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Dr William P Forrest

Birth
Death
23 Jan 1881 (aged 78–79)
Wake County, North Carolina, USA
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William P. Forrest was married to Frances H. Tayloe on 1 October 1825 in Orange County, North Carolina. To this union five children were born: Ann Pickard Forrest (Hayes), John L.D. Forrest, Henry H. Forrest, Ellen Forrest (Paschall), and William E. Forrest.

A newspaper advertisement from May of 1835 indicates that Dr. Forrest was running an institution for the infirmed and utilizing the hot springs water in Rockingham County, North Carolina.....

"ROCKINGHAM SPRINGS

The above establishment, now in the occupancy of the subscriber, is now ready for the reception of visitors.

No pains will be spared to render comfortable, all invalids who may wish to enjoy the benefit of the water, and such as may wish to spend the summer in a healthy and delightful situation.

Terms of boarding, $1.50 cts per day, for man an horse. A reasonable allowance will be made for families by the week or month.

William P Forrest, Rockingham County - May 1835"

(Greensboro Patriot - Greensboro, NC - 23 May 1835 - Page 3)

The 1840 US Census indicates that William, presumably with his wife Frances and children, were living at Fort Osark, Granville County, North Carolina. By time the 1850 US Census was taken, William P., Frances, and children were all living in Wake County, North Carolina; but by June of 1856 when his daughter Anna married local boy, Joseph D. Hayes, the newspaper clipping indicates Dr. Forrest and his family were from Granville County, North Carolina. It appears that this info in the marriage notice was wrong and should have read 'formerly of Granville County, North Carolina'.

Eventually, Dr. Forrest and family wound up in House Creek Township, Wake County, North Carolina where they lived in the village of "Hayes Store" the remainder of their lives. 'Hayes Store' village was located approximately five miles to the northwest of downtown Raleigh. Historic maps indicate that this store and mill location would have been located at the intersection of present-day Duraleigh Road and Edwards Mill Road in House Creek Township, Raleigh, North Carolina. 'Hayes Store' village was comprised of the Hayes, Forrest, Wiggins, Page, Lewis, Edwards, and House families.

"...... Now we leave the village and come to the granite bound farm of Dr. Lewis, which shows under his management great improvement; and next is the mill of J.T. Edwards, one of the steadiest working men in the House Creek township, the owner of a steam saw mill, cotton gin and store in the village of "Hayes Store". He has made quite a fortune since his discharge from the 47th N.C. troops at the expiration of the war, and has the finest cotton we have seen this season, and the only imperfection we saw in his nice dwelling was the doors and frames painted sky blue, promised his good wife to come out and touch them some other color. Dr. Forrest, a physician of creditable repute, has a nice residence here, and we are indebted to his kind lady for some rare flowers. This the settlement of the Hayes, Wiggins, Page, Forrest and Houses of old times. We paid a visit to our old farmer friend, Henry House, also a gallant soldier, and now a sufferer from an old wound. He was cheerful about his crop and exhibited his nine rousing children with fatherly pride, which sorter snowed us under as he told us of the propspectus." (narrative description of parts of Wake County including the 'Hayes Store' village - reprinted in The Farmer and Mechanic - Raleigh, NC - 10 Oct 1883 - Page 1).


Besides doctoring his family and friends in the 'Hayes Store' village, Dr. Forrest served as physician for the medical needs of people living in the 'Wake County Poor House' and the 'Wake County Work House' for prisoners. For his services there, he was paid $2.50 per day of seeing patients (1870 List of Payments for North Carolina State Board of Public Welfare).

It should be noted that the Forrest family was quite active in the southern 'Conservative Democrat' political party. Numerous large political picnics and gatherings happened at 'Hayes Store' through the 1800s with as many as 600 folks showing up to enjoy the food and listen to political speeches. Besides working at his private medical practice, doctoring at the 'Wake County Poor House' and the 'Wake County Work House' for prisoners, Dr. Forrest held numerous political offices in the Conservative Democrat Party, and was a gentleman delegate to the North Carolina State Convention several times (The Raleigh News - Raleigh, NC - 25 April 1872).

By the 1880 US Census, William, his wife Frances, son John, daughter Ellen Forrest Paschall and Ellen's adult children (Etta and Edward Paschall) were all living together in House Creek Township, Wake County, North Carolina. William listed his occupation as 'retired physician'. The following January 23, 1881, Dr. William P. Forrest died at his home in 'Hayes Store' village.

The estate for Dr. Forrest must have taken a long time to work through the probate court as 10 years later (1891), a newspaper clipping shows that his estate was in the probate court. Finally in 1896, some fifteen years after his death, "M.J.C. Marcom yesterday qualified as administrator on the estate of the late Dr. W.P. Forrest, of this county" (The North Carolinian - Raleigh, NC - 9 Jan 1896 - Page 8). An advertisement placed in the local papers indicated that all claims against Dr. W.P. Forest's estate should be present to the court before January 5, 1897 and that all persons owing the Estate should make payment immediately (News and Observer - Raleigh, NC - 2 Feb 1896 - Page 7).


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Reprinted from the Raleigh News and Observer

"Dr. W. P. Forrest, of House's Creek township, in this county, died at 1 o'clock p.m. on the 23rd inst., in the 79th year of his age."

