The GREEN Story
This story is about the "GREEN" family who made the voyage
from England to America in 1686 on the Ship "Deleware".
The main charatchers are Thomas Green, his wife Margaret (Sise) Green,
sons Thomas and John, daughter Mary (Green) Moore, her husband Richard Moore,
thier two children John & Mary Moore, servants Mary Guest & Sarah Searle,
and relatives (of Margaret) Henry Guest, his wife Mary, and thier son Henry.
The Ship "Delaware", From Bristoll in Old England, Arrived in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 5th Month, 11th day, 1686.
Thomas Green, and Margaret his wife, -
sons, - Thomas and John
daughter, - Mary, and her husband Richard Moore
their children, - Mary and John Moore
servants, - Mary Guest and Sarah Searle
relatives, - Henry Guest, his wife Mary, and their son Henry
...were passengers on the ship Delaware, from Bristol, England,
which arrived at Philadelphia on the 5th Mo. 1686.
The voyage would have taken about a month. One can only imagine
the trip... The treacherous seas, scant provisions, monotonous days,
and lonley nights. Some of the early Greens were known Quakers.
Perhaps Thomas and Margaret were departing England to seek
religious freedom, as were many of their time.
History of Chester County, PA, by J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert
Cope, 1881, page 24;
Gilbert Cope's notes on Green Family, page 159 in Genealogical
Society of Pennsylvania
Born Abt. 06 Dec 1635 in Coleshill, Warwick, England
Died Bef. December 14, 1691 in Concord, Delaware Co. PA.
Thomas Green, with Margaret his wife, sons Thomas and John, and daughter Mary,
with her husband, Richard Moore, were passengers on the ship Delaware, from Bristol,
England, which arrived at Philadelphia on the 5th Mo. 1686.
The Court records show that Thomas Green purchased 200 acres of land in Concord Township,
(now) Delaware County, in 1689, and 100 in 1691, from the attorney Dennis Rochford,
to whom 400 acres had been located in that township. A memorandum, from a forgotten source
is as follows: "Old Thomas Green bought of Dennis Rochford 400 acres in Concord 8 Mo. 6, 1691,
and gave 200 acres at the east end to his son Thomas, and 200 acres at the west end to his son
John. "John Green made his will dated Dec. 14, 1691, and proven 16 May, 1695; in which he gave
all his estate to his mother, Margaret Green, whom he appointed his executrix". Whether any deeds
passed from father to sons is unknown, none being recorded, but a plot of resurvey of the township,
made about 1703, shows the land in possession of Margaret Green at one end and of Thomas Green
at the other, with no division line between them. That John Green did not mention his father in his will
might lead to the inference that the latter died between 8th Mo. (Oct.) 6th 1691, and Dec. 14th of the
same year, but that is uncertain. In the will of Margaret Green, 1708, she refers to a legacy left by her
husband to their son Robert. As no evidence has been discovered of the presence in this country of this
son there is some reason to suppose that Thomas Green left property in England and that his will was
either left or sent there for probate.
Source: Gilbert Cope's notes on Green Family, page 159 in Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
Margaret (Sise) GREEN
Born Abt. 23 Jun 1639
Died 6 October 1708
THE WILL OF MARGARET GREEN
The last Will & Testament of me Margaret Green of ye Township of Concord in the
County of Chester in the Province of Pensilvania Widow being Sick & weak in Body but
in Sound & perfect Mind & Memory & knowing ye uncertainty of this Life have thought
good to dispose of what worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give devise
& dispose of the Same in manner & form following: Imprimus, It is my Will that all my just
Debts be paid. Item I give & bequeath unto my Son Robert Green the Twenty pounds formerly
given to him by ye Will of my deceased Husband. It I give & bequeath unto my Son Thomas Green
one Bay Horse branded with M on the near Shoulder & G on the near Buttock.
It I give unto my Daughter Mary one black Cow with a Starr in her fforehead now about Seven
years old. It I give unto my Grandson Henry Green a Young Mare going two year old bay colour
& branded with M on the Shoulder & G on the Buttock. It I give unto my Cousin Henry Guest
one Bay Mare branded with M on the Shoulder & G on the Buttock all running about White Clay (?)
