GEORGE GREEN, deceased, who in life was one of the prominent farmers of Butler township, was born November 29,
1851, on the farm in section 24, Butler township, which is now occupied by his widow. The remains of his father
and grandfather, both of whom were named John Green, rest in the cemetery at Montezuma. His father died on the
homestead in Butler township.
The Green family, which originated in England, was established in Ohio in the days of the great grandfather of
our subject. John Green, the grandfather, came from Hamilton, Ohio, to Mercer County at a very early day and first
entered land in Franklin township, and later tfie family home in Butler township, the date of this transaction
being September 4, 1838. The original deed, bearing the signature of Martin Van Buren, President of the United
States, is still in the possession of the family; the land has always been kept intact, and is now occupied by
the fourth generation.
The parents of the late George Green died when he was eight years old and his home was with Stephen Frank, at Coldwater,
from that age until he was 17 years old, when he went to Illinois and later to Missouri, subsequently returning
to his home in Butler township, when he was 23 years old. He had two brothers, William and Hiram, the former of
whom died aged 22 years, of consumption. Hiram still survives.
On July 2, 1876, George Green was married to Catherine Smith, a daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Frick) Smith,
the former of whom was born in New Jersey and the latter in Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith came to Ohio at an early
day and was married in the vicinity of Dayton. Later he came to Mercer County and settled on a farm in Butler township,
west of Coldwater, and there Mrs. Green was reared.
Mr. and Mrs. Green had nine children born to them, as follows: Ira, who married Salome Cable (first) and Emma Hitchens
(second) and has one daughter Doris Ollene; Harley George, who married Maud Wade, resides in Butler township and
has one daughter, Thelma Opal; Ibbie Catherine, who married James Mowery and has two children - Benjamin Franklin
and Vera Pauline; Blanche Belle; Bessie Hazel; Cassius Ford; Lily Opal, who died aged five years; Grace Glenna;
and Chester Arthur, who died aged nine months.
Harley George Green enlisted at Toledo, Ohio, August 7, 1900, in the United States Army, and was sent to Fort Leavenworth,
where he was enrolled as a member of Company G, First Regiment, U. S. Infantry. On the 25th of August the regiment
left Fort Leavenworth for the Presidio Barracks, San Francisco, California. On September 1, 1900, the First Regiment
sailed under sealed orders on the U. S. transport "Logan," arriving at Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, on
the 8th of September, where the members of the regiment learned that their destination was the Philippine Islands,
where they arrived on the 28th of September. They were then orderd to the island of Marinduque to force the release
of Company F, 29th Regiment, U. S. Volunteers, which had been captured by the enemy. On December 1st the First
Regiment sailed to the Island of Samar to relieve the 29th Regiment, U. S, Volunteers, stationed there and went
through the entire campaign of Samar, from May 22, 1901, to December 25, 1902. The regiment was relieved by the
14th Regiment, U. S. Infantry, on the 17th of March, 1903, and sailed for Manila from which port it sailed to Nagasaki,
Japan, and thence to Sari Francisco, where the regiment landed April 28, 1903. Mr. Green was stationed at Fort
Wayne, Michigan, until August 6, 1903, being then discharged on account of the expiration of his term of service.
In the service in the Philippines he took part in all battles and skirmishes of the regiment and sustained a most
excellent character for honest and faithful discharge of duty. He was never wounded. Col. D. W. Dugan was in command
of the First Regiment.
The death of George Green, the subject of this sketch, occurred on October 20, 1893, thereby removing from Butler
township a very highly, esteemed citizen. He was a kind husband and affectionate father, and possessed many estimable
traits, which made him popular with his acquaintances. The Green home has always been a hospitable one.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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