Henry Green (The Murdered Wife) [Laws F14]

DESCRIPTION: Henry Green threatens suicide if Mary Wyatt will not marry him (she is unsure about the idea because he is rich and she is poor). Soon after the marriage, he poisons her. She forgives him before she dies, but he is sentenced to death
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1922 (Belden)
KEYWORDS: homicide marriage poverty execution poison
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
1845 - Marriage of Marry Ann Wyatt and Henry Green (Feb 10, 1845), followed by the murder of Mary Ann Wyatt Green (Feb 18) and execution of Henry Green (Sep 10)
FOUND IN: US(MA,NE,SE,So) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Laws F14, "Henry Green (The Murdered Wife)"
Belden, p. 321, "Henry Green" (1 text)
Randolph 157, "Henry Green" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Owens-1ed, pp. 125-127, "Henry Green" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders/Brown, pp. 65-68, "Henry Green" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach, pp. 792-793, "Henry Green" (1 text)
FSCatskills 66, "The Arsenic Tragedy" (1 text, 1 tune)
ThompsonNewYork, pp.442-443, "(The Murdered Wife, or, The Case of Henry G. Green, of Berlin, Rensselaer County, New York") (1 text)
Morris, #64, "Young Henry Green" (1 text, 1 tune, with the local title "Miss Yowta")
Gardner/Chickering 142, "Young Henry Green" (1 text plus an excerpt, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 624-627, "The Murder of Miss Wyatt" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Leach-Labrador 100, "Henry Green" (1 text, 1 tune)
Burt, pp. 11-13, (no title) (1 partial text, 1 tune, plus an excerpt from this or a related ballad)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 106-108, "Henry Green of Troy" (1 text plus a broadside print)
DT 666, ARSENICT*

Roud #693
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Billy Vite and Molly Green" (plot)
cf. "The Murdered Wife or the Case of Henry G. Green" (subject, plot)
NOTES: The Digital Tradition editors speculate that this was adapted from the music hall song "Billy Vite and Molly Green." This is conceivable, but a significant stretch -- this song is serious, "Billy" comic; "Billy" involves a supernatural element, and in "Billy" it is the boy who is poor and the girl rich. Cohen believes it went the other way; "Billy" is a parody of this serious song. - RBW
Leach-Labrador notes that "the murder took place in Rensselaer County, New York" - BS
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