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Reuben De Forest
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Birth: Jun. 11, 1808
Connecticut, USA
Death: May 6, 1873
Morris County
New Jersey, USA

Reuben's stone is broken and partially buried. According to a letter to me from a Mr. Hancock in the 1980's, after I had written to him asking him about Reuben, Reuben's son John De Forest had arranged for the burial. But, Mr. Hancock couldn't find anything on how the graves were to be maintained, which was unusual. Mr. Hancock was wanting to know if I knew how to contact a descendant of the son John De Forest to see if any infomation had been passed down on the matter of their grave maintenance. Reuben had been a broommaker, who lived across the street from the cemetery. As was the custom in those days, they may have lived above Reuben's shop. Reuben's father-in-law John C. Goldberg, who was a music and foreign language teacher, was growing, among other things, broom straw on his Morris Co. land. That may be where the broom straw came from for Reuben's broommaking trade. John W. Hancock & his son Roswell M. Hancock witnessed Reuben's 28 Dec. 1872 will, so I learned of one relationship between the De Forest and Hancock families. John W. Hancock's aunt Nancy (Burroughs) Griswold was a sister of Charlotte (Goldberg) De Forest's mother Mary "Polly" (Burroughs) Goldberg. Sharon
Family links: 
  Charlotte Goldberg De Forest (1809 - 1856)*
  Amadee De Forest (1833 - 1862)*
  Antoinette De Forest Conklin (1837 - 1891)*
  George William De Forest (1840 - 1904)*
  Augustus De Forest (1843 - 1914)*
  Emma Louisa De Forest (1846 - 1847)*
  James Walter De Forest (1846 - 1910)*
  John Sylvester De Forest (1848 - 1914)*
  Frances Elisa De Forest Dunn (1848 - 1895)*
*Calculated relationship
John Hancock Cemetery
Florham Park
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
Maintained by: Sharon Leon
Originally Created by: Barbara Schaffer
Record added: Jun 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38725735
Reuben De Forest
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Reuben De Forest
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Reuben De Forest
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Rest in peace.
- Sharon Leon
 Added: Nov. 3, 2012

- Sarah Quinn
 Added: Jul. 6, 2011

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