Colonel John Green Chapter
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CHAPTER ORGANIZED OCTOBER 1904
After a three year effort, the twelve charter members of the Colonel John Green Chapter NSDAR met for the first time in October of 1904. Mrs. Mary Stuart Green Edmunds was elected the first regent and quickly appointed a committee to locate the graves of Revolutionary soldiers buried in Christian County. Mrs. Edmunds presented a wooden gavel to the chapter made from a dogwood tree, which grew in the Liberty Hall Cemetery in Culpeper County, Virginia, where Colonel Green was originally buried.
In 1912, the chapter provided funds to place two bronze tablets on the gates of Riverside Cemetery. The tablets contained the names of the thirty-nine Revolutionary War soldiers buried there.
By 1930, the chapter had grown to sixty-four members and was actively engaged in promoting patriotism in local schools, giving books to school libraries, giving books and clothing to mountain schools, and awarding prizes for historical essays. During World War I, the chapter worked for the Red Cross and Belgian Relief Fund, supported six French orphans, bought Liberty Loan Bonds, and contributed to the building fund of both Memorial Continental Hall and the new Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
As of March 1, 2016, the Colonel John Green chapter has 68 members, and continues to be actively involved in the community. Chapter meetings are held on the second Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in September, November, March, and May. Meetings are held on the second Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in October, December, February, and April. The June meeting is held on the second Thursday at 6:00 p.m. with the John Manire SAR Chapter.
The chapter is honored to have had several Daughters serve in State and National offices. Mrs. W. Paul Hale (Lillian) served as State Regent of Kentucky, 1974-1977, and Vice-President General, NSDAR, 1977-1980. (Mrs. Hale died in October of 2002) Miss Mary Pardue served as Corresponding Secretary, KSDAR from 1974-1977. Mrs. Floyd Paul Van Booven (Ruth) served as Librarian, KSDAR, from 1983-1986. Most recently, Mrs. W. Lawrence Long (Claire) has represented the Colonel John Green Chapter as State Chaplain of Kentucky, 1995-1998, and as State Regent of Kentucky, 1998-2001, Elizabeth "Beth" Everett was the 2010-2012 State Recording Secretary, and Patricia Dianne King is the 2013-2016 State Treasurer.
Chapter Theme: Growing through faith, awareness and dedication to a proud past and a promising future.
Colonel John Green (1730-1793) was the son of Robert Green (1695-1748) who came to Virginia at the age of 15 with his uncle William Duff, Joist Hite, and Robert McKay, Quakers. He traveled up the Rappahannock River and settled near Brandy Station on the Washington City and Virginia Midland Railroad. He built his home, named Liberty Hall, near a large spring on the road leading from Brandy Station to Rixeyville, and took up large tracts of land in what was in 1712 Essex, in 1721 Spotsylvania, in 1735 Orange, and in 1749 Culpeper County. Robert married Eleanor Dunn of Scotland and had seven sons, all of whom had red hair, and have since become referred to as the "Red" Greens. Eleanor survived her husband by 45 years and outlived four of her sons. Robert Green became a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1736, and was one of the first vestrymen of St. Mark's Parish.
John married Susanna Blackwell and had eight children - seven sons and one daughter. He was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War and a member of the House of Burgesses in 1769. He succeeded his brother William as vestryman of St. Mark's Parish in 1770. One of Susannah's sisters married the Colonel's nephew William, son of Robert, and another sister married John's brother Moses. John succeeded to Liberty Hall, the family home. Colonel John Green organized and commanded a company of Minute Men at the start of the Revolution and served for more than eight years. He was a captain of the 1st Virginia, became a major in 1776, was wounded at Mamaroneck on the 21st of October, 1776, became a lieutenant colonel in 1777, a colonel in the 10th Virginia in 1778, transferred to the 5th Virginia in September 1778. He distinguished himself at the battles of Brandywine and Monmouth. He was assigned to cover the planned retreat of General Nathaniel Green from the battlefield at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781. The Americans had so few adequate troops in any battle that they could seldom stand and fight, so the planning for any battle included a plan to withdraw. Colonel Green was very unhappy with this assignment, and General Greene had to promise that he would assign the colonel the forward assignment in the next battle to calm him down. In a later battle, Colonel Green was wounded while storming a breastwork and was a cripple for the remainder of his life. In his will, he claimed to be "sick and weak, but in perfect sense and memory." He was commended by the Continental Congress and presented a sword for meritorious achievement. Light Horse Harry Lee referred to the Colonel in his memoirs as "one of the bravest of the brave." Colonel Green retired in January 1783 and was one of the original members of the Order of the Cincinnati. He received land warrants for almost 9,000 acres of land in Kentucky for his service in the war.
