Descendants of Thomas Green, Sr  


Descendants of Thomas Green, Sr.
Web pages compiled by Norma Jennings August 19, 2001

Hockessin Meeting House where both Jesse and Joshua Greene were married

Generation No. 1

    Several different people have contributed information that I have incorporated into my FamilyTreeMaker database. I have attempted to retain the integrity of records loaned to me while respecting the privacy of any living individuals.  This file was created  from downloaded Descendant reports from my database, stripping out all living individuals and much of the redundant code for this website.  I can only claim credit for the format and compilation of the material below.  If I have omitted anyone who should have been credited below or if you find any grievous errors, please contact me Norma Jennings

Credits: Rex, Thelma, and Jerry Greene, David Mills, Kathleen Sands, Janet Sulzberger, all who have done an outstanding job of researching the Green, Greene Family.  My original manuscript on the Descendants of Joshua Green(e) of Washington County, Tennesee  has been retained and may contain information that has not been added to this file.  This was done to save unnecessary renumbering the individuals so you may want to consult both documents. In addition, please see the endnotes on each document for further credits and  source data. This is a work in progress so your further input is welcomed.

The name Green(e) has been spelled both ways throughout history depending on the recorder. I have tried to use the spelling as it was found in the records. My husband's family here in Iowa say that the "e" was added when they came to Iowa around 1870 to distinguish between them and another Green family that was already in Louisa County.  However, we know that Joshua and Jess Green(e) were brothers and Jesse Greene's family have used the Greene spelling much earlier.  You often see this when brothers named children the same after their ancestors, so they change the surname spelling slightly to differentiate between two men with the same given name.

Delaware at one time was a county in Pennsylvania.

1. THOMAS1 GREEN, SR. was born Abt. 1650 in England1. He married MARGARET. She was born Abt. 1650 in England1, and died October 17, 1708.


Statement of Charles Green (7th generation) at Historical Society of Delaware Library, Wilmington, DE. Also, "Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684," The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania.

The ship Delaware from Bristol, England, John Moore, Commander, arrived [in Philadelphia] May 11, 1686. Thomas Greene, husbandman, and Margaret, his wife, Thomas and John Greene, his sons. Mary Guest, his servant for 4 years to come from May 3, 1686. Richard Moore, brick maker, and Mary, his wife and John, his son. Sarah Searle, his servant, for 4 years to come from May 3, 1686. Henry Guest, sawyer, and Mary, his wife, and Henry, his son.

The wife of Richard Moore was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Greene. There is some reason to suppose that these persons came from the neighborhood of Birmingham, England. Thomas Green, Sr. purchased 400 acres of land in Concord Township, PA and gave 200 acres of the east end to his son Thomas Jr. and the other 200 acres to his son John. The latter by will dated Dec. 14, 1691 gave all his estate to his mother, Margaret Green, whom he appointed executrix. Her will is dated July 7, 1708, in which she mentions sons Robert and Thomas and grandson Henry Green. Also cousin Henry Guest and other relatives.

Children of THOMAS GREEN and MARGARET are:
2. i. THOMAS2 GREEN, JR., b. 1672, England; d. August 1713.

Generation No. 2

2. THOMAS2 GREEN, JR. (THOMAS1) was born 1672 in England1, and died August 1713. He married SARAH SEARLE. She was born 16761

Children of THOMAS GREEN and SARAH SEARLE are:

3. i. HENRY3 GREEN, b. 1708.
   ii. JOHN GREEN.
Generation No. 3

In the Quaker Records, you frequently see members being disowned.  They were often disowned for what may seem minor infractions, but the Quakers pacifist doctrine was very strict and prohibited serving in the Revolutionary War at a time when many people felt that it was a just cause. While the records were too vague to determine why Henry Greene was disowned,  it may have been that he owned property where he was allowing someone to live that the Quakers disapproved of.

3. HENRY3 GREEN (THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born 1708. He married ELIZABETH HOLLINGSWORTH November 04, 1734 at the Centure Meeting House in Chester Co., PA2, daughter of SAMUEL HOLLINGSWORTH and HANNAH HARLAN. She was born 1712.


4. i. JOSHUA4 GREENE, b. August 04, 1744, Delaware; d. 1799, Washington Co., TN.
5. ii. JESSE GREEN, b. June 14, 1753, Delaware; d. August 26, 1831, Knox Co. TN.

Henry Green and his sons Joshua and Jesse Green were members of the Friends Newark Meeting.  Henry was disowned 11 March 1762 for not taking his friends advise to put out a woman(?).  Joshua was disowned 16 May 1771 for absconding with property of confiscable value by his creditors, and Jesse, Sr. disowned 15 July 1779 for learning war as a soldier.

