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Jesse Mercer Green
My Great-Grandfather, Jesse Mercer Green(e), was born in Ball Ground Georgia, I believe in 1842. His father, William, was a Baptist minister who traveled and preached in various communities. William's Great-Granfather was Nathaniel Greene, a General of the Revolution. I believe it was William's father who dropped the "e" on Greene, as did many in those days to remove the British connection. Jesse lost his wife and child while she was giving birth. He was only 18 yrs at the time. Shortly thereafter he and a friend hired on with a wagon train headed west. Upon arriving at the Mississippi river they decided the wait to ferry was too long and hired on a flatbottom boat headed for New Orleans. There they had the horses stolen and took a boat from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. It appears other family friends from Ball Ground had already moved to Texas, so Jesse and friend walked about 300 miles north to meet up with them.
Jesse went on to become a Texas Ranger before the War and the served in the Confederacy as a lieutenant and even serving as a judge after the war. I believe he was the first judge of Comanche County, Texas. He lost a second wife while in Texas. She passed away in winter while he was up north fighting the war. This is a point he made I like to quote, "My decision to fight for the Confederacy had nothing to do with the issue of slavery as was the case with many of us. With less than 2 percent of the South wealthy enough to own slaves, how could that be the motive of the masses?" As he put it, the Industrialized North and it's friends in Federal government wanting to dictate to State government was the real reason to fight for freedom.
Submitted by Thomas C. Greene
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