Biography of William Green
Miami County, Ohio Biographies





WILLIAM GREEN, farmer; P. O. Troy; he was born in Jackson Co., Ohio, January, 1809, is the son of George W. and Martha (Gray) Green; he was born in Pennsylvania, and his wife in Ireland George W. Green, the father, came to Miami Co. just prior to the war of 1812, locating in Lost Creek Township, where he lived thirty years or more, thence went into Elizabeth Township, where he passed the remainder of his life, dying in 1837; he commenced right in the woods, clearing them and built a log cabin, and had to endure all the trials and dangers of the early pioneers; a war being in progress, he would bar the door of his cabin as securely as possible, and take his ax to his bedside, in readiness for defense against the Indians; during the war, his brother Timothy contracted to furnish pork for the army at Detroit, at a stipulated price; George and a Mr. Rogers went his security for the proper delivery of the pork, but to their misfortune, in a short time pork advanced in price, so that he met with a heavy loss, and George and Rogers each had to pay $3,000; the forger's whole estate was not worth over $1,000, but after about fifteen years' exertion George paid off his entire indebtedness; Rogers, not living very long after, never was able to pay off his indebtedness; George was one whose energy knew no bounds; he was always busy and working for the public good; during his life, he built three saw mills and one grist mill, in the meantime supporting a large family, as he was father of seventeen children. Mr. Green, the subject of this sketch, lived with his father until 23 years of age. In 1832, he was united in marriage with Cassia Sayers, daughter of Thomas and Frances Sayers, who were natives of Pennsylvania, and located in Miami Co. among the early settlers; by this union they had four children, viz., Joseph, Ellen (now Mrs. Ziegler), Clarissa (deceased), and one dying in infancy; he lost his wife by death Dec. 29, 1838; March 1, 1840, he was married to Priscilla French, daughter of Asa French, who came to Ohio in a very early day; by this union they had five children, viz., Martha J. (now deceased). Sarah Maria (now Mrs J Cloyd), Abbott, William and Eliza Dye (deceased, being buried the very day on which she was to have been married to John W. Stilwell); Mr. Green, when first married, located on Lost Creek, and bought the half interest in the gristmill that his father built, which he run for a few years, then sold it and bought a farm; sold the farm and bought the mill again, ran it for a time, then sold out; he and his brother went into the mercantile trade in Casstown, after a time sold out and bought a grist and saw mill on Indian Creek; disposing of his interest to his brother, he rented a mill one mile below on the same creek; while here he lost his wife by death, and then left the mill, buying the farm where he now resides; he here has a fine farm of 140 acres; has now resided here forty years; has good buildings and a very comfortable and pleasant home.

From:
History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880


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