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William Greene, Governor of Rhode Island

Male 1695 - 1758  (62 years)

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  1. 1.  William Greene, Governor of Rhode Island was born on 16 Mar 1695 in Apponaug, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island (son of Samuel Greene and Mary Gorton); died on 23 Jan 1758; was buried in Governor Greene Cemetery, Warwick, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 16 Mar 1696, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island
    • Alternate death: 25 Feb 1758


    From Wikipedia:

    Greene was made a freeman of the colony in 1718, and at the age of 32 was elected a deputy from Warwick in 1727, which office he held for five years. He was the clerk of the county court in Providence and speaker of the Rhode Island Assembly in 1734 and 1739. In 1728 he was appointed, along with John Mumford of Newport, to survey the boundary line between the Rhode Island and Connecticut colonies. When Governor John Wanton died in 1740, Richard Ward became the governor, and Greene became the new Deputy Governor, which office he held until his own election to governor in May 1743. This was one of the rare cases when a Rhode Island governor did not come from the island of Aquidneck where the towns of Newport and Portsmouth are located.

    One of the important issues of Greene's first term in office concerned the boundary lines of the colony. Several geographic boundaries were adjusted, and the towns of Barrington, Warren and Bristol were added under Bristol county, and the towns of Tiverton and Little Compton were added to the towns on Aquidneck island in Newport County. Another major issue facing the colony was the war against France and Spain, for which the colony was expected to share in the defense of the Crown. When England declared war against France on 31 March 1744, the colony manned forts and reinforced them with guns and ammunition. Commodore Warren, with the aid of Rhode Island forces, laid siege to Louisbourg in Nova Scotia, which surrendered in June, surprising Europeans that the "strongest fortress of North America had capitulated to American farmers, machanics [sic], and fishermen." The colony also had a few war sloops at its disposal along with 15 privateers and was successful in capturing 20 ships and sending them to Newport.

    During Greene's third term, the colony had divided into two hostile camps. The leaders of the two divisions were both future governors, Samuel Ward and Stephen Hopkins, with Greene siding with the Ward camp. Some of the divisive issues concerned war versus peace, paper money versus hard currency, and Providence versus Newport interests. Elections went back and forth between the two opposing sides, and amid the discord, Greene died while in office on 23 January 1758.

    William married Catherine Greene on 30 Dec 1719. Catherine (daughter of Benjamin Greene and Susanna Holden) was born on 31 Mar 1698 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island; died on 28 Nov 1777. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Samuel Greene was born on 25 Aug 1727; died before 1761 in At sea.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Samuel Greene was born on 30 Jan 1671 in Occupasuetuxet, Rhode Island (son of John Greene and Annis Almy); died in 1720.


    Deputy to the Rhode Island legislature in 1704, 1707, 1708, 1714, 1715, and 1719.

    Samuel married Mary Gorton on 24 Jan 1695. Mary (daughter of Benjamin Gorton and Sarah Carder) was born on 31 Oct 1673; died in Jan 1732. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Mary Gorton was born on 31 Oct 1673 (daughter of Benjamin Gorton and Sarah Carder); died in Jan 1732.
    1. 1. William Greene, Governor of Rhode Island was born on 16 Mar 1695 in Apponaug, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island; died on 23 Jan 1758; was buried in Governor Greene Cemetery, Warwick, Rhode Island.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John Greene was born before 15 Aug 1620 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England (son of Dr. John Greene and Joan Tattershall); died on 27 Nov 1708 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 15 Aug 1620, St. Thomas, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England


    From Wikipedia:

    John Greene Jr. (1620 – 27 November 1708) was a deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations who spent almost his entire adult life in the public service of the colony. Born in England, he was the son of John Greene Sr. and Joan Tattersall, and sailed to New England with his parents in 1635 aboard the ship James. His father, after coming from Massachusetts to Providence, became one of the original settlers of Warwick. In 1652 Greene served in his first public role as a commissioner from Warwick, and served in some public capacity every year until 1690 when he was first chosen as deputy governor of the colony. He then served 10 consecutive one-year terms in this capacity, retiring from public service in 1700 at the age of 80. He was one of the 10 Assistants named in the Royal Charter of 1663, which would become the basis for Rhode Island's government for nearly two centuries. During the devastating events of King Philip's War, Greene was one of 16 prominent inhabitants of the colony whose counsel was sought by the General Assembly.

