of the FAMILY of
Timothy and Eunice (Ellsworth) Green
JOHN MORTON GREENE
FOR THIRTY YEARS ( 1870 = J9C0 ) THE PASTOR OF THE
ELIOT (CONGREGATIONAL) CHURCH, LOWELL, MASS.
Honor thy father and thy mother. â€” Ex. 20: 12.
THE UNION PRINTING COMPANV ,Â° : , * ;
I, O W K L- It , MASS, 1904.
Twenty years ago I began to collect material for this volume. It is
a natural desire, common to us all, to know about our kin. In this way
we come to understand ourselves better. A genealogy is a kind of an
analysis of our particular tribe, so that we can consider the elements of
which we are composed. I have always thought our family was a good
one, one that we might be proud to belong to ; now I know it. It is an
industrious, intelligent, and religious family.
Desiring to keep to facts, I begin with our ancestor, Timothy Green,
Sr. ; and I have, with few exceptions, I think, recorded in this book
the names of all his descendants to this date. To the names I have
added, when I could get it, something of the history of the older and
prominent members of the family. I have also printed tributes to the
memory of the deceased whenever I could obtain them.
As to the father of Timothy Green, Sr. (b. Aug. 9, 1723), I can only
say that, after painstaking research, I have nothing certain to record.
He must have been born as early as about 1700. The eminent genealo-
gist, James Savage, the author of a Genealoglical Dictionary of the First
Settlers of New England, in four large volumes, on which he expended
twenty years of labor, says that "there were in the New England colonies,
before A.D., 1700, eighty persons by the name of Green who might be
regarded as founders of families."
Therefore to find the father of Timothy Green, Sr., is no easy task.
The Greens of that period were not only very numerous, but the records
of births and deaths then kept were few and quite meagre ; and of the
records which were kept some have not reached us. They have been
lost or destroyed by the way. The Christian name, Timothy, so persist-
ent in our family, may help us at least to a guess or conjecture. A Timo-
thy is found in every generation of the descendants of Timothy Green,
Sr. to the present time. In some generations there are several of them.
The fondness for this name looks as if it had been in the family before
A I born the
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Timothy. These Timothi printei
Then e that our Timothy Green, Sr. \\ of
1. Timothy Green of New London ; but he may have been a grandson
of one of Dea. Timothy's older brothers, for some of them settled in the
tern parts of Connecticut ; and nothing would be more n than
t one of them should be named after his cheerful and popular urn
I that Eunice Ellsworth, daughter of Serj. Thoi. rth of
Ellington, Conn., should consider him a good match for herself.
After having examined the records of many towns in Massachusetts
and Connecticut, I state this simply as a conjecture, a. possible solution of
the problem, as to the paternity of our Timothy Green, v Sr.
Dea. Horace 1 "mer, a skilled genealogist of Hartford, Conn.,
has studied this problem, having examined to some extent town and
church records, and inscriptions in graveyards, and he inclines to the
opinion expressed above.
But no onk can say now with any degree or certainty who
WAS THE FATHER OF TlMOTHY GREEN, Sr., OR IN WHAT TOWN OR
COMMONWEALTH HE WAS BORN.
When histories of more of our New England towns have been written
and the numerous family of Samuel Green, the printer of the Indian
Bible, has been traced out, then some one, long after we are gone, per-
haps, will be able to answer this now vexed question, Who was the
father of Timothy Green, born Aug. 9, 1723 ? In the meantime we may
be proud of our ancestry ; for the man and woman from whom we know
we are descended were staunch, upright, patriotic, Godly citizens. Their
escutcheon bears no spot or stain.
Here I ought to state that in " A Genealogical Sketch of the Descend-
ants of Thomas Green of Maiden, Mass.. by Samuel S. Green," we find
six Timothy Greens. The earliest of the six was born May 7, 1706; so
that he cannot be our ancestor. But the family of this Thomas Green
was numerous, and it has been very imperfectly traced out. It is far
from impossible that our ancestor, Timothy Green, Sr., may be found in
this line. Some of the earlier sons of the family settled in Connecticut.
