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Re: Forister pioneers in North Georgia Mtns.
Posted by: Tom Humphrey (ID *****7545) Date: March 18, 2009 at 21:09:13
In Reply to: Re: Forister pioneers in North Georgia Mtns. by Robert Jasson Forister of 92

Jesse, my gggrandfather, lived in Tunnel Hill, Catoosa Co., GA. He was a blacksmith. He was conscripted into the Confederate Army. He was to accompany the soldiers and keep their iron works in working order. While near Cincinnati, OH about 1863, his unit was captured. He was told that, since he was not armed and the prisons were bursting at the seams, he could go free if he promised to stay north of the Ohio River. He said "Sure!" He wandered down the river to Corydon, Indiana and set up shop. He snuck back to GA, got his wife and kids and moved them to IND. He helped on the underground railroad by cutting the leg irons and handcuffs off of the runaway slaves as they came across the river. After the war, he moved to Ohio Co., KY, then to Daviess Co., KY. B. 1832, D. 1910.

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