The Nathanael Greene Homestead

The Homestead Cemetery

The cemetery located on the Nathanael Greene Homestead property is located down the hill from the homestead. The first internment was Miss Margaret Greene in 1786. She was the daughter of Jacob (brother of General Nathanael Greene) and Margaret Greene. Along with the 12 identified internments, there are four field stone graves identified from an 1859 Providence Journal article (Providence Journal, 1859 #27) as Revolutionary War soldiers who were being nursed for smallpox at the homestead. They died at the homestead.

Shown next are four photographs, three of which were taken by Ethel Nicholas, a young girl who lived in the village of Anthony and took the photos of the cemetery in 1914. The fourth photo is a 2011 photo of the cemetery

           

            

General Nathanael Greene is not buried here. He is buried under a large monument in Johnson Sq. in Savannah Georgia. His original(1786) burial was in the Graham Vault in Georgia but was moved to Johnson Sq. in 1902. Caty Greene died in 1814 at her house called Dungeness on Cumberland Island, Georgia. The next photos are of those grave sites.

          

                        Graham Vault - 1786                                                                Graham Vault - 1786

 

                                        

               Caty’s grave at Dungenes 1814                                                            Johnson Square, Savannah GA 1902

In the next section of this inventory of all the internments are listed in alphabetical order. Next to some names you will see a number. It refers to the genealogical ID number as listed in “THE GREENE’S OF RHODE ISLAND” PUBLISHED IN 1903, New York. It was compiled by Maj. General George Sears Greene and finished for publication by Louise Brownell Clarke. Two other sources were used—an 1859 #27 issue of the Providence Journal and an inventory collected in 1905 by James Arnold who personally visited the cemetery, taking all information from each grave stone.

 

INTERNMENTS:

Oliver Cromwell Gorton Arnold died 1870

His stone is a marble stone with a round top  

INSCRIPTION

In Memory of

My Husband

Oliver C G Arnold

Died July 5

1870

In the 57 year

Of his age

 

EPITAPH

Yet again we hope to meet thee

When the day of life is fled

Then in heaven with joy to greet thee

Where no farewell tear is shed

(For more information see Elizabeth Margaret Warner #1824)

              

Almy Cooper Arnold (#3157) died 1848

Her stone is a marble stone

INSCRIPTION

Almy Cooper

Daughter of

Mr. Oliver C G

And

Elizabeth M Arnold

Died May 13, 1848

Age 6 mos, 25 days

 

EPITAPH

Happy Infant early blest

Freed from sin and gone to rest

   (for more information see Elizabeth Margaret Warner-#1824)

 

Emma Jane Arnold (#3156) died 1857

Her stone is marble

INSCRIPTION

Emma Jane

Daughter of

Oliver C G Arnold and E M Arnold

Died May 19, 1857

Aged 6 mo and 23 days

 

EPITAPH

Gently she is but sleeping

She has breathed her last gently

While she is resting

She has gained a rest

(for more information see Elizabeth Margaret Warner-#1824)

 

Lavina A. Arnold (#3154) d. 11/7/1859 at age 14yrs.—died of peritonitus

Her stone is marble

INSCRIPTION

Lavina A

Daughter of

Oliver C G Arnold

Died Nov. 7 1859

Aged 14 years 6 mo and 7 days

(for more information see Elizabeth Margaret Warner-#1824)

 

Theodore A. Foster-was buried in the Greene Cemetery in 1820 without a stone (Prov. Jour.1859 #27)

On Dec. 12, 1804, Julia Greene (#872), daughter of Jacob Greene (#389), married Theodore A. Foster. He was the nephew of United States Senator, Theodore Foster. He was educated for the legal profession but was not prosperous in his practice and was most unsuccessful in a series of business ventures so that he was unable to suitable provide for his family. With his beautiful and gifted wife Julia Greene, they had eight children. Julia died in 1830 and was buried at Dalton Massachusetts.

 

Margaret Greene  (#870) d. 1786

Her stone was small and by 1905 had been broken and then repaired.

