Query 15 for July 15, 1930

QUERY FIFTEEN

FORNEY—YOUNG: Wanted: information concerning the FORNEY and YOUNG families. JACOB FORNEY, a Huguenot, was born in Alsace, France, in 1721. Early in life he emigrated to America on the ship “Friendship”. He married MARIE (sic) BERGNER from Berne, Switzerland. They are buried near Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina. A tablet to his memory has been placed in the French Protestant Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The children of JACOB FORNEY and MARIA nee BERGNER were: 1. Susan Forney, who married John D. Abernethy; 2. Catherine Forney, who married Abram Earhardt 3. MARIA FORNEY who married 1st an Abernethy and 2nd JOHN YOUNG.4. Peter Forney, who married Nancy Abernethy; 5 Abram Forney, who married RACHEL GABRIEL;  6. Jacob Forney who married ______Copening. This family were Whigs during the Revolutionary War. Questions: 1. Did MARIA (ABERNETHY) YOUNG nee FORNEY and her 2nd husband JOHN YOUNG emigrate  to the State of Tennessee and settle near Nashville, Tenn.? If not, did any of their descendants? Did any of the descendants of the said JOHN YOUNG and MARIA YOUNG nee FORNEY live in or near Youngville, Robertson County, Tennessee? Did Jacob Forney, who married Rachel Gabriel emigrate to Tennessee? (J. M. D.)

ANSWER QUERY FIFTEEN

FORNEY — YOUNG — July 15, 1930 issue. J. M. D.—In this query was stated that JACOB FORNEY, a Huguenot was born in Alsace, France, in 1721, and that early in life he emigrated to America in the ship “Friendship.” That he married MARIA BERGNER from Berne, Switzerland and that they were both buried near Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina. A list of their children were given and among whom were: 3. MARIA FORNEY who married 1st an Abernethy and married 2nd JOHN YOUNG; 5. Abram Forney who married RACHEL GABRIEL. The following questions were asked, viz., 1. Did MARIA (Abernethy) YOUNG nee FORNEY and her 2nd husband, JOHN YOUNG, emigrate to the State of Tennessee and settle near Nashville, Tenn.? If not, did any of their descendants? 2. Did any of the descendants of the said JOHN YOUNG  and            MARIA YOUNG nee FORNEY live at or near Youngville, Robertson County, Tenn.? 3. Did Abram Forney, (erroneously published as Jacob Forney in the July 15, 1930 isssues), who married RACHEL GABRIEL       , emigrate to Tennessee?

Answer to the above queries: Question 1. Yes, MARIA (ABERNETHY) YOUNG nee FORNEY and her 2nd husband, JOHN YOUNG, emigrated to Tennessee and both of them lived and died in Robertson County, Tenn., near Cross Plains. Gabriel Young and Abram Young lived and died in said county. People say that their graves have markers with dates. Answer sent in by Mrs. Frances Walton Simmons, 406 Seventh Ave., Springfield, Robertson County, Tennessee.

ANSWER QUERY FIFTEEN

FORNEY — YOUNG —J. M. D.: Issue of July 15, 1930—Reference is also made to QUERY THREE issue of May 31, 1930—Answer to QUERY THREE in the issue of July 15, 1930—Answer to QUERY THREE in the issues of June 30, 1930—QUERY FIFTEEN in the issue of July 15, 1930—Answer to QUERY FIFTEEN in the issue of July 31, 1930, for further details. QUESTION: Did MARIA (ABERNETHY) YOUNG nee FORNEY and her 2nd husband JOHN YOUNG emigrate, (from North Carolina), to the State of Tennessee and settle near Nashville, Tennessee?

ANSWER: Dr. Hunter says that little is known of the daughters of JACOB  FORNEY as some of them moved to distant states. It is possible that MARIA (ABERNETHY) YOUNG nee FORNEY and JOHN YOUNG went to Tenn. — Abram Forney married Rachel Gabriel and they never left Lincoln County, North Carolina. They are buried near Lincolnton, N. C., and the land is still in possession of descendants. Earhardt Forney was Abram Forney’s only child. Answer sent in by MRS. GEORGE  A. BROWN, Regent of the JACOB FORNEY Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina.

    Second answer sent in regarding QUERY FIFTEEN—J. M. D. Issue of July 15, 1930. ANSWER: —The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, dated July 27, quotes from “Sketches of Western North Carolina, Historical and Biographical,” by C. L. Hunter—Published in North Carolina, in 1877, by the Raleigh News Steam Job Print. Now out of print but the Tennessee State Library has a copy.

“Under IREDELL County, we find data on Col. Alexander Osborn, Capt. William Sharp, Major Wm. Gill, Capt. Andrew Carson, Capt. Alexander Davidson, Capt. James Houston and his muster roll, Rev. James Hall, Hon. Hugh Lawson White.”

“Under LINCOLN County, we find record of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, the route of the British army through Lincoln County, N. C., mention of General Joseph Graham, the Brevard family, Col. James Johnston, JACOB FORNEY, SENIOR, GENERAL PETER FORNEY, MAJOR ABRAM FORNEY, and the FORNEY FAMILY?”

Answer sent in by MISS KATHARINE K. ADAMS, 1837 Greenleaf Ave., Rogers Park, Chicago, Ill.

(Editor’s note: The authentic history of Western North Carolina that has been fully accepted by Historians, etc., written by Dr. C. L. Hunter and originally published as above stated has been reprinted by the JACOB FORNEY Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina. They are the authorized publishers and have said volume new on sale. We understand that the new edition is rather limited and is rapidly selling at $5.00 per copy. We have never had the opportunity to examine this book and therefore we can only write about it from heresay (sic) and it will be useless to write to this department to see if your family lines are given etc., but we have been informed that the book is a wonderful record of early days in Western North Carolina. We promise our readers to report on same as soon as we have the opportunity to examine the book, as the Genealogical Editor has every reason to believe (except a few dates not yet secured) that we are a direct descendant of JACOB FORNEY, a Huguenot, born in Alsace, France, in 1721. Therefore we will be interested in Dr. Hunter’s history of Western North Carolina.)

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2 thoughts on “Query 15 for July 15, 1930

  1. Elizabeth Forney married John Young.
    I did not know she had been married before.
    Her name must have been either Elizabeth Maria or Maria Elizabeth.
    Some documents list Maria Bergner Forney as Mariah.
    Also the Bergner name is Jewish, but I do not know if she was Jewish.
    Elizabeth Forney & John Young settled near Cross Plains, TN in Robertson Co.
    It is not far from Nashville.
    I was just at the site of their gravestones yesterday.

    I am a direct descendent of Jacob Forney/Maria Bergner, then Elizabeth (Maria) Forney/ John Young.
    John Young served in the Rev War.
    He was given a land grant & came to TN.
    He was a state senator.

    The person responding in 1930 was my great grandfather’s sister, Frances Walton Simmons.

    My great grandfather, Dr Martin Atkinson Walton married Elizabeth Henry Woodard, the daughter of Missouri Bigbee & Frank Young. Frank Young was the grandson of John Young & Elizabeth Forney Young.
    More if you want it.

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    • Thank you, Lydia, for your comment. This is totally awesome. I wasn’t sure people would be able to find the information I’ve put out, so far, in five separate blogs. It’s been a long project to transcribe these old genealogy columns, but I wasn’t able to find anything on the Internet regarding the Mountain Branch Vet bi-monthly newspaper, so I thought I’d bring it to the Web. Incidentally, you might wish to check out the rest of the Queries in this blog because the same families and queriers show up in different Queries. I’m curious how you found this Query. Thanks again.

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