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Hannah Annatie (Wright) Green (1714 - bef. 1785)

Hannah Annatie Green formerly Wright aka Reyt
Born in Amwell Township, Morris, Province of West Jerseymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1738 in Somerville, Somerset, Province of West Jerseymap
Wife of — married 1738 in New Jerseymap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Monmouth, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Hannah was born in around 1716, the daughter of John (Jan) Wright (Reyt) and Orcha Bras. Hannah would marry Samuel Green, possibly the son of Richard Green. She would become Samuel's third wife. Together, Samuel and Hannah would have the following children:

Adam Green (1738–1815) ​​

John Green (1740–1830)

William Green (1740–1830) ​​

Daniel Green (1741– )

George Green (1743–1777) ​​

Rebbeca Green (1747–1820) ​​

Mary Green (1749–1836)

Samuel Green, the Deputy Colonial Surveyor of New Jersey, and Hannah Wright lived in Johnsonburg (then known as Log Gaol). They had five sons between 1738 and 1746 and two daughters from 1747 to 1749.

Hannah would pass away in 1808 at around 92 years of age.


Baptism: 8 Jul 1716
Name: Annatie Reyt
Parents: Jan Reyt and Aertie Bras
Place: Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey
Description: Dutch Reformed Church
Source: Records of the Reformed Dutch Churches of Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey, 1686-1802


