law, Nathaniel Richmond, who married his half- 
sister, Susannah, which name may have been intended.) 

The above seems to prove conclusively the relationship between Daniel 
and Josiah. As the latter is mentioned as " Honored brother, ' ' and not half- 
brother, the inference is that they (and also Elisha) were sons of James 
Greene and his first wife, Freelove Burlingame (note that Daniel's eldest 
child was named Freelove). The dates given of other children of James ' 
are after his marriage to his second wife, Abigail Freeley, September 4, 1754 
(see No. 329, and Appendix I.). The only records in possession of the de- 
scendants of Daniel Greene give the date of his death from his tombstone 
as 18 1 5 "aged 69 years." 

Children (born in New Hampshire) : 

1 701. Freelove. 

1702. Catharine. 

1703. Phebe. 

1704. Martha. 

1705. Nancy. 

1706. Mary. 

1707. Rebecca. 

1708. James, married . 

1709. Elisha Barton, bom April 7, 1786, married Lydia McLaughlin. 

1710. Cyrus Daniel, ) bom 1789, married August 12, 1824. 

1711. Mandana, j born 1789. 

Two of Daniel's children, viz., Martha and Freelove, were named for 
his sisters, who are mentioned only in his brother Josiah 's will. 

790. ELISHA* GREENE Qames ', Elisha \ James ^ James % 
John ' ) was bom (probably in Providence, his father being a merchant 

312 The Greene Family. 

there) about 1748 (?). As his record is not preserved, it is possible that he 
accompanied his brother Daniel when he removed from Rhode Island to 
New Hampshire (see No. 789 above). 

791. JOSIAH*^ GREENE (James', Elisha \ James \ James % 
John') was bom probably in Providence, about 1750 (?). His mother, 
Freelove (Burlingame) Greene, died in 1751. His father, a few years before 
his death (which occurred at Gloucester, R. I., November, 1780) appointed 
his "dutiful son Josiah" his attorney, presumably because of the removal 
of his older sons Daniel and Elisha to New Hampshire; yet the sons 
may not be recorded in correct order, for possibly, Elisha was younger 
than Josiah and still, at this date (1775), a resident of Providence. The 
date of birth of Elisha and Josiah is not definitely given in any of the family 
records attainable. Josiah married Susannah Vaughan. As his widow, ac- 
cording to the deed referred to above, she married Rev. John Pitman of 
Providence, "from Newport, 1791." "Josiah Greene and wife Susannah" 
appear in deed, August 11, 1784 {Providence Records). His will dated 
December 21, 1790, proved January 28, 1791 (see Appendix I.), mentions 
" wife Susannah and brother Daniel, brother-in-law Boone Vaughan [son of 
Sarah] and sisters Martha Olney and Freelove Harding. ' ' (Freelove and 
her sister Martha were omitted from General Greene's records, and they are 
mentioned only as above.) 

792. JOHN MORLEY*^ GREENE (James ^ Elisha ^ James ^ 
James % John ') was bom in 1760, probably in Providence, R. I. He was 
a member of the Junior class of Brown University, December 7, 1776, when 
the exercises of the college were brought to a close, at the outbreak of the 
Revolution. He was commissioned Ensign, March i, 1779; Lieutenant in 
Colonel Israel Arnold's regiment or battalion on recommendation of Gen- 
eral Washington from Morristown, June 3, 1780. On the third Monday in 
March, 1781, among others, John Morley Greene was " to be paid 18 pounds 
in Gold or Silver" on account of depreciation of their wages. On Septem- 
ber 4, 1782, he received from Brown University the degree of A.B. On 
November 9, 1783, he was honorably discharged from the Army. He be- 
came a member of the " Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati, " October 9, 
1786. His signature on the Society books was "John M. Green," without 
the final e. He made out a bill against the State, dated " Providence, June 
II, 1788." A bill for State services settled in 1784, and now preserved in the 
State House, is endorsed thus : "Per order James Green. ' ' He and his father, 
James Greene, were both members of the First Congregational Society, 

SixiJi Generation. 313 

under Rev. Enos Hitchcock, D.D., his father being a prominent deacon. 
Lieutenant Morley Greene probably removed from Providence between 1788 
and 1793, and the absence of all knowledge of him for some years probably 
led to the en'or of starring his name in the record of the Cincinnati Society, 
July 4, 1793. In 1822, however, his name was included in the list of "sur- 
viving members," and he is recorded as having attended the meetings of the 
Society until about 1800. The date of his death is not learned. In family 
letters and records he is mentioned as "eldest son of James Greene." He 
was eldest son of the Deacon's second wife, Abigail Freeley. 

From Heitman's Register of the Continental Army: 

" Greene — ^John Morley (R. I.) Ensign 2d R. I. March i, 1779; wounded 
at Springfield 23 June, 1780; Lieutenant 1780; Transferred to ist R. I. 
Jan'y 1781, and served to the close of the war." 

793. THOMAS* GREENE (James ^ Elisha \ James ^ James % 
John ' ) was bom in Providence, 1 766-67. He is mentioned in family letters 
as " youngest son ' ' (his mother, Abigail Freeley, was the second wife of James 
Greene). Thomas Greene resided at Leicester, Mass. He married Susan- 
nah, daughter of Blackmar, who was accidentally killed near Boston at 

the advanced age of ninety-three years. He was a drummer in the Revolu- 
tionary War, as stated in a letter received from his great-grandson. Rev. 
Wm. Wallace Greene, dated 1889, who had in his possession small pictures 
of both his grandparents. 

Children : 

1712. WiLLiA.M Dabney, born May 25, 1797, married Fanny M. Johnson. 

1713. Leverett, bom 1799 (?). 

1714. Nathaniel, bom 1801 (?). 

1715. Thomas, bom 1803. 

1716. Charles, bom 1805. 

17 17. Maria, bom 1807, married Andrew Willianis. 

1718. Sarah, , married Rice. 

794. SUSANNAH ' GREENE (James ', Elisha \ James ^ James % 
John') was bomabout 1770. She married (i), November 6, 1791, Nathaniel 
Richmond, son and only child of Dr. Ichabod and Abigail (Ford) Richmond, 
of Bristol and Little Compton, R. I. Dr. Richmond, in his will, made 
April 3, 1762, proved November, 1762, left provision for his wife Abigail 
" so as to educate my son Nathaniel till he attain the age of 21 years." His 
widow, Abigail, married (2), September 11, 1785, Benjamin Gushing, Esq., 
of Providence, where, with her son Nathaniel, she went to reside. James 

314 The Greene Family. 

Greene, father of Susannah, also resided there, and was Deacon of the First 
Congregational Church of Providence. Susannah was probably about ten 
years younger than her husband and was his second wife. Nathaniel Rich- 
mond married (i), March 22, 1783, Sally, daughter of Dr. Bezaleel and Bebe 
(Carpenter) Mann of Attleboro, and had three children (see Richmond 
Family, by Joshua B. Richmond, pp. 37, 92). Nathaniel Richmond, great- 
grandson of Captain Edward, son of the American ancestor, John Richmond, 
from Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire, England, lived in Providence after his 
second marriage, and in his will, proved February, 1798, he was called 
" Scribner and Gentleman." He gave to his wife, Susannah, improvements 
of house, also use and improvements of lands on east side of Benefit Street, 
which he bought of Dr. John Milton Mann with $490 of the money which 
he received in right of his first wife, from her father. Dr. Bezaleel Mann, " to 
have and to hold during the minority of his child. ' ' He made bequests to 
his wife and his five children (three by first marriage), and gave $80 to the 
Congregational Societ}^ of Bristol, R. I. His wife and John M. Mann (prob- 
ably his brother-in-law) were appointed executors. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1719. James Greene Richmond, resided in Baltimore, Md., was lost at sea; left a 

wife and two daughters. 

1720. Abigail Greene Richmond, married Grout and had two daughters, 

Abbie and Susan A., who died in Providence, April, 1895. 

Susannah (Greene) Richmond is said to have been a woman of very 
remarkable beauty. She married (2), January 19, 1809, Benjamin Adams. 
(See The Richmond Family, and Bristol Records, p. 569). 

795, DELIVERANCE^ GREENE (Elisha^ Elisha ^ James ^ 
James ^ John '), was born July 22, 1751. She was married by Elder Elisha 
Greene, March 26, 1772, to Nathaniel Greene Carpenter, son of Benjamin 
and Prudence Carpenter, born February 25, 1744; died August 12, 1828, 
aged eighty-four. She died April 24, 1821, in her seventieth year. (See 
No. 796.) 


1721. Daniel Carpenter, bom August 4, 1773, died December 25, 1775. 

1722. James Carpenter, born March 15, 1775, married Zerviah Carver, who died 

September 26, 1820, aged forty-three. He died August 26, 1822, aged 

1723. (Daughter) Carpenter, bom December 28, 1776, died January 19, 1779. 

1724. Job Carpenter, born December 13, 1778, died March 23, 1845; married 

Mary, daughter of Caleb and Susanna (Greene) Westcott, who died May 14, 

Sixth Generation. 3^5 

1854, aged 72. They had six children: Henry Greene, married 

Whipple, died aged seventy-four; Susan, died in her seventieth year; mar- 
ried Gideon Spencer, and had Mary, died, s. p.; Amelia, married 

Sampson of Boston, had several children; Job, married , had one son; 

Clara, married Burlingame — no children; Anna, unmarried; Frank, 

married , had three children. 

1725. George Carpenter, born March 29, 1780, died November 19, 1822. 

1726. Abby Carpenter, bom March 17, 1782, married Sylvester Westcott, October 

4, 1810, died September 27, 1854. Their son, Henry C., died November 
22, 1847, ir^ his thirty-ninth year. 

1727. Deliverance Carpenter, bom June 2, 1785, married, January 26, 1804, 

Sylvester Westcott, died March 28, 1809. He married (2) her sister, Abby, 
in 1810. 

1728. Nathaniel Carpenter, twin brother of Deliverance, born June 2, 1785, 

drowned in South America, September 9, 1810, aged twenty-five. 

1729. Sarah Carpenter, born November 17, 1787, married Thomas Briggs; died 

April 3, 1825. 

1730. Earl Carpenter, born March 21, 1794, married Sarah Ann Harris, October 

26, 182 1, died February 10, 1863. Their children were: Albert Greene, 
bom July 24, 1823, died August 5, 1820; C/iar/e^ £ar/, bom June 22, 1824; 
Joseph Harris, bom February 20, 1826, died December 8, 1854, married 
Mary Q. Parkhurst, had son Irving; Nathaniel Greene, bom January 11, 
1828; Sarah Clarke, bom January 18, 1830, married September 15, 1851, 
Daniel C. Anthony, son of Gardiner and Sarah {Chase) Anthony, and had 
four children; Earl Carpenter, born January 9, 1854; Sarah Ann Harris, 
twin sister, bom January 9, 1854; Gardiner Chase, bom April 24, 1856; 
Daniel Chase, born July 7, 1870. 

(Many of the above dates are from Bible records of Nathaniel Carpenter.') 

796. SARAH" GREENE (Elisha % Elisha \ James 3, James % 
John') was bom November 26, 1752. She married Benjamin Arnold of 
Coventry (see No. 227). 

797. HANNAH" GREENE (Elisha ^ EHsha *, James ^ James % 
John ') was bom November 16, 1754. She was married by Elder Elisha 
Greene, February 21, 1773, to Reuben Westcott "of Pomfret, Conn," so 
mentioned in a deed to his brother, Edward Greene. No record of children, 
but they may have been bom in Connecticut and the births there recorded. 

' March 23. 1786: 

Nathaniel Greene Carpenter and Deliverance his wife, and James Greene, cordwainer, all of 
Cranston, R. I. ; Benjamin Arnold, yeoman, and Sarah Arnold his wife, all of Coventry, R. I. ; Reuben 
Westcott of Pomfret, Conn., laborer, and Hannah his wife; Dexter Greene of Killingly, Conn., laborer; 
Arthur Greene, yeoman, and Mary Greene, single woman, both of Gloucester; deeded to Edward 
Greene, "all right in the estate that belonged to Abigail Greene at the time of her death" (see No. 

ii6 The Greene Family. 

798. EDWARD" GREENE (Elisha =, Elisha ^ James ^ James % 
John '), eldest son, was bom February 13, 1757. He married (i), June 8, 
1777, Prudence, daughter of Edward Davis of Gloucester, R. I., and mar- 
ried (2), after 1796, Sally Rhodes. 

" Gloucester June the 8th day 1777 ; Then was joined together in mar- 
riage Edward Greene the son of Elisha Greene Late of Gloucester & Pru- 
dence Davis Daughter of Edward Davis all of Gloucester, 
by me 

Elisha Greene, Elder 

Recorded by R. Steere T. Clk." 
A true copy from the records of Gloucester. 

C. W. Farnum, 

Town Clerk. 

Edward Greene received by will from his grandfather. Elder Elisha 
Greene, "^ of Dwelling &c. blacksmith tools and improvements and Silver 
Seal." He was to "have certain stock and pay all debts." His brothers 
and sisters with their husbands deeded at various dates, 1783-96, " all their 
interest in the estate of their grandfather Elisha and father Elisha Jr. to 
their brother Edward Greene of Gloucester," and he sold the homestead 
farm — " Said Edward Greene sold the whole farm in this town to Joseph 
Cady of Killingly Conn. May 20 1796. The deed is signed by Prudence 
Greene as wife of said Edward and is recorded in Book 13, p. 347" (from 
Town Clerk, Gloucester, R. I.). He was appointed executor of his grand- 
father's will in place of Captain Solomon Owens, son-in-law of Elder Elisha, 
who declined to serve. The homestead farm was afterward owned by 
William Greene, son of Oliver and grandson of Peter and Elizabeth (John- 
son) Greene (see No. 2664). 

799. DEXTER'' GREENE (Elisha s, Elisha*, James 3, James % 
John ') was bom February 17, 1759; lived in Connecticut, and was unmar- 
ried. His grandfather Greene's will, dated May 31, 1780, proved December 
II, 1780, bequeaths to "grandson Dexter Greene \ Real Estate." Men- 
tioned in deed of transfer of land to Edward Greene, his brother (see No. 
795), as "Dexter Greene of Killingly Conn." 

800. JAMES ^ GREENE (EHsha ' , Elisha * , James ^ , James ^ , John ' ) 
was bom October 11, 1761. He is mentioned in deed as "James Greene 
cordwainer of Cranston" (see No. 795). From his grandfather's will he 
received an equal share with his brothers, "^ of the real estate." James 

Sixth Generation. 317 

Greene died January 21, 1844, aged eighty-two years. We have no record 
of his marriage, and as no wife is assigned to him in the deed referred to, 
where his brothers' wives are all mentioned, it is probable he died immarried. 

8oi. ARTHURS GREENE (Elisha =, Elisha % James 3, James % 
John ') was bom November 10, 1764. He married, but probably at later 
date than that of the deed referred to above, when he was but twenty-two 
years of age. He is mentioned as " Arthur Greene yeoman of Gloucester." 
He kept a tavern and had " a small farm ' ' ; lived at a fork of the roads about 
a mile north of Pawtuxet. His grandfather, Elder Elisha Greene, be- 
queathed to him "^ of real estate — if he die before the age of 21, then to 
other grandsons." 


1 73 1. Daughter, unmarried. 

1732. Daughter, unmarried. 

802. ABIGAIL « GREENE (Elisha 5, Elisha ^ James ^ James % 
John ') was born March 21, 1767. She died unmarried. Her grandfather 
left to her and her sister Mary (Polly) equally "the rest of real estate"; 
" to grand-daughter Abigail Greene \ of furniture." Her death must have 
occurred before 1786, because of the deed executed in that year transferring 
"all right in the estate that belonged to her at time of her death" to her 
brother, Edward Greene (see No. 795). 

803. MARY^ (POLLY) GREENE (Elisha 5, Elisha ^ James \ 
James % John') was bom April 2, 1770. She married William Hall and 
removed to Pennsylvania. In addition to real estate, her grandfather 
Greene willed to her "one Silver spoon marked E. G. " 


1733. GoRTOx Hall. 

Mary Greene was mentioned as " Single woman" and " of Gloucester" 
in deed referred to above; therefore her marriage took place after 1786. 

JOHN " GREENE (John \ Samuel ^ James ^ James % John '), eldest 
son, was bom September 24, 1763, baptized by the minister of the 
" United Brethren." He went to St. Louis, Mo., and died young. 

805. SAMUEL " GREENE "of Newport ' ' (John ^ , Samuel ^ , James ^ , 
James \ John ') was born April 3, 1765, died January 15, 181 7. He mar- 
ried (i), October 2, 1787, Abigail, daughter of Joseph Hayward of Newport, 


The Greene Family. 

son of Richard, of England, born June 8, 1765, died February 11, 1804. He 
was a merchant and Hved at Newport. He mairied (2), October 3, 1804, 
Mrs. Elizabeth Jenkins, widow of John Jenkins, who died October, 1821, 
aged forty-seven. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1734. John, born July 5, 1788, died April 27, 1816, unmarried. 

1735. Joseph Hayward, born July 27, 1790, died, November 7, 1843, unmarried. 

1736. Mary Elizabeth, born May 22, 1792, died July 3, 1793. 

1737. Katharine, born June 24, 1794, died August 10, 1807. 

1738. ( Frederick Smith, born July 21, 1798, died September 5, 1817, in his 
\ nineteenth year. 

1739. ( James Allen, born July 21, 1798, married Elizabeth Oman. 

1740. Peter Castoff, born November 4, 1800, married Johanna Gomor (?). 

1741. Sarah Hayward, born September 18, 1802, married James Hull. 

1742. Infant, born and died December 27, 1803. 

Children by Second Marriage: 



Samuel Fowle, born August 20, 1805, died April 9, 1818. 

Randall Eldred, born August 15, 1807; probably died young. 

Freelove Eldred, born February 5, 1809, died 1816. 

Abigail Hayward, born December 8, 18 10. No record. 

George Allen, born November 26, 181 2, married Avis Falcs Sauford. 

Christopher Raich, born June 30, 1815, died December 8, 1815. 

806. JAMES ' GREENE (John ' , Samuel 

was born December 20, 1766. He married 

an only child. He died December 19, 1791. 

, James ^ , James ^ , John ' ) 
(?) in New York and had 


1749. John, mentioned only as "Master of a Brig in New York." 

807. MARY ELIZABETH * GREENE (John ', Samuel \ James ^ 
James ', John ') was bom Febniary 6, 1769. She married (i), Peter Cast- 
off, who died leaving no children. She married (2) James Harding. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1750. Mary Harding, married Fo5fcr L/nco/;?; had daughter, A bby. 

1751. Elizabeth Harding. 

1752. Cornelia Harding, died unmarried. 

1753. Catharine Harding, married in Lancaster, Pa. 

1754. Stephen Harding, died young. 

Another account: "Mary Elizabeth Greene married (2) James Hard- 
ing — ^his daughter married a Gladding and had a son, of Bristol R. I." 

Sixth Generation. 319 

809. STEPHEN'^ GREENE (Johns, Samuel ^ James ^ James % 
John ') was bom November 30, 1772, died about 18 19. He married Ehza- 
beth, daughter of WilHam Bentley of Newport (Wm. Bentley also of Wethers- 
field, Conn.). 


1755. Mary, born 1795, married John F. Lincoln, died s. p., 1821. 

1756. Jeremiah, married Howes. 

1757. Abby Bentley, bom January 18, 1799, died November 15, 181 5, unmarried 
175S. Elizabeth Bentley, bom March 14, 1801, married (i) Bcnj. Terrell, (2) 

Francis Baker. 

1759. Cornelia, bom April 7, 1803, died July 4, 1821, unmarried. 

1760. William Bentley, bom February 24, 1808, married Sarah Sissoii. 

8ii. SARAH JOANNA* GREENE (John^, Samuel ^ James ^ 

James -, John ') was bom January 19, 1777. She married (i) Riki (?), 

and (2) Howes of Bethlehem, Pa. 

819. CONSTANT CHASE " GREENE (Fones % Samuel \ James ^ 
James -, John '), eldest son, was bom about 1774. He married (i), April 

19, 1792, Abigail, daughter of Caleb and Phebe ( ) Coggeshall. He 

married (2), August 31, 1822, Harriet, daughter of Colonel James Perry of 
Newport (Edward •*, Edward 3, Edward % Edward'), a sea captain, and Cap- 
tain of Newport Volunteers, August 16, 181 2; Captain in loth Regiment 
Infantry, July 29, 1813-15. His third wife was Elizabeth White, widow of 
James Woodbury, a Baptist preacher who removed from Maine to North 
Carolina. Constant Chase Greene was "of Elizabeth City N. C." 

Child by Second Marriage: 

1761. Son (?), died young. 

Children by Third Marriage: 

1762. William Henry, bom March, 1835. 

1763. James Woodbury, bom 1838. 

1764. Elizabeth Constance, bom 1848. 

1765. Mary Blunt, bom 1850. 

(The above record is uncertain.) 

830. PHOEBE « GREENE (Ebenezer ' , Ebenezer ^ , Peter ^ , James ' , 
John') was bom April 30, 1756. She married, October 25, 1778, Chris- 
topher Weaver, son of Peleg Weaver of East Greenwich. No record of 

320 The Greene Family. 

831. JAMES '' GREENE (James = , James \ Jabez \ James % John '). 
eldest son, was born in East Greenwich, August 13, 1759. He married, but 
the name of his wife is not recorded. He died November 16, 1820. 


1766. Hannah, born 1796, died June 5, 1822. (See Friends' Records.) 

832. ELIZABETH ^ GREENE (James 5, James ^ Jabez \ James % 
John ') was born at East Greenwich, June 16, 1761. She married, Septem- 
ber 12, 1784, Nicholas Davis Greene, son of Sylvester and grandson of 
Thomas Greene of Pawtuxet, born September 28, 1762, of the Newport and 
not of the Warwick Greene family. His father, Sylvester Greene, married 
Phebe ' , daughter of Ruf us Greene ■* (Jabez ^ , James " , John " ) . Phebe 
was a cousin of General Nathanael Greene, and also, of her son's father-in- 
law, Nicholas James Greene. 

Nicholas Davis Greene died at Warwick, 1852. He married (2) 
gail Coggeshall, October 16, 1794. 


1767. Edmund Greene, died in infancy. 

1768. Ann Greene, died in infancy. 

1769. Eliza Greene, born June 16, 1799, died in 1817. 

1770. Charles Nicholas Greene, born April 12, 1801, married Maria, daughter 

of James and Lydia {Greene) Sweet, and had five children: Charles, Wil- 
liam, Henry, Harriet, Maria. He was killed by a passing train in Boston, 

1 77 1. Mary Ann Greene, died aged two years. 

1772. Susan Greene, born March 10, 1804, married Daniel Williams of Anthony, 

and had Horace, who died young. 

1773. Eliza ? (Greene), married John Godfrey of Coweset, Warwick. 

1774. William James Greene, born February 20, 1806, married (i), 1827, Ruth 

Carder, and had James and Mary, both died young. He married (2) 
Lydia Sweet, sister of his brother Charles's wife, and had four children: 
Rebecca W.; Albert Coggeshall of Riverpoint, R. I. ; Caroline Frances; 
Emma Eudora. 

1775. Russell Davis Greene, born May 20, 1809, married RiitJi Hammond, and 

had Abby, George, Hannah, and Susan. 

833. NATHANIEL " GREENE (James =, James \ Jabez ^ James % 
John ') was born 176- (?) He married Alice Low (or Lee), but no dates 
are recorded, and the note has been partly erased, giving the marriage as 

835. TIMOTHY "^ GREENE (Paul', James ^ Jabez 3, James % 
John '). eldest son, was born June 12, 1760. He married, October 3, 1787, 

Sixth Geneyation. 

Lydia, daughter of Oziel and Lydia (Smith) Wilkinson of Cumberland, R. I., 
bom December ii, 1766 (?), died December 3, 1840, in her seventy-fourth 
year. Timothy Greene died February 8, 1834. 

Children : 

1776. Sarah, bom May 5, 1788, married William Harris. 

1777. Samuel, bom May 12, 1791, married Sarah Otis Harris. 

1778. Daniel, bom April 16, 1793, married Xaiicy (Ann) Tyler. 

1779. William, bom and died September 2, 1795. 

1780. Mary, married Aaron Putnam. 

1781. Eliza, married Benjamin C. Harris. 

1782. Paul. 

1783. Anna, married Edward Wolcott. 

836. HANNAH" GREENE (Paul^, James ^ Jabez ^ James % 
John') was bom March 16, 1762. She married, April 16, 1778, John 
Greene** (John 5, Peter '', Peter 3, John % John'), who died at Cornwall, 
N. Y., November, 1793. She died April 2, 1783. (For record of children, 
see No. 575.) 

