Joseph GREEN Henry GREEN Charlotte GREEN Drucilla MCBRAYER Mary Sarah MCENTIRE Mini tree diagram
William D Marion GREEN

William D Marion GREEN1,5,2,4,3

16th May 17531,2,3 - 6th Nov 18321,2,3

Life History

16th May 1753

Born in Buffalo Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina.1,2,3


Resident Reported in state census in Bute County, North Carolina.4


Birth of son Henry GREEN in Buffalo Creek, Tryon, North Carolina.6,5

before 1775

Married Drucilla MCBRAYER.3


Birth of daughter Charlotte GREEN in Rutherford County, North Carolina.7,8

28th Mar 1828

Death of Drucilla MCBRAYER in Bostic, Rutherford, North Carolina.9,3

6th Nov 1832

Died in Bostic, Rutherford, North Carolina.1,2,3

after 6th Nov 1832

Buried in Green Cemetery, Bostic, Rutherford County, North Carolina.3


  • William D Marion Green
    Birth 16 May 1753 in Buffalo Creek, Cleveland, North Carolina
    Death 6 Nov 1832 in Bostic, Rutherford, North Carolina
    Joseph Green 1715 - 1771
    Mary Sarah McEntire 1735 - 1817
    Spouse Drucilla McBrayer 1755 - 1828
    --  Sandy & Children Family,

    North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index,1790-1890
    Database NC Early Census Index
    William Green
    Residence Bute County NC
    Year 1771

    William D. Marion Green
    Birth May 16, 1753 Rutherford County, North Carolina
    Death Nov 6, 1832 Rutherford County, North Carolina

    William Green was born in Buffalo Creek, NC 16 May 1753. Billy died 6Nov 1832 in Rutherford Co., NC, at 79 years of age. He was the firstwhite child born in what is now Cleveland County, NC.

    His body was interred in a family cemetery at the old BosticBrickyard, Rutherford Co., NC. According to an old survey of thecemetery by C. Kenyon Withrow, William Green's tombstone gave hisdeath date and then age at death as 81. This would make his birth date1751 or 1752. The graveyard has been destroyed since the survey.

    Billy married Drucilla LNU bef 1775. Drusy was born about 1754. Drusydied 28 March 1828 in Rutherford County, NC at 73 years of age. She isburied beside William.

    William first became well known in the Rutherford Co. area during theRevolutionary War. Like many men in the area, he fought on both sidesduring the war. His mother and stepfather were strong Tories [but nonames for them are reported in this memorial]; Billy was a Major(Tory) captured at King's Mountain. He was sentenced to hang, butescaped and joined the Continental Army.

    From 1781-1782, Billy served with the Ten Months Men under Sumter. Hefought in the Battle of Eutah Springs.
    He settled in Rutherford County, after the War. Billy was a Chartermember of the Sandy Run Baptist Church and later founded ConcordBaptist Church.
    Billy served in the NC House of Commons in 1798 and served 14 terms asa NC legistlator (Whig) from 1800-1824.
    (DAR Lineage Book Vol. 130 p 235-237 under application #129796, Mrs.Tempe Boddie Hill Carraway}.

    Burial Green Cemetery, Bostic, Rutherford County, North Carolina

    Created by Barbara White-Frank Selletti Jul 24, 2005
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #11417056,

    A second memorial was created in 2009 for William, under thealternative spelilng of the surnmae Green.  Both memorials are stillposted.

    Maj William Marion Greene
    Birth May 16, 1753 Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
    Death Nov. 6, 1832 Bostic, Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA

    Fought for the patriot (Whig) Forces and by 1780 he was a Captain inthe Whig Militia where he was captured by the Tories. They held him asa prisoner until he was freed during the Tory defeat at the Battle ofRamsaur's Mill. His only British service was at King's Mountain. Hewas captured by the Patriots and sentenced to death. The story of theescape became a favoite of many historians.

    According to Lyman C. Draper in "Kings Mountain and Its Heroes"

    Captain William Green along with Lieutenant William Langum, were amongthe Troy Prisoners, were tried before Colonel Cleveland, the chargeagainst Green seems to have been, That he had violated the oath he hadtaken as an officer to support the governments of the State of NorthCarolina and of the United States, by accepting a British commission,and fighting at King's Mountain. Some of the British officers werepresent, and remonstrated at the course taken, when Cleveland cut themshort, saying: "Gentlemen, you are British officers, and shall betreated accordingly---therefore give your paroles and march offimmediately; The other person is a subject of the State." Green andLangum were condemned to be executed the next moring. "May be so,"coolly remarked Green.

    That night, as he and his comrade, Langum, were lying before thecamp-fire, under blanket, Green rolled over so that his hands,fastened with buck-skin straps, came in contact with Langum's face,who seeming to comprehend his companion's intention, worked away withhis teeth till he succeeded in unfastening the knot. Green was nowable to reach his pocket, containing a knife, with which he severedthe remaining cords, and those of Langum. He the whispered to Langumto be ready to jump up and run when he should set the example. Greenwas above the ordinary size, strong and athletic.

    The guard who had special watch of them, was in the sitting posture,with his head resting upon his knees, and had fallen asleep. Making asudden leap, Green knocked the sentinel over, and tried to snatch hisgun from him; but the latter caught the skirt of the fleeing man'scoat, and Green had to make a second effort before he could releasehimself from the soldier's grasp, and gladly got off with the loss ofa part of his garment. In another moment both Green and Langum weredashing down a declivity, and through several shots were fired atthem, they escaped unhurt, and were soon beyond the reach of theirpursuers.

    Aided by the friendly wilderness, and sympathizing Loyalists, they intime reached their old region of Buffalo creek, in now ClevelandCounty, Green at least renouncing his brief, sad experience in theTory service, joined the Whigs, and battled manfully thereafter forhis country. Both Green and Langum long survived the war, and werevery worthy people.
    (This happen at Bethabara, today near Winson Salem, NC, ).

    Informant: Ronald Arrowood ~ 2012

    Capt Joseph Greene (1715 - 1771)
    Mary Sarah McEntire Greene (1735 - 1817)

    Spouse Drucilla McBrayer Greene (1755 - 1828)

    Abraham Green (1760 - 1820)
    Isaac Green (1762 - 1831)
    Jacob Nathaniel Green (1767 - 1840)
    Robert G. McAfee (1777 - 1848) Half-sibling

    Burial Green Cemetery, Bostic, Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA

    Created by Georgia Girl Nov 23, 2009
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #44702864,


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