Green Clawed By
about 1773 and settled on the Clinch someplace between Dungannon and
Blackmore. While living here he went out on a hunting trip and was
clawed to death by a bear.
John Carr who had formerly lived on Carr's Creek in Russell County,
and who had moved to Sumner County, Tennessee in 1784, wrote the
of this event to Dr. Lyman C. Draper, saying:
"I did not
Green who was clawed by the bear, but frequently heard the particulars
related by Green's son, Zachariah Green, and my brothers. Green lived
Clinch. He and two more men were hunting on the headwaters of Kentucky
on Sandy River, where the circumstances took place. He was nearly torn
to pieces by a bear. His company or comrades had no idea of his living
and ungratefully came off and left him. They reported he was dead on
in the settlements. They had left plenty of meat at the camp and by the
kind attention of his only companion, a faithful dog who licked his
he recovered, and after some months he came to the settlement, contrary
to the expectations of every person who was acquainted with the
and to the disgrace of the two men that were with him, whose names I
forgotten. My recollection is that he (Green) died upon the Clinch."
did not die upon the Clinch as Carr remembers, but in the fall of 1784,
Green and part of his family, with others, started himself to the
settlement upon the Cumberland in Tennessee. He became sick upon the
and died on the Blue Spring Road, which road is unknown to this writer.
At the time of his illness and death on the road to Cumberland, Lewis
was accompanied by his daughter, Sarah Green, the wife of Josiah Payne,
and others. His son, Zachariah seems to have already been in Sumner
the Clinch, Lewis Green had made a will and placed it in the hands of
Nicholson in the event anything happened to him. Whether Nicholson was
just a friend or a kinsman is not known, but this will was placed on
in Washington County, Virginia. In 1785, wherein Lewis mentions his
Zachariah Green, and divides his property equally among all his
but does not name the other children.
Nashville, Sarah Green Payne, on April 7, 1785, appeared before the
with others of the party and proclaimed a noncuptative will for Lewis
stating that while he lived with her and her husband on the Clinch that
Lewis made a will which he left with Benjamin Nicholson, charging him
to make any record of this will until he heard from him for when he got
to Cumberland he should alter his will, wherein he had stipulated that
a Negro named Charles should be sold and the money equally divided
all his children. That all his children were married and gone from him
and all had received their share except Zachariah, whom he wanted to
Charles, if he had lived to alter his will. This noncuptative will also
shows that Lewis Green died in October of 1784, and that the
were taken at the request of Josiah Payne who was to act for Zachariah
Green in his absence. Where Zachariah Green was at this time is not
to this writer.
of Lewis Green was Zachariah Green, James Green who was killed by the
in 1782, Lewis Green, Jr., Sarah Green who married Josiah Payne, son of
Matthew and Mary Payne, and Nancy Green who married Peter Hutchinson
is now thought to have been a daughter of James Green, brother of Lewis
It is of
to note that Dr. Lyman C. Draper in his notes states that the story of
Green being clawed by the bear was known to and told by Daniel Boone.
being true, then the event must have occurred in either 1774 or 1775,
being the dates of Boone's stay in the Clinch area.