837. ISABEL * GREENE (Paul ' , James ' , Jabez ^ , James ' , John ■ ) 
was bom June 18, 1764, died April 8, 1790. She married, April 5, 1785, 
Benjamin 5 Arnold, son of Samuel •» of Smithfield (Joseph ^ Eleazar % 
Thomas '). They removed to Stamford, N. Y. 


1784. Hannah Greene Arnold, bom June 22, 1786, married Beriah Brown of 

North Kingstown, and had daughter, Isabella Greene Brown, who married, 
1843, Kenyan — one daughter, bom and died same year. 

1785. AzA Arnold "of Portsmouth," born November 4, 1788, member of Friends' 

Society, married Abigail Dennis and had Mary; Harriet; William; Sam- 
uel; Benjamin ; and James Greene, who married Lydia Arnold Greene, 
daughter Phebe ' Greene, the granddaughter of Colonel Christopher of Rev- 
olutionary Army. 

Benjamin Arnold married (2), June 5, 1793, Rachel, daughter of 
David Harris, and had four more children: Thomas, Rachel, Isabella, and 

BENJAMIN ' GREENE (Abraham ', James \ Jabez ^ James % 
John '), eldest son, was married, but the name of his wife is not recorded. 
He was a manufacturer at Lafayette, R. I., and afterward lived on his farm 
at Exeter, where he died. 

322 The Greene Family. 


1786. Daughter, died of consumption. 

1787. Daughter, married W-illett Hincs of North Kingstown and had five children. 

849. WILLIAM ' GREENE (Abraham ', James \ Jabez \ James % 
John') was born February 13, 1769. He was married (i), May 29, 1796, 
"by Rev. Wm. Northup of North Kingstown to Sarah, daughter of Anthony 
and Waite Low, of Exeter." She died at North Kingstown, July 24, 1807. 
He was married (2), March 30, 1809, "by Elder Thomas Manchester, to 
Mary, daughter of Robert Wilcox of Exeter, deceased." She died Novem- 
ber 8, 1809. He died December 30, 1848, at North Kingstown. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1788. James, born March 26, 1797. 

1789. Waite, born August 17, 1798, died June 7, 1848. 

1790. Perry, born December 25, 1799, married Mary Austin. 

1791. Eliza, born May 5, 1802, married Sweet. 

1792. Sally S., born February 21, 1804, died May 26, 1872. 

Child by Second Marriage: 

1793. Robert Wilcox, born November 4, 1809. 

(Dates from Bible records of Wm. Greene.) 

851. HANNAH " GREENE (Abraham ', James \ Jabez \ James % 
John ' ) married James Hendricks and had seven children, whose names are 
not learned. 

854. NATHANIEL" GREENE (Abraham =, James ^ Jabez ^ 
James ', John ') was born August 9, 1787. He married, December 7, 1809, 
Martha Fones Northup of North Kingstown. She was born March 15, 1793, 
died January i, 1879. He died October 29, 1831. 

Children (all born in North Kingstown, R. I.): 

1794. Rebecca Church, born December 7, 1810, died April 2, 1882, unmarried. 

1795. Thomas, born March 25, 181 2, married Rebecca Kentfield. 

1796. Stephen, born March 14, 1815. 

1797. Abraham Barton, born June 4, 1817. 

1798. William, born November 19, 1819, died November 24, 1880. 

1799. Daniel, born March 14, 1822. 

1800. j Mary Douglas, born January 28, 1825, married Thomas W. Clarke. 

1801. ] Martha Fones, born January 28, 1825. 

1802. Nathaniel Arnold, born September 8, 1828. 

1803. Matilda Spink, born May 15, 1830. 
(Also a son, died in infancy, August 16, 1827.) 

Sixth Generation. 

862. HANNAH * GREENE (Jeremiah \ Jabez \ Jabez ^ James % 
John ') was bom December, 1760. She married, September 30, 1779, Jabez 
Chadsey, son of Jabez and Honour (Huling) Chadsey, bom January 31, 1754, 
died September, 1820. He was the great-great-grandson of Captain Alex- 
ander Hilling of North Kingstown, R. I. He took an active part in the 
Revolutionary War, served in Sullivan's expedition at Newport, and spent 
much time guarding shores, for which service a pension of about $50 was 
granted to his widow, Hannah, which she drew for about eight years before 
her death. She died at Wales, near Buffalo, N. Y., in November, 1839 (see 
No. 137). 


1804. Jeremiah Greene Chadsey, born December 2, 1780, died May 26, 1872, 
married, in North Kingstown, August 16, 1804, Avis, daughter of George 

and Waity Wightinan and granddaughter of Colonel George and 

{Sii'eet) Wightmaii, bom October 7, 1780, died September 20, 1874. Her 
great-grandfather was Deacon Sylvester Sweet. They had nine children: 
(i) Euclid, born North Kingstown, April 19, 1805, died October 19, 1864, 
married (i), October 25, 1827, Frances S., daughter of Hon. Philip Tilling- 
liast of Wickford, born April 25, 1809, died March 28, 1837, and had two 
children, Frances A)ina, born August 4, 1831, died December 22, 1852, and 
Susan Caroline, born January 12, 1834, died December 2, 1835. He mar- 
ried (2), March 20, 1844, Waity C., daughter of Alexander Wilson of Men- 
don, Mass., born September 29, 1817, had one child, Wm. Rhodes, bom 
Millville, Mass., April 30, 1846 — (2) Henry Turner, bom East Greenwich, 
October 24, 1806, died June 2, 1889, married, June 13, 1830, Almira, 
daughter Captain John Wightman of North Kingstown, born April 4, 1811. 
They had ten children: (^^John Wightman, bom April 2, 1831, died January 
5, 1896, married, May 19, 1852, Anna Frances Henry, and had Frances 
Anna, Emma Dyer, and Edith Wightman; <-^'>Henry Theodore, born June 21 , 
1833, died Wickford, R. I., May 8, i860, married Mary Emeline Nichols 
(who died September 30, 1859), and had Wm. Nichols and Henry Raplee; 
(i> George Holmes, born June 18, 1836, married, September 20, 1866, Addie 
AI aria Cooke, and had Fannie Evans, Addie Maria, and Mary Edna; '■'^''Hester 
Ann, bom July 29, 1839 ; (s)Mary Catharine, bom April 9, 1840, died 1842 ; 
<.^'> Mary Catharine, horn March 12, 1842 {?); '■''''Almira .4., bom April 15, 
1844; '^''Jeremiah Greene, born March 12, 1846; '■'^^Nathan Bushnell, born 
March 5, 1848; <-^°'>Francis Wayland, born September 20, 1850. (3) Emily 
Greene, born Warwick, April 2, 1809, died March 28, 1868, married, De- 
cember 14, 1829, Henry Holmes Wightman (brother of her sister-in-law, 
Almira Wightman), horn December 14, 1805, died November 27, 1866. They 
had twelve children: Wm. Henry, bom December 25, 1830, married, May 
17, i&^8, Hajinah Melissa Reynolds and ha.d Emma Jones, Stephen Reynolds, 
Victoria, and Abbie May. — George Chadsey, born January 4, 1833, married, 
January i, 1858, Hattie Ann Brace, and had Jesse Lincoln, Arthur George, 

324 The Greene Family. 

and Louis Grant. — Avis Maria, bom August 9, 1834, died February 10, 
1867, married, May 17, 1858, Geo. L. Dix and had Nettie E. (married 
Zebulon H. Cooch); Avis M.; George L. — Jeremiah Chadsey, born July 27, 
1836, died September 20, 1866, married, January i, 1861, his cousin, 
Lavina Reynolds, (who married (2), September 20, 1875, Everett Ponieroy 
and had son, Ernest Eustis) — Joseph, born July 2-4, 1839, died August 4, 
1839. — Charles Lippitt, born July 20, 1840, died April 12, 1875. — Hannah 
Smith, born May i, 1842. — Mary Comfort, born March 12, 1845. — John 
Albert, horn March 11, 1847. — Alexander Wilson, born April 22, 1848, mar- 
ried (i), November i, 1871, Hattie C. Tingley, who died April 12, 1872. He 
married (2), December 17, 1873, Nellie C. Evans, and had Edwin Evans 
and Grade Tingley. — Waity Wilson, twin sister of Alexander W ., bom 
April 22, 1848, married, August 18, 1869, Charles Edward Dean, and had 
Byron Edward, Avis Mabel, Lizzie T., Charles H., John W ., James Tobey, 
and Catharine Warren.^Emily Frances, born January 28, 1850. (4) 
Wvi. Wightman, born Pawtuxet, March 2, died March 23, 181 1. (5) 
George W., born March, died June, 1814. (6) Alfred Blair, bom Newport, 
September 3, 1815, married (i), September 14, 1835, Susan, daughter 
Captain John Nichols, and had John Albert, Ellen A., and Deodota. He 
married (2), October 27, 1880, Anne E., daughter Wm. D. and Eliza H. 
Avery of Providence, R. I. (7) Frances Loring, born Wickford, June 17, 
1817, married, March 14, 1838, Sheffield C. Reynolds of Munson, Mass., and 
had Lavina 0., married her cousin Jeremiah; Anna Frances; and Wm. 
Henry. (8) Maria Wightman, born Wickford, May 23, 1820 (?), died 
August 27, 1853, married, November 30, 1846, Charles Louis Woodworth 
of Munson, and had Maria Theresa, Charles Louis, Louis W., and Charles. 
(9) Waity W., born and died June 23, 1822. 

1805. George Chadsey, bom October 16, 1782. "A prudent, industrious man." 

He purchased part of the original ancestral farm, but died in the prime 
of life, September 25, 1822. He married Betsey, daughter of Robert and 
Ruth Spencer, born February 23, 1784, died December 29, 1852. They 
had ten children: (i) Robert S., bom June 16, 1804, died July i, 1804. 
(2) Roberts., born August 22, 1806, died October 16, 1850, married Mary 
Ann Sisson. (3) Martha Grieve, born May 16, 1808, died September 12, 
1870, married Perry W. Greene. (4) Albert E. J., bom May 22, 1810. 
(S) Marion (?) Jones, born June 14, 181 2, died March 30, 1846, married 
Isaac Allen. (6) George W ., born May 20, 1814. (7) Ann Eliza, born 
June 18, 1815, died November 20, 1817. (8) Ruth S., born March 26, 
1817, married Daniel Pearce. (9) Elisha G., born December 30, 1818, 
died March i, 1863. (10) Ann Elizabeth, born November 26, 182 1, died 
January 16, 1822. 

1806. Honour Chadsey, bom March 22, 1786, died September 3, 1831, un- 


1807. Mary Greene Chadsey, born December 2, 1788, died February 10, i860, 


1808. Elizabeth Chadsey, twin sister of iMary, bom December 2, 1788, died Sep- 

teinber 12, 1854, married Benjamin Gardiner. They had Catharine, mar- 

Sixth Geneyation. 325 

tied Henry Cole; George E.; Reuben L., died in California; Elizabeth B., 
married Church; Rosetta. 

1809. Elisha Greene Chadsey, born July 6, 1791, died August 16, 1818, unmar- 

ried; drowned off Prudence Island. 

1810. Joseph Fones Chadsey, born October, 1793, died of cholera in Albany, 

N. Y., October, 1834, married Rosetta Rickshaw (?), had son, Joseph 
Henry. His widow resided in New York City. 

1811. Tamsin Brown Chadsey, born September 6, 1798, died September 6, 1817, 


1812. Sarah Chadsey, born July 17, 1801, married George Tripp. Removed to 

Wales, near Buffalo, N. Y., and later to Michigan. They had ten children: 
Hannah G., George C., Mary Isabella, Honour C, Joseph C, Wanton A., 
Maria L., Rosetta A., Jeremiah C, Cordelia S. 

863. RICHARD" GREENE (Griffin 5, Jabez ^ Jabez^, James % 
John'), eldest son, and a nephew of Colonel Christopher Greene of the 
Revolutionary Army, his mother's brother. His father, who was also in the 
Revolutionary service, lived later at Marietta, Ohio. Richard married, 
removed to Pittsfield, 111., and had several children, who may have died 


1 81 3. Robert Rouse, born at Pittsfield, married Lucy Seymour. 
i8i3''- Caroline, married Hutchinson. 

864. PHILIP " GREENE (Griffin = , Jabez * , Jabez ^ , James ' , John ' ) 
was postmaster at Marietta, Ohio. No date of birth. He died in 1806 
without children. 

865. GRIFFIN'^ GREENE (Griffin ^ Jabez ^ Jabez 3, James % 
John ') succeeded his brother as postmaster at Marietta, and held the office 
after 1806. He also died leaving no children. 

867. POLLY '^ (MARIA) GREENE (Jacob ', NathanaeH, Jabez ^ 
James", John') was born in 1762, died August 7, 1832. She married, 
December 27, 1787, Benjamin Z. Sumner, of Boston, bom October, 1763, 
died at Coventry, January 31, 181 1. He was unsuccessful in his business 
operations. Her brother, Jabez Greene, physician, made a second will, 
proved April 14, 1808, in which he gave " $100 to Nathaniel Greene Sumner 
son of Benjamin Sumner," and also "to Jacob, son of brother, Thomas 
Greene, $100." (Coventry Records, Book Wills, vol. i., p. 451; "Stunner 
Gen.," A^. E. Hist. Reg., 1854, p. 128.) 

326 The Greeiie Family. 


1814. Nathaniel Greene Sumner. 
(Probably there were other children.) 

868. THOMAS '' GREENE (Jacob \ Nathanael \ Jabez ^ James % 
John '), eldest son, was born in Coventry, May 27, 1767. He married, at 
Dalton, Mass., September 27, 1792, Jane, daughter of Josiah Dean of Rayn- 
ham (Taunton), Mass. He was engaged in the manufacture of iron, as his 
father and grandfather were, at Warwick, but removed to Dalton, Mass., as 
early as 1804, to operate the furnace which he owned at this place, and 
which was unfortunately burned a few years before his death. He also 
owned a store. This disaster took from him all his property. He died 
August 7, 1832. His widow died August 19, 1854, aged eighty. She lived 
with her son-in-law, N. P. Dickinson, for ten years, and for eight years of the 
time was confined to her bed. 


1815. Margaret, bom October 26, 1793, married David Carson. 

1816. Sarah, born April 3, 1795, died July i, 1797. 

1817. Nathaniel, bom February 27, 1798, died September 4, 1798. 

1818. Jacob, born July 27, 1799, died May 4, 1873, at Troy, N. Y. He was mar- 

ried. Mentioned in will of his uncle. Dr. Jabez Greene. 

1819. Sarah, born March 31, 1801, married Levi Atwood. 

1820. Mary, born November 29, 1803, married (i) James Brown, (2) Fordyce Beats. 

182 1. Catharine, born March 26, 1806, married George K. Bellman. 

1822. Jane, born March 4, 1808, married James Thomas. 

1823. Caroline Dean, born July 18, 1810, married Nehemiah Porter Dickinson. 

869. JABEZ" GREENE (Jacob ', Nathanael ^ Jabez ^ James % 
John ') was born about 1770 (?). He was educated for a physician, but at 
an early period engaged in business with his father. He was physically 
frail and died Febiuary 7, 1808. He made two wills, February 6, 1808, 
proved April 14, 1808 {Coventry Wills, Book I., p. 451). 

870. MARGARET^ (PEGGY) GREENE (Jacob =, Nathanael ^ 
Jabez ^ James % John ') was bom in 1772, and died in her fourteenth year. 
Elder Gorton recorded in his journal, "Jacob Greene's daughter Peggy 
buried June 9, 1786." 

871. JACOB VARNUM" GREENE (Jacob \ Nathanael \ Jabez ^ 
James % John ') was born in 1773. He married in 1814, Patience, daughter 
of Mr. Cox of Dorchester, Mass., and widow of Josiah Randall, a paper 

Sixtli Generation. 327 

manufacturer. It is said he was not a very successful business man. Feb- 
ruary 6, 1808, his brother, Dr. Jabez Greene, made two wills. The first 
bequeathed all his property to his brother, Jacob Varnum, including his 
shares in the Greeneville Paper Manufacturing Company. The paper mill 
had been erected that same year near the "Old Forge." Jacob Varnum 
Greene died July 5, 181 5. His wife survived him and married (3) Rev. Mr. 
Smith, a Baptist clergyman. After his death she resided with her daughter, 
Mrs. Oliver C. Arnold, at the Greene homestead, which they owned, with 
eighty acres of land adjoining. Mrs. Smith was quite vigorous, with facili- 
ties unimpaired, when, in her eightieth year, she visited Hartford, Conn., 
and attended church with a sister of eighty-four years and a brother of 
eighty-two years — her family being remarkable for longevity. 


1824. Elizabeth Margaret, born November 23, 1814, married (i) Harris Inman, 

(2) Oliver C. Gorton Arnold, and (3) Williaiti R. Warner. 

872. JULIA* GREENE (Jacob ', Nathanael \ Jabez ^ James % 
John ') was bom 1775-80. She is said to have been remarkably beautiful, 
and as lovely in character as in person. She married, December 12, 1804, 
Theodore Adolphus Foster, nephew of Hon. Theodore Foster, U. S. Senator 
from Rhode Island. He was educated for the legal profession, but was not 
prosperous in his practice, and was most unsuccessful in a series of business 
ventures, so that he was unable to make suitable provision for his family. 
He died in 1820. His beautiful and gifted wife, with her six children, was 
obliged to remove to the home of relatives in Massachusetts, residing for 
seven years at Dalton and for two years at Lee, in that State, with her oldest 
son, Adolphus. Her son Jacob outlived her other children. She died in 
1830 and was buried at Dalton, Mass. 


1825. Adolphus Foster, who lived at Lee, Mass. 

1826. Jacob Foster, living (1881) at Hinsdale, three miles from Dalton. 

(There were four other children, who died early.) 

873. GEORGE WASHINGTON-^ GREENE (Nathanael ', Nathan- 
ael ■*, Jabez ^ James ', John '). eldest son, was born in 1773 (?) After the 
death of his father, the noted Revolutionary General, Nathanael Greene, 
General Lafayette sent for his son, George Washington Greene, to come to 
France and be educated with his son (also George Washington) born at 
about the same date as the American General's son, "that the boys might 
grow to love each other as the fathers did." ^Vhen about twenty years of 

328 The Greene Fauiilv. 

age, George Washington Greene returned to America and was soon after — 
on March 28, 1793 — drowned in the Savannah River, near Mulberry Grove. 
His remains were buried in the same tomb with those of his illustrious father, 
at Savannah, the locality of which has been for so long a period a matter 
of uncertainty, but which has been recently discovered by a committee of 
the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati (see p. 209). 

874. MARTHA WASHINGTON ^ GREENE (Nathanael ^ , Nathan- 
ael *, Jabez^, James % John') was born March 14, 1777. She was the 
eldest daughter of the illustrious General Nathanael Greene. In 1788 she 
was a student at the celebrated Moravian School at Bethlehem, Pa., where 
many of the young ladies of Rhode Island were educated. She married (i). 
May 12, 1795, at Mulberry Grove, Ga., John Corlis Nightingale of Provi- 
dence, R. I., son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Corlis) Nightingale, born January 
28, 1771. She married (2), October 15, 1810, Dr. Henry Edmund Turner, 
third son of Dr. Peter Turner of East Greenwich, who was on the medical 
staff of the Revolutionary army. Henry E. Turner was a pupil at the 
famous school of Dr. Frazer, and, later, a student in the office of Dr. Wm. 
Tiimer of Newport. He practised for some years at East Greenwich, and 
afterward went to Tennessee and Savannah, Ga. He died in 1861, aged 

Children by First Marriage: 

1827. Catharine Littlefield Nightingale, married (i) Dr. John Littlefidd and 

had daughter, Catharine, married Dr. Jassey of Columbus, Tenn. ; had one 
son. Win. Jassey, who died. She married (2) Mr. Black and had one son 
(who was killed) and one daughter, who married and lived in Texas. 

1828. Joseph Corlis Nightingale, died and was buried at Cumberland Island, 


1829. Ebenezer Jackson Nightingale, died and was buried at Cumberland 

1S30. Phineas Miller Nightingale, born on Cumberland Island, 1803, married, 
1836, Mary, daughter of Governor John Alsop and Mary (Ray) King of 
Jamaica, L. I. His wife died March 24, 1894, in her eighty-fourth year. 
He received from his aunt, Louisa {Greene) Shaw, part of the estate on 
Cumberland Island. They had seven children: (i) Laura Greene Night- 
ingale, died unmarried. (2) Mary Ray Nightingale, married, 1866, Robert 
Troupe, a rice planter on the Alabama River, who died 1874; they had 
Camelia, died 1883; Robert, and Mary. (3) Martha Greene Nightingale, 
died 1844, buried at Dungeness, Cumberland Island, Ga. (4) John Alsop 
King Nightingale, married, 187 1, Maria Heywood, daughter of Dr. D. H. 
Brailsford Troupe. They had five children: Brailsford T., Phineas M., 
Fanny Grant, Murray Matiachier, Matilda Troupe. (5) Ellen King Night- 
ingale, married, 1879, Henry Middleton Fuller of Sheldon, S. C, a rice 

Sixth Generation. 329 

planter. She died November, 1833, leaving no children. (6) Elizabeth 
Nightingale, unmcLTTied. (7) William Nightingale, marTied, 1870, Ellen D., 
daughter of Robert Hazlehurst, a rice planter of Sea Coast, Ga. They had 
eight children: Francis Miolace (?), Corlis, Laura Greene, William, Mary 
King, Nathaniel and Elizabeth (twins), Caroline Hazlehurst. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1831. Martha Washington Turner, died 1861. 

1832. Julia B. Turner, died 1861. 

1833. Emily Greene Turner, married George Houstoune Johnston. They had 

George Houstoune Johnstoti, Jr., married Maria, daughter of George Hous- 
toune, a rice planter of Tallahassee, Florida. He died, leaving one daughter, 
Emily Greene Johnston, who married Robert Waller of Petersburg, Va. ; 
had three children: Robert; Julia T., married, 1884, Dr. Thomas I. Charl- 
ton of Savannah, Ga., who died 1886, had one son. Jack Charlton; Ellen 

1834. Louisa Shaw Turner, married, 1837, Bryan M. Morell, a rice planter near 

Savannah, Ga., and had Loww, married in New Orleans, (two children); 
Amey B.; Martha; Caroline, married Lemuel Grant of Atlanta, Ga., (two 

875. CORNELIA LOTT-^ GREENE (Nathanael ^ Nathanael ^ 
Jabez 3, James -, John ') was born September 23, 1779. In 1788 she was a 
student at the Moravian School at Bethlehem, Pa., with her sister Martha. 
She married (i), April 22, 1802, at Cumberland Island, Ga., Peyton Skip- 
with of Maury County, Tenn., son of Sir Peyton Skipwith, Baronet. He 
died at Coates, Ga., September, 1808, aged twenty-eight. She married (2), 
May, 1 810, at Cumberland Island, Edward Brink}' Littlefield. He died 
Febrtiary 18, 1836, at Nashville, Tenn., aged fifty. His widow died 1865. 

Peyton Skipwith was second son of Sir Peyton Skipwith of " Prest- 
would," Mechlenburg County, Va., and through his grandfather, Sir William 
Skipwith, sixth baronet, was of royal descent, tracing back to Edward I., 
King of England. He removed from " Prestwould," Va., to Maury County, 
Tenn., and, as above stated, married Cornelia Lott Greene, daughter of 
Major-General Nathanael Greene. (See Browning's Americans of Royal 

Children by First Marriage: 

1835. George Greene Skipwith, born at "Prestwould," Mechlenburg County, 

Va., January 24, 1803, married at "Longwood," Tennessee, December 24, 
1825, Mary Ann. daughter of Wm. and Sallie Newsum, who was daughter 
of Wilson and Jean B. Gary, the daughter of Dabney Carr, and niece of 
President Jefferson. George G. Skipivith died at " D'Estateville," his 
estate in Hinds County, Miss., December 24, 1852. Children: (i) Jean 

The Greene Fainily. 

