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County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. Illustrated. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville. 1884. Union Schoolhouse Precinct.
JOHN R. GREEN was born October 19, 1848, in Union Schoolhouse Precinct, and is one of the enterprising farmers of this county; he is the sixth of twelve children born to John R. and Elizabeth T. (Nelson) Green. His grandfather, Thomas Green, was an early settler in the county, and improved the place now known as “Broad Castle” farm, where John R., Jr., was born, and now resides. John R., Sr., was also born in Christian County, where his life was spent. He was a farmer and merchant, whose energy and systematic business habits were warmly eulogized by all with whom he came in contact. He was a Royal Arch Mason. His native humor made his society very desirable to all his friends. He died February 7, 1875; his wife was born in Virginia, and was a daughter of Dr. Hugh and Mary Ann Nelson, prominent families of that State. John R., Jr., received his elementary education at the hands of a private tutor, Prof. Otto Barthes, after which he attended the Forrest Academy of the city of Louisville, Ky. At the age of nineteen he went to Clarksville, Tenn., where he engaged as shipping clerk for a tobacco dealer. In 1870 he went to Hopkinsville, and there dealt in leaf tobacco until 1875, when, in consequence of the death of his father, he return to the old homestead, where he has since remained actively engaged in farming, with which he combines general trading in tobacco and stock. In business he has frequently sustained severe loss, but his energy and will have overcome all obstacles, and he is now well established in a prosperous business. On the 24th day of February, 1874, he was married to Miss Lucy Phelps, daughter of Hiram and Cornelia Phelps, of Hopkinsville, where she was born, and where in the Bethel Female College she was educated. They have three children: Cornelia, Hunter Wood and Lizzie Nelson Green.