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Jeremiah Greene, Sr
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1710
Hunterdon County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 1763
Watauga County
North Carolina, USA

Many Watuaga County natives can trace their ancestry through one line of another to Jeremiah Green of the Jersey Settlement, located in what is now Davidson County, as five of his children settled in this area (Watuaga) after the Revolutionary War.

Jeremiah was one of the younger sons of William Green of the Trenton, New Jersey area, whose story is in Volume I. About 1740, Jeremiah married Hannah, who probably was a Hunt and about ten years later joined the large migration along the 'Great Wagon Road" though Shenandoah Valley, and into North Carolina, drawn by the promise of large amounts of good land at reasonable prices. Some of the New Jersey group purchased land near Poots Creek and Swearing Creek, and early on this area was known as the Jersey Settlement. Jeremiah bought 541 acres of Poots Creek, less than a mile north of present Linwood.

These pioneers quickly set themselves building their homes and getting the land ready for crops. They also formed their "Jersey Church" and by 1755 at least, Benjamin Miller, a Baptist minister, visited and preached there.

A peaceful rural life was soon interrupted as rumors of trouble with the Cherokee Indians spread. The French, motivated by their ongoing feud with the English, finally convinced the Cherokees that the English planned to conquer them and take over the land. As time passed, the Indians were incited to more and more violence. In April of 1759 about twenty-five warriors of Seltico went out on a hunting expedition. They divided into separate parties, and a few days later the real nature of their hunt was known as they killed fifteen settlers on the Catawba and Yakin Rivers. The French continued to goad, and the violence increased, causing many of the alarmed settlers to move out of the area. At least once in 1759, Sergeant Jeremiah Green, with Captain Morgan Bryan's scouts, went out to find and punish the Indians. This "war" came to an end only when British regular troops, combined with a large South Carolina force and assorted scouts destroyed many of the Cherokee towns in 1760 and 1761.

Jeremiah Green died between July and October of 1762. This writer's research leads to the belief that the children of Jeremiah and Hannah were (not necessarily in order of birth): 1-Richard b. ca 1742, married Eleanor or Elender Sullivan. They moved to the mountains about 1790 and owned many acres near present Blowing Rock. Their children were Jeremiah, married Anne Hartley and moved ca 1810 to Hawkins County, Tenn. Richard married Francis. They moved to Tennessee before 1840. John married Elizabeth Coffey and lived in the Globe Area. Eleanor, who perhaps married a Baker and moved to Ohio. Amos b ca 1778, married Elizabeth Searcy. They lived in Rutherford County and the Cherokee County, Georgia where he died in 1857. Joseph, born ca 1782, married Elizabeth Shearer and second, Celia Elrod. He died in 1861, Benjamin, then to Joseph, married Mary Elrod. Isaac b ca 1786, married Susan Gragg. While Richard did not live long enough to apply for a Revolutionary War pension, the records of which are used by many to substantiate ancestor's participation in that war, he probably was also involved. At any rate, he was a militiaman assigned in September 1778 to guard prisoners of war at Salisbury jail.

2-Isaac, probably b ca 1744, married Margaret. Around 1770 Isaac left the Jersey Settlement, returning briefly to sell his share of his father's land to John Ford in 1778.

3-Hannah b 5/5/1746, married first a relative, second Andrew Beard, a well known hat maker of the time in Rowan County, and third Tompkins, with whom she refused to live, creating a stir in the Jersey Church. Hannah died 4/2/1811. Her children were Oliver Green, b 1765, Martha Green, b 1758, married George Reed, Johannah Beard, b 1771, married Able Hunt, Alvis Beard, b 1773, married John Wood, Jeremiah Beard, Josiah Beard, Andrew Beard, married Margaret Smith, and Hannah Beard, married Moses Cox.

4-Mary, who married John Sloan in 1765. Their children were Archibald, married first Rebecca Guy and second Leona Cox. He died in Crawford County, Indiana. John died in Kentucky. Jeremiah married Nancy Jordan. He died in Iredell County. Margaret Mary Anna, b 1780, married David Stewart. She died in Crawford County, Indiana. Mary and John Sloan may have other children.

5-Sarah, who married John Wilson. There has been some confusion about this Wilson family, most of it stemming from a Rowan County marriage bond of Sarah Boone to John Wilson. There were at least three John Wilson's in Rowan County in the latter part of the 18th century. It is not known if they were related. The John Wilson who married Sarah Boone died about 1806-1808. They were married in 1782 and had the following children; Andrew, Boone, James, Zebiah, Samuel, Alford, Spruce, Rebecca, John, Polly, and Henderson. The father of this John Wilson may also have been John, who left a will written 1800, and who died 1801 or 1802.

