1864Joseph Green joined the Navy during the American Civil War.People and Communities, Government and Public Service, Military, African American History

Joseph Green was born enslaved in the West Indies around 1844. According to the 1910 U.S. Census, he arrived in the United States around 1862 and then joined the Navy during the end of the American Civil War in 1864. He was a landsman on the U.S.S. Jamestown and the U.S.S. Relief.

Joseph Green married Lizzie Bradley in Gloucester in 1871, and the family suffered many losses, as they only had one daughter, Edith Green, who lived until adulthood. After Lizzie died, she was buried with her children in Clark Cemetery in Gloucester. Joseph remarried Rhoda Cox in 1895, whose mother remarried into the Freeman family of Gloucester when she was a child. Unfortunately, Rhoda died in 1909 and was buried at Beechbrook Cemetery. Joseph Green died in 1916 and was buried at Clark Cemetery.

“Joseph Green (1843-1916) - Find a Grave Memorial.” https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/136126414/joseph-green. Gloucester Daily Times. “Letter: The Story of Joseph Green,” October 17, 2022. https://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/letter-the-story-of-joseph-green/article_ea4560e4-4b5a-11ed-88a8-5b9d3fd098c9.html.
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