The Greene Family History
England to America: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, western North Carolina and Beyond
From Alexander De Boketon of Old Europe to the New World
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GREENE FAMILY
The GREENE family was a branch of the de la Zouche* family of whom Gibbon, the historian, said that they had the most royal blood and the most strain of royal blood in all Europe. The Greene's at one time were the largest land owners in all England. They were over fifty times descent of Charlemagne (known as 'Charles the Great, King of the Franks and Emperor of the West'), the greatest man of a thousand years.
There were a dozen decents from Alfred the Great and fifty from Wittekind. They had the blood of Irish, Scotch, Saxon, English, and Bohemian Kings; they came from ancient Parthian Emperors long before the time of our Lord Jesus Christ; regular heathens; Russian rulers; French Kings; Constantine the Great; and Basil the Great, the Byzantine Emperor.
Through the Royal Welsh line, they claimed a double infusion of Jewish blood -- one line from Aaron, the first High Priest; the other from King David himself. Queen Victoria of the same blood firmly believed this. A dozen titular saints, a dozen signers of the Magna Charta, and over thirty crusaders were in this descent.
Alexander, a younger son of the de la Zouche family, was given an estate and title as a "Great Baron" by King John of England in 1202 AD. The estate was that of Grene de Boketon. Walter de Boketon, was in the Seventh Crusade in 1244. Walter's son, John Grene de Boketon, died in the next crusade in 1271 leaving a year old son, Thomas, who became Sir Thomas de Grene (married Alice Bottisham). Then came Sir Thomas de Grene (b: c1288) who married Lady Lucy de la Zouche, his relative.
Wittekind's line of descent is as follows:
Wittekind -- the German hero whom Charlemagne conquered and converted to Christianity, and married Princess Geva.
Robert the Strong -- the grandson of Wittekind and Geva. He married Adelaide le Debonnaire, the daughter of Emperor Louis le Debonnaire and granddaughter of Charlemagne.
Hugh -- the King maker of France.
Hugh Capet (his son).
King Robert I.
King Henry I of France -- and through their wives from Emperors of Germany, Czars of Russia, Emperors of Byzantine, the early Saxon Kings and William the Conqueror.
Then eight generations more with the Royal Welsh, Spanish, Irish, and Scotch heirs in their veins to Lady Lucy de la Zouche (b: c1279) who married her relative Sir Thomas de Grene (b: c1288).
They remained in the royal line for several hundred years. Saher de Quincey, Earl of Winchester, and one of the Magna Charta Barons, wrested the Great Charter from King John on the field of Runnymede in June of 1215.
Today's name "Greene" was originally written "de Grene", "de Grean" (sometimes transcribed as "atte Gream") or "Grene" and changed again to simply "Greene" and in America changed again to mostly "Green". It appears that the Greene's assumed their name from an allusion to their principal and beloved manor which was Boketon (now Greene's Norton), in the County of Northampton, England. The place was known for the excellency of its soil, its situation, and its spacious and delightful green. From Buckton, they assumed three bucks for their coat of arms. They were Lords of the Manor and owned many stately castles.
In King Edward the III's reign (1327-1377), Sir Henry Greene (1310-1370) obtained for himself and his heirs the grand of a fair to be held yearly for three days beginning on the vigil of St. John the Baptist. Since that time down to the middle of the nineteenth century this fair was held up on the spacious green which gave name to the Greene family.
In the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), Sir Thomas Greene was warden of Whittlebury Forest, an office which he "held in capite of the King by service of lifting up his hand towards the King yearly on Christmas Day in what place so-ever the King is."
Sir Henry de Greene was the Lord Chief Justice of England, and the ancestor of six Sir Thomas' who succeeded one another on the estate of Northampton without interruption. The last one died in 1506 leaving a daughter, Mathilda or Maude Greene, who married Sir Thomas Parr. Katherine Parr, the daughter of this Sir Thomas Parr and Mathilda or Maude Greene, was the sixth and last Queen of Henry VIII (1509-1547). At her death the estate passed to the Crown, but was restored to the Greene's in 1550 by a grant from Edward VI (1547-1553) who gave it to his uncle, Katherine Parr's brother, Sir Thomas Parr. This Sir Thomas Parr was a Knight of the Garter.
Robert Greene, Gentleman of Bowridge Hill, Gillingham, County of Dorset, England, was taxed on the subsidy rolls of Henry VIII in 1547 and those of Queen Elizabeth in 1558. (REF: papers from Mrs. William B. Smith (30) of DeCatur, Georgia, as given in "A Family Genealogy" by William Henry Beck, III).
The family name of Greene is derived, says Somerby, from possessions held in Northamptonshire as early as the times of King Edward I. In 1320 Sir Thomas de Greene, Lord of Broughton (or Boughton), and Norton, later called "Greene's Norton", succeeded to the estate. His son, Sir Henry de Greene, Lord of Greene's Norton, was Lord Chief Justice in 1353. The tomb of the latter which remains perfect, is ornamented with many shields showing different houses with with he was connected, and conspicuous among them is the coat of arms of his own family.
The mother of Sir Thomas de Greene (Lady Lucy de la Zouche), was a direct descendant of Henry I of France; of Saher (or Saer) de Quincey, Earl of Winchester, one of the twenty-five barons who extorted the Magna Charta from King John; and also of Alfred the Great of England. (REF: "Americans of Royal Descent" by Charles Browning).
*Alexander de Boketon's parents supposedly were:
Geoffrey de la Zouche b:c1126 in Rohan, Brittany, FRANCE and Hawise de Fergant b:c1132 in Rohan, Brittany, FRANCE.
Alan de la Zouche b:c1093 in Rohn, Brittany, FRANCE and Princess of Brittany, Constance Le Gros b:c1110 in Bretagne, Indre, FRANCE (d/o Conan III Le Gros, Earl of Richmond, and Maud Beauclerc, Princess of England. Princess Maud was a granddaughter of William The Conqueror and Matilda de Flanders).
REFERENCES: Taken from paper from Mrs. Frank Graham of Dawson, Georgia; arranged by Miss Mary E. Lathrop, assisted by Mrs. Henry Waterman of Central Falls, Rhode Island; and Mrs. Mary A. Greene of Providence, Rhode Island, as accounted by William Henry Beck, III --- "A Family Genealogy".
PS: Yours truly does not have any of these books or papers at this time. Please don't ask me to expand on this because I just don't have the info. I found some of this info and much, much more at the Shelby Public Library, Cleveland County, North Carolina, in the Genealogy Section during one of my visits. Some has been culled from other researchers at Rootsweb's Worldconnect. An especially good one, though he branches off on another 'line' is titled "From Grow to Adam" by Robert Grow (ID: 2536302).