    Greene died in Warwick on 27 November 1708 and was buried on the Spring Greene Farm (later the property of Governor Theodore F. Green) in Warwick. Greene married Ann Almy, the daughter of William and Audry (Barlow) Almy. They had 11 children, the youngest of whom, Samuel, married Mary Gorton, a granddaughter of Rhode Island colonial president Samuel Gorton. Their grandson, William Greene Sr. served for 11 one-year terms as a governor of the colony, and their great-grandson, also named William Greene Jr. was a governor of the State of Rhode Island. John and Ann Greene are also ancestors of United States President Warren G. Harding, as well as inventor Thomas A. Edison, Canadian politician and religious leader Nathan Eldon Tanner, cowboy artist and inventor Earl W. Bascom, and Hollywood actor John Wayne.

    John married Annis Almy before 1649. Annis (daughter of William Almy and Audrey Barlow) was born before 26 Feb 1627; died on 6 May 1709 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Annis Almy was born before 26 Feb 1627 (daughter of William Almy and Audrey Barlow); died on 6 May 1709 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 26 Feb 1627, South Kilworth, Leicestershire, England
    • Alternate death: 17 May 1709


    Or Anne.

    1. 2. Samuel Greene was born on 30 Jan 1671 in Occupasuetuxet, Rhode Island; died in 1720.

  3. 6.  Benjamin Gorton (son of Samuel Gorton and Mary Mayplet); died in 1699.

    Benjamin married Sarah Carder. Sarah (daughter of Richard Carder and Mary) died in 1724. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 7.  Sarah Carder (daughter of Richard Carder and Mary); died in 1724.
    1. 3. Mary Gorton was born on 31 Oct 1673; died in Jan 1732.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Dr. John Greene was born about 1594 in Gillingham, Dorset, England (son of Richard Greene); died between 28 Dec 1658 and 7 Jan 1659 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Jan 1659, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island


    He was a surgeon, among several other skills.

    He was long thought to have several generations of proven English ancestry through both his father and his mother. Most of this ancestry later turned out to have been based on evidence provided by the genealogist Horatio Gates Somerby, much of whose work was later exposed as forgery. In fact there is no evidence that his near ancestors the Greene family of Gillingham, Dorset were in any way related to the Greenes of Greene's Norton, Northamptonshire. Nor is there any evidence that Dr. Greene's mother was Mary Hooker, a daughter of John Hooker alias Vowell, chamberlain of Exeter. What remains is his descent from three generations of the Greenes of Gillingham. Although Somerby's case for Dr. Greene's descent from the Gillingham Greenes rested, it turned out, on a will that Somerby had himself forged, it was pointed out in 1949 by G. Andrews Moriarty (citation details below) that a letter found in the Boston State House, written by deputy governor John Greene, a son of Dr. Greene, to Edward Rawson of Rhode Island, establishes that the present Greenes were at any rate descended from the Gillingham family.

    From Wikipedia:

    John Greene Sr. (c. 1594-1658) was an early settler of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, one of the 12 original proprietors of Providence, and a co-founder of the town of Warwick in the colony, sailing from England with his family in 1635. He first settled in Salem in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but he had difficulties with the Puritan authorities and soon followed Roger Williams to Providence, becoming one of the original proprietors of that town. In 1643, he joined Samuel Gorton and ten others in purchasing land that became the town of Warwick. Difficulties with Massachusetts ensued, until he accompanied Gorton on a trip to England where they secured royal recognition of their town.

    Once Warwick became safe from external threats, Greene became active in its government. He served on the town council, was Deputy to the General Court of the colony, and served as magistrate of the General Court of Trials. He died in the last days of 1658, being survived by his wife and six grown children, and becoming the ancestor of many prominent citizens.

    John married Joan Tattershall on 4 Nov 1619 in St. Thomas, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 9.  Joan Tattershall


    Spelled many ways, even "Tatarsole."

