I wish that I could aggree with you, but I just do not believe that there is any eveidence that supports Rixford's claim that Mary Greene (bapt. 19th May 1633)(daughter of Surgeon John Greene and Joan Tattersall)ever was the wife of Thomas Hungerford.
I spent some time today searching through Genealogy.com for something to support your claim (and Rixford's) but there are countless references that point to the opposite.
I copied over some Greene and Sweet family historywhich you can read below.
You will note Mary (Greene) Sweet still having babies in 1671 with James Sweet.
NOTE:Does not the court records show our Thomas Hungerford married to his Mary ?? before 11 Jun 1671
You will note that while James Sweet married three times, all of his children were from his first marriage to Mary Greene.
Granted it does not state that Mary (his wife) has died when he married his second wife, but I suggest that is a fair assumption.
Now let us look at the NewPort RI Common Burial Ground records "R.I. Vital Records: New Series, Vol: 11, Births from from Newport / Common Burial Ground Inscriptions 1590-1930, page 390.
About mis way of the page we find:
"SWEET, James and Mary, no stones"
Now granted this is not proof that they are our James & Mary, but the probibility is pretty high.
I also question Rixford's work in this area.In her book
"Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors and War Service, p. 125 she lists this Mary Greene (bapt. May 19, 1633 as marrying
Thomas Hungerford.......and makes no mention of James Sweet,
THEN......I know I have it someplace (hardcopy) and can't bring it back up on the net, but I believe in her work "Families Directly Descended From all The Royal Families of Europe" she places the same Mary as wife of James Sweet, and then makes no mention of Thomas Hungerford????????Why ?
If anyone has a copy of this book, please look and see if I'm correct (in memory) or not.
So in closing for now, please read the material below etc etc., for you own efforts in drawing your own conclusions, but I do not believe our Thomas Hungerford was married to the Mary Greene Bapt 19 May 1633 and daughter of John Green and Joan Tattersall.
Further the Mayflower Society does not accept Mary Gray as his wife.
Further, I do not believe his wife was Mary Graves.....She shows up in the next generation or so.......but she could be another Mary Graves as well as another Mary Greene :-)
So, where we ?Back with Virgil Huntley with MARY WHEELER ??????
Now that I've more then likely even confused myself :-) I'll close
Lyle R. Anderson
New Westminster, BC, Canada
New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV
(The Greene Line).
The family of Grene or Greene of Northamptonshire, England, is of great antiquity. The earliest authentic records of the family go back to the beginning of the thirteenth century. In Halstead's Genealogy (London, 1685), appears the following as to the origin of the name and arms of the family:
"Of the original of the bouse of Greene we have no certain information, but it is apparent they assumed their Name and Arms from an allusion to their principal and beloved lordship, which was Buckton, or of the Town of Bucks, in the county of Northampton, being of the Hundred of Spelho, a place memorable for the excellency of its soil and situation and a spacious and delightful greene upon which, at the desire of the Lords, was yearly held and exercised a Fair with particular and extraordinary privilege. Hence they were called 'Greene' or 'of the Greene'. And from Buckton or the town of Bucks they have assumed for their Arms: In a field azure three bucks trippant, or".
The Greenes of Rhode Island descended from the English branch of Dorsetshire.
(I) Robert Greene, the first of the line here under consideration of whom we have definite information, owned and resided on his estate at Bowridge Hill in the Parish of Gillingham, county Dorset (a locality noticed in the Ordnance Survey of England), when taxed on the Subsidy Rolls in the time of King Henry VIII. (1543). in the 1st of Edward VI. (1547), and in the 1st of Queen Elizabeth (1558). The name of his wife is unknown. Children: 1. Peter, gentleman, son and heir. who succeeded to the estate of Bowridge Hill, Gillingham. He died and was buried (according to Parish Register) May 31. 1583. His will is dated May 20. and was proved in London, June 1, 1583. He died without issue, leaving bequests to his wife Joan and to his brothers and sisters. 2. Richard. of whom further. 3. John, of Gillingham, received legacy from his brother Peter, by will. 4. Alice. received legacy from her brother Peter's will; she married a Mr. Small and had issue. 5. Anne, received legacy from her brother's will; married Roger Capps, of Gillingham, and had issue.
