Green Family in Virginia
Compiled by Richard R. Wilt
William III of England
Reference Wikipedia

      William III (Dutch: Willem; 4 November 1650 – 8 March 1702), also widely known as William of Orange, was sovereign Prince of Orange from birth, Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland and Overijssel in the Dutch Republic from 1672 and King of England, Ireland and Scotland from 1689 until his death in 1702. As King of Scotland, he is known as William II. He is sometimes informally known in Northern Ireland and Scotland as "King Billy".

      William inherited the principality of Orange from his father, William II, who died a week before William's birth. His mother, Mary, was the daughter of King Charles I of England. In 1677, he married his fifteen-year-old first cousin, Mary, the daughter of his maternal uncle James, Duke of York.

      A Protestant, William participated in several wars against the powerful Catholic king of France, Louis XIV, in coalition with Protestant and Catholic powers in Europe. Many Protestants heralded him as a champion of their faith. In 1685, his Catholic father-in-law, James, Duke of York, became king of England, Ireland and Scotland. James's reign was unpopular with the Protestant majority in Britain. William, supported by a group of influential British political and religious leaders, invaded England in what became known as the "Glorious Revolution". On 5 November 1688, he landed at the southern English port of Brixham. James was deposed and William and Mary became joint sovereigns in his place. They reigned together until her death on 28 December 1694, after which William ruled as sole monarch.

      William's reputation as a staunch Protestant enabled him to take power in Britain when many were fearful of a revival of Catholicism under James. William's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 is still commemorated by loyalists in Northern Ireland and Scotland. His reign in Britain marked the beginning of the transition from the personal rule of the Stuarts to the more Parliament-centred rule of the House of Hanover.

Robert Green
Ref: Holdridge Ozro Collins, of Los Angeles, CA

      Robert Green, who emigrated to Virginia in 1712, was the son of William Green and Eleanor Duff, of England.

      It is stated by Dr. Philip slaughter, at page 138 of his History of St. Mark's Parish, that William Green was an officer in the body guard of William III, Prince of Orange, and this is claimed in the family archives and records of many of his descendants in America. A Roster of that troop, however, shows his name under the title “Yeoman”.

      William, his social position was that of a gentleman. He was a cadet of the family of Green's Norton in Northampton, and descended from the same ancestor as Sir Thomas Green the father of Matilda or Maud who married Sir Thomas Parr, and become the mother of Katherine Parr the sixth wife of Henry VIII.

      Eleanor Duff, wife of William Green, belonged to the Scotch family of Mc Duff, and their son Robert always maintained intimate relations with his mother's people. Born in 1695, when only seventeen years old, he went to Virginia with his uncle, Sir William Duff, and they settled at first upon the James river. “In 1732, in conjunction with his uncle, Joist Hite and Robert McKay, he received a patent for 120,000 acres of land in the valley of Virginia, perhaps the earliest patent granted west of the Blue Ridge, and was on of the most active factors in the colonization and settlement of that beautiful region.” Sir William returned to Scotland, leaving Robert in charge of their joint estate, and dying without children he devised his large interests in Virginia to his nephew. Robert married a Scotch lady named Eleanor Dunn. He lived for a time in King George county, but he made his permanent home in what was then Orange county, at a place which is near Brandy Station, now Culpeper county.

      Here “he reared seven stalwart sons, all over six feet high, and all having red heads and beards, as become their mixed Welsh and Scotch blood.” The family was known as the :”Red Greens of Culpeper,” from their fiery heads, and to distinguish them from other families of the same name with different characteristics.

      Robert Green was on of the most public spirited citizens of his county, and the leader in all good works of his Neighborhood. In 1736 he was a member of Orange county of Virginia House of Burgesses, and he was a captain of the Orange county militia. In 1731 he became a vestryman of St. Mark's Parish, from which time down to the present, there has been a continuous succession of vestrymen in his family. His possessions were among the largest of the early Virginia grants, lying principally in Prince William, Augusta, Orange, Westmoreland and King George counties, which he devised to his widow Eleanor, and his sons.

      His children and grand-children intermarried with the families of Washington, Lee, Willis,Barbour, Lewis, Henry, Price, Bayly, Marshall and others of colonial distinction.

