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John H. Green, one of the prominent and successful farmers of Union township, was born on the 30th of October, 1840 and is the first white child born in Jones county, Iowa. His father, Thomas Green, was a pioneer of Jones county, settling there in July, 1840, and there remained until 1876, when he went to Atlantic, Cass county, remained here about five years, when he moved to Pymosa township, and there remained until his death, which occurred in July, 1883. John H. was reared on a farm, and with the exception of his service and about eighteen months at carpenter work, he has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits. In 1861, he enlisted in company A., Ninth Iowa Infantry. The first important engagement in which he participated, was at Pea Ridge. He was also in the siege of Vicksburg, battle of Jackson, in Hooker's battle above the clouds on Lookout Mountains, at Mission Ridge and several others. He was with Sherman in his march to the sea, through the Carolinas. Mr. Green was promoted from second sergeant to first lieutenant, in October, 1863. At the close of the war he was discharged, and soon returned to Jones county, where he was married in 1869, to Martha E. Bennett. Soon after their marriage, John came to Cass county, and bought one hundred and sixty acres of good land on section 15, Union township, where he now owns the model farm of the township. He is known throughout this region, as an excellent stock breeder.

Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 736.

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