Cary, born May ii, 1827, at "Longwood," Tenn., married, December i, 
1847, Judge Greene Pulaski Fonte, attorney-at-law, and had eight chil- 
dren: Geo. Skipwith Fonte, born January 22, 1849, married, February 14, 
1875, Bessie M. Spotts and had daughter, Isadore Courtenay; Wm. Hunt 
Fonte, born September 2, 1850, died, s. p., March 28, 1889; Ethelinda 
Berry Fonte, born November 9, 1852, married, July 9, 1881, Robert 
B. Chapman and had Ethel Gary; Sallie Greene Fonte, born December 
26, 1858, married, December 3, 1884, Robert H. Hasle and had Gary, Ethel, 
Marion Hamilton, and Glarence Fairfax; Augustus Fonte, born June 26, 
1861, married, February 8, 1891, Isabella B. Phillips — no children; Mary 
Elizabeth Fonte, born October 18, 1863, married, September 30, 1884, Wal- 
lace Hendrick and had Harry and Lilian; Greene Pulaski Fonte, born June 
19, 1866, married, December 24, 1888, May Maddox, had daughter, Jenny 
Skipwith; Albert Pike Fonte, born November 24, 1868, married, July 19, 
1890, Edna Willis Howard and had Frances and Marguerite. (2) Gornelia 
Littlefield Skipwith, married James Boiling Ross of Hinds County, Miss. 
She died March, 1875, having survived her husband nine years. They had 
Helen Ross, who married (i) Alex. M. Newstim, who died, leaving a son, 
Alex. Thornton. She married (2) Nathaniel S. Graves, had Natalie Garrett, 
born September 25, 1887; and May Skipwith, born August i, 1889. Cor- 
nelia Ross, married Franklin Montgomery and had Helen, born December 
25, 1884; Girard, born February 29, 1887; Wm., born April 26, 1889; 
Franklin, born February 12, 1892 ; Mildred, born January 26, 1894. Three 
other children of James B. and Cornelia L. Ross died young. (3) Leila 
Tucker Skipwith, born Maury County, Tenn., December 14, 1832, married 
December 14, 1854, at Jackson, Miss., Madison Wallace Milbourn and had 
Florence Burwell Milbourn, horn October27, 1855, died September 18, 1875 
— no children; Caroline Virginia Milbourn, born June 30, 1857, married 
John B. Scruggs, and had Penelope Andrews, Milbourn Sidney, John Bridges, 
Virginia Adair, William Wallace; William Roundtree Milbourn, born Feb- 
ruary 18, 1859, married Ada Blunn, December 11, 1879, and had Florence 
Skipwith, Wallace Madison, Hugh Randolph, Ada Cary, William Roundtree; 
Madison Wallace Milbourn, born January 20, 1862, married Frances Wal- 
worth, September 26, 1889, and had Clara, Clinton Brooks, and Frances Wal- 
lace. (4) Sallie Newsum Skipwith, born March 17, 1837, married Benjamin 
H. Greene, civil engineer, of Augusta, Ga., both died; had son, George Skip- 
with, bom and died 1859. (5) George Greene Skipwith, born Tennessee, 
August 23, died September 4, 1838. {b) Mary Fogg Skipwith, horn Decem- 
beri5, 1839, married, December 11, i860, at Jackson, Miss., Percj'i^o&erfo, a 
lawyer of New Orleans, where they reside — no children. (7) Virginia Grey r 

Skipwith, born July 8, 1840, married, February 20, i860, John Withers i 

Greene, railroad manager, of Georgia, where they reside — no children. '' 

(8) Katharine Peyton Skipwith, born Washington County, Miss., October 
5, 1843, married Daniel R. Lemmon of Danville, Ky., April 15, 1863, and 
had Percy Roberts, born November 24, 1868; Marion Skipwith, born 
August 27,1870; Grey Skipwith, horn '^ovevaher ■], id,"] 2. (9) Nathaniel 
Greene Skipwith, married, October 3, 1877, Bettie, daughter Dr. T. P. 

Six til Gcneyafion. 33 ^ 

Richardson of Monroe, La., and had ]ohn Greene, student in New Orleans 
University; Mary Richardson, a student at the "Sophia Newcomb In- 
stitute." The family reside at New Orleans. 

1836. Peyton Horatio Skipwith, born December 6, 1805, at "Coates," Georgia, 

married (i) Kate Anderson of Kentucky, July 27, 1843, sister to Generals 
Patton and Butler Anderson; and (2) Frances Polk, daughter of Rt. Rev. 
Leonidas Polk, D.D., Bishop of Tennessee. Children by first marriage: 
Cornelia Greene, born June 4, 1844, unmarried; Peyton H., born June 8, 
1848, married Ellen Powell of St. Louis, and had Mary Adair and Cornelia 
Greene; John Adair, born April 20, 1853, unmarried; Mary Carter, born 
May 6, 1856, married Henry Toliaferro Burr; Addie; Mary Cabell. By 
second marriage: Kate Anderson, unmarried; Frances Polk, unmarried. 
Peyton Skipwith, senior, was living at Oxford, Miss., at the advanced age 
of ninety-one years in 1896, having survived his second wife. 

1837. Grey Skipwith, Lieutenant U. S. Navy (resigned 1838) born May 20, 1807, 

at Newport, R. L, married, October 5, 1836, Virginia Randolph, daughter 
oi Miles Gary oiY'ngima., and had Peyton, bom February 14, 1838, mar- 
ried, March i, 1859 (?), Mary Isabella Collier of Memphis, Tenn., who 
died 1870 — had Wm. Grey, Peyton, Mary Isabella, and Virginia ; Elizabeth 
Gary, born December 35, 1839, married, February 28, i860, Le Grand 
James Wilson, M.D., of Alma, Ark, and had Frank Small, Adrian Camp- 
bell, Le Grand James, Clara Elizabeth, Peyton Rhea. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1838. Francis B. Littlefield, died young. 

1839. William Littlefield, died young 

1840. Elizabeth Littlefield, died young. 

1841. Cornelia Littlefield, born April 27, 1818, in Maury County, Tenn., mar- 

ried Gary Netvsiim, April 27, 1837; settled in De Soto County, Miss., re- 
moved in 1867 to Madrid, Mo., where Mrs. Newsiim died in April, 1873. 
Children: Edward Littlefield, Sallie Gary, Cornelia Greene, Wilson Gary, 
Nathaniel Greene, Patty, Frank, and Lida. 

1842. Edward Brinley" Littlefield, Jr., died young. 

1843. Martha Littlefield, died young. 

876. NATHANIEL R.A.Y * GREENE (Nathanael % Nathanael \ 
Jabez 3 , James ^ , John ' ) was born January 29, 1 780, at Morristown, N. J., at 
that time the headquarters of the Continental Army, where his father, 
Major-General Nathanael Greene, was stationed. After the war, his father 
removed to Georgia, and the young Nathanael was but six years of age at 
the time of his death. He continued to live on his mother's estate at 
Dungeness, Cumberland Island, Ga., and at East Greenwich, R. I. At a 
later period of his life he removed to Greenedale, Middletown, R. I., where 
he died June 11, 1859. He was married, September 9, 1808, by Elder 
Littlefield, to Anna Maria, daughter of Ethan Clarke and his wife Anna, 

332 The Greene Family. 

daughter of Governor Samuel Ward. Mrs. Greene was bom at Newport, 
R. I., NovemVjer 8, 1783, and died January 17, 1886, at Greenedale, Middle- 
town, at the advanced age of one hundred and two years. She was a 
woman of great excellence and strength of character, of great vivacity and 
courteousness, which was unfailing until within a few weeks of the close of 
her graceful life. When she rounded the century she was strong enough to 
receive and entertain her friends rriost charmingly. Her funeral services 
were held at the Union Congregational Church, Newport, and were attended 
by many of the representative people of the city and State. She was buried 
with her husband at Greenedale. 


1844. Nathaniel (Dr.), born June 22, 1809, married Mary Jane Moore. 

1845. George Washington, born April 11, 1811, married Catharine Van Biiren 


877. LOUISA CATHARINE " GREENE (Nathanael ' , Nathanael ^ 
Jabez 3, James % John ■) was born about 1783 (?) She married Mr. Shaw, 
and died April 24, 1831, leaving no children. She was buried at Dunge- 
ness, Cumberland Island, Ga. 

880. FRANKLIN ^ GREENE (Elihu ' , Nathanael ^ , Jabez ^ , James ' , 
John '), eldest son, was bom at "The Grange," Potowomut, September 3, 
1780. He married (i), June 29, 1806, his cousin, Emily Greene'' (Chris- 
topher 5, Nathanael ", Jabez ^, James % John '), a. niece of Major-General 
Nathanael Greene, born October 10, 1787, died August 22, 1814 (see No. 
886). Franklin Greene was educated at Brown University, Class 1799. 
He removed to Providence, and in December, 181 7, he married (2) Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Dr. Pardon and Elizabeth (Ward) Bowen of that city. 
He died October 2, 1864. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1846. Franklin, born April 22, 1807, married Agnes L. Bradlee. 

1847. Christopher, born December 4, 1808, died June 16, 1838. 

1848. Henry Ward, born September 5, 181 1, married Mary Hoxsie Sands. 

1849. William Maxwell, born March 20, 1S14, died June 6, 1834. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1850. Elizabeth Bowen, born September 12, 1818, married Riijus Waterman. 

1851. Pardon Bowen, born October 18, 1820, married . 

1852. Emily, born February 24, 1825, married Riifns Waterman (second wife). 

1853. Charles Wanton, born March 8, 1827. 

1854. John Ward, born December 8, 1832, died September 26, 1834. 

1855. Wm. Ward Bowen, born April 14, 1840, married Helen Clark. 

Sixth Generation. 

The name of Franklin Greene's second wife is also given as Anna Eliza- 
beth. Died, 1889, "In East Greenwich on the 4"" inst. Anna E. Greene, 
widow of Franklin Greene, in the 94''*' year of her age." 

882. ANNE « GREENE (Christopher -' , Nathanael " , Jabez ^ , James ' , 
John") was born at Potowomut, Warwick, April i, 1776, died at North 
Kingstown, Nov. 14, 1857, aged 81 years, 7 months, 13 days (tombstone 
at Potowomut). She married, William Peter Maxwell, Esq., bom at 
Charleston, S. C, November 10, 1778, died at North Kingstown, R. I., June 
18, 1858. No children. 

885. CELI A * GREENE (Christopher ' , Nathanael ' , Jabez ' , James = , 
John ') was bom January 10, 1786. She married, February 18, 1805, her 
cousin, Ray Clarke of East Greenwich, son of Ethan and Ann (Ward) 
Clarke of Newport, bom February 13, 1782, Harvard College, 1803; a room- 
mate of John Quincy Adams. He removed to Shelby, Kentucky, where 
he buried one of his sons. He died at Oxford, N. Y., in 1847. His wife 
died August 10, 1829, while on a visit at Apponaug. 

Children : 

1856. Samuel Ward Clarke, born December 4, 1805, died 1815; buried at Poto- 


1857. Celia Greene Clarke, born June 4, 180S, married, 1831, Hon. George 

Arnold Brayton, son of Judge Charles and Rebecca (Havens) Brayton of 
Apponaug. He received his education at Kent Academy, East Green- 
wich, and was a student in 1824 at the Law School, Litchfield, Conn. ; was 
admitted to the Bar, 1827, and commenced practice in his native village, 
Apponaug, 1834. In 1843, on the death of his father, he was appointed 
Associate Judge of Supreme Court, and was Chief Justice, 1868-74, when 
he retired with the highest honors. He died April 21, 1880. His wife 
died August 4, 1880. 

1858. Anna Ward Clarke, born April 27, iSio, died 1815. 

1859. Emily Greene Clarke, born September 17, 1811, died same year. 
i860. Samuel Clarke, died young, in Kentucky, where he was buried. 

1861. Ethan Ray Clarke (Rev.), born January 14, i8i8, married Elizabeth Mil- 
lard. He was bom at Potowomut, having the same birthplace as his 
illustrious great-uncle. General Nathanael Greene. His wife, Elizabeth, 
was a daughter of Rev. Augustus Greene Millard, a Baptist minister. They 
had eight children: (i) Anna Augusta, born 1843, married James Phinney 
Boyd and had two children, Fanny and Dean E. (2) Isabella Emily, bom 
August 12, 1845, married M. T. Mayhew. (3) Mary Elizabeth, born June, 
1847, married William E. Rose and had three children: Willam G., George, 
and Ray Clarke. (4) Jessie, bom October, 1849, died November 8, 1864. 
(5) Susaii Alice, horn 1851, ma.rnedWi7i. E. Marvin. (6) George Brayton, 

334 The Greene Family. 

born April 14, 1853, married Florence Holly and had three children, 
Grace, Percy, and a daughter. (7) Ray, born June 10, 1855, died January 
6, 1865. (8) Ward Greene, born January, 1859. Rev. Ethan Ray Clarke 
died suddenly, December 7, 1895, after preaching at Muskegan Heights, 
on his return to his home at Spring Lake. 

1862. Anna Ward Clarke, born August 22, 1820, ma.rried Wm. Daniel Brayton. 

1863. Samuel Ward Clarke, born November 22, 1822, married Harriet Gorton. 

1864. Emily Greene Clarke, born March i, 1825, married (i) Nelson T. Page 

and (2) Biiffington. 

1865. Mary Elizabeth Clarke, died when two years of age. 

886. EMILY * GREENE (Christopher % Nathanael \ Jabez \ James % 
John') was born October 10, 1787. She married her cousin, Franklin'' 
Greene (Elihu ^ Nathaniel"*, Jabez ^, James % John'). For children's 
record see No. 880. 

887. NATHANIEL ' GREENE " of East Greenwich ' ' (Christopher ^ , 
Nathanael *, Jabez ^, James % John ') was born at Potowomut, October 9, 
1789. He married, June 14, 1814, Abby Sophia, daughter of Wanton and 
Elizabeth Casey of East Greenwich, born March 5, 1794, died January i, 
1838. He was captain in the merchant-marine service in the East India 
trade, and later in life was agent for the Providence and Stonington Rail- 
road at East Greenwich. Captain Greene died January 4, 1841. 


1866. Christopher Albert, born June 27, 1816, married Sarah Anna Chace. 

1867. Nathaniel, bom June 7, 1818, married Hannah Wells Eldridge. 

1868. John Ward, born April 7, 1823, died July 25, 1824. 

1869. Thomas Casey, born September 28, 1826, married Margaret G. Gushing Ladd. 

1870. Charles Collins, born August 28, 1828, married Nieves del Garmen Haviland. 

1871. William Maxwell, born July 23, 1832, married Katharine Celia Lamed. 

1872. Son, born August, died September, 1837. 

Inscriptions copied from gravestones at Potowomut, Warwick: 

" Nathaniel Greene 

Son of Christopher & Deborah Greene 

Born Oct 9 1789 

Died Jan'y 4 1847." 

"Abby Sophia Greene 

Wife of Nathaniel Greene 

Daughter of Wanton & Elizabeth Casey 

Born March 5, 1794 

Died Jan'y i, 1838." 

Sixth Generation. 335 

888. RICHARD WARD -^ GREENE (Christopher = , Nathanael ^ 
Jabez^, James', John') was bom January 21, 1792. He was married, 
November 12, 1 851, by Bishop J. P. K. Henshaw, to Catharine Ceha, daugh- 
ter of General Albert Collins Greene, and widow of Hon. Samuel Lamed. 
He was graduated from Brown University, 181 2. He was counsellor at 
law; long distinguished at the bar in Rhode Island ; United States District 
Attorney and Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Rhode Island, which office 
he voluntarily resigned 1854 to practise again at the Bar, where he had a 
long and successful career. His wife died at Providence, October 26, 1887. 
He died at Providence, March 14, 1875, and was buried at Potowomut. 
No children. 

Inscription on tombstone at Potowomut: 

" Richard Ward Greene 

son of 

Christopher and Deborah Greene 

Born July 21 1792 

Died May 14 1875 

He was a leading member of 

the Rhode Island Bar 

Attorney of the United States for 

the District of Rhode Island 

for 19 years. 

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 

of the State for 6 years and 

held other offices of public 

honor and trust." 

(The months in the inscription may be incorrect, as they were copied 
from indistinct pencilling.) 

889. SAMUEL WARD^ GREENE (Christopher ' , Nathanael ^ 
Jabez^, James % John') was bom January 28, 1794. He spent much of 
his time in Chili, South America, engaged in successful mercantile pursuits 
and in operating flour mills. " He was an urbane and graceful gentleman. " 
He died April 21, 1872, unmarried. 

890. JOHN WARD « GREENE (Christopher ' , Nathanael ' , Jabez ^ , 
James % John ') was bom December 8, 1795, died in Georgia, 1820, leaving 
no children. He married Margaret Clarke, who survived him. 

336 TJie Greene Family 

Inscription in the Potowomut graveyard: 

" To the Memory of 

Margaret Greene 

Daughter of Alexander Clarke 

Captain of the Royal Marines 

She was born Apr 13 


In the house of her father 

in Dunhaven County of 

Inverness Scotland 

and died in the City of New York 

May 28 1861 

She was mamed to 

John Ward Greene 

at Dungeness Cumberland Island 


in 1820 

who died the same year." 

891. ELIHU^' GREENE (Christopher ^ , Nathanael *, Jabez^, 
James-, John') was born at Potowomut, October 11, 1802. He was en- 
gaged in mercantile business in Cincinnati, where he resided. He died in 
that city, December 15, 1878, from injuries received in alighting from a 
street car. He married, November 9, 1830, Matilda Ray, daughter of 
Thomas and Elizabeth (Hubbard) Sumner of Brookline, Mass., born 
December 22, 1810. 


1873. Matilda Elizabeth, born September 8, 183 1, married James Reynolds Pad- 


1874. William Ward, born December 7, 1834, died June 17, 1879. 

1875. Emily Anna, born August 27, 1837, died November 16, 1841. 

1876. Charles Richard, bom March 21, 1840, died August 22, 1866, from exposure 

in United States service during the war of the RebelHon. 

1877. Thomas Sumner, bom September 19, 1842, married Leila H. Mather. 

1878. Samuel Ward, bom May 31, 1848, married Annette Front 

1879. Alice Sumner, born February 18, 1850, married .4/5er/ 5. Langley. 

892. WILLIAM PERRY* GREENE (Perry ^ Nathanael^ Jabez^, 
James % John '), eldest son, was born June 10, 1784. He was a merchant 
of Providence, R. I., with an honorable record, and was also an officer of 
United States Customs at Providence. He " died in Philadelphia, at the 
residence of his son-in-law, Charles Hunt WelHng, Esq., Apr. 24, 1855" 

Sixth Generation. 337 

{Providence Journal, April 26, 1855). He married (i), Mary, daughter 
of Daniel Olney of Providence, who died, leaving no children. He mar- 
ried (2), October 5, 18 18, Susan Ehzabeth, daughter of Hon. John Fry 
and Abby (Brenton) Mumford of East Greenwich, R. I., bom December 
13, 1792, died March 24, 1834. On the paternal side she was the grand- 
daughter of Gideon and Elizabeth (Fry) Tibbitts-Mumford, daughter of 
John and Elizabeth (Greene) Fry, and great-granddaughter of Thomas 
Greene of " Stone Castle. " Judge Mumford was elected Judge of the Court 
of Common Pleas, Kent County, 1776-77-78-79. He was one of the com- 
mittee to audit accounts of the Conmiittee of Safety, and was also a member 
of the Council of War, 1781. (For further public service, see Col. Rec. R. 
I.) He was the great-grandson of Thomas Mumford, the emigrant an- 
cestor, who settled in Rhode Island about 1650, and his wife Sarah, daughter 
of Hon. Philip and Sarah (Odding) Sherman (see Miunjord Memoirs, by 
James Gregory Mumford, M.D.). 

On the maternal side Mrs. Greene was the great-granddaughter of Jah- 
leel and Frances (Cranston) Brenton of Newport, daughter of Governor 
Samuel Cranston, whose lineage is traced back to the time of David H. of 
Scotland (see inscription. Appendix HI.). Jahleel Brenton was one of the 
original members and first commanding officer of the Newport Artillery Com- 
pany, 1742, and was prominent in public affairs. He was the grandson of 
Governor William Brenton, who came from Hammersmith, Middlesex 
County, England, four miles west of London, in 1633, and, after residing a 
few years in Massachusetts, settled in Rhode Island, 1636. He was promi- 
nentty identified with the founding of the new colon}' and especially with 
the settlement of Newport (see Col. Rec. R. I.). He was a wealthy and influ- 
ential man, and was largely interested in the public affairs of Boston as well 
as of Newport, retaining a residence in both places. When he came from Eng- 
land he brought with him a " grant ' ' from Charles I., dated 1633, as Surveyor 
General of the New England Colony, which allowed him so many acres to the 
square mile of all lands surveyed. He thus acquired extensive properties. 
His hon\e, located on Brenton's Neck, he called " Hammersmith," in mem- 
ory of the old English home. Here he died in 1674, where he had retired 
after long public service. Jahleel * Brenton (Jahleel ^ , William ' , William ' ) , 
his great-grandson (the brother of Mrs. William Peny Greene's grandfather, 
Samuel Brenton), became Rear Admiral in the British Navy. 

William Perry Greene married (3), August i, 1836, Sophia B., daughter 
of Samuel Ames of Providence. She died at East Greenwich, December 29, 
1865, aged sixty-two. (In his will Mr. Greene's second wife is mentioned as 
"Susannah Elizabeth.'") 

338 The Greene Family. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1880. William Brenton, born September 21, 1819, married Elizabeth Harriet 


1881. Abby, born January 8, 1823, married William Kcmcys. 

1882. Susan, born October 11, 1824, died February 23, 1861, in Italy. 

1883. Katharine Celia, born September 21, 1826, married Charles Hunt Welling. 

1884. Louisa Mumford, born July 14, 1829, married George Washington Butts. 

893. (Major-General) ALBERT COLLINS ' GREENE (Perry \ Na- 
thaniel ■*, Jabez 3 , James ' , John ' ) was bom April 15,1791. He received his 
academic education at the East Greenwich Academy. From twelve years 
of age he studied with Hon. George Brinkeroff of New York until he attained 
his majority, when he was examined by a Judge of the Supreme Court and 
admitted to the Bar. He afterward completed his law studies at the Law 
School at Litchfield, Conn., and in 1813 returned to Rhode Island and com- 
menced the practice of law in East Greenwich. He was eminently success- 
ful, and as an advocate before a jury had no superiors. He was a member 
of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1815-25 and from 
1822-25 he was Speaker of the House. In 1816 he was elected Brigadier- 
General of the brigade of militia in Kent County, which office he held till 
1 82 1, when he was elected Major-General of the militia of the State, retain- 
ing this office for two years. In 1825 he was elected Attorney-General of 
the State and was annually elected by the people till 1843, when he declined 
being a candidate for the office. During the eighteen years in which he 
held the office of Attorney-General, his professional duties carried him into 
every county of the State and brought to him a larger and more extensive 
intercourse with the people than had been the lot of any other public man 
in the State; and his bland manner and courteous kindness to every one 
secured for him the love and esteem of the people to a degree which has 
never been equalled. In 1843 he was elected Senator to the Assembly from 
Providence under the new Constitution, and was re-elected in 1844. In 
October of that year he was elected by the Legislature, Senator of the 
United States, and served the full term, from March 4, 1845. He was again 
elected, in 1851, State Senator, Rhode Island; and, in 1857, Representative 
to General Assembly from Providence, and also for 1858, which office he 
resigned before the winter session, closing then his political career. He 
belonged, as did his numerous family, to that great conservative party, 
which was formed by Washington and his friends on the reorganization of 
the Government after the close of the Revolutionary War, whose principles 
of action have guided our statesmen in the establishment of this great and 
prosperous nation. His genial, dignified manner and courteous address of, 

Sixth Generation. 339 

and the absence of acrimon}^ in his pleadings, won the good feeling of all 
with whom he came in contact. 

Major-General Greene married (i), May 16, 1814, Catharine Celia, 
daughter of Colonel William Greene'' (Benjamin =, William'*, Samuel^, 
John % John'), born May i, 1794, died January 9, 1826. He married 
(2), August 22, 1 84 1, Julia Bourne, daughter of Judge Bourne of Bristol, 
R. I., and widow of Abiel Jones, bom January 15, 1790, died January 4, 
1842. He died January 8, 1863, and was buried in Grace Church Ceme- 
tery, Providence, R. I. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1885. William Albert, bom February 8, 1815, died January 13, 1840, on steam- 

boat Lexington, burned on Long Island Sound on her voyage from New 
York to Stonington. 

1886. Katharine Celia, born 1816, married (i) Hon. Samuel M. Lamed, (2) 

Judge Richard Ward Greene. 
1S87. Mary Elizabeth, born June 12, 1818, married Russell M. Lamed. 

