Farmer, Warwick, Rhode Island
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Catalog number: MSS 461
Processed by: Rick Stattler and Lori Salotto, January 2001
©Rhode Island Historical Society
Henry Whitman Greene (1814-1897) was the son of Warner J. Greene and Roby (Knight) Greene of Warwick. He married Emeline Dexter (1815-1898) in 1842 and they had no children. He was a farmer in Warwick, known in his neighborhood as "Farmer Greene of Buttonwoods." He was an active supporter of the Whig Party, and later the Republican Party, and was recalled as "doubtless one of the best informed men on matters of historical and antiquarian interest in the town of Warwick."
The Greenes of Rhode Island, 621.
History of Washington and Kent Counties, 1035-1037. Includes portrait.
Rhode Island Cemetery Database
1900 U.S. Census, Rhode Island E.D. 57, page 3 (Chafee family)
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Scope and content:
This collection, ranging from 1654 to 1891, contains many references to James Greene and his estate, as there were many disagreements over land between family members. There are also several deeds for land between Indians and settlers in the area known as Narragansett country (Warwick). Also included in this collection are commissions, power of attorneys, testimonies, indentures, wills and a several page genealogical sketch of the descendants of John Greene. Occasionally there are two copies of the same item within the scrapbook.
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This collection was donated on December 4, 1913. The accession book lists the donor as Harriet B. Chaffee. She was presumably Harriet Whitman (Budlong) Chafee, who was Greene's niece and closest surviving heir, who died without children on May 13, 1913. Presumably, the collection arrived as a gift from her estate, a gift from her husband Albert E. Chafee, or as a formal bequest.
Numerous sources from 1877 to 1880 list Henry W. Greene as the owner of an important manuscript volume of Elder John Gorton's marriages from 1754 to 1792. These sources include Oliver P. Fuller's History of Warwick, a series in the Pawtuxet Valley Gleaner in the summer and fall of 1879, and James N. Arnold's Vital Records of Rhode Island, 7:375. This volume is now part of the John Gorton Papers, but it does not bear the same catalog markings as the rest of that collection, and it was likely part of these Henry Whitman Greene Papers in 1913.
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The collection was bound in a scrapbook, either by the original owners, or by the R.I.H.S. shortly after the gift. It was probably disbound and housed in acid-free folders circa 1975. Several items were transferred to the Graphics division: pencil drawings of President Harrison, a log cabin, and a United Stated ship, 1841; a pencil drawing of the Old Baptist meeting house and a illustration of the same, undated ; portrait of Henry W. Greene, undated.
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Folder 1. Brief letter from John W. Davis to Henry W. Greene, July 13, 1891, along with a copy of a speech honoring Henry W. Green and the presentation of a walking staff.
Page 1. Agreement granting land to Samuel Brayton, December 1681
Page 2. Thomas Greene's testimony regarding Jacob Greene's will, 1698
Agreement for land between Robert Potter and James Greene, 1695
Inquest notice concerning a riot, undated
Page 3. Undated order from John Fones
Commission granted to Capt. Richard Smith and Capt. John Fones, 1686
Page 4. Power of attorney given to James Greene by his son James Greene, Jr., 1686
Page 5. Power of attorney given to James Greene and Samuel Fones by John Fones, 1709
Page 6. Complaint filed by Peter Greene, Jabez Greene, and David Greene concerning their father, James', will, 1698.
Appointment of Arthur Aylworth and Benjamin Greene as supervisors or superintendents of highways in Kingstown, 1700
Page 7. Power of attorney given to James Greene, Jr by his father James Greene, 1682
Complaint of James Greene against Thomas Green for trespass, 1698
Receipt received of Fones Greene, administrator of Rebecca Tibbit's will, 1754
Page 8. Warrant allowing Samuel Greene to collect fines against those negligent in their military duties, 1700
Receipt received of Fones Greene, administrator of Rebecca Tibbit's will, 1753.