The question is asked how we stand related to Gen. Nathaniel Greene,
of Revolutionary War fame. That we are not descended from hi:
evident, because he was born in 1742. He was the great, great grandson
of John Greene, who in 1636 came from England and settled in Warwick,
R. I , and became a friend and colaborer with Roger Williams.
This John Greene had five sons with many descendants, and at present
it is not positively ascertained and known that our Timothy Green, Sr.,
was not in one of the lines of descent from him. There is, however, no
known evidence of it.
The name Green comes under the class of English local surnames. It
was first given to those who resided on the village green or common, and
seemingly indicated a degree of prominence as belonging to the family.
In the records of the Green family in England the name is spelt in
four different ways : Gren, Grene, Green, Greene. In our country mem-
bers of the same family spell their name with a final e or without it, to
suit their taste or fancy.
For some time there has been circulating in our newspapers an arti-
cle entitled " The Green Family." It relates some of the history of the
family in England; gives what it calls the "Green Coat of Arms,"
with the family motto : Carpe Diem, and an azure field with three bucks
upon it and a crest of a buck's head. A few days ago I sent a copy of this
newspaper straggler to Dr. Samuel A. Greene, the Librarian of the
Massachusetts Historical Society, in Boston, Mass. There is no one in
our Commonwealth whose opinion on such a document would be more
weighty. In his reply he wrote : "I have little faith in this account of
the Green Family, as given in the enclosed scrap, and I have no idea
that the coat of arms there given is authentic."
The picture of I Horn t, which
> had the house and its unrounding* phol phed I itumn for
I he: -< my in LneSS to Hon. Lucius \I . I ".. .1 t u . Â» Â»\ , .111
and the best informed 1 1 Amherst |
living, t - and valnable aid in the incipienl of
Th : of this win confer favor upon the author if he-
will communit 1 him an which c< in nan
:i .my particular more com])! to the family record.
Since the body of the hook w.is printed the following facts have
nmunii author :
irriet Boltwood (Thornton Follett, d. in Arcadia, Mo., Nov. 3, k,
Ml ne .Moore Guild, d. in Dayton, Fla., Apr. 12, 1903.
Henry Clark Guild is now (Feb , 1904) residing in l 1 le, Ari/.., being
rs of age. He is unmarried. lie has been by occupation a
civil engineer. His hrother, Lucius Adams Guild, res. in Dayton, Nev.
He is married and has a family of eight children, four of whom are mar-
ried. He has several grandchildren.
Abbreviations: dau. stands for daughter; vid. for see ; b. for horn ;
d. for died ; m. for married ; res. for resides, residing or resided ; yrs. for
.rs; ms. for months; ds. for days; Sr. for senior; Jr. for junior.
Towns with uo name of State attached are found in Massachusetts.
JOHN M. GREENE.
Mar. 12, 1904.
To f< to 1 ok withoi I
There is a ' and philosophical i i for our am which
the cto id improves the heart Ni of rel
iou ind moral feelii rdly know what should bear with
tion on a liberal and enlightened mind, than a us-
.ee with excellence which is I ; and a con-
scion- too, that, in its acts and conduct, and even in its sentiments
and thor. it may be actively operating on the happiness o e that
come after us. â€” I)
The immense field of investigation that is opened in tracing the
ancestors and descendants of a single person is astonishing. In the ascend-
ing line the ancestors double in every generation. In the first degree
there are two ancestors ; in the second, four ; in the fourth, sixteen ; and
by going back for twenty generations it will be found that every man has
more than a million of anchors. â€” Johnson's Un t iv. Cyc.
TIMOTHY GREEN, Sr.
Timothy Green, Sr. ; b. Aug. 9, 1723 (place of birth
unknown) ; m. Eunice Ellsworth of Windsor, Conn, (elate of
m. unknown) ; d. in Amherst, Nov. 1, 1796 ; buried in
Amherst Centre cemetery ; on his grave stone is the following
All you advanced in years
Tho' healthy and robust,
You'r tot'ring round the grave,
And soon must turn to dust.
