The Green Brothers by Vance Cody Harris copyright 2005
William Green was born in South Carolina around 1803 and moved some time in his young life to Bulloch County Georgia. He appears to have married Polly Turner in Bulloch County on March 30, 1829. Polly was the daughter of Charles Turner. Around 1835, the family moved to Tattnall County Georgia and settled in the Pinegrove Church area between the towns of Collins and Cobbtown. William Green had a total of eight children, three sons and five daughters. All three sons enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The oldest son John Green was born in Bulloch County Georgia in 1830. He was married on November 24, 1853 in Tattnall County to Elizabeth Rogers daughter of John Rogers. They had five children all daughters. John enlisted as a Private in Company G, 47th Georgia Volunteer Infantry (The Tattnall Invincibles) part of the Army of Tennessee on September 1, 1862. John served in this company until he contracted pneumonia early in 1864. He was sent to Newsome Hospital at Cassville Georgia. John died at Newsome Hospital in Cassville Georgia of pneumonia on March 10, 1864. In a Cassville Newspaper, John is listed among the dead at the Cassville Hospitals. John’s burial location is unknown. If he is buried in the Cassville Cemetery his grave is not marked. There are several unknown confederate graves in the Cassville Cemetery but according to the Newspaper, John’s identity was known when he died so it is unlikely that he is buried in one of the unknown soldier’s graves. His wife Elizabeth is buried at Old Anderson Church Cemetery in Tattnall County but John is not buried there.
The middle son Thomas Green was born in Tattnall County Georgia in 1836. He was married on June 9, 1859 in Tattnall County to Sarah Ann Holland daughter of Dempsey Holland. They had two children one son and one daughter. Thomas enlisted as a Private in Company B, 61st Georgia Volunteer Infantry (The Tattnall Rangers) in the Army of Northern Virginia on August 31, 1861 at Smith Field near Reidsville Georgia. Thomas fought with the 61st Georgia until November 29, 1862 when he was placed in the Confederate General Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia with Debility. He was later that day transferred to Ferguson's Factory Hospital in Lynchburg Virginia on November 29, 1862. He died at Ferguson's Factory Hospital in Lynchburg Virginia of Pneumonia Typhoid on January 3, 1863. After the war, Thomas Green’s wife Sarah married George Washington Saturday who also served in Company B, 61st Georgia and had children with him. Thomas Green is buried in the Lynchburg Cemetery in the Confederate Section in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was buried on January 4, 1863. The Confederate Government paid for his funeral expenses. George A. Diuguid was the
undertaker. In the Confederate section, T. Green is buried in Grave 10, Line 5, Lot 79. His coffin or body measured 6'-5" long and 20" wide. Below is a picture of his grave - courtesy of Vance. C. Harris.
The youngest son Daniel Green was born in Tattnall Country Georgia in 1837. He was married on March 17, 1858 in Bulloch Country Georgia to Susan Jernigan daughter of Jesse Jernigan, Sr. and Martha Thrift Underwood Holland. Daniel and Susan lived on land given to them by Susan’s father Jesse Jernigan. This land is in modern day Candler County Georgia on the Metter-Claxton Highway near Evergreen Baptist Church. Daniel enlisted as a Private in Company B, 61st Georgia Volunteer Infantry (The Tattnall Rangers) in the Army of Northern Virginia on August 31, 1861 at Smith Field near Reidsville, Georgia. Family legend mentions that while in service of the Confederate Army, Daniel had a cancer grow on the side of his face. The legend states that he was discharged and while on leave, he sought out a witch to cure his cancer. She took herbs placed them in a rag and tied the rag around Daniel’s head so that the herbs were on his Cancer. According to the legend this worked and he was able to rejoin his regiment. This can be backed up with Daniel’s compiled service record which states that he was discharged for Necrosis of the Lower Jaw on February 18, 1862 near Brunswick Georgia. Daniel was severely wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862. Daniel was also wounded during the Chancellorsville Campaign at the Battle of Salem Church on May 4, 1863. After the battle of Gettysburg, Daniel was left behind as a nurse to help care for the wounded men who could not be moved. He was captured by the Union Army at Gettysburg on July 5, 1863. Family legend states that Daniel was sent to a prison where all he could see was water all around him. This matches with his compiled service record which states that he was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland which is on the end of a peninsula. Daniel eventually was traded back to the Confederate Army in a Prisoner exchange on December 25, 1863. According to the Muster Rolls of the 61st Georgia Infantry, Daniel was wounded in the foot on May 5, 1864 at the Battle of Wilderness necessitating amputation of his foot. This is disputed by different family researchers however. The last entry in Daniel’s compiled service record dated April 30 through August 31, 1864 states that he was wounded and on Furlough. Daniel’s wife Susan filed for widows pension in Tattnall County in 1910 in which she stated that Daniel was wounded in the leg just above the ankle and that he was unable to hold up at any kind of work that involved walking but she doesn’t mention whether his foot was amputated or not. According to Susan Green’s pension, Daniel arrived home two or three weeks before the war ended. After the war he fathered three children, all sons. Daniel Green died December 4, 1882 in Tattnall County at the age of 45. Family lore states he died of blood letting. [See his new marker below.]
Daniel was buried at Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery. Daniel Green and his wife Susan were the ones who first had the idea of building Evergreen Baptist Church and are considered the church founders. According to Daniel Greens Service Record, he was 6 feet tall with a dark complexion,