1888. Susan Eliza. 

1889. Ann Frances (or Frances Ray), married Edward Channing Lamed. 

894. HANNAH^ GREENE (Gideon =, John \ Jabez 3 , James % 
John ') was bom in Coventry, R. I., April 25, 1770. She married Aaron 


1890. Aaron Knight. 

1891. Hannah Knight. 

1892. Mercy Knight. 

1893. Ann (Nancy) Knight. 

1894. Mary (Polly) Knight. 

895. HOWLAND" GREENE (Gideon s, John ^ Jabez ^ James % 
John '), eldest son, was bom in Coventry, November 20, 1771. He mar- 
ried. May 29, 1796, Ann (or Nancy) Brown, daughter of Samuel and Hannah 
(Brown) Pearce of East Greenwich. He died August 10, 1856, and was 
buried in Coventry (see Gideon Greene, No. 396). 




Alice Pearce, born May 25, 1798, died October 10, 1803. 
Lucy, born September 25, 1800, died October 10, 1805. 
\ Job Brown, born May 24, 1803, died April 18, 1825. 
( Lydia, born May 24, 1803, died September 29, 1804. 
John C, born 1805, died on board ship Avis, April 18, 1820, aged fifteen 

340 The Greene Family. 

1900. Daniel Rowland, born April 25, 1807, married (i) Jane Hazard, (2) Susan 


896. JUDITH ' GREENE (Gideon = , John ^ , Jabez ^ , James -' , John ' ) 
was bom July 24, 1773. She married (i), at East Greenwich, R. I., Perry 
Winslow, a Hneal descendant of Kenelm ' Winslow, born September 12, 
1770, at Dighton, Mass. He was master of a vessel and died at sea when 
about thirty-five years of age. His wife died at East Greenwich. She 
married (2) Allen ^ Fry (Benjamin ■*, John ^ Thomas -, Thomas '). of East 

Children by First Marriage: 

1901. Oliver Winslow, who, after the death of his parents, was brought up by 

his uncle, Benjamin Winslow. In early manhood he went to sea and 
became master of a whaler. In 1833, having acquired considerable prop- 
erty, he left Nantucket to reside in the interior of New York State. He 
married and had two children. His wife's name is not given. 

1902. Judith Winslow, married Eldredge of East Greenwich. 

(See Winslow Memorial, vol. ii., pp. 814, 815.) 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1903. Mary Fry. 

1904. Lucy Anna Fry. 

897. LLOYD "> GREENE (Gideon = , John ^ , Jabez ^ , James = , John ' ) 
was born May 2, 1775. He married (i) Phebe Schumaker, who died July 
15, 1834, aged fifty-nine. He married (2) Elizabeth Collins. He died 
August 5, 1844, and was buried at East Greenwich Cemetery. He was 

Child by First Marriage: 

1905. Phebe Schumaker. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1906. RUFUS. 

1907. Elizabeth, married John Spencer. 

1908. Charles. 

1909. Mercy, born 1812, married Gideon Briggs. 

899. PHILADELPHIA <^ GREENE (Gideon =, John S Jabez 3, 
James % John') was bom March 17, 1778. She married, November 19, 
1807, Russel Chase of Warwick. She was probably named for her grand- 
mother, Philadelphia Brownell, wife of Daniel ^ Howland (Daniel '*, Daniel ^ , 
Zoar '' , Henry ' ) . 

SixtJi Generation. 341 


1 9 10. Daxiel Chase. 

191 1. Mercy Chase. 

1912. William Chase. 

900. LUCY ANNA « GREENE (Gideon =, John \ Jabez ^ James \ 
John ') was bom April 17, 1780. She married Henry Whitman. 


1913. George Whitman. 

1914. Henry Whitman. 

901. JOHN « GREENE "of Centreville" (Gideon \ John ^ Jabez \ 
James % John ') was bom January 27, 1782. He man-ied (i), February 18, 
1 81 3, Abigail Susan, daughter of James * Greene (James % William'*, Peter 3, 
John % John') (No. 217), born October 27, 1795, died May 6, 1814. He 
married (2), February 25, 1816, Mary, daughter of William and Ruth 
Arnold of Warwick, bom Februar}' 15, 1791, died at Centreville, October 
29, i860. He died July 16, 1851. 

Child by First Marriage: 

19x5. Abigail Susan, born May 6, 1814, married Daniel Hozdajid. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1916. ( Lucy Ann, born July 7, 1819, married Joshua Gardiner Clapp. 

1917. ( John, born July 7, 1819, died March 29, 1828. 

1918. Mary Eliza, born January 22, 1822, married Lieut. F. A. Parker, U. S. N. 

1919. William Lafayette, born October 5, 1824, died August 20, 1826. 

1920. Mary Wanton, born December 26, 1827, died July 26, 1830. 

1920"- John, bom August 26, 1S35, married (i) Mary E. Pike, and (2) Eleanora 
L. Arnold. 

For many years previous to his death, John Greene of Centreville lived 
in the house built by Colonel Job Greene, and where probably all his chil- 
dren were bom (see No. 664). In early life he was employed by Colonel 
Job on his farm, but later he entered the employ of the Warwick Manufac- 
turing Company, and rose eventually to become the owner of the largest 
portion of its property. He confined his business entirely to the manufac- 
ttire of cotton goods in both the mills at Centreville. The older mill was 
located where now stands the main building of the Kent Woolen Company, 
and was built in 1794 by the Warwick Manufacturing Company. The sec- 
ond one was built in 1807 on the east side of the river and was called the 
"Green Mill," because it was painted that color, and not because of the 

342 The Greene Family. 

name of an owner. The members of the Warwick Manufacturing Company 
were Colonel Job Greene, John Allen, Captain Wm. Potter, and James 
McKerris. Previous to the death of John Greene, July i6, 1851, Christopher 
Allen of Kingstown and James Waterhouse, formerly of England, fitted up 
the old mill for the mamofacttire of woolen goods, and became the pioneers 
of that business at Centreville. They were followed by Wm. D. Davis, 
General James Waterhouse, and finally by the present Kent Woolen Com- 
pany. (Above information by courtesy of Hon. Henry L. Greene of River- 
point, R. I.) 

903. GIDEON "^ GREENE "of Coventry" (Gideon ', John \ Jabez ^, 
James -, John ') was born February 24, 1784. He was a member of the 
Friends' Society. He married (i) Celia Baker and (2) Sarah Atwood. She 
died at Phenix, R. I., July 5, 1885, having survived her husband. " Died at 
Phenix Warwick R. I. Sunday 5 June 1885 Sarah, relict of the late Gideon 
Greene MX 79." No children recorded. 

903. DANIEL^ GREENE (Gideon', John ^ Jabez ^ James, = 
John ') was born September 19, 1788. He married (i), January 21, 1810, 
Pamela, daughter of James and Albathana (?) Gould, bom February 
14, 1792, died August 22, 1822; and (2) Elizabeth Eldredge, daughter of 
George 'and Mary (Brown) Aylesworth of North Kingstown and Coven- 
try, born 1794, died February 12, 1869. He died June 16, 1867. 

Children by First Marriage: 

1921. James Gould, born May 3, 1811. 

1922. Sarah, born June 21, 1814. 

1923. Mary Gould, bom July 8, 1816, died October 8, 1850. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1924. Pamela Brown, born 1825, died June 3, 1849, in her twenty-fourth year. 

1925. Hester Amy, born 1827, died February 22, 1849, in her twenty-second year. 

1926. Maria Brown, born 1830, died February 25, 1847, in her seventeenth 

year. (Four children died in infancy.) 

904. SYLVANUS '' GREENE (Abraham = , Rufus * , Jabez ^ , James -^ , 
John'), eldest son, was bom at East Greenwich, October 25, 1763. He 
died leaving no children. His brother, Russell, was appointed his adminis- 
trator, December 25, 1790 {E. Greenwich Wills, p. 172). 

905. RUSSELL ' GREENE (Abraham ', Rufus \ Jabez ^ James -', 
John ') was bom at East Greenwich, October 29, 1767. He died in 1809 at 
Fort William Henry. He was a mariner in the service of the United States. 

Sixtli Generation. 343 

907. MARY* GREENE (Abraham =, Rufus S Jabez ^ James % 
John'). Onty the following marriage record: "Polly Greene of East 
Greenwich daughter of Abraham late deceased married May 2, 1794 William 
Birke [Burke] Jr., son of Wm. of Wanvick." 

916. BARNABAS ' GREENE (Joseph % Rufus ^ Jabez ^ James % 
John ')- eldest son, was bom November 2, 1771. He manied, January 6, 
1794, Mary Weeden (widow). 


1927. Russell, born June 14, 1794. 

1928. Mary, born January 17, 1796. 

1929. Sophia, bom December i, 1798. 

1930. John Smith, born December 30, 1800. 

1931. Anne Rogers, bom December 17, 1802. 

1932. Hannah, bom August 10, 1805, died August 17, 1805. 

1933. Emily Johnson, bom August 6, 1806. 

1934. Asa Niles, born June 13, 1S09. 

918. L YDIA GREENE (Joseph = , Rufus * , Jabez ^ , James ' , John ' ) 
was bom February 27, 1776. She married, October 8, 1797, James Sweet, 
Jr., son of James. 


1935. Lydia Sweet, married (second wife) Wm. James Greene, son of Nicholas and 

Elizabeth {Greene) Greene. 

1936. Maria Sweet, married Charles Xicholas Greene, brother of her sister's hus- 

band, who was of the Newport Greene family on the paternal, and of the 
Warwick Greenes on the maternal, side. 

921. JOSEPH* GREENE (Joseph 5, Rufus*, Jabez \ James % 
John') was bom December 19, 1781. He married Mary Floyd of New 
Bedford, Mass. He was a rope manufacturer and owned a rope walk. 


1937. Lydia French, bom 1812, married Wm. F. Danley. 

1938. William Charles, born June 22, 1S15, married Eliza Gorton. 

1939. Augustus Gardiner, bom October 5, 1819, married Elizabeth Bentley 


1940. Deborah Floyd, born March 20, 1822, married Benj. Lewis Waldron. 

1941. Sarah Smith, bom September 19, 1824, died May 20, 1S48. 

1942. Elizabeth, born November 17, 1829, married John A. Gladding. 

1943. Joseph Edwin, born 183 1, married Celia F. Hatch. 

344 The Greene Family. 

922. CATHARINE ^ GREENE (Joseph =, Rufus ^ Jabez \ James -', 
John ') was bom May 28, 1783. She married, August 13, 1810, Augustus 
Mumford Gardiner, "son of Mrs. Sarah Gardiner." 

924. ELIZA " GREENE (Joseph = . Rufus ' , Jabez ^ , James = , John ' ) 
married, Febmary 8, 1809, James Millerd, son of Samuel Millerd. 

925. NANCY ' GREENE (Rufus ' , Rufus ^ , Jabez ' , James = , John ■ ) 
was bom March 12, 1770. Her father removed with his family to New 
York State. 

926. RUFUS * GREENE (Caleb ' , Rufus ' , Jabez ^ , James -' , John ' ) , 
eldest son, was born November 26, 1775. He married Eliza Sherwood of 
New York. He died in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1832, in his fifty-seventh year. 


1944. Eliza Sherwood, married , died, leaving one son. 

1945. Freelove, married , died, left only son. 

1946. Caleb Barton, married , had two sons, Lcicis H. and William S., 

aged eighteen and twenty in 1S55. 

1947. Moses William, died young. 
194S. Egbert, died young. 

1949. Mary, married , died, leaving no children. 

1950. Anne, died young. 

1951. Joseph, unmarried 1855. 

932. MARY ' GREENE (Caleb % Rufus ^ Jabez \ James % John ') 
was bom February 22, 1787. She married (1818 ?), Daniel* Otis, son of 
Dr. Ephraim ^ (Ephraim •* , Job ^ , John - , John ' ) and Sarah (Harris) Otis, 
born November 6, 1781. They resided at South Scituate, Mass. His 
father was a physician and settled at Scituate, where he had an extensive 
practice. He was a surgeon in the French War and served at Fort William 
Henry, 1757. He was on the first committee appointed by the town of 
Scituate in reference to the Revolutionary War. Dr. Ephraim was the 
great-great-grandson of General John Otis of Barnstable, Devonshire, Eng- 
land, who came to America and settled at Hingham, Mass. ("Otis Hill"), 
but removed to Scituate, 1661, and, in 1678, leaving his son John there, he 
went to Barnstable, returning afterward to Scituate, where he died in 1683. 
Daniel Otis was a lineal descendant of Richard Warren of the Mayflower. 
His grandmother, who married Job Otis, was Mary Little, daughter of 
Thomas and Ann (Wamen) Little, daughter of the pilgrim, "Mr." Richard 
Warren. The mother of Daniel Otis, Sarah (Harris) Otis, was a grand- 

SixtJi Geneyation. 345 

daughter of Catharine Scott (the great-granddaughter of Catharine Marbury, 
whose mother was Bridget Dryden, sister to the poet Dryden) and Nathaniel 
Jenckes, son of Governor Joseph and Martha (Brown) Jenckes, grand- 
daughter of Rev. Chad Brown of Providence, R. I. (see R. I. Records). 


1952. Ephraim Otis, born June i8, 1819, unmarried. 

1953. Thomas Otis, born July 12, 1822, married and had (in 1855) two sons and a 

1953°- John Fothergill Otis, born September 15, 1824, married, had one son 

" (isss)- 

1953*. Daniel Greene Otis, born September 8, 1826, physician of Providence 

1953'^. Sarah Harris Otis, born July 23, 1830. 

Daniel Otis, through his great-grandmother, Catharine (Scott) Jenckes, 
was also a lineal descendant of Sir Wm. Raleigh, who married Elizabeth, 
daughter of Sir Thomas and Philippa (Ferrers) Greene of Boughton and 
Greene's Norton. 

934. NABBY SOPHIA « GREENE (Charles', Rufus ^ Jabez^, 
James-', John") was born August 24, 1779. at East Greenwich. She 
married (i) George Washington Burnett of Cincinnati, Ohio; (2) Daniel 
C. Cooper, one of the original proprietors of Dayton, Ohio, and asso- 
ciated with J. Cleves Symmes, Jonathan Dayton, and Israel Ludlow. He 
died July 13, 1818. She married (3), January 22, 1822 (second wife). Gen- 
eral Fielding Dowry of Dayton. By the first marriage there was but one 
child, who died in early infancy. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1954. Lucianna Zeigler Cooper, died young. 

1955. Margaret Cooper, died young. 

1956. George Cooper, died young. 

1957. Charles Greene Cooper, died young. 

1958. David Zeigler Cooper, married , died s. p. 

1959. Daniel Cooper, died young. 

Child by Third Marriage: 

i960. Fielding Lowry, born October 9, 1824, died November 13, 18S2. He was 
postmaster at Dayton, Ohio. Married, November 8, 1847, Elizabeth R. 
Morrison and had Harriet Sophia, born May 8, 1858; Eliza Pierce, born 
October 7, 1864, married, January 28, 1886, William Gassoway Smith of 
Cincinnati, and had Catharine Loiury Smith and Wm. Fielding Smith; Ainie 
Howard, born March 15, 1867, married, February 8, 1888, Edward Osborn 
Dana and had Dorothea Lowry Dana, born December 13, 1888. 

34^ The Greene Family. 

935- MARIA ANTOINETTE " GREENE (Charles ' , Rufus ' , Jabez ^ , 
James % John') was bom at East Greenwich, December 6, 1781. She 
married, in 1823, Alexander Grimes of Dayton, Ohio, son of John Grimes, 
a Revolutionary soldier. She died at Dayton, February 26, 1875. ^ PO^" 
trait of Alexander Grimes was in possession of his daughter, Mrs. Eells, who 
was living in Santa Barbara, Cal., in 1891, who also preserved a silhouette 
of her aunt, Susan Greene, and other family relics. 

Children : 

1961. Susan Eliza Grimes, born November 5, 1825, married, September 30, 1859, 

Marcus Eells, bom September 8, 1812, at Skaneateles, N. Y., son of Syl- 
vester and Mary Moss {Hall) Eells. He was a grandson of Dr. Jonathan 
Hall of Skaneateles, and, on the paternal side, a great-great-grandson of 
Samuel and Martha (Bryan) Eells of Milford, Conn. Samuel was the 
grandson of John Eells, who settled in Dorchester, Mass., about 1630. 
Marcus Eells was a manufacturer at Dayton, Ohio, and removed to Santa 
Barbara, Cal., in 1775, where he died March 20, 1888. Their children 
were: (i) Alexander Grimes Eells, born March 18, 1862, married, October 
4, 1894, Caroline M. Judson of Austin, Minn. (2) Hubert K. Eells, born 
December 2, 1865, unmarried. (3) Mary Antoinette Eells, born January 
18, 1869, married, February 27, 1894, in San Francisco, Robert B. Lamb 
and had twin daughters, Marian and Mary, born March 11, 1895. Her 
widowed mother resided with her. 

1962. Charles Greene Grimes, born January 4, 1828, died December 11, 1895. 

He married, October 9, 1856, Mary Isabella Keijer, and had two children: 
(i) Edward Davis Grimes, bom July 20, 1858, married, April 26, 1888, 
Eleanor Barbara Leyler of Dayton, where they reside. They have two 
children, Charles G. and Mary. (2) Daniel Keifer Grimes, died in infancy. 

937. CHARLES RUSSELL « GREENE (Charles', Rufus \ Jabez ^ 
James-, John'), eldest son, was bom in East Greenwich, December 21, 
1785. His father emigrated with his family, joining the Ohio Company in 
1788, and settled in Marietta, Ohio. Charles Russell Greene removed in 
1806 to Dayton, Ohio, where he becam.e a partner of his brother-in-law, 
D. C. Cooper. He married, August 3, 1813, Achsah Disbrow, born Febru- 
ary 9, 1783, died November 3, 1873, at Dayton. He died September 10, 
1833. His widow lived with her daughter, Mrs. J. D. Phillips, for many 


1963. Daniel Cooper, born March 8, 1814, died March 20, 1847, unmarried. 

1964. Elizabeth, born June 23, 1816, died June 8, 1817. 

1965. Lucianna Zeigler, born January 10, 1819, married Jonathan Dickinson 


Sixth Generation. 347 

1966. Eliza Johnson, born September 13, 1821, married, April g, 1865, David 

Zcigler Pierce. 

1967. Mary Sophia, born January 10, 1824, married Egbert T. S. Schenck. 
196S. ( Charles, born May 21, 1826, died May 23, 1826. 

1969. I Joseph, bom May 21, 1826. 

1970. Henry Disbrow, born October 31, 1827, died November 3, 1827. 

197 1. Harriet Cummings, born December 21, 1830, married David H. Jenkins. 

1972. Charles Henry, born May 24, 1832, married Adeline P. Piper. 

Achsah, wife of Charles Russell Greene, was daughter of Henry and 
Sarah (Anderson) Disbrow, and was born near Trenton, N. J. 

938. WILLIAIVI WALLACE ' GREENE (Charles ' , Rufus ^ , Jabez ^ , 
James -', John ') was bom December 25, 1798. He married, November i, 
1827, Sarah Ann, daughter of Joseph and Nancy Ann Conn of Cincinnati, 
Ohio. He removed to St. Louis, Mo., 183-. 


1973. j Robert, born August 20, 182S, died August, 1829. 

1974. (Charles Chambers, born August 20, 1828, married Catharine G. Sedam. 

1975. William, bom January, 1833, died January 9, 1849. 

1976. Edelisa, bom June 16, 1835, married /. W. McLanahan. 

1977. Anna Baum, bom June i, 1837, unmarried. 

1978. Joseph Chouteau, bom 1839, died 1841. 

1979. Rebecca Chouteau, born 1844, died 1849. 

1980. Nancy Dodge, bom 1846, died 1849. 

1981. Augustus Chouteau, born January 11, 1S49, died January 11, 1853. 

1982. Sallie, born 1850, died March 10, 1857. 

19S3. Rebecca Chouteau, born January, 1852, died February 19, 1871. 

939. ROBERT CHAMBERS " GREENE (Charles = , Rufus * , Jabez ^ , 
James % John ') was bom at Newport, R. L, October 24, 1800. He went 
with his father to Marietta, Ohio, thence to Dayton, and settled and resided 
in Cincinnati, where he was engaged in the steamboat business, 1825-49, 
when he removed to California, but returned to Cincinnati, 1850, and en- 
gaged in banking business until his death, March 6, 1864. He married (i), 
September 4, 1827, Maria F. Burrows, who died June 26, 1841, and (2) 
Frances M. Jordan of Lynchburg, Va. (living 1881). 

Children by First Marriage: 

1984. Charles Burrows, bom June 23, 1S28, died September 22, 1829. 

1985. Julia Burrows, born April 14, 1830, died April, 1S32. 

1986. Robert Chambers, Jr., bom March i, died April, 1832. 

1987. Henry Clay, born August 8, 1833, died September, 1853. 

The Greene Family. 

1988. Virginia, born April 4, 1835, married Charles W. Rowland. 

1989. Laura L., born February 3, 1837, married, 1851, Randolph Richards. 

1990. Caleb, born July 30, 1838, died March 8, 1839. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

1 99 1. Harriet Jane, born October 6, 1846, married SamiiellR. Wade. 

1992. Charles Wm., born February 12, 1848, married Lura E. Oliver. 

1993. Robert C, born December 18, 1849, died August 18, 1883. 

1994. Mary E., born January 14, 1852, died September 20, 1875. 

941. CALEB « GREENE (Charles =, Rufus \ Jabez^, James % 
John ') was born December 14, 1804. He was twice married. He lived in 
Oakland, Cal., where he died some years before 1890. 

942. EDELISA* GREENE (Charles', Rufus \ Jabez^, James % 
John ') was born June 16, 1807. She married John F. Hunt of St. Louis, 
Mo., whose parentage is not learned. 

943. REBECCA BURNETT ' GREENE (Charles ', Rufus \ Jabez \ 
James", John') was born February 22, 1813. She married Timothy 
Mitchell of St. Louis, where she died in 1840. 

944. FANNY FLORENCE ' GREENE (Stephen =, Rufus ^ Jabez ^ 
James % John ') married, April 8, 1802, John Wing, son of Ebenezer Wing. 

945. ELEAZAR" GREENE (Stephen', Rufus ^ Jabez 3, James % 
John'), eldest son, married at St. Bartholomew, W. L, and left several 
children there. 

946. WILLIAM"^ GREENE (Stephen', Rufus ^ Jabez ^ James % 
John •), man-ied Westcott, probably of Warwick. 

947. AUGUSTUS "^ GREENE (Stephen ', Rufus \ Jabez ^ James % 
John ') was born in 1784. He married, December 5, 1808, Mary, daughter 
of Captain Jonathan and Susannah Andrews, of Andrews Hotel, East 
Greenwich. He died October 23, 1842. She died October 12, 1814, in her 
twenty-sixth year. Augustus Greene is mentioned in one record as 
" Colonel," but we have no official mention of his military service. 


1995. Susan Andrews, born November 4, 1810. 

SixtJi Generation. 349 

948. STEPHEN* GREENE (Stephen % Rufus *, Jabez ^ James % 
John ') was bom in 1788. He married, September 17, 1816, Sarah, daugh- 
ter of Dr. John Parish, who died at East Greenwich, September 28, 1882, 
aged ninety- two. He died June 6, 1854. 

949. SAMUEL*^ GREENE (Stephen 5 , Rufus \ Jabez ^ James % 
John ') maiTied (i) Miss Brown of New Bedford and (2) Daisy N. Dorsey of 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

950. DAVID -^ GREENE (Stephen =, Rufus ^ Jabez ^ James % 
John') was born about 1796. He married, but his wife's name is not 


1996. William. 

951. JOB WALL « GREENE (Stephen ', Rufus \ Jabez ^ James \ 
John ') was born in East Greenwich, March 4, 1798, died October 20, 1878. 
He man-ied (i) Jeanette, davighter of Charles and Mary Hunting. He mar- 
ried (2) a lady several years younger than himself, but her name is not 


1997. William, who married and resides in Toledo, Ohio. 

1998. Daughter, married and resides in Texas. 

" Mr. Greene was educated as a diaiggist and was graduated from a 
college of pharmacy. When a young man, he carried on the wholesale drug 
business in Cincinnati, Ohio, and afterward was proprietor of a retail drug 
store on Broadway, Brooklyn, N. Y., where he accumulated a considerable 
fortune. Later, he engaged in the drug commission business, Maiden Lane, 
New York City, until age and failing health caused him to retire to private 
life. He was finally in reduced circumstances, mental troubles followed, 
and he committed suicide at his Brooklyn home in 1878. His second wife 
survived him." 