Creek. It I give & bequeath unto my son Thomas one great brass kettle. It I give unto my Daughter
Mary two flax Hatchels. It I give unto Benoni Moore Alias Peacock Ten pounds to be paid in Eighteen
Months time after the Date hereof. It I give unto Elisabeth Walker one Ewe Lamb & also five pounds
likewise paid in Eighteen months time. It I give unto Thomas Moore one brown Heifer Calf being the
biggest It I give unto Mary Stroad another brown Heifer Calf being the least. It I give unto Mary Fleming
one black Cow with one white foot & white at the Tail End about five years old. It I give unto John
Moor one Roan Horse branded with BS on the far Shoulder & (I or T) G on the near Shoulder. It I give
unto Susanna Moor one great Iron pot. It I give unto George Moor one brown bay Hare branded on the
near Shoulder with M & on the Buttock with G & Colt branded with the Same Letters. It I give Devise
& bequeath unto the Rest of my Grand Children to wit the Children of my son Thomas & Daughter Mary
& children of Mary Fleming Excepting those herein mentioned all the Residue of my estate to be equally
divided among them after my just Debts are paid & the Legacys before mentioned.
It I constitute Nominate & Ordain & by these presents have constituted Nominated & Ordained my loving
Son Thomas Green & my Grandson John Moor my Executors of this my last Will & Testament revoking &
making void all former wills & Testaments by me made & do by these presents Ratifye & Confirm this to be
my last will & Testament. In Witnesses whereof I have hereunto sett my Hand & Seal this 7th day of the
Seventh month September Anno Domino 1708. Margaret (M) Green her mark.
Seal Signed & Delivered in presence of Francis Pinick, William (P) Pose his mark. Tho. Pierson
Proved Chester Co. October 6, 1708.
Filed in Philadelphia Co. PA Will Book C page 133
While Margaret Green's maiden name is not known, "GUEST" is possible. In Margaret's will above,
she mentions a cousin, "Henry Guest". The name "ENGLISH" is a weak contender, as it was found on
the Internet, with no source, or reasoning. In the early records, there was a Joseph English, born circa 1645,
in Horsley, Gloucestershire, England. He settled, and died in Mansfield, Burlington Co. NJ.
There is some evidence that Thomas Green, wife Margaret, and family, may have lived in Burlington County
for a while.
UPDATE: Margaret's maiden name is now thought to be "SISE".
Note: For more on the Burlington County, New Jersey connection, see "Mary Green's Page".
Born (Abt. 06 Sep 1661)
Died (Aft. August 20, 1739)
Mary Green, arrived in America as Mary Moore, wife of Richard Moore. In tow,
were their two children, Mary and John. Together, they had at least three more children:
Thomas, George, and Susanna.
Richard Moore died in 1695, and Mary (Green) Moore remarried to widower, Joseph Cloud, Sr.,
on January 06, 1697/98. In between marriages, it's believed that Mary had an affair with
George Peacock, resulting in child, Benjamin Moore, "Benoni" [Alias Peacock], in the year 1696.
(See Margaret Green's will, on the "Margaret Green" page) This thesis was arrived by Linda Bollinger
who reseached, and wrote a book on the MOORE family. Linda's conclusion in the book was that
Benjamin was probably the son of Mary, widow of Richard, not being sure who his father was.
Since Margaret Green was very generous to "Benoni" in her will, Linda believes, along with other
evidence, that Benjamin was her grandson. Since Margaret also refers to him as Benoni Moore alias
Peacock (as well as other documents), she suspects that his father may have been George Peacock.
Some supporting evidence is shown below. Mary (Green) Moore and Joseph Cloud, Sr., had at least
two children, Ann, and Joseph, Jr. Joseph Cloud, Sr.'s will was proved on October 19, 1739.
Mary died some time after her husband Joseph.
