"I am Judge William Green , writing to you from the grave. I died in the year of our Lord 1722. I am buried in First Presbyterian Church of Ewing cemetery , near Scotch Road. I came from England, arriving in Philadelphia where I stayed a short time, then traveled to New York. There I met the Reeder family who had settled in the village of New Town, Long Island , and married Joanna Reeder. We came to Ewing about 1700 or a short time before.
"I purchased 350 acres of land from the Severns and Brearly families and we moved into the Severns wooden farmhouse. It has been family tradition that the first brick portion was constructed in 1717, but this was probably not so. My son William Jr. probably built the first brick portion. We later moved to Birmingham, known today as West Trenton, near the Delaware River. Joanna and I reared a family of seven sons and four daughters. I died 16 June 1722.
"Our eleven children were: Richard, Joseph, William, Esther, Mary, Joanna, Sarah, Benjamin, John, Jeremiah and Isaac."
The Friends of the William Green Farmhouse have found no record of Joanna's date of death, nor her grave in the Ewing churchyard, where she most certainly was buried. We suspect that by searching Richard Green Sr. documents, this enigma can be solved. We do know that Joanna "Hannah" was alive on Sept. 12, 1734 . On that date she and her son William were admitted to the Old House . -Editor
|The two fold
purpose of this portion of The Friends
of the William Green Farmhouse website
(a) To allow those who have never been to New Jersey the opportunity to see and learn about the old Green homestead, the geography and history of our area and (b) To help you locate your Green relatives. If you would like your name & email address added to a given page, please send William an e-mail. Being nearly 300 years in the grave, he has little else to do!