Also, some of the dates of birth/death are highly suspect as I have found many discrepancies. As I learn more I will up-date here and on-line at my Worldconnect ID "irisheyes" website. For now, even though all this seems to be pretty well documented (except for the dates of birth/death) please remember to take all this with a grain of salt. It is just suppose to be informational, after all, and is subject to change without notice. 8o}
Happy Researching Y'all,
Pamela D. Hudson
GENERATIONS 1 to 12
Descendants of the ancient sovereign rulers, later Dukes of Brittanny,
founded by Conan, ruling in 384. Guetenoch, Viscount of Porhoët living
1026 built castle of Joscelin and was grt-grandfather of Alain, Viscount
of Rohan (Morbihan) ca 1128; Jean I, Viscount of Rohan (d 1395) m 1st
Jeanne of Leon (d 1372), who brought the Lordship of Leon to the Rohans,
giving them first place in the Parlement and Estate of Brittanny, and m
2ndly 1377 Jeanne of Navarre, dau of Jeanne of France, Queen of Navarre
(dau of Louis X, King of France) and Philip III, King of Navarrem, and
had sons by 1st and 2nd. He was succ by his eldest son, Alain VIII,
Viscount of Rohan (d 1429) m Beatrix de Clisson, heiress of County of
Porhoët, and had issue, Alain IX, Viscount of Rohan, Lord of Leon, Count
of Porhoët (d 1461) m 1stly 1407 Marguerite of Brittanny (d 1428), dau of
Jean V, Duke of Brittanny and Jeanne of Navarre; he m 2ndly Marie of
Lorraine-Vaudemont and had issue by 2nd, Jean II, Viscount of Rohan, etc
(d 1516) m 1455/61 Marie of Brittanny, dau of François I, Duke of
Brittanny and Isabelle Stuart, Princess of Scotland, and was eventually
succ through his elder daughter Anne (who m her cousin Pierre de Rohan)
by René I, Viscount of Rohan, who assumed the style Prince of Leon, and
was grandfather of Henry II de Rohan (1579-1638), 1st Duke of Rohan &
Peer of France (Apr 1603, registered 7 Aug 1603), whose elder surv dau
Marguerite (1630-1684), m 1645 Henry Chabot, and were ancestors of the
family of ROHAN-CHABOT, Dukes of Rohan (see that family). Charles de
Rohan, Lord of Guemenée (d 1438), son of Jean I and Jeanne of Navarre
(see above), was gradnfather of Louis II de Rohan, Lord of Guemenée (d
1508), cr Baron of Lanvaux 13 Aug 1485. Louis VI de Rohan, 5th Baron of
Lanvaux, for whom the barony of Montbazon was erected into a County Feb
1547, registered 10 Dec 1549 and the Lordship of Guemenée into a
principality 1570, was father of Louis (d sp 1589) for whom the County of
Montbazon was erected into a Duchy-Peerage by LP May 1588 (mpr),
registered 27 Apr 1589 (in which the family is described as descending
from the first King of Brittanny), confirmed and continued for his
brother Hercules de Rohan by LP Mar 1594, registered 13 Mar 1595 with
precedence from the earlier creation. Title of Prince of Soubise assumed
by right of that Lordship 1667; recognized as "Prince Étranger habitué en
France" during 17th and 18th centuries; Lordship of Frontenay-l'Abbatu in
Saintonge, erected into Duchy-Peerage of Rohan-Rohan, Oct 1714,
registered 18 Dec 1714, extinct 1787; Prince of Rochefort 1728, Count
(styled Prince ca 1743) of Montauban. Count of the French Empire 2 Jul
1808; Recognition in Austria of the title of Fürst (Prince) and
"Hochgeboren" 17 Jun (diploma 27 Nov) 1808 (for 7th Duke, d 1808); Peer
of France (life) 4 June 1814; Hereditary Peer 19 Aug 1815 and Duke-Peer
31 Aug 1817 for 9th Duke of Montbazon Charles (d 24 Apr 1836). Serene
Highness, Austria 24 Dec 1825 (this title extinct in the male line 10 Dec
1846, but renewed for the line of Rohan-Rochefort, Austria 23 Jun 1830,
diploma, Vienna 15 May 1833). Succession to the properties of the Duchy
of Bouillon (but without the sovereign rights thereto) attributed to
Prince Charles-Louis de Rohan-Rochefort, father of Prince Benjamin (see
below), by judgment of the Tribunal of Leipzig 1 Jul 1816, in execution
of decision of Congress of Vienna of 6 Mar 1815 that Bouillon was to be
returned to legitimate heir, this person to be identified by commission
appointed by the Powers with no right of appeal. Sovereignty of Bouillon
accorded to Luxembourg 9 Jun 1815. Decision in favor of Prince Charles de
Rohan was appealed by the descendants of the daughters of the 3rd Duke,
the Duke of Bourbon (Prince of Condé), Princess Louise-Adelaide of
Bourbon-Condé, the Princess of Poix (Duchess of Mouchy), and the Duke of
La Trémoille, & on 4 May 1817 the Grand Duke, King of the Netherlands,
declared this appeal ultra vires, reversing this decision on 19 Jun 1819
in favor of the plaintiffs. On 24 Oct 1821 the Grand Duke conceded
200,000 florins to the Prince de Rohan to follow the substitution of
1696. The Court of Liège found in favour of the appellants 24 Jul 1824,
and confirmed this 16 Nov 1825. [The ancient Sovereign Duchy (titles
assumed by Godfrey of Bouillon, Duke of Upper and Lower Lorraine,
Advocate of the Holy Sepulchre 1100) of Bouillon, had been sold or ceded
to the Bishop of Liège by Godfrey ca 1099; William de La Marck, Constable
of Bouillon, to whom the Bishop of Liège, Duke of Bouillon, mortgaged the
Duchy 21 May 1484, with the failure of the Bishop to redeem the mortgage,
assumed the sovereignty and title of the Duchy; Bouillon captured by the
Emperor 1521 and returned to the Bishop but retaken by France and Robert
II de La Marck's rights reserved in the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis 1529
(La Marck retained Lordships, styled Principalities, of Sedan, Jametz and
Raucourt and a small portion of Bouillon); Robert III (d 1536) and Robert
IV (d 1556), cr Marshal of France, recognized as Dukes of Bouillon in
French LP; Henri de la Tour, Viscount of Turenne (d 1623), m 15 Oct 1591
Charlotte de la Marck, titular Duchess of Bouillon, Princess of Sedan,
etc, she d 8 May 1594 and by her will 8 Apr 1594 the titular Duchy and
other possessions passed to her husband. His rights challenged by the La
Marck male heir and the Duke of Montpensier, but by settlement dated 24
Oct 1594 and French LP 13 Jul 1648 the rivals relinquished their claims
to the La Tour heir in return for financial settlement. Henri, Duke of
Bouillon, accorded the title of Duke of Bouillon à brevet June 2, 1607
and February 29, 1612, and his sons accorded status of Prince Étranger
April 2 1649, October 26 1649 and February 15, 1652. Sedan and Raucourt
surrendered to France in exchange for the Duchy-Peerages of Albret and
Château-Thierry 20 Mar 1651; possession of Bouillon recovered for 3rd
Duke 1 May 1678 who established system of succession by the
"substitution" of 13 Jan 1696 giving rights to certain females and their
descendants after extinction of male line. The 6th Duke of Bouillon
adopted (25 Jun 1791) as his eventual heir Lt Philip d'Auvergne, RN,
whose genealogical proof of attachment to the La Tour d'Auvergne family
was recorded by the English College of Arms and confirmed by royal
license of George III 27 Feb 1792, failing his succession to the male
line of Barons (style Princes) de la Tour d'Apchier (male line extinct
1897, sometime styled Dukes of Bouillon), and La Trémoille (male line
extinct 1934). Bouillon National Assembly published Constitution with
assent of the Duke 23 Mar 1792. Last La Tour Duke deposed by annexation
of Duchy to France 25 Oct 1795, and d sp Feb 1802. Vice-Admiral Philip
d'Auvergne (died by suicide 18 Sep 1816 sp) put in possession of Bouillon
by British troops May 1814 and adopted Prince de La Trémoille, Prince de
Tarente, as his heir (with apparent assent of Bouillonnais); Prince
Charles de Rohan, nephew and nearest relative of the last Duke,
counter-claimed, appealing to Congress of Vienna, see above].