952. SALLY « (SARAH) GREENE (Stephen', Ruf us S Jabez ^ 
James ', John ') married. May 28, i8c8, Thomas Westcott, son of Samuel 
Westcott of Providence, R. L 

953. HANNAH-^ GREENE (Stephen', Ruf us S Jabez ^ James % 
John') was bom 1803. She married — ■ — Sherman, but no mention is 
made of his family. 

35° The Greene Family. 

954- MARTHA -^ GREENE (David ' , Rufus ^ , Jabez ^ , James ^ John ' ) 
was bom August 8, 1784. She married WiUiam Gilbert, a farmer of Butter- 
nuts, Otsego County [Delaware Co. ?], N. Y. Her twin sister, Mary, died in 
early infancy. 



Eunice Anne Gilbert. 


Butler Gilbert. 


Mayette Gilbert. 


Edwin Gilbert. 


Massena Gilbert. 


Harriet Gilbert. 


j Lois Gilbert. 


1 Louisa Gilbert. 

956. EDWIN ROBINSON* GREENE (David', Rufus \ Jabez 3, 
James ^ John ' ) , only son, born January 12, 1785. He married his cousin Mary, 
daughter of Fones Hopkins of Newport, R. I. (see E. Greenwich Records). 


2007. David, born May 12, 1813, married Mary Olin. 

2008. Joseph, bom September 2, 1816, married Clarissa Finch. 

2009. Eunice, bom October 17, 1818, married Seneca Boujc. 

2010. Jonathan, bom January 17, 1821, married (i) Minerva A. Nash, (2) Eliza 

Gould, and married (3) Mary J . Gurney. 

2011. Damaris, bom May 11, 1823, married Orin P. Gould. 

2012. Mary, born March 3, 1825, married Francis Gould. 

2013. Edwin, born May 3, 1827, married Margaret Ellsworth. 

2014. Hannah, bom May 6, 1829, married Albert H. Day. 

957. MERCY " GREENE (David = , Rufus ^ , Jabez ^ , James ' , John) ' 
was bom June 13, 1789. She married David Carr, son of Isaac Carr of 
Lawrence, Otsego County, N. Y. 

Children : 

2015. Isaac B. Carr. 

2016. David Carr. 

2017. Alfred Carr. 

2018. Maria Carr. 

2019. Phebe Ann Carr. 

2020. Caroline Carr. 

2021. Mary Greene Carr. 

958. PHEBE " GREENE (David -^ , Rufus " , Jabez ' , James ' , John ' ) 
was bom May 23, 1791. She married Jonathan Weeden, son of Peleg 
Weeden of Huntsville, Otsego County, N. Y. He was a farmer. 

SixtJi Genera f ion. 35 ' 


2022. Phebe Weeden, married ; died of consumption. 

960. DAVID "> GREENE "of North Kingstown" (David \ David \ 
David ^ James % John"), eldest son, was born November 4, 1760. He 
married Sarah, daughter of Joshua Allen, who died May 2, 1832, in the sixty- 
seventh 3^ear of her age. He died September i, 1834, in his seventy-fourth 
year. Another account states that " David married Sarah, daughter of 
Jeffrey Allen, a Revolutionary soldier." 

Children : 

2023. David, bom January 4, 1786, married Hannah Carr. 

2024. Elizabeth, bom May 19, 1787, married Champlin Watson. 

2025. Joshua Allen, bom December 13, 1788, married Ahbie Dyer. 

2026. Joseph, bom April 24, 1790, married Mary Northup. 

2027. Caleb, born March 15, 1792, married Sarah Ann Gardiner. 

2028. Reynolds, bom January 12, 1794, married Sarah Wanton. 

2029. Thomas, bom January 8, 1796, married Phebe Congdon. 

2030. William, bom August 2, 1797, married . 

2031. Benjamin, bom July 4, 1799, died September 21, 1800. 

2032. Sarah, bom February 16, 1801, married Robert Browning. 

2033. Hannah, bom December 20, 1802, married Robert K. Johnson. 

2034. Benjamin, bom May 5, 1807, died November 25, 1818. 

962. JONATHAN ' GREENE (David ^ David \ David 3, James % 
John ') was bom July 25, 1767, died December 29, 1821. 

963. SAMUEL STAFFORD ' GREENE (Caleb ' , Jonathan * , David ^ 
James % John '), eldest son, was bom August 28, 1782. He married, 1804, 
Abigail Bradley, daughter of Captain Joseph and Abigail (Bradley) Gleason 
of Boston, where he resided. He was a silversmith. His father removed 
to Pawtucket about 1792, when he was about ten years of age. His wife 
was bom at Boston, 1779, and died at Braintree, Mass., in 1861. No record 
of his death, as he was not with his family after 181 5. 

Children : 

2035. Maria Bradley, bom 1804, married Jolin Humphrey. 

2036. Benjamin Gleason, bom 1806, married Margaret Humphrey. 

2037. Charles A., died in infancy. 

2038. Charles Austin, born 1810, married . 

2039. Abby Ann, died in infancy. 

2040. Abigail Adelaide, born January 19, 1814, married James Humphrey. 

965. BENJAMIN * GREENE (Caleb = , Jonathan ^ , David ^ , James -' , 
John ') was bom in Warwick, November 14, 1784. He married (i), Feb- 

35- The Greene Family. 

ruary 17, 1808, An^pe (Nancy) Henry, born May 24, 1789, and (2), Novem- 
ber 17, 181 1, Mary jBdfloin May. He died July 30, 1863. His first wife died 
June 3, i8io*and/h|| secon<4.September 19, 1848. Benjamin Greene was 
about eight }'l0flB0ge ^^jjBpn his father removed to Pawtucket. The fol- 
lowing yeai he was apprenticed to Samuel Slater, the noted manufacturer, 
to learn th^pfcsiness, where he remained till twenty-one years of age. He 
then went to Killingly, Pomfret, and Thompson, Conn., and finally became 
a partner in the proprietorship of a cotton mill at Oxford, Mass. He was 
ruined financially by the War of 181 2, and removed to Hartford, Vt., in 
181 5, where he had charge of a cotton manvifactory owned by Justin and 
Elias Lyman (later by Elias and Lewis Lyman), which he built and man- 
aged for them until their business was ruined by a lawsuit. He then re- 
moved to Lowell, Mass., where he lived till he gave up business. 

Children by First Marriage: 

2040°. Julia Ann, born November i, 1808, died November 14, 1808. 
2040*. Franklin, born March 12, iSio, died June 5, 1810. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

2041. Nancy Henry, born November 11, 1S12, died February 27, 1852. 

2042. Frederick William, born March 28, 1814, died March 11, 181 5. 

2043. Sophia May, bom June 26, 1816, died April 19, 1832. 

2044. Lewis (Rev.), bom November 20, 1818, married Clarissa Bartlett. 

2045. Mary Sabin, born November 12, 1822, married Wm. P. McRay. 

2046. Sarah Ellen, born June 29, 1S25, died April, 1883, at Lowell, Mass., where 

she was buried. 

966. ROB Y RICE ^ GREENE (Caleb ' , Jonathan ^ , David ^ , James ' , 
John ') was born February 13, 1786. She married Wood Davis of Ware, 
Mass., and died in 1847. There were several children, of whom we have no 
names or record. 

968. PHEBE LOW<^ GREENE (Caleb ^ Jonathan \ David % 
James', John') was born July 6, 1789. She married John Kelly. 

970. HOLDEN RICE" GREENE (Caleb % Jonathan ^ David ^ 
James", John') was born October 2, 1790, died October 21, 1872. He 
married (i) Ann Williams and resided at Ware village, Mass. The name of 
his second wife, who died August 18, 1872, is not learned. He died at War- 
ren, Mass., probably at his daughter's home. 

Children by First Marriage: 

2047. Nancy C, married Hitchcock, resides at Warren, Mass. 

2048. Son, lived in Hardwick, Mass., 1873, aged sixty-one. 

Sixth Gcjicration. 

2049. Daughter, married — — Undcrdi'ood, of Worcester, Mass. 

2050. Mary, married , lived in Chicago. 

2051. Phebe, married, Hved in Ware, Mass. 

2052. Sarah, married, hved in Ware, Mass. 

974. THOMAS^ GREENE (Caleb', Jonathan \ David ^ James % 
John ') was bom September 25, 1799. He married Sarah Peck of Lebanon, 
N. H. He died at Northampton, Mass., in 1858 or 1859. 


2053. Daughter, married Hitchcock, of Warren, Mass. 

2054. Son, hving (1859), connected with a law firm. Baker & Greene, N. Y. City. 

975. JOHN EARLE"^ GREENE (Jonathan ', Joseph ^ David ^ 
James \ John '). eldest son, was bom August 12, 1790. We find no record 
except that he received a legacy of five hundred dollars from the will of his 
uncle, Joseph Greene, of Jamestown, R. I., dated November 5, 1839 (see 
Appendix I.). 

980. DAVID EARLE*^ GREENE (Jonathan', Joseph \ David 3, 
James \ John ') was bom at Newport, October 24, 1801. Mentioned also 
in his uncle, Joseph Greene's, will. 

981. WILLIAM EARLS'^ GREENE (Jonathan', Joseph \ David 3, 
James", John') was born at Jamestown (?), February 22, 1803. Men- 
tioned in his uncle, Joseph Greene's, will. Received legacy of one hundred 

982. JOSEPH EARLE "> GREENE (Jonathan ', Joseph ^ David ^ 
James % John ') was bom at Newport, January 28, 1806. Mentioned, with 
his brother William, in his uncle Joseph's will, and received legacy of one 
hundred dollars. 

Joseph Greene, uncle of the above, also mentioned in his will, two 
daughters of his brother Jonathan: "I give and bequeath unto the two 
daughters of my sd brother Jonathan Greene the sum of one Hundred and 
Fifty Dollars each." As their names are not mentioned and the family 
record gives the death of but one of the four daughters, these legacies cannot 
be accurately assigned (see No. 430). 

984. JOHN * GREENE (David ', David \ John \ James % John '), 
eldest son, was born June 22, 1773. He married, October 20, 1797, Abigail, 

daughter of Charles and ( ) Holden of Providence. He sailed from 

Baltimore, Md., for the West Indies in 1802, and was never heard from. 

554 The Greene Family. 

His widow died at the home of her son, Randall Holden Greene, Brooklyn, 
N. Y., February 22, 1850, aged seventy-two. She was buried in Green- 
wood Cemetery. 


2055. Randall Holden, born June 7, 1798, married Mary Burroughs Aborn. 

985. AMEY ' GREENE (David ^ David \ John ^, James % John ') 
was born in 1774. She married Nathaniel Arnold. She died July 11, 1838, 
and was buried on the Arnold farm, Coweset Road. 

986. ISABEL* W. GREENE (David s, David \ John 3, James % 
John ') was born about 1775 (?). She married, November 21, 1790, Wil- 
liam Briggs of Pawtucket (Warwick Records). 


2056. Arnold Briggs, bom October 12, 1800. 

989. WEAVER"^ GREENE (Increase 5, James*, John 3, James % 
John '), eldest son, was born at Saratoga, N. Y. (?), August 22, 1762. A 
copy from Coventry Records gives the date May 20, 1765, the same as that of 
his brother, James, below, and gives no other child, but the first date is 
supposed to be correct. We find no further mention of Weaver Greene. 

990. JAMES* GREENE (Increase =, James ^ John ^ James % 
John ') was bom May 20, 1765. He lived in Saratoga County, N. Y. He 
married, September i, 1785, Huldah, daughter of Jonathan and Huldah 
Fiske "of Conn.," born July 19, 1765, died May 19, 1827. He died Novem- 
ber 26, 1837. Jonathan Fiske, Mrs. Greene's father, was born in Rhode 

Island. He married Huldah (Hannah, is given in Fiske Genealogy, 

p. 128). He served in the Connecticut line during the Revolutionary War, 
and soon after removed to New York State with his family, and lived about 
three miles from Schuylerville, Saratoga County. He was granted a pen- 
sion by the United States, March 11, 1820, when he was seventy-seven years 
of age. He may have lived a short time in Connecticut before his removal 
to New York State. 


2057. Elizabeth, bom May 26, 1787, married Daniel McDowell. 

2058. James, born March 20, 1789, married Sarah Mott. 

2059. Lydia, bom February 27, 1791, married Rev. Abijah BlaucJiard. 

2060. Martha, born July 14, 1793, died September 17, 1862. 

2061. Catharine, bom September 13, 1795, married (i) Russell, (2) 


Sixth Generation. 355 

2062. William, bom July ii, 1798, married Freelove Clemens. 

2063. I\Iary, bom April 29, 1799, married Butler. 

^ ' \ „ ' bom January 21, and died January 26, 1801. 

2065. / Son, J J ' J J 

2066. Thomas Jefferson, bom July 14, 1802, married Eleanor Ogdcn. 

2067. Morgan Lewis, bom April 27, 1804, married . 

2068. Pamela, bom April 19, 1806, died . 

2069. Semantha, bom October 19, 1810, married Rev. Mr. Sill. 

991. MARY * GREENE (Increase \ James ^ John 3, James % John') 
was born May 4, 1775, died in Arcadia, N. Y., Jtme 27, 1828 {Fiske Geneal., 
p. 128). She married David Fiske of Connecticut, a brother of Huldah Fiske, 
her brother's wife, bom in Rhode Island, June 17, 1769. He went with his 
father to New York State and settled at Mayville, Saratoga County, where 
he was married, 1790 (?), and where for many years he kept a hotel. Later, 
he removed to Arcadia and became an extensive farmer. He died Novem- 
ber, 1849. His residence is given Saratoga County, N. Y., and Waterford, 


2070. James G. Fiske, bom October 10, 1791, married Mary S. Alexander. 

2071. Jonathan D. Fiske, bom February 21, 1794, married (i) Lucy Codman, (2) 

Mrs. Betsey Granger. 

2072. Weaver G. Fiske, bom July 22, 1796, married Eleanor Childs. 

2073. Polly Fiske, bom October 26, 1798, married, August 17, 1817, Silas Moon. 

2074. Son, bom September i, 1803, died young. 

2075. Lewis Moses Fiske, born September 14, 1S04, married Mary Titus oi N. Y. 


2076. Betsey Fiske, bom January 22, 1807, married, July 22, 1824, Benjamin 

Green. She died, s. p., at Newark, N. Y. 

2077. Mary Marcella Fiske, born April 20, 1809, married, July, 1827, Adrian 

Conner. She died in Michigan. 

2078. Almira Fiske, bom April 14, 1811, married (i), at Rushford, N. Y., 1849, 

Asa Putney, and (2) at Fredonia, N. Y., 1856, Amos Tuttle. She died at 
Knowlesville, N. Y. 

2079. David Fiske, born March 26, 1812, married Cynthia J. Crittenden. 

2080. Hyram Fiske, bom August 14, 1813, married Warden; died in N. Y. 


2081. Stephen Fiske, born April 21, 1817, married ; died s. p. 

2082. Daughter, bom February 6, 1820, died young. 

992. PHEBE^ GREENE (Thomas 5, James*, John 3, James% 

John ') was born June 15, 1764. She married Andrews, perhaps of 

New York State, and a relative of the husband of her cousin, Comfort 
Greene (see No. 1020). 

356 The Greene Family. 

993. RUTH "> GREENE (Thomas = , James ' , John ^ , James = , John ' ) 
was born August 13, 1766. She married, February 12, 1797, John Bailey, 
son of Robert Bailey. 

996. MARY " GREENE (Thomas ^ , James * , John ^ , James ^ , John ' ) 

was born November 6, 1776. She married Harrington, who was born 

about 1769, and died November 30, 1836. In another account: "Mercy 
Greene daughter of Thomas married a Harrington," the name Mercy being 
often mistaken for Mary. 

977. NATHAN*^ GREENE (JedediahS James \ John 3, James % 
John '), eldest son, was bom at Coventry, R. I., 1770, died at Paris, N. Y., 
November 30, 1836. He married, December 26, 1790, Sarah Hammett of 
Warwick, who died March, 1836 (?). He removed from Coventry to Oneida 
County, N. Y., in 1801. 


2083. Clark, born September 7, 1791, married . 

2084. John, born March 22, 1794, married Chloe L. Merritt. 

2085. Jedediah, bom February 5, 1797, married Chloe L. Merritt. 

2086. Rhodes, bom July 14, 1800, died at Albion, N. Y. 

2087. Sarah, born March 19, 1803, married (i) Henry Cooley, and (2) Gordon. 

2088. Nathan, bom March 22, 1803 (1805?), married . 

998. CHRISTOPHER ' GREENE (Jedediah = James ^ , John ' , James \ 
John ') was born in Rhode Island (?), died at Paris, N. Y. He married 
, but the name of his wife is not learned. 


2089. Napoleon, "of Butternuts, N. Y." 

2090. Joseph, "of North Bridgewater." 

2091. Nathan, married Laitra Bartlett. 

2092. Nancy, married Read. 

2093. Hiram. 

2094. Daniel. 

2095. Thankful, married Cassell of Paris Hill, N. Y. 

2096. William P. 

2097. Olive. 

999. OLIVER'^ GREENE (Jedediah =, James \ John ^ James % 
John ')• Date of his birth not given. He is mentioned as "of Lowville, 
Lewis Co., N. Y." He married, but the names of wife and child are not re- 
corded. Coventry Records, however, give the marriage of Oliver to Clarice 

Sixth Generation. 357 

King, both of Coventr>', "May i8, 1823." This may have been a sister of 
the husband of Rhoda Greene (OHver's sister), Randall Rice King, son of 
William, of Coventry (see No. 1006). 


2098. Daughter. 

1000. OLIVE « GREENE Qedediah', James ^ John 3, James % 
John') married, November 26, 1795, William Potter, Jr., son of William 
Potter of Scituate, Mass. 

1001 . ELIZABETH ^ GREENE (Jedediah = , James ^ , John ^ , James ' 

John') married Stone (of Coventry?). Two of her second cousins, 

Phebe '' and Pollonia ^ Greene, daughters of John' (Increase'*, John 3, 
James ^ , John ' ) married Asa and James Stone of Coventry, and possibly 
her husband was of the same family. 

1002. DAVID '^ GREENE (Jedediah 5, James \ John 3, James % 
John '). The only mention is that " he had no children." 

1004. WARREN '' GREENE (Jedediah ', James ^ John ^ James % 
John ' ) . His birth is not recorded, and no further mention is made of him ; 
but Coventry Records give " WaiTen D. Greene of Coventry, married Rhoda 
Franklin of West Greenwich, February 12, 1809." 

1005. SALLY "^ GREENE (Jedediah', James*, John 3, James % 

John ') married Vermilye of Otsego County, N. Y., but we have no 

record of his family. 

1006. RHODA" GREENE (Jedediah', James*, John 3, James % 
John') married, November 19, 1797, Randall Rice King, son of William 
King of Coventry. She died in Paris, N. Y. (See No. 999.) 


2099. Ambrose King, born June 17, 1799. 

1007. TURPIN*^ GREENE (Jonathan', James*, John ^ James % 
John ■), eldest son, was bom in Coventry, R. I., October 26, 1771. He re- 
moved from Coventry with his father in 1789, when he was eighteen 
years of age, to New York State, and married, April 29, 1797, Catharine 
Lasher. They lived in Stone Arabia, N. Y., and afterward at Galway 
Saratoga County, and at Saratoga Springs, N. Y., where he died, August 13, 

358 The Greene Family. 

185 1. His father, Jonathan Greene, died the day of his marriage, but he 
was away from home and did not learn of the event until later (family 


2100. Mary, born 1798, died young. 

2101. Jonathan, bom 1799, died young. 

2102. Lydia, born April 13, 1800, married Spencer Cooke. 

2103. Catharine, born 1802, married Foote; resided in Nebraska City. 

1008. NICHOLAS "• GREENE (Jonathan ' , James ^ , John ' , James ^ , 
John ') was probably bom in Rhode Island. He married, August 10, 1800, 
Hannah Hammett, sister of his brother Nathan's wife. They removed to 
Greenfield, N. Y. 


2104. William Wickes, born January 8, 1801, died. 

2105. Julia, married Addison Satterlee; died at Granby, N. Y. 

2106. TURPIN. 

2107. George, bom 1807, "of Orange Co., N. Y." 

2108. Benjamin, killed, aged eleven. 

2109. John, died in early manhood. 

21 10. Mary, probably did young. 

21 1 1. Isabel , married (i) Kimball, (2) , of Palermo, N. Y. 

2112. Lewis. 

1009. HANNAH ^ GREENE (Jonathan ', James *, John ^ James % 
John ' ), married Hale, but no record of his family is given. 


21 13. (Son) Hale, died. 

21 14. (Daughter) Hale, died. 

loio. LYDIA'* GREENE (Jonathan 5, James*, John 3, James % 
John ' ) married Rowland, of whom no other mention is made. 

Children : 

2115. (Daughter) Rowland, died, set. eighteen. 

2116. (Daughter) Rowland, died in 1876, aet. seventy-two. 

IOI2. ALLEN* GREENE (Jonathan S James \ John ^ James % 
John ' ) married, but his wife is not named in this record. 


21 17. (Rev.) Abijah E., of Highland Falls, Orange Co., N. Y. 

Sixth Generation. 359 

1013. JAMES'' GREENE (Jonathan =, James \ John ^ James % 
John ' ) married, but the name of his wife is not mentioned. 

Children : 

211S. Anson. 

2119. Lyman, "of Greenfield Centre, Saratoga Co., N. Y." 

2120. Charles. 

2121. James, "of Greenfield, N. Y." 

1014. JOHN ** GREENE (Jonathan', James*, John 3, James % 

John ') mamed , and hved at Greenfield Centre, Saratoga County, 

N. Y. He died in March, 1876, and his wife died three days later. 


2122. William Turpin, married ; had one child. 

2123. Stephen Van Rensselaer. Removed to Wisconsin. 

2124. William, died in Libby Prison (starved to death). 

The last seven records, contributed by Geo. H. Greene of Lansing, 
Mich., were obtained through family correspondence. 

1019. ZILPHA'^ GREENE (Caleb ', James \ John ^ James % 
John ') was bom May 9, 1774. She married, 1794, Johnson Babcock, who 
died 1815. She died at TuUy, N. Y., September 6, 1846. She was born in 
Nine Partners, Dutchess County, N. Y., where her parents removed from 
Rhode Island before the Revolution. 

1020. COMFORT'' GREENE (Caleb ', James \ John ^ James % 
John ') was born in Nine Partners, Dutchess County, N. Y., May 25, 1776, 
died at Lafayette, N. Y., March 17, 1825. She married, July 17, 1792, at 
Easton, Washington County, N. Y., Job Andrews, son of Job (?), born 
November 28, 1770, died September 22, 1835, at Lafayette, Onondaga 
County, N. Y. 