    1. 4. John Greene was born before 15 Aug 1620 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; died on 27 Nov 1708 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island.
    2. Thomas Greene was born before 4 Jun 1628 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; died on 5 Jun 1717 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island.
    3. Mary Greene was born before 19 May 1633.

  3. 10.  William Almy was born between 1600 and 1601 in of South Kilworth, Leicestershire, England (son of Christopher Almy and (Unknown) Clarke); died between 28 Feb 1677 and 23 Apr 1677 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1601
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1601, South Kilworth, Leicestershire, England


    He was first in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1631, returned to England, and came back to New England in 1635, on the Abigail, with his wife and their two children Christopher and Annis.

    William married Audrey Barlow after 17 Jul 1626 in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England. Audrey (daughter of Stafford Barlow) was born between 1600 and 1603; died after 1676. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 11.  Audrey Barlow was born between 1600 and 1603 (daughter of Stafford Barlow); died after 1676.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1602
    • Alternate birth: 1603
    • Alternate death: Aft 28 Feb 1677


    One of JTS's eleven proven "gateway ancestors."

    1. 5. Annis Almy was born before 26 Feb 1627; died on 6 May 1709 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island.

  5. 12.  Samuel Gorton was born before 12 Feb 1593 in Manchester, Lancashire, England (son of Thomas Gorton and Anne); died before 10 Dec 1677 in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island; was buried in Samuel Gorton Cemetery, Warwick, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 12 Feb 1593, Manchester, Lancashire, England


    From Wikipedia:

    Samuel Gorton (1593–1677) was an early settler and civic leader of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and President of the towns of Providence and Warwick. He had strong religious beliefs which differed from Puritan theology and was very outspoken, and he became the leader of a small sect of converts known as Gortonists or Gortonites. As a result, he was frequently in trouble with the civil and church authorities in the New England colonies.

    Gorton was baptized in 1593 in Manchester, Lancashire, England and received an education in languages and English law from tutors. In 1637, he emigrated from England, settling first in Plymouth Colony, where he was soon ousted for his religious opinions and his demeanor towards the magistrates and ministers. He settled next in Portsmouth where he met with a similar fate, being whipped for his insubordination towards the magistrates. He next went to Providence Plantation where he once again encountered adverse circumstances, until he and a group of others purchased land from the Narragansett people. They settled south of the Pawtuxet River in an area which they called Shawomet.

    Gorton refused to answer a summons following the complaints of two Indian sachems about being unfairly treated in a land transaction. He and several of his followers were forcefully taken away to Massachusetts, where he was tried for his beliefs and writings rather than for the alleged land transaction. He was sentenced to prison in Charlestown, though all but three of the presiding magistrates voted to give him the death sentence.

    After being released, Gorton and two of his associates sailed to England where they obtained an official order of protection for his colony from the Earl of Warwick. During his stay in England, he was also very active in the Puritan underground, preaching in churches and conventicles known for their extreme religious positions. Once back in New England, he changed the name of Shawomet to Warwick in gratitude to his patron in England. He became part of the very civil authority which he had previously rejected, serving as an assistant, commissioner, deputy, and president of the two towns of Providence and Warwick.

    He wrote a number of books, two of them while in England and several others following his return. He was a man of great learning and great intellectual breadth, and he believed passionately in God, the King, and the individual man, and he was harshly critical of the magistrates and ministers who filled positions that he considered meaningless. His beliefs and demeanor brought him admiration from his followers but condemnation from those in positions of authority, and he was reviled for more than a century after his death. In more recent times, some historians and writers have looked upon him more favorably, and some now consider him to be one of the great colonial leaders of Rhode Island.

    Samuel married Mary Mayplet before 11 Jan 1630. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  6. 13.  Mary Mayplet (daughter of John Mayplet and Mary).
    1. 6. Benjamin Gorton died in 1699.
    2. John Gorton

  7. 14.  Richard Carder died about 1676.

    Richard married Mary. Mary died in 1691. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  8. 15.  Mary died in 1691.
    1. 7. Sarah Carder died in 1724.