Colonel Green died in 1793 and was buried at Liberty Hall, but the remains of him and his wife were moved to Arlington Cemetery in 1911. The inscription follows:
Colonel 10th Virginia Volunteers
Born and died at Liberty Hall, Culpeper Co., Virginia
Commanded one of the first companies of Minute Men of Culpeper County
Organized and commanded a company in the Continental Line
Commended by the Continental Congress and directed to be presented a sword for meritorious service
Original member of the Society of the Cincinnati
|Vice Regent||Patricia Dianne King|
|Recording Secretary||Wanda Butson|
|Corresponding Secretary||Donna Grant|
|REINHOLT ABENDSCHÖN of Pennsylvania||MEMUCAM HUNT of North Carolina|
|WILLIAM ADDISON of South Carolina||WILLIAM HUNT of North Carolina|
|JOHN ALLISON, JR. of North Carolina||THOMAS JACKSON of Virginia|
|CHARLES BATES of Connecticut||EMMOR JEFFRIES, JR. of Pennsylvania|
|JOHN BELFIELD of Virginia||EMMOR JEFFRIES, SR. of Pennsylvania|
|SAMUEL BILLINGSLEY of North Carolina||WILLIAM KINCAID of Virginia|
|WALTER BILLINGSLEY of North Carolina||ALEXIS LADERROUTE of Virginia|
|ISHAM BOBBITT of North Carolina||JOHN LARGE of New Jersey|
|JOSEPH BONNER of Virginia||NATHAN LAWSON of Virginia|
|ISAAC BOWMAN of Virginia||HUGH LEEPER of Virginia|
|SAMUEL BROCKMAN of Virginia||JAMES LINDSEY of Virginia|
|JOHN BROWNING of Virginia||ANDREW MAC FARLAND of Pennsylvania|
|JESSE BUCKNER of North Carolina||SAMUEL MAJOR of Virginia|
|RICHARD BUCKNER of Virginia||WILLIAM MC CONNELL of Pennsylvania|
|PATRICK CAIN of South Carolina||ELIZABETH OGLE MC DONALD of Virginia|
|SPENCER CALVERT of South Carolina||JOHN MEACHAM of North Carolina|
|MAJ. WILLIAM CAMPBELL of Virginia||JOSEPH MEACHAM of North Carolina|
|JEAN CARDINAL of Virginia||WILLIAM MEACHAM of South Carolina|
|JOHN CARTER of Virginia||JOSEPH MICHAUX of Virginia|
|SHADRACK CASEY of Virginia||EPHRAIM MIKELL of South Carolina|
|PHILLIP CATT of Pennsylvania||SOLOMON MORGAN of South Carolina|
|ABEDNEGO CHANDLER of South Carolina||WILLIAM MORRIS of Virginia|
|JOEL CHANDLER of North Carolina||ARTHUR MOSELEY of Virginia|
|NICHOLAS CHAPARD of Virginia||NATHAN MUDGE of Massachusetts|
|JAMES CHARLTON of Virginia||MAJ. JOHN NELSON of Virginia|
|JAMES CHILES of Virginia||THOMAS NELSON of Virginia|
|JONATHAN CLARK of North Carolina||ABSOLAM NIXON of North Carolina|
|HENRY CLAY, M.D. of Virginia||HENRY O'DANIEL of North Carolina|
|DAVID CLEM of Virginia||JESSE OWEN of Virginia|
|JAMES COLVIN of Pennsylvania||HENRY PARRISH of North Carolina|
|WILLIAM CONE of Georgia||MESHACK PEARSON of Virginia|
|CUTHBERT COMBS of Virginia||JOHN ROWZEE PEYTON of Virginia|
|GEORGE DAVIDSON of Virginia||CHARLES PHELPS of New York|
|ISRAEL DAVIS of Maine||TIMOTHY PHELPS of New York|
|JOHN/JAN DECKER of Virginia||PIERRE QUERET of Virginia|
|JOSEPH DICTUM of Virginia||MATTHEW RAMSEY of North Carolina|
|JOHN DONELSON of Virginia||DAVIS RIDGEWAY of New Jersey|
|JOSEPH FAUNTLEROY of Virginia||GEORGE ROBARDS of Virginia|
|JACOB FISLER, JR. of New Jersey||WILLIAM ROGERS of Virginia|
|JOSEPH FONTAINE of Virginia||JOHN ROWLETT of Virginia|
|JAMES FOSTER of New Hampshire||JOSEPH SEABROOK of South Carolina|
|THOMAS GARNETT of Virginia||SAMUEL SELLERS of North Carolina|
|GEORGE GIBSON of Virginia||ELIPHALET SEELEY of Connecticut|
|JOHN GILSON of New Hampshire||SAMUEL SMITH of North Carolina|
|JOHN GOTT of New York||THOMAS SMITH of Pennsylvania|
|COL. JOHN GREEN of Virginia||HENRY TANDY of Virginia|
|ELEANOR GREEN of Virginia||COL. JOSEPH TAYLOR of North Carolina|
|THOMAS GRIER of North Carolina||JOSEPH TOUGAS of Virginia|
|BENJAMIN HALL of Virginia||THOMAS TUGGLE of Virginia|
|ANDREW HAMPTON of North Carolina||JAMES UPSHAW of Virginia|
|ISHAM HARRISON of North Carolina||THOMAS WEST of North Carolina|
|JOHN HERRING of South Carolina||THOMAS WHALEY of North Carolina|
|THOMAS HICKMAN of Pennsylvania||JAMES WILLIAMS of Georgia|
|ROBERT HIGGINS of Virginia||JOSEPH WILLIAMS, SR. of Connecticut|
|PHILLIP HOCKER of Maryland||SUSANNAH WOODS of Virginia|
|HOWSON HOOE of Virginia||WILLIAM WOODS of Virginia|
|ABSALOM HUMPHREY of South Carolina||THOMAS YOUNG of North Carolina|
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