Pedrigree Chart for Anna, Margo and Marian

Pedrigree Chart for Anna, Margo and Marian

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Marriage Records for #16 - Thomas E. Green, #17 - Jane Warren

Title of the marriage bond record of Thomas E. Green and Jane Warren, daughter of John M. Warren

The upper record is a declaration of age for Thomas E. Green The lower record is the bond for the marriage of Thomas E. Green and Jane Warren, daughter of John M. Warren (transcribed below)
Transcribed by Carole Kelly (errors may have occurred as the writing was difficult to read) 
[Upper Portion]

Washington County

Personally came John M Warren before me a Justice of the Peace for said County made oath that Thomas E Green who is about to intermarry with his daughter Jane Warren is above the age of Twenty one years Given under my hand this 20th day of January 1819. 

A. E. Gibbons 

[Lower Portion]

Know all men by these presents that we Thomas E. Green & John M Warren are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the full and just sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which will and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth we bind ourselves and our heirs and jointly and severally and firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 20th day of January 1819 The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Green and Miss Jane Warren daughter of the above bound John M Warren

For which a License has issued now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then this obligation is to be void else to remain in full force & virtue in law.


Step [C.?] Brown

Thomas Green

John M Warren [marked with X]

Monday, July 25, 2011

#29 - Nancy Ann Acre Obituary

This obituary for Nancy Ann Acre Denney was originally posted online by H. Edgar Hill,,


Nancy Ann, daughter of Leonard and Sarah Acre, was born in Alabama in 1826, and was united in marriage to Moses Denny in 1851. To this union were born 6 children, Mrs. Thomas C. (Mary) Wilson, and George Denny of this place; Mrs. Rachel Higbee of Friendship, WI; James Denny of French Lick and John Denny of Washington; and two sons, Leonard and Anderson Gray by a former marriage.

She departed this life March 6, 1915, age 89 years, 1 month and 27 days. "Aunt" Nancy united with the U.B. Church when she was quite young and was true to her faith in every sense of the word.
Asleep in Jesus, Blessed Sleep for which none ever wake to weep.

For several years she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. T.C. Wilson. Aunt Nancy was a kind wife and loving mother, and was loved by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed in our community.
Her husband and two children preceded her to the Great beyond. She leaves beside her children 40 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and one great, great, grandchild.

Funeral services were conducted at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.C. Wilson by Rev. Wm. Cox and she was tenderly laid to rest in Morrison Cemetery.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Civil War Pension Record for #8 - John Francis Green

This pension record of John Francis Green for service in the Civil War states that his date of death was 30 Jan 1906. Note that he is referred to as an Invalid.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

St. Rose Church in Washington County, Kentucky

Saint Rose Catholic Church near Springfield in Washington County, Kentucky (see map), is the church some of our ancestors belonged to, and several were buried in the adjoining cemetery. The Greens, the Warrens, and many other Catholic families from Maryland, immigrated to Kentucky in the late 1700's through the early 1800's.

Thomas E. Green married Jane Warren in Washington County, Kentucky in 1819. It's likely that they were married in the original church building of Saint Rose, part of which still exists. It became part of the new building and is now the Eucharistic Chapel.

The register of Saint Rose Church shows that John M. Warren (#34) and his wife, called "Old Mrs. Warren (#35) were buried in the Saint Rose Cemetery. Thomas E. Green (#16) and his wife, Jane Warren Green (#17) were also buried there. Thomas E. Green's brother, James, married Jane's sister, Nancy. Though many of our ancestors were buried in the Saint Rose Cemetery, not many have headstones. The headstone of our closest ancestor buried there (shown above) belongs to Jane's sister, Nancy Warren Green.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Biographical Sketch of #12 - Thomas Hart

This page from the book A Bibliographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Vol. 1 1816-1899, was photocopied in the 1980's by Anna Frances Green Hunt and her daughter and cousin during a family history hunting trip in Martin County Indiana. An entry on the page gives a biographical sketch of Thomas Hart.  The transcription follows:

HART, Thomas. HOUSE, 1879 (Dubois and MARTIN) [tells year elected and area represented] Born June 24, 1822, County Kildare, Ireland. Church of Christ. Emigrated to Washington County, Indiana, in 1840; and moved to Martin County in 1848. Farm laborer, 3 years; farmer. Democrat. Justice of the peace in Washington County, 4 years; Martin County commissioner, 1859-67; Martin County assessor and land appraiser, 8 years. Sketches-1879.