      The commencement of the troubles with England found his descendants strong in their loyalty to their native Colony, on the rolls of the Continental Army, and the rosters of the Virginia troops, contain the names of many of the sons and grandsons of Robert Green, who served during the War of the Revolution, all with bravery and patriotism, and many with distinction, and in high rank.

Lewis Green Sr.

      Lewis Green, Sr. was born in 1724 in Prince George Co, VA, believed to be the son of Robert and Eleanor (Dunn) Green. Robert came to America when he was 17 years old with his uncle, Sir William Duff of Scotland. They settled on the James River. In 1732 Robert received a patent for 120,000 acres along with his uncle and Joist Hite and Robert McKay. His uncle returned to Scotland, leaving Robert Green in charge of their joint venture. The uncle died without children and Robert inherited his uncles interest in Virginia. His possessions were among the largest of early Virginia grants. They were primarily in Prince William, Augusta, Orange, Westmoreland and King George counties. His children lived in Culpeper Co. and later KY. Robert married Eleanor Dunn, a Scot lady. They were the parents of seven sons, six of whom were over 6 feet tall having red hair and beards. The family was know as the "Red Greens" to distinguish them from other families of the same name with different characteristics. Lewis was shorter with a darker completion like his mother. The following from the Gate Hearld, Gate City, Virginia (article written regarding James Green) “Robert Green landed in 1712, directly from England. He and his wife Eleanor had 7 children. He landed in Culpepper County, VA. in 1712. On authority of Prof. A. J. Wolfe, Big Stone Gap, James Green, Sr. ,Robert Green's grandson, was a close relative of Nathaniel Green, the son of John Green, Sr., Robert and John were brothers, who gave Cornwallis his greatest lesson of the Revolutionary War. Nathaniel was a General. His Descendants settled in New Hampshire.” Although I have no verified proof on Lewis being the son of Robert and Eleanor Green, it is accepted by many Green Family researchers.

      Lewis J. GREEN Sr. was born about 1724 in , Prince George County, Virginia. He died in Oct 1784 in Blue Spring Rd., Near Glasgow, Kentucky (then Virginia).

      He was a Private who served under Captain Robert McKenzie in Tennessee and Kentucky. He was stationed at Fort Nashboro in Nashville,Tennessee. He served in the French and Indian War
. He enlisted in Capt Robert McKenzie's Co from Dinwiddie Co., VA at age 30 at the rank of Private in the French and Indian War and also served in the Rev War in VA.
He was a vestryman in the church at Kilgore Station (Church of England? ) and was very brown in complexion.
Lewis owned 41 acres of land adjacent to Porter's Fort in March of 1774. A story about Lewis Green, Sr. told by Daniel Boone about a Bear Attack which occurred near the Clinch River.

      Lewis married Elizabeth LAUDERDALE daughter of William LAUDERDALE about 1750 in , Culpepper County, Virginia. Elizabeth was born about 1730 in , Augusta County, Virginia. She died about 1805.

      Lauderdales are descended from James Maitland Lauderdale, the Emigrant, who settled in Pennsylvania around 1714. He is thought to have moved from southwest Scotland, where the Lauderdale name is known in the 18th century, to Northern Ireland and thence to North America. See History of the Lauderdales in America Heritage, 1998, by Clint Lauderdale.

      We don't know from whom James Lauderdale, the Emigrant was descended, and he made no claims to be descended from the Earls of Lauderdale. Equally, he was firm in his assertion that he was a Maitland by origin, and this is the tradition which he handed down to his children and grandchildren and which was formally recorded by James Shelby Lauderdale in 1880. This refers to a meeting between his uncle Sam, and Dr David Lauderdale who met in 1830, and discovered that they shared a common family tradition. Another Lauderdale from New York was met in 1880 in St Louis with a similar tale.

      Lauderdale as a family name, not connected with the title, first appears in the Scottish parish records in Galloway in the early 18th century with the birth of Jean Lauderdale in 1737, the daughter of James Lauderdale at Beith, Ayr.

      Maitlands have lived in or been connected with Galloway since 1360, and our understanding of James the Emigrant is that he came from that part of Scotland, so the combination of geography, name and his family tradition makes it almost certain that he was a Maitland by origin, and as such, related by blood to the Earls of Lauderdale, but not descended from them.

