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Willard GREEN(E) Washington & Lorain Co., Ohio (Early 1800's)
Posted by: Debra Nitsche (ID *****8924) Date: March 22, 2005 at 07:03:37
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Searching for the POB, parents, siblings of Willard GREEN(E). (my 5th Gr. Grandfather)
Several documents show his name spelled as GREEN and GREENE. He signed his letters as GREENE.

Listed below is some of the information that I DO know about him:

Willard GREEN(E) was b. about July 14, 1773 in ????. (Possibly in NY, RI or MA). He married Elizabeth COLE, d/o John COLE & Susanna Salisbury. {Place of marriage in unknown, possibly in NY. because that is where 2 of his 3 children were born.) Elizabeth was was b. in 1773 in Providence, RI.

Willard first shows up in Washington Co., Ohio about 1800. Lived in Constitution, Warren Twp. He died on Feb. 10, 1839 at Constitution, Warren Twp, Wash. Co., Ohio at the age of 65Y 6M 27D. Both he and his wife are buried at Gravel Bank (Riverview) Cem. Warren Twp, Washington County, Ohio.
His children (that I know of) were:
1. Dorinda, b. 1796 in New York. M. Levi Swan 1836 in Wash. Co., Ohio, d. 1869 Wash. Co., Ohio.
2. Sylvina, b. July 2, 1797 in New York. M. Joel Dodge 1816 in Wash. Co., Ohio, d. 1870 LaSalle Co., Illinois
3. Willard, Jr. b. abt. 1800 in Ohio, d. 1853 in LaSalle Co., Illinois.

From Williams' History of Wash. Co., Ohio 1788-1881:
Captain Willard Greene married Lizzie Cole, d/o John Cole & Susanna Salsbury Mrs. Greene lived to be 96 years old, and died in Warren Twp. on May 4, 1869. Before coming to Warren Twp, the family of Captain Willard Greene lived at Hughes River, Virginia. (Researched his area and came up with nothing.)
Williams History also states in that in 1801 the first Nathan Cole was the first one to own a tavern in Warren Twp.,( later Dunham Twp.), and Willard Green was a fiddler, and played at parties and dances. Nathan Cole was Lizzie's 1/2 brother.

Sometime, shortly before March 1831, Willard GREEN(E) and his family migrated north to Amherst Twp., Lorain County, Ohio., but came back sometime around the fall of 1831. I have a transcribed letter (dated 3/20/1831) written by Willard to his good friend and neighbor, Ephraim CUTLER (see info about him below) in Warren Twp., Wash. Co., Ohio. Willard tells of his travels in detail to Lorain Co. Also explains in great detail about how unhappy he and his family are there, wanting to return to his old neighborhood in Warren Twp. (letter transcribed by Linda Showalter).
I don't know why Willard removed to Lorain, other than he COULD of been helping Judge Ephraim CUTLER navigate slaves into Canada or assisting Ephraim in supporting the Ohio Canal system. Don't know, this is only a guess..

Willard Greene and his wife Elizabeth were next door neighbors and very good friends of Ephraim Cutler. Ephraim Cutler was a lobbiest for and prominent leader of the Ohio Company and Associates, a writer and signer of Ohio's Constitution, Ohio Legislator, and Trustee and Major Supporter of early Ohio University, and took part in the operation of the Underground Railroad in Washington County, Ohio. In November 1802, Ephraim Cutler drafted the legislation for the Ohio Constitution that prohibited slavery in Ohio. On the day the legislation was voted upon, Ephraim Cutler was very ill. Rufus Putnam and Paul Fearing literally carried him to cast his ballot. The deciding vote to veto slavery in Ohio was cast by Ephraim.

As of now...I cannot connect my Willard GREEN(E) to any of the following stock holders of the Ohio Co., of Associates, , most of whom settled in Washington Co., Ohio in 1888.
Josiah Green Catharine Greene Charles Greene Christopher Greene Elihu Greene Griffin Greene
Job Greene John Greene Gov. William Greene William Greene.

Nor can I connect him to any of the following GREEN(E)'s that were Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Washington County, Ohio:
Duty Green (b. Enlisted in Lanesborough, MA.)
Griffin Greene (b. Warwick, RI 1749) Settled in Belpre, Ohio., Cousin to General Nathaniel Greene.
John Green (b. Leicester, MA.) John had 9 sons. Settled in Newport Twp., Wash. Co., Ohio.

I cannot connect him to the Ezra Green who had a brother, Willard More Green, but this is NOT the same as my Willard Green(e).

Any help about where my Willard GREEN(E) was born, his parents, and sibling were would be appreciated.

Thanks;

Debbie (Noland) Nitsche
Diamonddeb@comcast.net

Washington County, Ohio Historical & Genealogy "LINKS"
http://hometown.aol.com/washcohistory/Intropage1.html

History & Genealogy of Washington County, Ohio
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/n/i/t/Debra-Nitsche//


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