Children (family Bible records) : 

2125. John Andrews, born April 13, 1794, died July 31, 1813; xvissrx^^ Sally West. 

2126. Allen Andrews, born July 25, 1796, died September 28, i860. 

2127. Mary (Polly) Andrews, bom June 24, 1798, died September 28, 1854, 

married, December 6, 1818, Johnson Hall, son of General Isaac s (Eben- 
ezer'i, Ichabod^, Samuel^, Edward^, of Rehoboth, Mass.) and Vashti 
(Johnson) Hall, born Sheffield, Mass., January 6, 1794, died, Syracuse, 
N. Y., October 27, 1890. Johnson Hall was Postmaster at Lafayette, 
N. Y., where he removed, 1797, from the organization of the town until his 
removal to Syracuse in 1837. He was for many years a member of the 

360 The Greene Family. 

Board of Supervisors, and was member of the N. Y. Assembly, 1S29-30; 
Sheriff, 1831; and Judge until his death. Children: (i) Mary J., born 
July 3, 1S21, died June 10, 1879, married, October 24, 1849, Harlow De 
Wolfe; (2) Cordelia, born Lafayette, March 17, 1823, married, June 
13, 1848, George Ray nor, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Stevens) Raynor, born. 
Fruit Valley, Oswego Co., N. Y., January 16, 1814, died, Syracuse, N. Y., 
April 31, 1878. — Children: Charles Hall, bom August 22, 1849, died July 
18, 1853; George Franklin, bom January i, 1854, died January 8, 1857; 
son, bom and died June 16, 1857; Mary Virginia, born September 6, 
1 86 1, married, October 21, 1886, George Wm. Garrett son of Joseph W. and 
Maria (Hopkins) Garrett, bom, Pompey , N. Y. , July 11, 1 860 ; had one child, 
George Raynor, bom October 31, 1894: (3) Johnson L., bom September 

16, 1825, married, August 22, 1848, Marcelia Wood; (4) Charles Carroll, 
bom August 14, 1827, died August 26, 1843; (s,) Edward L., bom July 
26, 1829, married, October 28, 1852, Urania Lawrence; ( 6) Thomas Jeffer- 
son, bom, Lafayette, N. Y., April 6, 1831, died. New Orleans, La., March 

17, 1871, married, June 2, 1850, in Syracuse, N. Y., Francesca, daughter of 
Perley Putnam and Eliza (Carr) Cleveland, born Skaneateles, September 
23 1831, died, Syracuse, October 24, 1S97. — They had eight children: (i.) 
Johnson Cleveland, bom April 20, 1854, married, February 21, 1876, Emma 

Bickford; (ii.) Georgine Worthington, bom December 24, , married 

December 27, 1882, Fredk. C. Beard; (iii.) James Andrews, born March 

20, , miarried Emma Wells; (iv.) Jefferson Beauregard, bom October 

20, , married Nettie Smith; (v.) Ladye L., born Mt. Lebanon, La., 

July 9, 1864, died, Fayetteville, N. Y., September 20, 1886, married, 
Syracuse, N. Y., February 19, 1885, L. Bertrand Smith, son of Piatt Hiram 
and Katharine (Snell) Smith, bom Fayetteville, N. Y., December 12, 
1863. — They had one daughter, Ladye Katharine, born September 19, 1886 ; 
(Mr. Smith married (2), December 10, 1896, Florence Eugene Rector, and has 
son, Howard Malcolm Smith, '^T., born December i, 1897. Residence, Brook- 
lyn, N. Y.) ; (vi.) Dixie F., bom March 4, 1867, married, December 12, 1889, 
Jerome S. Van Keuren; (vii.) Hattie B., born February 20, 1869, married, 
May, 1895, Jasper E. Morgan; (viii.) Marie L., born July 31, 1870, mar- 
ried, February i, 1892, William J. Diggs. (7) HelenMaria, born October 22, 
1832, died July 18, 1898; married, October 24, 1854, Addison H. Laflin of 
Herkimer, N. Y., and had two children: Grace Hall Laflin, bom May 24, 
1857, married Wm. Lafayette *, Allen, Jr. (Wm. L.7, Zachariah *, David s, 
David 4, David 3, Benjamin ^, William ' , of Salisbury, Mass.) ; and Addison 
Kinney Laflin, bom July 21, 1861, died March 3, 1866. (8) Olivia B., 
bom October 24, 1837, unmarried. 

2128. James Andrews, born August 25, 1800, died January 10, i860; married 

Olivia Biscoe. 

2129. Elizabeth Andrews, bom March 16, 1S03, died December 15, 1881, mar- 

ried Asa Farrington. 

2130. Hiram Andrews, born April 30, 1805, died May 13, 1854. 

2131. Cerna Andrews, bom September 24, 1807, died December 19, 1886, mar- 

ried Pitt Alexander. 

Sixth Geueraiiou. 361 

2132. Harvey Andrews, bom July 24, 1809, died October i, 1894; married, No- 

vember 19, 1S34, Kliza Knapp. 

2133. Harry 0. Andrews, bom July 22, 181 1, died 1866, married Esther P. 


2134. Charles C. Andrews, born November 14, 1S16, died June 7, 1895, married 

Unity Gage. 

2135. Sarah Andrews, born July 17, 1822, died November 16, 1882, married 

William Eaton. 

Mr. Job Andrews was married a second time and had four more chil- 
dren: Job B., Martha M., Andrew J., and Fanny M. Andrews. 

1021. JAMES " GREENE (Caleb ' , James ' , John ^ , James ' , John ' ) , 
eldest son, was born in Dutchess County, N. Y., died at Oxford, Mich. He 
married, Susan Ballard. Another account says: "James Greene died in 
Bridgeport Conn." 

1022. RUSSELL" GREENE (Caleb s, James*, John ^ James % 
John ') was bom March 10, 1783, in Dutchess County, N. Y. He married 
(i), June 24, 1804, Mercy Milk, and (2), July 5, 1838, Alice Thomas. He 
died October 8, 1871, at Lafaj^ette, N. Y. His first wife died May i, 1838, 
and the second, died at Syracuse, N. Y., April 28, 1883, aged seventy-six. 

1023. GRIFFIN * GREENE (Caleb ', James ^ John ^ James \ John ') 
was bom at Easton, Washington County, N. Y., March 4, 1786. He mar- 
ried March 20, 1806, Nancy Townsend, born October 29, 1793, died August 
20, 1852. He died at Leverett, Mass., August 19, 1869. 

1024. BETSEY ' (ELIZABETH) GREENE (Caleb ' , James ^ John ^ 
James-, John ') was bom June 16. 1790. at Easton, N. Y. She married 
John Morton, bom at Stonington, Conn., 1784, died at Harmony, N. Y., 
March 20, i860, where his wife died March 26, 1840. 

1025. SALLY ' GREENE (Caleb -^ , James * , John ^ , James ' , John ' ) 
was bom in Easton, N. Y., July 15, 1792. She married, September 13, 
181 2, Minot Hoyt, born at Chariton, Saratoga County, N. Y., February 
19, 1790, died September 7, 1866, at Ellery, N. Y., where his wife died, Sep- 
tember 5, 1865. 

1026. TURPIN*^ GREENE (Caleb -% James \ John \ James % 
John') was bom at Easton, Washington County, N. Y., September 20, 
1796. He married, June 21, 181 9, Martha, daughter of Ebenezer and Anna 
(Pease) Hall, of New Marlboro, Mass., born at Tyringham, Berkshire County. 

362 The Greene Family^ 

Mass., August 14, 1798, died February 16, 1868, at Lafayette, N. Y., where 
they resided. He died Dec. 29, 185 1. 

In the settlement of Ebenezer Hall's estate at Pittsfield, Mass. (Probate 
Records), his daughter Martha is mentioned as "Patty, living at Pompey, 
N. Y." (Lafayette was part of the old town of Pompey.) 

Children : 

2136. Caleb (Dr.), bom November 14, 1819, married Roxanna R. Parsons. 

2137. Ira, born May 17, 1821, married Harriet Keeler. 

2138. Elizabeth, bom September 19, 1823, died 1824. 

2139. Ransom, bom August 28, 1826, married Eliza Marshall. 

2140. Elizabeth, born August 17, 1828, married (i), Corlan D. Hall, and (2), 

Hiram Kelly. 

2141. George Hall, bom October 7, 1830, married Mary L. Andrews. 

2142. William, bom and died July 16, 1833. 

1027. RANSOM « GREENE (Caleb =, James \ John 3, James % 
John ") was bom in Easton, N. Y., August 10, 1798. He married, April, 
1842, Diantha D. Greene, born in Ulster County, N. Y., November 17, 
1807, died March 14, 1876, at Cleveland, Ohio, where he also died January 
25, 1881. 

1041. PHEBE* GREENE (John =, Increase \ John ^ James % 
John ') was born in 1779. She married Asa Stone of Coventry, R. I., where 
she died in 1862. Asa Stone was son of William (who died September 18, 
182 1, aged eighty-six) and Lydia (Westcott) Stone, daughter of Benjamin 
Westcott of Cranston, who purchased in 1769 the mansion and a portion of 
the farm of John Bucklin of Coventry, which farm was inherited by his 
daughter, Lydia Westcott, who gave it to her son, Asa Stone. The grist- 
mill and machine shop of Coventry also came into the possession of the 
Stone family and Asa worked in this mill for forty consecutive years. He 
was Town Clerk of Coventry, 1822-38, and his father, William Stone, held 
the same ofifice before him for the same time — sixteen years. In 1859, Mr. 
Asa Stone, with his faculties but slightly impaired at eighty years of age, 
was living on the family estate. He owned the old Bible which his maternal 
ancestor, Stukely Westcott, brought from England. (See " Letters from the 
Pawttoxet," Providence Journal, 1859.) 


2143. Lydia Stone, bom January 25, 1805. 

2144. Arthur F. Stone, bom September 4, 1806. 

2145. John Eno Stone, born February 28, 1807. 

2146. Lowry Stone, 

_ / 1 ^ I born Tune 2, 1810. 

2147. Lorrice Stone (dau.^ ' 

Sixth Geiieyaiion. 363 

214S. LoviNA Stone, died April 5, 181 r. 

2149. Earl Mason Stone, bom June 29, 1812. 

2150. Asa Stone, Jr., bom February 23, 18 16. 

2151. Mary Alice (?) Stone, bom August 26, 1818, died young. 

1042. ROWLAND * GREENE (John \ Increase \ John \ James % 
John '), eldest son, was bom at Coventry, R. I., m 1781. He married Bar- 
bara Andrews of Coventry, where he died in 1852. 


2152. Alma (son). 

2153. Ruth. 

2154. Crawford. 

2155. Caroline. 

1043. REUBEN^ GREENE (John^, Increase \ John ^ James % 
John ') was bom in 1783. He married Rebecca Warren of Berhn, N. Y. 
He died at Petersburg, 1843. 


2156. Orvilla. 

2157. Merritt R., Master of steamer Missouri. He lost his life when she was 

burned in 1870. 

2158. John. 

2159. Rebecca. 

1046. POLLONIA^ GREENE (John', Increase \ John 3, James % 
John ' ) was bom in 1 792. She married, August 23, 181 2 {Coventry Records), 
James Stone of Coventry, R. I., and Abington, Pa., who died in 1824. She 
also died in 1824. James Stone was probably brother of Asa, her sister 
Phebe's husband. 

Children : 

2160. Pollonia Stone, married Warren Cahone. 

2161. Merritt Stone. 

2162. Samuel Stone. 

2163. (Son) Stone. 

2164. (Son) Stone. 

1047. SALLY * GREENE (John = , Increase ^ John ^ , James ' , John ' ) 
was bom August 3, 1795, died at Coventry, August 28, 1867. She married, 
December 18, 181 5, Whipple Andrews, son of Edward, born September 23, 
1794, died March 24, 1863. A copy from Coventry Records gives, " Whipple, 
son of Edmond Andrew, married Sarah Greene, late of Burlin [N. Y. ?] Dec. 
21, 1815." 

364 The Greene Family. 


2165. Rowland Greene Andrews, born April 10, 1817, died August 10, 1897. 

2166. Lorenzo Robinson Andrews, born October 10, 1818, married, April 28, 

1850, Elizabeth (Betsey) S. Cooley. 

2167. Charles Morgan Andrews, bom September 20, 1820, died June, 1865. 

2168. Zachariah Matteson Andrews, born March 16, 1822, died January 6, 


2169. Phebe Anne Andrews, born April 27, 1824. 

2170. PoLONEY G. Andrews, born October 23, 1825. 

2171. Ruth Anne Andrews, born July 28, 1829. 

2172. Sarah Anne Andrews, bom May 5, 1831. 

2173. Hester Tingley Andrews, bom December 5, 1832. 

2174. Whipple Andrews, Jr., born March 16, 1835. 

1048. ROB Y " GREENE (John = , Increase " , John ^ , James ' , John ' ) 
was born in 1797. She married Justus Hartshorn of Petersburg, N. Y., 
and died, s. p., in 1870. 

1049. MERRITT* GREENE (John', Increase \ John 3, James % 
John ') was bom October 28, 1800, at Coventry, R. I. He married, January 
21, 1824, Betsey Jones, who Hved to celebrate their "golden wedding" in 
1874. He died at Olenburg?, 111., July 16, 1883, and she died at Sterling, 
111., December 12, 1882. He resided at North Adams, Mass., 1828, and was 
a cotton manufacturer, 1836-41. Removed, 1856, to Hustisford, Dodge 
County, Wis., thence in 1858, to Sterling, 111. 


2175. Dexter, bom November 4, 1824, at Petersburg, N. Y., died same day. 

2176. Diana, bom September 28, 1825, married Rev. Jerome T. Mason. 

2177. Elizabeth Cinderella, born May i, 1827, married (i), December 31, 1844, 

Samuel Littlefield, and (2) Rev. John Clemson Mickle. 

2178. Amos M., bom March 10, 1830, married Magee. 

2179. Barbara A., born September 15, 1838, died November 12, 1838. 

2180. Merritt, Jr., born April 29, 1842, married Martha Avery. 

1055. PHEBE'' GREENE (James =, Joseph ^ John 3, James % 
John') was bom at Berhn, N. Y. She married Roger Sweet, perhaps 
brother of her sister Margaret's husband. 

1056. MARGARET ^ GREENE (James =, Joseph \ John \ James % 
John ' ) was born at Berlin, N. Y. She married James Sweet, and resided 
at Berlin, or Stephentown, where she died. 

SixtJi Geiiemfioii. 365 


2181. (Son) Sweet, was Supervisor of town of Stephentown, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., 

in 1876. 

1057. JOANNA '^ GREENE (James s, Joseph \ John ^ James, ^ 

John ') was born at BerHn, N. Y. She married Rouse, who died in 


1058. SETH ^ GREENE (James ' , Joseph ' , John ^ , James ' , John ■ ) 
was bom at Berhn, N. Y. He married Mary (Polly) Rogers of Stephentown, 
N. Y. He was a man of abilit}"; died at Berlin, aged about fifty. 


2182. Lorenzo "of Mina, N. Y.," married Amy Day. 

2183. Polly Ann, married Hiram Bentley of Wisconsin. 

2184. Margaret, bom July 20, 1811, married (i) Win. Slicfficld Clark, (2) .Atigiis- 

tits Jerome Gould. 

2185. William, married Esther Macomber. 

2186. Seth Terry, married (i) Sara Smith, (2) Eliza Brass. 

2187. Washington I., married (i) Harriet Douglas, (2) Mary Ann Strong. 

1059. MARY * GREENE (James ^ , Joseph ■* , John ^ , James ' , John ' ) 
was bom in Berlin, N. Y. She married H. Rogers Greenfield, resided in 
Berlin, died in Illinois. No record of children. "^' 

1060. PARIS ' GREENE (James \ Joseph ^ John ^ James % John ') 
was born in Bei'lin, N. Y. He married Sally Smith of Horseheads, N. Y., 
and was living there in 1876, "an old man." (The name is given " Percy" 
instead of Paris in one record.) 

1062. JAMES RAY ' GREENE (James ' , Joseph ^ , John ' , James = , 
John ') was born in Berlin, N. Y., and removed to Illinois about 1825. He 
married Mary (Polly) Matteson, who was bom in Berlin and died in Illinois. 
She was probably the sister of Ebenezer Matteson, who married Roxy 
Greene, sister of James (see below). 

1063. PATIENCE " (PATTY) GREENE (James ', Joseph ^ John ^ 
James % John ') was bom in Berlin, N. Y. She married Reynolds Davis, 
resided in Berlin, N. Y. A family record states that Patience "married a 
Matteson." Possibly she was twice married. 

1064. BENJAMIN ' GREENE (James =, Joseph *, John ^ James \ 
John ' ) was bom in Berlin, N. Y. He married Lydia Greenfield and re- 
sided in Berlin, where he died. 

366 The Greene Family. 

1065. ROXANA* (ROXY) GREENE (James ^ Joseph 4, John 3, 
James % John ') was born in Berlin, N. Y. She married Ebenezer Matte- 
son of BerHn, where they resided and at whose home her father died in 1857, 
aged one hundred years. 


2188. Ebenezer Matteson, Jr., of South Berlin, N. Y. 

1066. JARVIS'^ GREENE (David ^ Joseph \ John 3, James % 
John ') , eldest son, was born October 4,1782. He married, January 29, 1806, 
Deborah Bentley of North Adams, Mass., bom May 16, 1785, at Newport, 
R. I. He died April 18, 1872, in Romeo, Mich. She died February 18, 


2189. David, born May 25, 1808, married Emily E. Walker. 

2190. Nancy, born November 30, 181 1, married Charles F. Walling. 

2 191. Son 

_ , I died in infancy. 

2192. Daughter ) 

2193. Jarvis Jerome, bom August 19, 1814, married Mary Pearce (?). 

2194. Daniel Carroll, born June 8, 1821, married (i) Sarah Elizabeth Rae, (2) 

Leanna Wright. 

1067. DAVID '' GREENE (David ' , Joseph ^ , John ^ , James = , John' ) 
was born October 21, 1785. He married, June 5, 1809, Jerusha, daughter 
of James, Sr., and Catharine (Dennison) Jones. They lived in Berlin, 
where all their children were born. Removed to Barry, 111., about 1825, 
where all were married except Sarah Russell, whose marriage took place at 
Lebanon Springs, N. Y. David Greene died in St. Louis, Mo., May i, 1865, 
and his widow died at Barry, 111., November 5, 1872. 

Children : 

2196. Sarah Russell, bom April 18, 181 2, married Daniel G. Hull. 

2197. Alson, bom May 12, 1813, died July 22, 1815. 

2198. Daniel Rhodes, bom February 12, 181 5, died August 17, 1831, unmarried. 

2199. David, born February 21, 1817, married Elizabeth S. Marshall. 

2200. Jerusha, born December 24, 1818, married George Bartlett. 

2201. Louisa, bom December 19, 1820, married John Wesley Alkire. 

2202. Joseph, born September 16, 1823, married Cynthia Lavinia Spink. 

2203. Pulaski, born April 24, 1825, married Ami Eliza Bill. 

2204. Mary, bom January 25, 1830, died April 22, 1843, at Barry, 111. 

1071. BATHSHEBA"^ GREENE (Langford ^ Joseph ^ John ^ 
James % John') was born August 21, 1790. She married, December 3, 

Sixth Geiiemfwn. 367 

1809, Jonathan Berry, bom in Stephentown, N. Y., June 28, 1790, died 
October 20, 1851. He was a farmer, judge, and member of the Michigan 
Legislature in 1844. His wife died at the home of her granddaughter, Phebe 
Gardner, at Concord, Mich., September 26, 1879. 


205. Diana Berry, bom, Berlin, N. Y., July 31, 1810, married, at Elba, Genesee 
Co., N. Y., March 11, 1830, George Washington Gardner, son of John and 
Bathsheba {Watson) Gardner, born, Washington Co., R. I., March 13, 1785. 
He belonged to the Society of Friends, and resided at Elba, N. Y., and died 
there July 17, 1849. Diana was his second wife. Children: (i) Bath- 
sheba Phebe Gardner (called "Phebe B."), born in Elba, N. Y., "23 of 2nd 
Mo." 1831; resided Concord, Jackson Co., Mich.; married, in Elba, 
"Friends Meeting House 2nd of 5th Mo. 1850" Nathan Shotwell, son of 
Isaac M. and Edvia C. {Pound) Shotwell, born Elba, 14th of 5th Mo. 1826; 
had Rozilla Phebe Shotwell {Lilla P.), bom March 3, 1851, unmarried, 1889; 
Ambrose Milton Shotwell, bom May 30, 1853, residence Concord, Mich., un- 
married, blind from infancy; was graduated from State Normal School, 
Ypsilanti, Mich., 1878. Prepared Genealogy of his Quaker Ancestors and 
their Descendants, 1889; Cassiiis Enimctt Shotwell, born July 29, 1855, 
residence Concord, Mich., married, August 19, 1885, Edith Myrtle, daughter 
Wm. C. and Elizabeth {Davis) Briggs of North Concord, Mich., born Feb- 
ruary 5, 1866, had son Owen, born September 17, 1886; Ida Ann Shotwell, 
bom February 23, 1857, a teacher, married (2d wife), in Concord, Mich., 
July 8, 1886, Jehiel Kittredge Davis, son of Jehiel and Phebe {Dean) Davis, 
bom, Troy, Mich., June 26, 1848, occupation, teacher; Manly Nathan 
Shotwell, bom October i, 1858, a cripple, and poultry dealer, writes holding 
pen with his mouth. (2) Alalinna Ann Gardner, born June 4, 1833, mar- 
ried, 1852, Oliver Bliss Hunn, son of Ephraim Hunn of Elba, N. Y., born, 
Springfield, Mass., June 25, 1826, died Sandstone, Mich., May 18, 1884. 
His wife died there March 7, 1883. Children: Mabel Alice Hunn, bom, 
Parma, Mich., June 29, 1854, married, February 18, 1874, Winfield Scott 
Gardner of Sandstone, Mich, (son John and Miranda {Smith) Gardner of 
Elba, N. Y.), bom January 16, 1847, resided Litchfield, Mich.; had Lena 
Ann, bom September 19, 1879, died March 7, 1880; Ray, bom, Litchfield, 
August 21, 1881; Iva Ann, born August 6, 1884. Gardner Albert Hunn, 
bom, Parma, Mich., January 18, 1857, died July 18, 1858; Gardner Lincoln 
Hunn, bom Parma, July 7, 1861, married, November 23, 1881, Mary 
Hawes, daughter Joseph and Mary Ann {Woodliff) Halves of Concord, 
Mich., born October 8, 1862, and had Leroy Oliver, born June 20, 1883, and 
George Joseph, bom September 27, 1888. Edward Rice Hunn, born, Parma, 
August 4, 1865, inherited the parental homestead at Sandstone, Mich., 
married, February 11, iSS^, Caroline Estella, daughter George and Prudence 
{Jones) Welch, bom May, 1867, had Malinna Ann, born October 8, 1885, 
died October 11, 1886 (scalded fatally by an accident), and Edna, bom 
August 5, 18S8. (3) George Milton Gardner, born 1835, married Jane 

368 The Greene Family. 

Elizabeth, daughter Geo. and 'hlary {Rngsley) Gardner of Oakfield, N. Y. ; 
had Geo. Milton, Jr., born January 13, 1859, married, December 7, 1880, 
Mary Lurilla, daughter Reuben Wni. and Mary Louisa (Mead) Freeman, 
born June i, i860, and Mimiie May, born May 9, 1866, unmarried, 1889. 
(4) Mary Jane Gardner, born May 5, 1837, died November 6, 1844. 

2206. Langford Greene Berry, bom, Berhn, N. Y.,.June 19, 1812, married, (i) at 

Albion, N. Y., September, 1841, Mary Ann, daughter of Joseph and Lucy 
(Kirtland) Hart, bom June 2, 18 — , died May 8, 1849. He married (2), at 
Adrian, Mich., Margaret, daughter of Thomas D. Ramsdell, and married (3) 
Betsey Coit, who died at Adrian, where he resided from 1837 to 1867. He 
died at Oakland, Cal., April 3, 1878. Children by first marriage: (i) Benj. 
Hart Berry, bom August 20, 1842 ; (2) Emily Alice Berry, born March 19, 
1844, married, December 25, 1867, Schuyler Fisk Seager, a prominent 
lawyer of Lansing, Mich. She died, Springfield, Mass., September 27, 
1879; had James Benjamin Seager, bom December 10, 1868; Harry 
Rogers Seager, born July 21, 1870; Schuyler Fisk Seager, Jr., born January 
22, 1S79; (3) Ma7-y Hart Berry, born February 6, 1849, died January 26, 
1863. By second marriage: (4) Gertrude Berry, married Schuyler F. Seager, 
widower of her half-sister, Emily Alice. By third marriage: (5) Langford 
Greene Berry, Jr., bom 1862, died, at El Paso, Texas, November 20, 

2207. Ambrose Spencer Berry, born, Berlin, N. Y., August 12, 1814; was a mer- 

chant at Adrian, Mich., where he removed with his parents in 1836. He 
married, at Albion, N. Y., August 19, 1839, Lucy, daughter of Joseph 
and Lucy (Kirtland) Hart, sister of his brother Langford's first wife; born 
January 22. 18 14. Their two dattghters both died in infancy. He died 
at Corning, Ark., September 3, 1878. 

220S. Judith JuLETTA Berry, bom, Berlin, N. Y., February 18, 1816, married, at 
Rome, Mich., July 14, 1842, John Bogari Schurman. He died in 1879, and 
his widow continued to reside in Michigan. 

2209. Abigail Emily Berry, bom, Berlin, October 28, 1818, married, January i, 
1850, Jonathan Stanton Parke, son oi Shubael Parke, bom, Preston, Conn., 
June 12, 1803, died at Adrian, Mich, (where they resided), August 3, 1869. 
He was a lineal descendant of Robert Parke, who came from England, 1630, 
settled at Roxbury, Mass., and thence removed to Wethersfield, Conn., 
about 1637. Children: (i) Ann Witter Parke, bom February 14, 1851; 
(2) Ambrose Berry Parke, bom November 12, 1852, merchant of Adrian, 
married, November ig, 1879, Emma Maria, daughter Charles Young of 
Adrian, born April 26, 1S57, had Robert Charles, born August 22, 1S80, and 
Frederick Edwin, born July 2, 1888; (3) Emily Berry Parke, bom August 
20, 1855, died November S, 1856; (4) Ida Parke, born June 6, 1858; (5) 
Charles Sumner Parke, born February 16, 1861. 

