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 James Forbes

James Forbes

Fife, Scotland
Death 9 Jul 1905 (aged 78)
Layton, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot 3-4-A-10
Memorial ID 123412 · View Source
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James is a son of John Forbes Sr. and Catharine Findlay of Fife, Scotland. He was baptized in the LDS Church 2 March 1847.

He married (1) Agnes Kidd, 7 May 1851, Dysart, Fife, Scotland, a short lived union.

He married (2) Margaret Braid, 31 Jan 1852, also in Scotland, that marriage also unsuccessful, as he shortly afterward made preparations to immigrated to America with his brother, John Forbes Jr. Within a year, Margaret did not come with him.

James left for America (listed on the passenger roster as "a single man") along with his brother, John Jr. and his family (John had joined the church in 1845.)

On the 21st of February 1853 they boarded the sailing vessel, The International in the 65th Company of Saints headed for Zion. There were 425 Saints, under the Presidency of Elder Christopher Arthur and the ship under the command of Captain Brown.

It took nearly a week for all to board, the tug boats to tow them out of the port of Liverpool into the River Mersey, and where at the mouth, they cast anchors and waited for a fair wind to carry them into the Ocean. The voyage is recorded as beginning 28 February 1853.

The passenger list contains the name of James Forbes, birth <1826>, traveling as a single man. The family of John Jr. Forbes includes John, birth <1828>; wife Janet, birth <1824>; child Divinie, birth <1850>. It is believed Father John Sr. and Mother Catherine were to follow at a later date; however, Catherine Findlay Forbes died 13 December 1865 at Swinkie Cot house, Kingsmuir, Crail, Fife, Scotland and buried at Crail. It is believed John Sr. departed, alone, for America shortly afterward.

In 1853, Saints who were sailing with James and John Jr. had spent eight weeks at sea. Some had kept diaries and accounts of the voyage.

When James, John Jr. and family arrived at the Port of New Orleans on 25 April 1853, they joined others to continue their journey up the Mississippi River to Keokuk, Iowa which was to be their departure location for the wagon train trek to the Great Salt Lake Valley in Utah Territory.

They were assigned to the Jacob Gates Company led by Captain Jacob Gates which consisted of 262 individuals and 33 wagons which began its' journey from the outfitting post a Keokuk on 3 June 1853 and arrived in the Valley of Salt Lake, from the 26th through the 30th of September. John, Janet, Davinie are listed; James may have been with them and his name missed, or because he was traveling as a lone man, he may have helped another unnamed train.

They all arrived in the Salt Lake Valley between the 26th and 30th of September 1853.

They settled at Kays Creek area in Davis County. It would later become Layton and Kaysville, Utah.

James married (3) Mary Norris, the widow of Thomas Evans, who had five small children. Her husband had died in 1857 at Kaysville; Mary and James were married 21 September 1860 at Layton, Davis, Utah. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple 23 November 1868.

Their children are - Catherine Forbes, Jane Forbes, Margaret Hannah Forbes, James Henry Forbes, John William Forbes.

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 123412
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Forbes (30 Aug 1826–9 Jul 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 123412, citing Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by history4sure (contributor 46997739) .