George Green Papers
Manuscript Collection: MC015
Soldier and surveyor, George Green was born on May 18, 1813, in Havre de Grace, Maryland, to Joshua and Elizabeth Kendle Myer Green. Green claimed to have swum to Texas after being forced to swim a mile to Velasco when his ship was wrecked on May 4, 1835, in the Gulf of Mexico during a storm. He enlisted in the Texas Army on May 17, 1836, and served in Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company C at the Battle of San Jacinto. Discharged on June 20, 1836, Green joined Captain William W. Hill's company of Rangers for a three-month enlistment. Soon after leaving Hill's Rangers, Green settled in Milam County in 1837 and participated in campaigns against the Indians in Central Texas in 1837 and 1841.
After the Battle of San Jacinto and the completion of his service in the Texas Army, Green moved to Nashville, Milam County, and lived with John W. Porter, surveyor for Robertson's colony. He eventually became deputy surveyor of Milam County and, along with George B. Erath, a comrade from the San Jacinto Campaign, laid out the towns of Cameron and Waco and surveyed the original Milam Land District and most of Milam, Falls, and McLennan counties.
George Green married Martha Chance in 1840 with whom he had seven children and moved to Cameron in 1847. After the death of his first wife in 1859, Green married Nancy Hasseltine Anderson in 1861. They had six children. Green was a member of the Texas Veterans Association and a Mason. He died on April 19, 1885.
Surveyor's field notes, both originals and true copies from the Texas General Land Office in Austin, surveyor's sketches, business correspondence, legal and financial documents, and blank official forms document the business of a deputy surveyor in Milam County and Central Texas from soon after the Texas Revolution through Reconstruction. Photographs of Green, Battle of San Jacinto veterans , a friend and San Jacinto veteran George Erath and a memorial on the San Jacinto Battleground dated possibly 1881-1885 are also of interest. Granddaughter Alice McGehee's handwritten notes concern Green's field notes.
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[Identification of Item], George Green Papers, MC015, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.
Mrs. George C. Clement, 1939-1942; Alice McGehee, 1940.
Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.