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  • ID: I09895
  • Name: James "of Potowomut" GREENE 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 JUN 1626 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island USA
  • Death: 27 APR 1698 in Potowomut, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island USA
  • Burial: 28 APR 1698 Greene Graveyard (private), Warwick, Providence (now Kent) County, Rhode Island USA
  • Christening: 21 JUN 1626 St. Thomas Church, Salisbury, County of Wiltshire, ENGLAND
  • Event: Note James GREENE and Elizabeth ANTHONY are my maternal 8th great grandparents.
  • Military Service: BET 1675 AND 1676 Indian Wars
  • Event: Age at Death (Facts Pg) 71 years old, 1 month, 17 days
  • Reference Number: IND10400
  • Note:
    JAMES GREENE "of Potowomut" (John), was baptized at St. Thomas' Church,
    Salisbury, England, June 2I, I626, and came with his parents to New
    England in 1635. He was made freeman of Warwick and Providence
    Plantations in I647. He resided at Old Warwick on the main street on the
    southerly side, where the graveyard is now located in which he and some
    of his family are buried. He was on the "Roule of ye Freemen of ye
    Colonie of everie Town in1665 and was Town Clerk, May 16, 1661. He was
    "an excellent penman of the old English text." He was a member of the
    General Assembly of the Colony, being Commissioner under the first
    charter, and Deputy and Assistant under the second (I663), for ten years,
    between 1660 and 1675. He was considered "a man of much practical
    sagacity." He does not appear to have been in public life after the
    Indian war (1675-6), when his house, withal others in Warwick, except the
    " Stone Castle," was burned to the ground. When the message from the
    General Assembly advising the people of Warwick of danger was received,
    he fled to Portsmouth, R. I., where the father of his second wife, John
    Anthony, resided. He remained for some years at "Hunting Swamp," but in
    1684, having made purchases of Warwick land (6)((Warwick Records. 1664,
    1st Book of Marriages. Warwick Records, Land Ev., p. 12: "15 Oct. 1682
    Thos. Staffordof Warwick sells to James Greene of Hunting Swamp
    Portsmouth for 5f all his lands in Warwick, purchased by the inhabitants
    of Warwick which deed stands recorded in Warwick.'')) he removed to
    Potowomut where was an ancient mill, and built his house on the hill near
    the west bank of the river, overlooking the beautiful lake which
    furnished the water power for the forge which his grandsons (sons of
    Jabez) established for making anchors and other forms of ironwork. This
    became a notable industry in colonial times and in the early days of
    there public. The interests of the forge" were enhanced by the revival of
    business after peace existed between England and her emancipated
    colonies, and this became the pioneer of the more extensive works on
    Pawtuxet River, near the western border of Warwick, known as 'the
    Forge.'" The place at Potowomut where James Greene resided until his
    death, was the birthplace of his great-grandson, the highly distinguished
    Major General Nathanael Greene of the Revolutionary Army, and the
    residence of his descendants for more than two hundred years. He died "at
    his mansion in Potowomut," April 27, I698, in the seventy-second year of
    his age, and was buried at the Old Warwick burial-ground, under an
    altar-tomb with the inscription still in a good state of preservation, on
    his original house lot of six acres granted by the proprietors of
    Warwick, 1647, when he had attained his majority. This lot was located on
    the main street, the second lot north easterly from the road leading to
    Warwick Neck. The burial-ground and lot descended to his eldest son,
    James, whose descendants have been buried there to the present generation.

    The estate in Old Warwick has within a few years been sold out of the
    Greene family, but they still retain owner ship of this ancient and
    historic burying-ground located near the site of the "Stone Castle." In
    recent years much has been done to preserve the history of the family
    records, memorial stones having been erected by Rufus W. Greene and
    Benjamin Greene Arnold, containing records of the Greene ancestors dating
    back to John Greene of Salisbury, England. And thus they will passed on
    to coming generations, who will gratefully appreciate the fore thought
    which has preserved them, and the resting place of their ancestors.




    Father: John "the Surgeon" GREENE b: 9 FEB 1597 in Bowridge Hall, Gillingham, County Dorset, ENGLAND c: 15 AUG 1620 in Salisbury, County Wiltshire, ENGLAND
    Mother: Joanne TATTERSHALL b: 1598 in Wilts, County Stapleton, ENGLAND

    Marriage 1 Deliverance POTTER b: FEB 1637 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island c: 5 MAR 1637 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island
    • Married: 2 AUG 1655 in Kent County, Rhode Island
    Children
    1. Has Children James J. "Captain" GREENE b: 1 JUN 1659 in Potowomut, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island USA
    2. Has No Children Mary GREENE b: 28 SEP 1660 in Potowomut, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island USA
    3. Has No Children Elisha GREENE b: 17 MAR 1662 in Potowomut, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island USA
    4. Has No Children Sarah GREENE b: 27 MAR 1664 in Potowomut, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island USA

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth ANTHONY b: 1646 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island USA
    • Married: 3 AUG 1665 in Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island USA
    Children
    1. Has No Children Peter "of Pawtuck Falls" GREENE b: 25 AUG 1666 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island
    2. Has No Children Elizabeth GREENE b: 17 OCT 1668 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island
    3. Has No Children John GREENE b: 1 FEB 1670 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island
    4. Has Children Jabez GREENE b: 17 MAY 1673 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island
    5. Has No Children David GREENE b: 24 JUN 1677 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island
    6. Has No Children Thomas GREENE b: 11 NOV 1682 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island
    7. Has Children John "of Sussex" GREENE b: 30 SEP 1685 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island
    8. Has No Children Susannah GREENE b: 24 MAY 1688 in Warwick, Providence (nka Kent) County, Rhode Island

    Sources:
    1. "Ancestors of Forrest Greene In England and America", author unknown (book)
    2. "Greenes of Warwick In Colonial History" (book), by Henry E. Turner, M.D. Publishers: Davis & Pitman, Newport, Rhode Island USA (1877).
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