from the Rhode Island
Greenes of Warwick
, Greenes of East Greenwich
; all through Colonial and Revolutionary history we find their names.
Sturdy, active, patriotic men: Generals
, and Governors of “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
,” chief among them Governor William Greene
, the “War Governor,” and General Nathanael Greene
of glorious memory.
Our liveliest association with the name of Greene
is the memory of Mrs. Nancy Greene
, first cousin of our grandfather Ward
and daughter-in-law of the General
who died in Middletown, Rhode Island
, in 1886, at the age of one hundred and two.
This lady was dear to our mother as the one remaining link with her father's generation.
A visit to “Cousin Nancy” was one of her great pleasures, and we children were happy if we were allowed to accompany her. The old lady sat erect and dignified in her straight-backed chair, and the two discoursed at length of days gone by. To Cousin Nancy “Julia
” was always young, though the “Battle Hymn
of the Republic
” was already written when the old lady charged her to “cultivate a literary taste.”
On another occasion — it was one of the later visits — she said with emphasis, “Julia
, do not allow yourself to grow old!
When you feel that you cannot
do a thing, get up and do it
never forgot this advice.
Cousin Nancy never read a novel in her life, as she announced with pride.
She wished to read the “Annals of the Schonberg-Cotta
family,” but, finding it to be a work of fiction, decided not to break her rule.