John Christian Forbes

Male25 October 1759–19 April 1853

Brief Life History of John Christian

John Christian Forbes was born on 25 October 1759, in Brunswick, 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

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

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 July 1783Delaware, New York, United States
  • Children (11)

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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

    Scottish: habitational name from Forbes in Tullynessle, Aberdeenshire, so named from Gaelic forba ‘field, district’ + the locative suffix -ais. The placename 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.

    Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Firbhisigh ‘son of Fearbhisigh’, a personal name composed of elements meaning ‘man’ + ‘prosperity’.

    History: A family of this name (see 2 above) in Connacht was famous for its traditional historians, compilers of the Book of Lecan.

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

    Possible Related Names

    Story Highlight

    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 …

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