Marriage Record of #12 - Thomas Hart and #13 - Eliza Jane Coulter

At the top of this page from Marriage Book D, Washington County, Indiana, is the marriage record for Thomas Hart and Eliza Jane Coulter. The transcription follows:

Date: March 11, 1843 [date of license]

Parties Names: Thomas Heart [sic] To Eliza J. Coulter

Remarks: Fathers Consent [for Thomas] Afft of Age [for Eliza]

Marriage Certificate: I the undersigned Certify that on this 12th day of March, 1843 I Solemnized the marriage of Thomas Hart and Eliza Jane Coulter, according to Law - [signed] John Ellis, J.P. [Justice of the Peace]

1910 Census Record for: #6 - James Hart, #7 Anna Gray, #3 Jennie Hart

This 1910 US Federal Census record was recorded in Center Township, Martin County, Indiana. Notice that listed immediately after James and Anna (Gray) Hart are James' brothers Michael (along with his family) and John (who never married). Remember to click on the image in order to read the details. Click again, if possible, to make it even larger. Click on the back button to go back to the blog.

Friday, February 18, 2011

#30 - Willis Hubbs, and #31 - Elizabeth Rutherford Hubbs, members of Berea Church

As seen can be seen on the photo itself, this is a copy of a cyanotype photograph taken about 1865, just two years before Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hubbs, our ancestors, were listed among members of the Church. The photo, along with other historical information, was found at a website about Berea Church.

Mr. Willis Hubbs and Mrs. Willis Hubbs were listed among the members of Berea Church of Christ (aka The Church of Christ of Indian Creek) in Morgan County, Illinois in January, 1867. Lists of members of the church in other years include other members of the Hubbs family and some of their in-laws.

The following statement was written when the church was first organized in 1851. The information came from a record which was transcribed on a web page regarding Berea Church History.

Copied from the Original Book, Berea Church of Chirst:

"Morgan Schoolhouse No. 2, Aug. 15, 1851
We, the body of Christ, agree to organizing ourselves after the primitive practice to watch over one another and admonish each other, for our good, to take the scriptures of the old and new testaments for our rule of faith and practice.

That for practice, the new is sufficient, but for faith both are required. To call ourselves by the name given to Christians in the primitiave age by the Apostles-definitely called Christians-the followers of Christ. We agree to continue steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine, in fellowship, in breaking of bread and in prayers. Further as the primitive organizaitons were named according to locations so that they might be addressed or called upon by the traveling brethren, therefore we agree to known as the Church of Christ of Indian Creek, meeting at Morgan Schoolhouse No. 2."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

#4 - James T. Green, #5 - Myra F. Brown, #2 - Harold John Green, and Fred Green - Family Photo

Left to Right: Harold J, Myra, Fred, James; abt 1906 or 1907

This photo came to me from a distant cousin through marriage, Martha Westenbarger Greene. She had it in her family files. It's a picture of James and Myra with Harold and Fred. The date is not given, but Fred was born 2 October 1904, and it looks like he's about two years old. The background looks like early spring, but it's hard to tell in a black and white photo. I'm just grateful we have it!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

#20 - Sylvester O'Brien, Land Patent in Martin County, Indiana

This is a copy of an 1852 Land Patent to Sylvester O'Brien in Martin County, Indiana. "A land patent is a document recording the passing of a land title from the government, or other proprietor, to the patentee/grantee. This is the first-title deed and the true beginning of private ownership of the land." (from a definition of a Land Patent at So, other than Native Americans and the US Federal Government, Sylvester was the first owner of these 40 acres. 

