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Richard Henry Greene, American Revolutionary War

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Trenton, Burlington, New Jersey, USA
Death: 1818 (77)
Blowing Rock,Watauga,North Carolina,USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jeremiah Greene of Rowan County and Joanna Hannah Greene
Husband of Eleanor Green and Eleanor Greene
Father of Shadrach Greene; John Greene; Jeremiah Greene, III; Amos Green; Richard Greene, Jr. and 6 others
Brother of Susannah Hunt; Stephen Greene; Sarah Wilson; Isaac Greene; Mary Sloan and 6 others

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About Richard Henry Greene, American Revolutionary War

Richard b. ca 1742, married Eleanor or Elender Sullivan. They moved to the mountains about 1790 and owned many acres near present Blowing Rock.

Their child was Jeremiah, who married Anne Hartley and moved ca 1810 to Hawkins County, Tenn.

Richard married Francis. They moved to Tennessee before 1840. John married Elizabeth Coffey and lived in the Globe Area. Eleanor, who perhaps married a Baker and moved to Ohio. Amos b ca 1778, married Elizabeth Searcy. They lived in Rutherford County and the Cherokee County, Georgia where he died in 1857. Joseph, born ca 1782, married Elizabeth Shearer and second, Celia Elrod. He died in 1861, Benjamin, then to Joseph, married Mary Elrod. Isaac b ca 1786, married Susan Gragg.

While Richard did not live long enough to apply for a Revolutionary War pension (the records of which are used by many to substantiate ancestor's participation in that war) Richard served as a militiaman assigned in September 1778 to guard prisoners of war at Salisbury jail.

Although it probably wouldn't qualify as a "prison" by today's standards, it appears this facility was used to bind over prisoner's who were being held to be transferred to New Bern as well as used to hold Tory prisoners of war during the Revolution.This reference is from the abstracts of the Rowan County Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1753-1795. Guards for this Gaol are also listed in the small 30 page booklet entitled "Rowan County, NC, guards for Salisbury Gaol, 1778-1779" by James Douthat.

The following is taken from an article named "The Old Wagon Road" written by an unknown person in which this person tells of a shoe factory, a prison, a hospital, and an armory being located in Salisbury by the year 1762.

"In 1755, NC Gov. Arthur Dobbs wrote to England that the "Yadkin is a large beautiful river". Where there is a ferry it is nearly 300 yards over it, [which] was at this time fordable, scarce coming to the horse's bellies." At six miles distant, he said, "I arrived at  Salisbury the county seat of Rowan. The town is just laid out, a little courthouse just built, and 7 or 8 log houses recently built." Most of Salisbury's householders ran public houses, letting travelers sup at their home table and drink, too. In 1762, there were 16 public houses. There was also a shoe factory, a prison, a hospital and armory all here before the Revolution, which can be variously used to house soldiers or prisoners as needed."

Richard served as a Private in the Virginia 12th Regiment from April 1775-1783.

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Richard Henry Greene, American Revolutionary War's Timeline

March 17, 1740
Trenton, Burlington, New Jersey, USA
Age 21
Mitchell , South Carolina, United States
Age 22
North Carolina
Age 32
Age 33
Rowan, North Carolina
Age 35
Rowan, NC, USA
April 28, 1778
Age 38
Rowan County, North Carolina, United States
Age 40
Blowing Rock, Watauga County, North Carolina
Age 41
Rowan, NC, USA