GREENE REUNION - 1908
THE GREENE REUNION HELD AT THE HOME OF
Mr. Junius I Greenwood
July 8th, 1908
The descendants of John and Mary Greene held a reunion at the home of Mr. Junius Greenwood, Newport, Ohio, July 8th, 1908. The relatives commenced to arrive at ten o'clock and a social time was enjoyed until one O'clock, when over one hundred sat down to a bountiful repast on the spacious and beautiful lawn surrounding the old home, it being an ideal day for the occasion.
After the dinner man was refreshed, the chairman, James B. Greene presiding, Junius Greenwood gave the address of welcome as follows.
Mr. Chairman, Descendants of John and Mary Greene, Relatives and Friends:
We welcome you to our home today-once a Greene home. The land of which this farm is a part was entered by the Greenes, a grant having been secured by them from the U. S. Government. The house was built by Capt. Daniel Greene for his father and remained in possession of the Greenes until the year 1846, when it passed into the hands of the Greenwoods. A little more than nineteen years ago one of the Greenes became one of the Greenwoods. By that transaction your people became my people. Today the gates have been opened-the house and farm are yours. I present you, Mr. Chairman, with the key.
J. B. Greene, Chairman, spoke as follows:
John Greene, Surgeon, emigrated from Salisbury, England, in 1635, and was associated with Roger Williams. The Pilgrim Fathers left England to avoid persecution for their religious opinions and settled in Holland, and from there came to America in 1620. After a severe winter, many having died from exposure to cold and want of food and proper care, when food and health were restored the colonists met in assembly to transact public business, their first proceedings demonstrated the fact thata great majority were leavened with a spirit of intolerance and were determined to continue the intermixture of church and state. A law was enacted that none-should be admitted as freemen, or entitled to any share in the government or be capable to serve as officers or jurymen, but those who were church members. Roger Williams came to Plymouth in 1630 and preached there several years, but did not agree with the views of the people, and went to Salem, and there John Greene, Surgeon, met him. Mr. Williams had very decided religious as well as political opinions. He was banished from the colony and went to the wilderness, now Rhode Island, with several others, John Greene, Surgeon, being one of the number. History informs us that Roger Williams was illiberal and unforbearing, a man of piety and zeal. He maintained that the magistrate had no right to restrain or direct the conscience of man.
John Greene, Surgeon, being thoroughly imbued with civil and religious liberty, entered his solemn protest against the action of the civil and ecclesiastical courts, and for words spoken and written troops were sent from the colony; he was sentenced, fined, ordered imprisoned, but sentence for imprisonment not executed. His wife, Joan, the mother of all his children, fled to the Indians. The fright and exposure caused her death. Thus Dr. Greene was a martyr for conscience sake. After a year or two, Dr. Greene and Roger Williams, who were in accord on freedom of conscience, parted. Dr. Greene went south and settled by the sea or bay, naming the place Warwick, which has been the home and headquarters of the Greenes for about 265 years.
Roger Williams later in life became more liberal in his views---also a great change came over the old colonists in Massachusetts and they worked together for their mutual good.
John Greene, Surgeon, did not return to the old colony though invited by the authorities, age and infirmity preventing. The late Henry E. Turner, of Newport, Rhode Island, in “The Greenes of Warwick writes: “It was one of the earilest assertions of entire and absolute freedom of opinion in defiance of either secular or ecclesiastical authority, and was one of the scintillations from the profound which aided to kindle the flame which is now lighting the world in its march to universal emancipation, and it seems to entitle John Greene to a high place among the apostles of free thought. Another writer says John Greene was the Adam of Warwick driven out of Massachusetts for the great crime of obeying his conscience in religion.
John Greene and his descendants have filled many high positions in civil and military affairs, including the Revolution, Civil and Philippine wars, but the most important work of John Greene, Roger Williams and associates was what they did for the absolute right of opinion uncontrolled by civil or ecclesiastical authority. Permit me to say I am proud that the blood of John Greene and Roger Williams flows through my veins and that we with all others of our grand country can worship God according to the dictates of our own consciences.
