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View Tree for John Robert GreeneJohn Robert Greene (b. Abt. 1810, d. Aft. 1857)

John Robert Greene was born Abt. 1810 in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA, and died Aft. 1857 in Longstraw, Jackson, Louisiana, USA. He married Elizabeth Bryant on 1837 in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Robert Greene:
In 1860 the Civil War broke out. Sons George and William joined and were soon followed by their brother John Robert. John Robert, Jr. was the only son to survive the war.

Bushwhackers, who robbed and killed, were rampant in the area at the time. They came to John and Dusty's home and took John out at night and beat him until they thought he was dead, but he managed to get back home. Dusty had heard that bushwhackers would not harm the mother of a small baby, so she started screaming "Oh, my darling baby!" It worked, and they did not bother her. The bushwhackers took practically all of their livestock, but failed to find the money hidden under a floor board. John and Dusty heard that the bushwhackers were not as bad in Louisiana, so they bought a wagon and team of mules. In 1857 they moved to Ruston, Louisiana where they had relatives and friends. John Jr. and his wife joined them after the war.

William Robert Greene lived with his parents, two brothers, and one sister on a farm close to Atlanta, Georgia. The Greene family lived close to the Bryant family who had two boys and three girls. One of the Bryant girls was a beautiful young lady named Dusty. William Greene decided he wanted her to be his life companion. So he courted her and in 1837 William and Dusty were married. To this union there were born four children. in 1850, his family moved to Called, Alabama. The family lived there until the children were almost grown.

Groups of people called bushwhackers, who robbed and killed settlers, came to William's house. They took him out at night and beat him until they thought he was dead. However, he was not, and managed to get back Home. Dusty Bryant Greene outsmarted the bushwhackers, by screaming out " Oh my darling baby!". She had heard that they would not hurt the mother of a small baby.

The bushwhackers took practically all of their livestock. However, the Greenes had hidden some money under the floor of their house and they used that to buy a wagon and a team of mules. They had heard the bushwackers we re not so bad in Louisiana where some of the relatives and friends lived, so they packed all they had left and moved to Ruston, Louisiana. William and Dusty are buried in the Longstraw Cemetery, Longstraw, Louisiana (no headstones).

Notes below are from: Debra Cotten

I checked Taladega Co., AL. 1850 census and did not find this family listed, although there were families of GREEN, McLEROY, and BRYANT listed.

There is a William Green 1840 GA. Cherokee Co. census District 792, Image 5 (males: 2 0-5, 1 5-10, 1 10-15, 1 30-40, females: 1 0-5, 1 20-30).
Also Bryant's listed, but no McLeroy in this same county.

There is a William Green 1840 Cobb Co., GA. census district 898 image 5 (males:1 0-5, 1 5-10, 1 10-15, 1-15-20, 2 20-30, 1 50-60, females:1 0-5, 1 1 0-15, 2 15-20, 1 40-50).
Also Bryant's, McElroy's listed in same county.

1840 Gwinnett Co., GA. census also list families of Green, Bryant, and McLeroy. So does 1840 Jackson Co., GA. and 1840 DeKalb Co., GA. (but there w as no William Green listed as head of household).

1840 Hall Co., GA. census list families of Green and Bryant (but not William Green).

All of the GA. counties listed above were around the Atlanta, GA. area.

*NOTE: Census 1860 Talladega Co., AL. Court Hill P.O. family 620 & 621 ima ge 77 list the folliwng:
John R. Green 46 m GA.
Elizabeth 47 f GA.
Geo. N or W. 17 m GA.
John 15 m GA.
Mary 12 f GA.
Martha 10 f AL.

William Green 23 m GA.
Susannah 21 f GA.
Amanda 9/12 f AL.

1870 census Jackson Parish, LA. family# 41.
41 GREEN J. R. Sr. age 61
B. 50
M. 19
family#42 list J.R. Jr., N.(wife Nancy), E.(dau. Emma), T.(son Thomas)

(I find this interesting because the names and age range match up with the family of William Robert Green, with his oldest son William married and living in the next household in 1860. And living next to his son John Robert in 1870 (sons William & George both died in Civil War). This makes me wonder if family recollections of the name may be incorrect, and that William Robert Green should be John Robert Green. If so, Dusty's real name was Elizabeth (Beth). Or perhaps William Robert Green & Dusty were the parents of John R. Green Sr. Most of the names and dates and stories were related through family recollections and I am searching for documentaion).

More About John Robert Greene:
Burial: Longstraw, Jackson, Louisiana, USA.

More About John Robert Greene and Elizabeth Bryant:
Marriage: 1837, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA.

Children of John Robert Greene and Elizabeth Bryant are:
  1. +John Robert Greene, b. 24 Nov 1844, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA, d. 28 Aug 1926, Choudrant, Lincoln, Louisiana, USA.
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