Marriage of Henery Green and Betty Hollingsworth, daughter of Samuel Hollingsworth

Whereas Henery Green of Mill Creek Hundred in the County of New Castle in the State of Delaware and Betty Hollingsworth , daughter of Samuel Hollingsworth of the Township of Birmingham, in the County of Chester in the province of Pensilvania having declared their intentions of marriage with each other before severall meetings of ye people called Quakers at Kenett in Chester County aforesaid and at Centure in the aforesaid County of NewCastle according to ye good order used amongst them and having consent of parents and relations concerned their said proposals of marriage was allowed of by  to meetings #######

Now they are to certifie(sic) whom it may concern that for the full accomplishing their go' intentions of first day of ye eleventh month  in the year of 1734, they the said Henery Green and Betty Hollingsworth appeared in a publik meeting of the said people at the Centure Meeting House in the County of NewCastle afforesaid did ye said Henery Green taking Betty Hollingsworth by the hand did in solemn manner openly declare that he took her the Said Betty Hollingsworth to be his wife promising with the Lord's assistance to be unto her a loving and faithfull husband until death should seperate (sic) them and then and there in at the assembly of ye said Betty Hollingsworth did in the like manner declare at she took  the Henery Green to be her husband promising with the Lord's assistance to be unto him a faithful and loving wife untill death should seperate them.

And moreover they the said Henery Green and Betty Hollingsworth she according to the custom of marriage assuming the name of her husband as a further confirmation thereof did than and there those presents sett their hand. Henery Green, Betty Green

And we being present at  ye  solemnization of ye said marriage and Subscription do as witnesses thereto allso subscribe our names of day and year above written.

Samuel Hollingsworth, Rebecah Noble, Robert Green, Wm. Webb, Enoch Hollingsworth, Ann Hollingsworth, Edward Green, Joseph Bishop, George Robinson, Thos. Hollingsworth, Joseph. Robinson, Jno Taylor, Mary Green, Elizabeth Webb, Phebe Taylor, Rachel Green, Phebe Mendenhall, Jonneck Hollingsworth, Hannah Calvert, Ann Kirk, Mary Nicholas, Esther Willson, Ann Chandler, Hannah Carleton, Sarah Greave, Elizabeth Levis, Martha Chandler, Ruth Harlan, ___  Wood, Thos. Gregg, Sam. Gregg, Richard Gregg,  Joseph Gregg, Vallentin Robinson, John Gregg, George Gregg, Joseph Maddock, Elizabeth Pryor, Hannah Hoth, Mary Chandler, Hester Maddock, Elizabeth Reed, Hannah Gregg, Rebecah Gregg, Margery Baker, Sam Greave, Wm. Levis, Joseph Brinton, Christopher Willson, Thomas Chandler, John Hoald, Thomas Carleton, Jacob Chandler, Benj. Reed, Joseph Underwood, Nathan Madock, John Dixon

REF: Swarthmore College 6-7-98 Roll 265, p. 76

Rex, Thelma, and Jerry Greene at gravesite of Valentine Hollingsworth, ancestor of Betty Hollingsworth.  Several books and publications have been written about Valentine Hollingsworth.

Generation No. 4

4. JOSHUA4 GREEN(E) (HENRY3 GREEN, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born August 04, 1744 in Delaware3, and died 1799 in Washington Co., TN. He married SUSANNAH JORDAN May 24, 1769 in New Castle Co., DE4. She was born December 25, 1749, and died 1799 in Washington Co., TN.


i. ARNOLD5 GREENE, b. August 07, 1770.
ii. ELIZABETH GREENE, b. September 25, 1772.
iii. HANNAH GREENE, b. September 29, 1774.
iv. RUTH GREENE, b. July 04, 1777.
v. IRA GREENE, b. August 18, 1779.
vi. URI GREENE, b. April 02, 1782.
vii. PITFIELD GREENE, b. September 08, 1785.
viii. JOSHUA GREENE, b. May 31, 1787.
ix. SUSANNA GREENE, b. February 11, 1790.
x. JOSEPH HENRY GREENE, b. May 19, 1794.
5. JESSE4 GREEN (HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born June 14, 1753 in Delaware5, and died August 26, 1831 in Knox Co. TN. He married ISABELLA GIBSON 1781 in Watauga Territory6, daughter of JAMES GIBSON and ANN HOUSTON. She was born September 1761 in Pennsylvania7, and died November 20, 1849 in Knox Co. TN.

