Sunday, April 1, 2012

Henry Forney 1813-1880

Henry Forney
Son of 
Born 1813 in Lebanon Pa
Died Feb 26 1880
buried in Lutheran Cemetery, Danville, Montour County Pa
Married
Sarah Barto
Born Jan 19 1819
Died May 17 1897

Children:
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 1856-1857

Time Line:

1813 - Henry Born

"Henry Forney was born in 1813 in Lebanon, Pa, and was placed among strangers when a child.  The only book he had to learn from was the Bible, and he had very little opportunity for educaiton.  He came to Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, and worked as a cabinetmaker, but he lost on many accounts for persons for whom he did work and who defrauded him on payment.  He was a republican, and a member of the lutheran church.  He died February 26 1880, and he and his wife are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Danville.  He married at Jersey Shore, went to Chalusky, and worked in the furnaces there, and a few years later moved to Danville to work in the Waterman & Beaver Rolling Mill, continuing thus until his death.  His wife Sarah (Barto) was born January 19 1819 and died May 17 1897.  Their children were: William who married Christina Slack; George who married Mahala Lutz (both are deceased); Catherine who died young; Samuel who married Louise McClue (She is deceased); Ella Elizabeth, Mrs Robert M. Farley."

NOTE - according to the death certificates of Samuel & Louise's children, her last name was McLaughlin.

1819 - Sarah Barto is born
 The following sketch is from the History Of Lycoming County PA, about Sarah's brother Samuel.  It tells us that Sarah's father Samuel Sr was a carpenter, and we know that Henry tried working in carpentry in the jersey shore area, so it's likely that Samuel & Henry worked together.

SAMUEL A. BARTO  was born in Union county, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1,830, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Gillman) Barto. His grandfather, John Barto, was one of the pioneers of Union county. His father was a carpenter, which business he followed all his life. He reared seven children: Jonathan, of Illinois; William; Samuel A.; Sarah, wife of Henry Forney; Catharine, deceased wife of David McDaniel; Susan, wife of Samuel Lorman, and Ellen, wife of Frank Kneibler. Samuel, Sr., died in 1884. He was a Democrat in politics, and a Lutheran in religion. 

""Henry Forney ..... came to Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, and worked as a cabinetmaker, but he lost on many accounts for persons for whom he did work and who defrauded him on payment."

1840 
Age 27
Name: Henry Forney
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Jersey Shore, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1 - William age 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1 - Henry
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1 - Sarah
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

Note that Henry is listed as between 30 & 39  - possible he was born earlier than 1813?

1846 - Chulasky Furnace Works Erected

From Henry's bio - "went to Chalusky, and worked in the furnaces there, and a few years later moved to Danville to work in the Waterman & Beaver Rolling Mill, continuing thus until his death. "

Chulasky Furnace.--These works are on the dividing line between Northumberland and Montour Counties. The offices and residences of T. J. MILES & Co., lessees, are all in Danville. These works were erected in 1846, by Samuel WOOD. There is one stack 42x11, with a capacity of 6,500 tons net per annum. They make soft gray forge pig iron. The works were started up after being some time idle, in November, 1886.

"The last furnace built in Montour county was the Chulasky furnace, on the line of Northumberland County, in 1846. Its capacity was 6,500 tons of soft gray forge iron per year. It was idle after 1893.1  It is unclear if the Chulasky Furnace continued using local ores from 1889-1893.  It is quite possible that it used imported ore as it was conveniently located on the canal as well as the railroad.1"
"There are occasional references and speculations of a third local ore called the “bird-eye” ore.  It is unclear exactly what this ore was and if it was found locally.  It was, however, mined to the West in Snyder County.  There is at least one mention of it outcropping near Chulasky but there is little evidence of major mining of this ore locally.8"
- Van Wagner, The Ore Of Montour - http://www.vanwagnermusic.com/ore.html

"I don't know about additional reference material, but I can tell you
where Chulasky is located. When I lived in Point Twp. 40-70 years ago
Chulasky was little more than "Ickes Gas Station" and a turnaround for
the Spruce Hollow School bus. It is on Rt. 11 at the extreme eastern
point of triangular-shaped Point Twp., just two miles west of Danville.
The North Branch of the Susquehanna River lies on the south side of
Chulasky and Montour Ridge rises steeply on the north side of Chulasky.
As I recall there were a number of small holes and piles of diggings
from old, abandoned iron mines still visible on the southern side of
Montour Ridge. These could be seen from Rt. 11 as one looked up the
hillside above Chulasky.
To see a map of Chulasky, go to
http://officialcitysites.org/city.php3?&st=PA&cityname=Chulasky
scroll down and on the left side, under "Maps," click on the button for
"City Street Map." I can tell you that this is surely the only time in
history that Chulasky will ever be referred to as a "city!" (:D)
Nelson R. Sulouff"

1850 - Furnace Tender

1850 United States Federal Census about Henry Farney
Name: Henry Farney
Age: 37
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Point, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 110
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Farney 37
Sarah Farney 31
William Farney 11
George Farney 8
Hannah Farney 4
Samuel R Farney 0
Elizabeth Bastas 53
Ella Bastas 16

