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.
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:
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
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.
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
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
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
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
3. Richard Greene-Born at Warwick, March 5, 1666 - Died at Warwick, Sept. 25,
4. Richard Greene-Born at Warwick, April 19, 1702 - Died at Warwick, Dec.
5. John Greene - Born at Warwick, Nov. 10, 1743 - Died at Newport, Ohio, May
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The Following was
tendered by Mr. L. G. H. Greene:
CENTENNIAL AT NEWPORT,
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.
This letter was read by
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
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
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.
representatives present from New York, Chicago, Kansas, Pennsylvania, West
Virginia Colorado and all parts of Ohio