Saturday, February 2, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Green of Malden, Massachusetts

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Thomas Green arrived in Massachusetts on the ship Planter in 1635/6.  In 1646 he was living at Lady Deborah Moody’s farm in Lynn, Massachusetts, and by 1650 he was a resident of Malden.  He had a 63 acre farm located in what is now the Melrose and Wakefield border.  He was a farmer, and was a selectman in 1658 and a juror several times for Middlesex County.

There were two other Thomas Greens living in Malden at this time period.  This Thomas Green is called “senior” and his son “junior”.  The other Thomas Green has no suffix after his name.  Thomas Green left a will dated 12 November 1667 and proved on 15 January 1667/8.  It doesn’t name a wife, but names all his children. 

His son, William Greene, my 9x great grandfather, was born in Topsfield in 1635 and settled also in Malden.  He was made a freeman in Malden in 1668 and was a selectman in 1678, 1683, and 1702.   Thomas’s grandson, Isaac Green, my 8x great grandfather, left Malden and settled in Falmouth, on Cape Cod, where he is buried.

Some sources for information on the Green family:

Descendants of Thomas Green of Malden, Massachusetts by Samuel S. Green and also The Greenes of Rhode Island with Historical Records of England Ancestors by Louise Brownell Clarke, New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1903.   There are lots of Greens/Greenes buried at Bell Rock Cemetery in Malden that are descendants of these Greens, but none of my direct line have stones that are still visible there.  You can see these Green gravestones at   

My Green Genealogy:

Generation 1: Thomas Green, born 17 May 1606 in Kegworth, Leicestershire, England, son of John Greene and Ann Scargell, died 19 December 1667 in Malden, Massachusetts; married on 26 June 1627 in Hertfordshire, England to Elizabeth Lynde, daughter of Thomas Lynde and Elizabeth Unknown.   Ten children.

Generation 2: Hannah Green, born 7 February 1647 in Woburn, died 20 May 1721 in Norwich, Connecticut; married on 5 November 1666 in Woburn to Joseph Richardson, son of Samuel Richardson and Joanna Thake.  Four children.

Generation 3: Mary Richardson married James Fowle
Generation 4: Mary Fowle married James Simonds, Jr.
Generation 5: Caleb Simonds married Susanna Converse
Generation 6: Ruth Simonds married Andrew Munroe
Generation 7: Luther Simonds Munroe married Olive Flint
Generation 8: Phebe Cross Munroe married Robert Wilson Wilkinson
Generation 9: Albert Munroe Wilkinson married Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson married Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

My second Green lineage:

Generation 2: William Green, born 15 December 1635 in England, died 30 Decmeber 1705 in Malden; married first on 13 March 1659 to Elizabeth Wheeler, daughter of Isaac Wheeler and Frances Watson.  Three children.  He married second to Isabel Farmer.

Generation 3: Isaac Greene, born 27 December 1674 in Malden, died 4 January 1740 in Falmouth, Massachusetts; married Sarah Unknown. Four children.

Generation 4:  Martha Green, born 28 October 1705 in Falmouth, married on 18 July 1724 in Falmouth to Peter Robinson, son of Isaac Robinson and Hannah Harper (great great grandson of Rev. John Robinson, pastor to the Mayflower Pilgrims in England and in Leyden, Holland). Seven children.

Generation 5: Jabez Robinson, born 9 June 1726 in Falmouth; married on 7 January 1748 to Tabitha Green, daughter of William Green and Joanna Mendall (a possible 2nd cousin and a third Green lineage?)  Five children.

Generation 6: Elizabeth Robinson, born 17 June 1750 in Falmouth, died 27 July 1837; married on 8 September 1774 to Ebenezer Crosby, son of Jonathan Crosby and Hannah Hamblin. They removed from Falmouth, Massachusetts to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Eleven children.

Generation 7: Rebecca Crosby, born 19 December 1789 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; married on 12 August 1808 in Chebogue, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Comfort Haley, son of Comfort Haley and Abigail Allen.  Eleven children.

Generation 8: Joseph Edwin Healy, born 12 August 1823 in Belfast, Maine or Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, died on 17 June 1862 at the Battle of Saint Charles, Arkansas during the Civil War; married on 3 February 1848 to Matilda Weston, daughter of Zadoc Weston and Mary Clements.  Four children.

Generation 9: Mary Etta Healey, born 19 May 1852 in Beverly, Massachusetts, died 23 July 1932 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married on 14 March 1870 in Salem, Massachusetts to Peter Hoogerzeil, son of the immigrant Peter Hoogerzeil of Dordrecht, Holland, and Eunice Stone. Six children.

Generation 10: Florence Etta Hoogerzeil, born 20 August 1871 in Beverly, died 10 February 1941 in Hamilton, Massachusetts; married on 25 December 1890 in Beverly to Arthur Treadwell Hitchings, son of Abijah Franklin Hitchings and Hannah Eliza Lewis.  Nine children.

Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings married Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. What a coincidence -- my mentor in graduate school was Thomas Greene. He was a wonderful person. Have no idea if he came from Massachusetts . . . Seeing the name 3 times just startled me.

    1. Wow, that is a coincidence! He just might be a descendant and not even know it!