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Descendants of Lewis J. GREEN Sr.

First Generation


1. Lewis J. GREEN Sr. was born about 1724 in , Prince George County, Virginia. He died in Oct 1784 in Blue Spring Rd., Near Glasgow, Kentucky (then Virginia).

He was a Private who served under Captain Robert McKenzie in Tennessee and Kentucky. He was stationed at Fort Nashboro in Nashville,Tennessee. He served in the French and Indian War.

He enlisted in Capt Robert McKenzie's Co from Dinwiddie Co., VA at age 30 at the rank of Private in the French and Indian War and also served in the Rev War in VA.

He was a vestryman in the church at Kilgore Station (Church of England? ) and was very brown in complexion.

Lewis owned 41 acres of land adjacent to Porter's Fort in March of 1774.

A story about Lewis Green, Sr. told by Daniel Boone
Occurred near the Clinch River

Lewis and a brother-in-law, who resided near Blackmore's, on Clinch, about fifteen miles below Captain Gass' place, where Boone was sojourning, went out some considerable distance among the mountains to hunt. They selected a good hunting range, erected a cabin, and laid up in store's some jerked bear meat. One day when Green was alone, his companion being absent on the chase, a large bear made his appearance near camp, upon which Green shot and wounded the animal, which at the moment chanced to be in a sort of sink-hole at the base of a hill. Taking a circuit to get above and head the bear there being a slight snow upon the ground covered with sleet, Green's feet slipped from under him, and in spite of all his efforts to stop, himself, he partly slid and partly rolled down the declivity till he found himself in the sink-hole, where the wounded bear, enraged by his pain, flew at poor Green, tore and mangled his body in a shocking manner, totally destroying one of his eyes. When the bear had sufficiently gratified his revenge by gnawing his unresisting victim as as he wished, he suddenly departed, leaving the unfortunate hunter in a helpless and deplorable condition, all exposed, with his clothing torn in tatters, to the severities of the season.

His comrade at length returning, found and took him to camp. After awhile, thinking it impossible for Green to recover, his companion went out on pretense of hunting for fresh meat, and unfeelingly abandoned poor Green to his fate, reporting in the settlements that he had been killed by a bear. His [Green] little fire soon died away from his inability to provide fuel. Digging, with his knife, a hole or nest beside him in the ground-floor of his cabin, he managed to reach some wild turkey which had been saved, and with them lined the excavation and made himself quite a comfortable bed; and with the knife fastened to the end of a stick, he cut down, from time to time, bits of dried bear meat hanging over head, and upon this he sparingly subsisted. Recovering slowly, he could at length manage to get about. When spring opened, a party, of whom Boone is believed to have been on, went from Blackmore's settlement to bury Green's remains, with the brute of a brother-in-law for a guide; and to their utter astonishment, they met Green plodding his way towards home, and learned the sad story of his sufferings and desertion. The party were so indignant that they could scarcely refrain from laying violent hands on a wretch guilty of so much inhumanity to a helpless companion. Green though greatly disfigured lived many years.

Lewis married Elizabeth LAUDERDALE daughter of William LAUDERDALE about 1750 in , Culpepper County, Virginia. Elizabeth was born about 1730 in , Augusta County, Virginia. She died about 1805.

Lauderdales are descended from James Maitland Lauderdale, the Emigrant, who settled in Pennsylvania around 1714. He is thought to have moved from southwest Scotland, where the Lauderdale name is known in the 18th century, to Northern Ireland and thence to North America. See History of the Lauderdales in America Heritage, 1998, Clint Lauderdale, mailto:clarlen@aol.com

We don't know from whom James Lauderdale, the Emigrant was descended, and he made no claims to be descended from the Earls of Lauderdale. Equally, he was firm in his assertion that he was a Maitland by origin, and this is the tradition which he handed down to his children and grandchildren and which was formally recorded by James Shelby Lauderdale in 1880. This refers to a meeting between his uncle Sam, and Dr David Lauderdale who met in 1830, and discovered that they shared a common family tradition. Another Lauderdale from New York was met in 1880 in St Louis with a similar tale.

Lauderdale as a family name, not connected with the title, first appears in the Scottish parish records in Galloway in the early 18th century with the birth of Jean Lauderdale in 1737, the daughter of James Lauderdale at Beith, Ayr.

Maitlands have lived in or been connected with Galloway since 1360, and our understanding of James the Emigrant is that he came from that part of Scotland, so the combination of geography, name and his family tradition makes it almost certain that he was a Maitland by origin, and as such, related by blood to the Earls of Lauderdale, but not descended from them.

Washington Co., VA
Elizabeth, who appears in the records of Washington County in 1797 as “old and infirm” and gave power of attorney to “my son-in-law Moses Foley.” She died about 1803, intestate. Appraisal of here estate was presented to the court by Zachariah Green.

Lewis and Elizabeth had the following children:

+ 2 M i Lewis J. GREEN Jr.
+ 3 F ii Elizabeth GREEN
  4 M iii John GREEN was born in 1753 in Culpepper County, Virginia. He died in 1820 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.
        John married Nancy OPPENCHAIN in 1790. Nancy was born about 1769.
  5 M iv Jesse GREEN was born in 1754 in , , Virginia.

Washington Co., VA Surveys and Deeds
Page 120 - Jesse Green...350 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on the north side of the upper north fork of Clinch River and along the foot of the Stony Mountain...Beginning crossing a valley, at the foot of the Stony Mountain...April 23, 1783 - Jesse Green, assignee of James Hill, assignee of Honeyman, assignee of James Kenedy...400 ac...on the north side of Clinch River includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1776...August 24, 1781
+ 6 M v James GREEN Sr.
  7 M vi Thomas GREEN was born in 1759 in , , Virginia.
+ 8 M vii Zachariah GREEN
+ 9 F viii Sarah GREEN
+ 10 F ix Nancy Susannah GREEN
  11 F x Jemima GREEN was born about 1770.
        Jemima married Benjamin NICHOLSON.

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