William Albert Forbes

November 1853–11 April 1920 (Age 66)
Illinois, United States

The Life of William Albert

When William Albert Forbes was born in November 1853, in Illinois, United States, his father, John B. Forbes, was 27 and his mother, Lydia Jane Chamberlin, was 15. He married Mary Isabelle Underwood on 1 December 1878, in Osborne, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Corinth, Osborne, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Prairie, Skagit, Washington, United States in 1900. He died on 11 April 1920, in Seattle, King, Washington, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Seattle, King, Washington, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Albert Forbes
Mary Isabelle Underwood
Marriage: 1 December 1878
Harvey F Forbes
William Edward Forbes
John Albert Forbes
Hattie Lydia Forbes
Ralph Lewis Forbes
Minnie I Forbes
Iva May Forbes
Myrtle Luella Forbes
Mary O Forbes
Emery Herbert Forbes
[stillborn] Forbs
Nellie Velma Forbes

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1 December 1878
Osborne, Kansas, United States


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 3

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 18

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

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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Sources (3)

  • William Forbes in household of John Forbes, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm Forbes, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William A Forbes, "United States Census, 1910"

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