Maj. John Greene, Jun. was born 15 August 1620 in Salisbury, Essex, England to John Greene (c1594-1658) and Joan Tattersall (c1595-) and died 27 November 1708 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island of unspecified causes. He married Anne Almy (1627-1709) 1648 in Kent County, Rhode Island.


  • Deputy Governors of Rhode Island

Maj. John Greene Jr. was a deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations who spent almost his entire adult life in the public service of the colony. Born in England, he was the son of John Greene (c1594-1658) and Joan Tattersall (c1595-), and sailed to New England with his parents in 1635 aboard the ship James. His father, after coming from Massachusetts to Providence, became one of the original settlers of Warwick.

In 1652 Greene served in his first public role as a commissioner from Warwick, and served in some public capacity every year until 1690 when he was first chosen as deputy governor of the colony. He then served ten consecutive one-year terms in this capacity, retiring from public service in 1700 at the age of 80. He was one of the ten Assistants named in the Royal Charter of 1663, which would become the basis for Rhode Island's government for nearly two centuries. During the devastating events of King Philip's War, Greene was one of 16 prominent inhabitants of the colony whose counsel was sought by the General Assembly.

Greene died in Warwick on 27 November 1708 and was buried on the Spring Greene Farm (later the property of Governor Theodore F. Green) in Warwick.

Marriage and Family[]

Greene married Ann Almy, the daughter of William and Audry (Barlow) Almy, and a descendant of Henry II, King of England.[1]

They had 11 children, the youngest of whom, Samuel, married Mary Gorton, a granddaughter of Rhode Island colonial president Samuel Gorton.[2] Their grandson, William Greene served for 11 one-year terms as a governor of the colony, and their great-grandson, also named William Greene was a governor of the State of Rhode Island. John and Ann Greene are also ancestors of United States President Warren G. Harding.


Offspring of Maj. John Greene, Jun. and Anne Almy (1627-1709)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Deborah Greene (1649-1728)
John Greene (1651-1686)
William Greene (1653-1680)
Peter Greene (1654-1723) 4 February 1654 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island 12 August 1723 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island Elizabeth Arnold (1659-1728)
Job Greene (1656-1745) 24 August 1656 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, Kingdom of England 6 July 1745 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, Kingdom of Great Britain Phoebe Sayles (1658-1744)
Phillipa Greene (1658-1708)
Richard Greene (1660-1711)
Anne Greene (1662-1713)
Catherine Greene (1665-1753) 15 August 1665 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island 1753 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island Charles Holden (1666-1717)
Audrey Greene (1667-1733)
Samuel Greene (1669-1720) 30 January 1669 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, United States 18 September 1720 Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, United States Mary Gorton (1673-1732)
Richard Greene (1670-)


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  1. ^ Roberts 2009, p. 346.
  2. ^ Austin 1887, p. 88.