Notes for JESSE GREEN:

p. 210ff The successes of the British army had stimulated into life the hitherto dormant disaffection of some of the inhabitants of North-Carolina. That army was now approaching, in its career of conquest and victory, the southern boundary of that state. Some who had hitherto worn the mask of friendship, became now the avowed enemies of the American cause. In the settlements beyond the mountain a few tories had taken refuge. To watch their motions as well as those of the Indians, it was found necessary to embody scouting parties of armed men. One of these killed Bradley, a disaffected citizen from Halifax county, and notorious for his crimes and his frequent and artful escapes from justice. With him was also taken another confederate in guilt, Halley. They were both taken and shot by Robert Sevier's company of horsemen. Another tory named Dykes, was also captured. He and others had concerted a plan to come to the house of Col. Sevier and murder him. The wife of Dykes, who had in time of distress been treated by Sevier with great kindness and humanity, disclosed to him the meditated mischief. Dykes himself was immediately hung. This was done by Jesse Green and John Gibson, two of the Regulators. An act of oblivion was passed for their relief.

p. 225ff (John Sevier raised a volunteer army of 240 men from Washington District to join other such forces, eventually, at King's Mountain. all able-bodied men included -- strong presumption Jesse Green included. Captain Robert Sevier was killed at King's Mountain. Jesse Green probably served under him because of many other associations.)

p. 372ff (In 1786, Green, Gibson, Beard, Cozby, Bowman, and later James White -- founders of Knoxville -- moved to French Broad country. Gillespie settled nearby too. Green settled on south side of French Broad River. This was in the midst of the State of Franklin episode.)

p. 426ff A few days afterwards, James and John Sevier, sons of the Governor, together with Mr. Cozby, Major Evans, and some few others, were seen by Colonel Love, following the way the guard had gone. Before Colonel Love had left the guard, they had, at his request, taken off the irons of their prisoner. The next morning he attempted to make his escape, but the guard overtook him, and one of them, George French, shot at him with a pistol as the horses were running, before they stopped him. The friends of Sevier say that French had it in charge to kill him, and intended to execute his commission, and that on the Iron Mountain, on their way to North-Carolina, Gorley, another of the guard, informed Sevier of the order and intention of French, upon which he endeavoured to make his escape; that in his flight, he became entangled in trees and brush, thrown down by a hurricane, and could proceed no further, when French came up, and fired a pistol at his face, which fortunately did him no harm, except burning him with the powder. The bullet had slipped out of the pistol unknown to French. The guard proceeded with him to Morganton, where they delivered him to William Morrison, the then high sheriff of Burke county. As the guard passed through the settlement of the McDowells, in Burke county, General McDowell and General Joseph McDowell, the latter of whom had been in service with him, and fought by his side in several perilous battles, and the former of whom had, a few years since, fled from the enemy in his own neighbourhood, and taken shelter under the roof of Sevier, both followed him immediately to Morganton, and there became his securities for a few days, until he could go down and see a brother-in-law, who lived in that county. Agreeable to his promise, he returned punctually. The sheriff then, upon his own responsibility, let him have a few days more to visit his friends and acquaintances. By this time, his two sons, with Cozby, Evans, and others, came into Morganton, without any knowledge of the people there, who they were, or what their business was. On striking the settlements on the east side of the mountains, they had separated, and had come into town singly. Court was, at that time, sitting in Morganton, and they were with the people, generally, without suspicion. At night, when the court broke up and the people dispersed, they, with the Governor, pushed forward towards the mountains with the greatest rapidity, and before morning arrived at them, and were beyond the reach of any who might think proper to pursue them.

To this account of the capture and rescue of Sevier, as copied from Haywood, it may be added, that besides James Sevier, John Sevier, Doctor James Cozby, and Major Evans, as above mentioned, Jessie Greene and John Gibson made up the party who pursued and re-captured their old commander, and effected his restoration to his incensed country- men. Evans had been one of the Governor's favourite military officers; all the rest had been comrades in arms, and....

Washington Countians in the Revolutionary War ( lists Jesse Green as fighting at King's Mountain, October 7, 1780.

1790 Census for Wilkes Co., NC, 8th Company, later Watauga) lists Jesse Green and dependants.

The French Broad -- Holston Country; a History of Knox County, _________. "Kimberlin Heights __ The Kimberlin Heights community on the south bend of the French Broad River was founded in 1786. It was first known as Greene's and later as Manifold Station. Greene and Dr. James Cosby were compatriots of General James White, and settled on the opposite side of the river. At a later period, this settlement was called Gap Creek. Other early settlers were called Keener, Bowman, Reed, rule, and Whittle (p. 353).

East Tennessee Historical Society publication No. 26, 1954. Jesse Green is listed on p. 89 as an early East Tennessee taxpayer in Captain Haislet's company. He paid taxes on 400 acres of land.

Minutes of the Kennett Meeting (Quaker) in Pennsylvania. On July 15, 1779, Jesse Green was declared "no member" of the Meeting because he enlisted as a soldier.

Ramsay's Annals of Tennessee indicates that Jesse Greene and other compatriots of John Sevier settled near the fork of the French Broad and Holston rivers in 1786. He settled on the south side of the French Broad River.