Hereditary member of the Austrian House of Lords 18 Apr 1861. Head of the
House: Duke of Montbazon and Bouillon, Duke-Peer of France, Prince of
Guemenée, prince of Rohan, Serene Highness; cadets, Prince of Princess of
Rohan and Serene Highness.
GENERATION 1. "Gaul-Neustria de Esposyni” Lionel and [--?--]
GENERATION 2. Alain Fitz de Lionel (bastard child of Lionel) and [--?--]
GENERATION 3. “Comte de Bretagne” Froamidus b(c764 AD) and [--?--]
GENERATION 4. “Comte de Bretagne” Frodaldus (b:c800 AD) and Jordan PROBST
GENERATION 5. Nominoë Roi DE BRETAGNE (1st King of Brittany; d: 07 MAR 851 in Vendôme, Loir-et-Cher, Orléanais, France) and "Queen" ARGANTAEL (1st Queen of Brittany)
GENERATION 6. Gurvant Comte de Rennes , Roi de Bretagne (King of France) and “Princess of Brittany" [--?--] de Bretagne (d/o “Prince of Brittany” Erispoë Fils of Nominoë
II DE BRETAGNE and wife “Princess” Marmoec DE POHER)
GENERATION 7. Judicaël Comte de Rennes, Roi de Bretagne (King of France; d: 888 AD) and Duchesse Gerberge de Bretagne
GENERATION 8. Conan I, duc de Bretagne, Maison de Rennes (d: 992 AD in Battle) and Ermangarde D'Anjou
GENERATION 9. “Viscount de Chateautro-en-Porhoet” Guethenoc and [--?--]
GENERATION 10. "Viscount de Porhoet" Josselin I de Rennes and [--?--]
GENERATION 11. “Viscount de Porhoet“ Alan de la ZOUCHE and "Princess of Brittany" Constance Le GROS
GENERATION 12. “Viscount de Porhoet“ Geoffrey de la ZOUCHE and Hawise De FERGANT
My first known "Greene" ancestor is Sir Alexander De Boketon, born Alexander de la Zouche, son of Sir Geoffrey de la Zouche. Alexander was a Knight and the 1st Lord of Boketon. He was born Abt. 1181 in County Northampton, England, which was then part of the new 'Holy Roman Empire*', and died Abt. 1236 in Boughton (aka Boketon), County Northampton, England but what is now Greene's Norton, County Northampton, England. His spouse is presumed to be a Lady Isabelle De Cantilupe, daughter of Sir William De Cantilupe. Sir Alexander De Boketon and Lady Isabelle are my 22nd maternal great grandparents. One of their son's was named Walter De Boketon. This Walter De Boketon is said to have been born Abt. 1200 in County of Northampton, England, and died Abt. 1275 probably also in England. To-date, Walter De Boketon's spouse is unknown.
In the year 1202, the english King John (of Plantagenet line ~1199-1216) bestowed the estate of Boketon (now Boughton) on Sir Alexander De Boketon, a knight in his court. The following year (1203), "Alexander de Boketon recovered the advowson of the Church of St. John the Baptist at Boketon (a seigniorial right of the Lords of Boketon) against Simon de Hecter and Simon de Boketon.
Nothing is certain about Alexander's ancestry. Writers have suggested that he may have been the son of Sir William de Cantilupe, that his mother may have been a de Cantilupe, or, as assumed here, that his wife was the daughter of Sir William de Cantilupe (Baron Abergavenny, Steward, Sheriff of Herefordshire).
(MY NOTE: This statement is no longer true, thanks to the internet and other wonderful researchers, we now know his ancestry!)
In 1202, there were only two titles of nobility: earls and knights. The knights were subdivided into greater and lesser barons. The great barons held their estates from the crown. The lesser barons held their estates as a subdivision from an overlord or great baron. Lord Alexander was a great and wealthy baron, and one of the largest land owners in all of England. He had power over his estate like a petty king. In exchange for the power granted from the king, he had to furnish many men for the king's wars, pay a portion toward the dowry of the princesses, and entertain the king when the king was in his territory. In addition, he had to pay homage to the crown. The Lords de Grene paid homage from 1202 to 1506 "by lifting up his right hand toward the king yearly on Christmas Day, in what place soever the king is." (Halstead's Genealogy, 1585). A household account by the steward of Lord Alexander exists that states that his master's household consisted of 166 persons, including the forbisher who kept the armor bright, the fencing master, harper, priest, bedesman or praying man, the almoner who looked after the poor, and the barner who kept the 24-hour fires in the castle in order. Lord Alexander kept an open table, and fed an average of 57 visitors a day. The knights sat with the Lord at one end of the table, and were served the choicest foods. The retainers and commoners sat "below the salt" and ate coarser victuals, or as we say now, "humble pie."
The Lords de Grene lived in state. They wore rich apparel, belted with a gold or silver girdle to which was attached a purse, rosary, pen, ink horn, set of keys, and an elaborately chased and sheathed dagger. These accoutrements showed their rank. When they rode, they always wore gold spurs, and their armor was brightly polished and magnificent. They wore robes in Parliament, hats and plumes at court and at the king's coronation, and a crimson velvet cap lined with ermine and having a plain gold band. Their servants wore the Greene livery, which was blue laced with gold.
Although they lived in a period of early marriages, the Greene preferred to marry late in life. Nonetheless, they managed to have large families, often more boys than girls. The de Grenes had many purely family superstitions. One of them was their dislike of having a picture made of themselves. Even as late as 1850, some of them would not permit a picture of them to be made.