Mr. Frank R. Greene, who had been chosen historian of the day, then read:
THE STONE CASTLE GREENES
The history of the Greenes is one to be proud of. John Greene, our English ancestor, came to America in 1635, and his descendants are legion. I belong to the eighth generation and while John Greene is only 1-128th part of my ancestral relation of 300 years ago, I am glad to bear his name and help to commemorate his memory. I stand today on the apex of a great pyramid; the base is composed of 128 men and women of the vintage of 1600, contemporary of his time, each one bearing the same relation to me as Dr. John Greene. This is true, of course, of each of you of the eighth generation. The 127 are nameless and forgotten, while the 128th stands alone today in our midst as our revered ancestor (126 would be nearer correct, for we do know the name of his wife.
ORIGIN of THE NAME
The family of Grene or Greene, of North Hamptonshire, England, is of great antiquity and reputation. The head and founder of the Greene family was Lord Alexander de Greene de Boketon, who received his titles and estates A. D. 1202. All that is known of the first Lord de Greene is that Alexander, a Knight at the King's Court, was a grandson of one of the Norman nobles, who invaded England with William the Conqueror in 1066. King John bestowed the Estate of Boughton in Northampton upon him in 1202. At one time the Greenes were the largest land owners in the kingdom. Lord Alexander assumed a surname after his chief estate - Greene de Boketon-i. e. the Lord of the Park of the Deer Enclosure. A green in the early days was a park. Boketon means the bucks (bokes) ton or poled in enclosure. It is now called Broughton and lies in Northampton. For a long time the full name was used in legal documents, but later on was shortened to de Greene, or de la Greene, but finally the ‘de la' was dropped as sounding too Frenchy for the patriotic English Greenes, as they now consider themselves.
The original name was Grene, then de la Grene, replaced by Del Greene, then Grini, or Del Grini. This would show the great antiquity of the family, as well as suggest a Latin origin. The family in Scandinavia bore the name Gren, although surnames were not generally borne earlier than the fifteenth century. Gren means a bough or branch and may have been the occasion of adopting the word as a surname.
In my researches I find a reference to the Greenes of Ireland,. showing that we have Scandinavian and Irish blood flowing in our veins, as well as that of the Nobility of England.
There were three John Greenes living in the earliest days of the Colony-John of Newport, John of Quidnessett, and Surgeon John of Warwick, who was our ancestor. These men were probably cousins. We find evidence of a great family quarrel about 1670. John of Quidnessett disinherited his sons, Edward, Robert and Henry, and they all left Rhode Island; Edward going to New York, Henry to New Jersey, and Robert to Virginia. These sons, to spite their father, who was punctilious to spell his name with the final ‘e,' dropped the last letter. Edward returned to Rhode Island when the father was an old man, was reconciled and resumed the final V to his name and was given his portion of the land. Most of his descendants, however, as do the southern Greens, spell their names without the final ‘e,' though doubtless very few know how the change came about. This John of Quidnessett, a cousin of Surgeon John, our ancestor, and father to these boys, was sixteen years younger than his cousin. They both came to America the same year.
The Greenes chose a device for their coat-of-arms that suggested he de Boketon part of their name. It was three bucks (bokes) trippant gold upon an azure field. A buck's head is shown as a crest, surmounting a Knight's Helmet.
THE GREENES IN AMERICA
John Greene came to America, as I mentioned before, in 1635, just fifteen years after the Mayflower. His ancestry is traced back to Robert Greene of Gillingham, 1545. He came from Salisbury, County Wills, England, and landed at Boston. He was a companion of Roger Williams (who came over in 1630) and a party to the Providence purchase from the Indians. John Greene was born on his father's estate at Bowridge Hall in the parish of Gillingham County Dorset, England, about 1590. His marriage and the baptism of -his seven children are recorded in the parish register of St. Thomas church, Salisbury, England, and are still extant, and is there styled Mr. and Gent, a mark of some distinction at that date.
John Greene married Joanne Tattershall on Nov. 4, 1619, at St. Thomas Church in Sarum, the county town of Wiltshire. On April 6, 1635, he embarked on the ship, James, and after a voyage of fifty-eight days arrived in Boston on June 3, 1635. He first settled at Salem, Mass., where he was associated with Roger Williams. Soon after he moved with Roger Williams to Providence, R. 1. He was one of eleven men baptized by Roger Williams, and one of the twelve original members of the first Bap-tist church on the continent, organized at Providence, R. I. He was a surgeon by profession, and was the first professional medical man in Providence plantations.
In 1643 he moved to Warwick, R. I. He was a prominent man in public affairs in the town and colony, holding office almost continuously. He died and was buried at Warwick in 1659.