(Elizabeth Barto, Sarah's mom, and Ellen Barto, Sarah's sister)


1853 - Son Henry Baptized
in The Lutheran Church, Danville, Montour County PA


Baptism Records Lutheran Church, Danville, Montour County Pa

1857 Waterman & Beaver Acquire Iron Works Milll - 
Montour Iron and Steel Works.--About 1840 CHAMBERS & BIDDLE built Nos. 2 and 3--the twin furnaces, and these were the first in the country that used anthracite coal. It is said that Benjamin PERRY was the leading spirit in the production of anthracite iron. Furnace No. 4 was built in 1845. These were the Montour Iron Company's works, for some time in their early history represented by the firm of MURDOCK, LEAVITT & Co., the firm consisting of U. A. MURDOCK, Edward LEAVITT, Jesse OAKLEY and David WETMORE. The superintendent was Henry BREVOORT. The rolling-mill was built in 1844. (A. G. VORIS was a general agent and builder, who was for many years connected with the works, as builder, purchasing material, selling iron and having renting of the dwellings in charge.) T. O. VanALLEN built the store-house, now known as the company store, in 1844, and conducted the store and the flouring-mill until about 1850 when he sold to CONELY, GROVE & Co. He was also resident agent for a time. The rolling-mill was completed in 1845 and here the first T rail was made. The U rail had been made before this date; but to Danville belongs the honor of having on the 8th of October, 1845, produced the first T rail that was ever made in this country--a rail that now connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and checkered with iron roadways every civilized country in the world. In 1843 the furnaces were leased to Benjamin PERRY, Alexander GARRETSON, Cornelius GARRETSON and William JENNISON. Their contract was for two years. HARRIS was the manager at the rolling-mill in its first operation and was succeeded by M. S. RIDGEWAY, the manager at the present time. The foundry and machine shop was established by HEYWARD & SNYDER in 1839, but they were purchased by the company in 1852. From 1847 to 1849 the rolling-mill was operated by RIDGEWAY, VAN ALLEN, HEATH and STROH. The resident agent of the company at that time was Warren MURDOCK. He occupied the position until the advent of the GROVE Bros., about 1850 or 1851. Peter and John GROVE managed the works until 1857. During their regime the new mill was built, adding much to its extent and capacity, which is now 45,000 tons of iron rails per annum. In 1857 the entire works passed into the hands of I. S. WATERMAN, Thomas BEAVER, William NEAL and Washington LEE, as trustees for the creditors of the Montour Iron Company. They operated the works as trustees until 1859 when the entire interest in the whole concern was purchased by WATERMAN & BEAVER. They also purchased the real estate with all the franchises of the company, and changed the name to the Pennsylvania Iron works. They operated the works with great success and general satisfaction. In 1868 Thomas BEAVER, Dan MORGAN, C. MULLIGAN, George F. GEISINGER and Dan EDWARDS operated and shared the profits of the works. This combination was successful and continued until 1874. In 1876 Thomas BEAVER sold his interest to I. S. WATERMAN, retaining by purchase the mansion house on the hill, with twenty acres of ground. - From "The History of Columbia and Mountour Counties"
Battle, 1887

From Henry's bio in the same book - "went to Chalusky, and worked in the furnaces there, and a few years later moved to Danville to work in the Waterman & Beaver Rolling Mill, continuing thus until his death. "

Chulasky Furnace.--These works are on the dividing line between Northumberland and Montour Counties. The offices and residences of T. J. MILES & Co., lessees, are all in Danville. These works were erected in 1846, by Samuel WOOD. There is one stack 42x11, with a capacity of 6,500 tons net per annum. They make soft gray forge pig iron. The works were started up after being some time idle, in November, 1886.

"I don't know about additional reference material, but I can tell you
where Chulasky is located. When I lived in Point Twp. 40-70 years ago
Chulasky was little more than "Ickes Gas Station" and a turnaround for
the Spruce Hollow School bus. It is on Rt. 11 at the extreme eastern
point of triangular-shaped Point Twp., just two miles west of Danville.
The North Branch of the Susquehanna River lies on the south side of
Chulasky and Montour Ridge rises steeply on the north side of Chulasky.
As I recall there were a number of small holes and piles of diggings
from old, abandoned iron mines still visible on the southern side of
Montour Ridge. These could be seen from Rt. 11 as one looked up the
hillside above Chulasky.
To see a map of Chulasky, go to
http://officialcitysites.org/city.php3?&st=PA&cityname=Chulasky
scroll down and on the left side, under "Maps," click on the button for
"City Street Map." I can tell you that this is surely the only time in
history that Chulasky will ever be referred to as a "city!" (:D)
Nelson R. Sulouff"



1857 - 9 month old daughter, Sarah Jane,  buried
June 3
Record in the Lutheran Church of Danville Pa

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)

1866 - all children confirmed in the Lutheran Church

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)

Research:
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 possible - 

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

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

HISTORY of JOHONNES FURRY, (OR FORRER) AND HIS DESCENDANTS TO THE END OF THE EIGHTH GENERATION AS COMPILED BY HENRY S. FURRY 1910-11 Reading, PA.
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
married
Elizabeth Bixler 1735

Children:
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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