John Christian Forbes

25 October 1759–19 April 1853 (Age 93)
Braunschweig, Germany

The Life Summary of John Christian

John Christian Forbes was born on 25 October 1759, in Braunschweig, Germany. He married Deborah Williams on 3 July 1783, in Delaware, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States in 1806 and Rome, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850. He died on 19 April 1853, in Sheshequin, Sheshequin Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Sheshequin, Sheshequin Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Christian Forbes
Deborah Williams
Marriage: 3 July 1783
Ernest Forbes
Hannah Forbes
Catharine Forbes
Polly Forbes
Eunice Forbes
Elisha A Forbes
William Forbes
Francis Forbes
Archibald Forbes
Montgomery Forbes
Charles Forbes

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World Events (8)

Age 17
Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
Age 17
The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The liberty bell was first rung here to Celebrate this important document.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion
Age 27
Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: habitational name from a place near Aberdeen, so named from Gaelic forba ‘field’, ‘district’ + the locative suffix -ais. The place name is pronounced in two syllables, with the stress on the second, and the surname until recently reflected this. Today, however, it is generally a monosyllable.2 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Firbhisigh ‘son of Fearbhisigh ’, a personal name composed of Celtic elements meaning ‘man’ + ‘prosperity’. A family of this name in Connacht was famous for its traditional historians, compilers of the Book of Lecan.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story about John from Find-a-Grave Index Record

John Christian Forbes was born Oct. 25, 1759 at Brunswick, Germany, where his father was a large stock raiser. When he was 16 years old, he was sent by his father to deliver to the coast a drove of ca …

Sources (3)

  • John C Forbes in household of Ernest Forbes, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Christian Forbes, "Find A Grave Index" [1853]
  • Record of Burial place of a veteran

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