Burial: Forest Grove Baptist Ch. Cemetary, Knox Co., TN



Volume 6 (2) August 1990 -168-

Obituary notices too often degenerate into turgid eulogy or fulsome panegyric. The partiality of a surviving friend frequently invests one who has bidden adieu to us and to earth, with the habiliments of perfection, and presents a character not as it was and as we have known it, in this tabernacle, but unsullied, immaculate and pure. The present writer, however, finds no necessity--feels no disposition on this occasion to offer an over-wrought tribute of friendship to the worth and excellencies of an acquaintance recently deceased. The contour will be readily recognized by all who knew her; but those who knew her best, who knew her well, will say the features are but dimly delineated.

MRS. ISABELLA GREENE was born about eighty-six years ago, in the then Colony of Pennsylvania. Her father, James Gibson, emigrated at an early period to the wilds of the west, and settled twice upon the extremist verge of civilization. Living thus upon the border of the white settlements he was, of course exposed to all the trials, dangers and difficulties of a border warfare. In these, his daughter Isabella, with the other members of his family, fully participated, and it was here that the remarkable traits in her character were durably stamped. Gibson's station, now better known as Manifold's Old Mill, was the nucleus around which the earliest settlers in the country between Holston and French Broad clustered in times of danger and war. Among these was her husband, Jesse Greene, who in addition to his Revolutionary services, contributed much by his energy and intelligence, in the growth and defense of the infant settlements upon the lower French Broad. He was among the first that settled upon the South side of that river. Here he pitched his tent--an insulated position--exposed to peculiar peril from the Indians, and requiring all his hardihood and skill and courage to maintain it. In this enterprise he was accompanied and assisted by his wife. Their hearty welcome greeted the arrival in the country of every adventurous immigrant--was he needy? their liberal bounty supplied his wants--friendless and a stranger? in their home he found a home and a friendship--distressed and disconsolate? their sympathies cheered and encouraged him--sick and afflicted? their tenderness soothed his anguish and allayed his suffering; and no where has the sick couch had around it more maternal sympathy--more of woman's assiduous care and tenderness and skillful nursing, than through a long life, it was the duty and pleasure of Mrs. Greene to bestow upon the sick and dying. Nor had age or infirmity chilled the warmth of her sympathetic heart, or diminished her affectionate kindness to suffering humanity. Not a week before her death she had gone several miles to administer to the wants of a sick female. Indeed, she seemed to delight in doing good, and adding to the comfort of others. Emphatically, a sister of charity, wherever disease prevailed, or suffering existed, or epidemic committed its havoc, there was Mrs. Greene, always present to soothe--to nurse--to encourage--to sympathise. Essentially a christian, she loved all and helped all; was social, obliging, kind, forgiving, hospitable, amiable, gentle, humble, unpretending, sincere, pious. For half a century she had been an exemplary member of the Methodist Church, and remained steadfast in the faith till the close of life. This occurred on Tuesday morning the 20th of Nov., 1849. Her residence since the death of her husband several years ago, has usually been with her daughter, Mrs. Bowman; but she had been for a few days at the house of her son, Mr. James Greene. She was in her usual good health, and as was her custom, she had retired after breakfast for secret prayer. A longer retirement than was usual, excited the attention of the family, a grand-daughter followed to her retreat, and observing her still upon her knees, with her face turned towards Heaven, and her hands indicating great fervor and earnestness in prayer, left her at her devotions, and returned to the house. After a very short interval, another went to her sacred retreat; but the immortal spirit had fled. The attitude was that of prayer--the hands indicated supplication; but the calm features-- the placid countenance, expressed extatic adoration, and a glorious and triumphant victory over death and the grave. As few have lived the life, so it is the privilege of few to die the death of Mrs. Greene. She died, where of all places on earth, she would probably have most preferred--near the Mercy Seat--supplicating, praising, adoring in secret, and in a paroxysm of rapturous extacy, was not only suddenly, but instantaneously translated to Paradise--to God her Father, who has himself rewarded her openly.

Her remains were interred the next day near the old family mansion at Greene's old Chapel. A concourse of mourning friends and acquaintances attested by their tears and their regrets how much they valued her--but all are satisfied from her death not less than from her life, that she is now "emparidised, with angels in immortality and Heaven."

Knox Co., Nov. 26, 1849

P.S.--When speaking of Jesse Greene and James Gibson, it might have been mentioned that they followed the fortunes of General John Sevier, Governor of Franklin, and adhered to him during his captivity, and while a prisoner to the authority of the parent State, they pursued his captors across the Yellow Mountain, and assisted in rescuing him from the jail at Morgantown, and bringing him back in triumph to the frontier, where, being a great favorite, and among his faithful followers, he would be secure from further molestation.

          Written by Dr. J. G. M. Ramsey for the Methodist Episcopalian

EDITOR'S NOTE: Isabella Greene (1761-November 20, 1849) was the wife of pioneer Jesse E. Greene (June 14, 1753-July 6, 1831), one of the small band of men who rescued John Sevier from his brief sojourn in jail at Morganton, North Carolina in 1788. These graves now lie within the Forest Grove Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery on Hodges Ferry Road in south Knox County. The original copy of this obituary is in a small volume of newspaper clippings written and compiled by Dr. Ramsey, which is in the McClung Historical Collection.

