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Dr. Wilson Greene    

DR. WILSON GREENE. Dr. Wilson Greene, of New Geneva, Nicholson township, was born in Greene County, Dec. 1, 1829, and is of Puritan descent on his paternal side, but on his maternal of German extraction.

His grandfather, William Greene, was born in New England. He migrated to Greene County, Pa., at an early day, and settled on Whitely Creek, near “Willow Tree.” He married Rebecca La Rue, and their issue were five sons and three daughters.

Henry Sycks, his maternal grandfather, was a native of Virginia, but while quite young removed with his father to Greene County, Pa., and settled on the waters of Dunkard Creek, in Monongahela township. They were among the pioneers that first permanently located west of the Monongahela River. Young Henry participated in the Indian wars of the period, and endured the privations and hardships incident to border life. He was united in matrimony with Barbary Selser, a daughter of a contemporary settler, and ten children were the fruits of their marriage.

Matthew Greene and Rachel Sycks, the parents of Dr. Greene, were married in 1828, and reared four children, of whom the subject of this notice was the only son, born on the farm his great-grandfather located, where his mother was born, and where she died, and where his father still resides.

Dr. Greene is eminently a self-made man. His advantages for acquiring an education were very limited. Supplementing his scant public school opportunities by several terms of select school, which he was enabled to attend through the summer by teaching district school through the winter, he succeeded in obtaining a very liberal and thorough English education. In like manner he earned the means that supported him at Cleveland Medical College, Cleveland, Ohio, where he completed his professional studies.

March 23, 1859, he formed a propitious matrimonial alliance with Pleasant M., second daughter of Evan Evans, who owned an adjoining farm. He was of pure Welsh lineage, both parents having been born in Wales. Mrs. Greene’s mother, Nancy Myers, was a granddaughter of the historic Rev. John Corbly, whose wife and several children were massacred while on their way to church, Sunday morning, May 10, 1782, by the Indians, near Garard’s Fort.

They began their married life at Bristol, Perry Co., Ohio, where he soon acquired a lucrative practice. Having pursued his profession here for five years, he returned to Pennsylvania and located in New Geneva, where he now resides. Here, too, he soon attained to an extensive practice, which he still retains. Personally he is eminently popular, having merited the esteem of his fellows by being instant in good words and works. Professionally he has been signally successful, and is held in high esteem by the medical fraternity. At present he is vice-president of the Fayette County Medical Association, and holds the appointment as delegate to the National Medical Convention, to be held in St. Paul, Minn., in July next.

Dr. Greene is the father of two children, Isa D. and Willie W. Isa is an accomplished young lady, educated at Monongahela College, and a graduate of Dana’s Musical Institute, Warren, Ohio. She possesses a rare talent for instrumental music and enjoys a sweet and delicately-cultured voice. Willie is at present pursuing a course of study at Monongahela College.

The doctor has for a number of years been a prominent and influential member of one of the leading Evangelical Churches, of which also his wife and children are all communicants.

Though not luxuriating in unbounded affluence, he has accumulated much valuable property, which consists of houses and lands and moneys at interest, etc. He is one of the solid and useful citizens of the county.

History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1882, page 705-706. View the image of this page online - Free Trial  Search Hundreds of 1880s-1890s Pennsylvania County History Books for biographies and historical information on your ancestors.  View the book page images on line and print them out for your genealogy file!  Free Access to the old history books - plus birth & death records, census images and ALL other records at

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