Eunice Ellsworth was b. in Windsor, Conn., Mar. 29,
1717; died in Amherst May 25, 1792. She was a dau. of
Sergt. Thomas Ellsworth of Windsor, Conn., born Sept. 2,
1665. He was a son of Sergt. Josias Ellsworth, b. in England
Tradition says that Timothy Green, Sr., was a man with
a strong will, and of great energy and persistence of character.
He was patriotic, and in troublous times no one was in doubt on
which side he stood. He was firm and consistent in his relig-
ious convictions and habits, and gave freely for the support of
the church and in aid of every good object.
2 'â– â– â€¢â€¢THY AN!' ;.I.s\V.
iditioo ah ili.it Euni I Usworth, his wife, was
.1 woman of st ind decided chai r, full ol enterprise
and Â« hopeful, cheerful, d religious, fond ol I
Bible church, and adorned with a meek and quiet spirit.
She i home happy and was mm h beloved by all
who knew her.
The relationship of Eunio Ellsworth to Chief Justio Ells
worth is shown as follow
rgt. Josias Ellsworth, b, in England, in 1629; his name
first appears on the Windsor, Conn., Town Records in con-
nection with his marriage, Nov. 16, 1654, to Elizabeth Hol-
comb. In 1665 he bought the property now known as the
Chief Justice Ellsworth place in Windsor, Conn.
(2) vSergt. Thomas Ellsworth,
son of (1) b. Sept. 2, 1665.
Eunice Ellsworth, dau. of
(2) b. Mar. 29, 1 7 1 7 ; m.
Timothy Green, Sr.
(4) Timothy Green, Jr., son of
(3) b. Jan. 4, 1748.
(2) Capt. Jonathan Ellsworth,
son of (1) b. June 28, 1669.
(3) Capt. David Ellsworth, son
of (2) b. Aug. 3, 1709.
(4) Chief Justice Oliver Ells-
worth, son of (3) b. Apr. 29,
TIMOTHY GRE3N, SR. 3
The above shows that Eunice Ellsworth was first cousin of
Capt. David Ellsworth, and second cousin of Chief Justice
Timothy Green, Jr., was also second cousin of Chief Justice
Timothy Green, Sr., was one of the incorporators of the
Second or East Parish, in Amherst, in May, 1783 ; and probably
one of the original members of the church there. â€” Carpenter
& Morehouse's, History of Amherst, pp. 112, 113.
"Ina list of Church voters, in Amherst, before the forma-
tion of the East Street Church, taken Sept. 17, 1782, I find the
names of Timothy Green and Timothy Green, Jr." â€” Hon. L,ucius
That shows that both Timothy Green, Sr.,and Timothy
Green, Jr., were members in the Amherst Center (or West Street)
Church in 1782.
"Ina list of names of persons who constituted the Second or
East Street Church in Amherst at the ordination of Rev. Ichabod
Draper, Jan. 25, 1786, the number of men was twenty-six, of
women thirty. Among the men appears the name of Timothy
Green; among the women the name of Eunice Green, doubtless
the wife of Timothy Green, Sr." â€” Hon. Lucius M. Boltwood.
It is evident from these facts that Timothy Green, Sr., left
the church in the centre of the town, the First Church, and
joined those who formed the Second or East Street Church ; but
his son, Timothy Green, Jr., continued his connection with the
11 Feb. 16, 1769, for one hundred pounds sterling, Joseph
Billings of Hatfield sold to Timothy Green of Amherst, Mass.,
one hundred and nine acres of land, free of incumbrance. This
is in the first division of lands in Amherst." â€” Copied from the
Registry of Deeds in Springfield.
The above mentioned land lies about one mile south of the
Grist Mill in Mill Valley, Amherst, and on the west side of
4 1AMILY OK TIMOTHY AND HI Nh I KU.SUORl'Hl Â«.KKKN.
