52 Ancestors – #6: Joab Green, Early Settler in Conneaut Twp, Ohio

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Joab Green was born on 15 Nov 1782 in Vermont, one of eleven children of Josiah and Sarah Green. He had seven sons and four daughters with Rebecca (Johnson) between 1808 and 1832. He died on 11 Jun 1849, in Conneaut Twp, Ashtabula County, Ohio. Joab was an early settler in the northeastern corner of Ohio, and one source states that he built the first frame building in Conneaut Twp.

Here is how I am related to Joab: I am Wallace Dingman Huskonen, son of Mary Jane Dingman (Huskonen). Mary Jane Dingman (1908 – 1975) was the daughter of Grace Darling Green. Grace Darling Green (1879 – 1948) was the daughter of Jared R. Green. Jared R. Green (1832 – 1880) was the son of Joab Green. That makes Joab my 2nd great grandfather.

Only limited genealogical information is readily available online at the present time. Joab appears four times in census records on Ancestry.com, as follow: In the 1810 U.S. Federal Census, Joab Green is listed as living in Herkimer, New York. In the 1820, 1830, and 1849 U.S. Federal Censuses, Joab Green lived in Conneaut Twp, Ashtabula County, Ohio. As in all censuses before 1850, only the head of household is named.

Before arriving in Conneaut Twp—and before the War of 1812—Joab apparently lived for a period in Harborcreek Twp, Erie County, Pennsylvania. After that war, he moved west along the shore of Lake Erie and settled in Conneaut Twp. A researcher included this tidbit about Joab in a query about his son, Silas, on Ancestry.com (which I haven’t yet verified).

Another item I found online by searching for “Joab Green” in Google Books is the Green/Greene Genealogy, vol 11, published by Anne Long in 1994. She puts Joab Green, b 14 Nov 1782, as the first son of Josiah Green.

Early in my involvement in genealogy, I found a website hosted on Rootsweb for Ashtabula County, that featured several transcriptions of tax lists and local censuses for Salem Twp (That was the original township name when it was organized in 1804. It was renamed Conneaut Twp in 1833. In one such tax list transcription, Joab Green was listed as a “White Male Inhabitant above the Age of Twenty one years in Salem Township, County of Ashtabula for the Year 1815.”

In the transcriptions of local censuses taken in 1819, 1823, and 1827, Joab was listed as a resident. The 1819 census also listed Josiah Green, who no doubt was Joab’s father. Unfortunately, these web pages are no longer available. I didn’t include in my notes the original source of this information (my bad), but they probably were made from microfilm available from FamilySearch. They also may be available at the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) in Cleveland.

At WHRS, I did find Joab listed among people in Ashtabula County who claimed bounties for wolf scalps between 1811 and 1828.

Joab owned a small farm in the area of Conneaut Township known as Amboy < http://ohio.hometownlocator.com/oh/ashtabula/amboy.cfm>. When he died intestate, his surviving children signed a quit claim deed for his son Alonzo to take over the property. The quit claim deed is on file at the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division in Jefferson, Ohio.< http://courts.co.ashtabula.oh.us/probate_court.htm. The children of Joab and Rebecca, in addition to Jared, my great grandfather, were: Elvira, Almeda, Harlow, Saphronia, William, Silas, Lovinia, Edwin, Alonzo, and Joab (Jr). Joab was buried in the Amboy Cemetery (also known as West Lakeville Cemetery). Joab’s name appears on a Green family monument with Rebecca, sons William and Edwin, and daughter Saphronia. Go here: Amboy Cemetery. The Amboy Cemetery is located in Conneaut Twp near the border with North Kingsville Twp. on the South side of Route 20.

One final note about Joab: Because he arrived in Ohio before 1820, I was able to qualify for membership in the First Families of Ohio heritage program of the Ohio Genealogical Society (for info, go here: http://ogs.org/pdf/OGSLineageRules2009.pdf.

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