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Thomas Green, the progenitor of the Green family in America, came from England in 1635, and settled in Malden, Mass. His son Henry, born in 1638, married in 1671, Esther Hasse. Among their seven children was a son Henry, born in 1672, who married in 1695, Hannah Flagg. Their son Henry, the third of the name, born in 1696, married Judith – , and resided in Killingly. A son John by this marriage, born in 1736, one of six children, was the father of Benjamin, whose birth occurred March 11th, 1766. He married Tamer Moffat, to whom were born four children. By a second marriage to Esther Jewett were seven children, -the youngest of whom is the subject of this biography.
Marquis Green was born January 19th, 1816, in Thompson, where he attended the public schools and concluded his studies at the academy at Millbury, Mass. At the age of seventeen, he learned the carpenter’s trade, and for a period of thirty-five years was actively employed in this department of industry. In 1848 his present home in Woodstock was purchased, to which, after a life of activity, he retired in 1868, and has since that date been engaged in the improvement of the property. Mr. Green has been to some extent identified with public life. In politics he was formerly an old line whig, and later joined the republican ranks. He has officiated as selectman of his town, and in 1871 was its representative in the legislature, serving on the committee on constitutional amendments. He was one of the incorporators of the Putnam Savings Bank.
Mr. Green was married August 26th, 1840, to Clara G., daughter of David Goddard, of Millbury, Mass. Both Mr. and Mrs. Green worship with the Congregational church of Woodstock, of which the latter is a member. Their only child, a son, Clarendon M., was born February 18th, 1844, and at the age of eighteen joined the 18th Regiment, Connecticut volunteers, during the late war. He participated in all the battles in which his regiment was engaged, until wounded at the battle of Kernstown, near Winchester, Va. On his discharge he learned the carpenter’s trade and succeeded to his father’s business. He married Virgelia, daughter of James I. Sawyer, of Woodstock, and has three children: Justin Sawyer, born October 21st, 1869; Clara Sophia, March 15th, 1874, and James Marquis, January 31st, 1879.