At the time of the 1850 Census, Sylvester was said to own real estate valued at $300, so this appears to be an additional piece of property.

Notice that Millard Fillmore was President of the United States at the time the record was made. 

Although the spelling of Sylvester's last name on this document is "O'Brian", other records show the spelling as "O'Brien" and "O'Brient". The spelling usually depended on nothing other than who was doing the writing. According to the 1850 and 1860 Censuses, Sylvester O'Brien could not read or write.

#10 - Thomas Brown and #11 - Julia Ann O'Brien, Temporary Move to Missouri

Thomas and Julia Ann (O'Brien) Brown moved their family from Indiana to Liberty Township, Crawford County, Missouri sometime between the birth of Myra (our ancestor) in 1867 and the birth of Teresa in 1870. Crawford County is 80 miles west south west of St. Louis and 275 miles from Martin County, Indiana. It's likely the Browns made the move for an opportunity for Thomas to earn money.  It's reported in the 1870 Census that Thomas is a "collier", or coal miner. The birth of the next child of Thomas and Julia was in Indiana. Apparently, they weren't in Missouri for long.

The map of Missouri shows the location of Crawford County, Missouri, in red.

This is the information given about Thomas and Julia's family in the 1870 Census in Liberty Township, Crawford County, Missouri:

Brown, Thomas; age 39, Male, White, Occupation: Collier, Personal Property Value: $125, Born in Indiana, cannot read or write, male citizen 21 years or older

Brown, Julia A.; age 30, Female, White, Occupation: Housekeeper (in her own home), born in Indiana, cannot read or write

*Brown, Stephen; age 16, Male, White, Occupation: Chopping wood, Born in Indiana, Attends school

*Brown, Mary; age 14, Female, White, Born in Indiana, Attends school

*Brown, William; age 12, Male, White, Born in Indiana, Attends school

Brown, Martha; age 7, Female, White, Born in Indiana, Attends school

Brown, Sarah; age 5, Female, White, Born in Indiana, Attends school

Brown, Myra; age 2, Female, White, Born in Indiana

Brown, Teresa, age 2/12 (2 months), Female, White, Born in Missouri  

*These children are from Thomas' marriage to his first wife, Martha Boland 

Friday, February 4, 2011

#26 - Gideon Coulter, Headstone in Center Ridge Cemetery, Sullivan, Indiana

Gideon Coulter

This is the headstone of Gideon Coulter, the father of Eliza Jane Coulter. Gideon and his wife, Permelia, divorced. Gideon married Elizabeth "Betsy" Bowman, and moved to Sullivan, Indiana.

The headstone was found at an online headstone database called "". The information at FindaGrave says that Gideon was born March 8, 1802 and he died May 16, 1876. The inscription on the headstone is said to include the fact that he died at the age of 74 years, 2 months and 8 days.

Gideon's will is found in another post on this blog.

#62 - Ezekiel Rutherford, Entry of his will in Will Book B, Morgan County, Illinois

These pages are from Morgan County, Illinois Will Book B, pages 233-235. The book is found in SLC at the Family History Library Film #1317859. The first page is Ezekiel Rutherford's will and the second two pages are testimony of the will and it's entry into probate. The third page says that Ezekiel died "on or about the 13th day of February" 1856, but his headstone states it was February 14, 1856. Notice that Willis Hubbs, Matilda's father, was one of the witnesses to the will.

Below is the transcription of the will of Ezekiel Rutherford.


I Ezekiel Rutherford of the County of Morgan and State of Illinois do hereby make and devise this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit.

First It is my Will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

Secondly, After the payment of such funeral expences [sic] and debts, I give devise and bequeath unto my son, Lloyd Rutherford the sum of five hundred and six dollars and my trunk and wearing apparel.

