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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Putnam County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William T. Greene is a son of P. B. Greene who has been a resident of Putnam County since 1865. P. B. Greene is the son of William Greene, who was born in 1802. William’ Greene married Miss Sophia Denton, and lived in Clark County, Ind., afterward, for twenty-nine years, during which time he became the father of eighteen children, fifteen by Miss Sophia Denton, one by his second wife, Miss Ellen Hoover, and two by his third wife, Mrs. Priscilla Lamasters, to whom he was married in 1843. The fifteen children by his first wife were as follows: Edward T., Lawrien, Philip B., Clement, William, Alexander, Mary, Jessie C., and Sarah (twins), Daniel and Indiana (twins), Harriet, Martha, Thomas and Christian; the one by his second wife was named Ellen, and the two by his third wife were Lucretia and Jeremiah H. William Greene was killed by a rail falling on his head while he was asleep. P. B. Greene was born in Clark County, Ind., October 20, 1825. At the age of eighteen he went to Jeffersonville, Ind., where he served six months as an apprentice with Joshua Fipps, an ax and hatchet maker, after which he served six months with a country blacksmith named John Connor. At the age of twenty-one he was married to Miss Nancy J. Arnold, December 4, 1847. She was born in Ohio County, Ky., January 26, 1827. To them were born eleven children: Priscilla, William T., John, Nancy A., George W., Martha, Indiana, James, Mary, Hannah and Lucinda. Mr. Greene followed blacksmithing as a trade from the age of eighteen to the age of fifty, since which time he has followed farming. The Greene family had a reunion on the fortieth anniversary of P. B. Greene and wife. The number present was thirty-six married sons and daughters with their wives, husbands and children. William T. Greene, the subject of this sketch, made the presentation speech on this occasion, the presents from children to parents consisting of an elegant silver service worth about $60. He had also collected considerable material for a history of Putnam County, but finally came to the conclusion that to complete the enterprise would be unprofitable, and so abandoned the undertaking. Mr. Greene was married July 20, 1879, to Miss Sarah Jane Davis, daughter of Ceburn J. Davis, who has resided in Putnam County since 1858. Mrs. Greene was born June 18, 1858. To them have been born two children, Stanley Greene, born June 14, 1880, and Ovid Greene, born July 31, 1885, and died August 25, 1886.

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This family biography is one of 139 biographies included in the Putnam County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Putnam County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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