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From: "Dennis Dover" <>
Subject: RE: [DOVER-L] Jesse Green autobiography
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 12:07:51 -0800
Here's what I have. Think there's another piece to the story
written by a daughter. Fascinating story. A copy of the
original is filed with the Texas State Archives. I thought I
had posted this to the list but can't find it either.
Jesse Green Autobiography
This autobiographical sketch was handwritten in a store
ledger book in Polk County, Arkansas in 1912 by Jesse Mercer
Green, second son of William W. Green and Hannah Dover. He
was born April 17, 1836 at Sharp Mountain Creek (now Indian
Ball Ground), Cherokee County, Georgia. This transcription
was made from an old typewritten copy of the original
Source: Diane Bingham
Biographical Sketch of Jesse M. Green
I write this sketch of my life and that of my ancestors for
the information and satisfaction of my children and their
offspring's, and to keep a faint line at least of our
I will speak first of our ancestors as I know them and have
received the information from my father while he was yet
living. My father, William Washington Green, was a son of
Amos Green, who raised eleven children, six boys and five
girls, to wit: Richard, who died in the Indian Territory and
was buried at old Fort Towson. His family, girls only, are
lost to us. The next Jesse was a doctor and discovered the
great dropsy remedy, which has been put out for many years
by the H. H. Green and Sons. My father Andrew Jackson.
Jonathan who died in Hopkins County, Texas. Oliver who never
married. The girls were first Sallie who married Oliver
Cowart. Polly who married Daniel Morrison in Habersham
County, Georgia. Milley married -- Maxwell. The next married
a Williams. These last two never left North Carolina where
the family was raised. The fifth girl was never married.
Grandfather died aged about eighty. His wife's maiden name
was Elisabeth Searcy. He was raised in North Carolina. His
father was I believe Richard Green. Anyway he was son of
General Nathaniel Green of Revolution fame. Grandfather and
many of the Green family were wealthy Negro holders before
the Civil War. My mother was the daughter of Anderson Dover
who raised eleven children, five boys and six girls, to wit:
Harriet, she married Alfred Hicks. Hannah, my mother. Mary,
she married William Hendrix. Allen, he married Polly Cloud.
Viny, she married William Martin. Fanny, she married Daniel
Moody. Larkin Caloway, he married Sarah Miller, Sally Smart
and Mrs. Burnett. Henry Santford, he married Amy Haines.
William Alfred, he married Fidelia Wilson, sister of Oswell
Wilson (brother of the just named). Andrew, he married
Esther Smart. Grandpa was the son of Frank [Francis J.]
Dover who had six boys to wit: Johnson, Nelson, Benson,
Anderson, Simpson and Thompson. He died at the age of 98.
Grandpa's mother was a Posey, and his wife's maiden name was
Jane Cross. They were raised in South Carolina. Raised their
family in Cherokee and Habersham County, Georgia. He died in
Polk, Arkansas at the age of 96 years. Father and mother
were married in Habersham County Georgia and had born 17
children, 14 of whom they raised, 7 boys and 7 girls. Names
as follows: Henry Haines, Jesse Mercer, Alfred Webb, Susan
Elizabeth, Luiza Jane, Mary Ann, Laura Ann, Celia Ann
Lucinda, Sarah Ann, William G., Hannah Elmira, John Farrer,
Grisham, Benjamin McCulloch.
H. H. married Elminia Jackson. He and boys has put out as
specialists the famous dropsy medicines which was discovered
by uncle Jesse Green as above stated. He died at Atlanta,
Georgia at the age of 64 years, a very rich man. His family
resides in Atlanta now. He was 1st Lieutenant in Alabama
Regiment of Volunteers in the Confederate War, and was
wounded at Chickamauga. Afterward was captured and held a
prisoner on Johnson Island in Lake Erie for 18 months to the
end of the war.
A. W. belonged to the Marines in the war. He was a railroad
man and lived at Mobile, Alabama, was killed by the cars on
the Mobile and Ohio Railroad in 1867, and his family is lost
to the family.
S. E. married Jerry Head, raised a large family and was
then divorced from him and died in Polk County, was buried
at old Antioch Cemetery when Father, Mother, Grandfather
Dover and several other of the relatives are buried.
L. J. married C. C. Dupree, raised a large family in Polk
County, Arkansas where she now lives on her farm, Dupree
having died several years ago.