1072. GEORGE * GREENE (Langford =, Joseph,^ John ^ James % 
John'), eldest son, bom about 1792. He married Sarah (Sally) Reeves, 
and died at Berlin, N. Y., aged about fortv. 

Sixth Generatio)i. 369 


2210. Henry Reeves, lived (1880) at Highland Park, 111. 

2211. Allina. 

2212. Lanche. 

Sarah (Reeves) Greene was the daughter of John Reeves, a farmer and 
first Supervisor of the town after it asstomed the name of BerHn in 1806. 
His wife was Margaret, daughter of Charles Greene of East Greenwich 
(Joseph*, John', Benjamin % John'), and not of the hne of Warwick 
Greenes (see Descendants of Joseph Greene, by Frank L. Greene, p. 34). 

1073. PHEBE* GREENE (Langford ^ Joseph \ John ^ James % 
John ') was bom about 1794. She married WiUiam Jones, son of James 
and Catharine (Dennison) Jones of Stephentown, N. Y. He Hved at the 
Langford Greene homestead, where he died. Wilham Jones was brother of 
Jerusha, who married David '' Greene (David ', Joseph *, John ', James ', 


2213. Laura Jones. 

2214. Oscar Jones. 

2215. Catharine Jones, married . 

2216. William Jones, of New York. 

2217. Griswold Jones, died young. 

2218. HuLBURT Jones. 

(One of the daughters married Albert Dennison of Berlin, N.Y.) 

1074. JOSEPH-^ GREENE (Langford', Joseph \ John ^ James % 
John') was bom about 1796. He was a farmer. He married Urania, 
daughter of Peter Hull. 


2219. Caroline, married Hicks (?), N. Y. State. 

2220. Jane, died . 

2221. Abigail, died . 

2222. Delos, married Caroline Jones of Stephentown, N. Y. 

2223. Daniel I., married Palmyra Matteson. 

1075. BENJAMIN '^ GREENE (Langford ' , Joseph * , John ' , James ' , 
John ') was bom at Stephentown, N. Y., November 29, 1798, where he died 
April 25, 1842. He married, in BerUn, N. Y., October 7, 1821, Rhoda, 
daughter of Eliphalet and Rebecca Niles, born August 17, 1802, died Octo- 
ber 5, 1S49. 

;7o The Greene Family. 


2224. Louisa Antoinette, born March 8, 1823, married Lavinus Stillnian. 

2225. Benjamin Franklin, born December 22, 1825, married Mary Jane Hiibbs. 

2226. Calvin Pardell, born February 6, 1829, mcLTned Eveline Jeanette Dodge. 

2227. Rebecca, born April 8, 1831, died August 29, 1842. 

2228. Abigail, born February 21, 1834, married Hiram Rosecrans. 

1076. SAMUEL ^ GREENE (Langford =, Joseph \ John \ James % 
John') was bom August 21, 1800. He married Miss Rose. He was a 
wealthy farmer of Rensselaer County, N. Y. 


2229. Abby. 

2230. Phebe, married her cousin, Wyatt Rose. 

2231. Jefferson. 

2232. Harry, lives in Morrison, 111. 

2233. George, of New Auburn, Minn., married . 

1077. HANNAH ' GREENE (Langford =, Joseph \ John ^, James % 
John ') was born in 1802. She married Samuel Hull, son of Peter (prob- 
ably), whose daughter married Hannah's brother Joseph. 


2234. George Henry Hull. 

2235. (Son), Hull. 

2236. (Daughter), Hull. 

2237. (Son), Hull. 

1080. LANGFORD* GREENE (John =, Josephs John 3, James % 
John '), eldest son, married Phebe, daughter of Daniel and Jemima (Rix) 
Gray, bom March 24, 1798. In 1830 they removed to Illinois, where he 
died before 1876. His wife died March, 1865. Daniel Gray was son of 
Judge Gray, a true patriot and active in Revolutionary service. After the 
war he removed to Hoosick Valley, N. Y., and settled at Stephentown (now 
Berlin), where he died in 1830. He was grandson of John and Ruth (Heb- 
bard) Gray of Beverly, Mass. (See Gray Genealogy, by M. D. Raymond, 
pp. 5-10, 118.) 


2238. Jay Gray, married Victoria, daughter of Schuyler Gray, and lives in Cali- 


2239. Sarah. 

2240. Warren, "of Benton Co., Mo." 

Sixth Generation. 37 1 

1081. ALLEN " GREENE (John -^ , Joseph ^ , John ' , James ' , John ■ ) 
married and removed to lUinois, where he died about 1870. He had a 
small family, but no record is given. 

1086. RANDALL '^ GREENE (Johns Josephs Johns James S 
John '). removed to Pownal, Vt., where he died April, 1879. 

1089. ANN* (NANCY) GREENE (John S Josephs Johns 

James S John') married Hewett of Petersburg, N. Y., and resided 


H02. THOMAS RIX*^ GREENE (Thomas S Josephs John S 
James S John'), eldest son, was bom January 2, 1801. He married 
(i) December 16, 1837, Mary (Polly), daughter of Edward Whitford, of 
Berlin, N. Y., bom October 11, 1802, died February 14, 1857. Thomas was 
of Adams, Jefferson County, N. Y. He died May 6, 1873. He married 
(2) Mrs. Delia O. Kellogg, who survived him. 


2241. Thomas Henry, married Philcna Maria Brown. 

2242. Hannah Mary, died unmarried. 

2243. Edward Whitford, married Louisa Seeley. 

2244. Almon Mortimer, married Charlotte Macintosh. 

2245. Joseph Langford, born 1830, married Julia Lawlor. 

2246. Phebe Louisa, married (i) Sylvanus Loomis, (2) William Clarke. 

2247. Amanda Robinson, married George Chafin. 

2248. Jarvis Van Buren, living in Iowa (1880), married Philinda Hosmer. 

2249. Andrew Jackson, unmarried. 

2250. Mary Jane, bom September 7, 1837, married Cyrus B. Potter. 

2251. Sybil Jerusha, married George Gregory. 

2252. Daniel Sheldon, bom June 12, 1842, married (i) Amelia Babcock, (2) Dora 


1103. DANIEL SAFFORD * GREENE (Thomas s Joseph S John S 
James S John') was bom at Berlin, N. Y., September 6, 1802. He 
married, at Petersburg, N. Y., Elizabeth, daughter of David and Sarah 
(Greenman) Maxson, bom November 5, 1797. She was the great-great- 
great-granddaughter of Rev. John Maxson (see No. 1106). Daniel S. 
Greene removed to Brunswick, Rensselaer County, N. Y., in 1830, where 
he died. November — , 1868. His name came from his maternal grand- 
mother, Hannah Safford (daughter of Joseph Safford of Preston, Conn.), 
who married James Rix of Preston. Joseph Safford was descended from 
John Safford, who settled at Preston about 1700. 

372 The Greene Family. 

Children : 

2253. Daniel Edgar, born February 5, 1827, married Mary McChesney. 

2254. Caroline E., born 1829, died May 29, 1853, unmarried. 

2255. Maria Louise, born December 16, 1830, married Alfred Bruce. 

2256. Charles Henry, born 1833, died April 2, i860, unmarried. 

2257. Thomas, married . Resides at Albion, N. Y. 

2258. Sarah Augusta, born April 8, 1837, married William Crosby Clarkson. 

2259. Helen Antoinette, born June 24, 1839, married Charles Miller. 

2260. David Maxson (2d) born Augjust, 1841, married (i) Emma McAlpine, and (2) 

Lavinia Greene. 

1 106. JOSEPH LANGFORD " GREENE (Thomas ' , Joseph * , John ' , 
James ', John ') was born February 8, 1808, at Berlin, N. Y. He married, 
1 83 1, Susan Ann (Susanna), daughter of David and Sarah (Greenman) 
Maxson, the sister of his brother Daniel's wife, bom April 4, 1807, at Peters- 
burg, N. Y. After their marriage they removed to Brunswick, and thence 
in 1835 to Adams, Jefferson County, N. Y., where he died April 6, 1886. 
His widow died 1896. 


2261. David Maxson (ist), born July 8, 1832, married Maria N. Skinner. 

2262. Albert S., born August 3, 1838, married Eliza Story. 

2263. George Egbert, born September 12, 1843, died March 6, 1870, unmarried. 

Joseph Langford Greene and his brothers, Thomas Rix Greene and 
Daniel Safford Greene, were, after the death of their parents in 181 2, 
under the guardianship of their great-uncle (?) Thomas Rix. The 
wives of Joseph L. and Daniel S. were lineal descendants of the Rev. John 
Maxson, born in 1638, the first white child born on the island of Aquidneck, 
now Rhode Island. His father, Richard, was killed by the Pequots. Rev. 
John settled in Hopkinton (Westerly), R. I. He became an eminent Seventh 
Day Baptist minister, and continued the beloved pastor of the church at 
Hopkinton until his death in 1720. David Maxson was his great-great- 
grandson, and the father of Elizabeth and Susanna Maxson, who married 
Daniel Safford and Joseph Langdon Greene, as above stated. 

1 112. CALEB " GREENE (Thomas =, John \ Thomas ^ Thomas % 
John '). eldest son, was born January 6, 1737, died August 22, 1810. He 
was of Providence, a member of the Society of Friends. He received by 
will, August 20, 1757, from his grandfather, John Greene of Potowomut, a 
farm in West Greenwich, R. I., which said John received from his grand- 
father, Thomas "of Stone Castle." Caleb's will, dated July 26, 1810, be- 

Sixth Generation. 373 

queathed to his " son Thomas and wife Waite" his "mansion house and mill 
privilege" in Smithfield. He married (i) Amey, daughter of Daniel and 
Martha (Jenckes) Harris, who died May 2, 1768. He married (2), January 
13, 1780, Mary Russell, widow of Ezekiel Comstock of Smithfield, R. I., born 
February 22, 1743, died December 30, 1815. 

Children by First Marriage: 

2264. William, \ born May 6, 1764, probably died young. 

2265. Thomas, ) bom May 6, 1764, married Waite Comstock. 

2266. Sarah, born February 3, 1766, married Henry Comstock. 

Children by Second Marriage: 

2267. Amey, died young. 

2268. John, died young. 

Caleb Greene's first wife (married, May 26, 1761, Prov. Rcc), bom 
January 8, 1736, was granddaughter of Governor Joseph Jenckes of Rhode 

1116. JOHN" GREENE (Thomas', John \ Thomas ^ Thomas % 
John ') was born December 3, 1743. He married Deborah, daughter of his 
iincle, Caleb 5 Greene of Coventry (John ^ Thomas ^ Thomas', John'), 
bom August 3, 1742, died January 24, 1818, aged seventy-six. He lived on 
Bowen's Hill, Coventry. Died February 5, 1834. No children. Friends' 
Meeting Records, East Greenwich, give date of Deborah Greene's death, 
" Jany 24, 1817." 

1 1 17. THOMAS <^ GREENE (Thomas ' , John * , Thomas ^ , Thomas ' , 
John ') was bom December 6, 1745 (posthumous child; provisional legacy 
by his father's will). He married Mercy, daughter of Captain Peter and his 
second wife, Mercy (Wanton) Cooke, born July 8, 1746, died January 5, 
1825. Thomas Greene was a Quaker preacher of prominence in Smithfield 
and adjoining towns, and when the war broke out, being a Quaker, he would 
not take up arms; and his property, which was considerable for those times, 
was confiscated. He was obliged to flee to Nova Scotia to escape imprison- 
ment, where, we are told, " the family was regarded as most unworldly and 
was noted for its refinement." Some of the children were born there or at 
Rutland, Vt., where Thomas lived for a time after his family had joined him, 
with the exception of his daughter Mercy, who married in Nantucket. One 
of his descendants visited the old fann at Rutland and was heard to call it 
the " Old Homestead." After the death of his wife, Thomas Greene went to 
Nantucket, Mass., to reside with his daughter Mercy (Mrs. Jethro Mitchell), 
and died there, October, 1829. (See No. 1121.) 

374 TJie Greene Family. 


2269. Thomas, removed to the West, where he died. 

2270. Benjamin, married Leah Fowler. 

2271. Amy, bom 1764 (?) married (i) Jonathan Elliott, and (2) Jonathan Russell. 

2272. Mary, born October 31, 1765, married Gaskell. 

2273. Job, born 1768, married Cooke. 

2274. John, born July 6, 1770, married Lydia Coffin. 

2275. Deborah, born 1772, married (i) Alexander Thain, and (2) Duncan Camp- 


2276. Sarah, born October 19, 1773, married John Clasby. 

2277. Elizabeth, married Henry Munroe. 

2278. Penelope, married Robert Munroe. 

2279. Mercy, born October 31, 1785, married Jethro Mitchell. 

[Children without dates may not be correctly placedj 

in8. CATHARINE'^ GREENE (Caleb =, Johns Thomas S 
Thomas % John') was bom December 4, 1740 {Coventry Records). She 
married, September 18, 1760, Joseph Whipple of Coventry, son of Benjamin 
Whipple of Providence. Joseph removed to New York State. Catharine 
is mentioned in the will of her grandfather, Thomas Rodman. 


2280. Anne Whipple, born June 14, 1761. 

2281. Benjamin Whipple, born September 21, 1762. 

2282. Caleb Whipple, born July 23, 1764. 

2283. Daniel (David?) Whipple, born June 27, 1766, died November 20, 1768. 

2284. Ephraim Whipple, born February 9, 1768. 

1 1 19. DEBORAH " GREENE (Caleb = , John ' , Thomas ' , Thomas ^ , 
John') was born at Coventry, R. I., August 3, 1742 {Friends' Records, 
East Greenwich) . She married her cousin, John * Greene (Thomas ' , John * , 
Thomas \ Thomas ', John '), and died January 24, 1818, leaving no chil- 
dren. "An honest, understanding and benevolent woman" (old family 
letter). Her grandfather, Rodman, left her by his will a legacy of ;£6oo. 

1121. ANNE"^ GREENE (Calebs Johns Thomas S Thomas S 
John ') was born at Coventry, R. I., March 10, 1744, died March 15, 1838. 
She married, in 1765, Charles ^ Cooke, son of Captain Peter * (Nicholas S 
Nicholas - , Walter ' , of Weymouth) and his second wife, Mercy (Wanton) 
Cooke, born at Scititate, R. I., September 24, 1747, died January 14, 1817. 
His father, Peter Cooke, born in 1720, married (i), when but nineteen years 
of age, Elizabeth Bates, sister of his cousin, Elijah Cooke's, wife. He mar- 
ried (2), in 1746, Mercy, granddaughter of Governor John Wanton. The 
Wanton family were prominent, four of its members having been Governors 

Sixth Generation . 375 

of Rhode Island, viz., William, born 1670, filled the office, 1732-33; his 
brother John, born 1672, from 1734-40; Gideon (son of their brother) 
Joseph), 1745-46 and 1747-48; Joseph, son of Governor William, 1769-75. 
Captain Peter Cooke was Captain of the First Company of Scituate of 
the Providence County Regiment, June, 1769, and in June, 1770, Captain of 
Providence Troop of Horse of Second Company of Scituate (see Civil and 
Military List, R. I., by Joseph Jenckes Smith). The family tradition is, 
that Captain Peter received some seven hundred acres of land in Foster, 
R. I., as reward for his military services, but his residence was at Scituate 
after 1768. In Rhode Island Colonial Records, vol. vi., p. 546, he is men- 
tioned as "Mr. Peter Cooke of Scituate," when appointed with "Caleb 
Greene Esq. of Coventry" (and others) as manager of a lottery for raising 
a Slim of money to repair roads, etc. He died at the advanced age of ninety- 
six years, as given in the records of Dorcas Cooke (deposited at the Rhode 
Island Historical Society), who had charge of the Cumberland, R. I., records, 
1 7 76-1 838. The Cooke family were members of the Society of Friends, as were 
the family of Thomas Rodman, the maternal grandfather of Anne (Greene) 
Cooke, who married Catharine Fry, sister of Thomas Fry, the husband of 
Welthyan ^ Greene (Thomas ' , John ' ) , her great-great-aunt on the pater- 
nal side. Her father, Caleb Greene, was third cousin of General Nathanael 
Greene. She received from her grandfather, Rodman, as did her three 
sisters, a legacy of ;^6oo by will, dated January 4, 1772. Of the "sixteen 
children ' ' of Charles and Anne (Greene) Cooke mentioned in family corre- 
spondence, four died in infancy. 


2285. Deborah Cooke, bom November 6, 1767, died May 16, 1795. She was nained 

probably for her great-grandmother, Deborah (Carr), wife of John * Greene. 
She married Barton Rathbonc, descendant of the emigrant ancestov, Ricliard 
Rathbone, born 1574. 

2286. John Greene Cooke, bom March 3, 1771, died in New York City, August, 

1827. His son, Edivard Greene Cooke, held a position for forty years in the 
Mechanics' Bank, 2ii Wall Street, New York City. 

2287. Caleb Cooke, born April 6, 1772, died June 11, 1852. He married Mary 


2288. Daniel Cooke, bom April 10, 1775, died 1840-41. 

2289. Philip Cooke, bcm April i, 1777, died September 6, 1855, married (i) Han- 

nah , bom November 24, 1779, died at Oxford, N. Y., February 3, 

1825. He married (2) — — . 

2290. David Cooke, bom May 3, 1779, died before 1874. 

2291. Catharine Cooke, born February 22, 1781, married, November 16, 1817 

(2d wife), Caleb Waterman, who had first married her sister Mary. He was 
born September 23, 1781, died January 30, 1854. His wife Catharine died 

376 The Greene Family. 

December ii, 1870. Had one child, Charles Cooke Waterman, born August 
6, 1818, died April 22, 1819. 

2292. Richard Cooke, born December 9, 1782. 

2293. Job Cooke, bom March 14, 1784, living Newport, Washington Co., Ohio, in 


2294. Mary Cooke, born July 4, 1788, married, December 20, 1804, Caleb ^ Water- 

man (Richard s, Amaziah *, Richard i, Nathaniel^, Richard^). 

2295. Penelope Cooke, bom February 8, 1789, married Dr. Johnson. 

2296. Wm. Minturn Cooke, bom December 31, 1790, died November 10, 1870; mar- 

ried (i), May 2, 1 81 6, Dorcas C. Congdon, lineal descendant oi Benjamin 
and Elizabeth (Albro) Congdon. She was born April 30, 1791, died August 
27, 1851. Win. Minturn Cooke married (2), February 5, 1854, Sarah 
Kinney. (See Narrag. Reg., vol. vi., p. 132; also "Cooke Record," in New- 
port Mercury, August 10, 1901, by Mrs. H. Ruth Cooke.) 

1122. MARY^ GREENE (Caleb', John \ Thomas 3, Thomas % 
John ') was bom June 14, 1759. She married Stephen Clarke of Plainfield, 
Conn. She received a legacy of i^6oo, as did her three sisters, from the will 
of her grandfather, Thomas Rodman of South Kingstown. 

1123. THOMAS" GREENE (Benjamin ', Johns Thomas S 
Thomas - , John '), eldest son, was born in Newport, January 30, 1743, died 
November 5, 1800. He resided at Newport, R. L, and was there buried in 
the North Btirial Ground. He married, August 3, 1767, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of George and Ruth (?) Gibbs, born 1746, died November 10, 1829, aged 
eighty- three ; buried beside her husband at Newport. 


2297. Lydia, bom 1768, died March 7, 1775, in her seventh year. 

2298. Joshua, born 1769, died February 20, 1770, aged five months. 

2299. Lydia, bom 1771, died February 21, 177 1, aged thirteen days. 

2300. Joseph, born 1772, died July 24, 1772, aged eight days. 

2301. Sarah, born 1773, died December 8, 1801, in her twenty-eighth year. 

(All these children were buried with their parents at Newport, R. I.) 

1 124. PENELOPE* GREENE (Benjamin % Johns Thomas S 
Thomas -, John ') was born in Newport, August 21, 1746. She married, 
August 24, 1766, William Minturn, son of Jonas and Penelope (Brown) 
Minturn of Narragansett, born March 18, 1738. She was the granddaughter 
of Samuel Brown of South Kingstown, at whose home William Minturn 's 
parents were married by Rev. James McSparran. William died at Newport, 
August 23, 1799. His widow died April 6, 1821. 

William Minturn was probably a descendant of the emigrant Richard 
of Southampton, L. I. He was a man of wealth and highly esteemed in 

Sixth Generation. 377 

Newport for his benevolence and public spirit. " His success as a merchant 
was largely due to his decision and promptitude in his youth — when he 
entered a merchant ship bound for England, as second mate. This was dur- 
ing the war of 1763, and the vessel was captured by the French, who would 
not yield it without high ransom. The captain being destitute of means, 
young Minturn stepped forward and assured him if he would put him on shore 
in England he would proceed on foot to London and so represent the above 
facts to a large mercantile house in that city that he would win success. 
The captain and crew consented, and he accomplished his purpose, return- 
ing with the ransom. The owners of the vessel rewarded him by appoint- 
ing him captain and he soon became a ship-owner. Later he was one of the 
founders of Hudson, N. Y. In 1791 he removed to New York City, and 
died eight years after, having displayed in every relation in life a character 
marked by justice, fiminess, and charity." 


2302. Penelope Minturn, married John T. Champlin, and had Anne, married 

Gabriel Lewis ; Phcbe. married Richard Harrison ; Penelope, married 
Augustin N. Laurence. 

2303. Benjamin Minturn, married Mary, daughter of Robert and Elisabeth (Harts- 

horn) Bowne of Long Island. Children; Robert B. and Rowland R., un- 
married; William, married Caroline ; Thomas Robinson; Caroline, 

married David P. Hall; Frances, married Thomas R. Hazard; Lloyd, mar- 
ried Annie Robinson; Niobe, married Ward H. Blacklee; Jonas, married 
' Abby West; Agatha, married Edward Mayer. 

2304. Hannah Minturn, died 1817. 

2305. William Minturn, Jr., married Sarah, daughter of Robert Bowne and sister 

of. his brother Benjamin's wife. Robert Bowne was son of John and Dinah 
(Underhill) Bowne of Long Island, and great-great-great-grandson of 
Thomas Boivne, from Derbyshire, England. Children: Robert Bowne, mar- 
ried Anna M., daughter of Joseph Wendell of Albany, N. Y.; Mary, died 
unmarried; Sarah, married Henry Grinnell. 

2306. Jonas Minturn, married Esther, daughter of Wm. T. Robinson, and had Row- 

land; Caroline, TCiarrieA Hall; Benjamin G. {1); Sarah, marnedjames 

CoUi)is; Mary Ann, married Richard Hartshorn. 

2307. Mary Minturn. born 1781, died July 26, 1872; married Henry Post,^\\o 

died about 1854. They had Minturn Post (Dr.), married Mary King of 
Albany; Lydia and Mary Post, died unmarried; Cornelia Post, married 
Roland Greene Mitchell; Sarah Post, died unmarried, October 5, 1856, at 
Princeton, Mass. ; Catherine Post, married Clayton A'eivbold, had George, of 
Bank of America, married (i) Mary Emlen, (2) Anti Parks, both of 
Philadelphia. Children: Henry Post, Clayton Emlen, and George of Spring- 
field, N. J. 

2308. Deborah Minturn, married Robert Abbott, Jr. Children: Robert, married 

378 The Gi'eene Family. 

Jane Clements; William, married Catharine Gibbon; Penelope, married 
Tracy Coylc; Alary, Agnes, and Niobe, unmarried; Elizabeth, married 
Henry Kip p. 

2309. Nathaniel Greene Minturn, born November 14, 1785, died October 28, 

1840, married, June 20, 1808, Lydia, daughter of Sa)nuel Coates of Phila- 
delphia. No children. 

2310. NiOBE Stanton Minturn, born July 27, 1789; resided in New York. 

2311 John Minturn. married (i) Lydia, daughter of James Clements, oi Phila- 
delphia, married (2) Laura IVlacy. He removed to New Orleans in 181 7. 
His widow, Laura M., died in Astoria, N. Y. May 22, 1875. Children by 
first marriage: John, drowned when a young man; Elizabeth, married 
Theodore Lewis; Alice, married Robert K. White; Niobe, removed with 
Mrs. White to Astoria, unmarried (1888). 