The Daily Review - Wilmington, NC - 26 Jan 1881 - Page 4

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William P. Forrest was married to Frances H. Tayloe on 1 October 1825 in Orange County, North Carolina. To this union five children were born: Ann Pickard Forrest (Hayes), John L.D. Forrest, Henry H. Forrest, Ellen Forrest (Paschall), and William E. Forrest.

A newspaper advertisement from May of 1835 indicates that Dr. Forrest was running an institution for the infirmed and utilizing the hot springs water in Rockingham County, North Carolina.....

"ROCKINGHAM SPRINGS

The above establishment, now in the occupancy of the subscriber, is now ready for the reception of visitors.

No pains will be spared to render comfortable, all invalids who may wish to enjoy the benefit of the water, and such as may wish to spend the summer in a healthy and delightful situation.

Terms of boarding, $1.50 cts per day, for man an horse. A reasonable allowance will be made for families by the week or month.

William P Forrest, Rockingham County - May 1835"

(Greensboro Patriot - Greensboro, NC - 23 May 1835 - Page 3)

The 1840 US Census indicates that William, presumably with his wife Frances and children, were living at Fort Osark, Granville County, North Carolina. By time the 1850 US Census was taken, William P., Frances, and children were all living in Wake County, North Carolina; but by June of 1856 when his daughter Anna married local boy, Joseph D. Hayes, the newspaper clipping indicates Dr. Forrest and his family were from Granville County, North Carolina. It appears that this info in the marriage notice was wrong and should have read 'formerly of Granville County, North Carolina'.

Eventually, Dr. Forrest and family wound up in House Creek Township, Wake County, North Carolina where they lived in the village of "Hayes Store" the remainder of their lives. 'Hayes Store' village was located approximately five miles to the northwest of downtown Raleigh. Historic maps indicate that this store and mill location would have been located at the intersection of present-day Duraleigh Road and Edwards Mill Road in House Creek Township, Raleigh, North Carolina. 'Hayes Store' village was comprised of the Hayes, Forrest, Wiggins, Page, Lewis, Edwards, and House families.

"...... Now we leave the village and come to the granite bound farm of Dr. Lewis, which shows under his management great improvement; and next is the mill of J.T. Edwards, one of the steadiest working men in the House Creek township, the owner of a steam saw mill, cotton gin and store in the village of "Hayes Store". He has made quite a fortune since his discharge from the 47th N.C. troops at the expiration of the war, and has the finest cotton we have seen this season, and the only imperfection we saw in his nice dwelling was the doors and frames painted sky blue, promised his good wife to come out and touch them some other color. Dr. Forrest, a physician of creditable repute, has a nice residence here, and we are indebted to his kind lady for some rare flowers. This the settlement of the Hayes, Wiggins, Page, Forrest and Houses of old times. We paid a visit to our old farmer friend, Henry House, also a gallant soldier, and now a sufferer from an old wound. He was cheerful about his crop and exhibited his nine rousing children with fatherly pride, which sorter snowed us under as he told us of the propspectus." (narrative description of parts of Wake County including the 'Hayes Store' village - reprinted in The Farmer and Mechanic - Raleigh, NC - 10 Oct 1883 - Page 1).


Besides doctoring his family and friends in the 'Hayes Store' village, Dr. Forrest served as physician for the medical needs of people living in the 'Wake County Poor House' and the 'Wake County Work House' for prisoners. For his services there, he was paid $2.50 per day of seeing patients (1870 List of Payments for North Carolina State Board of Public Welfare).

It should be noted that the Forrest family was quite active in the southern 'Conservative Democrat' political party. Numerous large political picnics and gatherings happened at 'Hayes Store' through the 1800s with as many as 600 folks showing up to enjoy the food and listen to political speeches. Besides working at his private medical practice, doctoring at the 'Wake County Poor House' and the 'Wake County Work House' for prisoners, Dr. Forrest held numerous political offices in the Conservative Democrat Party, and was a gentleman delegate to the North Carolina State Convention several times (The Raleigh News - Raleigh, NC - 25 April 1872).

By the 1880 US Census, William, his wife Frances, son John, daughter Ellen Forrest Paschall and Ellen's adult children (Etta and Edward Paschall) were all living together in House Creek Township, Wake County, North Carolina. William listed his occupation as 'retired physician'. The following January 23, 1881, Dr. William P. Forrest died at his home in 'Hayes Store' village.

The estate for Dr. Forrest must have taken a long time to work through the probate court as 10 years later (1891), a newspaper clipping shows that his estate was in the probate court. Finally in 1896, some fifteen years after his death, "M.J.C. Marcom yesterday qualified as administrator on the estate of the late Dr. W.P. Forrest, of this county" (The North Carolinian - Raleigh, NC - 9 Jan 1896 - Page 8). An advertisement placed in the local papers indicated that all claims against Dr. W.P. Forest's estate should be present to the court before January 5, 1897 and that all persons owing the Estate should make payment immediately (News and Observer - Raleigh, NC - 2 Feb 1896 - Page 7).


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Reprinted from the Raleigh News and Observer

"Dr. W. P. Forrest, of House's Creek township, in this county, died at 1 o'clock p.m. on the 23rd inst., in the 79th year of his age."

The Daily Review - Wilmington, NC - 26 Jan 1881 - Page 4

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