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The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery

 
 
The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2015
1. The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery Marker
Inscription.
Cemetery History
The first Greene family interment occurred in 1786 with the death of Miss Margaret Greene, daughter of Jacob (General Greene’s brother) and Margaret Greene. There are seventeen identified interments in the cemetery and four fieldstones. According to a Providence Journal article from 1859, these fieldstones represent four Revolutionary War soldiers infirmed at the Homestead for smallpox, before succumbing to the disease. There is no other documentation to substantiate this claim. The following photograph shows the cemetery as it appeared in 1914.
< Photograph on marker >

Burial Site for General Nathanael Greene
At the time of General Greene’s death, in 1786, he lived at Mulberry Grove, Georgia with his wife, Catharine (Caty), and their five children. He was laid to rest, in the burial vault of John Graham, who had been the Lieutenant Governor for the colony of Georgia. The burial site had been forgotten until the early twentieth century when efforts were made to locate the burial site. After a lengthy search, General Greene’s remains were discovered in the graham vault, in 1901. By 1902, General Greene’s remains were reinterred under a monument at Johnson Square, in Savannah, Georgia.

Caty moved her family to Dungeness, on Cumberland Island, Georgia
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By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2015
2. The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery Marker
(property given to General Greene after the Revolutionary War) twelve years after Nathanael’s death. Caty died in 1814 and is buried there.

Interred
Jacob Greene,   b. 03/07/1739-40   d. 11/08/1808, age 69,
older brother to Nathanael Greene
Margaret (Peggy) Greene,   b. 04/28/1740   12/13/1802, age 63,
wife of Jacob Greene
Dr. Jabez Greene,   b. 1770   d. 02/07/1808, age 38,
son of Jacob & Margaret Greene
Margaret Greene,   d. 03/07/1786, age 14,
son of Jacob & Margaret Greene
Jacob Varnum Greene,   b. 1772   d. 07/15/1815, age 42,
son of Jacob & Margaret Greene
Patience (Cox) Greene,   b. 04/13/1779   d. 09/29/1866, age 87,
wife of Jacob Varnum Greene, Patience Cox married: 1. Josiah Randall 2. Jacob Varnum Greene 3. Reverend Jonathan Smith (Baptist clergyman)
Josiah Randall,   b. 1782   d. 05/17/13, age 31,
first husband of Patience (Cox) Smith
Elizabeth C. Randall,   d. 12/16/1810, age 6 years, 2 months, 2 days,
daughter of Josiah and Patience (Cox) Randall
Samuel Randall,   d. 10/02/1813, age 1 year, 9 months, 10 days
son of Josiah and Patience (Cox) Randall
Gilbert Smith,   d. 10/31/1821, age 11 days
son of Jonathan and Patience (Cox) Smith
Harris Inman,
The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2015
3. The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery Marker
  d. in New Orleans Louisiana   d. 09/30/1835, age 25,

first husband of Elizabeth Margaret Greene
Elizabeth Margaret Greene,   b. 11/23/1814   d. 12/4/1899, age 85,
daughter of Jacob Varnum Greene, and the last Greene resident of the Homestead. She married: 1. Harris Inman 2. Oliver C. G. Arnold 3. William R. Warner
Oliver C. G. Arnold, d. 07/05/1870, age 57
Almy Cooper Arnold,   d. 05/13/1848, age 6 months, 25 days,
daughter of Oliver C.G. and Elizabeth Margaret (Greene) Arnold
Emma Jane Arnold,   d. 05/19/1857, age 6 months, 23 days,
daughter of Oliver C.G. and Elizabeth Margaret (Greene) Arnold
Lavine A. Arnold,   d. 12/07/1859, age 14 years, 6 months, 7 days,
daughter of Oliver C.G. and Elizabeth Margaret (Greene) Arnold
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Theodore A. Foster is buried without a gravestone. He was connected to the Greenville Manufacturing Company, a paper manufacturing company on the Greene property that was leased to Randall and Steadman from 1809-1813. Josiah Randall was the first husband of Patience Cox, who later married Jacob Varnum Greene.

Four unmarked fieldstones may be Revolutionary War soldiers who were taken from Boston to the Homestead by Catherine Greene, in 1775, to recover from smallpox.
 
Location.
The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2015
4. The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery
41° 41.659′ N, 71° 32.528′ W. Marker is in Coventry, Rhode Island, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from Taft Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located at the cemetery behind the General Nathanael Greene Homestead. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Taft Street, Coventry RI 02816, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Liberty Tree Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Nathanael Greene (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nathanael Greene Memorial (about 500 feet away); The General Nathanael Greene Homestead (about 600 feet away); Kentish Guards Drill Field (approx. 5.2 miles away); General James Mitchell Varnum Home (approx. 5.2 miles away); June 12, 1775 (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Marlborough Street Chapel (approx. 5.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Coventry.
 
More about this marker. Four photographs appear on the marker. These depict “The Graham Vault where General Greene was first interred; Coffin plate found among the remains of General Greene; Johnson Square, in Savannah, Georgia where General Greene was reinterred in 1902; and Dungeness, Cumberland Island, Georgia where Caty Greene was buried in 1814.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2015
5. The Nathanael Greene Homestead Cemetery
The Nathanael Greene Homestead image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2015
6. The Nathanael Greene Homestead
The cemetery and marker is located behind the house of General Nathanael Greene.
Graham Vault in Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
7. Graham Vault in Savannah
Gen. Greene was laid to rest in this vault in in 1786. It is located in Savannah, GA.
Graham Vault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
8. Graham Vault Marker
Nathanael Greene Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
9. Nathanael Greene Monument
The remains of Gen. Greene lie beneath this monument at Johnson Square in Savannah, GA. They were moved here from the Graham Vault in 1902.
Nathanael Greene Monument in Johnson Square image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
10. Nathanael Greene Monument in Johnson Square
 
 
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