This John Greene was the founder of a family than which none has been more prominent and honored in the history of Rhode Island. It gave - to the colony two Governors, both named William Greene, to the Army of the Revolution two officers, Maj. Nathaniel Greene and Col. Christopher Greene, the hero of the Red Bank, and two Presidents of the Rhode Island Historical Society. There are more Greenes in Rhode Island than that of any other name, and they have enjoyed more state and civil honors than any other family within her borders.
LINE or DESCENT
Dr. John Greene, the first Greene who came to America, we designate as the first generation. The Greene descendants here today are of the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth generations. The line of descent from Dr. John Greene No. I to John Greene of Warwick, of the fifth generation, who came to Newport, Ohio, in 1796, is as follows:
1. John Greene - Born in England in 1590 - Died at Warwick in January, 1659
2. Thomas Greene-Born in Salisbury, Eng., June 4, 1628 - Died at Warwick, June 5, 1717
3. Richard Greene-Born at Warwick, March 5, 1666 - Died at Warwick, Sept. 25, 1724
4. Richard Greene-Born at Warwick, April 19, 1702 - Died at Warwick, Dec. 28,1778
5. John Greene - Born at Warwick, Nov. 10, 1743 - Died at Newport, Ohio, May 27, 1813
One branch of the family are known as the Stone Castle Greenes. On September 30, 1660, Thomas Greene No. 2 purchased from his brother-in-law, James Sweet, a stone house at old Warwick, which had been built at the earliest settlement of the town. This was the only stone dwelling house south of Providence on the main land, and here he and his posterity resided until 1795, when, to the regret of many, the house was replaced by a wooden structure. During King Phillip's War, on the night of March 16th and 17th, in 1675, every house in Warwick was burned, except the stone castle, where Thomas Greene, his wife and six children, with some of his friends and neighbors, remained in safety, and it thus became the garrison house during the war. John Wicks only, a neighbor who sought its shelter,was slain. He insisted upon going out against the advice of his friends, to look after his cattle, thinking the Indians who had been so friendly to him would not harm him; but he was killed and quartered and his head set on a pole. His body was brought in and buried in three separate graves near Stone Castle. Six generations of Greenes lie buried near the original site of this dwelling. A picture of the Stone Castle is in the possession of a number of those here today. Thomas Greene married Elizabeth Barton on June 30th, 1659.
Richard No. 3 married Mary, daughter of John and Mary Carter, in 1700. He inherited the Stone Castle homestead and the remainder of the lands. He was deputy from Warwick from 1699 to 1700.
Richard No. 4 inherited from his father the Stone Castle. He married Elizabeth Godfrey, June 7, 1727.
John No. 5 married, Sept. 22, 1771, Mary, the daughter of Judge Philip and Elizabeth Wickes Greene, being his third cousin. Mary Greene was born March 14, 1748, and died September 24, 1823. John and Mary Greene came to Newport, Ohio, in the spring of 1798 and both were buried in a lot about half way between this house and the Baptist Church, which was on a part of the original Greene farm. Later both were removed to the Newport Cemetery. They were called familiarly Uncle Johnny and,
Aunt Molly. (This house was built by them in 1808.) John and Mary Greene, with five sons and five daughters, left Rhode Island on August 6, 1796, in company with Griffin Greene's family, and James Lawton's fam-ily and a colored servant named Violet. (This Mr. and Mrs. Lawton were the grandparents of Mrs. L. D. Dana, and great grandparents of many others present here today.) After reaching New York City and gathering together some necessities for the journey, they shipped for New Jersey, and there collected the teams of oxen and horses and came slowly over the journey, and after untold hardships, arrived at Belpre, Ohio, about midwinter. The women and children came from Pittsburg in a dugout and were nearly lost in the ice, but the teams and wagons came by land.
John Greene was nearly exhausted in his efforts to save his family from They all lived in Farmers' Castle until spring, and then farmed - - for two years in Belpre. In the spring of 1798 they came to Newport and- kept a house of entertainment on the river bank, which was built with shed roof. They built a log house a few years later, which afterward gave place to a fine large double brick house, which stands (100 - years later). before you here today in perfect preservation.
The ten children, who came West on that perilous trip with their parents in 1796 are as follows:
1. Phebe Greene - Born June 22, 1772. Married Jonathan Haskell.
2. Daniel Greene - Born March 7, 1774. . Married Mary Strout.
3. Eliza Greene - Born July 7, 1777. Married John Greene and Stephen Piltcher.
4. Mary Greene - Born Sept. 2, 1778. Married Ebenezer Battelle.
5. John Greene - Born Dec. 21, 1779. Married Mary Hill.
6.Richard Greene - Born April 29, 1781. Married Rebecca Lawton and Harriett Brown.
