|Grave of Phebe Greene and her children|
I was drawn to this pair of gravestones first because of their sadness. There are a lot of young children buried in this cemetery, along with young mothers, fathers, sisters, etc., but the story behind these graves is that of the total annihilation of this small family within a few years. Five souls are buried beneath these two stones.
|Grave of Enoch Greene, MD|
In his early career, Enoch worked as a physician at Bellevue Hospital and Blackwell's Island Hospital in New York. In May 1845, he moved to New Castle, in Westchester County, where he began his own private practice, and "very soon gathered a large circle of patients and friends," according to The History of Weare, NH.
On June 25 of that year, he married Phebe Hoag Chase, a Quaker who was born in Weare to John Chase and Betty Dow in March 1810. An antiques dealer in Philadelphia had a sampler (now sold) that was created by Phebe's first cousin, Mary Gove, under Phebe's instruction (Phebe is credited on the sampler itself as "instructress").
|Sampler made by Phebe's cousin Mary Gove|
Then, in August 1849, Phebe died of cholera following only a few hours' illness. Buried with her in the cemetery are their son Freddy and "two infants."
Enoch was forced to resign his position at Ward's Island in January 1850 due to illness, but by November was well enough to begin working again, as chief physician at Kings County Hospital. During this time Enoch was living in Manhattan as a boarder in a house with four other people, one of them a medical student, according to the 1850 Census, taken in August.
|1850 US Federal Census|
|NY Daily Tribune April 6, 1851|
|1900 US Federal Census|
Annual Reports of the Commissioners of Emigration of the State of New York. New York: Organization of the Commission, 1861.
General Alumni Catalogue of New York University, 1833-1907: Medical Alumni. New York: General Alumni Society, 1908.
Little, William. The History of Weare, New Hampshire 1735-1888. Lowell, MA: S. W. Huse & Co., 1888.
"New Hampshire Marriage Records 1637–1947." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2011. “New Hampshire Statewide Marriage Records 1637–1947,” database, FamilySearch, 2009. New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records. “Marriage Records.” New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.
Sampler made by Mary B. Gove, under the instruction of Phebe H. Chase, Weare, New Hampshire, 1827. Samplings: Antique Samplers and Silk Embroideries from M. Finkel & Daughter.
United States Federal Census: 1850 and 1900.