Burial: Forest Grove Baptist Ch. Cemetary, Knox Co., TN


ii. SUSANNAH GREENE, m. JOHN MCDOWEL, September 18, 1804, Knox Co, TN8.
7. iii. ELIZABETH H. GREENE, b. May 05, 1786; d. April 24, 1868, Knox Co, TN.
8. iv. SAMUEL GREENE, b. Abt. 1789, French Broad River, Knox Co., TN; d. September 16, 1856.
9. v. JESSE GREEN, JR., b. November 29, 1791, Winton, near Dandridge, TN; d. April 18, 1847, Henry Co., MO.
10. vi. MARY GREENE, b. September 25, 1794, Knox Co., TN; d. January 08, 1863, Union Co., TN.
11. vii. JAMES HENRY GREENE, b. January 12, 1804, French Broad River, Knox Co, TN; d. April 14, 1870.
Generation No. 5

6. HANNAH5 GREENE (JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) She married MICHAEL SWISHER April 1802 in Knox Co, TN. He died August 01, 1845 in Hamilton Co., TN.

Her name is sometimes recorded as "Anna."

Michael Swisher served in the War of 1812.


i. HENRY R.6 SWISHER, b. Bet. 1802 - 1805
ii. JESSE G. SWISHER, b. April 22, 1803.
iii. SAMUEL F. SWISHER, b. Abt. 1810.

7. ELIZABETH H.5 GREENE (JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born May 05, 1786, and died April 24, 1868 in Knox Co, TN. She married SAMUEL BOWMAN, JR.. He was born June 08, 1783 in Shenandoah Co., VA, and died June 19, 1874 in Knox Co, TN.

Burial: Forest Grove Baptist Ch. Cemetary, Knox Co., TN

Burial: Forest Grove Baptist Ch. Cemetary, Knox Co., TN


i. JAMES W.6 BOWMAN, b. Abt. 1823.

8. SAMUEL5 GREENE (JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1789 in French Broad River, Knox Co., TN9, and died September 16, 1856. He married MARTHA (PATSY) FERGUSON October 04, 1819 in Knox Co, TN10. She was born Abt. 179011, and died Abt. 1858.


Samuel Green served in Capt. Samuel Bowman's Company of Mounted Infantry in the War of 1812. Later he moved to Roane Co., TN, and after that, Hamilton Co. He was a Methodist minister. (Lest We Forget, Frances Smith Doerner, 1995)

Burial: Hamilton Co., TN


i. JAMES MONROE6 GREENE, b. June 13, 1825.
ii. JESSE A. GREENE, b. January 17, 1828.
iii. PRESTON GREENE, b. January 12, 1827.
iv. ELIZABETH GREENE, b. Abt. 1827.
v. WILLIAM R. GREENE, b. April 30, 1829.
vi. JOHN GREENE, b. Abt. 1832.
vii. SAMUEL GREENE, b. 1836.

9. JESSE5 GREEN, JR. (JESSE4, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1)12 was born November 29, 1791 in Winton, near Dandridge, TN, and died April 18, 1847 in Henry Co., MO. He married MARY TODD June 21, 183913. She was born December 11, 1812 in Bristol, England.

Notes for JESSE GREEN, JR.:


Jesse Green was admitted into the Tennessee Conference in 1817. His Holston appointments were as follows: 1817, Ashe; 1818, Clinch; 1820, Powell's Valley; 1821 and 1822, New River. In 1823 he was transferred to the Missouri Conference, where he held some of the most responsible stations, for many years being presiding elder. During his itinerant career his fields lay in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, And Missouri, and he died a member of the St. Louis conference. . . .

Jesse Green, Jr., was born in East Tennessee, in the Winton neighborhood, on the south side of the French Broad River, some seven miles east of the present site of Dandridge, November 29, 1791. . . . His parents were devout Methodists. His literary opportunities were limited; in youth he acquired only the rudiments of an English education. . . .

He took sick in a protracted meeting in which he preached a number of earnest and effective sermons and in about five days thereafter he ascended. He died in Henry County, Missouri, April 18, 1847. . . .

Mr. Green was a man of marked ability. He was small of stature, erect and manly in form and bearing, and he looked like one ordained to lead and govern among the hosts of Israel. His eyes were expressive of sympathy, ardor, purity, and love; and when lighted up with the inspiration of his theme, they were electrifying. His sermons often contained the rare combination of the metaphysical and the emotional. He commanded the attention and respect of the most intelligent hearers. "He spake as one having authority," and his denunciations of sin and appeals to sinners were sometimes terrific. He was a man of one work. He was kind and encouraging in his bearing to young preachers.