7.Ruth Greene - Born April 4, 1782 Married James Whitney
8.Sarah Greene - Born Nov. 7, 1785
9.Caleb Greene: Born June 1787 Married Katherine McMasters
10.Philip Greene - Born July 17, 1789 Married Marther Brooks.
It is the mother of these children that I want to talk to you about. The most of you can trace your own history down to the present time from the data given you here. I want you to turn your thoughts back to the time that John and Mary Greene lived in this house. They are our common ancestors. At this place we separate. But before we separate into our several branches, let us see what Mary Greene means to us. It was this Mary Greene that we are all so proud of, and explains why so many good and noble women in the Greene family have been honored with her name. She came from a very distinguished branch of the family and it is through her that we trace our records back to Revolutionary times.
She was the daughter of Judge Philip and Elizabeth Wickes Greene, was married to John Greene at Warwick on September 22, 1771. She is a direct descendant of the original Dr. John Greene, who came over in 1635, being a third cousin of her husband. Her grandfather was Maj. Job (No. 3) Greene, who was born at Warwick, August 24, 1656. He was one of the leading men of the town in Colonial affairs. He was deputy to the general assembly and for nine years speaker of the House of Deputies. He owned large tracts of land and left a large estate.
He married, Jan. 22, 1684, Phebe Sayles, daughter of John and Mary Williams Sayles, and granddaughter of Roger Williams. Thus you see that, through this Mary Greene, the blood of Roger Williams flows through your veins. Her great grandfather was Maj. John Greene of the second generation, being the eldest son of the original John Greene, Surgeon. Maj. Greene was born at Salisbury, England, Aug. 15, 1620, and came to America with his father in 1635. He was one of the most prominent men of his time. History says that no man has been more honored in public life. For nearly fifty years he filled the highest public offices. Her great great grandfather was the original John Greene No. 1. Therefore you see, all her grandfathers were distinguished men. It was she who was the sister of Col. Christopher Greene, of Revolutionary fame, the hero of Red Bank, who was selected by George Washington to take charge of Ft. Mercer on the Delaware in 1777, when he succeeded to the command of his regiment. Col. Greene was taken prisoner at the Battle of Quebec but his history is too well known to dwell upon it here.
Mary Greene was a third cousin to Gen. Nathaniel Greene of the Revolution, and the close friend of Washington. It was this same Mary Greene who had a sister Elizabeth, who was familiarly known as Betty. One of the most distinguished guests at the hospitable home of her father was Benjamin Franklin, - whose marked attentions to his bright and attract- daughter Betty, were not always graciously received by the spirited maiden. 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. 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 him. Mistress Betty dared not say Nay when Dr. Franklin proposed a ride to Providence a few days later. The handsome old Doctor and the haughty Mistress Betty cantered out from under the Elms, planted by her great grandfather, Deputy Gov. Job Greene, when he built the house one hundred years before for his eldest son, her grandfather, upon his coming of age, along the beautiful avenue of locust trees, level as a floor, as it is to this day, out into the well-traveled bridle path leading to the banks of the Pawtuxet, through the fields that gave to the home of the Greenes its name in the Indian tongue, Occupasnetuxet (the meadows through which 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 ained 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 that the good old Doctor's conversation was not entirely fatherly in its tone, for when they reached home at the end of the day, Mistress Betty informed her honored father of the results of the day's outing in these words, Don't you ever ask me to ride with that old fool again.
Betty died unmarried in 1822 and was buried at Warwick.
A few words about the distinguished father of this Mary Greene, Judge Philip Greene, and I will close her record. He was a leading man in all town affairs and for 25 years was Judge of the Common Pleas Court.His home was the center of the social and political life of the town. Intensely patriotic, he gave largely of sheep, cattle and money to support the army. All the men who gathered around Gov. William Greene and Gen. Nathaniel Greene were the honored guests of Judge Greene under the roof of Pawtuxet.
Now I know that you are all proud of the fact that Mary Greene of Pawtuxet was your great grandmother, and great she was.
