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Latest Update: Nathanael Greene, “The Fighting Quaker”

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Portrait from Charles Peale, 1783

When I was younger, family members would always note with pride that we were related to Nathanael Greene, George Washington’s number two during most of the Revolutionary War.  He is my second cousin, eight times removed.  Only recently have I undertaken to research more about the Revolutionary War and Greene’s contributions to the founding of the United States of America.

What follows in this link is a short biography of a Quaker with a limp from the smallest British colony in North America who became a gifted military strategist and rose to become a legendary general of the American Revolutionary War – second in esteem only to George Washington himself.

Greene did it all during the course of the war.  He was commander of the city of Boston in 1776 once it had been evacuated by the British; during the remainder of 1776 he commanded Fort Lee in New Jersey and Fort Washington in New York; he served as Quartermaster-General of the Continental Army from 1778-1780; he succeeded Benedict Arnold as commander of West Point in late 1780; and lastly, after being recommended by George Washington and approved by Congress, Greene assumed command of all Continental troops from Delaware to Georgia beginning in December 1780.  By the end of the war in 1783, Greene and Washington were the only two generals to have served the entirety of the eight year war at the rank of General.

One can only speculate about what else Greene might have achieved in service to his country, but his life was cut short tragically at the young age of 43 of heat stroke.

Nathanael Greene’s longer biography link is here.

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August 2017 Update: Refined DNA Results

The incredible world of DNA Testing continues to evolve and as testing becomes more accessible, the results have gotten all the more accurate.  For those that know the science, our family volunteer DNA tester’s haplogroup results are:

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MtDNA Haplogroup

The tester updated Y-DNA from the 67 to the 111 marker test and also tested positive for a subclade further down the P312 family known as R-FGC16979.  There have been no further updates to the MtDNA results although our tester has been closely matched to several other testers in recent months after going a few years without any matches.

In April 2017, Family Tree DNA’s My Origins site, which maps autosomal DNA to capture a person’s ethnic breakdown back 5-6 generations, launched it’s 2.0 update.  The results altered our family’s volunteer tester results quite significantly to include Ashkenazi Jewish and Sub-Saharan African markers for the first time (5 and 3 percent respectively), while the European and New World percentages (64 and 26 percent respectively) remained largely the same.  The full results are below.

My Origins Breakdown Aug 2017

For the full discussion on DNA testing, click on the following link.

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April 2016 Update: Francisca Vielma – the Pioneering Academic

This home page is the where I post periodic updates made to the website.

Click on this link (or click on the Vielma tab from the Main Menu at the top of the page) and scroll down to the fifth generation to check out the discussion on Francisca Vielma.  Francisca is our family’s academic pioneer – a Mexican-American woman who graduated from High School in the early 1920s in the small and then-largely segregated mining town of Clifton, Arizona and who later earned a degree in teaching from the Tempe State Teachers College (the forerunner of Arizona State University) in 1928.  To put this incredible achievement in context, U.S. Department of Education statistics show that in 1930 (two years after Francisca graduated) less than three percent of women in the United States even attended a college or university.  To say that Francisca was part of a tiny minority is one thing – add to this the fact that she was a Mexican-American woman, and the magnitude of her accomplishment is even more apparent!

Francisca Vielma (for post)

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March 2016 Update: Killingly, Connecticut Page

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Click on this link (or alternatively click on the Our Towns tab from the Main Menu at the top of the page) and scroll down to the United States heading to check out the most recent update – the creation of the Killingly, Connecticut page!  Killingly is second largest town in northeastern Connecticut and was the home of our branch of the Greene family for five generations between approximately 1850-1950.

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August 2015 Update: Lorca, Murcia page

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Click on this link (or alternatively click on the Our Towns tab from the Main Menu at the top of the page) and scroll down to the Spain heading to check out the Lorca, Murcia page!  Lorca is in Southeastern Spain and was the home of our Jordan line until the mid 18th Century, when Antonio Jordan emigrated to New Spain (Mexico) as a soldier.  We we fortunate to visit the city in April 2015 and walk in the steps of our ancestors.

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December 2014 Update – Gillingham Page

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Click on this link (or alternatively click on the Our Towns tab from the Main Menu at the top of the page) and check out the creation of the Gillingham page, about a town in England where the Greene family lived for several generations duing the 15th – 17th centuries !

 

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August 2014 Update: Greens Norton Page

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Click on this link (or alternatively click on the Our Towns tab from the Main Menu at the top of the page) and check out the the Greens Norton town page!

 

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