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John Greene (abt. 1606 - abt. 1695)

John Greene
Born about in Enfield, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Islandmap [uncertain]
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John Greene migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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John Greene was born ca. 1606 near London, England, probably Enfield, England. He was variously called John Greene the Younger, John of London, John of Wickford and John of Quidnessett.[1]

At around age 36 he married a young widow named Joan Beggarly.[1]

As a young man, in 1635-1636 he migrated to the New World, sailing on the ship, Matthew[2] landing first at St. Christopher, British West Indies. Finding the people there a "Godless set", he sailed to Massachusetts, the great Puritan settlement. [3] Differing with the religious authorities there, he accompanied Richard Smith to Narragansett Bay where the latter had a trading post at Quidnessett, or Aquidneset (nka Rhode Island) by 1637. The two established a flourishing trade with the Indians. For some years, Smith and Greene were the only white settlers at Quidnessett. Roger Williams and a Mr. Wilcox purchased land there in 1643 or 1644, and Williams sold his holdings to Richard Smith in 1651. On June 11, 1659 the Indian Sachem, Coquinaquant, sold the entire region of Quidnessett, which had belonged to the Narragansett Indians, to a land company headed by Major Humphrey Atherton. There were few Rhode Islanders in the company but Richard Smith was among them, the rest being Boston and Connecticut speculators.[4]

On 24 March 1682 he divided Land among certain sons, and in 1695 he died at Quidnessett, Rhode Island.[1]

Research notes

There were two other John Greenes who arrived in Rhode island around the same time. He is not to be confused with John Green, surgeon of Warwick, RI who arrive in Rhode Island at about the same time and whose wife was also Joan but Tattersall.

Fabricated pedigree

Although there are two published sources from the early 1900s claiming a direct pedigree from John Greene through Robert Greene to royalty in England, the supposed source documents for this pedigree (wills, deeds, etc.) have never been located and these sources have been discounted by genealogists. Genealogists generally consider these lines to be fabricated. La Mance does not publish any of the documentation she claims to have received while building this pedigree and Rixford uses La Mance’s book as her source.
The two sources which have been invalidated by genealogists and SHOULD NOT BE USED to source this pedigree are:
La Mance, Lora S. The Green Family and all its Branches from A.D. 861 to A.D. 1904. Floral Park, NY: Mayflower Pub. Co., 1904. Page 33.
Rixford, Elizabeth M. Leach. Families Directly Descended from all the Royal Families in Europe (495 to 1932) and Mayflower Descendants. Genealogical Publishing Co., 1932. Page 74.

Children list from Austin: John of Kings Town and wife Joan[5]

  • John b. 6 June 1651; d. 1729; m. Abigail
  • James b. 1655; d. 1728; married (1) Elizabeth; m. (2) Ann
  • Daniel d. 1730; m Rebecca Barrow
  • Edward m. Mary Tibbitts
  • Benjamin d. 1719; m. Humility Coggeshall

Children list from the Settlers of the Beekman Patent.[6]

  • Edward b. c. 1643; m. Mary Tibbetts
  • Daniel b. c 1647; died 1730; m. Rebecca Barrow (perhaps a 2nd m.)
  • Henry b. c 1648-50; m. Sarah d/o John Greenman. Went to Monmouth, N.J. died there c 1694
  • John b. 16 Jun 1651; m. Abigail
  • Robert b. 1653
  • James b. 1655; d. 1728; m. ?Elizabeth Jenkins; m. (2) Ann
  • Benjamin b. c. 1665; m. Humility Coggesshall
  • Sarah; m. Thomas Founders.

List on Wikitree profile


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 La Mance, Lora S. The Green Family and all its Branches from A.D. 861 to A.D. 1904. Floral Park, NY: Mayflower Pub. Co., 1904. Page 11, 32, 47, 53-59, 125.
  2. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Gale Research. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc,
  3. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc,
  4. The Greene Family Being A Record of the Ancestry and Descendents of Maxson Alvaro Greene, Submitted by PHGS Members: Dick & Charlotte Baker
  5. Austin, John Osborne. Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island: Comprising Three Generations of Settlers Who Came Before 1690 : With Many Families Carried to the Fourth Generation. (Albany: J. Munsell Sons, 1887)
  6. Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016), (Orig. Pub. by Frank J. Doherty, Pleasant Valley, NY. Frank J. Doherty, The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York: An Historical and Genealogical Study of All the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent, ten volumes. 1990–2003).

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I have come across some notes in a personal family tree that shows the father of Benjamin as a John Greene Jr born about 1651(probably not right) died about 1729 with a spouse of Annis Agnes Almy born about 1627 died about 1709. His father being John Greene and mother Joan Beggarly born 1635 died 1695). John Greene's parents then being Robert Greene and Joan Tattersall. Seems like there should be a generation in between this John and Benjamin but not wholly sure. Will keep looking for Info and thanks to all those working on this tree!
posted by Chad Johnson
Welthian I believe is someone else. If the wife of Thomas Hungerford were indeed Mary Green, I suppose she could be the d/o this John, but we don't even know if her name is Green or Gray. And then there's unknown. Maybe Unknown could be changed to Sarah.
posted by Anne B
Checking the list of children; Enfield belongs to the second generation John. Making the correction.
posted by Anne B
lots of work to do... I suggest the easiest - that would be neat also.
I see what happened some time ago, Joan Beggarly and Alice (Daniel) Beggerly got conflated/mixed together and merged. The last merge didn't help matters. All the children of this Green are attached to Alice. Alice had no children. The easiest thing to do is change Alice's profile back to Joan Beggarly and create a new Alice. Or I could create a new Joan and switch the children, which I suppose would be neater.
posted by Anne B
This John Greene and Greene-43 appear to be totally different people. It was the other John married to Alice Daniel. So objections to disconnecting Alice?
posted by Anne B
I am removing Clarke from his name. The John Greene who was a fugitive and changed his surname to Clark (as an alias) was a much earlier John Greene (b. ca. 1460, Gillingham, England).
posted by Kenneth Kinman
Greene-950 and Greene-2166 appear to represent the same person because: There is more that needs to be straightened out re the John Greenes.
posted by Marj Adams

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