From the same registry <>f Deeds in Springfield the following
was copied : " Dec. 2, 1770, Timothy ('.Kin, Si., yeoman of
Amherst, deeded to Timothy Green, Jr., oi Amherst, twenty
one rods and eleven feet, being part of the above one hundred
and nine acres; also the north half of his (Timothy Green,
Sr.'s) dwelling house and the north hall of his cellar, free
Timothy Green, Jr., was married in 1770, and the above
arrangement was made in anticipation of his marriage and set-
tlement in life.
" On referring to minutes made by me more than fifty years
ago of the tax rolls of Amherst, I find the name of Timothy
Green mentioned on the rolls of Feb. 24, 1766, Feb. 1767,
and Jan. 1768. In all these years he was evidently occupying
the farm which he bought Feb. 16, 1769, of Joseph Billings of
Hatfield. In 1767, in 1768 and in 1769 he was taxed for his
faculty or trade." Hon. Lucius M. Boltwood, in a letter dated
Nov- 6, 1900.
Timothy Green, Sr.'s, faculty or trade was that of a cooper.
The house in which both Timothy Green, Sr., and Timothy
Green, Jr., lived was a wooden or frame house. Whether it
was built by them or had been built when they first occupied
the land in 1765, we do not know. But we do know that
Timothy Green, Sr. lived in that frame house till his death,
Nov. i, 1796. His wife, Eunice Ellsworth, lived there till her
death, May 25, 1792. Eunice Clark, Timothy Green, Jr.'s first
wife, began her married life in that house in 1770, and there
she died in 1776. All of Timothy Green, Jr.'s twelve children
were born in that house. In 1809, Joel Green, the eighth child
of Timothy Green, Jr., moved off the wooden house and built
on its site the brick house w T hich stands there now in 1902.
The bricks were made on the farm. Joel Green was m. in
the autumn of 1809, and he began housekeeping in the new
house. His father, Timothy Green, Jr., was then sixty-one
years old, and his mother fifty-six. All of Joel Green's nine
TIMOTHY GREEN, SR. 5
children were born in the new house. There, also, Timothy
Green, Jr., d. in 1821, and his second wife, Sybil (Hastings)
Peck, in 1819.
The only child of Timothy and Eunice (Ellsworth) Green
was Timothy Green, Jr., b. (it is supposed in Ellington, Conn.)
Jan. 4, 1748.
The following letter, written Feb. 15, 1902, by Rufus
Greene, Esq., of Marathon, Iowa, explains itself. It gives
valuable information about Timothy Green, Sr.
Rev. J. M. Greene, D.D.
Dear Cousin :â€” Yours of Feb. 5th has been received. I regret that
there is no official record of the service of our ancestor, Timothy Green,
Sr., in the French and Indian War ; yet I feel certain that he was in the
service for quite a length of time. I also believe he was employed as a
scout at least a portion of the time during his service. I will give you
the foundation of my belief.
My uncle, Joseph K. Peck, in telling me about Timothy Green, Sr.
and Timothy Green, Jr. (whom he always called grandfather and father),
being soldiers in the Revolutionary War, said (I will let him tell the story
as near as I can :) ' Father was called out with the militia to go to the
support of Gen. Schuyler. Grandfather, far past the age limit to be sub-
ject to military duty, volunteered to take his ox team and carry supplies
(I cannot recall now what distance). A neighbor of grandfather, belong-
ing to the Company which was called out, lamented bitterly the
hardship of being compelled to go into the army, going as he said to
certain death, and crying like a baby. Grandfather listened to his weak
complainings with great disgust, and finally exclaimed: You coward,
if you will take my team and do my haying I will take your musket and
serve in your place ! I know the smell of gunpowder and am not afraid
of it. Grandfather was a soldier through the French and Indian War.