It was this Mary Greene, our common ancestor, who presided over the destinies of this house. The mother of those five girls and five boys who came with their parents from Rhode Island in 1796, who played together in this yard 100 years ago. It was she who spanked and put to bed in this house your fathers and mothers and your grandparents. Yes, these ten children of 100 years ago were your parents and our grandparents.
As I said before, this is where we separate, so I will ask each of you here to come forward and pick out your father and mother, your grandpa and grandma, you great grandparents and your great, great, and take them home. It was destined that they should not long remain in this spacious house, but each one go out from under the parental roof and start a home and family of his own. How well they have succeeded, I have only to ask you to cast your eye around and look at this magnificent gathering'. We are proud of them. We hope they are proud of us..
The history of these people, their descendants, their successes, their failures, are known to most of you here today, so I will not dwell upon it further in this paper, except to mention one incident in connection with that long and dreary trip from Rhode Island to Ohio in 1796, and that is the courtship of Richard Greene and Rebecca Lawton. Richard was 15 years of age and his sweetheart was 5 years of age when they came across the mountains together in 1796. Seventeen years later they were married at Barlow, 0[hio]. Tradition does not tell us how Richard treated Rebecca on that memorable trip, but I have a suspicion that they became warm friends before the end of the journey-a friendship that ripened into true love later on. No doubt his strong arm and watchful eye protected her on this trip from many perils as it did during their long married life in after years. Richard Greene and Rebecca Lawton were the parents of Mrs. Susan Dana, who is here today.
A few remarks pertaining to the Greenes of Newport of a later day and I will close.
The Greenes, when they arrived here first, endured many trials and went through many hardships. I know for a time things looked pretty Haysy in our branch of the family and we haven't quite outgrown it yet. We have, however, survived the years notwithstanding the storms and Gales that have attacked us. We still have Gales, but they are harmless. I might say the change for the better came in 1838 when a Rea appeared, a ray of sunshine, and today we have all kinds of rays (Reas) and more are still appearing.
When the war broke out it was difficult to get volunteers to go from Newport. Everybody wanted to stay at home. Finally it was rumored that a Greene would head the list, and then it was easy to get others; and this is how the name of Greenwood originated. Each different branch of the Greene family evidently thinks his branch is the best. I certainly think the Wood branch is, the best, for I know of no other material that makes better branches than wood-especially if it is Greenwood.July eighth-Nineteen Hundred and Eight
We have met to celebrate
The Greene familee.
We have come from far and near
That grand name to laud and cheer
Under the Greenwood tree.
We do not all bear the name,
Of the hero of Revolutionary fame,
And his cousin, Nathaniel G
But we all join in the toast
To the health of our host
Under the Greenwood tree.
We have McClures, Danas, Echols and Hays
Lawtons, Haskells, Holdrens and Reas,
Morrisons, Householders and Cree,
McElhinneys, Adkins, Matthews and West,
Hammetts, Tracewells, Ganos and all the rest
Under the Greenwood tree.
The Pearces, the Battelles, Gales and Brown,
And all their children are in town
To join their cousins in this glee.
Also the Bevans, McRaes Torners and Hall,
The Beckers and Deckers, Rogers and all
Under the Greenwood tree.
The Hamiltons, the Williams, and many more,
Whom I could mention by the score,
Are part and parcel of this tree,
And many more in yon church-yard lie,
It is for them we have a sigh
While we sit under the Greenwood tree.
Most of the facts in this paper were gleaned from the book, Greenes of Rhode Island, by Geo. S. Greene.
The Following was tendered by Mr. L. G. H. Greene:
CENTENNIAL AT NEWPORT, 0., 1908
A hundred years are past, a third and fourth generation are now the actors. Defying the action of time there it (the old home) stands, a century's monument to our fathers. Not less enduring are the results of their labors, socially, politically, religiously. John and Mary Greene came to Marietta in 1796 and some years later to Newport. Could they awake they would scarcely recognize Ohio as their home. They came-not in Pullman coaches nor splendid steamers, but in big canoes by water or by ox teams on land. They found an unbroken forest, no roads, no bridges, no mills. All one winter they ground corn on a hand mill for the family. At first in rude log cabins they had their homes-the melody of no organ and no piano greeted their ears, but instead their nightly serenade was the scream of the stealthy panther and the howling of the hungry wolf. he monthly fashion magazine, French heeled shoes, and the ten dollar hat had not arrived. Like the clothes of Israel on their forty year journey the homespun flax and linsey of our mothers and moccasins and buckskin suits of our fathers waxed not old.
