Robert Nathaniel Green (1810-1896)
My Great Great Grandfather, My Grandmother’s Grandfather
I ran across this while plundering through some old trunks tonight. Robert N. Green was the son of John Green (1780-1863) and Hannah Bell Thompson daughter of the Honorable John Thompson, Esq and Susan Andrews of Chatham County, N.C.. He was born on Nov. 19 1810 on Rocky River, Chatham County, and died in Chatham County on Dec 24, 1896 in his 87th year. He married Prudence Norfleet Ward in Feb 1843. In 1859 Robert bought the old Joseph Ramsey Mill with 502 acres of land on Rocky River for three thousand nine hundred and one dollars. Later he gave three acres to Pleasant Hill Methodist Church where the new church now stands. He helped organize several Masonic Lodges in the county, and, in 1858 and 1861, he was chosen to occupy one of two seats from Chatham County in the North Carolina General Assembly. Before the Civil War he was an outstanding leader in his community. He was too old for military service but his son, John Green, was a cavalry soldier in the Confederate Army. ( I can’t help it, folks. My ancestors are all Colonial Southerners) His granddaughter, Mary Alice Green, remembers him as retaining a remarkable memory throughout his old age. Man! I hope I get some of his genes. I can’t find anything anymore. His wife, Prudence, was remembered as a devout Christian who exerted a strong influence upon her family. I find that interesting because one of her grand children became a minister and one became a Methodist Missionary to China. My grandmother used to be unflinching about the age of the earth being 6000 years. I guess Prudence did wield her influence on into the generations to come. What happened to me?