(II) Richard, son of Robert Greene, inherited the property of Bowridge Hill as heir-at-law and "residuary legatee of his brother, Peter Greene". He was taxed on Subsidy Rolls 29th of Queen Elizabeth (1587). His will, dated May 10, 1606, was proved May 3, 1608. The name of his wife is not known. Children: 1. Richard, of whom further, 2. Katharine, married a Mr. Turnor.
(III) Richard (2), son of Richard (1) Greene, succeeded to Bowridge Hill, 1608. He was appointed executor of his father's will. He married Mary, daughter of John Hooker (alias Vowell), who was chamberlain of the city of Exeter, England, September 12, 1534, and represented Exeter in Parliament; he was uncle to the celebrated divine, Richard Hooker, rector of Bascombe, county Wilts, England, and prebendary of Salisbury. Mary (Hooker) Greene was the grandniece of Archbishop Grindal, of Canterbury. Children: 1. Peter, gentleman, son and heir to Bowridge Hill estate; married Joan (???); children and dates of baptism: Mary, December 29, 1605; William, April 7, 1607; Joan, April 25, 1609; Margery, April 11, 1611; Richard, August 6, 1612; Richard, April 30, 1615; Robert, January 23, 1617-18. 2. Richard, of Salisbury; he died s. p. 1617, leaving his property to his father, wife Agnes, and to his brothers and sisters. 3. Robert, of Cucklington, county Somerset, gentleman, died 1650; his will, dated October 21, 1649. was proved January 7, 1650-51; his wife is not named; child, Robert, who was his father's sole executor. 4. John. of whom further. 5-Rebecca, married (???) Downton. 6. Mary, mentioned in her brother Richard's will. 7. Rachel, married Richard Perne, of Gillingham. 8. Anne, baptized at Gillingham, August 31, 1595, married Giles Stagg. of Little Newton. 9. Thomas. baptized May 18, 1599, buried August 15, 1599.
(IV) John, son of Richard (2) Greene, was born on his father's estate at Bowridge Hill, parish of Gillingham. county Dorset. England, about 1590. He resided at Salisbury for about sixteen years, following his profession of surgeon. On April 6, 1635, he was registered for embarkation at Hampton, England. with his wife and six children (one having probably died in England before this date), in the ship "James", William Cooper, master, for New England. After a voyage of fifty-eight days he arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, June 3, 1635. He first settled at Salem,
Massachusetts, where he was associated with Roger Williams, purchasing or building a house there, but soon after Mr. Williams' flight from Salem (1636) he sold it and, joining Mr. Williams at Providence, secured his home lot, No. 15, on the main street. He was one of eleven men baptized by Roger Williams, and one of the twelve original members of the first Baptist church on this continent, organized at Providence, Rhode Island. He was the first professional medical man in Providence Plantations. He is alluded to in Goodwin's "Pilgrim Republic" (p. 407) as "one of the two local surgeons" at Providence in 1638, though we are told "the people of Providence relied solely upon him for surgical aid long after his removal to Warwick in 1643". He removed to Warwick, 1642-43. He was a prominent man in the public affairs of the town and colony, and enjoyed the confidence and respect of his associates through a long and active political life, holding office almost continuously until the summer before his death, when he refused to accept the office of commissioner, being repeatedly urged thereto. On August 8, 1647, he was appointed member of first town council of Warwick; February 26, 1648, commissioner (representative of Warwick in general assembly); May 7, 1649, magistrate in court of trials at Warwick; June 4, 1649, assistant; July 2, 1649, member of town council; commissioner on the following dates. October 26, 1650, May 8, 1655, October 6, 1656, August 9, 1657.
John Greene married (first) at St. Thomas' Church, November 4, 1619, Joanne Tattershall (or, as it was written on the church register, "Tatarsole"). Nothing is definitely known of her English connections; the name is frequently found in early records among postmortem examinations, parliamentary writs, and charters, and is variously written Tatersall, Tateshall, Tatashall, Tatershal and Tattershall. The first of the family of whom we have mention came in with William the Conqueror and obtained the lordship of Tattershall in Lincolnshire, where he seated himself and from which he took his surname. His descendants were seated in Berkshire and Norfolkshire, and were held in high repute. Children: 1. John, baptized August 15, 1620, married Anne Almy. 2. Peter, baptized March 10. 1621-22, married Mary Gorton. 3. Richard, baptized March 25, 1624, died young, probably in England. 4. James, of whom further. 5. Thomas. baptized June 4, 1628, married Elizabeth Barton. 6. Jone, baptized October 3, 1630, married John Hade.