They early laid the foundation for schools and colleges and within the recollection of some here Newport was famed for her schools. The circuit rider, whose library and wardrobe was carried in his capacious saddle bags, made his monthly round and with fervor and zeal pointed the people to Israel's God, and in this connection I may mention Uncle Philip as a fitting type.
In our grandfather's family there were ten children. All have long ago finished their labors and gone to their reward. And now a great multitude not located in Newport, not in Belpre, not in Marietta, but widely scattered from the lakes: of the chilly north to the Italian fields of the sunny south, and from the orient where the sun's first beams kiss the Atlantic coast to where he hides behind the Pacific waves in the Occident they are settled or else are on the wing.
My father and mother never saw a railroad train nor left the county unless to cross the Ohio river into [West] Virginia, but the railroads have changed all that. Our girls and boys are standing on the depot platform with grip in hand. At the call of all aboard they bid adieu and in three days are on the Pacific coast.
I congratulate the young on their opportunities and advantages, but let me remind you that the changed conditions bring with them responsibilities. As husbands, wives, children, be true and with a noble courage dare to do right. Young men, young women, you are needed in church and state. Set your mark high.
Thus far I think none need blush at the mention of the Greene name. Negatively, I know of none behind the bars, but many in different places are working for the general good.
Now my kindred, young and old and to all I say-Hail and Adieu!
(To care post Master)
MESSRS. JOHN & R. GREENE
This letter was read by Mrs. McClure.
AT SEA, June, 1811.
Sister Eliza has accused me of being precise and laconic in my writing. I think this and others will prove to the contrary.
This will inform you I am well, hoping it will find you and all the Familyes the same. I am now on a short voyage to the West Indies but expect if no accident happens, to be in Charleston in all July where I should be happy to find letters from you both. In a letter I received from our father he informs me the house is so far done that they have commenced housekeeping there, and Richard lives - with them, which I am happy to hear for Father and Mother is getting advanced in years, and require to live easy, and I have no doubt will be as comfortable as it is in the power of their children to make them. Father don't say anything about his barn he talked of building upon the hill back of the house when I was there, I should hope he will be able to go on with it this summer, with all of our assistance, also to make a finish of the house. John if you and Richard will go on with Father (if he wants your help) and build a good barn, I will advance money to pay for your services, and you please let me know what it will cost, being as sparing of Cash as possible. There is plenty of timber and stone on the farm and I suppose plenty of boards can be got for produce, so you will only want workmen and a few nails. I also mentioned in one of my letters respecting some furniture, which you will consult Mother and Eliza about, say tables of different kinds and sizes, high post neat bedsteads, set of Divans, Desk, with Book case over it, now if you could get these things - with Whiskey, or any other produce, you have to spare, I will forward you the money for the same, you charging me no more than cash prices,-otherwise tell Eliza to order them and I will forward her money for the same. And any way I can throw money in your hands serving us both at the same time, I shall be happy to do so.
I mentioned to your Father about making a Ditch all round his Farm, please give me your opinion of it and what you think it will cost, at all events I think there must be a small Ditch on each side of the fence from the house to the river. Brother R. I hope you will see to this, also give us a handsome and large door-yard in front with fine shady trees. have often contemplated putting up Mills on that stream above the Distillery, (say Saw and Grist Mill both) if you will consult with our Father and. your other friends there, and you will give it as your opinion, that it can be made a profitable business I will be concerned with you, if you. think proper to undertake it. I suppose so long as you have lived- there, you may easily tell to a certainty how long in the year there will be sufficient water to turn the Wheels.
I believe you have no water Mills within some miles of you-I shall expect to hear from you with your opinions to the above, well as let me know how you get on in Farming, Distilling, what sort of crops etc. Also how you think Caleb & Phillip get on with their farm. I have wrote them, also Mr. Whitney about building a Ship. My love to all, and l hope this will find all well, believe me to remain your affectionate Brother, Daniel Greene.
