This is a combination of newspaper articles concerning the life and death of James Green
Date and Newspaper given with each.
September 25, 1879 - Vernon Banner
Old Settlers' Meeting
The Old Settlers' Meeting in Uncle Jimmy Green's grove, on last Thursday, was a very pleasant, as well as successful one. The day was a lovely one, and probably one
thousand persons were gathered in the grove. The meeting was not intended as a grand affair, and was not particularly advertised, but was intended as a neighborhood reunion of the pioneers in
that section of the country. Besides the pleasant basket dinner, and delightful meeting of white headed friends, there was some splendid music, and plenty of good speeches. The speakers were
Mr. George W. Swarthout, Mr. B.F. Tweedy, Col. A. Andrews and Mr. S.K. Hagins. All the speeches were excellent and up to the occasion, but we cannot forbear congratulating Mr. Hagins who is
still quite a youth, on his happy effort in this, his maiden speech. We heard a number of persons speak in praise of his address. In addition to the regular speeches, Squire John Whitmore
read a short sketch of the life of the venerable Mr. Green. It was our good fortune to have a pleasant chat with Uncle Jimmy and his worthy helpmeet, who have journeyed together, as man and
wife, for 65 years. What a beautiful example, and what honorable lives are exhibited by this long journey together! In the way of music there was the Cana Cornet Band, which played quite well,
and showed the results of careful practice seconded by apt scholars; the Tea Creek Choir, and the Independent Glee Club both acquitted themselves handsomely, and some quaint old songs were sung
by the old folks, among whom were Evan Wilson, Ed. Marsh, Allen Campbell and Silas Jordan. Among the many aged persons present we will mention: Uncle Billy Deputy, Adam Brower, Col. A. Andrews,
Allen Campbell and Uncle Henry Sullivan, besides these there were many others whose names we did not learn. These Old Settlers' Meetings are not only enjoyed by the pioneers of our civilization,
the gray haired fathers and mothers, but the younger people are glad to hear of the brave lives of their parents and grandparents, and learn how the great wilderness was subdued, and wrought into
our present beautiful farms and towns, and happy homes. We trust we may see many returns of the pleasant reunion of the pioneers, who have been the lifelong neighbors of Uncle Jimmy Green.
The following sketch of the life of Uncle Jimmy Green was read, at the Old Settlers' Meeting, on last Thursday, by Squire John Whitmore:
James Green was born on October 15th, 1793, and is to-day 85 years, 11 months and 3 days old. His wife was born November 6th, 1797, being now 81 years, 10 months and 12
days old. His grand-father, Joseph Green, was killed in the Revolutionary war. His father was born in North Carolina, but James was born in Tennessee, on top of Bay's mountain.
He was married to his present wife at the age of 22 years. On the 20th day of March, 1819, he settled on the farm now owned by James Meek, then in the midst of a wilderness.
His neighbors were David Meek, Noah Sullivan, Bazil Meek and Jacob McCurry. His next nearest neighbors lived on Graham, on the North were the Indians. On the first Sunday after his arrival, he and
his Brother-in-law started on an exploring expedition to see if they could find the Muscatatuck. They knew it was to the North of them, and, to sure, they soon found it. On their return home, they
saw a large poplar, in which they were satisfied there were bears. They got their guns and axes, and returning, cut down the tree, in which they caught five bears. The same spring they killed four
more, on the land now owned by Jacob Clinton. Wolves were very bad in those days, and in two nights Mr. Green lost thirty pigs by them. One day a large hog came home, out of whose neck a bear had
taken its dinner. On first settling Mr. Green entered 160 acres of land at two dollars per acre. This with one horse, two cows, a few hogs and a shovel plow constituted his whole wealth. For three
years this was his only plow with which to break his ground or tend his crops: then came the wooden moleboard, and next the peacock, &c. About ten or twelve years after his first settlement, he removed
to the farm where he still resides. At one time he owned a thousand acres of land, and was enabled to give all his children a good start in life. His family consisted of six boys and six girls, besides
three boys and one girl who died in childhood. The twelve all married and raised families, and nine of them are still living, Gilbert, Richard and Mary having passed away. Some thirty-six years since
Brother Green became convinced that there was something necessary besides laying up treasures on earth, and accordingly he and his wife united with the Baptist Church, of which they are still consistent
North Vernon Plain Dealer - February 26, 1880
GREEN-At his residence, three miles southwest of Vernon, on Saturday, February 21st, 1880, Mr. James Green aged 87 years. Mr. Green was a resident of this county since his youth,
and was well known as "honest Jimmy Green."
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