Oh ! I will do it so gladly, exclaimed his timid neighbor, and went to
his home. Grandfather and father were actively engaged in the battles
which preceded the surrender of Burgoyne. Sequel : Grandfather
reached home late in the autumn, the ground frozen and covered with
snow, but not a swath of his grass left standing had been cut, even the
cocks which grandfather had put up were standing in the field as he left
them. The neighbor had secured his own crops, however, in good condi-
tion. The base ingratitude of the man (?) impressed the narrative, as I
used to hear it, on my mind. Also I have a pocket compass, given me
by my father, which I prize very highly. It was given to my father by
his father, with the statement that Timothy Green, Sr., carried it in his
pocket when a soldier in the French War.'
6 OF TIMOTHY \n D
pb K. Peck need t<> tell it. [tfur-
- foi I that Timothj <Â»ut,
in the rank
(Jncl< fimotby ihouldei
ted, and w itb very lai
Tin: hand havii patently n<-t an ounce of
1 of Herculean tb 01 etimei he would walk
i 11 1 â– >]> where h rk, and looking a1
.i l just i ild say in . tive mood ,
Boy, thia ia not good work ' ; and then without ort he
would hine hoop, made of a hickory p >le which grew in
tie could alone main f< lift logs on to a sled which
igth would â€¢ nd i oil <>r slide
on with handspikes. I wish we knew something of his mental quali-
ties as well.
Yours very truly,
Marathon, Iowa, Feb. 15, 1902.
" There can be no doubt now that Timothy Green, Sr.,
was in the French and Indian War â€” most likely in Massachu-
setts" â€” Horace K. Mather.
Dea. Mather is a skilled Genealogist, residing in Hartford,
Conn. He wrote the above after having read the letter from
Rufns Greene, Esq.
TIMOTHY GREEN, Jr.
Timothy Green, Jr. ; son of Timothy Green, Sr., and
Eunice (Ellsworth) Green ; b. (it is supposed in Ellington,
Conn.) Jan. 4, 1748; m. (1) at Amherst, in 1770, Eunice
Clark, who w r as b. in Amherst, Aug. 11, 1750, and was the
oldest child of Simeon and Rebecca (Strong) Clark. Her
father and mother were m. in Northampton, Nov. 2, 1749,
by the illustrious Jonathan Edwards, whose parishioners they
were. They immediately settled in Amherst, and there their
tw r elve children were born. Rebecca Strong was a near relative
TIMOTHY GREEN, JR. 7
of the renowned Gov. Caleb Strong. Her father was an inti-
mate and firm friend of Jonathan Edwards, when his parish in
Northampton turned against him. The house where Eunice
Clark was born and reared stood on the brow of Boltwood's
hill, looking toward Hadley and Northampton. The house
was back in the lot twenty-five rods or more, on the south side
of the highway which leads from Plainville to the centre of the
town of Amherst. I remember the house well. In my youth
Uncle Justus Clark, a brother of Eunice Clark, lived there.
Eunice (Clark) Green d. at the Timothy Green homestead
in Amherst, May 6, 1776, aged twenty-five years.
Timothy Green, Jr., m. (2) at Amherst, in 1780, Sybil
Hastings Peck, the widow of Joseph Kelley Peck. She was a
dau. of Thomas and Mary (Belden) Hastings, and was b. in
Amherst, Oct. 9, 1753 ; she was a sister of the Thomas
Hastings, who was the father of Submit Hastings, the wife of
Clark Green. By her first husband she had one son, Joseph
Kelley Peck, who was born in Amherst, Nov. 4, 1776. She d.
at the Timothy Green homestead in Amherst, April 13,
1819, ae. 66 years.
Timothy Green, Jr., in 1765, when he was about seventeen
years of age, came (it is thought from Ellington Conn.) to
Amherst with his father and mother, settled in the southern
part of the town ; was a farmer, and by trade a cooper ; occu-
pied the same house with his father ; his children were born
and reared there ; he was a member of the First Church
in Amherst and a constant attendant upon the services ;
an energetic and upright man, a patriotic and courageous citi-
zen, one on whose name there was no stain. On the old Green
homestead, in the brick house wmich stands there now (1902)
he d. Sept. 7, 1821, at the age of 73 yrs., 8 months. He and
his wife, and his father and mother were buried in the same
lot in the cemetery in the centre of the town of Amherst.
