Nathanael Greene

Nathanael Greene (1742 - 1786)

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Maj. Gen. Nathanael "Nathaniel" [uncertain] Greene aka Green
Born in Forge Farm, Potowomut, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Islandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Home of William Greene, Warwick Township, Kent County, RImap
Descendants descendants
Died in Mulberry Grove Plantation, Georgia, USAmap
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Nathanael Greene is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P-170154
Rank: Major General
Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene served Continental Army during the American Revolution
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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.[1] 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

Military Service

1776 Promoted to the rank of Major-General




JUL 1774 Home of William Greene, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island[1][2]
He married Catharine Littlefield, also known as "Caty," of Rhode Island.


19 June 1786 Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, USA.


Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA. [3]


  • 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.


  1. Greene Homestead brochure
  2. Helen Kessler
  3. Find A Grave

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Revolutionary War Soldier
Revolutionary War Soldier

Nathanael Greene Original portrait painted from life in 1783
Nathanael Greene Original portrait painted from life in 1783

Monument to General Nathanael Greene Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Monument to General Nathanael Greene Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

DAR Monument at the Battle of Eutaw Springs
DAR Monument at the Battle of Eutaw Springs

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On 16 Jul 2018 at 23:41 GMT Luke (Kemp) Lord Kemp-St. Margaret MA/ThB/PhD wrote:

We used to pose under his huge equestrian statue in the Guilford Courthouse Battlefield Park in Greensboro, NC, not knowing until this year that he was a blood relative on my father's side.

On 2 Mar 2017 at 16:29 GMT Zoiya (Holland) Tate wrote:

Very nice profile :)

On 9 Apr 2015 at 20:58 GMT Amy (Spada) Michel wrote:

The biography of Catharine Littlefield Greene "Caty" by John and Janet Stegeman offers more information on Nathanael Greene's children. These included Martha Washington Greene (who married John C. Nightingale and then Henry Turner), Louisa Ray Greene (who married James Shaw), and Catharine Greene (who died in infancy). Also, Cornelia Lott Greene re-married after the death of Peyton Skipwith, Jr. her cousin Ned Littlefield (son of William Littlefield, Catharine's younger brother).

On 9 Mar 2015 at 21:23 GMT Cathryn (Hallett) Hondros wrote:

On 17 Sep 2014 at 04:19 GMT Matt Pryber wrote:

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