Jacob Forney was born in Alsace, France about 1721. When 14 years old, he sailed from Amsterdam to Philadelphia. When he was of age, he returned to Alsace to secure a legacy. On the return voyage to America he met Maria Bergner and they later married in Philadelphia. They migrated to North Carolina about 1754 and settled in Lincoln. Jacob Forney became a loyal patriot of the Revolution, 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 a member of the committee appointed by the assembly to locate the courthouse and jail for Tryon County.
In January of 1781 Cornwallis spent three days at Ramsour's Mill. General O'Hara camped at the Reep place located two miles from the mill and Tarleton crossed the South Fork River in Cobb's Bottom and marched over the hill on which Lincolnton now stands to join Cornwallis at the mill.
On January 28th, Cornwallis with his forces marched east to Jacob Forney's where he camped for three days and foraged on the Forney's cattle, hogs, sheep and chickens until it was safe to cross the swollen Catawba River.
On February 1st, Cornwallis broke camp and marched to Cowen's Ford six miles below Beatties Ford where the battle of Cowen's Ford took place.
As Cornwallis invaded the county, he used the Forney home for his headquarters. He forced the elderly to occupy the cellar while the British troops literally stripped both the Jacob Forney home and the General Peter Forney home. General Peter Forney, Jacob's son, was away fighting for his country. The British troops butchered the sheep, cattle, fowls and hogs for food and confiscated all of the grain and provender.
Forney's three sons, Jacob, Peter and Abram, were all in the patriot army. His daughters were Catherine, Elizabeth (1761-1809), Christina (1762-1842) and Susannah(1767-1850). He died in 1806 at the age of 85 years old, a Lutheran in faith. The graves of Jacob and Maria (Bergner) Forney are in the old Dutch Meeting House graveyard about three miles from the Forney homestead. Many of their descendants were distinguished people.
Jacob Forney's daughter Susannah married John D. Abernethy, son of David Abernethy and Martha Ann Turner. John D. Abernethy is buried in the Abernathy/Gabriel Cemetery in Catawba County, N.C. but I do no know where Susannah died and is buried. Their daughter Elizabeth M. Abernethy married Francis McCorkle, Jr,. Elizabeth and Francis McCorkle, Jr. are interred in the McCorkle Cemetery in Catawba County, N.C.
Jacob's daughter Christina married David Abernethy, brother of John D. Abernethy.
Jacob's son Peter Forney married Nancy Abernethy, sister of John D. and David Abernethy.
Several of Jacob's Forney and Abernethy grandchildren, along with Daniel Hoke and his family, moved to Calhoun County, Alabama. One of these was Jacob and Mariah's grandson Jacob Forney (son of Peter). He married Sarah Salina Hoke and 4 of his sons were in the Confederate Army: General John Horace Forney, General William H. Forney, Major Daniel Peter Forney and Lt. George Hoke Forney. Lt George Forney died during the war in Virginia in 1864. All 4 of these men's memorials may be accessed by clicking on Jacob and Mariah Forney's son Peter and then on Peter's son Jacob.
Maria Bergner Forney (1721 - 1810)*
Peter Forney (1756 - 1834)*
Abram Forney (1758 - 1849)*
Elizabeth Forney Young (1761 - 1853)*
Christina Forney Abernathy (1762 - 1842)*
Jacob Forney (1764 - 1840)*
Old Dutch Meeting House Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Little Marie
Originally Created by: Nancy Alana
Record added: Jul 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94629022