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Jacob, b. Alsace 1721, patriot in Rev. from NC
Posted by: Linda (Nolan Layman (ID *****8388) Date: January 12, 2010 at 16:24:23
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I entered the word "patriot" and came up with messages concerning Peter, who was apparently the son of Jacob. The January/February, 2010, issue of the D.A.R. Newsletter has the following article:

"Jacob Forney was born in Alsace about 1721. When 14 years of age he sailed from Amsterdam for Philadelphia and later returned to Alsace to secure a legazy. On the return voyage to America he met Maria Bergner and they married. They migrated to North Carolina about 1754. He was a member of the Tryon County Committee of Safety, a signer of the Resolutions of the Protest against British tyranny, which was adopted at Tryon Court House in August 1775, and was one of the committee appointed by the assembly to locate a court house and jail for Tryon County."

"On January 28, 1781, Lord Cornwallis marched to Jacob Forney's plantation where he campte for 3 days and foraged on the Forney cattle, hogs, sheep and chickens until it was safe to cross the swollen Catawba River. On February 1 he broke camp and marched to Cowen's Ford six miles away. Cornwallis used the Forney home for headquarters, forcing the old couple to occupy the cellar, while the British troops literally stripped the plantation. His sons Geneeral Peter Forney, Jacob Jr., and Abram were awy from home fighting for their country in the Patriot army."

Ther is a photograph of a large, triangular shaped stone,
which has a plaque on it. The following comment is below the phogo - "Gravesite of Pioneer Jacob Forney and wife Maria Bergner."

I am not related to, or researching this family; just trying to be helpful.

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