Genealogy: DeForest

This genealogy of Sally DeForest, wife of Platt Benedict, is an excerpt from the transcription of a handwritten notebook I discovered in my grandmother’s papers. It is the work of two women, Agnes Caroline Wickham and her daughter, Harriott Benedict Wickham Barton (my grandmother), who separately researched and made entries in it over a period of seventy years.  Agnes Wickham wrote roughly half of the entries in the notebook from 1909 to 1915.  In 1915, she gave handwritten copies of her work to each of her five children: Eleanor, William, Lucy, David and Harriott.  Harriott continued her mother’s work off and on for the next sixty years, adding entries as late as 1977.


Dave Barton
December 14, 2008

De Forest Family
“A Walloon Family in America”

1.  Melchior de Forest & Catherine Du Fosset of Mous were married 1533 in Avesnes, France.  He died 1571.

2.  Jean de Forest, born about 1543; married Anne Maillard, daughter of Michel Maillard, mayor of the town of Felleries, about 1570.  The site of Jean’s house is still to be seen on the marketplace of Avesnes.

3.  Jesse de Forest, born 1576(?) in Avesnes; married Marie du Cloux at Sedan in 1601; Moved to Leyden, Holland 1615.  Left on the Pigeon, July 1, 1623 from Leyden and entered Amazon River, October 21, 1623; died at Commaribo, South America, October 1624.
1.  Marie, born 1602
2.  Jean, born 1604
3.  Henry or Hendrich 1606.
4.  Elizabeth, 1607.
5.  David, 1608.
6.  Rachel, born 1609.
7.  Jesse, baptized March 1, 1615
8.  Isaac, baptized July 10, 1616
9.  Israel, baptized October 7, 1617.
10. Philippe, baptized September 13, 1620.

4.  Isaac, 1616-1674, born at Leyden, Holland.  Sailed 1636 on the Rensselaerswyck, owned by Kiliaen Van Rensselai & Gerard de Forest, for New Amsterdam; married Sara du Trieux, June 9, 1641 – she died November 9, 1692
1.  Jessen, 1642                       8.  Philipe, 1652
2.  Susannah, 1645                  9.  Isaac, 1655.
3.  Gerret, 1646.                     10. Hendrick, 1657.
4.  Gerret, 1647.                     11. David, 1660.
5.  Marie, 1649.                       12. David, 1663
6.  Micheil                               13. Marie, 1666.
7.  Jan, 1650.                          14. David, 1669.
The names are taken from the books of the Old Reformed Dutch Church in New York.

5.  David, founded the Connecticut branch – settled Stratford, Connecticut 1695; married Marsha Blagg, daughter of Samuel Blagg of Stratford.  He left New Amsterdam in a row boat in 1694 and settled in Stratford, where he died in 1721.
4.  David, born April 24, 1702

6.  David, born April 24, 1702; married Abigail, daughter of Ephraim Clark of Stratford; settled at Wilton, Connecticut; died in 1748 leaving an estate of 4,000 pounds.
1.  David, baptized July 1, 1733 at Wilton,
Connecticut, a parish of Norwalk;.
2.  Hezekiah, married Rebecca.
?.  Lieutenant Samuel, of Wilton, was with Washington at Valley Forge and many
other battles.  Belonged to Society of the Cincinnati.
?.  Elihu, born approximately 1736-7; served in French
& Indian Wars (2 campaigns in Canada – also 1779 was a Captain of
local “Alarm List” (Home Guards).
?.  Ephraim, also in French & Indian Wars in Canada.  A Tory, lived in Redding.

7.  David, baptized July 1, 1733 in Wilton Parish; married Sarah Olmstead, daughter of Nathan & Eunice (Smith) Olmstead, 1754 at Wilton, Connecticut; as a member of the Church at Wilton, Connecticut in 1755 – as was his wife.  Was in the War of the Revolution & was taken prisoner by the British & lay in prison ship near New York; died 1788.
1.  David, born 1755; married Sabra Mead, 1776; died 1788.
2.  Samuel, born 1755.
3?. Rebecca; married David D. Wildman; moved to Yonkers, New York.
4.  Isaac, born 1761; married Deborah Ingersoll.
5.  Eliud, 1769; married Isabel Hoyt.
6.  Clark, 1772.
6?. Sarah, born August 1777; married Platt Benedict, 1795.

8.  Sarah, born August 27, 1777 at Wilton, Connecticut; married Platt Benedict, November 12, 1795 and lived at Danbury, Connecticut.  Left Danbury with her husband and 5 children in a wagon drawn by oxen in July 1817 for the Firelands in the Western Reserve, and reached Norwalk, Ohio in September 1817. (1)

The Sally DeForest Chapter of the D.A.R in Norwalk, Ohio is named for her.

“The De Forests were originally Walloons, from Avegues, Belguim, territory devastated in War of 1914.

Footnote:
(1) Benedict Genealogy, 380; Firelands Pioneer, page 920.

NOTE: Agnes and Harriott cited their sources in the margins of original notebook.  I included these citations as footnotes, attempting to keep them as close as possible to where they appear in the original notebook.


I would appreciate critiques and corrections of this genealogy. Please comment below or contact me by email at dawbarton@aol.com. Thank you.

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56 Responses

  1. I am so interested in your web site. My great grandmother was a Forest(DeForest). Her father was Ephrain P Forest who came to Texas in 1850 to Atascosa Co. He had 11 children. Hehad a grist mill and also was Post Master of Ditto, Tx. He came from LA and also from either Conn. or Maryland. Not sure which one. Ido not know who his father was. I have all the info on him from Children on down. I would love to hear from you.

