Maj John Greene

Maj John Greene

Salisbury, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
Death 27 Nov 1708 (aged 88)
Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
Plot 00001
Memorial ID 17902898 · View Source
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Deputy Governor John Greene, the son of my ancestors, JOHN & JOANNE (TATTERSOL) GREENE, was baptized on August 15, 1620 in Salisbury, England. He was married about 1648 to ANN (ANNIS) ALMY, daughter of WILLIAM & AUDREY (BARLOW) ALMY.

John Greene inherited the family farm, which had been purchased from Indian Chief Miontonomi on October 1, 1642 and called "Greene's Hold"

In 1651, he and three others agreed to build a corn mill in Warwick, R. I. He was "General Recorder" keeping the town's records in 1652-4, Commissioner from 1652-1663, Deputy for Newport to the Rhode Island General Court for many sessions between 1679 and 1690, General Solicitor in 1655, Attorney General in 1657-1660, Warden in 1658, Assistant in 1660- 1673 and several years until 1696. On June 29, 1670, he was one of two men chosen agents to go to England discuss the Rhode Island charter with His Majesty and defend it against injurious violations. He received oe10 for going to New London in 1676 for a treaty. Being one of several of the "most judicious" inhabitants, he was part of a counsel of sixteen men that were called upon to value the land at Mt. Hope and to purchase a bell for public use in the Colony to give notice of Assemblies, Courts and Trials.

In 1683 he was notified by Gov. Andros of his appointment as a member of the Governor's Council. He was agent for Rhode Island to the King of England in January of 1685/7 and presented a request for the sum of 60 pounds for a debt from the Colony for services done in England. On January 30, 1690, he along with others sent a letter of congratulations to William & Mary on their ascention to the throne.

He was commissioned Captain by October, 1664 and "Major of the Main" from 1683 until 1696.

His will dated 1706 was proved December 20, 1708 and names his wife, sons: Peter, Job, Richard and Samuel as executors, and daughters: Deborah Torrey, Anne Greene, Catherine Holden, and Audry Spencer, as well as granddaughter: Mary Dyer and the children of Phillis (Carr) Dickinson, deceased. It also says that he is an occupant of "Greene Hold" alias Occupasituxet. It is believed that he is buried on the old family homestead named above.

He was Deputy Governor of Rhode Island from 1690 to 1700.

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Here/lyeth ye body/of John Greene/esq./who departed this life/in ye 89th year of his/age November ye 27, 1708

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