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 January 1, 2011, the Colonel John Green chapter has 82 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 and Elizabeth "Beth" Everett is the 2010-2013 State Recording Secretary.
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||Claire Long|
|Recording Secretary||Wanda Butson|
|Corresponding Secretary||Donna Grant|
|JOHN ALLISON, JR. of North Carolina||WILLIAM KINCAID of Virginia|
|CHARLES BATES of Connecticut||JOHN LARGE of New Jersey|
|JOHN BELFIELD of Virginia||AARON LOCKHART of North Carolina|
|HENRY BIBB of Virginia||WILLIAM McCONNELL of Pennsylvania|
|SAMUEL BILLINGSLEY of North Carolina||ANDREW McCORMICK of North Carolina|
|ISHAM BOBBITT of North Carolina||ELIZABETH OGLE McDONALD of Virginia|
|JOSEPH BONNER of Virginia||SAMIEL MAJORS, SR. of Virginia|
|ISAAC BOWMAN of Virginia||JOHN MEACHAM of Virginia|
|SAMUEL BROCKMAN of Virginia||JOSEPH MEACHAM of North Carolina|
|JOHN BROWNING of Virginia||WILLIAM MEACHAM of North Carolina|
|JESSE BUCKNER of North Carolina||WILLIAM MEANS of North Carolina|
|RICHARD BUCKNER of Virginia||JOSEPH MICHAUX of Virginia|
|PATRICK CAIN of South Carolina||EPHRAIM MICKELL of South Carolina|
|JAMES CALVIN of Pennsylvania||SOLOMON MORGAN of South Carolina|
|COL. WM. CAMPBELL of Virginia||DAVID MORSE of Virginia|
|JOHN CARTER of Virginia||ARTHUR MOSELEY of Virginia|
|SHADRACK CAYCE of Virginia||NATHAN MUDGE of Massachusetts|
|JOEL CHANDLER of North Carolina||MAJ. JOHN NELSON of Virginia|
|JAMES CHARLTON of Virginia||THOMAS NELSON, SR. of Virginia|
|JAMES CHILES of Virginia||ABSOLAM NIXON of North Carolina|
|JONATHAN CLARK of North Carolina||WILLIAM NUCKOLLS of Virginia|
|HENRY CLAY, M.D. of Virginia||HENRY O'DANIEL of North Carolina|
|THOMAS COLLIER of Virginia||JESSE OWEN of Virginia|
|CUTHBERT COOMBS of Virginia||HENRY PARRISH of North Carolina|
|WILLIAM CONE of Georgia||MESHACK PEARSON of Virginia|
|JOHN/JAN DECKER of Virginia||JOHN ROWZEE PEYTON of Virginia|
|JOSEPH DICTUM of Virginia||TIMOTHY PHELPS of Connecticut|
|JOEL DONELSON of Virginia||CHARLES PHILLIPS of New York|
|JOSEPH FAUNTLEROY of Virginia||CLEMMONS PHILLIPS of North Carolina|
|JACOB FISHLER, JR. of New Jersey||JOHN RADFORD of Virginia|
|JOSEPH FONTAINE of Virginia||MATTHEW RAMSEY of North Carolina|
|JAMES FOSTER of New Hampshire||GEORGE ROBARDS of Virginia|
|THOMAS GARNETT of Virginia||WILLIAM ROGERS of Virginia|
|GEORGE GIBSON of Virginia||JOHN ROWLETT of Virginia|
|JOHN GOTT of New York||ELIZABETH SANDIDE of Virginia|
|ELEANOR GREEN of Virginia||JOSEPH SEABROOK of South Carolina|
|COL. JOHN GREEN of Virginia||ELIPHALET SEELEY of Connecticut|
|NATHANIEL HAGGARD of Virginia||SAMUEL SELLERS of North Carolina|
|ANDREW HAMPTON of North Carolina||THOMAS SMITH of Pennsylvania|
|THOMAS HICKMAN of Pennsylvania||HENRY TANDY of Virginia|
|ROBERT HIGGINS of Virginia||JAMES THOMAS, JR. of North Carolina|
|PHILLIP HOCKER of Maryland||THOMAS TUGGLE of Virginia|
|HOWSON HOOE of Virginia||JAMES UPSHAW, SR. of Virginia|
|MEMUCAM HUNT of North Carolina||RICHARD WADE of Virginia|
|WILLIAM HUNT of North Carolina||THOMAS WEST of North Carolina|
|THOMAS JACKSON of Virginia||THOMAS WHALEY of South Carolina|
|EMMOR JEFFERIS, JR. of Pennsylvania||JAMES WILLIAMS of Georgia|
|EMMOR JEFFERIS, SR. of Pennsylvania||JOSEPH WILLIAMS, JR. of Connecticut|
|DILMUS JOHNSON of Virginia|
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