It is believed that Benjamin Moore was an illegitimate son of Mary Moore. It is, in fact, documented
that she had such a child: At "Chester ye 8th of the 7th month 1696" Mary Moore was indicted for having
an illegitimate child. "Mary Moore being Called to Answer the sd Presentment: Appeared and Exhibeted a
Peticion to the sd Court which being Red and she being very sorry for the same the Court Considering thereof
And Shee submitting herselfe to the mercy of the bentch: the Court orders that shee shall be omitted
Corporall Punishment and that she shall pay forty shillings for A fine and the Charges of the Court and
Give security for the bringing up of the Childe; and be Discharged for this time George Stroud became
her security for the bringing up of the Childe:": (Record of the Courts of Chester Co., PA, p 390.)
George Stroud/Strode must have been closely connected to the Green family. When Richard Moore died,
George Strode represented the orphans of Richard Moore in court.
Richard Moore first settled across the Delaware River from Pennsylvania in Burlington Co.,
West New Jersey. He appeared in the Court Records of Burlington Co., three times between 1690-1692
(American Legal Records--Volume 5r The Burlington Court Book A Record of Quaker Jurisprudence in
West New Jersey 1680-1709 edited by H. Clay Reed and George J. Miller (Washington, D.C.:
The American Historical Association, 1944), E 119, 130, 143.)
Although Richard Moore first settled in West New Jerst he must have soon made plans to move across
the river to Chester Co., Pennsylvania. According to Minute Book D of the Board of Property of the
Province of Pennsylvania:
(15th day of ye 12 Month 1689-90)--Rich'd Moore an Inhabitant and husbandman of West Jersey
being desirous to purchase 200 Acres of land in the Township of Concord in the County of Chester
the which Land was formerly Laid out Upon Rent unto Rob't Adams now deseased and to the Land
Unsituated nor any tytle made to the said Adams for the same nor hath any Relation or Adm'or
appeared in the said Adams' behalf; The Commiss'rs Order'd that a return of the bounds of the said
land should be made to ye Secretary's Office in order to make a title and sale of the said Land unto the
said Rich'd Moore, he paying for the same sixteen pounds Current of this province half in silver.
At a Meeting of the Commissioners the 22d of 12th mo. 1689-90...By the Commiss'rs Order the Secretary
writt to the Justices of Chester County setting forth that one Richard Moore had purchased of the
Commiss'rs a tract of Two Hundred acres of Land in the Township of Concord the which land was formerly
taken up by one Rob't Addams upon Rent butt he said Addams being dead and none appearing to settle the
said Land nor secure the Proprietary of his Rent nor was there any yet paid nor Improv'ts made nor any
Patent ever granted for the same, The Commiss'rs disposed of the Said Land the' to the Loss of all the past
rent due to the proprietary and therefore hoped the said Justices would not exact any Tax that the said land
was burdened with for any time before the date of the said Moore's tytle. (Early Pennsylvania Land Records,
Minutes of the Board of Property of the Province of Pennsylvania. Edited by William Henry Egle
(Baltimore: Publishing Co., Inc., 1976), Page 25 & 28.
The 200 acres Richard Moore purchased in Concord Township Chester Co., lie in present Delaware Co.,
Pennsylvania. We do not know the exact date Richard moved from West New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
We do know that a warrant was issued on 15 Dec 1689/90 to survey Richard Moore's 200 acres in
Concord Township (Old Rights Index to Surveys, Chester Co., PA, D-73, p. 97.) And we also know that
Richard Moore and John Greene appeared on the 1693 tax list of Concord Township Chester Co·
Richard Moore first appeared in the court records of Chester Co· on the 13th of the 4th month 1694:
"Richard Moore Petticioned to this Court for to have pay for the keeping of Ruebeen ffoord that lyeth
sick Att his house And the order of Court is that he shall have five shillings A weeke Allowed him."
(Record of the Courts of Chester County Pennsylvania published by the Colonial Society of
Pennsylvania Philadelphia: Patterson & White Co., 1910, p. 326.)
Richard Moore of Concord, along with John Green, died in 1695. Letters of administration were issued
to his wife Maria Moore, on 16 May 1695 in Philadelphia Co., Book A, p. 210. (This is the same date that
John Green's will was proved in Philadelphia Co.)
Note that the administration bond was issued to "Maria" Moore instead of Mary Moore.
Colonials were often careless with names, making our research even more difficult.
"Att A Court held Att Chester ffor the County of Chester the first Day of the eight month 1695...
