Elizabeth (Driggers) Greene

Elizabeth Ann (Driggers) Greene (1825 - 1906)

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Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Greene formerly Driggers
Born in Appling, Georgia, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Columbia, Florida, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Sanderson, Baker, Florida, United Statesmap
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Elizabeth was born June 30th 1825 in Emanuel, Georgia, to William H Driggers and Amelia Lastinger Driggers.[1]


On January 6th 1846 in Columbia, Florida (now Baker County), she married Elisha Greene, an original settler of Baker County, Florida.

Slaughter at Tiffen's Pond

In 1847 Elisha Greene was away, fighting in the Seminole Indian Wars when Betsy happened upon the following event written about by Baker County, Florida historian Gene Barber and published in the Baker County Press.

"South of Sanderson (Florida) is a small swampy area know as Tiffens' Pond. As in the case of all place names, there is a story behind the naming. In the early 1830's John Joshua Underwood Tippens, originally of North Carolina, brought his wife Nancy and three children into Columbia County (that part of which later became Baker). Due to the Cracker speech habit of substituting 'F' for double 'P' when located within a word, the locale became know as Tiffens rather than Tippens.
Mr. Tippens was a son of Phillip and Mary Underwood Tippens of North Carolina. His wife was a daughter of David Mizell from Camden (Charlton) Co., Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. Tippens were married in Camden County at Traders Hill on the 22nd of January 1825. She was a sister to ancestors of many Charlton, Baker, Union, Columbia, and Union citizens as well as many families in south Columbia. Her father, David, had recently moved to an area in south Columbia County, Florida (thought to be present Union County), and Mr. Tippens attempted removal of his family to the Mizell fortified home during an Indian alarm which was the beginning of the incident which is related in this excerpt of a letter written by a neighbor to a relative in St. Marys, Georgia
'It is again my painful duty to inform you of a most shocking Indian massacre - I mean the murder of Mr. John Tippins and family. Mr. Tippins was bringing his wife and children out of Florida to see her parents, and when within a few miles of her father's house, was fallen in with about seven Indians, between 10 o'clock, A.M. and 12 o'clock. Mr. Tippens was shot from his horse, the Indians then made an easy capture of his helpless family and vented their savage spleen by beating on the heads with their tomahawks. Mrs. Tippins lived (senseless) about forty hours, but did not speak; her skull was smashed in many places by the tomahawks. This melancholy occasion took place in this country last Monday not far from Ocean Pond.
We are most critically situated. The Indians on the north of us close to the Okefinokee Swamp. On the south in the nation our market road leading from here to any market accessible to us passes through their gateway and we are here exposed on the border of the Okefinokee down both sides of the Indian gangways to the nation and no protection whatsoever from the army.'
The letter writer, in addition to almost waxing poetical regarding the unfortunate family's slaughter confused a few of the facts. The Tippens were not intending to leave Florida, but, according to the Mizell Family and the Green Family who found them, they were headed toward Mrs. Tippens' father's place to the southwest of them. Mrs. Elisha (Elizabeth Driggers) Green discovered the bloody scene, and left an eyewitness account.
Mr Tippens evidently died on the spot where he fell, shot from his horse. Mrs. Tippens was scalped, and left to bleed to death. The children, the youngest six months old and the eldest three years old, were chopped in their heads with tomahawks, and slung to the ground.
Mr. Green was away in the army on a campaign against the Indians in the Alachua area. Mrs. Green and the children found Mrs. Tippens and the three year old Cornelia still living the next morning. Mrs. Tippens died soon after she was discovered. Little Cornelia survived, and died in 1926 at the age of 88.
Mrs. Green buried the dead in one of her wagon bodies in present day South Prong Cemetery (the Green family burial grounds)."

The above information is from a series of articles written by Baker county historian Gene Barber and posted in the Baker County Press between the years of 1974 and 1981.[2]


Elizabeth died on June 6th, 1905 and is buried in South Prong Cemetery, Sanderson, Florida. [3][4]


  1. Pioneers of Florida's First Coast, Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society, 1991, Pages 152, 182
  2. Barber, Gene. The Slaughter At Tiffen's Pond, Baker County Press, August 14, 1975. Page Two.
  3. South Prong Cemetery [1]
  4. Information taken from the individual's tombstone, South Prong Cemetery, Sanderson, Baker, Florida by Barry Sweetman
  • 1850 US Census, Columbia County, Florida, enumerated 17 Nov 1850.
  • 1860 US Census, New River County, Florida, Aug 8, 1860.
  • 1870 US Census, p 29, enumerated July 4, 1870 Sanderson, Baker County, Florida.
  • 1880 US Census,Sanderson, Baker County, Florida.
  • Ancestry Family Trees Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network.


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On 29 Oct 2016 at 22:11 GMT Barry Sweetman wrote:

Driggers-6 and Driggers-41 appear to represent the same person because:

These persons are the same individual. However, her husband is Elisha Greene and not Andrew Greene (her son)

On 15 Aug 2016 at 20:53 GMT Barry Sweetman wrote:

Driggers-179 and Driggers-6 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same people based on their birth/death dates, husbands and locations.

On 23 Jul 2016 at 19:59 GMT Marj Adams wrote:

please open profile--would like to add info. thanks

Elizabeth is 26 degrees from Rosa Parks, 23 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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