Date: Bef 1785
Place: New Jersey, USA
Source: #S83


Source: #S54
Page: 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files were combined to create this source citation.
Records of the Reformed Dutch Churches of Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey, 1686-1802
Author: Dutch Reformed Church (Hackensack, New Jersey)
Author: Dutch Reformed Church (Dumont, New Jersey)
Author: Dutch Reformed Church (Bergenfield, New Jersey)
Publication: c1891
Source S54
Abbreviation: Public Member Trees
Title: Public Member Trees
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.
Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.
Repository: #R2
Repository R2
Address 1:
Source S83
Author: Robert Percy Rickard, Zephyrhills, FL
Publication: 31 Jan 2001
From: FamilySearch Family Tree~
Parents and Siblings
JOHN WRIGHT aka JAN REYT (1691–1732)​​
Marriage: 11 April 1713 New Jersey, United States
AERTIE "Orcha" BRAAS (1694–1732)​​
The 'Known' Children of Aertie "Orcha" Braas and John Wright
  1. ELIZABETH WRIGHT ZERBE (1712–1768)​
  2. HERMANUS REYT (1714–Deceased)​​
  3. SIAN RYT (1714–Deceased)
  4. HANNAH WRIGHT GREEN (1714–1785)​​
  5. ELISABETH REYT HOPPE (1718–Deceased)​​
  6. CATTERINA REYT (1720–Deceased) ​​
  7. Unnamed Baby Boy REYT (1724–Deceased)​​
  8. EUPHEMIA “Offea” "Uphamy" WRIGHT ARMSTRONG (1724–1811)​
  9. WILLEM REYT or WILLIAM WRIGHT (1726–Deceased)​
  10. JAN REYT or JOHN WRIGHT (1732–1799)
The following citation was Posted to the FamilySearch Profile for:
EUPHEMIA 'Offea' 'Uphamy' WRIGHT ARMSTRONG. Lends credence to historicity of unsupported identities....
"The Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey"
compiled by William Clinton Armstrong,
published in the Hackettstown Gazette, A974.97A739--pg 30 states:
"Nathan Armstrong married Euphemia Wright. They were early settlers in Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey" Also" Here at the residence of Samuel Green, Sr. a deputy surveyor of West Jersey, Nathan met and loved and wooed a young lady who was visiting the Greens. Her name was Euphemia Wright, a sister of Hannah, the wife of Mr. Green."
Also: Please Note: I am presently reviewing a copy of 'Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc. In which, are entries strongly suggesting that Hannah's parents were friends of Samuel parents...or at least their fathers, as one is entrusted with fiduciary aspects of the other's estate. I will document as appropriate.
JOHN SAMUEL GREEN Sr. (1671–1760)
Marriage: 1738 New England, United States
HANNAH WRIGHT (1714–1785)
The Children of Hannah Wright and John Samuel Green
  1. ADAM GREEN (1738–1815)
  2. JOHN GREEN (1740–1830)
  3. WILLIAM GREEN (1740–1830)
  4. DANIEL GREEN (1741–Deceased)
  5. GEORGE GREEN (1743–1777)
  6. REBECCA GREEN GLOVER (1747–1820)
  7. MARY GREEN HOWELL (1749–1836)
Alternate Spellings incl. RYTE, WRYGHT, RIGHT, and WRITE
The Ancestors of SHELLY LEE PURDON
[360] SAMUEL GREEN, born 1671 in England; died 1760 in Johnsonburg, :Sussex, New Jersey USA. He was the son of [720.] Richard Green. He married:[361]...Hannah Wright 1738 in Sommerville, Somerset, New Jersey (NOTE PLEASE, this contention of Samuel's parentage is elsewhere contested!)
[361].Hannah Wright, born 1714 in Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey; died 1808 in New Jersey She was the daughter of [722]. John Wright and [723.] Aertie 'Orcha' Harmanus Bras.
Notes for Samuel Green:
Green-Gordon-Pettit Families from John Martinson 2005:
The American Revolution brought with it an exodus of those who either sided with the British or due to religious convictions refused to participate in the revolutionary cause. Many of these people fled to the region known as Upper Canada and settled on grants provided by the British Crown to compensate these patriots for their losses and suffering during and after the revolution. Today, United Empire Loyalist 'UEL' is a heritage in which many Canadians take great pride in and consequently participate in various historic organizations. It is due mainly to these efforts that information on the Green, Pettit and Gordon families survive.
It is fortunate that the Green and Pettit families were prominent personalities in the early years of Upper Canada, supplying characters like the patriotic 'Billy Green' in the War of 1812 and the judge and statesman Nathaniel Pettit as part of Canada's history and folklore. Many loyalists lost their rights, including to sell land and to register deeds and wills in the county courthouses, so that evidence of their migration are often not clearly documented in their home countries. Many of the early loyalists that arrived in Upper Canada became part of the Great Hunger of the late 1780s which devastated many of these families who arrived with little provisions on this rough frontier. In this period, virtually the only records that survive are land records.
The Green family and their loyalist roots have been researched and documented in several published works. It is fortunate that most of these works are scholarly and well researched. For Canadian branches of the family two works hold great importance. Professor Watson Kirkconnell's work "Climbing the Green Tree" was compiled in the late 1960s and privately published in 1976. Kirkconnell was a professor who used sources such as personal along with public records found in the local Ontario archives for his work on the Green, Kirkconnell, Allison, Watson, Kitchener and Hooper families of Upper Canada. Kirkconnell was a descendant of a Charles Green. The second and most comprehensive work was done by Ida Crozier who produced and privately published four volumes on the Green Family; all descendants of Samuel Green Sr of New Jersey. Ref. Register Report for Samuel Green: A collaboration of primary & secondary source submissions by the Whitesell Researchers.