In 1847 the St. Louis Conference adopted a preamble and resolutions as a tribute of respect to his memory, recording "a humble testimony of his inestimable worth" and an expression of their "deep and sincere sorrow for the loss of him." The preamble stated: "Brother Green entered the ministry in early life, with qualifications for extraordinary usefulness; and during the whole period of thirty years to his death his course in the itinerancy was alike laborious, self-sacrificing, holy, and successful."

Notes for MARY TODD:

The St. Louis Christian Advocate, Oct. 25, 1905:

Mary Todd was born in Bristol, England, December 11, 1812. When six years old her parents moved to this country and settled in New York, where they attached themselves to the old John Street Methodist Church and soon became leading and influential members of that society. after some years spent in New York the family moved to Pennsylvania. . . .

In 1838 she was secured as a teacher for the Shawnee Indidan Mission School (Wyandotte Co., KS). . . .

Children of JESSE GREEN and MARY TODD are:
i. THOMAS JOHNSON6 GREEN, b. September 05, 1840.
ii. MARY ELIZABETH GREEN, b. September 05, 1840.
10. MARY5 GREENE (JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1)14 was born September 25, 1794 in Knox Co., TN, and died January 08, 1863 in Union Co., TN. She married (1) ROBERT PALMER14 October 14, 1819 in Knox Co, TN14. She married (2) JOHN SHARP14 March 1839.


i. JESSE GREENE6 PALMER, b. April 07, 1822, Knox Co, TN; d. September 21, 1897, Union Co., TN; m. SARAH SHARP, January 16, 184314.
11. JAMES HENRY5 GREENE(JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) wasborn January 12, 1804 in French Broad River, Knox Co, TN15, and died April 14, 1870. He married ANNA PATTERSON, daughter of ROBERT PATTERSONand MABEL. She was born May 22, 1799 in NC15, and died August 07, 1880.


EARLY KNOX COUNTY CHURCHES Goodspeed's History of Tennessee (1887) METHODIST:

It is scarcely probably that either of these men organized societies in Knox County, but if they did they were south of the Holston and French Broad. One of the oldest societies in the county was organized in the southeast portion of the French Broad River, near the Seven Islands, among the CUNNYNGHAMs, HUFFAKERs and GREENs. Two of the early pioneer Methodist preachers went out from that region, Jesse CUNNYNGHAM and Jesse GREEN. James GREEN, a brother of the latter, was for many years a local preacher.

1830 Census, Knox County - Greene, James H., K-386 - 1 male 20-30, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 30-40.
Other Greens: Greene, Benjamin. K-386 - 1 male 10-15, 1 male 60-70, 1 female 10-15, 2 females 15-20, 1 female 50-60. Green, Joseph - far away.
1840 Census, Knox County - Greene, James, K-59-110001-0200011 other Greens - (not close) William-K-17-222001-000001
1850 Census, Knox County - Greene, James H., 46, farmer, $1500, b. TN; Anna, 51, b. NC; Jesse P., 20, farmer/school, b. TN; Elizabeth B., 18, b. TN; Nancy C., 15, b. TN; Samuel F., 12, b. TN.
Knox Co., TN Deeds, Book F2, pg. 327 - Bill of sale - James and Anna Green to John G. Humbert - James H. Green and Anna Green his wife of Knox Co. - $425 - negro girl about 23 named Rose - 11/12/1841 - Teste: Samuel Bowman, Payton Moulden, Albert Baker.

Knox County, Tennessee Estate Book 16, pg. 365-366.

June Term, 1870

The last will and testament of James H. Green in the name of god amen. I James H. Green of the County of Knox State of Tennessee revoking all other Wills do appoint this my last an testament in the following maner

1st I give to my wife Anna Green my dwelling house with all furnature and Kitchen furnature also her support off of the land during her natural life. After her death my will is that the household furnature be equalled divided between my four children herein after named. I also bequeath to my two sons all my plantation and that the commence and run the line with the cros fense to the top of the ridge and that they divide the timbered land equally for the use of the farm. Also my will is that my son Jesse P. Green that he take the uper end of the farm that he pay to my daughter Elisabeth B. Underwood three hundred dollars to be paid after thare mothers death. Also that my son Samuel F. Green take the lower end of the farm and that he pay to my daughter Nancy C. Underwood three hundred dollars after his mothers death. All the farming utensels and stock to be divided between my two sons J. P. Green and S. F. Green except so much as will pay all the debts. I appoint my son S. F. Green & my wife Anna Green executors of this my last will an testament as witness my hand and seal this January the 17th 1870 in testamony wharefor I have this day set my hand and seal making this my last will. This will not to be recorded during my life.

