Saturday, July 11, 2015

Green Family in Jefferson County

Back in November 2012, I wrote about my 3rd-great-grandmother Mary Catherine Green Jones, and her parents Thomas and Sarah Green. This post goes into additional detail on my 4th-great-grandparents. Thomas was born about 1807, and according to census records, he came to Jefferson County, Tennessee from South Carolina. I have not yet been able to identify parents for him, but I do have various census and non-population schedules listing Thomas.
Source: Tennessee Marriages 1780-2002 on Ancestry

Thomas and Sarah Sally Hickey were married on 12 December 1833. She was the daughter of Thomas D. Hickey and Rachel Cannon, and would have been about 19 years old when she and Thomas were married.

On 18 April 1842, Thomas acquired 50 acres in Jefferson County (see North Carolina and Tennessee Early Land Records on Ancestry):

By 1850, Thomas appears in the Non-Population schedules of the US Census with 60 acres of improved land and 33 acres of unimproved land (valued at $500). He had 4 horses, 4 milk cows, 1 "other cattle", 7 sheep, and 20 pigs. He also had 122 bushels of wheat and 500 bushels of Indian corn.

By 1860, Thomas had increased his land holdings with two entries, 30 acres improved land, 43 acres unimproved land, followed by a second entry with 40 acres improved land and 60 acres unimproved, for a total value of $1600. The 1860 Non-Population schedule also lists his neighbor as Richard Thornhill. Wesley Cox lived close by Thomas Green as well. On this property, Thomas had 2 horses, 2 milk cows, 4 other cattle, 17 sheep, 20 pigs. He also had 125 bushels of wheat and 500 bushels of Indian corn.

In the 1860 US Census, Thomas Green and family are listed as living next door to Rachel Hickey and to the household of Richard Thornhill. By 1870, the Green family was still listed in Jefferson County, but a few of the children had moved on to create their own households.

Thomas and Sarah appear in Panther Springs, Hamblen County, Tennessee in the 1880 US Census. They did not move, but their lands transferred into Hamblen County when it was formed in 1870.

In the 1880 Non-population schedule, Thomas' land remained steady at 70 acres of improved land, with 15 acres of woodland. Thomas continued to raise small numbers of sheep and pigs. The 1880 schedule included numbers on poultry, bushels of Indian corn and oats. Interestingly, Thomas also had a 1/2 acre of sweet potatoes, and orchards, containing a 1/2 acre of apple trees and a 1/2 acre of peach trees.

Thomas and Sarah Sally Green had at least the following children:
- Rachel Jane Green (born about 1835. She married Charles Campbell Cline. Died in 1872)
- Mary Catherine Green (my 3rd-great-grandmother, born 12 April 1839)
- Nancy Green (born about 1840)
- Twins Elizabeth and Sarah E. Green (born 1845)
- Martha A. Green (born 4 May 1846, died 26 January 1919)
- Margaret E. Green (born in 1849)
- Roena Francis Green (born 16 September 1854, died 17 January 1926)
- Melissa Green (born in 1858)

I have not found Thomas in Jefferson or Hamblen County records after 1880. I have an inquiry in with the Jefferson County Archives to see if he appears in the land deed index there.

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