[1.] Samuel Green Sr. of Hardwick Township, Sussex County, New Jersey left a will signed 3 Sept. 1760 which was proved in 22 Nov. 1760 listing his children by a "first" family, in which he names five children including a Samuel. [Benson], indicates that he married three times, the first being to:
Margaret Kemp, daughter of Edward Kemp of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and by that marriage he had one child who was known as:
John Samuel Green or Samuel Green, Jr.
Samuel Green Sr. married [second]:
Sarah Bull, daughter of Thomas Bull of Gloucester County, whose children are mentioned in his will as those of his "First Family".
He next [third] married at the age of 67 years to:
Hannah Wright (related to Shelley Purdon), daughter of Orcha (Harmanus) and John Wright. She is believed to have been born in Ireland. :Their children are mentioned in his will as of his "Second Family" (his Will to be shown last). Hannah is named as his wife in his will and she married next John Goodwin who may be the "John Goodin" who was witness to Samuel's will. Benson indicates that she was deceased by 1785 when her son Adam deeded land she had occupied to Ralph Hunt.
Samuel Sr. became a prominent surveyor in western New Jersey and in 1729 had the title, "Deputy Surveyor General", 1729 in the Province of New Jersey. "By 1738 Samuel Green Sr. had moved to Johnsonburg, formerly called Log Goal, at one time the county seat of Sussex County. He is recorded as a voter in 1738 in Greenwich Township, while it was still in Hunterdon County, but which would now be in Warren County, as is also Johnsonburg." The will of Samuel Green Sr. lists a home-farm of 50 acres on the East of Mill Creek, adjoining Jonathon Pettit; a mill and lot of 20 acres let to Charles Murray; 300 acres formerly the home farm; 300 acres including said mill, adjoining George Allen; 300 acres next to the last, adjoining Anthony Morrice (sic); 300 acres more, and land in and about the Great Meadows-Witnesses were Solomon Willits Jr., Jonathon Willits and John Goodin.
Inventory of the personal estate was 226,13 pounds including a large looking glass, a silver cup and 7 silver spoons.
Among the Loyalists who came to Upper Canada over two hundred years ago were several hundred blacks. Blacks represented about 10% of the total Loyalists emigration. Some fought on the British side during the American Revolution. Records indicate that Samuel Green emigrated with a black slave known as Tom Green and records also indicate that Tom stayed with this family in Canada. The black emigrants were granted the same land as other loyalists. The black Green families of Wentworth County are said to have origins with this same Tom Green-Shelley 2000. From 'The Diary Of Mrs. John Graves Simcoe: wife of the first lieutenant governor of the Province of Upper Canada 1792-1796' by J. Ross Robertson published 1911: "Mon.28th-We rose at six, left Francis with the servant, & set off for the Forty Mile Creek....we walked thro the village and beyond Green's mills a little way up the mountain, far enough to see where the stream dashes over the very dark rocks, surrounded by hemlock, spruce & other picturesque trees. Green ground the corn for all the military posts in Upper Canada. His mill stood five miles east of Hamilton, on the Stoney Creek road.Mrs. Simcoe ..."Forty Mile Creek was one of the chief objects of the tour.This stream which intersects in a straight line the range of mountains extending from Queen's Town, flows, with a gentle fall, into the plain, and affords some wild, awful, yet very pleasing prospects among the mountains. Before it empties itself into the lake, it turns a grist mill and two saw mills which belong to a Mr. Green, a loyalist of Jersey, who six or seven years ago (1788-9)settled in this part of Upper Canada. This Mr. Green was the constant companion of the Governor on this journey along the shore of Lake Ontario. He is apparently a worthy man, and in point of knowledge far superior tothe common caste of settlers in this neighbourhood. His estate consists of 300 acres, about 40 of which are cleared of wood. He paid one hundred and twenty five dollars for 40 acres, through which the creek flows that turns his mill, on account of the greater value they bear for this reason, the common price being only five shillings ($1) per acre.
SOURCE: History of Newton, New Jersey The Pearl of Kittatinny Surveyor Samuel Green divided the future site of Newton into adjacent tracts of land, varying in size between 1250 & 5000 acres surveyed for William Penn, James Budd, John Bollen & Amos Strettle in October 1715 as part of the Last Indian Purchase of the West Jersey Council of Proprietors...Some have mistakenly claimed that the village was named for the "new town" that sprang up after the first court house was built here in 1761-65. Actually, Newtown Township was formed in 1750 as a precinct of Morris County. The name was carried here by the Hunts and Pettits, pioneer families who originally settled in Newtown, Queens County, Long Island. Also noted on this web site for Newton is the following excerpt written by Thomas Gordon 1834: The town lies upon the slope of a gentle hill, of mingled slate and limestone, at whose foot a spring sends forth the first waters of the Paulinskill, the chief river of the county...some of the dwellings are very neat: the place has an air of business, and there is, in fact, a very considerable trade carried on with the surrounding country. In healthiness of situation, by the report of the inhabitants, it cannot be excelled."
