Eli Green. The paternal grandparent of the subject of this
sketch was General Nathaniel Green of Revolutionary fame, and the father of the subject was John Green, a carpenter by trade, and a farmer by occupation. John was an early settler of Kentucky, where the greater part of his life was spent. He married
for his first wife Rachel Williams, unto whom was born the following offspring: Thomas, Sallie, Charles and Newel. For a second wife he married Rebecca Snider; the second marriage was blessed by the following children: Eli, born January 27, 1811; Polly, born November 28, 1813; Jonathan, born December 31, 1815; William, born January 8, 1818, and Absalom, born January 23, 1820.
The mother of these children was the daughter of Henry and Mary
Snider who were of German lineage, and she was born June 30, 1782, and was united in marriage with John Green, November 19, 1807; her death occurred February I4, 1831. John, her husband,
died in Ohio, March 5, 1823; he had removed with his family from
Kentucky to Ohio, about 1813, and shortly after his death, his widow with her famIly, removed to Indiana, and in 1824, settled in Shelby County, settling on Blue River, and here the widow lived till occurred her death. Her eldest son Eli, who is our subject, was bom in Madison County, Ky.; when but an infant his
father made the removal to Ohio, and when he was thirteen his widowed mother made the removal to Indiana. He was reared on the farm, and received a limited education in old subscription schools of the various vicinities in which he lived in early life. He has devoted his life to farming; and has experienced much hard toil, and a hard battle with life, for he was born a poor boy, but nevertheless born with an ambitious and industrious spirit, which has gained for him property and many ardent friends. In November of 1834,
he was united in marriage with Mary B. Marshall. She was born in Harrison County, Ky., and was the daughter of James and
Susannah Marshall. Unto this marriage were born: Eliza, April 16,1839; Adalino, November 15, 1841; William Dallas, July 11, 1844, and Arthur, November 15, 1851. For one year after the marriage of our subject he lived in Shelby County, and then removed to Rush County, where he has since resided, and followed agricultural pursuits. He has always been a main factor in whatever commnities he has reslded,and has always been an industrious, energetic and progressive man. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years, and has always advocated
and aided churches, schools and public improvements. He has always been reserved, however in life, and has never aspired to public life, but has preferred the life of an independent farmer. In
politics he has never taken an active part, but is an ardent Republican, having never voted with any other party since the organization of the Republican party. He is now in his seventy-seventh
year, and while far along in the decline of life he is surrounded by property and many faithful friends.
History of Rush County, Indiana Brant & Fuller, p 479-480.
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