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Thomas Green

 
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A grist mill is a building where a miller grinds gain into flour.

Thomas Green was born about 1740 in Maryland. He was the son of George Green and Sarah Musgrove.

He married Helen Wright.

Helen and Thomas' children probably included:
Susan Green (1761, married Rutter),
Abraham Green (1761, married Elizabeth Campbell),
Elizabeth Green (1764, married Murray),
George Green (1771, married Isabelle Skinner)
Mary Green (1774)
Thomas Green (1775, married Margaret Campbell)
Isaac Green
Nancy Green
Elisha Green
John Green (1780, married Eleanor Kemp)
Rebecca Green (married Joseph Campbell), and
Caleb Green

Thomas settled in the southern end of Hare's Valley on 254 acres in 1776. He built a grist mill, about 1785 on the Mountain Branch of Three Springs Creek.

Helen died about 1794. After her death, Thomas married Sarah Horton.

Thomas died in 1816.

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.

 

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from History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Volume 2 by Henry Wilson Storey

...Thomas Green, born 1740, led the way of the family into the Province of Pennsylvania. He was a worthy pioneer and eventually became a man of large property and influence. . .

Elizabeth Green, eldest daughter of the pioneer, married a Mr. Murray, and died March 10, 1789. She was buried in the apple orchard, and thus originated the oldest burial ground in the south part of Huntingdon county.

Soon after 1794 Helen Wright Green died, and she was buried in the same place. After her death Thomas Green married Sarah Horton, but no children were born of his second marriage.

The old pioneer himself died March 11, 1816, and in his will made ample provision for all his surviving children, dividing among them his lands to the extent of eighteen hundred acres.

The children of Thomas and Helen (Wright) Green were:
Elizabeth, born 1764, died March 10, 1789; married Mr. Murray,
Susan,
George, born February, 1768; married about 1797, Isabelle Skinner, and had seven children.
Mary, born November 7, 1774.
Thomas, born 1775, married, about 1801, Margaret Campbell.
Abraham.
Isaac.
John, born 1781.
Nancy.
Rebecca, married Joseph Campbell, and removed to Ohio.
Elisha.
Caleb, born in Pennsylvania after 1784.

. . .George Green, third child and eldest son of Thomas and Helen (Wright) Green, grandson of George Green, of Maryland, and grandfather of Wesley Green, of Johnstown, married, about 1797, Isabella Skinner, and had seven children: Matilda, Lemuel, George Morris, father of Wesley Green, Elisha, Sarah Ann, Susan and Archer Green.
  

 
 
 
 

From Commerative Biographical Encyclopedia of The Juniata Valley

...Thomas [Green], was born in Baltimore county, Md., in 1740, and became a farmer in Maryland.

In 1784 he removed to Springfield township, Bedford, now Huntingdon county, and settled on a tract of 351 acres, on part of which Saltillo now stands. After clearing the land he erected a house and barn, a saw-mill, and sometime between the years 1785 and 1797 a grist-mill. In addition an extensive orchard was planted, and he engaged in distilling various liquors.

At his death he owned 1,800 acres of land, which were divided among his children.

He was married in 1703 to Helen Wright, a native of Maryland, but of Irish descent. Their children were: George; Susan; Thomas; Isaac; Nancy; Mary; Abraham; Elizabeth; Elisha; John; Rebecca; and Caleb, who was born in Pennsylvania, USA.

Mr. Greene was a Whig. He served as tax collector in 1790. He was in fellowship with the Methodist Episcopal church. He died in 1816, and was buried, as was also his wife and children, on the farm in the apple orchard, burial places being as yet private; this place is reserved forever as a cemetery.

John, Abraham and William Wright, brothers of Helen Wright, wife of Thomas Greene, settled in Clay township, Huntingdon county. John was a squatter on the Three Springs tract of land, warranted by James Ralph, of Philadelphia, in 1762. Wishing to purchase part of the land, Mr. Wright set out on horseback for Philadelphia, but in the meantime Col. George Ashman, who had settled on the same tract of land, was apprised of Wright's intention, and by hard riding on one of his best horses reached Philadelphia in advance of Wright, and bought the whole tract of fifteen or eighteen hundred acres of Mr. Ralph. Mr. Wright then bought a large tract of land in Trough Creek valley, where many of his descendants, still live.

Alcohol played a significant role in the daily lives of colonists; even children. They feared polluted water and believed in alcohol's nourishing and medicinal properties.

     
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