J. G. GREENE, farmer; P.O. Tallula. Among the prominent pioneers of Menard Co., none are better known than W. G. and J. G. Greene, who began without means and built themselves up a large property, and have done much for the development of the county. J. G. was born in Overton Co., Tenn., Dec. 14, 1820; son of William and Elizabeth (Graham) Greene, who were among the early settlers of Menard County, of whom further mention is made in another part of this work. J. G. has been one of the successful stock-dealers of this section, and a model farmer. He owns a beautiful residence, and a farm of 725 acres, adjoining the town of Tallula. His wife was Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Green) Watkins; they were married, Aug. 14, 1845; she was born in this county Jan. 26, 1825. They have seven children living -- Nancy, now Mrs. George Storey, born July 5, 1846; Frances, now Mrs. George Spears, born Jan. 18, 1849; Annie, now Mrs. Albert Ayers, born Aug. 28, 1850; Joseph W., Sept. 7, 1852; Woodson, Aug. 8, 1854; Maria, now Mrs. Edward Henderson, born Jan. 7, 1857; Alexander, Aug. 19, 1863. They are educating their children. He has always taken an active part in all matters pertaining to the good of the county in which he has lived.