P. S. Should Mr, Whitney and myself agree about building a Ship in all next summer likely I shall see you with my Family. Be so good as to make yourselves acquainted with the Roades & Distance from Alexandra, to Marietta, and where you would advise me to come that way, or way of Philadelphia. I believe I shall come in a carriage with two horses, also is the accomodations good on the Alexandra Road, and what time in the year it will be proper to start from hence say Alexandra or Philadelphia. I wish Father would get some steady man with his family to live on his Farm altogether and allow him to keep a cow and pay him with produce and house rent. The old house would do for him, Without you Richard think proper to get a wife and occupy it until you can suit yourself better. I should be happy to hear of your being married to some amiable young - lady so we might make up a good society in our own family, be assured if I come that way it shall be my studdy [duty] to make everybody happy as I can. Should I come on without horses can I buy them there, & lady's saddles are they to be got. Tell Sister Eliza to look out a handsome one and charge the same to me, for my wife, as I shall get her to give some lessons in riding, to her Sister,- Dan'l Greene not being at all accustomed to it, so she must take her entirely under her charge in that point. I thought I had done some time ago but the less room there is the more I want to go on.
N. B. I had forgot upon the other side to mention Colonel Battelle & Major Haskell. Also his children pray how are they all, tell John and Charles I should like to hear from them. Please also inform me if there is a good tract of about two hundred acres that lays on the River (for sale) between Fathers and Marietta and about what price, as a friend of mine wishes to purchase. You will find a great many foolish things in this epistle and you may be sure to find it universally the case where people talk to excess you can't expect it all to be sense. D. G.
If I should come soon it is likely I shall charter a wagon at wherever I start from to convey our baggage, besides other things. Should that be the case and I can do anything for either of you or Father, well as any the rest of our Familys let me know and I will endeavor to do it. Also inform me if you have any friends in Wheeling, that I can address them to tell me can I get there down the River.-D. G.-You may say this a complete complication.
Likewise, should any one peep into this letter they will say it certainly must be from a Lady. Good-Bye at last, adue for the present.
Breake the Seal with care.
My best love to Brother and Sister Battelle hope their little son is well. You will take his advise respecting the Mills. Brother John, give my kind remembrance to your good wife and child. My wife has wrote to Sister Eliza, hope she has received it. D. G.
J. H. Lawton, of Barlow, spoke as follows:
Mr. Chairman and Cousins:
If one cannot be a Greene, it is the next best thing to be a cousin to that name and to know that we are all kinfolk. I am indeed glad to be be here today, and to bring greetings from the Barlow Lawtons. While I had no hint that I would be called upon for any remarks, I am sure that I speak for all of them when I say that they would all be pleased to be here today.
You have heard how the Lawton name is connected with the Greene: that Phebe Greene, eldest child of John and. Mary Greene, married Maj. Jonathan Haskell; that the two daughters of this union, Maria and Eliza, married brothers, Jesse and James Lawton. From these are descended not only the Lawtons now in Barlow, but the far greater number who have left the home place and are scattered the world over. I am sure I voice the sentiment of all of them, when I say that we are proud that Greene blood flows in our veins, bringing its heritage of vigorous, independent thought and action, and I am prouder still of this fact since I have met you all here today.
This house is of particular interest to me from the fact that my grandmother, Eliza Haskell Lawton, spent her childhood days in it. Her mother dying when she was but three years old, and her father often absent because of army duties, she lived here with her grandmother and an aunt until about 1823, when she went to live with her married sister at Barlow, marrying James Lawton, Jr., about one year later. Among the fondest recollections of my childhood are of Sunday afternoons in her room, when she told of her girlhood days in Newport, of Greenes, Danas, Hayses, Battelles and others. Until her death at the age of ninety-three she kept unabated her interest in Newport and its people.
Not only did two of the grand-daughters of John and Mary Greene marry Lawtons, but also one daughter of the Lawton name married a Greene. By virtue of the union of Rebecca Lawton and Richard Greene many of you here today are descendants not only of the Greenes, but also of the Lawtons. It may be of interest to you to know that the Lawtons came to the New World only two years later than the Greenes; settled in Rhode Island; suffered persecution because of independent religious thought; that the family line extends back in old England to the thirteenth century. Both of old English stock; both coming early to the New World; both suffering persecution for conscience' sake; both journeying side by side from Rhode Island to Ohio; both first settlers, the one at Newport, the other at Barlow; it is fitting that Greene and Lawton should be kin.
Again I wish to express my pleasure in being here today; in meeting so many cousins; in bringing to you the greetings of the Lawton clan.
There were representatives present from New York, Chicago, Kansas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia Colorado and all parts of Ohio
NAMES OF THOSE PRESENT AT REUNION7 Mrs. Susan R. Dana, Chicago
9 Ethel Dana, Chicago
7 J. B. Greene
Mary R. Greene (Mrs. J. B.)
