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
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.
Greenes 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 Garards
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 Danas 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
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.
biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men
Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1882, page 705-706.
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