Sunday, April 1, 2012

Henry Forney 1813-1880

Henry Forney
Born 1813 in Lebanon Pa
lived in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pa
Died Feb 26 1880
buried in Lutheran Cemetery, Danville, Montour County Pa


Sarah Barto
Born Jan 19 1819
Died May 17 1897

William  1839- married Christina Slack
George 1842-1899  married Mahala Lutz
Catherine  died young
Hannah 1845-
Elizabeth Ellen Jan. 27 1853-1922 married Robert M. Farley
Sarah Jane Sept 28 1856- d. bef 1860

Baptism Records Lutheran Church, Danville, Montour County Pa

1840 Census
Name: Henry Forney
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Jersey Shore, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 3

I have this in my records for 1850, but note that there are two townships & counties here, and I cannot find the record on
1850 - montour Cty PA- in Point, Northumberland Cty
Henry 37 furnace tender
sarah 31
William 11, george 8, hannah 4?, samuel R 4 months.
Bartoe, Elizabeth 53 and Ell__ Bartoe age 16

1860 Census
Name: Henry Forney
Age in 1860: 46
Birth Year: abt 1814
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Danville, Montour, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Danville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Forney 46
Sarah Forney 40
William Forney 21
George Forney 18
Samuel Forney 10
Hannah Forney 15
Elizabeth Forney 7
Susan Deter 30
Susan Deter 6
Sarah Deter 2
Elizabeth Barto 63 (mother in law)

1870 Census
Name: Henry Forney
Age in 1870: 55
Birth Year: abt 1815
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Danville Ward 4, Montour, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Danville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Forney 55
Sarah Forney 51
Saml Forney 20
Elizabeth Forney 17
Elizabeth Barto 74 (Mother in law)

1880 Census

Name: Henry Forney
Age: 67
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Danville, Montour, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Sarah Forney
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Laborer
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Forney 67
Sarah Forney 63
Ellen Kneibler 46 (Ellen Barto Kneibler - sister in law of Henry)

A number of researchers cite Henry's Parents as:
Henry Forney
1780 – 1850
Mary Elizabeth Ritter
1787 – 1884
But I can find no documentation for that.

I think that the below, from David Forney, is much more likely:

I did a little digging in my data files and I believe the Henry Forney you are looking for is the son of John Forney and Elizabeth Bixler. John Forney was the son of John Forney AKA John Furry who apparently arrived in America in 1727. He located in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County PA, on a tract of 346 acres of land. He had two sons and two daughters, namely: Michael, John, Rosina (wife of Henry Berger) and Catharine (wife of Leonard Emerich).

Tradition states that John Forney and his wife Elizabeth Bixler settled on the west side of the Susquehanna River. They had four sons and two daughters. The Sons were: John, Jonas, Lawrence and Henry. The first three upon their return from a grist-mill at Sunbury, Pa., found to their horror that the Oneida Indians had killed and scalped their parents and two sisters, and also burned down the house and taken a horse with them. The youngest son, Henry, the Indians took with them to Canada, where he was afterward found. The three brothers buried their parents and sisters under an apple tree and went to Reading, PA.
I have nothing more on Jonas; Lawrence Forney married a Zingmaster. They had at least 8 children. One of the children was Christina Forney born September 02, 1802, she married Charles Druckenmiller; John Forney also no further information; The youngest was Henry Forney as stated was taken by the Indians. The source for the tradition is from a book titled “Historical and biographical annals of Columbia and Montour counties PENNSYLVANIA” published 1915.

The premise that Henry was raised by “strangers” would seem to confirm the tradition


John Forrer 1710-1753
Mary Meyer - 1791
John arrived in America in 1727

A Furry Family History
On October 16, 1727, Johannes Furrey (or Forrey), and forty-six Palatines, with their families, about two hundred persons embarked on the ship, Friendship ,of Bristol, John Davis, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Cows, from whence the ship sailed on June 20th, 1727, and landed at Philadelphia.
This John Furrey went to Tulbehocken, Berks County, Pa., and got a land warrant for 346 acres, October 11th, 1744. This land had been granted to a man by the name of Hoobler who forfeited his warrant.

The patent was granted under the hand of James Hamilton Esq., Lieutenant Governor of the State, under the great seal of Pennsylvania.

The patent is certified to be recorded at Philadelphia, now at Harrisburg, in Patent Book A, Volume 17, page 374, dated May 12th, 1752.

This Johannes Furrey (or Forrer) had located about three miles northwest of Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pa., on the road leading from Womelsdorf to Mt. Aetna. This land is now owned by Dr. Horace F. Livingood, of Womelsdorf, and tenanted by the Frantz brothers. The original springhouse is still standing and is in daily use. the farm is one of the best in the County, the soil is rich and fertile and slopes tpward a little ravine from the east and west.

John Forrer abt 1730-1786
Elizabeth Bixler 1735

Abraham Forrey
Elizabeth Forrey
Jacob Forrey 1755 – 1848
Christian Forrey 1755 – 
John Forrey 1759 – 
Catherine Forrey 1770 – 
Mary Forrey 1781 – 1856
Anna Forrey 1782 – 

1758 John Forry, perhaps this one, was on the assessment list for Hempfield Twp.

1771 John Forrer was taxed at Hempfield Twp, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania for 135 acres, 3 horses, and 5 cattle.

1773 John Forrer was taxed at Hempfield Twp, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania for 135 acres, 4 horses, and 5 cattle.

John married Elizabeth. He was called "John Furry" of Hempfield Township, Lancaster  County when he bought a lot in York Town, York County on 13 Jul 1752 from the  Sheriff of York. He receive 135 acres in Hempfield Township from his father's estate on  28 Oct 1765 (Deed L-240, Lancaster). He was first taxed at Hempfield in 1758 and was taxed there until his  death. Elizabeth Forry and John Forry were the administrators of his estate. He owned  135 acres in Hempfield next to Christian Gerber which his children wanted to dispose  of in 1812 (Deed 5-281, Lancaster). His widow Elizabeth was still alive in 1812.

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