M. A. married first Mr. Durham in Alabama. He was killed in
the War, had one child William Durham who lives in
Commanche, Texas. She then married L. T. (Len) Coker. She
lives in Commanche, Texas with her children. she being a
L. A. married Calvin Nichols, then George Nichols, 2nd
cousin to Calvin Nichols. She lives on her farm in Polk
S. A. L. married A. J. Isham. They have raised a large
family all of which now live in Commanche, Texas.
S. A. married Alison Griffith, they both died last year in
West Texas where their children now reside, only one
(Danill) a doctor he lives in Chicago, Illinois.
W. G., he married Caroline Isham (sister to A. J.), they
have a large family of children all of which live in
Commanche County, Texas.
H. E. married C. C. Griffith (brother of Allison). They and
their children live in West Texas.
Grisham married Mattie Balthrop. They now live in Oklahoma.
J. F. married Rebecca Nichols sister to George as above,
she died then he married a widow lady in Atlanta, Georgia,
where he still lives. Is a real estate agent.
B. M. married Lulu Norris, daughter of Dr. J. A. Norris of
Polk County, Arkansas. They with all their children live in
Potawatamie County, Oklahoma.
Politically - Our family and ancestors on both paternal and
maternal sides are and have been strong democrats believing
in States rights and every other doctrine held and advocated
by the true democratic party and have often from time to
time held office of trust on that platform. Therefore it
would be expected that they would be on the side of the
South in the hard struggle of the war between the States,
which they were.
Religiously - Believing in that principle that would leave
everyone to the free worship of God according to the
dictates of his conscience. The entire separation of church
and State and the doctrine that the New Testament furnished
sufficient rule both of faith and practice and that other
doctrine that everything taught by prescript or example in
the New Testament should be obeyed, and that which was not
so taught had no binding form and should not be imposed on
the conscience of men. So it would be expected to find them
Baptists which as a family they have been all the way down
the line with very few exceptions, with many Baptist
ministers among them. They usually have large families, are
of Scotch descent with a good percent of Dutch, mostly the
Scotch shows by a hump on the nose, a little Roman nose.
Jesse Mercer Green, the subject of this sketch was born on
Sharp Mountain Creek near what was then called the Indian
Ball Ground (which is now the town of Indian Ball Ground,
Cherokee County, Georgia) on April 17th, 1836. This is
before the Indians moved west, and hence was the Cherokee
Nation. He was the second son of William W. Green and Hannah
Dover Green. At two years of age my father bought, or drawed
some land (the Cherokee land was drawed for, much like the
Comanches land for in Oklahoma) five miles north of Canton,
where he lived till I was eleven years old, except one year
we lived in Forsyth County 8 miles from Dalton, or it was
then Cross Plains. Here we lived on the Connasauga River
until I was grown. On December 19th 1852, I was married to
Cynthia P. Dean, who died 15 months later with spinal
meningitis. Had a child born dead. This was a new country
full of game and fish and good stock range with all the
advantages and disadvantages of a new country, but we had
good religious parents to teach and train us and as this was
the age when parents believed Solomon, that to spare the rod
you spoil the child, so the switches did not grow in vain
around our place. Many times I had my back striped and
sometimes cut with switches trying to make a good boy out of
me, and whether it was the best way or not, they thought it
was, and I honor them greatly for it. They didn't depend
entirely on the rod, for father would try to instruct us and
pray for us around the fireside and in the field and so did
all the Christian parents. I will say more about this when I
get to my religious life. After wife died I went back to
father and lived with him a year. I then went with some of
our neighbors to West Texas, Bell County. That was frontier
country then. We started October 4th 1854, with horse and ox
teams for there was no rail roads to travel. A greater trip
than now to go to the Philippine Islands. None of us had
ever traveled any and the terrible tales told about the mud
in the swamps, and robbers, but we traveled on and in just
one month we crossed the Mississippi River at Helena,
Arkansas. We had to cross the river in hand propelled
ferries and had to wait 5 days for our turn to cross. There
were five wagons in our bunch, to-wit: C. H. Isham, M. O.
Coker, Vol Wilson, Doc and Murt McGuire, Henry Mayfield and
myself, all of us single young men who bore our part of the
expenses of travel. We all had our guns and there was plenty
of game so we had a jolly time hunting along the road. From
Helena, Henry Mayfield, my traveling companion and I and the
McGuire boys concluded that we would work awhile on the
river and then go to Texas by water in the spring. There we
found work on a flat boat loaded with hay for New Orleans.
The river being so low we had to pull on the oars at every
eddy and after we struck the tide water (150 miles above New
Orleans) we had to pull all the time.