Marvel Lindsey GREEN Laura GREEN Mary Ella WOOD Mini tree diagram
James Whitson GREEN

James Whitson GREEN1,2,4,3

30th Dec 18591,2,3 - 21st Nov 19331

Life History

30th Dec 1859

Born in Hardin County, Missouri.1,2,3

21st Nov 1933

Died in Hillsboro, Montgomery, Illinois.1

23rd Nov 1933

Buried in Clear Springs Cemetery, Hillsboro, Montgomery County, Illinois.4,1


  • In the 1860 census, The census reports James Whitson Green was bornabout 1859 to Marvel Green and Ella M (Mary Ella Wood).  marvel andMary Ella married in May 1854 in Roane County, East Tennessee.

    1860 Federal Census, St Francois County, Missouri, 9 August, Outsideof Liberty, PO Farmington, page 107 (scan 137), Hse #673, Fam #676
    Marvel Green 46 M Farmer $1200 Real Estate $3382 Personal born NoCarolina [b abt 1814]
    Ella M Green 44 F born No Carolina [b abt 1816]
    John W Green 18 M born No Carolina [b abt 1842]
    Susannah J Green 16 F born No Carolina [b abt 1844]
    Jasper M Green 14 M born Tennessee [b abt 1842]
    Andrew J Green 12 M born Tennessee [b abt 1848]
    Sarah L Green 8 F born Indiana [b abt 1852]
    Martha S Green 6 F born Indiana [b abt 1854]
    James W Green 1 M born Missouri [b abt 1859]

    It appears that James was Ella and Marvel's only child.  Ella probablydied soon after.  Marvel married Lucina/Lucinda in 1866.  There isanother child of the same age reported in the household in the 1870census, but not in 1860.  This child Laura may be the daughter ofMarvel's thrid wife Lucina who had been previously widowed two times.Laura would have been about 2 at the time Lucina's first husband died. Perhaps Marvel adopted Laura, so her name became Green.

    A transcripton of the key facts from James' death record wasavailable, but no image.

    Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947
    James Whitson Green
    Birth 30 Dec 1859 MO
    Death 21 Nov 1933 Hillsboro, Montgomery, Illinois
    Burial 23 Nov 1933 Hillsboro, Montgomery, Illinois
    Death Age 73
    Occupation Farming
    Residence Hillsboro, Montgomery, Illinois
    Father Name Marvel Green
    Spouse Name Eva Green

    In the 1870 census, a child matching James is reported as a son ofMarvel Green.  There is also a girl of the same age named Laura Greenreported as a daughter of Marvel.  She is not accounted for in the1860 census, when James was reported as 1 year old.

    1870 Federal Census, Montgomery County, Illinois, 7 June, Bear CreekTownship, PO Bear Creek, page 37, Hse/Fam #245
    Green, Marvel 53 M W Wheelwright $0 Real Estate $400 Personal born NoCarolina [b abt 1817]
    Green, Louisa F E 34 F W Keeping House b NC [b abt 1836]
    Green, James 12 M W born Missouri [b 1858]
    Green, Laura 12 F W born Missouri [b abt 1858]
    Elliott, Lee W 10 M W born Kentucky [b 1860]
    Felkhell, John 9 M W born Illinois [b abt 1861]
    Felkhell, Edward 9 M W born Illinois [b 1861]

    James Whitson Green
    Birth Dec 30, 1859 St. Francois County, Missouri
    Death Nov. 21, 1933 Hillsboro, Montgomery County, Illinois

    Mother: Mary Ella WOODS b: ABT 1816 in NC [but the obit belowerroneously says his mother was Elizabeth Dyer.  Marvel married Ellain May 1854]

    Published obituary for James Whitson Green:
    The Montgomery County News pg 1
    Thursday November 23,1933
    SOURCE: Patricia Topolski


    Death Came Suddenly Tuesday Morning at 3:15

    James W. Green, well known farmer, who lived for more than three scoreyears and ten, in the Waveland neighborhood, died at this home there,Tuesday, November 21, at 3:15 o'clock, a.m. from pulmonarytuberculosis.

    Mr. Green's death came suddenly, because, although he had been indeclining health for more than a year, he had not been bedfast and wasin Hillsboro, only a few days before his death, he suffered fromhemorrhages, and grew gradually weaker, until death came a few hoursafter midnight, Monday.

