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[This information is from Vol. I, pp. 238-241 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

The paternal ancestor of the Greens of Troy, New York, herein recorded was Richard Green, born in the north of Ireland and settled in Canada about the year 1800. He remained in that country until after 1823 as in that year his son William F. was born in the city of Quebec. He later settled in Troy, New York, where his other children were born. He married Mary Ann, daughter of Robert and Isabella (Crawford) Barnes, born in Ireland. Children:

  1. James N., enlisted in the civil war, rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and was killed in battle, a daring and gallant officer;
  2. Richard (2);
  3. William F., of whom further;
  4. Robert;
  5. John Crawford, of whom further;
  6. Catherine and
  7. Edward.

Isabella (Crawford) Barnes, was a descendant of the Crawfords of Dumbarton Castle, Scotland, a family famous in Scotch history.

(II) William F., third son of Richard and Mary Ann (Barnes) Green, was born in the city of Quebec, Canada, September 20, 1823, died in Troy, New York, September 16, 1877. He associated with his brother Robert in the furniture business in Troy, having lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until about 1870. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an attendant of the Presbyterian church, and in politics a Republican. He married (first) December 30, 1845, Susan Maria, born April 21, 1823, in New York City, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 29, 1857, daughter of John and Susan Maria Oppel. He married (second) June, 1862, Kate Grace, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born there July 24, 1837, died October 4, 1890, at Troy, New York, daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Shetsline) Grace. Samuel Grace died in 1876. Children by first marriage:

  1. William Henry, born March 23, 1847, died April 15, 1857;
  2. Emma Elizabeth, November 14, 1857;
  3. Sara Catherine, now a resident of Troy.

Children by second marriage:

  1. Mary Grace, resident of Troy;
  2. Jeanette Durr, born in Philadelphia, December 18, 1865, died June 17, 1867, in Philadelphia;
  3. Dr. Robert Barnes, born in Troy, June 19, 1871, a graduate of Philadelphia Dental College, D.D.S., 1898, now a practicing dentist of Tarrytown, New York, married, October 16, 1902, Frances Daisy, daughter of Townsend and Ermina P. Roe.

(II) John Crawford, son of Richard and Mary Ann (Barnes) Green, was born in Troy, New York, June 12, 1832, died July 9, 1908. He was a decorator and furniture dealer; prominent in the Republican party; serving as fire and school commissioner of Troy. He was trustee of the Unitarian church and a man of influence. He married Mary Goodspeed (see Goodspeed VIII). Children:

  1. Arba R., of whom further;
  2. Lansdale Boardman, of whom further.

(III) Dr. Arba R. Green, eldest son of John Crawford and Mary (Goodspeed) Green, was born in Troy, New York, August 18, 1854. He was educated at Troy Academy and secured his professional education at the Homeopathic College and Hospital, New York City, whence he was graduated, M.D., class of 1879. He has since practiced his profession at Troy with much success. He has served as coroner of Rensselaer county and president of the New York State and Rensselaer County Homeopathic Medical societies. He married Lydia Virginia, born in Nassau, Rensselaer county, New York, daughter of Leonard Vincent Richmond, born February 11, 1827, died May 1, 1905, at Sand Lake, New York; he married at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, January 23, 1859, Nana, daughter of James Holt, born in England, died September 15, 1851, aged fifty-four years, six months, and his wife, Mary, who died 1876, aged seventy-five years. Child of Dr. Arba R. Green: Crawford Richmond, born in Troy, New York, September 8, 1881, educated in the Troy Academy, graduating 1898; a graduate of Brown University, A.B., 1902; New York Homeopathic Medical Institute, M.D., 1906, walked Metropolitan Hospital, New York, eight months after graduation. In the spring of 1907 he began the practice of his profession in Troy. He is a Republican in politics, a member of the Unitarian church, of the Delta Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Gamma, Pafraet Dael Club, Sons of the Revolution. His professional societies are Albany County Homeopathic Medical Society, New York State Homeopathic Medical Society, American Institute of Homeopathy. He is on the visiting medical staff of the Albany Homeopathic Hospital. He married, June 12, 1907, Helen Fish, born in Troy, daughter of Marcus M. Waterman, born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and his wife, Anna (Adams) Waterman. Child, Carleton, born April 23, 1909.

(III) Lansdale Boardman, son of John Crawford and Mary (Goodspeed) Green, was born in Troy, New York, May 13, 1871. He was educated in the Troy Academy, graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, C.E., class of 1891. He entered the furniture store of his father, Green & Waterman, Troy, as a clerk and continued with them until 1898 when John Crawford Green withdrew from the firm, establishing in the same business under his own name. In 1903 he admitted his son Lansdale B. to a partnership, changing the firm name to J. Crawford Green & Son. On the death of his father in 1908 the son continued the business and is so engaged at present (1910). The business is art furniture and interior decoration. The firm manufacture in their own shops a great amount of their finest furniture and hold a high position in the trade. He served in the Spanish war (see Adjutant General, 1908, report). He is an Independent Republican and takes an active part in politics. In 1905 he was elected supervisor on the Independent ticket and re-elected in 1907 and 1909 on the regular Republican ticket. He is the present president of the board. He is a member of the Unitarian church and formerly a trustee. He is a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon, and of the Troy Pafraet Dael Club, Army and Navy Club (New York City), and the Island Golf Club of Troy.

