In presenting to the citizens of Greene County this History, it is with the full knowledge that there must necessarily be some errors found within its pages otherwise, it would be different from any work yet compiled by human hands, absolute perfection never having been reached either in the historical or any other field of earthly labor. In attempting to compile a complete History of Greene County, a great variety of sources of information had to be consulted by the writers hereof old files of newspapers, early official records, previously written historical works and reviews, old settlers still living, letters of correspondence and pri vate documents have all been consulted in embodying what is set forth in this volume. Considering all these things, absolute freedom from error would be a miracle of wonders. Much care, however, has been taken to avoid ex parte statements, and the writers and publishers claim that this History, while not exact in everything, treats all with fairness and candor. To gather the inci dents of the long ago has been a work of infinite care and attention to detail. Intelligent readers may judge, therefore, how this labor has been performed, and do us the justice to accredit us with an honest endeavor to make this History worthy, in all respects, the careful perusal of the reader.