Page 9. Warrant allowing Samuel Wickam to collect fines against those negligent in their military duties, 1700
Testimony pertaining to James Greene's will, 1699
Page 10. An Act for the Regulation of Cattle, 1688
Page 11. Deed for land given to James Greene, Jr. by his father James Greene, 1698
Page 12. Complaint concerning land disbursement in the will of John Greene, 1682
Page 13. Articles of Agreement between James Greene and John Knowles, 1687
Receipt of payment by James Greene, Jr. to James Greene
Page 14. Land partnership: Samuel Gorton, Benjamin Barton, C. Greene, John Potter, Benjamin Gorton, John Knowles, Moses Lippit, John Carder, James Carder, 1681
Page 15. Testimony of Elizabeth Wilson pertaining to land of her first husband, John Sweet, 1684
Complaint by Peter Pomshat [Indian] against John Pasquis [Indian] for his violence, 1703
Page 16. Warrant allowing Samuel Wickam to collect fines against those negligent in their military duties, 1700 (2nd copy)
Statement about an order of purchases pertaining to Nathaniel Waterman and Richard Garder, 1710
Page 17. Religious entreaty from M. and Elizabeth Tucker and John and Sarah Mos, 1732
Order for Maj. William Hopkins and Capt. James Green to ask Thomas Burlingham if he would command forces against her Majesty's Enemys the Indians, undated
Page 18. Testimony of John Heath declaring that a will written by him for James Greene was meant to include all his sons in the disbursement of lands, 1698
Second statement by John Heath in reference to James Greene' will, 1698
Page 19. Indenture between William Burton and Capt. John Fones, 1701
Page 20. Agreement for land between Mary Greene and her son, Fones Greene, 1719
Note to Fones Greene pertaining to items that are being sent to him, undated
Page 21. Agreement between William Burton and James Greene, 1689
Page 22. Agreement for land between Toccommenan and Randall Howlden and Ezekiell Holliman, 1654
Page 23. James Greene's appointment as Captain, 1702
Page 24. Validation of Fones Greene's last will and testament, 1758
Testimony of James Renald's son declaring that he has not taken any of his father's estate, undated
Page 25. Indenture between David Sheppey and Samuel Gorton, Benjamin Gorton, John Warner, Moses Lippit, John Knowles, John Green Jr., James Green Jr., and Thomas Greene Jr., 1682
Testimony on land given to James Greene Jr. by his father James Greene 1698
Page 26. Land agreement between Thomas Greene and Samuel Gorton, John Knowles, and William Barton, 1687/8
Page 27. Court judgement against John Rodgers and Andrew Davis, 1725
Page 28. Additions to Thomas Greene Jr.'s land patent, 1687/8
Testimony of Samuel Wickham, re. land dispute between Thomas Greene Jr. and James Greene Jr, 1696/7
Page 29. Testimony of Benjamin Sarle pertaining to Samuel Gorton and James Greene, 1699
Claim by Abigail Courtious that Benjamin Stafford is her child's father, 1702/3
Page 30. Lands of Nausaukut partnership, 1681/2
John Wicks order to give notice to Francis Mathason to leave town, 1704
Page 31. Copy of Her Majesties Letter to his Excelency Milford Crow, Esq. Governor of Barbados
Complaint by James Greene Jr. over his father, James Greene's will, 1698
Page 32. Joseph Lippit, Thomas Rice, James Arnold, William Potter, Stephen Arnold, and Amos Lockwood bind the infant son, Joshua Davis, of the deceased Samuel Davis as an apprentice to James Greene to learn the farming business, as well as to read, write, and cipher, 1770
Page 33. Statement pertaining to dispute over land given to James Greene Jr by his father's estate, 1698
Deed of land to Stephen Arnold, 1681
Page 34. Request of money of James Greene from Samuel Wickham, 1708
Committee chosen to decide on laws in Warwick, 1699
Page 35. Warrant allowing Samuel Wickam to collect fines against those negligent in their military duties, 1700
Notice requesting that Charles Paines and Elknah Jonson depart Warwick, 1704
Page 36. Undated order from Samuel Cranston, 1703/4
Page 37. Statement concerning inhabitants of Warwick and Kingstown and land in the
Narragansett country, 1678/9
Page 38. Warrant allowing Samuel Greene to collect fines against those negligent in their military
List of ingredients to make into remedies for the ill, undated
Page 39. Complaint of James Renalds Jr., 1684
