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Ruben Broyles Green
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Birth: Oct. 28, 1817
Death: Oct. 6, 1913

Green Reuben B.
One of Missouri's Grand Old Men

Mr. Reuben B. Green died at 10:20 o'clock on the evening of Monday, Ocotober 6, 1913, at the home of his son, Ira Green, seven miles south west of Polo, Mo., in Knoxville Township, Ray County.

The Missourian herewith prints this life sketch based on a biography written by Laura Arnote, a grand-daughter of Mr. Green and one of Ray County's finest young women.

In this day and age of the world not many folks are pemitted to reach the ripe old age of four score and ten and six years--but Mr. Reuben Broils Green lacked only 21 days of being Ninety Six years of age when he breathed his last on Monday evening.

"Uncle Reuben" (as he is familiarly called by his great number of friends) was born Oct. 28, 1817, near Jonesboro, Washington County, east Tennessee.

He was the son of Ira and Mary Broils Green, and he was given the name of his grandfather, Reuben Broils.

Uncle Reuben was the last survivor of his father's family of nine children whose names were as follows: Roxana, Alexander, Newton, Reuben, Susan, Henry, Adam, Amanda and Jane.

He came of strong, sturdy, energetic, courageous ancestors, as one example, his grandmother Green, rode on horseback all the way from extreme east Tennessee to Lafayette County, Missouri, in 1830, when she was 80 years old.

He remembered of often hearing his father tell of his experiences in the Indian Wars, and of a narrow escape at one time from an Indian--hiding behind a tree as a refuge.

He spent his early years in east Tennessee, but, when a young man in 1840 he made a trip to South Missouri where he spent four years working at mills and lumber business along White River.

He returned to his old home in Tennessee where he was engaged in many kinds of labor, but principally farming and carpenter work.

In April, 1847, he was married to Susan Garber, an industrious little neighbor girl of sixteen summers. She was born July 1, 1830, in Virginia and she was the oldest daughter of Solomon and Nancy (Staufer) Garber. Her father was a minister of the Brethren or Dunkard Church and departed this life in 1854 in Tennessee. Her mother lived to a good old age and spent her late years in her home in Missouri.

Uncle Reuben, together with his wife and three children, came to Ray County in the spring of 1853. He built his own flat boat which they lauched at the mouth of Limestone. They floated down the river to Paducah where they took the steamboat, transferring again at St. Louis. Joel Garber, his wife's brother, accompanied them on the trip. They were more than a month on the way and had many interesting experiences. They landed at Lexington, Mo., and came up to north Ray to relatives and friends.

Uncle Reuben settled on a farm 2 1/2 miles north west of Knoxville where he ever afterward resided until the death of his wife, 6 years ago, when he went to live with his youngest son, Ira, whose home is near the old home place. He bought the farm of Uncle Isaac Leabo at that early date for $8.00 per acre and afterward entered two government forties. He has since purchased land, from time to time, giving each of his children a good farm.

He made two subsequent trips back to east Tennessee to visit relatives. He served in militia three months during the Civil War.

Uncle Reuben and Aunt Susan (she of blessed memory) were the parents of seven sons and five daughters, namely: Elizabeth, who married John P. Arnote of Knoxville township; she departed this life, Sept. 18, 1907. Mary A., who married Joseph Zimmerman of north Ray; he is now deceased; she now resides in Polo. John Green, whose death occurred when a young man. Joshua N. died when young. Joel Green married Delilah Albright. Jas. H. married Jane Tunnell; he departed this life about 20 years ago. Baby girl died in infancy. Sarah Ellen died when young. David R. married Louise Thompson. Samuel married Margaret J. Thompson. His death occurred Dec. 15, 1912, in Amarilla, Texas, as a result of an automobile wreck. Ira Green married Ida Fulmer of Illinois. Rose J., now Mrs. Robt. M. Crenshaw of Whittier, Calif.

Uncle Reuben was a member of the Brethren Church, as was his faithful, true and noble life companion for many years.

He was blessed with 25 grand children and 16 great grand children.

Uncle Reuben was known far and wide for his kindly spirit and obliging nature, integrity, honesty and fairness in all his dealings. He was a good example of noble manhood of which his children, grand children, and great grandchildren are very proud. He ever lived a clean, upright, modest, busy, exemplary life. He performed an immense amount of hard work and was always full of ambition, life and activity, just as long as his strength would permit him to go. Even in his old days he was very patient, kind, and good--never complaining about anything and preferred to care for himself as much as he could. And he was not helpless. He attended church two or three times within the last few months, and visited recently with his daughter, Mrs. Zimmerman in Polo, going the seven miles with his son in an automobile, also has taken dinner twice in the last few months at the home of Mr. John P. Arnote.

He was possessed of a remarkably clear mind, his hearing and eye sight good--but, of course, he was rather feeble in a way, and it was a difficult task for him to walk very much for the past year.

The departure of this pioneer and one of nature's noblemen was gentle and peaceful, he having long ago made his peace with here and hereafter in keeping with his meek and gentle spirit.

Ray County will never see a more honest man until the Day of Days when the Master of the universe shall come in His Power in Judgment. Uncle Reuben was as frank as a child, as just as the judges of ancient days. He set many a man on his feet, lending money to persons whom others dared not trust in many instances--yet he prospered and his wealth increased. Before his death he had practically given all his wealth away to his children.

The Funeral was held by Rev. J. E. Ellenberger yesterday at eleven o'clock at Bethel Church. Interment at the Bethel Cemetery.

Family links: 
  Susan Garber Green (1830 - 1906)*
  John A Green*
  Sarah E Green (____ - 1879)*
  Joshua Green (____ - 1865)*
  Elizabeth Jane Green Arnote (1848 - 1897)*
  Mary A Green Zimmerman (1848 - 1941)*
  Joseph H Green (1857 - 1928)*
  James H Green (1859 - 1891)*
  David Reuben Green (1865 - 1921)*
  Samuel S Green (1867 - 1912)*
   Green (1869 - 1869)*
  Ira Green (1869 - 1959)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: husband of Susan Garber Green
Bethel Cemetery
Ray County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Caryn Hood
Record added: Feb 11, 2005
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Ruben Broyles Green
Added by: Caryn Hood
Ruben Broyles Green
Added by: Caryn Hood
Ruben Broyles Green
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- kerri
 Added: Mar. 16, 2012
RIP from your great-grandson.
- David Green
 Added: Jul. 5, 2011

- Barbara Hammons Davis, Dalt's Mom
 Added: Nov. 22, 2008

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