Boughton (fka Boketon) lies a few miles north of the town of Northampton. It was known as an estate before the Norman Conquest (1088). It contained 1,400 acres of good soil. Boughton Manor remained in the Greene family until about 1700, when it was purchased by Thomas Wentworth, third Lord Stafford. It later passed through other hands. In 1822, it was mostly leveled to the ground and a large new house took its place. To this day, the town of Boughton retains the appearance of an ancient town. A walk through the village revealed that the houses had been carefully modernized so as to not detract from the outward medieval appearance of the buildings. In the rural cemetery was found the ruins of an ancient church, a part of the ivy-covered walls still standing. This may be the location of the original parish church at Boughton, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It stood on the green near a famous spring. As early as the time of Henry VIII, it had begun to fall into decay. By 1785, nothing remained but ruins. There seems to be no description of the interior extant. It contained the tombs of some of the early members of the Greene family.
MY NOTE: According to one researcher, most of our English "Greene" are buried in the now defunct church that resided on their estate: St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery, Greene's Norton, County of Northampshire, England. Whether these graves are still marked or not I have no idea. Also, I may not have any of these English counties correct. Please be sure to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.
Baker, in his History and Antiquities of Northamptonshire presented an account of two of the Greene monuments. One of these bore the arms of Greene and those of allied families of Zouche, Drayton, and Marblethorpe. The other had "a portraiture of a man in a short gowne yt should shew hym a lawyer, having also a s'geant's coyfe. His wyfe also lies in portraiture by him."
On this tomb, at the head, were sculptured the arms of Greene; on the south side they were repeated, and near them the Zouch device; on the north, Greene between Zouch impaling Greene, and Reynes impaling Greene, showing marriages with the daughters of Greene, who were probably here interred. At the foot of the tomb was a shield bearing a fess between six crosses patee, the arms of a family not named by Baker, who remarks that this monument had been erroneously assigned to the Greene who married a Marblethorpe; "but, as the Lord Chief Justice was the only one of the family who attained to legal eminence, and his daughter having married Zouch and Reyes, it may with confidence be applied to him."
* MY NOTE: The 'Holy Roman Empire', in general usage, the designation applied to an amorphour political entity of western Europe, originated by Pope Leo III in 800 A.D., and in nominal existence more or less continuously until 1806. For purposes of historical accuracy, it should be noted that, in its initial stages, the organization was styled 'Empire of the West' and 'Roman Empire'; and that the epithet "Holy" did not appear in the official title until 1155.
Just an interesting bit of history, apparently our ALEXANDER DE LA ZOUCHE, Lord De Boketon b:c1181 was born under the 'Hohenstaufen Dynasty' with first emperor Frederick I reigning at his birth (c1152-1190, crowned 1155), then emperor Henry VI (1190-1197, crowned 1191). After much research and study I've learned that Alexander's great grandfather immigrated to the British Isles (England) during the Norman invasion of 1066 under William The Conquerer. Alexander was of Norman descent also.
SOURCE: Universal Standard Encylclopedia, Vol. 12, Pgs. 4370-4373
Sir Walter de Boketon, Knight and 2nd Lord of Boketon, is one of probably many sons and daughters of Sir Alexander de Boketon and Lady Isabelle De Cantilupe. He was born ABT. 1202 in what is now Boughton (fka Boketon), County Northampton, England and died ABT. 1275 in Boughton, County Northampton, England. Sir Walter is presumed to be buried in the family cemetery of St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Greenes Norton, County Northampshire, England, along with many other family members. Sir Walter's wife is currently unknown. He did have at least one brother named Alexander de Boketon who was born Abt. 1235. Whether this Alexander lived to marry and if there are any descendants is currently unknown by me. This Alexander might have also assumed another surname via a title bestowed on him.
Sir Walter de Boketon was probably in the Sixth Crusade. He is listed in the old roles of the 20th and 45th years of Henry III (1235 and 1260), and the second year of Edward I (1274). He did serve during the Seventh Crusade during the oppression of the Catholic Church. The second baron of the line, as listed in old rolls of the twentieth year of Henry III (1236) and the forty-fifth year of the same king (1261) was Sir Walter de Boketon, son of Lord Alexander de Boketon, who was a Crusader in the seventh Crusade. He is again listed in the roll of the
seventh year of Edward II (1214), and the name of his son, John de Grene de Boketon, is given at the same time.
My descendancy continues through Walter's known son Sir John Grene De Boketon, Knight and 3rd Lord of Boketon, who was born Abt. 1232 in Boughton, County of Northampton, England, and died in 1271 during the Eighth Crusade in Palestine. This Sir John Grene De Boketon was the first of my ancestor's to use the name "Grene de Boketon". Grene is the original spelling and continued to be so well into the late 1500's. Almost all documents seen thus far the name is spelled "Grene". When Prince Edward set forth on the last crusade of the 'Holy War' in 1270, Sir John Grene de Boketon was of the rank, position, and age that entitled him to accompany the prince into battle. During this crusade, the prince and Sir John became close friends until Sir John died in Palestine, leaving an infant son, Thomas, in England. When Prince Edward became King Edward I in 1272, he bestowed the title of Lord on the infant child, Thomas, in honor of the gallant service and friendship of Sir John.
Following the death of Lord Walter de Grene, the properties Sr John Grene de Boketon would have inherited were held in trust by William de Nutricilla, Abbot of St. Wondergisile until Thomas reached legal age.
Sir John Grene de Boketon, is recorded in the seventh year of Edward I (1274) and as late as the seventh year of Edward II (1313). These notations do not necessarily mean he was alive then, since according to English law, the properties held in trust were carried in the rolls in the name of the father even though he be deceased. This John's wife is unknown at this time. This Sir John Grene de Boketon left an infant son, Sir Thomas Grene De Boketon and a wife. Sir John Grene De Boketon and his wife are my maternal 20th great grandparents.
Sir Thomas de Grene was the son of Sir John Grene de Boketon and unknown wife. He was the first to drop the "de Boketon" and was the 4th Lord of Boketon, born Abt. 1260 in Boughton, County of Northampton, England. Sir Thomas married Lady Alice Bottisham born Abt. 1264 in Braunston, County Northampton, England, daughter of Thomas Bottisham. Following the death of Lord Walter de Grene, the properties Sir John de Grene would have inherited were held in trust by William de Nutricilla, Abbot of St. Wondergisile until Thomas reached legal age. "Halstead's Genealogies" notes that Sir Thomas appears in an ancient catalogue of knights who accompanied King Edward I in the first expedition against the Scots in 1294. He was living in 1319 according to the role of the 13th year of Edward II.
We know of at least one child of this couple: Thomas de Grene b:c1288. I believe they have at least one or more sons according to the 1334 Tax Lists (aka Subsidy Roll) that I found at the Kent Archaeology web site. There is a Geoffrey de Grean, a Nicholas de Grean and also a Roger de Grene. Roger de Grene was deceased by 1334 because "Roger's widow" paid taxes for their estate in Aylesford for the tax year of 1334. These gentleman and other young ladies may have been Sir Thomas' children or brothers and sisters.
Sir Thomas De Grene and Lady Alice Bottisham are my 19th maternal great grandparents.
Their son, Sir Thomas de Grene, Knight and 5th Lord of Broughton, was born Abt. 1288 in Boughton, County Northampton, England and died Abt. 1352. He married a cousin, Lady Lucy De La Zouche, on October 23, 1297 County Northamptonshire, England. She was born Abt. 1279 in Harringworth, County Northamptonshire, England, daughter of Lord Eudo La Zouche and Lady Millicent De Cantilupe. She and her parents were also of Royal descent.
