Name: John Green
Birth: ABT 1726 in Bertie County, North Carolina
Birth: in Chowan County, North Carolina
Death: AFT 10 AUG 1803 in Franklin County, North Carolina
Death: 1803 in Franklin County, North Carolina
Census: 1790 North Carolina, HALIFAX, Roll 7 Book 1, Page 462 HALIFX DST, 2M>16, 3M<16; 3F
John Green (c. 1726)
Like his siblings and step siblings John was born on the family land in present day Halifax County those lands were included in Edgecombe County at the time of John's birth. John made his first appearance in the public records on 18 August 1748 when he served as a witness to two land purchases by his brother Thomas Green. Those purchases were from their brother-in-law Benjamin Saxon and his father Samuel Saxon.
John was not found in the records of Halifax County until he was mentioned in his father's 20 December 1760 will where he was given 100 acres of land "between the Gum Pond and the river". John Green and his wife Agatha Thomas Green (called Agnes in her mother's will) were "of Bute County", North Carolina however when they sold the Halifax lands he inherited from his father. Later still a William Dent also of Bute County sold lands in Halifax County and that deed was witnessed by John's daughter Mary Green and his son-in-law Michael Dent who married daughter Elizabeth Green. [DTG]
John Green had moved from Halifax County some seven years before the death of his father. Early Granville County, North Carolina extended all the way to the western edge of Halifax County. Bute County was formed from the eastern portions of Granville County in 1764, but was "discontinued" in favor of Warren County and Franklin County in 1779. Franklin County was the "final stop" for John Green. With those county realignments in mind it is now possible to track John's movements. The first of these deeds tells us that he purchased land in then Granville County way back on 4 December 1753.[DTG]
1748: WITNESS: NCEDG-DE1 p. 97, THOMAS GREEN from BENJAMIN SAXON, 100 acres on the south side of the Morattock River joining SAMUEL SAXON, PAYNES WELDON, and HENRY WEBB (part of a grant to ROBERT SMITH for 180 acres) dated 18 Aug 1748, W: HUGH HARDY, SAMUEL SAXON, and JOHN GREEN
1748: WITNESS: NCEDG-DE1 p. 97, THOMAS GREEN 100 acres on the south side of Morattock River from Samuel Saxon and Mary Saxon joining JOHN KILLINGSWORTH, PAYNE WELDON, BENJAMIN SAXON, and Plumtree Swamp (part of a patent to BERRIBY MELTON for 490 acres) dated 18 Aug 1748, W: BENJAMIN SAXON, HUGH HARDY, and JOHN GREEN
1753: LAND-PURCHASE: Deed B-257 Granville County 4 Dec 1753 Samuel Benton, Esquire of Granville County to John Green of same, 300 acres (part of larger tract granted to John Plowman White on 6 Oct 1751), beginning at Thomas Ray's corner, Witnesses John Thornton and John Bowie.
John Green was taxed in Granville County from 1753 to 1762 on the tax lists of Osborn Jeffreys and John Pope. On the 1755 list John's mother-in-law Hannah Thomas was listed near by and paid the taxes for her son Nathan Thomas. More importantly John Green is living next to William, Hezekiah Jr., and James Massey, all sons of Elizabeth and Hezekiah Massey Sr. The Massey lands in this county included the same lands that were gifted to John Jr. and William Massey by Robert Green (c. 1690) just before Robert's death in 1750. Those lands were also gifted by Granville County deeds. [DTG]
1758: LAND-SALE: NCGRAN-DE C, p. 579 John Green of Granville County to Nathan Thomas of same, 160 acres joining John Green, William White. Witnesses: John Pope and John McKisock
1760: LAND-PURCHASE: NCGRAN-DE D p.325, 11 Aug 1760 Osborn Jeffreys of Granville County to John Green of same 329 acres on Jeffreys’ line. Witnesses Elias Hilliard, William Brown and Sarah Winston
1760: WILL-LEGATEE: NCHAL-WL1 pp. 6-7, JOHN GREEN, father WILLIAM GREEN SR dated 20 Dec 1760; given land between Gum Pond and the river
1763: LAND-SALE: NCGRAN-DE G p. 180 John Green of Granville County, N.C. to Hugh Quinn of Orange County, N.C. 60 Pounds current money of Virginia 190 acres lying in the County of Granville on both sides of Cedar Creek, the plantation where John Fondrea now lives being part of a large quantity of land containing 350 acres of land conveyed from Samuel Benton Esqr. bearing date 4 December 1753. the place whereon John Plowman formerly dwelt. John Green, Agness Green, W. John Pope, Gillium Harris. May Court 1764
1766: LAND-SALE 28 July 1776 Deed Book 1 page 114 Bute County, North Carolina John Green, planter to Nathan Tanner, Planter both of Bute County, 220 acres on WS Wrays Creek joining Osborn Jeffreys part of land bought of Osborn Jeffreys Esq. 11 August 1760.
