Green Family and Farnifold Green's 1707 Grant

Part of 1676 Map - "A New Description of Carolina"
shows Farnifold Green's grandfather Roger Green's land.
     In 1653, over fifty years before Farnifold Green’s 1707 land grant in Core Sound, his grandfather, Reverend Roger Green, was granted his 1000-acre choice of 10,000 acres on the south side of the Chowan River. The above 1676 “Description of Carolina” map notes land between the Pamlico and the Neuse Rivers as “Green’s Land.”

     Roger Green was born about 1611 in Norfolk, England. In 1635, at the age of 24, he sailed to the new world aboard Abraham. Roger Green died about 1671 in Charles City, VA.
According to the "Green Page," Roger Green enrolled at St. Catherine's, Cambridge, Easter of 1631. He received his B.A. 1634--35 and his M.A. 1638 and was ordained a priest 9 March 1638-39. He is next noted in Nansemond County, VA ministering to the inhabitants there. He is credited with founding North Carolina's first settlement in July 1653 on the bank of the Roanoke River and on the south side of the Chowan and tributary streams. The grant reads as follows: 

     Upon the petition of Roger Green, Clerk, on behalf of himself and the Inhabitants of Nansemond River, it is ordered by the present Grand Assembly, that 10,000 acres of land be granted unto 100 such persons who shall first seat on the Moratuck or Roanoke Rivers and the branches thereof—provided that such seaters settle advantageously for security... that there be granted the said Roger Green the rights of 1,000 acres of land. (Hening I, p.380) 
     Reverend Roger Green returned to England where, on 2 September 1661, he presented a pamphlet to the Lord and Bishop of London, entitled "Virginia's Cure", in order to show the unhappy state of the church in Virginia and the remedy of it. He was also one who examined into the competency of all ministers of the colony. He officiated at Jamestown, and was still living in 1671 (Colonial Church in Virginia, p.246).
     Roger Green's grandson, Farnifold Green, was born in 1674 in St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland, Virginia, the oldest of Timothy Green and Anne Farnifold's four sons. About 1697, Farnifold Green moved to Perquimans Precinct, where he married Hannah Kent Smithwick; they became parents of Farnifold, Elizabeth, Thomas, John, Jane, and James Green.  
     Early in 1707, Green was granted 1700 acres between Green's Creek and Smith Creek,  (near present-day Oriental). The acreage became known as Green's Neck plantation. Green became a member of the Provincial Assembly, captain in the militia, and also raised cattle on the Outer Banks.
On December 20, 1707, Farnifold Green received the first land patent in the Core Sound area—780 acres, confirmed by payment of £7.16 sterling. Though Green never developed the land, part of it would later become Beaufort.   

     With the onset of the Tuscarora War in September 1711, Green wrote Virginia Governor Spotswood concerning the initial Indian massacre in the area west of Bath and New Bern.  
     On October 26, 1711 Green prepared his will.
     On July 18, 1713, Green endorsed the undeveloped 780-acre Core Sound patent to Robert Turner who gained permission from the Lords Proprietors to name and lay out the township of Beaufort - October 2, 1713. 
    In 1714, Green's Neck plantation was attacked, pillaged, and burned by Indians, resulting in the massacre of 40-year-old Green, son Thomas, a white servant and two Negroes. Another son was shot but escaped.