9 Grace Greene Tracewell, Columbus, Kansas
8 Frank R. Greene, Chicago Berinthia. T. Greene, (Mrs. Frank)
9 Katharyn A. Greene
8 Mrs. Jennie Greene Torner
9 Glenn Torner
9 Morris Torner
9 Harley Torner
9 Elsie L. Toruer
9 Ruth C. Torner
9 Florence M. Torner
S. A. Dana
8 Harriett Greene Dana (Mrs. S. A.)
9 Rebecca Dana
9 Foster Dana
9 George C. Greene
Mary O. Greene (Mrs. George C.)
8 Mae G. Greene
James McClure, M. D., Marietta
7 Sarah J. McClure (Mrs. James)
8 J. Harry McClure
8 John B. McClure, M. D.
8 Ella Greene McClure
George T. Gale, M. D.
8 Myra Hayes Gale (Mrs. G. T.)
9 Larry Gale
9 George H. Gale, M. D
8 Julia Rea Holdren (Mrs. Josiah)
8 Susie E. Rea
9 S. C. Rea (Courte)
Effie S. Rea (Mrs. S. C.)
10 Phillip S. Rea
10 Lucile Rea
W. S. Gano
8 Fannie M. Rea Gano (Mrs. W. S.)
6 Charles C. Gano
9 Alice Gano
9 Bernice Gano
Lizzie [Elizabeth] H. Hays (Mrs. Harry)
9 Frank G. Hays
9 Mary Ethel Hays
Jennie Rea (Mrs. C. L.)
9 Alice Rea
7 Luther G. H. Greene, Erie, Kansas
8 Gordon C. Greene, Capt., Cincinnati
Mary Becker Greene (Mrs. Gordon C.)
9 Christopher Greene
9 Thomas Rea Greene
J. E. W. Greene
Mary Z. W. Greene (Mrs. J. E. W.)
9 Francis C. Greene
9 Elizabeth W. Greene
9 Mary Josephine Greene (seven weeks old)
8 Carrie Greene Greenwood (Mrs. Junius)
9 Mary Greenwood
9 William G. Greenwood
9 Garnet Greene Rea
J. E Morrison
9 Alice Rea Morrison (Mrs. J. E.)
10 Mildred Morrison
Mrs. Ellen Greene
8 Harry R. Greene
Rose Greene (Mrs. Harry R.)
9 Richard Greene
9 Helen Elizabeth Greene
9 Mary Edith Greene
8 Nona Curran (Mrs. Thos.)
9 Donald Curran
9 Dorothy Curran
9 Clare B. McElhinney, Mansfield.
James A. Bevan
8 Martha Greene Bevan (Mrs. James A.)
8 Chas. L. Greene
Ella G. Greene (Mrs. Chas. L.)
9 Rebecca H. Greene
9 Grace G. Greene
9 Susie T. Greene
9 Raymond Greene
9 J. Clifford Greene
9 Gordon Gale Greene
9 Charles Arthur Greene
8 Louise Douglass (Mrs. Arthur), Parkersburg
9 Charles H. Douglass
Nell Greene (Mrs. B. F.) Parkersburg
9 Bess A. Devol (Mrs. Frank) Freedom, Pa.
10 Edmond Devol, Freedom, Pa
8 Sarah M. Greene, Pueblo, Colorado
9 Alice Williams Greene, Pueblo, Colorado
9 Grace E. Greene, Pueblo, Colorado
8 John H. Lawton, Barlow –
H. J. Mendel, Wheeling
9 Margaret Battelle Mendel (Mrs. H. J.)
10 Clerimond N. Mendel
8 Mrs. Amelia Battelle Jones, Covington, Ky.
F. F. Hallock, Wheeling
9 Elizabeth Holdren Hallock (Mrs. F. F.)
10 Lawrence Greenwood Hallock
Mrs. Estella de la Vergne Hall, Marietta
9 Carroll Hall
Elizabeth C. West
H. Clay West
Lenore A. Greenwood;
C. A. Berlt, Utica, O.
A number of telegrams and notes of regret were received from persons unable to be present. Mrs. Susan R. Dana, James B. Greene, Mrs. Sarah J. McClure, Mrs. Harriet Pearce and Luther G. H. Greene are the only ones of the seventh generation now living. The figures preceding the names indicate the generation, counting John Greene, Surgeon, the first.
Contributed by: Susy Wetz
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