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General Nathaniel Greene of Rhode Island and Georgia By Jeannette Holland Austin
Nathaniel Greene, Major-General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary, was b. at Potowomut in Warwick, Rhode Island on 7 Aug 1742 and d. 19 June 1786. was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. When the war began, Greene was a militia private, the lowest rank possible; he emerged from the war with a reputation as George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer. He was the son of a Quaker farmer and smith. In 1770, Greene moved to Coventry, Rhode Island, to take charge of the family-owned forge (foundry), shortly prior to his father's death. There, he was the first to urge the establishment of a public school and in the same year he was chosen as a member of the Rhode Island General Assembly, to which he was re-elected in 1771, 1772 and 1775. It is debatable that he was a member of the General Assembly since there is no mention of his participation in his personal papers and because there were several of his contemporaries with the same name from Rhode Island. He sympathized strongly with the Whig, or Patriot, element among the colonists. In 1774, he was married to Catherine Littlefield Greene of Block Island. At this time, marriage to a non-Quaker was grounds for expulsion. North and South Carolina and Georgia voted Greene liberal grants of lands and money, including an estate called Boone's Barony, south of Edisto in Bamberg Co., S. C. He sold this home to meet bills for the rations of his Southern army. After twice refusing the post of Secretary of War, Greene settled in 1785 on his Georgia estate, Mulberry Grove, 14 miles above Savannah where he died on 19 June 1786, of sunstroke. More on the Greene Genealogy
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Bachlott, John Rudolph, son of Richard and Emily (Rudolph) Bachlott, was born in St. Mary's, Ga. (Camden Co.) on 12 Feb 1860 where he later became a merchant. His grandfather was John Bachlott, a large slaveholder and planter who also operated a large tannery. His father was a carpenter and steamboat captain before the War Between the States. Source: Memoirs of Georgia (1895), Camden Co. Sketches.