The John Wilson who married Sarah Green also died ca 1800, and he perhaps was a son of Charles Wilson. John and Sarah Green Wilson's children were Isaac, b ca 1777, married Margaret McCreary in 1795. There is one tradition that he deserted his family and went to Ohio. Margaret died near Trade, Tenn. Boyd, b ca 1779, which may have been named for an uncle, never married and was killed while felling a tree in now Watuaga County. John, b ca 1781-1785, married Mary Fitz. Hiram b 1787, married Nancy Smith. He died in Watuaga County in 1879. Mary b ca 1789-1795, married Levi Heath. They settled just over the line in Johnson County, Tenn. Rachel, b ca 1797, married Brazilla McBride. They lived in Watuaga County.

6-Jeremiah b 1755, married Mary Wiseman. Jeremiah was also a Revolutionary War soldier and his record is mentioned in Volume I. Jeremiah and Mary moved out to now Watuaga County between 1790-1800. He died in 1839 and Mary died in 1840. They are buried in a long neglected family cemetery on a hill near Silverstone. Concentrated research and the process of elimination has led me to believe that Jeremiah and Mary's children were: Isaac b 1776 and married Mary Booth in 1793, They lived between Sands and Moretz Mills, and are buried in the Meat Camp Baptist Church Cemetery. Enoch, b ca 1778, married Elizabeth Booth, a sister of Mary above, and second, in 1811, Lucy Harwood, a widow. I believe this is the same Enoch who died ca 1848 in Bibb County, Georgia. Joanna, b ca 1781, married Reuben Hartley in 1798 and lived in Watuaga County. Jeremiah b 1782, married Katherine Hagaman in 1804. They moved to Buncombe County where he died in 1844. John, b ca 1784, married Hagaman. They moved to Tennessee. He married second Martha between 1850 and 1860. Richard, b ca 1794, married Francis and moved to Tennessee first, and later to Missouri where he died in Dade County in 1869. He married second Joanne Brown in 1866. Jacob, b 1796, married Elizabeth Davis in 1815. They remained in Watuaga County where Jacob was a preacher, as was his son Jacob. Nathan, who married about 1820 and moved or died before 1830. Joseph, b ca 1800-1804, married Nancy about 1828. Joseph died soon after, leaving one son, Joseph, b ca 1820 married Elizabeth Wilson in 1848. Jeremiah and Mary also had two daughters, but I have no information about them.

7-John, b ca 1757, married Hannah Hunt in 1779. They settled in nom Watuaga County about one-half mile from the old Sands Post Office. Their children were Peggy, b 1788 married Jacob Ingram. Richard, b 1790, married Mary Shearer. Daniel b 1793, married Nancy Shearer. Susannah, b 1795, married first Thomas Brown and second Horton. Mary b 1797, married John (Jack) Shearer.

8-Joanna, married first Hugh Silvers and had one child, Hannah, b ca 1778 and married Jacob Reese. Joanna married second Landrine Eggers in 1779. They lived in now Watuaga County and their children were: Mary, b ca 1782, married John Ford. Sarah, b ca 1784, married John Reese. Hugh, b ca 1786, married Sarah Smith. Joanna, b ca 1788, married Valentine Resse. Lydia, b 1791, married James Swift. 
Family links: 
  William Green (1671 - 1722)
  Joanna Burroughs Reeder Green (1667 - 1762)
  Joanna Hunt Greene (1712 - 1762)
  Richard Green (1740 - 1818)*
  Isaac Green (1744 - ____)*
  Stephen Green (1744 - ____)*
  Mary Greene Sloan (1745 - 1836)*
  Hannah Green Baird (1746 - 1811)*
  Johannah Greene Eggers (1751 - 1840)*
  Sarah Green (1752 - 1813)*
  Jeremiah Green (1756 - 1839)*
  John Greene (1757 - 1826)*
  William Green (1702 - 1786)*
  Jeremiah Greene (1710 - 1763)
*Calculated relationship
Note: He is buried in a old abandoned cemetery, it is the Greene Cemetery, in Sugar Grove, Watuga Co., North Carolina, USA
Created by: Greene-Shemwell
Record added: Sep 21, 2009
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Jeremiah Greene, Sr
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