Thirdly, I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Hubbs my Bedstead.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my son, David Rutherford one horse which he has now in his possession and my bed, bed clothes and cord.

Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter, Mary Zachary my one horse wagon, the Lines and two Bridles the Said Wagon to be sold by my executors and the Money sent to her.

And Sixthly, I devise and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter, Rosetta Peterson the sum of fifty Dollars.

And Lastly I hereby Constitute and appoint my Grand Son John Hubbs Executor of this my Last Will and Testament revoking and annulling all former Wills by me made and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I the Said Ezekiel Rutherford have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of November in the year of our Lord One thousand Eighteen hundred and fifty five.

Ezekiel Rutherford    [Seal]

Signed Sealed published and declared by the Said Ezekiel Rutherford as and for his Last Will and Testament in presence [sic] of us who in his presence and in the presence of Each Other and at his request have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto.

Ephraim Gard
Willis Hubbs

#62 - Ezekiel Rutherford, Headstone in Hebron Cemetery, Morgan County, Illinois

Ezekiel Rutheford (#62) died on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1856. [Although we don't know for certain that the Rutherfords celebrated Valentine's Day, Valentines began being exchanged in the US in the late 1700's, and commercially production of Valentine Cards began in the US in the 1840's (From:] Ezekial is buried in Hebron Cemetery in Morgan County, Illinois. 

Ezekiel was married to Sarah Johnson. His father was John T. Rutherford, a Patriot in the Revolutionary War. Ezekiel's will is posted and transcribed in a separate entry in this blog.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

#59 - Sallie Ballard, Headstone in Hebron Cemetery, Morgan County, Illinois

Sarah (nickname: Sallie) Ballard Acre was born in Kentucky and died in Morgan County, Illinois. She was married to Leonard Acre and was the mother of Nancy Ann, and several other children. These photos of  Sarah's Headstone were found at the website of Hebron Cemetery in Morgan County, Illinois. This headstone was chalked in by the person taking the photos so that it would be easier to read.

#14 - Anderson Gray Death Certificate

Two distant cousins shared digital images of Anderson Gray's death certificate with me. The front of the certificate is above, and the back of the certificate is below. From the certificate we learn, as another record had also stated, that Anderson's father, Michael, was born in Ireland. Also, the certificate gives Anderson's birth and death dates, age at death, occupation, etc. Note that the certificate inaccurately shows that the name of Anderson's mother is "Mary" instead of "Nancy".

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

#14 - Anderson Gray, Letters from Woodmere, Evansville, Indiana

     Anderson Gray spent an unknown number of the last weeks of his life in a hospital at that time called "The Southern Indiana Hospital for the Insane". His death certificate says that senility was one of the causes of his death, but these letters make it obvious that he was able to think and reason at the time they were written. Though the doctor released Anderson, and Anderson asked his son and daughter-in-law to take him home, he died at the hospital a few weeks after the letters were written. While it's heartbreaking to read the letters and find that he was apparently never brought home, we don't know all the circumstances of the situation. Thanks to a distant cousin our ours, at least we have a copy of a letter Anderson wrote, and we know somewhat more about him.

Transcription of the letter from Anderson to his son, Morton, and daughter-in-law: 

Woodmere, Evansville, Indiana
September 7, 1924

Dear Son & Daughter
The Doctor just told me this morning that you could take me out any time you would come after me. I hope to see you Soon. I am still better than I was. Hope this will find you both the same. From Dad

Sunday, January 9, 2011

#15 - Matilda Hubbs, Headstone in Berea Cemetery (Morgan County, Illinois)

Matilda; Wife of A. Gray; Died July 26, 1872; Aged 24 Ys. 8M. 17 D.