INSCRIPTION

In Memory of

Miss Margaret Greene

Daughter of

Jacob and Margaret Greene

She died March 7, 1786

In the 14th year of her age

 

EPITAPH

The expanding sweetnes of her

Disposition and the strong traits of

Intellect gave flattering promise

Of future excellence

But fairest flowers of morning

Smiles before the chill blasts of the

East and she has fallen beneath

The hand of death

But death hath no power over

Her immortal past

It lives in other worlds 

 

Miss Margaret Greene was born in 1773 and died on March 7, 1786. She was the fourth child of Jacob (brother of Gen. Nath. Greene) and Margaret Greene. Her internment was the first in the cemetery. She died the same year as her uncle, General Nathanael Greene.

 

Mrs. Margaret Greene (#384)-4/28/1740-12/13/1802

Her stone is marble and was broken and repaired

INSCRIPTION

Erected as a testimonial of affection

And esteem to the memory

Of Margaret Greene, wife of the

Hon. Jacob Greene

Who yielded up the spirit of her

Earthly casket to God on the

13th day of Dec. 1802 in the

63rd year of her age

 

EPITAPH

Her life was marked with such a

Distinguished practice of the combined

Parental and social virtues as to

Spread a luster upon all of her friends

And connections and gain universal

Admiration and esteem though worried

At last by a lingering and distressing

Illness it only increased her love

And practice of the increased her love

And practice of the Christian virtues

As a foretaste of the blessings that wait

The spirits of the just who die in the

Lord

Death cannot make our souls afraid

If God be with us there

We may walk through the darkest shade

And never yield to fear

 

 Margaret was the daughter of Jabez Greene (#140) and Susannah Arnold. She married her cousin Jacob Greene (#389) on 3/26/1761.

 

Dr. Jabez Greene (#869 )b.1770 died 1808

His stone is marble with a round top. In 1905, this stone was identified as having been broken but repaired.

INSCRIPTION

Our eternal affections

Has raised this monument in

Memory of Doctor Jabez Greene,

Son of Jacob and Margaret Greene.

Endowed with great talents, he was

Educated in all the best schools of

Medical art his promising future

Could only produce as decided success

(next two lines illegible)

He died Feb. 7, 1808

 

EPITAPH

My soul her vain regrets

Bid the world farewell

There’s nothing round this world

That suits my large desire

To boundless joy and nobler might

My noble thought, thought aspice

 

Jabez Greene, son of Jacob and Margaret Greene was born ca. 1870. He was educated to become a physician but at an early period engaged in business with his father. He was physically frail and died on Feb. 7, 1808. He made 2 wills on Feb. 6, 1808. They were proved on April 14,1808.

 

Jacob Greene (#389)-1839/40—1808

His stone is a round top marble stone that was broken and repaired. An 1859 Prov. Journal newspaper article tells us that when this stone was delivered, it was broken but repaired and laid flat on the ground over the grave.

INSCRIPTION

In Filial Affections

In remembrance of these virtues

To the Hon. Jacob Greene

Whose Spirit bid Earth and

Friends adieu on the 8th day

Of Nov. AD 1808 in the 69th

Year of his age

 

EPITAPH

Hi public life commenced in

Concert with that of his worthy and much

             Regretted Brother, the late                   

Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene as distinguished

Shed in the Revolution of the United

States as exciting a testimony to the

Patriotism which secured the

Independence of the Country and then and

After was marked with such

Distinguished probity and known as

To gain his Countries affection to the last.

Sh, cease surviving mourners, cease your tears

The Star recedes to shine in brighter spheres

 

Jacob Greene(#389) was born on 3/7/1839/40, the son of Nathanael Mary Mott Greene. He married on 3/26/1761 to his cousin Margaret (#384) Greene who was the daughter of Jabez( #140) and Susannah(Arnold) Greene. Jacob was described as not so muscular in frame as his brother General Nathanael, nor so vigorous in constitution. As an adult, he always resided at Coventry and was actively engaged with his five brothers in the iron works at the forges in Potowomut and Coventry. In 1772, a sloop belonging to him was seized while transporting rum and sugar from East Greenwich to Newport and some of the property was sent to Boston for adjudication, contrary to the law of the Parliament regulating the trial of such seizues. This episode orobably hastened the destruction of the Gaspee in June 1772. Around 1782/83, Jacob became sole owner and manager of the forge at Coventry. He resided in the 1770 Coventry home built by his brother Nathanael.

