John Forbes

John Forbes

Birth
County Cork, Ireland
Death 22 Jun 1880 (aged 83)
Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Burial Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 6273531 · View Source
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JOHN FORBES was born on February 26, 1797, in Cork, Ireland, although his parents were of Scottish descent. He immigrated to the United States in 1817 and located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then in 1818, John married Emily Sophia Sisson. The two migrated to Texas, arriving in April, 1835. There trip was by steamer from Cincinnati to Natchitoches, Louisiana and from there overland to Nacogdoches, Texas. They were issued Headright Certificate No. 8 for one labor of land in Nacogdoches County, and on May 6, 1835 he was granted title to a league of land in Vehlein's Colony, situated in the present County of Houston. Mr. Forbes became acquainted with Stephen F. Austin, Henry Smith, William B, Travis, Robert M. Williamson and other prominent people associated with the development of Texas.

Mr. Forbes was elected First Judge of the Nacogdoches Municipality, November 26, 1835, and on December 17th he, General Sam Houston and John Cameron were chosen by the General Council to negotiate a treaty of peace with the Cherokee Indians living near Nacogdoches. The treaty was eventually signed by Judge Forbes and General Houston, as Mr. Cameron declined to serve.

Judge Forbes administered the oath of allegiance to the recruits for the army as they passed through Nacogdoches. He even had the honor of administering the oath of allegiance to the celebrated David Crockett

On February 17, 1836 Judge Forbes was appointed aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston with the rank of Major and on March 5th General Houston ordered him to Velasco to act with Adjutant General John A. Wharton in forwarding troops and munitions of war to the army. He sent three companies commanded respectively by Captains Amasa Turner, Richard Roman and William S. Fisher. On April 2, 1836 Major Forbes was appointed Commissary General of the army. Major Forbes fought in the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, and following the battle, he had charge of all property captured from the Mexicans. On May 14, 1838 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 7 for 640 acres of land for participating in the Battle of San Jacinto. On November 24, 1837 he received Bounty Certificate No. 503 for 960 acres of land for his services from February 17 to November 16, 1836. Major Forbes was appointed Lieutenant Colonel on the staff of Governor Richard Coke in 1876.

Mrs. Forbes was born October 27, 1800 and died June 20, 1872. Colonel Forbes died June 22, 1880, while a member of the Texas Veterans Association. The two are buried in marked graves in Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Susan W. Forbes, daughter of John and Emily Sophia (Sisson) Forbes was married to Frost Thorn. She died December 11, 1891 in Nacogdoches.


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  • Maintained by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
  • Originally Created by: MB
  • Added: 20 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6273531
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Forbes (26 Feb 1797–22 Jun 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6273531, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Robert "Scott" Patrick (contributor 46858998) .