Timothy Green, Jr., or his first wife, Eunice Clark, one or
both of them, must have been a member of the First Church
in Amherst, because their children, Timothy, Zerah and Clark,
were in their infancy baptized there. Also he must have been
a member there, because Eunice, his dau. by his second wife,
8 .iii.y OF Ti v.<>th v I ;h - GRB1
and Sybil, another dan. by the same wife, were baptized in
thai church, i lively Jan. 6, 1782 and Sept. 7. 17
This was before the mother of t had becom<
member oi thechurch. Shejoined the First Church in Amhei
May 2, 1784, <>n profession oi her faith.
I have heard my father say that he remembered well that
his grandfather, Timothy Green, Jr., was alv it church on
the Sabbath. He dro^ u of well fed hoi ind, in the
farm wagon, with chairs or boards for seats, he brought a lai
devout worshippers every Lord's day. He always drove
up and unloaded his family at the steps to the front door. He
had a commendable pride in his wife and children.
Timothy Green, Jr., was a minute man, i.e. one of a class
of enrolled militiamen, during the American Revolutionary
riod, who held themselves in readiness for instant service in
arms whenever summoned.
The following items were copied by me from the Revolu-
tionary Archives iu the State House in Boston :
" Timothy Green appears with the rank of Corporal on the
Muster and Pay Roll of Capt. Samuel Fairfield's Co., Col.
Nathan Sparhawk's Regiment. Time of service, two months,
fifteen days. Town to which the soldier belonged was Amherst.
Did duty at Dorchester."
II Timothy Green appears on the Lexington Alarm Roll,
Capt. Reuben Dickinson's Co., Col. Woodbridge's Regiment,
which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775 from Amherst.
Town to which the soldier belonged was Amherst. He was a
Private. Length of service twenty-one days."
11 Timothy Green appears among a list of men given on
a credit bill of Capt. Reuben Dickinson's Co., Col. Porter's
Regiment. Service credited was one year, five months, three
weeks." Other items could be given.
The grandchildren of Timothy Green, Jr., represent him
as a man full six feet in height, erect, weighing about a hun-
dred and seventy pounds, having a good-sized and well-formed
head, a face full of intelligence and decision, yet calm and
winsome. His complexion was dark. In old age he wore his
TIMOTHY GREEN, JR. 9
hair somewhat long, and his locks were as white as the driven
snow. He was social in his nature, and given to good humor
and pleasantry. He loved to give and knew how to take a joke.
Though he was somewhat positive in what he thought was
right, he was always a friend of children and youth.
He was public spirited ; attended the town meetings and often
held office in the town.
TIMOTHY GREEN, Jr.'s CHILDREN.
By marriage (i) : I.
By marriage (2): IV.
Timothy Green, 3d ; b. March 27, 1771 .
Zerah Green; b. June iS, 1773.
Clark Green; b. April 11, 1776.
Eunice Green; b. November 16, 1781.
Sybil Green; b. August 9, 1783.
Joel Green; b. October 4, 1785.
Lucretia Green; b. May 21, 1787.
Joel Green; b. December 10, 1788.
Rufus Green ; b. September S, 1790.
Lucina Green ; b. July 16, 1792,
Polly Green ; b. June 28, 1794.
Judith Green; b. November 19, 1796
The above twelve children were born at the Timothy Green
homestead, in Amherst, about one mile and a half due south of
The Plan of this book is as follows : The whole book is a
Genealogical Tree, of which Timothy Green, Sr., and Eunice
Ellsworth constitute the Root; Timothy Green, Jr., and his
two wives constitute the Trunk ; and the children of Timothy
Green, Jr., and his two wives constitute the Branches.
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