Source: Ida Crozier- A Green Geneology Volume IV by Crozier & Green:
Will of Samuel Green 3 Sep 1760
In the Name of God Amen,
I Samuel Green of Hardwick in the County of Sussex and Province of New Jersey, Yeoman, Being in a Languishing Condition, but in perfect Mind and Memory and Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body do Ordain this and No Other to be my last will and testament Imprimis.
I give unto my first Children, that is:
Sarah Severns
Samuel Green
Margaret Opdike
Richard Green &
Ann Opdike
the sum of five shillings each.
Item, I give and bequeth unto my beloved wife fifty Acres of land adjoining Richard Stouts and John Kelleys Land, also all the Overplus Land if any there be after the following legacies are taken out. Likewise, all my personal Estate of all kinds whatsoever together with all the unlocated Rights of Property belonging to me unto her and her heirs and Assigns for Ever.
And I do give unto my wife the Use of Improvements Whereon I formerly lived and all the profits therefrom arising, and also fifty acres of land where I now Live to be bounded Westward by the Mill Creek and pond and Southward by Jonathon Pettits Line and so to include the above, quantity as She shall think proper During her Life and whereas I have let unto Charles Murray My Mill and twenty acres of land for the term of ten years I give to my wife all the Rent for the same during the said term.
Item, I give unto my son Adam when he shall arrive at the age of twenty- one years, three hundred acres of Land adjoining and including My old plantation above mentioned but not to possess the old improvement until his Mother's Decease to him his heirs and Assigns forever.
Item, I give unto ,my son John When he shall arrive at the age of twenty- one years three hundred acres of Land Adjoining to Adams and including the mill and to extend to the rear line next to George Allens taking his breadth until he hath the above quantity but not to possess, the Mill until the above said Murrays lease is expired to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give unto my son William when he shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years, three hundred acres of Land adjoining John's running back to Anthony Morrices Line taking his Breadth until he hath his above quantity to him his heirs and Assigns forever.
Item, I bequeath unto my five sons Viz.
Adam Green, John Green, William Green, Daniel Green, George Green, all the Land belonging to me Lying in and about the Great Meadow to be Divided Equally among them when they shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years at the Discretion of my Executrix to them their heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give unto my daughters Rebekah and Mary Green, eight hundred acres of Land belong me at the foot of Paqualburg Mountain to be Divided between them equally at the discretion of my Executrix. When they shall arrive at the age of eighteen years to them their heirs and assigns forever.
And it is my will that if any of my Seven Last Children should die before the ages herein Mentioned that his, other or their Legacy shall be Equally Divided Among the Surviving ones.
And lastly I do nominate and appoint my well-beloved wife:
Hannah Green
to be my whole and Sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of September Anno Domn one thousand seven hundred and sixty 1760.
Signed Sealed pronounced & Declared By the said Samuel Green as his Last Will & Testament in the Presence of us
Solomon Willis, Junior
Jonathon Willits
John Goodin

Later Life

Hannah was Samuel Green's 3d wife; he married her when he was 67.

After his death in 1760, Samuel's widow, Hannah Wright, remarried to John Goodin (sic) of Sussex county as stated in the Sussex County Court Minutes of May Term 1762 [re: ibid].

Secondhand sources indicate Hannah followed her children to Canada where she died in 1808; however, other sources quote the sale of land in Ontario by Hannah's son Adam in 1785 to indicate the date of her death.


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Wright-39064 and Wright-1767 appear to represent the same person because: Please agree to merge these duplicate profiles for the wife of Samuel Green (who died 3 September 1760 in New Jersey) and mother of William Green (1740 NJ - 1830 PA). Thanks!
posted by Kay (Johnson) Wilson
Wright or Wryght-1 and Wright-1767 appear to represent the same person because: duplicate family.
posted by Peter Rohman
If Hannah Wright is of Dutch descent and the family name was originally spelled Reyt, why is she connected to a family named Wright that comes from Yorkshire, England?

These look like the right parents, but the grandparents are questionable.

posted by Leslie Torkelson

Rejected matches › Hannah Wright (abt.1715-)

Hannah is 16 degrees from Laurie Giffin, 30 degrees from Toni Morrison and 13 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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