 

Jacob Varnum Greene (# 871)-d.1815

His stone is marble

INSCRIPTION

Jacob Varnum

Son of

Jacob and Margaret Greene

Died July 5, 1815

Aged 42 years

 

Jacob married in 1814 to Patience Cox (b. 4/13/1779), daughter of Samuel Cox of  Dorchester Massachusetts. She was the widow of Josiah Randall who she married on Jan. 4, 1804. Jacob and Patience Greene had one child, Elizabeth Margaret Greene (#1824) 1814-1899.

 

Elizabeth Margaret Greene 1814-1899 See Elizabeth Margaret Warner

 

Harris Inman died 1835

His stone is a marble round top stone

INSCRIPTION

In Memory of

My Husband

Harris Inman

Died

At New Orleans

Sept. 30, 1835

In the 25th year

Of his age

 

EPITAPH

Asleep in Jesus far from thee

Thy kindred and thy fiends may be

But thine is still a blessed sleep

From which none ever wake to weep

 

Harris Inman was the first husband of Elizabeth Margaret Greene(#1824). In 1834 or whereabouts,

he traveled to New Orleans, LA to work.

 

Josiah Randall d. 1813

His stone is marble

INSCRIPTION

Josiah Randall

Died May 17

1813

Aged 31 years, 1 mo, 13 days

Josiah was a paper manufacturer and not a very successful business man. He was involved with Greenville Paper Manufacturing Company.

(More information on Josiah on pp. 326-327 in the Greene's of Rhode Island.)

 

Elizabeth C. Randall-d.1810

Her stone is marble

INSCRIPTION

 

She was the daughter of Josiah and Patience Randall. Her father Josiah was a friend of Jacob Varnum Greene and eventually was involved in the paper mill business on the homestead property known as the Greenville Paper Manufacturing Company.

 

Samuel Randall d. 1813

His stone is marble

INSCRIPTION

Samuel

Son of

Josiah and Patience

Randall

Died Oct. 2, 1813

Aged 1 year, 9 mos, and 10 days

 

 (See additional information under Elizabeth C. Randall)

 

Patience Smith d. 1866

Her stone is marble

INSCRIPTION

Mother

Patience Smith

Died

Sept 29, 1866

Aged 87 years

 

EPITAPH

Farewell dear suffering mother

All thy pains and toils are over

Thee hast gained a home with Jesus

On that peaceful happy shore

 

Patience (Cox) Smith was the widow of Josiah Randall, a paper manufacturer who was involved in the Greenville Manufacturing Co. which was located homestead property. Patience Cox (her birth name) married Josiah Randall on Jan. 4, 1804. He died in 1813. Patience married Jacob. V. Greene (#871) in 1814. Jacob V. Greene died in 1815 and next Patience married a tird time to Rev. Jonathan Smith, Baptist Clergyman. After Rev. Smith’s death, she lived the rest of her life on the homestead property with her daughter Elizabeth Margaret. She was described as a vigorous women with faculties unimpaired when in her 80th year, she visited in Hartford CT. and attended church with a sister of 84 yrs and a brother of 82 yrs. Her family being remarkable for their longevity.

 

Gilbert Smith d. 1821

His stone is marble

INSCRIPTION

Gilbert, son of Jonathan and Patience, died Oct. 31, 1821, age 11 days.

 

(see additional information under Patience Smith)

 

Elizabeth Margaret Warner (#1824) died 1899

Her stone is round top marble stone

INSCRIPTION

Elizabeth M

Wife of

William R. Warner

Born Nov. 23, 1814

Died Dec. 4, 1899

 

EPITAPH

At Rest

 

Elizabeth Margaret Greene was born in the homestead on 11/23/1814. She married (1) Harris Inman –died 1835, (2) Oliver C. G. Arnold-died 1870, (3) William R. Warner-died 1898. She outlived all three all three husbands. In 1890, she is described as quite feeble. She died 12/4/1899. By her first husband, Harris Inman, she had two children-Harris S. Inman  (#3150), Patience Eliza Inman (3151). By her second husband, Oliver Cromwell Gorton Arnold, she had six children-Varnum Arnold (#3152),  Oliver H. Arnold (#3153), Lavina Arnold (#3154), Byron H. Arnold (#3155, Emmie Arnold (#3156 and Almy C. Arnold (#3157). Elizabeth Margaret was the last of the genealogical line from Jacob Greene to live in the Homestead.