1330 to 1332 Sir Thomas was High Sheriff of Northampton. In 1334 he was listed in the "Men of the Liberty of the Cinque Ports" (given tax exempt status by the Crown). 1334 he was also counted in the Lathe of Eyllesford (Aylesford), Hundred of Hoo. 1336 to 1343 Sir Thomas was a Member of Parliament at Northamptonshire, England.
Sir Thomas and Lady Lucy are my maternal 18th great grandparents.
The De La Zouche and Greene Royal Descent
1. Alfred the Great, King of England (871 - 901 AD).
2. Edward the Elder, King of England (901 - 925 AD).
3. Henry I, Count de Vermandois (1005 - 1060 AD) France -- married Anna.
4. Herbert, Fourth Count de Vermandois (1097 AD) France -- married Lady Adelaide of Valois.
5. Hugh the Great, Count de Vermandois (1120 AD) France -- Commander of the Crusade -- married Lady Adelaide.
6. Lady Isabel de Vermandois (1085 - 1131 AD) France to England -- married Robert de Beaumont Abt. 1096, first Earl of Leister, England, who died in 1118 AD.
7. Robert de Beaumont, Second Earl of Leister, Lord Justice of England (1104 - ?? AD) -- married Amicia de Guade or de Gael.
8. Robert de Beaumont, Third Earl of Leister, Stewart of England (1121 - 1190 AD) -- married the Countess Petronella Greatemesnil.
9. Margaret de Beaumont (1156 - 1235 AD) -- married Saher de Quincey, Earl of Winchester (1150 - 1219 AD).
10. Robert de Quincey, Second Earl of Winchester (??? - 1264 AD) -- married Helen McDonald.
11. Lady Eline de Quincey (??? - 1269 AD) -- married Sir Allen, Baron de la Zouche.
12. Lord Eudo de la Zouche -- married Lady Millicent Cantilupo.
13. Lady Lucy de la Zouche -- married a cousin Sir Thomas de Grene (born 1292 AD).
14. Sir Thomas de Grene, Lord of Boughton.
15. Sir Henry de Grene, Lord of Broughton, Chief Justice of England (1353 AD) -- married Lady Catherine de Drayton.
16. Sir Henry de Grene, Lord of Greene Norton.
17. Sir John de Grene, Lord of Drayton -- married Margaret Greene (a cousin).
18. Sir Robert de Greene, Gentleman of Bowridge Hill, Gillingham, England.
19. Sir Richard Greene, of Bowridge Hill, died in May of 1608, married Joan Converse, d/o William Convers.
20. Richard Greene (The Younger) -- married Mary Hooker, daughter of John Hooker, member of Parliament from Exeter, England. Richard Greene died in 1660 AD.
MY NOTE: I found quite a bit more information on this family, try the LDS search site, Pedigree Resource File Submission # 2358696-0106104150834 .
Sir Henry de Grene, Knight and 6th Lord of Boketon, born 1310, died 1370 in Greene's Norton, County Northampshire, England. In 1335 Boughton, County Dorset, England, Henry married Lady Katherine De Drayton, d/o Sir John De Drayton and Lady Phillippa D' Arderne. She was born 1314 in Broughton, County Dorset, England; died 1369 in Greene's Norton, County Northampshire, England. Both are buried in the family cemetery in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Greenes Norton, County Northampshire, England.
Sir Henry De Grene was Chief Justice of England (Bet. May 24, 1361 - October 28, 1365), Speaker of the House of Lords in two Parliaments (1363-1364). Abt. 1340 he received from Thomas de Boketon and his wife Joanna the manors of Brampton and Boketon. In 1359 he purchased Norton Davey for 20 shillings and gave it the name of "Greene's Norton".
Sir Henry and Lady Katherine had at least five known children: Agnes Margaret de Grene (m. William La Zouche); Lord Thomas de Grene (m. Lady Margery Isabella Marblethorne); Henry de Grene (m. Matilda De Mauduit); Amabilia de Grene (she m. 1st Ralph Reynes; 2nd John Chetwoode); and Sir Walter de Grene (b:c1360, m. unknown).
My direct decendancy continues through son Sir Henry de Grene, Lord of Drayton born 1352, died September 02, 1399 all in Greene's Norton, County Northampshire, England. In Abt. 1368 in the County Wiltshire, England, Sir Henry married Lady Matilda De Mauduit, d/o Sir Thomas De Mauduit and Lady Joan Bassingbourne. Matilda was born Abt. 1354 in Westminster, County Wiltshire, England. They are both supposedly buried in the family cemetery St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
Sir Henry and Lady Matilda were known to have at least seven children, one of which was my Sir Thomas De Grene, Lord of Isham, born 1373. Other known children are: Ralph "Lord of Greene's Norton" b:c1369 (m. Catherine Malorie); John b:c1371 (m. Alice de Plumpton); Henry b:c1375 (m. Margaret de Grey, a widow of John Wittilbury); Eleanor b:c1377 (m. John Fitzwilliam, "Lord of Sprotbrough"); Elizabeth b:c1379 (m. Thomas Cotton); and Mary de Grene b:c1381 (m. Geoffrey or Jeffrey Luttrell of Hooton Pagnel, County Yorkshire).
Sir Thomas de Grene, Knight and Lord of Isham, was born 1373 in Greene's Norton, County Northampshire, England, and died December 14, 1417 in Greene's Norton, County Northampshire, England. He married Ela (Mallory) Malorie Abt. 1405 probably in Gillingham, County Dorset. Her father was Ankatil Malorie. Her full name could have been "Eleanor". To-date I only know of their one son John de Grene.
Sir John Grene, Knight and Lord of Drayton, was born Abt. 1408 in Greene's Norton, County Northampshire, England, and died 1486 in Drayton near Gillingham, County Dorset, ENGLAND. Sir John also married a "Gillingham Greene" cousin Mary Margaret Grene born Abt. 1408 in Bridgenorth, County Shropshire, England. She was the daughter of Sir Walter De Grene and 2nd wife Lady Elizabeth Warner. (Note: Sir Walter was the son of Sir Walter b:c1360, and grandson of above Sir Henry de Grene and wife Lady Katherine de Drayton.) This is when my line of the family started living mostly in Gillingham, County Dorset, England. Sir Walter and 2nd wife Lady Elizabeth also had at least one son Walter who was born Abt. 1403 in Bridgenorth, County Shropshire, England. The date of his death is unknown to me. There may have been other children by Sir Walter and Lady Elizabeth. Sir Walter and 1st wife Miss unknown de Sancto Ivone (b:1370-d:1400, d/o Adam de Sancto Ivone) are said to be buried at the Hayes Church, County Shropshire, England. Lady Elizabeth is buried at the Abbey Church, County Bermondsey, England.