(The Goodspeed Line)

The American ancestor of Mary (Goodspeed) Green, wife of John Crawford Green, was Roger Goodspeed, of whom the first record is in 1639, when he went to Barnstable, Massachusetts, and became one of the original proprietors of that place. It is not known from what country he came, in what vessel, or when. The earliest record of his wife is of her marriage, — "Roger Goodspeed and Allis Layton, married December, 1641." He was granted lands to which he added by purchase. In 1644 he joined the church. In 1672 his name was dropped from membership, in 1679 he was reinstated at his own request. He died April, 1685, leaving a will. Children: Nathaniel, John, of whom further; Mary, Benjamin, Ruth, Ebenezer, Elizabeth.

(II) John, second son of Roger and Alice (Layton) Goodspeed, was born, June 1645. He passed the first few years of his life at Barnstable and later moved to Misteake, where he died in 1719. He served as a soldier during King Philip's war, and was in the third expedition under Captain Thomas Howes. He married Experience Holway or Holly, daughter of Joseph Holway or Holly, whose descendants claim lineal descent from the Astronomer Holly, the first person to observe the transit of Venus. Children: Mary or Mercy, Samuel, John, of whom further; Experience, Benjamin, Rose, Bathsheba.

(III) John (2), second son of John (1) and Experience (Holway or Holly) Goodspeed, married, February 16, 1698, Mrs. Remember Buck, daughter of John and Susannah Jennings, widow of Joseph Buck. Children: Elizabeth, Temperance, Samuel, of whom further; Cornelius, John, Experience, Remember.

(IV) Samuel, eldest son of John (2) and Remember (Jennings) (Buck) Goodspeed, was born March 17, 1701. He married Rebecca ————. Children: Temperance, John, Eunice, Ann, Abigail, Remember, Samuel, Abner, Anthony, of whom further.

(V) Anthony, youngest child of Samuel and Rebecca ———— Goodspeed, was born at Barnstable, Massachusetts, April 18, 1746. He lived at Sheffield, Massachusetts; Litchfield, Connecticut; Poultney, Vermont, and finally moved to Troy, New York, about 1785, where he died about 1825. He was a carpenter by trade. While living at Sheffield, Massachusetts, he served in the revolution as follows: Corporal in Captain William Bacon's company, Colonel John Fellows Regiment, which marched on the Lexington alarm of April 19, 1775, served from April 21, 1775, to May 7, 1775, seventeen days; also in the same company and regiment, muster roll dated August 1, 1775, enlisted May 8, 1775, service, three months and one day; also in a company return dated Dorchester, October 6, 1775; also had an order for a bounty coat or its equivalent in money, dated Dorchester, 1775. He was sergeant in Captain Ephraim Fitch's company, Colonel Benjamin Simons detachment, of Berkshire company militia, muster roll, dated Ticonderoga, February 25, 1777, entered service December 16, 1776, term to expire March 15, 1777; he was lieutenant in Jeremiah Hick's company, Colonel John Ashley's regiment, entered service July 6, 1777, discharged July 27, 1777, service twenty-two days. The company marched to Kingsbury, July 6, 1777, at the request of Major General Schuyler; also lieutenant in Paul Dewey's detachment from Captain William Fellows' company of mattrosses, Brigadier-General John Fellows, Berkshire brigade, entered service September 21, 1777, discharged October 19, 1777, service twenty-eight days; detachment was ordered out by Brigadier-General Fellows to serve under Major General Gates in the northern department. He married, about 1766, Abigail Lothrop. Children: Cornelius, Rebecca, Temperance, Ann, Eunice, Samuel, of whom further; Elizabeth Candace.

(VI) Samuel, son of Anthony and Abigail (Lothrop) Goodspeed, was born about 1776. He passed an honorable, active and useful life at Troy, New York, and was one of the first trustees of the village corporation of Troy. He was captain of a sloop and for many years was engaged in the Hudson river trade. He married, at Troy, New York, Mary Dyer. Children:

  1. Sarah, born 1798, died February 27, 1892, unmarried. Her obituary notice said "Miss Goodspeed's entire life is an exemplification of the beauty and inspiration of true Christianity. Her entire thought was far others; early in childhood she became a member of the First Baptist Church of Troy and ever since has been one of its most active members."
  2. Anthony, of whom further.
  3. Abigail, married William M. Arnold.
  4. Mary, married William Lewis.
  5. Ann Elizabeth, married John Fulton.

(VII) Anthony (2), eldest son of Samuel and Mary (Dyer) Goodspeed, was born in Troy about the year 1800. He passed his entire life in Troy. He married, about 1832, Juliana Washburn. Children:

  1. Mary, of whom further.
  2. Benjamin Monroe Hill, born about 1835, married Sarah N. Halsey.
  3. Frederick, died young.
  4. Adelaide.
  5. Williard Fox, a veteran of the civil war, now deceased, married Adelia Leavenworth.
  6. Blanche, married Thomas Harrison.
  7. Richard, married Elizabeth Moores.
  8. John Frederick.
  9. Harriet K., married Judge Rufus M. Townsend, now deceased, a lawyer, United States circuit court, commissioner at Troy and an officer of the Spanish-American war.

(VIII) Mary, eldest child of Anthony (2) and Juliana (Washburn) Goodspeed, was born in Troy, October 6, 1833, died March 11, 1895. She married, at Troy, John Crawford Green (see Green II).

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