Nathanael Greene (August 7 [O.S. July 27] 1742 – June 19, 1786, frequently misspelled Nathaniel) was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. When the war began, Greene was a militia private, the lowest rank possible; he emerged from the war with a reputation as George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer. Many places in the United States are named for him. Greene suffered financial difficulties in the post-war years and died suddenly of sunstroke in 1786.
Before the American Revolutionary war
Nathanael was the son of Nathanael Greene (1707–1770), a Quaker farmer and smith, and the great great grandson of John Greene and Samuel Gorton, both of whom were founding settlers of Warwick, Rhode Island. Nathanael was born on Forge Farm at Potowomut in the township of Warwick, Rhode Island, on August 7, 1742 new style. His mother, Mary Motte, was his father's second wife. Though his father's sect discouraged "literary accomplishments," Greene educated himself, with a special study of mathematics and law. The Rev. Ezra Stiles, later president of Yale University, was a strong influence in the young Nathanael's life.
In 1770, Greene moved to Coventry, Rhode Island, to take charge of the family-owned forge (foundry), just prior to his father's death. There, he was the first to urge the establishment of a public school and in the same year he was chosen as a member of the Rhode Island General Assembly, to which he was re-elected in 1771, 1772 and 1775. It is debatable that he was a member of the General Assembly since there is no mention of his participation in his personal papers and because there were several of his contemporaries with the same name from Rhode Island. He sympathized strongly with the "Whig," or Patriot, element among the colonists
- Revolutionary War hero.
- In about 1993 we visited the home in which Nathanael was born. This home was then owned by Thomas Greene and his mother Anne Greene. This Thomas Greene is not a lineal descendant of Nathanael's.
- July 27, 2001 we helped celebrate Nathanael's 259th birthday at "The Forge", Potowomut, East Greenwich, Rhode Island where he was born.
- We have one volume of his books of letters. JGP
- 1770 Member of Rhode Island Assembly
- 1774 Charter member of the Kentish Gaurds
- 8 MAY 1775 Chosen Brigadier-General of Rhode Island Army of Observation
- 24 MAR 1776 In command of Boston
- 25 APR 1776 In command of Long Island
- 1776 Promoted to the rank of Major-General
- Seventeen U.S. states have named counties in Gen. Greene's honor. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.
- Eulogy on Nathanael Greene (New York, 4 July 1789)
- Greene, Francis Vinton. General Greene (D. Appleton and Co., New York, 1893)
- Maj. General Nathanael Greene Homestead: Historical Place
- General Nathanael Greene Homestead Association
- Wikipedia General Nathanael Greene Homestead
- Clarke, Louise Brownell. The Greenes of Rhode Island (Knickerbocker Press, New York, 1903)
- Helen Kessler
- Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2004)
- Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Marriages (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001)
- Gen. N. Greene Homestead brochure
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- Thomas Randolph : Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R-FGC41936, Ysearch Z4RKM, FTDNA kit #440118
- Richard Fritts : AncestryDNA, GEDMatch A119548, Ancestry member rfritts173 + 23andMe, GEDMatch A119548
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