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Harriet Greene (abt. 1787 - 1880)

Harriet "Rit" Greene
Born about in Dorchester, Maryland, United Statesmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1808 in Dorchester, Maryland, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 93 in Fleming, Cayuga, New York, United Statesmap
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Harriet "Rit" Green (b. c. 1787 Dorchester co., Maryland - d. Oct 1880 Fleming, Cayuga, New York),[1] was the daughter of Modesty.[2] She was the wife of Ben Ross (b. c. 1787 Dorchester co., Maryland - d. 1871 Fleming, Cayuga, New York).[1] They married abt. c. 1808 and had nine children, including the noted U.S. civil rights leader, Harriet Tubman.[3]

Rit was enslaved by Atthow Pattison of Dorchester (d. Jan 1797), who willed her to his granddaughter, Mary Pattison (d. abt.1810), with the stipulation that Rit was to be freed at the age of 45. When Mary died, Harriet was inherited by her minor son, Edward Brodess, whose estate was managed by her second husband Anthony Thompson.[4] Brodess took control of his inheritance in c. 1822, and later refused to honor the terms of Atthow Pattison's will and free Rit and her children.[5][1]

With the assistance of her daughter Harriet Tubman, Rit escaped to Ontario, Canada in 1857. She eventually moved to Fleming, Cayuga, New York in c. 1859.[6][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harriet "Rit" Ross (b. circa 1787 - d. 1880). MSA SC 5496-8444. Fled from slavery, Caroline County, Maryland, 1857. Archives of Maryland: Biographical Series.
  2. Wikipedia: Harriet Tubman's family
  3. Larson, K.C. (2019, December). Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument: Historic Resource Study, p. 127 - . National Park Service, US Dept. of the Interior. PDF.
  4. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park (From "Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero - Bound for The Promised Land" By Kate Clifford Larson). Timeline.
  5. Larson, K.C. (2004, February 15). Bound for the Promised Land. New York Times.
  6. New York MPS Tubman, Harriet, House. National Archives Identifier: 75312226. File Unit: National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records: New York, 1964 - 2013; Series: National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records, 2013 - 2017; Record Group 79: Records of the National Park Service, 1785 - 2006. Department of the Interior. National Park Service. (3/2/1934 - ) (Most Recent). US National Archives. Web.
  7. "New York State Census, 1875," images, Maryette Davis in household of Nelson Davis, Fleming, Cayuga, New York; citing p. 25, line 15, State Library, Albany; FHL microfilm 853,204.[1]
    • Nelson Davis Husband Male 37
    • Maryette Davis Wife Female 40
    • Hariet Stewart Mother Female 80

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