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Thomas Green, immigrant ancestor, was from the north of Ireland, according to family tradition. He came with other Scotch-Irish settlers to Peterborough, New Hampshire, later settling in Swanzey, N.H. The following seem to be of the same family, probably his brothers and sisters: Have these webpages helped you?
1. Joseph Green, married April 2, 1778, Betsey Bigelow.
2. Samuel Green, married Dec. 14, 1780, Esther Freeman.
3. Patrick Green, married Nov. 24, 1785, Abigail Kneeland.
4. James Green, married Oct. 30, 1787, Elizabeth Grimes.
5. Absalom Green, married Nov. 7, 1788, Relief Foster.
6. Elizabeth Green married, Marc 9, 1794, William Garnsworth.
All married at Swanzey.
Joseph Green was a soldier in the revolution. The revoltuionary rolls of New Hampshire show that Thomas Green, of Peterborough, was aged twenty-seven in 1753. His name is on the list of those disabled and incapable of earning a living in Jan. 1787, prepared in accordance with an act of congress dated June 7, 1785 (vol. 3, New Hampshire Rev. Rolls). In 1787 his age is given as thirty-five in a list of pensioners. The following is from revolutionary rolls of N.H., page 388, et seq: "Swanzey, March 21, 1778. To the Honorable the House of Representatives for the State of New Hampshire: The petition of Thomas Green of Swanzey in said state humbly sheweth - that your petitioner being in the American service in the year 1775 in Colonel Strak's regiment, being called into the Battle of Bunker Hill on the Seventeenth of June, Did then and there Receive a bad wound from the Enemy by a Musket Ball which passed Quite through the shoulder thereby making a Compound Fracture of the Scapula and socket of the Humerous by means of which your Petitioner was long confined (and put to great expense in order for completing a cure) for more than 12 months and yet remains unsound and unable to do but little. Your Peitioner therefore Humbly prays that the Honorable House would take into your consideration the case of your Petitioner above mentioned, and grant such Relief as in your wisdom you shall think proper - and your Petitioner as in duty bound, shall ever pray, etc.
"I, the subscriber, being in the capacity of surgeon in Colonel Stark's regiment at the time when the above mentioned Thomas Green was wounded, do certify that the above stated case is true, said Green having been under my inspection. Per Calvin Frink."
"We, the subscribers, selectmen of the Town of Swanzey, beg leave to recommend the above mentioned Thomas Green to the notice of the Honorable House.
Samuel Hills, Thomas Hammond."
Peterboro, Jan. 16, 1778.
"Gentlemen: I beg leave to Recommend to your notice the Bearer, Mr. Thomas Green of my Regiment, who was wounded at Bunker Hill and rendered for a long time uncapable of getting his support as He was a good soldier and one who always behaved genteely. I think it my duty to use the freedom of addressing yr Honrs in his behalf. I am, gentlemen, with Due respect, yr most Obedient Hm. Servt.
John Stark, B.G."
"To Mr. John Tayr. Gilman, officer to register wounded soldiers, etc. Pursuant to a vote of council and assembly you are to enroll Thomas Green, a soldier in Colo. Starke's Regiment, wounded at Bunker Hill and to pay him half wages according to the Resolve of Congree three years, viz: from the first of January, 1776 to the first of Jan. 1779."
"June 15, 1785. The committee of both houses appointed to consider the petition of sick and wounded soldier, Having heard the within named Thomas Green respecting the subject matter of the within peition and viewed the wound referred to therein, beg leave to report as their opnion that the said Thomas Green have and recieve the sum of eighteen shillings per month beginning at the time when his pay as an invalid ceased and to be continued till the further of the General Court and that the same be charged in account against the United States agreeably to the Resolve of Congress of 26th August 1776 and that he be enrolled accordingly. Which is submitted per Nathaniel Peabody for sd. comtee."
"State of New Hampshire. In House of Representatives June 16, 1785. The foregoing report being read and considered voted that it be received and accepted. Sent up for concurrence. Christo. Toppan.
"In the Senate June 16, 1785. Read and concurred. E. Thompson, sec." (See vol. XIII, p. 525, State Papers of New Hamp.).