James H. Green Seal
L.W. Johnson
Henry Huffaker
(For Probate See minutes of court)

The foregoing will of James H. Green having been duly probated and admitted to record and S. F. Green and Anna Green being named therein as executors to the same the said S. F. Green gave bond in the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars with L. W. Johnson and Henry Huffaker as his securities which bond was approved by the Court and the said S. F. Green was duly qualified as such executor and Letters Testamentary awarded and issued which Letters are in the following words and figures to wit

State of Tennessee Knox County
To All Persons - Greeting

Whereas at our County Court held for the County of Knox at the Court House in Knoxville on the first Monday of June 1870 it appeared to the Court that James H. Green late of said County had died having first made his last Will and Testament in which S. F. Green is appointed Executor and the said Will having been proved and admitted to record and the said S. F. Green qualified as Executor. It was ordered that Letters Testamentary Issue &c. We therefore empower the said S. F. Green to take into his possession, all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of the said Testator wheresoever the same may be found and all Just debts of said Testator and all the legacies specified in said Will, well and truly to pay so far as the said goods and chattels rights and credits may extend and in all things to administer said goods and chattels rights and credits, according to the letter of the said Will and the law of the land.

Witness Wm Rule Clerk of said Court at Office in Knoxville the first Monday of June 1870.

Wm Rule Clerk

Myrtle Greene Mills:  James Greene was minister at Seven Islands Methodist Church in Knox Co., TN. When he died, his farm ont he south bank of the French Broad River was divided into two 150 acre farms and willed to his sons Pat (Jesse) and Sam. This was not the farm Jesse Greene had owned -- his farm was in the forks of the French Broad and Holston Rivers. She remembers, as a child, hearing stories of Rev. James Greene leading Methodist revival services with his son Sam acting as an "exhorter." When Sam Greene and his wife Rachel died, the Sam Greene farm was sold out of the family. Pat Greene's farm was inherited by his daughter Anne Greene and later by her son Ross Love. Ann Greene and Ross Love rented this farm to Oscar D. Greene, Sr., who farmed it roughly from 1912 until he retired from farming in 1953. The farm was then sold out of the family when Oscar D. Greene, Jr. declined an opportunity to buy it. Eventually the James Greene farm was reassembled by ____ Huffstedler.
Burial: Seven Islands Cemetary, Knox Co., TN

Census, 1880 Knox County, Anna Patterson's parents born were in PA according to 1880 census - enumerated with Samuel F. Green, son.
Census, 1830 Knox County, James Patterson next to James H. Green - 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 60-70, 1 female under 5, 1 female 20-30. also, Alexander T. Patterson, 10 away from Green - 1 male under 5, 1 male 20-30, 1 female 15-20.


Burial: Seven Islands Cemetary, Knox Co., TN


12. i. JESSE PATRICK6 GREENE, b. July 26, 1830, French Broad River, Knox Co, TN; d. June 04, 1912.
ii. ELIZABETH B. GREENE, b. Abt. 1832, French Broad River, Knox Co, TN; m. WILLIAM RAMSEY UNDERWOOD, December 26, 1867, Knox Co, TN16; b. 181616; d. 1897.
13. iii. NANCY CATHERINE GREENE, b. Abt. 1835, French Broad River, Knox Co, TN; d. May 29, 1913, Knox Co, TN.
14. iv. SAMUEL F. GREENE, b. August 23, 1837, French Broad River, Knox Co, TN; d. October 31, 1911, Knox Co., TN.
Generation No. 6

12. JESSE PATRICK6 GREENE (JAMES HENRY5, JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born July 26, 1830 in French Broad River, Knox Co, TN17, and died June 04, 1912. He married SALLIE E. MCMILLAN December 19, 1861 in Knox Co, TN18. She was born December 12, 184219, and died February 04, 1931.

Burial: Seven Islands Cemetary, Knox Co., TN

Burial: Seven Islands Cemetary, Knox Co., TN


15. i. ANNIE E.7 GREENE, b. Abt. 1863.

13. NANCY CATHERINE6 GREENE (JAMES HENRY5, JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1835 in French Broad River, Knox Co, TN, and died May 29, 1913 in Knox Co, TN20. She married IRA NELSON UNDERWOOD July 16, 1856 in Knox Co, TN20. He was born December 10, 1828 in Knox Co, TN20, and died November 04, 1910 in Knox Co, TN.

Burial: Underwood (Oak Grove) Cemetery

Burial: Underwood (Oak Grove) Cemetery


i. JAMES FRANK7 UNDERWOOD, b. April 02, 1858.

ii. OLIVER LEONIDAS UNDERWOOD, b. January 26, 1860.

iii. HARVEY GREEN UNDERWOOD, b. January 05, 1862.

14. SAMUEL F6 GREENE (JAMES HENRY5, JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born August 23, 1837 in French Broad River, Knox Co, TN21, and died October 31, 1911 in Knox Co., TN. He married RACHEL L. ANNA DERIEUX April 18, 1872 in Knox Co, TN22, daughter of PETER DERIEUX and SARAH JANEWAY. She was born March 23, 1852 in Thorn Grove, TN23, and died June 27, 1916 in Knox Co., TN.

