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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.
JOHN M. GREEN, farmer and merchant of Smith Precinct in Marshall County, was born near his present home, in 1827. His parents, Anderson and Sarah (Riley) Green, removed from Wayne County, Tenn., and settled in this county about 1824. They were reared in Tennessee, where they married a short time prior to their removal to Kentucky. They first located in what is now the Seventh District of the county, on land now owned and occupied by John Jones; but afterward removed to Smith Precinct, where they both died, Andrew on September 10, 1844, and his wife on the 24th of the same month. They had but three children, the subject of this sketch being the only who survived childhood. John M. Green was reared under the influences of pioneer life, his chief employment being the labor incident to the life of a farmer boy, and to farming he has devoted much of his life. He served as a soldier in the Mexican war, and also in the war of the Rebellion. In 1848 he married Perlina N. Travis, daughter of Moses and Nancy (Kirksey) Travis, formerly of Weakley County, Tenn., where she was born December 17, 1830. This family settled in the Smith District about 1824, but subsequently removed to Tennessee, where the mother died in 1844. Moses Travis died in Paducah, Ky., of cholera. The family of John M. and Perlina N. Green are Benjamin E., now a lawyer of Texas, born August 27, 1849; Lucien M., editor and proprietor ofd the Tyler Courier, Texas, born April 7, 1851; John P., born August 12, 1853, graduated at Evansville Commercial College in 177, followed merchandising four years, then edited a Tyler daily paper one year, or until his health failed, and died January 11, 1884; a daughter, born October 11, 1859, died at the age of two years; Sydney J., a physician of Pryorsburg, Ky., born June 20, 1861; and Sol Green, born August 21, 1869. It may be truthfully said of Mr. and Mrs. Green that their lives have been a labor of love for the welfare of their children, and wisely they foresaw that education means independence. Mr. Green has served for several years as magistrate in his precinct, and for many years kept the postoffice; and in positions of public trust, as well as a merchant and citizen, he has proven himself worthy of the confidence bestowed. He is an honored member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and of the Masonic fraternity.