Mary Ann Green b. abt 1793 NC; d. 1853 Lee, GA– searching for information

Okay readers, I am stumped. My current brick wall is my 3rd great-grandmother: Mary Ann Green. I need help! Is there anyone who can provide additional information to the skimpy records I have? The surname “Green” has proven to be quite difficult to trace. Y-DNA67 testing of the male in this lineage has not been of value either. The closest matches are a genetic distance of 2 at the 25-marker level. Autosomal test results haven’t proven helpful either.

Mary Ann Green was supposedly born around 1793 in either Wake, North Carolina or Jefferson, Georgia to – maybe—Thomas Green Sr (b.1770 – ) and Ann Haslip (1771 – 1848). She died 08 Nov 1853 in Lee, Georgia.

I believe Mary Ann to have married Needham Bryan IV, my 3rd great-grandfather (b. abt. 1789, Burke, GA – d. 1852, Lee, GA).

Existing is a marriage record for a Mary Ann A. M. Harris who married Needham Bryan on 23 Dec 1819 in Jefferson, GA. But I’m looking for Mary Ann Green, not Harris.

There is also a marriage record for a Mary Greene who married Isaac Harris on 12 Nov 1807 in Jefferson, GA.

So, if Mary Ann Green/Greene FIRST married Isaac Harris (who is believed to have died 1816, three years before the marriage to Needham Bryan), then she could have been the Mary Ann Harris marrying Needham Bryan. But why all the way up in Jefferson county, Georgia? By 1860, a census record indicates Mary A. Bryan and Needham Bryan were living in Lee, Georgia. Lee county is way south of Jefferson county. There is a possibility that she was born further north, for example up in North Carolina and met her husbands as she was heading south.

Two items of information that help me: first is a marriage record for the older sister of Mary Ann – Sarah Green (b. abt. 1791, GA – d. 1853, Sumter, GA), who married Josiah Scrutchin in Jefferson, Georgia. So there’s a history of this family getting married in Jefferson! Brothers, Shepherd Green and Benjamin Green, also got married in Jefferson county. Shepherd is listed as head of household in the Jefferson county censuses of 1820 and 1830. So this family must have resided in Jefferson for at least ten years, though no one seems to have been born or died there.

I don’t have valid information on her supposed father, Thomas Green Sr. He may have been born in Virginia, though the most common belief is Burke, Georgia. He is believed to have died in 1821, but records don’t substantiate this. Some researchers have him listed as dying in Jefferson, Georgia but I have yet to find a record supporting this thought. There is also a Thomas Green who died in Kentucky, though I don’t believe this to be the correct Thomas Green.

Comments anyone?

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If this research is of interest to you and/or you descend from the Green line—especially if you can fill in my research holes on the life of Mary Ann Green, please reach out and let me know. I would welcome hearing from you.

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