Myrtle Greene Mills: The Greene family operated a ferry across the French Broad River on Sam Greene's farm when his sons were young. This ferry was a short distance upstream from the Huffaker ferry.
Burial: Seven Islands Cemetary, Knox Co., TN
Burial: Seven Islands Cemetary, Knox Co., TN
16. i. ROBERT BRUCE7 GREENE, b. October 01, 1878, French Broad River, Knox Co, TN.
17. ii. ERNEST GREENE, b. French Broad River, Knox Co, TN.
18. iii. THOMAS L. GREENE, b. French Broad River, Knox Co, TN.
19. iv. WILLIAM GREENE, b. French Broad River, Knox Co, TN.
v. JAMES H. GREENE, b. April 02, 1873, French Broad River, Knox Co, TN23; d. May 03, 1905.

Notes for JAMES H. GREENE:

Myrtle Greene Mills: Jim Greene went to college and became a teach and Dean in a small college in Harriman, TN. He suffered a punctured lung in a buggy accident, and could not continue to work. when his health deteriorated, his brother Oscar D. Greene took him to the Southwest hoping he would recouperate. He did not recover and they returned to Knox Co. Jim died a young man.


Burial: Seven Islands Cemetary, Knox Co., TN

20. vi. OSCAR DERIEUX GREENE, b. December 17, 1874, French Broad River, Knox Co, TN; d. August 20, 1962, Kodak, TN.

Generation No. 7

15. ANNIE E.7 GREENE (JESSE PATRICK6, JAMES HENRY5, JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1863. She married DRURY P. LOVE April 07, 1892 in Knox Co, TN24.



16. ROBERT BRUCE7 GREENE (SAMUEL F.6, JAMES HENRY5, JESSE4 GREEN, HENRY3, THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born October 01, 1878 in French Broad River, Knox Co, TN25. He married OLLIE CATLETT26.


Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol.2

Robert Bruce Greene---An energetic business man of Knoxville is Robert Bruce Greene, manager of
the Tennessee Finance Corp. He was born in Knox county, on his father's farm about sixteen miles east of Knoxville on the French Broad river, on the
1st of October, 1878, a son of Samuel F. and Rachel (DeRieux) Greene. The Greenes are an old and honored southern family, and Greene's station on the Dandridge stage road was named in honor of his paternal great-grandfather.Samuel F. Greene was born on the same farm as his son, as was also the grandfather, James Henry Greene, and both father and grandfather were engaged in agricultural pursuits, and the latter was for some time active in
the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church. He married Annie Patterson, a member of one of the oldest families in this section of the state, the
Pattersons having settled near Oliver Springs about 1770. Samuel F. Greene and his brother, Jesse P Greene, served in the Union army throughout the
Civil war, the latter holding a lieutenant's commission. A great-uncle of Robert Bruce Greene, Rev. Jesse Greene, was a Methodist Episcopal minister
and was an ardent sympathizer witht he south. Samuel F. Greene died in October, 1910, and his widow survived him until July, 1916. She was born at
Thorn Grove, Tennessee, a daughter of Peter DeRieux, a well known merchant.

Myrtle Greene Mills: "Bruce Greene was a bookkeeper in Knoxville. He retired early because of high blood pressure. He lived with his wife, Ollie Cattlet on 5th Avenue in Knoxcille. O.D. Sr. sold farm produce to many of Bruces' neighbors. His only child, Caroline Greene, had no children."


1. Statement of Charles Green at Historical Society of Delaware Library, Wilmington, DE..
2. Quaker Marriage Book, Kennett MM, Chester, PA.
3. Descendants of Joshua Green, Norma Jennings, 2000
4. New Castle Co., DE Quaker marriage book for Newark/Kennett MM, p. 254.
5. Tombstone inscription.
6. First Families of Tennessee File, Jesse Green No. 10935.
7. Tombstone inscription.
8. D'Armand, Knox County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1792-1900.
9. Lest We Forget, Frances Smith Doerner, 1995.
10. D'Armand, Knox County, Tennessee Marage Records, 1792-1900.
11. Lest We Forget, Frances Smith Doerner, 1995.
12. First Families of Tennessee File, Jesse Green No. 10935.
13. The St. Louis Christian Advocate, October 25, 1905.
14. First Families of Tennessee File, Jesse Green No. 10935.
15. Tombstone inscription.
16. The Underwoods from Roaring Gap to Dumplin Valley and Onward, Burl Underwood, 1975.
17. Tombstone inscription.
18. D'Armand, Knox County, Tennessee Marage Records, 1792-1900.
19. Tombstone inscription.
20. The Underwoods from Roaring Gap to Dumplin Valley and Onward, Burl Underwood, 1975.
21. Tombstone inscription.
22. D'Armand, Knox County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1792-1900.
23. Tombstone inscription.
24. D'Armand, Knox County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1792-1900.
25. Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 2.
26. Myrtle Greene Mills.
27. Tombstone inscription.