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Mary Increase (Allen) Greene (1688 - 1731)

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Mary Increase [uncertain] Greene formerly Allen
Born in Dartmouth, Bristol, Plymouthmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 16 Feb 1709 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Potowomut, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Islandmap
Profile last modified 22 Jan 2020 | Created 11 Jun 2011 | Last significant change: 22 Jan 2020
18:03: Leigh Anne (Johnson) Dear removed John Greene (1676-1747) as the spouse from Mary Increase (Allen) Greene (1688-1731). [Thank Leigh Anne for this]
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Mary was a Friend (Quaker)

Mary Allen, daughter of Increase and Rachel Allen, was born May 29, 1689 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. [1] Her father, Increase Allen was a Quaker who, among other things, in Dartmouth on 4 Jan 1696/7 helped to "Inventory the estate of William Wood, Sr., of Dartmouth late dec'd taken 4 Jan 1696..." [2]

Her grandfather's brother, great-uncle William Allen, was a "prominent Friend who with Edward Wanton, Joseph Coleman and Nathaniel Fitsrandal, (among many other activities) presented to the General Court of Plymouth 'conscientiously and in all tenderness' their reasons why they could not 'give maintenance to the established preachers."[3] Thus giving 'voice' to a common objection of these early Quakers both in the new colonies and in England.

From Dartmouth, MA., to Warwick, R.I.: Marriage
Currently located are 2 pertinent marriage records records for two Society of Friends (colonist) record-keeping locations:
(1) Mary Allen married John Green on 16d 12m 1709 [February 16, 1710] in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Bay Colony.[4] Traveling on land, Dartmouth, MA is about 42 miles distance to Warwick. 'As-the-crow-flies' across the waters the distance is 8 miles.

(2) Mary Allen, daughter of Increase Allen, married 16 Feb 1709/10 at Warwick, Rhode Island, John Greene, son of James Greene. [5]

John & Mary (Allen) Greene had the following children recorded in the Narragansett Friends Records which suggests husband John Greene was also a Quaker or had converted. These children were all born at Potowomut according to this record: [6]

  • David Greene, b. 4d 11th m 1710/1, parents John & Mary Greene
  • James Greene, b. 19d 1m 1713, parents John & Mary
  • Rachel Greene, b. 16d 1m 1714-15, parents John & Mary; m. Francis Matteson
  • James / Increase (may be Increase, see children listing below) Greene, b.12d 2m 1717, parents John & Mary
  • Elizabeth, b. 26d 3m 1719, parents John & Mary

A listing of children is also recorded in Warwick, Kent county, Rhode Island state vital records which includes the children recorded in the Narragansett Quaker record and additionally picks up where that record leaves off beginning with Benjamin. They were all born in Warwick. Warwick is about 20 miles southwest of Potowomut. The record reads: "Of John and Mary Greene" [7]

  • David, b. 4 Jan 1710/11
  • James, b. 14 Mar 1712/3; d. 30 May 1792, (West) Warwick, R.I.
  • Rachel, m. Francis Matteson; d. 8 Mar 1740, Warwick, R.I.
  • Increase, b. 12 Apr 1717
  • Elizabeth, b. 26 May 1719
  • Benjamin, b. 26 Sep 1721
  • Dina, b. 5 Jan 1723/4
  • Mary, b. 1 Jan 1724/5; d. 13 Oct 1727
  • Joseph, b. 19 Feb 1727/8
  • Peter, b. 8 Jan 1730/1

Research Notes
Martha Greene, dau of John Greene, m. Joseph Matteson, son of Thomas Matteson, 8 May 1727 in West Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island. They were married by Thomas Spencer, Justice.[8] She is reported to have d. 1 Feb 1746 and buried in the Matteson Lot cemetery, West Greenwich, Kent, R.I. West Greenwich is about 5 miles distance from Warwick.

Common Name Caution
Mary, dau of Incease Allen not to be confused with Allen-407 Mary Allen (1688-1766) born in Salem, MA, dau of Joshua and Mary (Crowell) Allen; m. Windham, CT., Ebenezer Abbe (1683-1758); d. Windham, CT.

There are numerous Mary Allen (LNAB & married name) in New England about the same time.


  1. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Mary Allen, 29 May 1688; citing DARTMOUTH,BRISTOL,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0823562 IT 1-3.
  2. "Abstracts from the 1st Book of Bristol County Probate Records", image, pg.72; Reprinted online by Operations, Inc. Accessed 19 Jan 2020.
  3. Jones, Rufus Mathew, (1863-1948); Gummere, Amelia (Mott) (1859-1937); Sharpless, Isaac, (1848-1920), "The Quakers in the American Colonies", pg.154. E-text available in the public domain. Accessed 19 Jan 2020.
  4. Monthly meeting records, BMD 1699 - 1880, Society of Friends, Dartmouth Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends: Dartmouth, Mass.), p 149.
  5. Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636-1899; Vol.01/21: Kent Counties: BMD; pg.51. Online db pub by Operations, Inc., 2014, Provo, UT, USA. Accessed 19 Jan 2020.
  6. R.I. Vital Extracts, 1636-1899; Narragansett Friends Records-B&D; Vol.07; pg.147: Reprinted: Arnold, James Newell. Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636–1850. Vol.7/21., Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1891–1912. Digitized images from NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts.
  7. Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636-1899; Vol.01/21; image pg.169; Warwick BMDs: Kent County. Typed ledger Reprinted by Operations, Inc., 2014, Provo, UT, USA. Online db access 20 Jan 2020.
  8. Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636-1899; Vol. 01: Kent County, BMD; Vol.1; image pg.47. Reprinted by Operations, Inc., 2014, Provo, UT, USA. Online db access 20 Jan 2020.

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UNKNOWN-252999 and Allen-3503 appear to represent the same person because: Same name at birth; same date and place of birth. Husband's names are the same. Each has a daughter who married a Matteson. Not everything matches but they're similar enough that I think it would be worth doing some more research.
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Mary is 17 degrees from Danielle Liard, 13 degrees from Jack London and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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