Matilda Hubbs was the wife of Anderson Gray and the mother of one known child, Anna Gray. Anna Frances Green told me she was told that Anna Gray was "an orphan from Ohio". Research led me to the marriage record of Anna's father, Anderson, to Matilda Hubbs in Morgan County, Illinois, not Ohio. (Family stories are not always accurate, but that's the purpose of research. Anna lost her mother, not her father, and so she was not truly an orphan.) Matilda's family had lived in Indiana but moved to Illinois. Anderson most likely knew the family when they lived in Indiana, and then went to Illinois where he married Matilda. Anna was born in Illinois two and a half years after Anderson and Matilda were married. Matilda died just six years later. After Matilda's death, Anderson and Anna moved back to Martin County where Anderson remarried.

#28 - Michael Gray, Last Known Census Record: 1860

This 1860 Census record shows Michael Gray (#28) on line 15. His his son, Leonard (Anderson's older brother by a couple years), and Leonard's wife, Martha Boswell live with him. Michael is a grocer and Leonard is a baker. They reside in Daviess County, just east of Martin County. This record of Michael is the last found. His date of death has not yet been discovered.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

#29 - Nancy Ann Acre, #28 - Michael Gray, Divorce Record

This is a copy of the divorce record for Nancy Ann Acre (#29 ) and Michael Gray (#28 ). To make it easier to read, the transcription is below:

Nancy Ann Gray vs. Michael Gray – Divorce

Now comes the complainant by Dunn and Monson, her solicitor, and the defendant by Mr. Niblack, his solicitor, and by agreement of parties the complainant now files an amended petition, and this cause is now submitted to the court for final hearing and decree on said amended petition and parol proofs and the court being advised of the premises do order, adjudge and decree that the bonds of matrimony heretofore existing between said parties be dissolved, and by agreement of parties it so further ordered, adjudged and decreed that the said petitioner pay the costs of this court; and by agreement of parties it is ordered, adjudged and decreed that said petitioner be forever banned of any interest or claim in and to the real or personal property of said defendant and all claim for alimony hereafter.

#8 - John F. Green, Family Farm

This photo of John F. Green's home was most likely taken in the late 1950's or early 1960's (assuming the car in the foreground is relatively new). The family home was located near Hindostan Falls, Martin County, Indiana. Many generations of Greens lived on the family farm including John F. Green (#8), James Green (#4), Harold J. Green (#2) and Anna, Margo and possibly Marian.

In 1982 or 1983 Anna Green Hunt told me a family story she had heard while she was young. She said that her father’s grandfather, John F. Green, walked to Shoals to draw up a will and on the walk back home he came down with a cold which led to his death. In the will, Anna understood, the farm was left to John F.’s “favorite grandchild”, Harold J. Green. A copy of the will shows that the story isn’t true. John’s estate was divided equally among all of his children. Though the story is not accurate, there could be some basis for the folklore. Harold J. did end up living on the farm while none of the other grandchildren did. Perhaps he was a favored grandchild, perhaps he spent more time with his grandfather than other grandchildren did, or perhaps all the grandchildren felt special to their grandfather. If anyone has any insight to this story, please contact me.

#8 - John F. Green, Three Generation Photo

This is a photo of John F. Green and, we are told, his daughter, Nancy Jane, and her daughter, whose name we don't yet know. If you can identify her, please contact me by clicking on "view my complete profile" and then "email".

#2 - Harold John Green, WW1 Draft Record

This is the WW1 Draft Registration card for Harold J. Green (#2). Though he filled out a card, he was not known to have been drafted. At the time he registered for the draft he was married to Jennie Josephine Hart and had one daughter, Anna. Some records of Harold J. Green give his first name as Harold, others as John. This one says it was John. Family members today remember his first name to have always been known as Harold. If you'd like, you can click on the draft card to open it up in another window. Then click again, if necessary, to enlarge it. Click on the back arrow to return to the blog.