Sir John is buried at the family church Saint Mary the Virgin Parish Church Cemetery, Gillingham, County Dorset, England. Lady Mary Margaret, wife of Sir John, is buried Monken Hadley Chapel, London, County Middlesex, England.
About Dorset County in England: "Dorset, maritime County, on south coast of England; is bounded north by Somerset and Wilts, east by Hants, south by the English Channel, and west by Devon; length, east and west, 52 miles; breadth, north and south, 37 miles; coastline, 75 miles; area, 627,265 acres; population 191,028. The main features of the coast are Poole Harbour, St Alban's Head, and the singular projection called the Isle of Portland. The principal streams are the Stour and the Frome. Great part of the county is traversed by the two ranges of chalk hills called the North and South Downs, and the soil consists mainly of chalk, gravel, and sand, but is very fertile in the valleys. Wheat and barley are grown in the west and north. Immense flocks of sheep are pastured on the Downs. Dairy farms are generally large, and dairy husbandry is carried to a very high point of perfection. The only mineral of any importance is Portland stone, quarried in the Isle of Portland. There are manufactures, to some extent, of sailcloth, sacking, nets, paper, silk, &c., with malting and brewing, and iron-founding. The fisheries, especially of mackerel, are considerable, and ships and yachts are built at Poole." [Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887]
Saint Mary the Virgin Church and Cemetery
This map and the above excellent description is courtesy of the web site "UK & Ireland Genealogy". They explain each county with a map. Very nicely done and quite helpful!
Photo found at Kent Archaeology
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Sir Robert Grene, Knight, Gentleman and Lord of Bowridge Hall, was born Bet. 1421 - 1442 in Bowridge Hall, Gillingham, County Dorset, England, and probably died there. His spouse is currently unknown but someone said her first name might be Elizabeth. Sir Robert Greene and wife are my maternal 13th great grandparents.
Sir Robert Grene, son of above Sir Robert Grene and unknown wife, was born Abt. 1500 in Bowridge Hall, Gillingham, County Dorset, and also probably died there Abt. 1558. His wife was Elizabeth Worgg*. She was born Abt. 1503 in Gillingham. Her parents are currently unknown. Both are presumed to be buried in that family cemetery of Saint Mary the Virgin Parish Church Cemetery, Gillingham, County Dorset, England. This couple had at least 5 children: Peter b:c1526 (m. Joan); Richard "of Stanfford Ryvera" b:c1527 (my ancestor, m. Joan Converse); Alice b:c1531 (m. Mr. Small); Annie b:c1533 (m. Roger Capps); and John b:c1534 d:c1562 (bur. Saint Mary the Virgin).
*Source: I learned Elizabeth's maiden name from Mrs. Anna C. Rime, Frenchtown, Montana. Thank you Anna!
Richard "of Stanfford Ryvera" Grene was born Abt. 1527, and died May 03, 1608 all in Bowridge Hall, Gillingham, County Dorset, England. In 1550 Richard married Joan Converse, d/o William*, in East Bridford, County Nottingham, England. Joan was born Abt. 1534 in County Essex, England, and died Bet. 1574-1606. Richard and Joan are buried in the family cemetery of Saint Mary the Virgin Parish Church Cemetery. This couple had at least 8 children: Richard "Lord of Bowridge Hall" b:c1550 (my ancestor, m. Mary Hooker); Robert b:c1552; Peter "of Surry" b:c1558; Katherine b:c1560 (m. Mr. Turner); Agnes b:c1561; John "of Bridgeford" b:c1570; and Mary b:c1574.
In 1545, this Sir Richard Grene appears in the Rolls of the Exchequer.
This Richard GRENE and Joan CONVERSE are my maternal 11th great grandparents.
*I found a transcription of William Convers' (no "E" in his surname) 1555 Will on-line! It names his married "daughter Joan Grene" and also names "Rycharde Grene" as "Overseer" of his Will and goods. Converse Genealogy
Sir Richard Greene, Knight and Lord of Bowridge Hall, is sometimes called "Richard Greene, The Younger (Junior).", is the next in my line. Sir Richard was born 1550 and died August 22, 1660 all in Bowridge Hall. He was a member of Parliament from Exeter. He married Mary Hooker, daughter of John Hooker and Alice Powell, in 1587 Salisbury, County Wiltshire, England. She was born August 16, 1567 in Salisbury, County Wiltshire, England, and died sometime Aft. 1617 probably in Bowridge Hall, Gillingham, County Dorset. Both are buried in the family cemetery of Saint Mary the Virgin Parish Church Cemetery.
This couple had at least eleven children: Peterb:c1585 (m. Joan); Richard b:c1585 (m. Agnes); Robert b:c1587; Rebecca b:c1592 (m. Mr. Downton); Mary b:c1594; Robert(?) b:c1595; Anne b:August 1595 (1st m. Giles Stagg, 2nd m. John Peche); Rachel b:c1596 (m. Richard Perne); John "the Surgeon" (my ancestor); Thomas b: May 18, 1599 d: August 15, 1599; and an unknown daughter born 1600.
A little about JOHN HOOKER, father of Mary Hooker who married Richard GREENE:
The mother of the surgeon John Greene (1597-1659), Mary Hooker (1567-???), was the daughter of John & Alice Powell Hooker (alias Vowell). John Hooker who was born at Exeter, England, about 1524, his father, Robert Hooker, having been mayor of that city in 1520. John Hooker's parents died when he was about ten years old. His early education was acquired under Dr. Moseman, Vicar of Menhussin in Cornwall, and he afterward studied law at Oxford. Later he traveled in Germany and resided some time in Cologne and Strasburg, where he was the guest of Peter Martyne and attended the divinity lectures of that learned Reformer. He returned to England and after a short stay went to France, intending to extend his travels to Spain and Italy, but was prevented by the war. Returning to his native country he settled in Exeter, and was chosen first chamberlain of that city, 1555. He devoted himself after this to the study of history and antiquities. In 1568 was a member of the Irish Parliament, and in 1571 was one of the members of the English Parliament from Exeter (Wood). Price says he died 1601 (?), when about eighty years of age, and was buried in Exeter Cathedral, but had no monument. He was the author of several works, among them: "State of Ireland and Order of keeping a Parliament in that Country," the same being found in the British Museum under title, "Order and Usage of keeping Parliament in England" (MS. Harl., II73, vol. I9). (From History of Devonshire, by Rev. Thomas Moore, vol. ii. p. I 25)
John Hooker was uncle to the celebrated divine, Richard Hooker, Rector of Bascombe, County Wilts, 1591, and Prebendary of Sarum. John Greene removed early to Sarum (Salisbury), the county town of Wiltshire, (2) [IT:(2)((Leland's Itinerary (pp. 7-8, 31)gives the following: 'The city of Old Saresbyri standing on a hill is distant from the New a mile by north weste and d is incompace half a mile and mo. This city has been ancient and exceeding strong but syns the building of New Saresbyri it went totally to ruin. . . . In times of civil wars--insomuch as the castellanes of Old Saresbyri and the chanons could not agree, whereupon the bishop and they consulting together at the last began a church on their own proper soyle and then the people resorted strangers to New Saresbyrie and builded there and in continuance were a great number of the houses of old Saresbyri pulled down and set up at New Saresbyri."