1770: LAND-SALE: NCHAL-DE1 p. 126, JOHN GREEN of Bute County, with wife AGATHA, to JOSEPH PEEBLES of Brunswick County, Virginia, 100 acres joining from the land of "William Green's and running down to James Brogdon's corner in Hollon Meadow...to corner tree on Roanoke River....a hickory in the Gum pond...to a hickory on the corner tree on William Green's line (the first station)". dated 3 Aug 1770, W: THOMAS LOWE, JAMES DRAKE, and SAMUEL WELDON [Deed Book 11] Agatha Green relinquishes her right of dower.
For example, I did notice at one point that you had John Green who married Agatha as the son of William Green (d. 1761). I believe that you were correct in that assumption. I have traced this John. The abstract of the deed was incorrect. John Green and his wife Agatha were of Bute (not Bertie County) in 1770 when they sold 100 acres in Halifax County to Joseph Peoples of Brunswick County, Virginia. The abstract also did not include the full description of the property. The description was actually from the land of "William Green and running down to James Brogdon's corner in Hollon Meadow...to a corner tree on Roanoke River...a hickory in the Gum Pond...to a hickory on corner of William Green's line (the first station)". You will remember that in William Green's will proved in 1761 that he left land to his son John between Gum Pond and the River. Not only does the 1770 description show that the land was bounded by Gum Pond and the River, but was also adjacent to William Green's land and James Brogden's land. This sounds like the same description. This John Green was born about 1726 and was married in about 1752 to Agatha Thomas. They lived and died in Franklin County, North Carolina on the south side of Tarr River from about 1753 to 1803 (his death). James Brogdon, son of James Brogdon bought land nearby in Franklin County about the same time as this John Green.
Thanks for any help.
1782: LAND GRANT NCFRANKLIN DB 2 P. 102 State of North Carolina Grant #40 to John Green for 250 acres in Franklin County on Crooked Creek adjoining Osborn Jefferys, Arnold and William Jefferys
[Extract of "Franklin Co. Court Minutes, 1785-1805", years 1786-1787]
[Film/Roll 744/C.039.30001 NC State Archives]
[transcribed by Mark A. Murphy, 14 May 2001]
Minutes of December Term 1786
Ordered that the Hands under James Murfree, John Perry Bryant Ferrell, John Green & John Smith assist Charles Darnall in Building the Causeway at Cedar Creek
Will of John Green 1803 Will Book B p. 44
In the name of God, Amen I John Green of Franklin County in the State of North Carolina being in health and of disposing mind and memory, and calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do ordain and establish this my last will and testament in writing That is to say first of all I recommend my soul to almighty God that gave it me nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and my body I recommend to be buried in a decent Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and as to having such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased almighty God to bless me in this life I give and dispose of the same in manner and form following
I give and bequeath to each of my daughters Elizabeth Dent Hannah Jean Mary Freeman Amey Bridges Nancy Freeman Susannah Bridges 5 shillings current money to be by them freely enjoyed
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Atha Green 5 shillings current money to be by him freely enjoyed.
Item: I lend to my beloved wife Agness the land & plantation whereon I now live as also my Negro man Gilbert together with all my household furniture and stock of every kind and description during her natural life on the condition that she does not rent out any part of my land nor hire out the said Negro Gilbert
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Obadiah Green his heirs and assigns forever at the death of my wife Agnes all my land containing 210 acres my Negro Gilbert and all the residue of my estate household furniture and livestock of every description here before lent to my wife Agnes to be by him freely given and enjoyed
Signed Sealed and pronounced to be the last will of testament of John Green this 10 day of August 1803 in presence of
D. W. Davis
I do hereby nominate constitute & appoint my wife Agnes executrix and my son Obediah Executor to this my last will and testament, hereby disannulling all former wills by me made & declaring this my last will and testament in writing. In testimony whereof.
I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 10 day of August 1803
Hard Copy on File
Transcribed by Jean Mayo Hirsch from documents located at the
North Carolina State Archives
Father: William Green b: ABT 1683 in James City County, Virginia
in Granville County, North Carolina
- Elizabeth Green b: ABT 1753 in Granville County, North Carolina
- Hannah Jean Green b: ABT 1755 in Granville County, North Carolina
- Amey Green b: ABT 1759 in Granville County, North Carolina
- Nancy Green b: ABT 1761 in Granville County, North Carolina
- Susannah Green b: ABT 1763 in Granville County, North Carolina
- Obadiah Green b: ABT 1767 in Bute County, North Carolina
- Mary Green b: ABT 1769 in Bute County, North Carolina
- Altha Green b: ABT 1773 in Bute County, North Carolina