Abbie Hunt (Harold J's granddaughter) and Marian Green Basom (Harold J's daughter) shared information about the answer in Part 3, Page 2 of the registration card where it is stated that Harold is crippled. They said that Harold always walked with a limp. Both Abbie and Marian were told as children that he limped because, as a boy, Harold was stepped on by a horse. They never gave much consideration to his limp. Abbie said, "We never thought of him as crippled - but he was".

#8 - John F. Green, Obituary

This obituary gives us a clue that John F. Green was well liked by those in his community when it is stated that he was called "Uncle John".

Obituaries sometimes contain mistakes. The Death Notice for John F. Green (#8) has a small one that states he's the father of nine, one of them deceased. He was actually the father of ten, with one deceased. The nine living children were correctly named in the obituary.

Transcription of Death Notice for John F. Green:

John F. Green Dead

John F. Green, one of the oldest citizens of Martin county, died at his home near Hindostan Wednesday morning after a long illness from stomach trouble.
            The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas green and was born in Kentucky.  At the age of seventeen he came with his father and mother to this country and resided at M. Pleasant.  He had four brothers and three sisters.  None survive expect [sic] a sister Mrs. Nancy Williams of this place.
            At the age of twenty-two he was married to Martha E. Greenwell, who only lived a short time.  He lived near Loogootee for some time after his marriage then moved to a farm near Hindostan where he lived until his death.
            In the year 1864 he enlisted in the Civil war but served only a short time.
            Mr. Green was the father of nine children all of whom are living except one.  Those living are Mrs. Nancy Bell, of Rushville, Illinois; Rebecca C. Abels, of Shoals; Mrs. John Brown, Mrs. Ida Waggoner, Mrs. Mary Case, Mrs. Ella Summers, of this city; George, of Cannelburg; James, of Hindostan and John, of Loogootee.
            “Uncle John” as he was familiarly called was a farmer and had many friends.  He was a patient sufferer during his last sickness and was seventy-nine years of age.
            Interment in St. John’s cemetery.

#8 - John F. Green, Pioneer of Loogootee

This photo appeared in a Martin County newspaper. John F. Green (#8) is seated second from the right.

#8 - John F. Green and #9 - Martha Greenwell, Headstone in St. John's Cemetery

This headstone of John Frances Green (#8) and his wife Martha Greenwell (#9) Green has been chalked to make the inscription easier to read. They were buried in St. John's Cemetery in Loogootee, Indiana. Though Martha died about 31 years before John, he never remarried.

Friday, January 7, 2011

#26 - Gideon Coulter, Will

At the time Gideon Coulter (#26) wrote his will, three of his children were living:  Martha Ann, Eliza Jane and William F.  Gideon's personal estate was to be divided up equally between them. His real estate was left to his second wife, Virginia (Betsy) Bowman, until her death, at which time it would be divided up among his children or his children's posterity.

Monday, January 3, 2011

#29 - Nancy Ann Acre, Photos in Old Age

Nancy Ann Acre (#28), mother of Anderson Gray (#14) - The photo on top shows Nancy with some unnamed descendants. Wouldn't it be great if one of them were Anderson Gray (#14)! Hopefully someone can help us identify the people in the photo. 

Nancy was married to Michael Gray(#28) for about five years before they divorced. We don't think of divorce as a frequent occurrence in the mid-1800's, but during the Martin County, Indiana Circuit Court session in which Nancy and Michael divorced (court was held about every 3 months), there were at least five divorces granted in Martin County. Three months after her divorce, Nancy married Moses Denney. They had many children together. See another post for a transcription of Nancy's obituary.

#5 - Myra Brown, Obituary

Myra Brown Green (#5) was the mother of Harold J. Green (aka: Gramps, #2) and the daughter of Thomas Brown (#10) and Julia Ann O'Brien (#11).

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Pedigree of Anna, Margo, and Marian Green

Though Anna's information is given in position #1, the ancestral information is the same for her sisters Margo and Marian. This chart will be made more complete as more information is discovered and added. Some basic information will be easy to obtain. Other information may never be found because of a lack of available records.