Thomas's Church was built as a Chapel of Ease to the Cathedral by Bishop Bingham in the Year (?). It was dedicated to St. Thomas of Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was martyred in the reign of King Henry II., and is said to be in some respects more beautiful than the Cathedral.
John Greene (Feb 09, 1597-Jan 07, 1659) and Joanne Tattershall are my maternal 9th great grandparents. This is a sketching of the Tattershall Coat Of Arms found in England. My direct lineage is then via his first son John GREENE "of Warwick" who was born August 15, 1620 in Salisbury, County Wiltshire, England, and died November 27, 1708 in Kingstown, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island USA, and his wife Ann (or Agnes, Annis) ALMY, d/o William Lynn ALMY and Audrey BARLOWE.
John Greene (1597-1659), aka John "the Surgeon" Greene was the first of my Green ancestors to come to America. He was the fourth son of Richard and Mary Hooker Greene of Bowridge Hill, Gillingham, County Dorset, England. John Greene was born September 9, 1597 in Bowridge Hill, Gillingham, County Dorset, England; died in January of 1659 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island, in the America's; married first in November 04, 1619 at St. Thomas Church, Salisbury, County Wiltshire, England, to Joanne Tattershall, daughter of Richard Tattershall and wife Margaret Fox. John Greene (1597-1659) was the Surgeon of Salisbury, County Wilkes, England. One page 234 of "A Family Genealogy" by William Henry Beck, III, is the following account of JOHN GREENE (1590-1659):
"JOHN GREENE (1597-1659), the pioneer in this country, with his wife and children, sailed from Southampton (England) on April 16, 1635, on the ship JAMES and landed in Boston, Massachusetts on June 3, 1635. They settled in Salem but were driven out by religious persecutions, and soon after went to Providence (Rhode Island). Here he was one of the twelve to who Roger Williams conveyed land in his 'initial deed', thusly called because the men are mentioned only by their initials, and one of the twelve original members of the first Baptist Church in Providence. He was of the party who with Samuel Gorton purchased Shawomet, later called Warwick (Rhode Island), from the Indians. His is the only name of a white man signed as a witness to the deed. His own plot, called Occupassnatuxet, more commonly known as Pastuxet, remained in the family until 1782, when it was bought by Governor John Francis, whose heirs are still in possession.
In August 1637, he was accused of having spoken contemptuously against magistrates and stood 'bound in a 100 marks to appear at the next Quarter Court', by order of the Massachusetts authorities.
In September following, for the same offense, he was fined $20.00 and was to be committed until the fine was paid, and enjoined not to come into the jurisdiction of Massachusetts upon pain of fine or imprisonment at the pleasure of the Court. A few months later the same court of Massachusetts received a letter from Greene with which he charged the court with usurping the power of Christ over churches and men's consciences. The court again ordered him not to come into their jurisdiction under pain of imprisonment and further censure.
In 1643 came the summons to the Warwick men to appear in Boston to answer to the complaints of Pomham and Soconoco, 'as to some unjust and injurious dealing toward them by yourself'. Then soldiers were sent to bring them by force to Boston, after the accused refused to go, declaring they were legal subjects of the King of England, and beyond the limits of Massachusetts authority. On their arrival, there was a parley during which the officers declared that the Warwick settlers 'held blasphemous errors of which they must repent' or go to Boston for trial. Greene escaped capture but was banished like the rest.
Apparently Mrs. Joanne "Joan" Tattershall Greene did not die at sea in 1635 as has been recorded by others. Joan sought refuge with the Indians in the area called Occupassnatuxet (aka Pastuxet, now Warwick), Rhode Island, from the Massachusetts authorities in 1643. The event was so trying that she died there from shock.
After Joanne's death in 1643, John Greene returned to England and remarried twice. First to Alice Daniels of Gillingham on May 08, 1644 Gillingham, County Dorset, England, who died soon after marriage. Then to Phillippa "Phillis" Arnold of London on October 20, 1645 in London, County Middlesex. Three years later, however, when he, 3rd wife Phillippa, and Samuel Gorton returned from England, he had the satisfaction of landing in Boston, justified by the King of England.
Like others of this company of Shawomet settlers, Greene held responsible positions under the charter and was magistrate, assistant member of the town council, representative in the assembly, and commissioner from 1654 to 1657.
John Greene died in Warwick, Rhode Island in January of 1659."
"REF.: -- COLONIAL FAMILY OF AMERICA by McKenzie. Volumes I and 2, Pages 209 and 198." Paper arranged by Miss Mary A. Greene, Providence, Rhode Island USA.
My Notes About JOHN GREENE and JOANNE TATTERSHALL from "The Greene Family and it's Branches"; by Lora S. LaMance; Mayflower Publishing Company, Floral Park, New York, 1904, p 47,48. (I am now told that her work is highly suspect and mostly fictitious. Please take all her information with a grain of salt.)
"John Greene, the Surgeon"
John Greene (1597-1659) emigrated from Salisbury, County Wiltshire, England to Salem, Massachusetts, on board the ship "James" 3 June 1635, a surgeon. He followed Roger Williams to Rhode Island in 1637 and was one of the original proprietors of Providence, Rhode Island. With Samuel Gorton he was one of the founders of Warwick, Rhode Island in 1643. He was a commissioner to England in 1644 when England granted Rhode Island it's first charter. In 1652 Surgeon John Greene came from Salisbury, England in the next company following Roger Williams and with his wife settled in Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, where the Warwick branch of the Greene family was founded.
JOHN GREENE (1597-1659), surgeon, the progenitor of the Warwick Greenes, was the son of Richard and Mary (Hooker) Greene, and was born on his father's estate at Bowridge Hall in the parish of Gillingham, County Dorset, England. about 1590. ' Though not so recorded, dates before and after him would seem to determine this is the year of his birth.(1)
My next ancestor is James Greene "of Potowomut" (1626-1698), son of John and Joanne Tattershall Greene. He married Elizabeth Anthony, daughter of Joseph Anthony and wife Susanna Potter. James Greene and Elizabeth Anthony Greene are my biological maternal 8th great grandparents.
A SPECIAL NOTE: There were two JOHN GREENE's who immigrated to Rhode Island at the same time in the 1600's. One is known as John Greene "of Quidnessett". He was born Abt. 1606 in Gillingham, County Dorset, England, and is known to be the son of Robert Greene (b: 1580, who was the s/o Henry Greene) and unknown wife. John "of Quidnessett" married Mrs. Joan "Jane" Beggerly, a widow. The other is known as John Greene "of Warwick" who married Ann Almay or Almy. This John "of Warwick" is the brother of my James Greene "of Potowomut" mentioned here. John "of Quidnessett" and John "of Warwick" are 2nd cousins.