7. Mary, baptized May 19, 1633, married James Sweet.
Mrs. Greene died soon after their removal to Rhode Island and it is supposed was buried at Conimicut, Old Warwick. John Greene married (second) "Ailsce (Alice) Daniels, a widow". She died in October, 1643. John Greene married (third) in London, England, about 1644, Phillippa (always written Phillip) (???), who returned with him to Warwick, Rhode Island, 1646. She died at Warwick, March 11, 1687, aged about eighty-seven years, having survived her husband for nearly thirty years. John Greene died in January, 1659, and was buried at Conimicut, Warwick.
(V) James, son of John Greene, was baptized at St. Thomas' Church, Salisbury, England, June 21, 1626. He came with his parents to New England in 1635. He was made freeman of Warwick and Providence Plantations in 1647. He resided at Old Warwick on the main street on the southerly side. He was on the "Roule of ye Freemen of ye Colonie of everie Town" in 1655, and was town clerk, May 16, 1661. He was a member of the general assembly of the colony, being commissioner under the first charter, and deputy and assistant under the second (1663) for ten years, between 1660 and 1675. He was considered a man of much practical sagacity. He does not appear to have been in public life after the Indian war (1675-76), when his house, with all others in Warwick, except the "Stone Castle", was burned to the ground. When the message from the general assembly advising the people of Warwick of danger was received, he fled to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where his father-in-law resided. He remained for some years at "Hunting Swamp", but in 1684, having made purchases of Warwick land, he removed to Potowomut, where was an ancient mill, and erected his house on the hill near the west bank of the river, overlooking the beautiful lake which furnished the water power for the forge which his grandsons (sons of Jabez) established for making anchors and other forms of iron work. This house was the birthplace of his great-grandson. the highly distinguished Major-General Nathaniel Greene, of the revolutionary army, and the residence of his descendants for more than two hundred years. He died "at his mansion in Potowomut", April 27, 1698, and was buried at the Old Warwick Burial Ground, under an altar-tomb with the inscription still in a good state of preservation, on his original house lot of six acres granted by the proprietors of Warwick, 1647, when he had attained his majority.
James Greene married (first) about 1658, Deliverance, born 1637, died 1664, daughter
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In 1637 he was one of the first grantees or purchasers of land at Providence; he died in the same year and in 1638 his widow married Ezekiel Holliman, who was the first minister of the colony under Roger Williams. John Sweet's lot in Providence was that on which the old State house stands.
Children: John Sweet married Elizabeth Jeffrey (born 1629); had: Richard, in 1673; Mehitable Larkin; John married Deborah; Daniel, born 1657; James; Henry; Benjamin; William; Jeremiah. John Sweet was the oldest child; was born in Wales in 1620, came to America with his parents. Renewed (Meribah) married (???) Gearety.
3. JAMES SWEET, second son of John and Mary, born in Wales, 1622-1623. References; Hazard Olden Times, Austin's Genealogical Dictionary, Arnold's History of Rhode Island.
He was in Salem in 1631; it is probable the family came to New England with Massachusetts Colony's first settlers of Salem in 1630 and followed Roger Williams to Providence in 1637. His father died the same year and soon after the widow married Ezekiel Holliman, one of the twelve original purchasers of Warwick. The two sons, John and James, lived at home; they married when of age and settled at Warwick and towns of North and South Kingston, Wickford, East Greenich, West Greenich, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, in Prudence Island.
James married MARY GREENE, daughter of John Greene and Joan Tattersall.
(Greene genealogy also given in this volume) 1654-56. He was married three times but his children all by first wife. Mary Greene baptized at Salesbury, England, May 19, 1633. References; The Greenes of Rhode Island. Children:
1. Philip, born July 15, 1655; married Elizabeth.
2. James, born May 8, 1657, in Warwick, died 1725; married (1st)
Hannah, (2nd) Mary Pearce.
3. Mary, born February 2, 1659; married Enoch Place of Kingston.
4. Benoi, born March 28, 1663; married Elizabeth Sweet.
5. Valentine, born February 14, 1665.
6. Samuel, born November 1, 1667.
7. Jeremiah, born January 6, 1671.