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Dr. Harris Greeno (plus Samuel & Daniel)
Posted by: Todd A. Farmerie Date: August 20, 2000 at 23:11:16
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I just discovered a biography of Dr. Harris Soper Greeno of Kansas City, Kan., which provides some interesting details regarding the family. He was b. 7 Aug. 1832 at Millport, Chemung Co., NY, to Samuel and Matilda Fisher Greeno. Samuel was a millwright who served in the War of 1812, building troop transports in Buffalo, and commanding one on an expedition against Black Rock. Both parents died at Johnstown, Barry Co., Mich. in the fall of 1849, withing two months of each other. Son Isaac died the same night as his mother, while younger son Horace died two weeks later. (Presumably this was due to an epidemic of some sort.)

Harris returned to Owego where a brother lived (I have not found Harris in the 1850 census of Owego, nor identified his brother, who would presumably be Samuel, Jotham, George/Gustovus or James). He later lived at Roseville, Tioga Co., Pa, attended U. of Penn. medical department, and following graduation went to Amboy, Lee Co., Ill in 1857, and on to Kansas, where he became Capt. of the 6th Kan. Cavalry, and later Major, then brevet Col. of the 4th Arkansas Cav.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Bodine at Wellsboro, Tioga Co., Pa., and had a daughter Nettie and a son who died aged two.

It also provides a small description of his grandfather, who is unnamed but we know to be Daniel. He was "the first settler of Rutland, Vermont, settling on Otter Creek, his nearest neighbor being at Bennington, twenty-six miles distant. He was at three different times driven from home and his house burned down by Indians, but finally succeeded in clearing up his land and making for himself a home in the then wilderness. Two of the cousins of the subject of this sketch still occupy the old homestead by inheritance, no deed ever having been made from its first entry. He was of French origin, a liberal or free thinker, not connecting himself with any church."


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