"William Green (41), son of William
(4), who died October 30th, 1815, aged 72, married Phebe, daughter
of Samuel Moore , who died February
16th, 1837, aged 84, having had
children: Enoch, a physician, went South, and died young, at Savannah,
Elijah, not married, died 1850, aged 68; Samuel
Lydia, married Israel Carle ; Rebecca,
married John Welling ; Sarah, died
May 28th ,1820, aged 44; and Mary, wife of John Jones ."- Rev. Cooley
Phebe and William married 1772. The Rev. John Guild performed the ceremony in the Moore's Hopewell home.
"I married Phebe Moore, daughter of Samuel & Rebecca Moore . Rebecca was a daughter of my uncle Richard Green, and, therefore, my first cousin. Our son Samuel M. Green was named after Samuel Moore. Phebe and I married in 1772. The Rev. John Guild performed the ceremony in the Moore's Hopewell home.
"I served in the American War, first as a private
in Capt. Mott's Hunterdon Militia. I helped lead the Contintental Army
to the Battle of Trenton. That battle turned the tide of the war, but
it sure ruined Christmas that year, especially for the Hessians! My
knowledge of the Trenton area played an important part in planning the
attack on Trenton. I was a member
of the First Regiment and also served under Captains George Green and
"At various times in during the American War, the Light Horse of Washington's Army billetted on my plantation. My neighbors Joshua Furman and Robert Laning were also in the Hunterdon militia. I enlisted at the start of the war in 1776. Robert and I went out together on draughts and on campaigns. There were two divisions in the Hunterdon unit. We took turns going out on a rotating, monthly basis. Whenever Robert and I were away, his family moved in with mine. I enlisted as a private, was eventually promoted to Ensign, then Lieutenant. I was at Mercer's Mills, Amboy, Blazing Star, Smiths Farm, The Battle of Monmouth, Staten Island, Elizabethtown and other places.
"I was also among the number of Hunterdon men who were there at the crossing of the Delaware. The crossing took longer than expected, due to ice chunks in the river, and it was well after 3 AM on the 26th before all 2500 of the troops were across the river, to the New Jersey side. After crossing the Delaware on Christmas Night, 1776, the Colonial Army marched east toward Pennington. The foot soldiers were preceded by cavalry and three mounted guides from Ewing & Hopewell.
"When the foot soldiers reached Bear Tavern, General Sullivan's men turned south, down what is now Bear Tavern Road. Among his troops was Capt Mott's Hunterdon Militia- my home unit. Their route brought them to Trenton, past Rose Hill, the Reeder Farm, in Birmingham (West Trenton). The others, under the command of General Greene, accompanied by General Washington, continued east toward Pennington, heading south on the Pennington Road. This road had been laid out in 1700 and was resurveyed in 1741. It was the "Middle Road", that came to be known later as the Trenton-Pennington Road or Rogers Road.), passing within shouting distance of the Green Farm, which I was managing. (Some sources say that the forces divided at Birmingham, and that General Greene accompanied Sullivan, while Washington led the troops to the east, down Scotch Rd [now Parkway Avenue at that point], then Pennington Road.)
"Among our company was an artillery station, under the charge of Lt. James Munroe. Lt. Monroe started the Battle of Trenton, by storming the Hessian outpost in the Howell house, just north of Five Points. He received a rifle ball to the artery of his arm, and nearly bled to death. He lived to be President of the USA. Lt. Monroe and his captain were the only two Colonial men wounded in that battle."
"I also fought at The Battle of Monmouth . A bronze plaque at the west end of the old Green House
commemorates my serving under General George Washington. A plaque also
sits at the base of my tombstone, commemorating my service in the War
of Independence. Nearby, similar plaques can be found on the graves of
my cousin William R. Green (my uncle Richard's son), my kinsman Lt.
Andrew Reeder (my cousin, who
was also a great uncle of my grandson Henry P. Green's wife, Virginia
on the grave of my daughter Lydia's husband, Capt Israel Carle, and on
other Reeder graves in the cemetery. Israel's father Jacob was an elder
Ewing Church, and a friend of my father, William Green II, who was one
the corporators of Trenton First Church (now Ewing Church).
"My cousin Charles , son of John , was a Loyalist. He was captured at The Battle of Princeton and arrested as a traitor. He escaped and fled to Canada.
"My brother, Rev. Enoch Green , was a chaplain in the Colonial Army. He served under General Washington at Fort Washington, and died in December of 1776 from the camp fever. He graduated in the Princeton class of 1760, and was ordained by the Presbytery of New Brunswick, in 1762, and installed pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Deerfield, New Jersey, June 9th, 1769. In the old brick parsonage, on the eastern side of the road, nearer the stream than the present building, he sustained a successful and somewhat celebrated classical school. He was pastor of the church over nine years. While pastor of this church he was abundant in missionary labor, on the coast of New Jersey. During the Revolution he acted as a chaplain, and died November 20th, 1776 (or December 2d, 1776), from camp fever, contracted while in the discharge of his duty; and was buried beneath the church in Deerfield. The collections of the New Jersey Historical Society and Rutgers University Library's Special Collections contain journals of two of his missions.
"It was expected that before midnight the force would be over the river, not a thousand feet wide at that place; but for nine weary hours they toiled and struggled resolutely with the floating ice cakes, and it was after three o'clock before the last man reached the shore of New Jersey... Tradition gives us the names of some of the prominent men of Hopewell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, who did good service on that eventful night. Among these were (Eighteen or so names are then listed, including) William Green, of Captain Henry Phillips's company"- p 138 (Stryker)