William Green died 1722
Married Joanna Reeder

"Many years ago the Lenni-Lenape Indians in traveling north from the tidewater in the Delaware River, below the Trenton Falls , would follow the Assunpink Creek up to where the Shubakunk branched off to the left... The coming of the white folks spelled doom for the red people, their land, and their way of life. Daniel Cox of England bought thirty thousand acres (some forty-seven square miles) which was originally in the Township of Hopewell, and then sold farms or large parcels to the early settlers, including my fifth great grandfather, William Green. This area was in Burlington County then, but about 1713 it was included in the newly formed Hunterdon County. It remained in Hunterdon County for 125 years until it was made a part of the newly formed Mercer County. In 1834 Ewing Township was separated from Trenton and named after the Chief Justice of New Jersey, Charles Ewing. In passing it is interesting to note that the three daughters of Charles Ewing married two sons of Caleb Smith Green , who was a great-grandson of the first William Green mentioned above. Emily Ewing married Henry W. Green , and after Emily died Henry  married her sister, Susan Mary for his second wife. Eleanor Ewing married Henry W. Green's brother, Judge Caleb S. Green ." --From Chapter 1 of The Land Along the Shabakunks by Robert Reeder Green

"William Green, ancestor of the families of that name in this region, dissatisfied with some new relation in his father's family, left his native land, England, at the early age of twenty, and landed at the port of Philadelphia. Soon after, desirous of returning, and finding no vessel about to sail from that port, he went to New York, but not meeting with an opportunity immediately, visited Long Island. He there became acquainted with the family of John Reeder , recently arrived from England,  whose sister, or daughter, Joanna, in process of time, he married, and removed to Ewing township, about 1700. He purchased three hundred and forty-five acres of Col. Daniel Coxe , the deed bearing the date 1712, and on it erected the first brick house in the township, which is still standing, having on the west end the date, 1717, and is owned and occupied by his descendent of the fifth generation, Henry Green . His qualities were such as to give him distinction, for he was appointed one of the first judges of Hunterdon county, and from the frequent mention of his name in public affairs and important business transactions, he was evidently a prominent and useful citizen. He died, as is indicated by his antique tombstone in the Ewing church-yard, in 1722."- From Rev. Eli Cooley's Book:  Early Settlers in Trenton and Ewing, p 78



Wm Green's Stone


About My Grave...
  
I am buried  near the left rear corner of the church, in the Ewing Church Cemetery. Originally my grave sat close to the foundation of the old Ewing Church.  The present building is the third church structure built on the site. Our congregation dates back to 1708. The first minister, Robert Orr, an immigrant from Northern Ireland, is said to have lived on my farm. When the church was enlarged in 1867 my grave was moved a few yards to the west. Amos Reeder Green , as a boy, and his father Henry P. Green (Henry and Virginia donated $300 toward the enlargement project) personally moved my  fieldstone grave marker and then carefully dug through the turf and mouldering heap to where the casket had been placed some 160 years before. All that was left of me in the thin layer of ashy mould were some bone fragments, a metal buckle and some buttons. These were gathered up and placed in a small pine box and buried in a shallow grave further from the church. The stone stood in this location for some one hundred years. Recently it was moved to line up with other stones to make yard maintenance easier.


The Old House

See
Will's Family Tree
and his
Will as well!

"Our eleven children were: Richard, Joseph, William, Esther, Mary,
Joanna, Sarah, Benjamin, John, Jeremiah and Isaac."

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