William R. Green Died 1818
Married Elizabeth Burroughs

"William R. (8), son of Richard (6), who died 1818, married Elizabeth, daughter of James Burroughs. She died 1842, aged 84, leaving children: Samuel (16); James B.(17); and Nancy, wife of Joseph Green (56)."

William R. was a first cousin of William W. Green's wife, Phebe Moore, and a member of the Hunterdon Militia for the duration of the war.  According to a sworn statement (see transcription of this below) made by his brother-in-law, Sgt. John Burroughs, William was present at the crossing and the Battle of Trenton. He also assisted at the first crossing, when   Washington's troops were fleeing the British army in mid December of 1776. In Elizabeth Moore's pension application, Burroughs states that the Hunterdon militia consisted of two divisions; and that both divisions were called out to assist when Washington's army was here in December of 1776. He is buried near the remaining oak in First Presbyterian Church Ewing Cemetery. In addition to his tombstone, a revolutionary soldier plaque marks his grave.

An image of William and Elizabeth's graves and one page from the pension application are shown below, along with Keil Green's transcription of the entire five-page document. Bold print marks the section seen in the image.

Before me the subscriber one of the Judges of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in and for said county, personally appeared John Burroughs of the township of Ewing in said county, who being duly sworn on his oath saith,

I am now in the eighty-fourth year of my age.  I knew William R. Green now deceased, in his lifetime.  Elizabeth Green is his widow.  I am her brother.  In the spring of the year 1776, early in the spring but I do not recollect the month, the said William R Green entered as a volunteer, in the capacity of private, into a company of the New Jersey militia commanded by Captain Roberts Hoops, and with him joined the American army in the war of the Revolution.  Hoops was afterwards promoted to the office of Major, and captain Benjamin Vancleve took his place for that tour.  Green joined the company of Trenton.  They marched thence to Amboy and served one month there and in that neighborhood, and then came home.  After Robert Hoops was promoted he was their Major, Joseph Philips was Colonel and Phelemon Dickerson their General.  Col. Philips was sometimes absent, and then Col. Houghton served in his place.  My brother Joseph was out with the company.  We all lived in that neighborhood of Trenton in the county of Hunterdon.  The militia were divided into two divisions and the divisions went by turns a tour of one month each.  When William R. Green and my brother returned, I went out with another company and we served our tour of a month and then Green and my brother went again.  William R. Green went out everytime it was the turn for his company or division to serve their monthly tour.  He served several tours in that way in the year 1776  -  I am satisfied he served at least five months in that year.  On these tours they
marched to Amboy, Elizabeth Town, Blazing Star, Staten Island and other places.  I do not know at which of these places they were on each particular tour, but they marched about as circumstances required.


When the British and Hessian troops marched across the state to Trenton we were all called out - that is I mean both divisions of the militia.  William R. Green turned out with the rest of us, and joined the army as a private militiaman.  He helped to ferry the army across the river Delaware into Pennsylvania - He was with the army until sometime after the battle of Trenton.  He helped to ferry the army over the river the morning before the battle, and went with them and fought in the battle.  Afterwards he helped to ferry the troops across the river when they took into Pennsylvania the prisoners captured in the battle of Trenton.  I do not recollect precisely how long re remained with the troops this time - But I am satisfied he served at this time for at least on month, over the five months service before mentioned.  I think it was more than one month, but that length of time I can speak of to a certainty.
After this William R. Green and my brother and myself continued to act as militiamen during the year 1777 and until the close of the war.  We went out whenever we were wanted, and served one month or more or less at a time as was required.  William R. Green always went, when there was a call for his company or division to turn out.  He served a good many monthly tours in that way.  He marched under different Captains at different times, and served as near as I can recollect as follows.  He was under Captain Philip Phillips three tours of a month each -under Captain John Hunt one tour of a month - under Captain John Mott as many as four tours of one month each - under Captain Ralph Guile one tour of a month - under Captain Timothy Titus two tours of a month each - making in all eleven months service at least.  I cannot recollect in what particular year each tour was.  On these tours they went to different places in New Jersey - I cannot remember all the places but I remember went to Morristown, Woodbridge, Smiths Farms, Mercer’s Mills on the Millsone, and of other places on the Millstone  and Raritan rivers. - They served on these tours under Major Robert Hoops and Colonel Joseph Phillips - He was in the battle of Monmouth under Captain Mott on one of the tours before mentioned.  And on another tour under him he marched to Burlington in this state where the militia had assembled to fire on a British vessel of war in the river Delaware near that place.
In addition to the services before mentioned I remember his assisting to ferry across the Delaware river, the French army when they marched to the South, and also ferrying them over when they returned after the capture of Cornwallis.  I do not remember how long he was engaged at this time in the service of the United States.
I was born and have always lived in the county of Hunterdon in that part of the township of Trenton lately set off and called Ewing township.  I always knew William R. Green - he lived near me and with many other of my neighbors served in the American army in the war of the Revolution - I am satisfied that he served, during the war as long as myself or any other militia man in my neighborhood.  I now receive a pension for my services. I was sergeant of Captain John Motts company and should have known if William R. Green had ever been fined for not turning out and doing duty, when called upon to do it - He never was fined and never failed to turn out so far as I know or believe.  I know he served at all times faithfully, but for my age and failure of memory I cannot state the extent of his services more fully than I have now done.

John Burroughs

Sworn and subscribed at the Township of Ewing aforesaid this 3rd February A.D. 1837 before me William Howell Judge and Justice.

I certify that I am personally acquainted with John Burroughs the above anme and that he is a man of good reputation and veracity.  And also that his is by reason of age and infirmity unable at this time to attend before a court of record in person - Dated 3d February 1837  William Howell Judge

I solemnly certify that I have intimately known John Burroughs above named for childhood (upwards of thirty five years) and have also been intimately acquainted with William R. Green and his wife Elizabeth Green during that period till the death of the said William R. Green.  They were all persons of good and irreproachable moral character and of the strictest veracity and I would place implicit confidence in the testimony of John Burroughs above named.  J. B. Anthony March 2 1837
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