    Funeral Today

    The funeral services were held this morning, at 10:30 o'clock, fromthe Bass Funeral Home in Hillsboro, the Rev. T.G. Melton, pastor ofthe Hillsboro Presbyterian church, officiating, and the services beingunder the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of Hillsboro. Burial was madein Clear Springs cemetery, where are buried a number of relatives ofthe deceased, for three generations.

    Native of Missouri

    James Whitson Green, a son of the late Marvel and Elizabeth (Dyer)Green, was born in Hardin County, Missouri, December 30, 1859. At thetime of his death he was 73 years, 10 months and 21 days old. Theparents of Mr. Green were members of North Carolina families and aftertheir marriage, they moved to Kentucky and then to Missouri, theirson, James Whitson Green, being born during their short residence inthe later state. They moved to Montgomery County, Illinois, when hewas still quite young, and he was reared and educated in the Wavelandneighborhood, which was his home, for the rest of his life.

    Mr. Green was married twice on April 2, 1879, he married Miss EmmaIndiana Montgomery, who was a resident of this vicinity. They boughteighty acres of land, six miles south west of Hillsboro, which was oneof the farms owned by the late William H. Brewer, Hillsboro banker andmerchant, where both lived for the rest of their days. Three childrenwere born to them, Tillie, who died in infancy; Eva, the wife of RoyDavis, of Williamsfield, IL., and Irwin, a farmer living at Manton,Alberta, Canada. Mrs. Green died on December 2, 1894, fifteen yearsafter their marriage.

    On June 2, 1896, Mr. Green and Mrs. Eva Bailey Brown who was aresident of the Waveland neighborhood, were united in marriage inHillsboro. Six children were born to them; August, who died ininfancy; Lee, who lives at Pekin; Doris who is at home with hisparents; Ruth, the wife of Dwight Young, of near Hillsboro; Elbert whois married and lives near Hillsboro, and twin daughter, Miss Clara,who is at home and Miss Kathryn, who lives at Pekin and cares for thehome and children of her brother, Lee Green, who lost his wife a yearago. Besides these relatives, Mr. Green leaves seventeengrandchildren; a stepdaughter; Ruby, the wife of Roscoe Barry, ofCollinsville; a stepson, Ralph Brown who lives now at Rathdrum, Idaho,and one half-brother and two half-sisters who do not reside in thisvicinity. He was the last of his immediate family to die, his parents,four brothers, and three sisters having preceded him in death.

    Two of brothers, the late Martin Green and the late Andrew Green,spent their lives in Waveland vicinity, and will be remembered by manyresidents of the county.

    25 Years a School Director

    Mr. Green was of the very highest type of farm residents of thiscounty. He was industrious and frugal and reared a large familysupporting and caring for them by the labor of his hand, on his ownland; providing for them, by careful management and never ceasingthought for their welfare.

    He discharged his duties and responsibilities to his family and hiscommunity admirably and generously. He served as a Director in theMansfield school district, for a quarter of a century, and was highwaycommissioner of Hillsboro township for several terms. He became amember of the Hillsboro Presbyterian church forty years ago, andretained his membership there until his death. He was a faithful andregular attendant of church and Sunday school, at the WavelandPresbyterian church in his home neighborhood, and was alwaysinterested in affairs of the church and anxious to do his part, whenhelp was needed. He was a member of the Hillsboro Masonic Lodge, andhad been a member of the Woodman for years, until recently. Mr. Greenwas the kind of man whom family and friends hold in affectionateregard, and who always put duty to others before their own desires. Hefilled a useful place in his community and will be greatly missed.

    Parents Marvel Lindsey Green (1814 - 1878)
    Spouse Eva Bailey Green (1868 - 1942)
    Sibling Joseph Martin Green (1848 - 1884)

    Burial Clear Springs Cemetery, Hillsboro, Montgomery County, Illinois

    Created by Wiregrass Irisheyes Oct 24, 2013
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #119241397,


  • 1. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 2. 1860 Federal Census, St Francois County, Missouri
    • 9 August, Outside of Liberty, PO Farmington, page 107 (scan 137), Hse
  • 3. 1870 Federal Census, Montgomery County, Illinois
    • 7 June, Bear Creek Township, PO Bear Creek, page 37, Hse/Fam #245
  • 4. Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947

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