1125. DEBORAH'* GREENE (Benjamin', John \ Thomas ^ 
Thomas', John') was born October 12, 1748, died April 24, 1823. She 
married, May 20, 1768, James Nixon. 

1 1 26. ANNE " GREENE (Benjamin \ John ^ Thomas ^ Thomas % 
John ') was bom November 22, 1750, died February 3, 1845. She married 
Joseph Swinburne. Having no children, she brought up Sarah Fry Greene 
(born 1778), the daughter of her cousin. Dr. Nathaniel Greene (see Nos. 
1142 and 2325). 

1 127. NIOBE " GREENE (Benjamin ', John ^ Thomas \ Thomas \ 
John ') was born in 1751, died February 3, 1846, aged ninety-five. 

1 130. JOHN <> GREENE (Benjamin ', John \ Thomas \ Thomas \ 
John') was born September 27, 1757. He married (i), March 4, 1772, 
Anne Thurrell, and (2), November 2, 1780, Susannah, daughter of Governor 
Coddington, who died June 3, 1826, aged sixty-one. He died at Hud- 
son, N. Y., November 12, 1832. 

Children (probably by second marriage) : 

2312. Mary Wanton, died unmarried in 1849. 

2313. John, unmarried. 

2314. Elizabeth, died unmarried. 

Gen. George S. Greene wrote to a correspondent that these children 
"all died unmarried." A family letter states that "the daughters by 
second marriage all died young or unmarried." The following marginal 
note was made (perhaps at a later date) on the record of Benjamin ' and 
Niobe (Paul) Greene; " The last descendant of B. and N. G. — Mary Wanton 

Sixth Geneyatioii. 379 

Greene — dau. of John, died at Troy [N. Y.], 25 Sept. 1849 aged 49." An- 
other account reads: "John Greene and Miss Coddington — children: Mary, 
John and Elizabeth all died unman-ied." 

1 13 1. MARY "^ GREENE (Benjamin \ John \ Thomas \ Thomas % 
John ') was born March 27, 1760. She mamed Captain John Stanton. 


2315. NiOBE Stanton, bom July 27, 1789. 

1133. ELIZABETH PELHAM * GREENE (Benjamin ^ John*, 
Thomas ^ Thomas', John") was born May 17, 1763. She married Ben- 
jamin Bailey (second wife), and died December 16, 1789, aged twenty-six, 
leaving no children. Mr. Bailey died March 12, 1822, aged about seventy- 
four years. His first wife was Elizabeth White of Newport, R. I., which 
was also his native State. By his first marriage there were two sons, one 
died in infancy, the other, Benjamin, died of constunption when about 

twenty-seven years old, and was unmarried. He married (3), , Anna 

Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Fry ^ (Greene) Cottrell, and grand- 
daughter of Dr. Nathaniel '' Greene (Richard ^ , John •* , Thomas ^ , Thomas ' , 
John"), who was then but eighteen years of age, and who married (2) 
Thatcher Taylor Payne (see No. 2325). 

1 134. JOB " GREENE (Job % John \ Thomas ^ Thomas \ John ■), 
eldest son, was bom before 1757. His record is very incomplete — a few 
items from stray notes. He gave his uncle, Richard Greene, power of 
attorney, January 13, 1769, to sell his farm in West Greenwich, which farm 
was sold, December 13, 1773, to Daniel Kenyon of Richmond, R. L His 
grandfather, John Greene, left by will, dated August 20, 1757, to his " grand- 
son Job son of son Job supposed to be deceased [lost at sea], lands in W. 
Greenwich, New Purchase — farm No. 2i2> in W. Greenwich bought of Anthony 

1141. JOHN^ GREENE (Richard -% John ^ Thomas -\ Thomas % 
John'), eldest son, was born at Potowomut, March 22, 1747. He died 
October 14, 1778, in Providence, at the home of his brother, Dr. Nathaniel 
Greene. He married, September 30, 1770, Barbara, daughter of Colonel 
Randall and Rose (Wickes) Holden of Warwick, who died March, 18 14. 

Children : 

2316. Richard, died in infancy, May 18, 1771. 

2317. Thomas, bom July 20, 1772, died November 9, 1778; buried at Potowomut. 

380 The Greeiie Family. 

2318. John Malbone, born May 3, 1774, married Anne Greene. 

2319. Sarah, born July 4, 1776, died July 6, 1837, unmarried. 

2320. Mary, born May 22, 1779, died unmarried 1882. 

1 142. NATHANIEL'* GREENE (Richard s, John \ Thomas \ 
Thomas % John ') was born at Potowomut, July 31, 1748. He was a phy- 
sician. He married, August 10, 1769, EHzabeth, daughter of Henry and 
Mary (Salter) Quincy of Boston and great-great-great-granddaughter of 
Edmund Quincy, who came from Wigsthrope, Northamptonshire, England, 
with Rev. John Cotton in 1633, and who, it is said, was a lineal descendant 
of de Quincy, second Earl of Winchester, the same arms being borne by 
Edmund Quincy 's immediate ancestors in England. Mrs. Greene died in 
May, 1779, according to a family record, but notice of her death was copied 
also from the Providence Gazette, June 2, 1781. After his wife's death. Dr. 
Greene removed to Georgia, and married the widow Stedman of South 
Carolina, who had two sons. She married (2) William Dennison of Provi- 
dence, and had four children, William; Joseph, a lawyer; Catharine Lippitt; 
Elizabeth, married Rev. Richard M. Hodges, pastor at South Bridgewater. 
A family letter states that "Mary Quincy, sister of Mrs. Greene, married 
John Stedman and had sons John and Ebenezer. " 


2321. Mary (Polly), born East Greenwich, December 18, 1769-70, died un- 


2322. Richard Quincy, bom February 29, 1772. Went with General Varnum to 

Ohio, and died in 1788, aged sixteen. 

2323. Henry, born May 26, 1773, married Miss Kerr. 

2324. Salter, died unmarried. 

2325. Sarah Fry, born August 15, 1778, married Thomas Cottrell. 

1147. MARY" GREENE (Richard 5, John ^ Thomas ^ Thomas % 
John') was born October 4, 1756. She married Samuel Brown, son of 
Daniel Brown of East Greenwich, who died August 27, 1837 (?). His wife 
died March 2, 1829. 


2326. Lydia Brown, married Le Baron. 

2327. Sarah Brown. 

1 149. SARAH * GREENE (Richard ', John \ Thomas ^ Thomas -\ 
John') was bom May 10, 1760, died April 1840. She married, August 7, 
1793, Daniel Howland, Jr., of East Greenwich, born December 24, 1755. 
He was son of Daniel and Philadelphia (Brownell) Howland, and grandson 

Sixth Generation. 381 

of Joseph and Ruth (Cornell) Brownell of Portsmouth, R. I. His father 
removed to East Greenwich, 1 746-47. He was a lineal descendant of Henry 
Howland, the emigrant ancestor. 


2328. Deborah Howland, bom July 8, 1795, died May 27, 1876, unmarried. 

2329. Daniel Howland, born January i, 1797, died Augfust 10, 1871. He mar- 

ried Abigail Susan, daughter of John * Greene {Gideon s, John ■*, Jabez 3, 
James ', John '), bom May 6, 1814, died January 28, 1878. 

2330. Richard Greene Howland, bom April 20, 1799, died January 6, 1874; 

married Mary Ann Barker of Nantucket. 

2331. Anne Howland, born February 25, 1801, died April 27, 1865, unmarried. 

The above dates were taken from the Howland Bible and from grave- 
stones in the old Friends' Burial Ground at East Greenwich. The grave of 
Nathanael Greene, father of the Revolutionary General, Nathanael, is about 
twelve feet east from that of Richard Greene Howland, and is marked by 
a rough, reddish stone. 

1 150. ELIZABETH* GREENE (Richards John ^ Thomas ^ 
Thomas % John ') was bom October 23, 1761, died March 16, 181 5. She 
married, March 5, 1786, Sylvester Gardiner Hazard, son of Dr. Robert and 
EUzabeth Hazard of South Kingstown and Coventry, bom July 27, 1760. 
His father, probably the best-educated physician in his town, studied medi- 
cine with his uncle, Dr. Sylvester Gardiner, and his practice extended to the 
neighboring towns of Charlestown and Hopkinton. His will gives not only 
an insight to his character, but a vivid picture of his home environments. 
It was carefully worded, and even the interests of his youngest child of two 
years were carefully guarded. Dr. Hazard was married, April 19, 1752, to 
" Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Hazard of Point Judith, deceased, at the 
house of her mother Esther Hazard and Col. Joseph Hazard her son, by 
Reverend Doctor MacSparran. " St. Paul's Church Record contains also the 
following: "On the 12* of February 1771, Doctor Robert Hazard was 
buried, having had a long and lingering illness. A considerable assembly 
present and a funeral semion preached, and on Sunday the 24th I preached 
at the house of mourning of the late Doctor Hazard on ' Mortality ' — a large 
congregation. The Honourable James Honeyman was present, who came 
from Little Rest, where the Court had been sitting the whole week." 

Sylvester G. Hazard died February 14, 181 2. 
Children : 

2332. Richard Hazard, born March 7, 1787, died at sea March 7, iSii. 

2333. Harriet Hazard, bom 1788, died May 15, 1856. 

2334. Eliza Hazard, bom May 17, 1790, died May 5, 1874, unmarried. 

382 The Greene Family. 

2335. Henry Starr Hazard, born April, 1792, died 1871, married, May 12, 1812, 

Eliza, daughter of John Essex, born May 25, 1790, died 1857. They had: 
(i) Mary Ann, born May 24, 1813, married, February 14, 1829, Josiah 
Fish Everett of Warwick Neck; (2) Richard Greene, born September 25, 
1814, married, December 22, 1845, Martha Billings; (3) Elizabeth Greene, 
bom October 4, 181 6, married. May 2, 1856., John Gary Snow (brother of 
Deacon Snow), who died April 7, 1877, had daughter, Jessie Snow ; (4) 
Emma Essex, bom September 5, 18 18, died February 10, 1852, married 
Anson Lewis, had two children, George A. Lewis, bom October 5, 1844, and 
Fannie E. Lewis, married, October 11, 1865, Augustus F. Nagle; (5) Syl- 
vester Gardiner, born September 20, 1820, died December 15, 1862, married 

(i) Maria Allen, (2) Martha Allen, (3) Mary F , who died June 12, 

i860, no surviving children; (6) Henry S., bom May 18, 1822, died October 
13, 1859, married Humility Essex, and had three children, one living in 
Connecticut and two in Massachusetts; (7) Israel S., bom December 14, 
1825 (?), lived in Kansas, married Miss Chaffee, sister of Zachariah Chaf- 
fee, and had several children; (8) Amanda M., bom April 17, 1828; (9) John, 
bom September 23, 1830, died December 12, 1856; (10) Lucinda Lewis, 
bom April 21, i'S33, married Isaac Cassada; (11) Anson Lewis, died May 
25, 1874. 

2336. Esther Niles Hazard, born October i, 1793, died April 26, 1874; married, 

August 15, 1815, Edmund Bailey of Poland, Me., and had eight children — 
John, Eliza, Harriet, Abby, Caroline, Lavina, Henry, and Sara Greene 
Bailey, who married, October 5, 1857, Chas. Townsend Boardman of Bur- 
lington, Vt. — children: Clara Esther, Charles Wesley, Sara Adelos. 

2337. Hannah Hazard, bom May 26, 1796, died February 9, 1878. 

2338. Luke Hazard, bom October 20, 1797, died June 9, 1878; married Julia 

Miller, who died at East Greenwich, June 15, 1835. They had one daugh- 
ter, Julia Elizabeth, died August 23, 1848. 

2339- Job Hazard. No record. 

2340. Abby Hazard, married Jonathan Remington . 

21541. Lydia Hazard, born February, 1802, ]■,■■,,, 

ivr A u u ^^ o h died July I, 1802. 

2342. Mary Ann Hazard, bom February, 1802, ) -^ -^ 

2343. Robert Hazard, born 1807, died September 11, 181 1. 

There are many graves of the Hazard family in Grace Church Cemetery, 
Providence, R. I. (See The Hazard Family, pp. 51, 52, 92, 153, 154, by 
Caroline E. Robinson.) 

1153. GALES'^ GREENE (Richard % John\ Thomas ^ Thomas % 
John ') was bom September 18, 1767. He married Miss Robinson of Alex- 
andria, Va. He died at Wilmington, Del., about 1832. 


2344. Son. 

2345. Son. 

2346. Mary, married Rev. Mr. Gills, or Gillis, of Protestant Episcopal Church. 

(Perhaps other children.) 

SixtJi Generation. 383 

1 154. SAMUEL '^ GREENE (Richard = , John \ Thomas \ Thomas ^ 
John") was bom December 12, 1769. He married, September 30, 1792, 
Harriet Daniels of Newport, who died September 26, 1854, at Garretsville, 
Ohio. He also died at Garrettsville, in 1827. 


2347. Benjamin, born November 14, 1793, married Lucy Bump. 

2348. Caleb, bom February 19, 1795, married (i) Aiary Gray, (2) Sarah Westcott. 

2349. Job, bom August 9, 1796, married in East Indies. 

2350. Richard, bom August 23, died September 2, 1798. 

2351. Mary Henrietta, bom June 21, 1799, married John Tabor. 

2352. Peter Daniels, bom February 11, 1801, married Lydia Kent. 

2353. John Daniels, bom April 30, 1805, married Eliza Kent. 

1 172. WELTHIAN*^ GREENE (Thomas =, Richard \ Richard \ 
Thomas ', John ') was bom December 12, 1762. She married, February 3, 
1782, Deacon John Waterman of Old Warwick, son of Colonel John and 
Sarah (Potter) Waterman, bom December 19, 1759. He was a farmer, and 
deacon of the old Baptist Church at Warwick for forty years previous to 
his death, which occurred August 21, 1837. His widow died March 14, 
1849. She was a member of the old Baptist Church for fifty-six years. 
They were both buried on the old farm. 


2354. John Robinson Waterman, bom February 19, 1783, married (i), November 

3, 1805, Isabel, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Hill) Warner, born Septem- 
ber 13, 1783, died January 24, 1832; buried in the family burial-ground 
on the farm. He naarried (2), January i, 1833, Phebe, daughter of Jona- 
than and Mary {Chase) Slade. born Mav 11, 1785. She was the widow of 
Elder Philip Slade of Somerset, Mass. 

John R. Waterman was a farmer, and lived at the old homestead of his 
great-great-grandfather, John Waterman, who was the grandson of Richard 
Waterman the emigrant, and of Roger Williams. He died, June 23, 1876, 
in his ninety-fourth year. By his first marriage there were thirteen chil- 
dren: I Louisa, bom August 26, 1806, married, July i, 1834, Ebenezer 
Carpenter, son of Ebenezer and Hannah (Fisher) Carpenter of Providence, 
bom Rehoboth, Mass., June 6, 1804, a farmer residing at Colchester, Conn. 
They had nine children: (i) Elizabeth Louisa, bom Providence, June 26, 

1835, married Carl C. Ketler of Marietta, 0., born in Germany, a man of 
wealth and character; (2) Joseph Henry, born Providence, November 5, 

1836, died September 8, 1837; (3) John Waterman, born Providence, April 
2, 1838, died April 6, 1841; (4) Ebenezer, bom Providence, December 28, 
1839, married Mary Burcham of Boston; (5) Hannah Fisher, bom Provi- 

■ dence, June 30, 1841; (6) Isabel Warner, twin sister, bom June 30, 1841; 

(7) Joseph Pascal, born Providence, July i, 1843, <ii6d at Colchester, 

384 The Greene Family. 

Conn., December 11, 1850; (8) Philip Melancthon, born Providence, May 
8, 1845, married Harriet Hodges; (9) Sarah Brown, born Colchester, July 8, 
1848, married Luther Ford, resides Minneapolis, Minn. 2. Maria Waterman , 
born March 27, died August 5, 1808. 3. Richard Waterman, born August 
4, i8og, married, February 15, 1831, Diana Maria, daughter Moses and 
Betsy Chapin of Uxbridge, Mass., born March 29, 1812, died August 23, 
1854. He lived at the home farm, had eight children: (i) Abby Maria, 
bom March 13, 1835, married Jonathan West; (2) Elizabeth Slade and (3) 
Louisa Chapin, twins, born July 23, 1837 {Louisa died two days later) ; (4) 
Caroline Chapin, born December 4, 1844, died March 11, 1848; (5) John, 
bom March 9, 1847, married Augusta A. Lockwood of Providence; (6) 
Thomas Warner, born June 8, 1849, married Caroline Davis; (7) Frank 
Arthur, born October 24, 1852, married Abby J. Berry; (8) Fanny Alice, 
twin sister, born October 24, 1852, died September 21, 1853. 3. Richard 
Waterman, bom 1809, married (2), 1856, Clarissa D. Reed of Apponaug. 
4. Mary Almira Waterman, born April 25, 1811, married, October 3, 1831, 
Joht Wickes Greene, son of Captain Robert Wickes and Mary (Low) Greene 
(for children's record, see No. 2381). 5. John Waterman (Rev.), born No- 
vember 16,1812. Graduate of Brown University, 1835; ordained minister 
soon after; pastor Baptist Church, Burlington, N. J., till his death, in his 
twenty-sixth year, which occurred at his father's home in Providence, No- 
vember 26, 1837; buried at Warwick. Remarried, September 23, 1835, 
Mary, daughter Hezekiah ajid Sally Anthony, born Dighton, Mass., April 8, 
1814. No children. His widow married, 1839, William Viall, a merchant 
of wealth and prominence in Providence. Mr. and Mrs. Viall were active 
members for many years of the Congregational Church, Providence (Rev. 
Leonard Swain's), and were largely identified with philanthropic interests 
of the city. They had four children, three of whom survived: (i) Mary 
Eliza, married Captain Ole A. Andersen of Norway, one son, Hamlet; (2) 
Nancy Anthony, married Governor Elisha Dyer of Providence — three sons, 
Elisha, Jr., married Mrs. Swan of Baltimore, George, and Anthony; (3) Jane 
Fames, married Rev. George A. Harris, D.D., President Amherst College; 
one son. 6. Thomas Warner Waterman, born January 6, 181 5, married, 
April 18, 1836, Elisabeth Eddy, daughter of Hugh H. and Eunice Brown. He 
was an accountant, and at the time of his death, February i, 1839, was 
Teller of the Phoenix Bank, Wall Street, New York. Had two children, 
both named Thomas Warner, the first died in infancy, the second when 
four years of age. Mrs. Waterman married (2), 1841, Rev. Seivell S. 
Cutting of Massachusetts, and resided in Brooklyn, N. Y. He died in 
1882 in Brooklyn; left son, Churchill H. Cutting. She died April 14, 1888. 
7. Henry Waterman, born March 23, 1816, married, June 14, 1841, Sarah 
Littlefield, daughter of Jeremiah and Sarah (Littlefield) Greene of Pastuxet, 
bom February 8, 1818. He was a watchmaker of Woonsocket, R. I., had 
two children: John Robinson, born Millbury, Mass., November 20, 1843, 
married Louise Remmey, and Benoni, bom Millbury, December 19, 1847, 
married Jessie Graham. (See No. 1462.) 8. Son, born September 4, and 
died September 9, 1818. 9. Isabel Waterman, born November i, 18 19, 

SixtJi Generation. 385 

married, June 21, 1842, Rev. Alfred Colbuni of Boston; Brown University, 
1839; pastor several churches, and Corresponding Secretary New England 
Sunday-School Union; resided West Cambridge, Mass.; had five children: 
Catharine Waterman, born Dorchester, March, 1843, died Apponaug, R. 
I., December, 1845; Alfred Henry, born Saco, Me., September, 1844; Alice, 
bom, Warwick, R. I., September 12, 1846; Esther Isabel, born, Sharon, 
Mass., October, 1847; Algernon Sidney, bom and died in Sharon, Septem- 
ber, 1 85 1. 10. Catharine Waterman, twin sister of Isabel, born November 

I, 1819, married, June 25, 1846, Rev. William Colgrove, son of Christopher 
Colgrove of Lisbon, Conn., afterward teacher in Jenckes Academy, Middle- 
boro, Mass., and Principal of academy, West Virginia. They had six chil- 
dren: Wm. Alfred, born Westerly, R. I., October, i, 1847, died September 2, 
1863; Henry Waterman, born September 9 and died December 5, 1849, at 
Whitestone, N. Y. ; George Day, bom, September, 1850, at Chester, Ohio; 
Frank P. Richards, horn August, 1852, in Burton, Ohio; Roger Williams 
and Catharine Amanda (twins), bora, West Cambridge, October, 1854. Mr. 
Colgrove removed to Burton, Ohio. He and his son Wm. .Alfred served in 
the War of the Rebellion, 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers. They 
enlisted as privates but served as musicians. After a year Wm. Senior was 
mustered out, but his son died from disease contracted in the South. 

II. Welthian Maria Waterman, born January 24, died February 14, 1823. 

12. Sarah Potter Waterman, born September 28, 1824, died April 22, 1832. 

13. Son, died in infancy. 

2355. Mary Low Waterman, born January 8, 1789, married, November 11, 1830, 
William Harrison, son of George Harrison from Colchester, England, who 
was impressed into the English naval service at the age of fourteen, and 
was at the taking of Louisburg (Cape Breton) by the Enghsh and Amer- 
icans, but subsequently made his escape and finally settled in Newport, 
R. L, where he married Mary Mendon (?), and where his son William was 
born, May 18, 1781. After his marriage William Harrison resided at Ap- 
ponaug, R. L He died suddenly while reading, January 18, 1863, and was 
sitting in the same chair in which his father died, also suddenly, October 16, 

1 173. THOMAS WICKES " GREENE (Thomas ', Richard \ Rich- 
ard ^ Thomas \ John ') was bom at Warwick, August 13, 1769. He in- 
herited from his father the old "Stone Castle" and adjacent land. About 
1795 the stone house was demolished, much to the regret of many of the de- 
scendants, and a new one built by him near the old site. Thomas Wilkes 
Greene was Judge of Court of Common Pleas and took an active part in 
town affairs. He was highly respected by his fellow-citizens. He married, 
August 22, 1790, Barbara, daughter of Colonel John Low, bom March 30, 
1770, died December 8, 1854. He died at the home of his son, Richard 
Wickes Greene, on the John Wickes farm at Warwick Neck, October 17, 
1854, and with his wife was buried on the " Stone Castle" estate. 

386 The Greene Family. 


2356. Richard Wickes, born August 4, 1791, married Betsy Anthony. 

2357. Raymond, born February 11, 1794, died, at Providence, March 26, 1809, un- 


2358. Charles, born May 25, 1795, died, at New Orleans, unmarried. 

2359. Sarah Robinson, born May 25, 1795, married Giles Anthony. 

2360. Eliza Draper, born November 17, 1803, married Thomas Wickes Gardiner. 

"Thomas ^ Greene purchased the stone house in 1660 and passed the 
remainder of his life in it, from 1660 till his death in 1 7 1 7 . His descendants, 
Richard ^ born 1667, died 1724, and Richard * , born 1702, died 1778, were 
born and died there, and Thomas ^ was born there in 1729. He built or 
purchased a house for his residence across the street from the old stone 
house. The 'Stone Castle' he gave to his son, Thomas* Wickes Greene, 
who demolished it about 1795." — G. S. G. 

1174. (Doctor) ROWLAND '^ GREENE "of Cranston" (Thomas', 
Richard " , Richard ' , Thomas ' , John ' ) was born in Old Warwick, Novem- 
ber 24, 1770. He was a physician and for many years a noted Quaker 
preacher of Cranston, R. I., where he removed in 1838, and was then widely 
known as a very distinguished member of the Friends' Society. He trav- 
elled about extensively among his religious associates, making visits of 
business and sympathy. He was active in improving the condition of the 
schools, made for himself many friends, and was universally beloved and 
respected for his urbanity and for his devotion to his religious duties. Dr. 
Greene married, March 31, 1791, Susanna, daughter of Elisha and Freelove 
(Dyer) Harris, bom June 15, 1768, died June 21, 1851. She was the great- 
great-granddaughter of Toleration Harris, born about 1645, '^^o was killed 
by the Indians on the family farm; and a lineal descendant of William 
Harris, bom about 1608, who came from Bristol, England, in the ship Lyon, 
with his brother, Thomas Harris, and Roger Williams. William Harris was 
one of the early proprietors of Providence, and was a successful lawyer. 
He went to England three times, and was on his way there the fourth time 
when capttu-ed by a Barbary corsair and sold into slavery in Algiers, on Feb-