John Sims Green

30 November 1794–16 March 1876 (Age 81)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of John Sims

When John Sims Green was born on 30 November 1794, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Green Jr, was 29 and his mother, Esther "Hester" Craig, was 29. He married Elizabeth Henley on 30 January 1821, in Bedford, Bedford, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Cherry Township, Sullivan, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850. He died on 16 March 1876, in Laporte, Sullivan, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Mountain Ash Cemetery, Laporte, Sullivan, Pennsylvania, United States.

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John Sims Green
Elizabeth Henley
Marriage: 30 January 1821
Mary Margaret Green
Elizabeth Greene
Elizabeth Egbert Green
Edmund Craig Green
Walter Kerr Green
Virginia C. Greene
John Henley Green
William Henry D. Green
Esther Maria Green
Nancy Anna Greene

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Henley


30 January 1821
Bedford, Bedford, Tennessee, United States



    Elizabeth Egbert Green


    Edmund Craig Green


    Walter Kerr Green


    Virginia C. Greene


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+4 More Children

World Events (7)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 6

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 18

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 25

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 English: one of the most common and widespread of English surnames, either a nickname for someone who was fond of dressing in this color (Old English grēne) or who had played the part of the ‘Green Man’ in the May Day celebrations, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a village green, Middle English grene (a transferred use of the color term). In North America this name has no doubt assimilated cognates from other European languages, notably German Grün ( see Gruen ).2 Jewish (American): Americanized form of German Grün or Yiddish Grin, Ashkenazic ornamental names meaning ‘green’ or a short form of any of the numerous compounds with this element.3 Irish: translation of various Gaelic surnames derived from glas ‘gray’, ‘green’, ‘blue’. See also Fahey .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John S Greene, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John L. Green in entry for Edmund Green and Ann Heisz, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"
  • John S Green, "United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910"

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