Statement by the General Assembly pertaining to Potowomut Neck land, 1682
Page 40. Power of attorney given to Capt. James Greene from Samuel Potter
Page 41. General assembly statement concerning Narragansett land, 1678
Order to bring Thomas Greene before the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for a complaint of trespass by James Greene, Jr., 1689
Page 42. Fones Greene's financial obligation to the General Treasurer of Rhode Island, 1718
List of various items bought, undated
Page 43. London broadside announcing the defeat of the Ottoman Army by the Imperial Army, 1697
Granting of timber rights to John M., 1696
Page 44. Testimony of Edward Hops recanting his claim that John Fones was sleeping with the wife of Jeremiah Willy, 1703
Bill of lading for the sloop Tryall, 1704
Page 45. Recipe for making something brandied, undated
Page 46. Statement by the purchasers of the land in Warwick 1684/5
Town meeting statement about land in Warwick 1684/5
Page 47. Articles of Agreement between James Greene, John Knowles, John Wickes, and John Warner, 1687/8
Page 48. Testimony of Benjamin Smith concerning James Greene's will, 1699
Page 49. Complaint by James Greene, Jr. that his cousin, Thomas Greene, has a piece of land that belongs to him, 1695
Statement pertaining to James Greene, Jr.'s complaint, 1695
Page 50. Obligation of Resolved Rhodes to Fones Greene, 1724
Page 51. Statement by the committee appointed by the proprietors of Jamestown, 1710
Page 52. Granting of land in Portsmouth, 1687
Page 53. Testimony of Edward Hops recanting his claim that John Fones was sleeping with the wife of Jeremiah Willy, 1703 (2nd copy)
Grievances before the Governor of Rhode Island by unknown author, 1699
Page 54. Letter to Capt. Coddington from James Greene, Jr., 1697
Page 55. Statement concerning land in Moshantakut, 1686
Letter to John Townson from James Greene, 1779
Page 56. Obligation between Jeremiah Osband and James Greene, undated
Page 57. Agreement between Samuel Westcot and John Gariady, 1702
Page 58. Blank
Page 59. Portrait of Henry W. Greene, undated
Page 60. Blank
Page 61. Last will and testament of James Greene, 1837
Page 62. Blank
Page 63. Last will and testament of James Greene, 1697
Page 64. Last will and testament of James Greene Sr., undated
Page 65. Continuation of James Greene, Sr.'s will in page 64
Page 66. Blank
Page 67. Appointment of James Greene as Captain, 1700
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Page 69. Inventory of Rebekah Tibbits' estate, 1752
Page 70. Blank
Page 71. Birth, death, and marriage dates, 1757-1847
Page 72. Blank
Page 73. Plan for the division of "Wood-lot" east of Hills Grove between Roby Budlong and Henry W. Greene, 1879
Page 74. Blank
Page 75. Last will and testament of Rebekah Tibbits, undated
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Page 77. Blank
Page 78. Blank
Page 79. Pencil drawings of President Harrison, a log cabin, and a United Stated ship, 1841
Page 80. Blank
Page 81. Pencil drawing of the Old Baptist meeting house and a illustration of the same,
Page 82. Blank
Page 83. Background on Job Greene, undated
Letter to Henry W. Greene from his cousin, George S. Greene, 1890
Page 84. Blank
Page 85. Birth dates, 1727-1748 and mention of an earthquake, 1755
Illustration of the Benedict Arnold Tavern, Old Warwick, undated
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Page 87. Last will and testament of Fones Greene, 1758
Page 88. Blank
Page 89. Genealogical record of the family and descendants of John Greene, who came from Salesbury county Wettshire in Old England (1596-1846), undated
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Page 91. Deed for "Narragansett" land between Suckquansh, Nenegrat, Scuttup, and Wequakanuit, and Maj. Humphrey Atherton and associates, 1660
Page 92. Blank
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Atherton, Humphrey Maj.
Cattle - Rhode Island
Davis, John W.
Fones, John Capt.
Greene, George S.
Greene, Henry W.
Greene, James, Jr.
Greene, John, Jr.
Greene, Thomas Jr.
Hopkins, William Maj.
Indians of North America - Rhode Island
Merchants - Rhode Island
Portsmouth - Rhode Island
Smith, Richard Capt.
Turkey - History - Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918
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