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Green, George  ( 1813 May 18  -  1885 Apr 19 )

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GREEN, GEORGE -- Born in Harve de Grace, Maryland, May 18, 1813, a son of Joshua Green and Elizabeth (Kentle Myer) Green. Joshua Green was born on Bush River, Hartford County, Maryland, about 1762 and died at Harve de Grace on September 20, 1840. He was married October 17, 1805 to Elizabeth Kentle Myer, who was born in 1785 and died at Harve de Grace September 18, 1861. Their children: were John, Henry, Joshua, Thomas, George, Littleton, Louisa, Harriett and Elizabeth Green.

George Green, the subject of this sketch, always claimed that he swam to Texas. The boat that he sailed in was totally wrecked by a storm in the Gulf of Mexico and he was forced to swim a mile to reach Velasco. In the Headright Certificate issued to him February 4, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Milam County Board he certifies that he arrived in Texas in May 4, 1835. On May 8, 1838 he received Bounty Certificate No. 3228 for 640 acres of land for his services in the army from March 20 to October 3, 1836. He was a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company at San Jacinto and on November 19, 1840, was issued Donation Certificate No. 1085 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He was dismissed from Captain Billingsley's Company June 20th, and then enlisted in Captain William W. Hill's Company of Rangers. The Veterans Papers at the University of Texas contain an affidavit by Mr. Green in which he states that in the summer of 1836 he served three months in Captain Hill's Company. He also stated that he served under Captain William M. Eastland in the campaign against Indians in 1837 under Colonel Edwin Morehouse in 1841. Shortly after the Battle of San Jacinto Mr. Green settled at Nashville, Milam County, living for a number of years in the home of John W. Porter, surveyor for Robertson's Colony. He became deputy surveyor, first under James Howlet and then under George B. Erath, a comrade of San Jacinto. Erath and Green surveyed the original Milam Land District and most of the land in the district. They laid out the towns of Waco and Cameron. While on a surveying trip, they stopped for dinner one day and found that the sun was exactly on the meridian. They named the place Meridian and it later became the county seat of Bosque County.

In 1840 Mr. Green was married and moved to Chance's Prairie, then in Milam County but now in Burleson County. In 1847 he moved to Cameron. He was twice married, the first time in 1840 to Martha Chance, daughter of James and Sarah Ann Harrell Chance, she was born November 11, 1822 near Raymond, Hines County, Mississippi, and died May 18, 1859 at Cameron, Texas.

Children of this marriage were Louisa, who married William Bartlett Streetman; Ben Milam, who was killed at Gettysburg; Robert Baylor, who married Idella Edwards; Charles, who married Sallie Furguson; Eudocia, who married John Louis Smith; James Buchanan, who married Adaline Posey, and Eunice Green, who died young.

Mr. Green was married April 1, 1861 to Nancy Hasseltine Anderson, daughter of Rev. Thomas Maddison and Mary Cunningham Anderson, she was born in Talladega, Alabama, June 9, 1840 and died at Cameron, Texas December 23, 1918. Mr. Green died April 19, 1885 and he and his wives are buried in marked graves in Oakhill Cemetery, Cameron, Milam County, Texas. Mr. Green was a member of the Texas Veterans Association, a Mason and belonged to the Methodist Church.

Children of Mr. Green and Nancy Hasseltine Anderson Green were: (1) Williametta, m. Marshall Monroe Kemp, lived in Waco; (2) Mary Elizabeth, m. Simeon Maxwell Burns, lived in Cameron; (3) Alice, m. George H. McGehee, lived in Cameron; (4) Laura, died in childhood; (5) Henry Clay, a twin of Laura, m. Stella Batte; (6) John Anderson Green, m. Grace Johnson.

Grandchildren of the San Jacinto Veteran, George Green were: Dr. Willard Streetman, of Fort Worth; Mrs. Franklin Hicklin of Weatherford; Mrs. Pearl Clement of Cameron; Robert E. Green of Brownsville; N.E. Dean Smith of Crane City; A Mrs. Burk of Tulia; C.R. Smith of Hereford; Mrs. James Skipworth of Dimmitt; Mrs. Will Cantrell of Redmond, Oregon; Grover C. Smith; Mrs. George Decherd of Austin; James K.Y. Green of Houston; Mrs. Ezra Dickinson of Brownsville; George Kemp of Yale, Oklahoma; Mrs. L.C. Harper of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Mrs. E.B. McMilliam of Dallas; Natalie Kemp of Waco; Mary Louise Kemp of Waco; Peter H. Kemp of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Mary Elizabeth Burns of Cameron; Mrs. Homer Collier of Hearne; John H. Burns of Houston; Walter N. Burns of Cameron; Alice McGehee of Cameron; Mrs. Joe C. Denson of Cameron; Fred D. McGehee of Pharr; George G. McGehee of Cameron; Mrs. Newton C. Smith of Houston; Charles D. McGehee of Houston; Nathan c. McGehee of Houston; Albert A. Green of San Antonio; Mrs. Cecil D. Hall of Georgia; Stella May Green of Austin; George Green of Cheyenne, Wyoming; John A. Green of Seattle, Washington; Mrs. George Antrum of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Walter R. Green of Bellingham, Washington; Mrs. Phil A. Richards of Dallas; Mamie Lucille Green of Dallas; Ruth W. Green of Dallas; Baxter Green of Corsicana, Texas.



Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.


Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Jesse Billingsley

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1813 May 18
  • Birthplace: Maryland, Havre de Grace
  • Came to Texas: 1835 May 4
  • Date of Death: 1885 Apr 19
  • Burial Place: Oakhill Cemetery, Cameron, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 3228
  • Donation Certificate: 1085
  • Profession: Surveyor
  • Wife: 1. Martha Chance; 2. Nancy Hasseltine Anderson
  • Children: Louisa Green Streetman; Ben Milam Green; Robert Baylor Green; Charles Green; Eudocia Green Smith; James Buchanan Green; Eunice Green; Williametta Green Kemp; Mary Eliabeth Green Burns; Alice Green McGehee; Laura Green; Henry Clay Green; John Anderson Gree


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