James Greene "of Potowomut", was baptized at St. Thomas' Church, Salisbury, England, June 21, 1626, and came with his parents to New England in 1635. He was made freeman of Warwick and Providence Plantations in 1647. He resided at Old Warwick on the main street on the southerly side, where the graveyard is now located in which he and some of his family are buried. He was on the 'Roule of ye Freemen of ye Colonie of everie Town' in 1665 and was Town Clerk, May 16, 1661. He was 'an excellent penman of the old English text.' He was a member of the General Assembly of the Colony, being Commissioner under the first charter, and Deputy and Assistant under the second (1663), for ten years, between 1660 and 1675. He was considered 'a man of much practical sagacity.' He does not appear to have been in public life after the Indian war (1675-1676), when his house, with all others in Warwick, except the "Stone Castle," was burned to the ground. When the message from the General Assembly advising the people of Warwick of danger was received, he fled to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where the father of his second wife, John Anthony, resided. He remained for some years at "Hunting Swamp," but in 1684, having made purchases of Warwick land (6) (Warwick Records. 1664, 1st Book of Marriages. Warwick Records, Land Ev., p. 12: "15 Oct. 1682 Thomas Stafford of Warwick sells to James Greene of Hunting Swamp Portsmouth for 5f all his lands in Warwick, purchased by the inhabitants of Warwick which deed stands recorded in Warwick.'') he removed to Potowomut where was an ancient mill, and built his house on the hill near the west bank of the river, overlooking the beautiful lake which furnished the water power for the forge which his grandsons (sons of Jabez) established for making anchors and other forms of ironwork. This became a notable industry in colonial times and in the early days of there public. The interests of the forge" were enhanced by the revival of business after peace existed between England and her emancipated colonies, and this became the pioneer of the more extensive works on Pawtuxet River, near the western border of Warwick, known as 'the Forge.'" The place at Potowomut where James Greene resided until his death, was the birthplace of his great-grandson, the highly distinguished Major General Nathaniel Greene of the Revolutionary Army, and the residence of his descendants for more than two hundred years. He died "at his mansion in Potowomut," April 27, 1698, in the seventy-second year of his age, and was buried at the Old Warwick burial-ground, under an altar-tomb with the inscription still in a good state of preservation, on his original house lot of six acres granted by the proprietors of Warwick, 1647, when he had attained his majority. This lot was located on the main street, the second lot north easterly from the road leading to Warwick Neck. The burial-ground and lot descended to his eldest son, James, whose descendants have been buried there to the present generation.
The estate in Old Warwick has within a few years been sold out of the Greene family, but they still retain ownership of this ancient and historic burying-ground located near the site of the "Stone Castle." In recent years much has been done to preserve the history of the family records, memorial stones having been erected by Rufus W. Greene and Benjamin Greene Arnold, containing records of the Greene ancestors dating back to John Greene of Salisbury, England. And thus they will passed on to coming generations, who will gratefully appreciate the fore thought which has preserved them, and the resting place of their ancestors.
GENERATIONS 28 to 37
Most of my branch of the GREEN family then slowly began to migrate out of the New England area into the Carolina's as new lands opened up and opportunities for success were plentiful. Some of them migrated even further south into the new land of Georgia and Alabama. My direct lineage continues briefly as follows:
GENERATION 28. John GREENE (b: September 30, 1685 RI d: December 03, 1757 RI) and Mary Increase ALLEN, d/o Increase ALLEN.
GENERATION 29. Capt. Joseph GREENE (b: February 18, 1726 RI d: Abt. 1771 NC) and Mary McENTIRE, d/o Alexander McINTIRE.
GENERATION 30. Jacob GREENE (b: c1769 SC d: April 03, 1787 SC) and Frances Sara "Fanny" EAKER, d/o Hans Peter EAKER.
GENERATION 31. Joseph Nathaniel GREENE (b: January 04, 1791 SC d: Bet. 1840-1850 possibly Rutherford Co, NC) and Margaret GRAHAM.
GENERATION 32. William GREEN, C.S.A. (b: May 25, 1820 Rutherford Co, NC d: 1862 in Strawberry Plains, TN) and Catherine "Kate" ROGERS (aka Katherine), d/o Isaac RODGERS. They are my biological great great great grandparents.
GENERATION 33. Mary Jane "Jane" GREEN (b: c1845 Rutherford Co, NC d: 1914-1920 western NC) and unknown male. Jane never married. These folks are my biological great great grandparents.
GENERATION 34. Eliza Jane "Liza" GREEN (b: August 04, 1879 Oconaluftee (Oconee Lufty Township), Swain County, NC d: January 01, 1965 FL) and General Gates McMAHAN. My great grandparents.
GENERATION 35. George Baxter McMAHAN and Bessie Estelle MOORE. George & Bessie are my maternal biological grandparents.
GENERATION 36. Marian Estelle "Mary" McMAHAN and possibly David Ronald "Ronnie" KEITH. Mary & Ronnie are my biological mother and father.
GENERATION 37. Down to lil' 'ol me, the adopted child of Donald Willard ACKMAN and Helen Mae KOETHE.
And that's how I'm connected to this fascinating and very interesting GREENE family of England, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina .... and beyond! 8o}
OTHER INTERESTING NORTH CAROLINA and/or GREENE HISTORY WEBSITES:
Descendants of Sir Alexander de Greene de Boketon and Ancestors of Owen Clyde Green ~ by David Finster
Genealogy of the Princes of Rohan ~ by European Royal Houses
Battle of Kings Mountain ~ October 7, 1780 - Near the North & South Carolina Border
Old Tryon County, North Carolina and Upper South Carolina ~ W. D. "Bill" Floyd: Marriages of Rutherford Co, NC (complete), Tombstone Inscriptions, Etc. This is an extremely well done site!! His postings have helped me tremendously! 8o} (Sadly, this site is now off-line. Try Rootsweb to access all his hardwork. God bless him!)
Map of Greene's Norton ~ Location of Greene's Norton in Great Britian.
Mark & Mariah's Family Tree
Painted Hills ~ by Maxson Frederick Greene. His family line branches off from ours (they migrated to New York), but his research has contributed a great deal of the info found here.
How To Contact Us
De GREENE de BOKETON Family History ~ From 1181 England to Present Day America
GREEN(E) Articles In North Carolina ~ Newspaper articles, etc. concerning Greene in Old Tryon County area (western NC, upper SC).
GREEN(E) Bastardy Bonds In North Carolina ~ NEW as of 14 Dec 2004!! Selected Counties.
GREEN(E) Marriages In Georgia ~ NEW as of 08 August 2005!! All Counties, Various Years and Resources
GREEN(E) Marriages In Western North Carolina ~ Counties: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Macon, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain and Yancey.
Church of Saint Bartholomew, Greens Norton, Towcester ~ Some brief historical notes for the use of visitors. COMPILED BY THE RECTOR THE REVD. CANON J. F. WRANGHAM HARDY, M.B.E., T.D., Honorary Chaplain to The Queen ~ A gift from Lynda Cook (captcook32 AT gmail.com) NEW! 2012
My GREEN Family Genealogy ~ My Own Personal Lineage To Current Day.