The orphans Court was Called...There was A petticon of George Stroud In the behalfe of the
Children of Richard Moore Deceased that the widdow of the said Richard Moore may Give in Security
to the Court he Aferming the Esteat to be Appraised to neare three hundred Pounds: whereof A boute
on hundred pounds In Dept: ordered by the said Court that shee Appeare Att the next orphans Court to
Give security for said Esteate and Thomas Green Doe Recognise himselfe in the sum of one hundred
pounds for her Appearence & yt the Esteate be no wayes weasted in the meane time" (Record of the
Courts of Chester County, Pennsylvania, page 354-355.)
(Source: Linda Bollinger)
HISTORY OF CHESTER CO PA Futhey & Cope
TAXABLES FOR 1693
CONCORD Twp: William CLOUD, Richard MOORE, William COLLETT, George STROWD,
John GREENE, John PALMER, Goden WALTER, John HANNUMS, William ROWE, Thomas MOORE,
Thomas KING, Nickoles NEWLAND, John NEWLAND, Nathaniell NEWLAND, John MENDINGHALL,
Benjamin MENDINGHALL, Edward JENNINGS, Evan DAVID, Ben. MENDINGHALL for Tho. HOOPE.
INVENTORY OF RICHARD MOORE
Taken by Robert Pyle and George Strode 2 Feb 1694
Approximate value L292
(Filed in Philadelphia)
his purse and wearing apparel & books
his plantation and land formerlY Thomas Hall's (L160)
his plantation and land on the other side of Concord st. (L40)
6 cows and one bull
3 horses 1 mare, 1 yearling colt
wheatr barley & Oats threshed in Stalks
eleven acres of wheat sown on the ground
one steer & 2 horses
12 yards of Serge
one bed, 1 coverlid, 3 blanketsr One pair sheets,
2 pillows curtains & ?
1 sheet 2 pillow coats' 1 dozen napkins & 2 suites of
child's bed linens
one bed & one pair of sheets, 1 bolster & 4 blankets wool & ?
6 pewter, 4 platters, 1 flaggen & some other --- pewter
2 mugs, 2 pudding pans & earthenware
3 brass kittles wlth 7 of old brass
one brass pot & one iron pot
8 glass bottlesr 2 casks & lumber
one warming pan & one looking glass, & one lantern
one steel mill
one frying pan, 1 pair tongs, one pair bellows, & pair pot hangers
one great chest, 2 other chests, boxes & all other
lumber in the kitchen
2 spinning wheelsr, 2 pair cards & one hatchell
one pair smith bellows
2 horse bells
one vise & one pair stirrups
119 Ib. of iron & plow takling
3 door locks & paiI of fish hooks
one bridle & collar & harness
twist hooks & hinges for door
2 old sythes & 1 syckle
90 lb. of old iron
113 Ib. of smith's tools
10 ____ , 3 great hammers, & other smith's tools
2 wedges, 2 box hinges & 3 plates
3 saws & 1 grubbing ax
one set small weights
1/2 a grindstone, 1 cheese press & 1 tub
in`meat and salt
one sack of flax & other lumber
In Thomas Greens Hands (L20)
(Contributed by Janet McKenney)
Family Tree Maker CD#156, Mid-Atlantic Genealogies
At a Court held at Chester the 12th of September, 1694.
"George Stroud in behalf of himself and Thomas Green, and John Green and Richard Moore
Past off unto John Neale articles of agreement for the consideration of the sum of thirteen pounds
thirteen shillings and eight pence; and six pounds three shillings and four pence unto the said
John Neale's wife, during both the natural lives of the said John Neales and his now wife; to be
paid at four equal payments yearly; that's to say, at the four festival days; that's to say, the first
payment to begin on the 22nd day of December next, and to he paid in silver money at some house
within three miles of the town of Chester, in the Province of Pennsylvania; and so the next at the
25th of March, and the next at the 24th of June; the next the 29th of September; and so to continue
during the natural lives of the said John Neales and his wife. And the forenamed George Stroud
delivered a Bond in behalf of the forenamed Thomas Green and himself, and John Green and
Richard Moore, for the performance of the aforesaid payments. The Bond was for two hundred
and fifty pounds, bearing date the twentieth day of August, 1694."