      Elizabeth, who appears in the records of Washington County in 1797 as “old and infirm” and gave power of attorney to “my son-in-law Moses Foley.” She died about 1803, intestate. Appraisal of here estate was presented to the court by Zachariah Green.

Lewis and Elizabeth had the following children: W. John, b. 1750, Lewis Jr b. 1751, Elizabeth, Nancy, Massey, Jesse, Thomas, Sara Jane, Zachaniah, and Jamima. VA Surveys and Deeds

Page 120 - Jesse Green...350 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on the north side of the upper north fork of Clinch River and along the foot of the Stony Mountain...Beginning crossing a valley, at the foot of the Stony Mountain...April 23, 1783 - Jesse Green, assignee of James Hill, assignee of Honeyman, assignee of James Kenedy...400 ac...on the north side of Clinch River includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1776...August 24, 1781 James GREEN Sr., Thomas GREEN was born in 1759 in , , Virginia, Zachariah GREEN, Sarah GREEN, Nancy Susannah GREEN, Jemima GREEN was born about 1770. Jemima married Benjamin NICHOLSON.

      To continue this narrative I will follow my linage in the Green Family. This individual is my great great great great grandfather:

John Green
1750 - 1849

      In my research I have found John listed as W. John Green and John W. Green. I have no proof of either of these differences in his name.

      John was the oldest son of Lewis Green Sr. He served in the Revolution, he enlisted January or February 1776, from Goochland Co., Virginia. His Regiment was the Ninth Virginia of continental Service and his captain was S. Woodson. He was in the battles of Brandywine and White House and was discharged in 14 Dec 1777.

      John married Susannah Lawrance, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Stanley Lawrance. They had 10 children as follows:
Edward R. b. 1785 married to Susan Martin
Malinda b. 1786 married to William Chittum, my great great great grandmother
Lewis b. 1787
Thomas b. 1797 married to Mary Polly Cheatham (Chittum)
Margaret b. 1789 married to Lawrence Anderson
Betsy (Elizabeth) b. 1790 married to Stephen Grubb Chittum
Henry b. 1792 married to Sarah A. White
Sabra (Savara) b. 1793 married to Zachariah R. Chittum
William b. 1796 married to Rebecca
There were several members of the Green family married into the Chittum family, another prominent family in Goochland County and Rockbridge County, VA.

      My lineage continues through the second child of John and Susannah Lawrance Green, Malinda who married William Chittum the son of John and Nancy Sly Chittum. Malinda and William were married in Rockbridge County, VA on March 2, 1813. To this marriage I have records of only two children, Polly Ann b. 1818 who married James Moro Robinson, and Hezekiah. b. 1821 and married Rebecca Clark Hughes.
Click on Picture to follow the marriage and life for James and Polly Ann while living in Rockbridge County, VA including trial of James for attempted murder of his brother-in-law, Hezekiah Chittum. After James was aquitted of all charges and being completely bankrupt by his lawyers, he moved with most of his children to Upshur County, WV and lived there as a very poor tennant farmer and cobbler until his death in 1883.

      James and Polly had the following children:

John C. Robinson born October 20, 1835
Jason A. Robinson born 1838
Susan Robinson born 1839
James Monroe Robinson born 1840
Malinda Robinson born January 22, 1842 married Elam Dooley
Andrew Robinson born 1844
William S. Robinson born April 4, 1845 married Nancy R. Bardon
Alfred Graham Robinson born April 8, 1847 married Jane Rittenhouse
Hezekiah Robinson born 1849
Mary P. Robinson born 1851
Thomas F. Robinson born March 24, 1853 married Martha J. Grubb
Charles Wesley Robinson born February 15, 1859 married Harriet B. Miller (my great grandmother) married Minter B. Miller)
Dorcas J. Robinson born 1861
Lewis H. Robinson born 1862
Ida B. Robinson born 1866
As far as a paper trail my lineage continues through other surnames, but the name of Green stops here. Of course, there is DNA relationships but I have not made an indebt paper search. If you wish to read more about my lineage you are invited to follow the links listed here: Biographies

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