Petition of Thomas Green of Swanzey June 11, 1785, recites service at Bunker Hill and wound as given already. Adding:
"Your petitioner some years since made application to the General Court of this state and was allowed Wages as a Garrison soldier for one year but being in Paper Currency and not received till sometimes afterwards was of very little value, by reason of Depreciation, since that Time Your Petitioner has been (as he is informed) struck from the list of such soldiers which received pay as fit for Garrison duty, which others in like circumstances still Receive something from the state as compensatoin for their past sufferings."
The certificate of Elkanah Lane and Elisha Scott to the facts as selectman of Swanzey, follows.
Thomas Green came to Waitsfield, Vermont, about 1800, perhaps by way of Bennington, Vermont, and purchased the Heaton Mills. He resided for a time in Fayston, Vermont. He died April 29, 1813, aged sixty, at Waitsfield. He married, at Swanzey, March 2, 1780, Lydia Foster, sister of Joel Foster. She married (second) Nov. 3, 1814, Rev. Jonathan Carpenter.
Children, born at Swanzey:
1. Thomas, Dec. 16, 1782.
2. Seth, March 17, 1784; mentioned below.
3. Elisha, married April 13, 1809, Abigail Wood.
4. they jump to 5.
5. Joseph, born March 6, 1791.
6. Eleanor, married Dec. 5, 1816, Henry Dana.
7. Probably another daughter.
(II) Seth, son of Thomas Green, was born at Swanzey, New Hampshire, March 17, 1784. He married (first) Apri l 29, 1804, Betsey Batt, of Bennington, Vermont, divorced, died May 27, 1866, aged eighty-one years, He married (second) Nov. 28, 1817, Achsah Blaisdell. He married (third) Oct. 18, 1843, Elizabeth Stoddard.
Children, born at Waitsfield:
1. Child, born May 27, 1805, died June 9, 1805.
2. Harry, mentioned below.
(III) Harry, son of Seth Green, was born in Waitsfield, in 1818. He was educated in the district schools, and followed farming most of his life. He moved from Waitsfield to Harrisburg, New York.
He married, in March, 1846, Anna Twitt, born in Questoke, Somersetshire, England, Feb. 22, 1828.
1. Charles Henry (twin), born March 25, 1848.
2. Eugene Hermon (twin), March 25, 1848.
3. Fred Alfred, July 11, 1852; mentioned below.
4. George Edmund (twin), April 17, 1854.
5. Jennie (twin), April 17, 1854.
(IV) Fred Alfred, son of Harry Green, was born at Harrisburg, New York, July 11, 1852. He was educated in the public schools of Copenhagen, N.Y., and commenced his business life as a clerk in the store of Davenport Brothers, general merchants, of Copenhagen, where he remained until Jan. 1, 1871, when he entered the employ of George J. Dryden, dealer in crockery and household goods, groceries and provisions. In 1884 he formed a partnership with his employer. The firm enjoyed a large and successful business until 1909, when both partners retired. Mr. Green was appointed postmaster at Copenhagen, Jan. 1, 1901, and has continued to the present time by successive reappointments of President Roosevelt. For many years Mr. Green has been secretary and treasurer of the Copenhagen Butter and Cheese Factory, which is doing an extensive and flourishing business. He is much interested in educational affairs and is president of the board of education, of which he has been a member for many years.
He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, being affiliated with Orient Lodge, No. 238, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and with Carthage Chapter, No. 259, Royal Arch Masons. In politics he is a Republican.
He married, Jan. 12, 1876, Ella Mary Ward, of Copenhagen, born Oct. 31, 1854, daughter of Horace and Elizabeth (Carter) Ward.
1. Elizabeth Estelle, born Jan. 26, 1878; married Aug. 28, 1901, Winfield S. Streater; resides at Lake Arthur, Louisiana.
2. Lloyd Ward, May 16, 1880, died Dec. 13, 1882.
3. Fred Elroy, June 1, 1882; graduate of Harvard University in the class of 1907, now teacher of English in the government schools of Japan.
4. Marion Lenore, Feb. 15, 1886; a graduate of the Syracuse University, New York, 1910.
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