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  2. Was it a common practice for men to marry women 18 to 20 years their senior as in Sarah and Platt’s case?

    My 3G grandfather is Peter Jacob or Jacob Peter Deforrest who may have been one of the families moving after the wars from New York to Iowa. His son Clinton Deforrest was born in 1821, near Troy, New York; he married in Iowa about 1849 when my greatgrandmother Sarah Deforrest was born. Clinton and his entire family moved to California before or during 1860. The spelling varies in many records from Deforrest to DeForest to De Forrest and other spellings. My other New York family name is Eddy.

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  3. Thank you, Daphne, for your kind words about my post. Your family history sounds interesting. Have you tried asking for help on RootsWeb or Genealogy.com. If you haven’t, I recommend you post query’s on the message boards for the families and also for Louisiana, Connecticut and Maryland. Those sites also have family trees that you might find helpful. Another good source is the LDS genealogical site. They pull from many sources. As I continue my research, I’ll keep an eye out for any information that might help you.
    Good luck. I hope you continue to visit my blog.

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  4. Thank you for your comments, Merna. I’m afraid I didn’t communicate well on this page. Platt and Sally married in 1795, but they were only two years apart in age. He was born in 1775 and she in 1777. However, men did often marry younger women in those days.
    Your family information is interesting. The descendants of Isaac de Forest used various spellings.

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  5. Did you find a son named Elmon Luther DeForest in your research? I understand that there is a family bible somewhere that gives the first name as Elmon, but he went by Luther. He was born between 1790-1796 in either MA or NY, and his father was born in CT. He married Mary A. Cunningham; they later moved to Ontario, Canada and subsequently to Michigan.

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  6. My name is Grace Wicknam McGregor, I am trying to get in contact with my family.

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  7. I am looking for a Nelson de Forest , born 1849 , either in New York , VT. , or Hillsdale or Ransom Michigan. His wife was Lydiann, possibly Chesebrough or Chesebro of Alden N.Y. He lived in Canada at one time. He died in Michigan. I am looking for the name of Nelson’s mother and father. Nelson and Lydiann ‘s children were William Albert , Clarence , and Mary . There may have been more. He was a farmer. Nelson may have lived with the Nelson Smith family according to the 1860 census.

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  8. Thank you for your comment, Michele. I’m afraid I don’t have any information about Nelson de Forest. I recommend that you check out The Genealogy Research Club on Yahoo: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/genealogyresearchclub/. Join and post your question. I’ve found members of that group to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Good luck!

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  9. I have since found out that Nelson De Forest married Lydia Ann Brooks in 1870 in Michigan. His mother was Mary Smith De forest, daughter of Nelson Smith , I believe. I am still trying to find his father’s name.

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  10. My husband’s 2nd great-grandfather, Isaac DeForest, was married in Huron Co, in 1839 to Electa Cartwright. He was born in Rensselaer Co, NY in 1816. While Sally DeForest Benedict descends from Isaac DeForest via David of the Connecticut branch, my husband’s Isaac DeForest descended from his 4th great-grandfather Isaac DeForest via Philip of the Albany branch.

    Thought I would let you know that there were other DeForests in the area besides the Benedict clan. Thank you.

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  11. Yes there were other DeForrest family members. Mine is Walter DeForrest. Daughter Mary b. 1821 in NY, m. John Hunter. They are buried along with Walter in E Norwalk cemetery. Another daughter – Susan m. Milo Cartwright. Also buried near John and Mary. Walter left Albany (Ithink) for Farmington & Victory NY then on to Ohio. Can’t seem to connect Walter past Ohio. Any help would be appreciated.

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  12. Correction of above. Farmington and Liberty (not Victory)

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  13. Almost a year later, I am looking for any information about Elmon Luther DeForest, b. 1796? maybe Mass. or Conn. , and sons Amos Calvin and William B. , born in Canada, probably Niagara, Ontario… Later settled in Sanilac county Mich. Elmon Luther went by the name Luther, and Amos Calvin went by the name Calvin.

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  14. I’m looking for information about a William DeForest from Sanilac county born 1831. Daughter was Barbara Ellen Deforest. One chain links him to the Luther of 1796?

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  15. Hi, William B. De Forest , born 1831 in Canada ,was the son of Elmon Luther De Forest of Sanilac Michigan. Luther was born in Massachusetts, as was his wife Mary Cunningham. Luther’s father was born in Connecticut and was a descendent of Jesse De Forest, credited with founding the first colony in New Amsterdam.I can not find out who Luther’s parents were, but all American De Forests are descended from Jesse De Forest’s children, Rachel De Forest de la Montagne and Isaac De Forest.

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  16. (michele de Forest Bolinger)

    I have abit of info about Elmon Luther De Forest his is my 5x Grandfather from my mothers side of the family. From my recent finding I am aware that Elmon Luther De Forest had 4 children. Children of LUTHER DEFOREST and MARY CUNNINGHAM are:

    1. HARRISON3 DEFOREST, b. 13 March 1821, Sachetts Harbor, New York, ; d. 03 July 1904, Brady Township, Saginaw County, MI, .

    2. CALVIN DEFOREST, b. 1826, or 1828 from census, or 1832, Canada, 1827 Tiffany Fugere, or 1832 from Esther; d. Bef. 1880.

    3. CHRISTIANA DEFOREST, b. 1827, Canada; m. LUKE STOUTENBURG, 21 August 1870, Sanilac County, MI, ; b. 1818, Per Sanilac County Marriage Records.

    4. WILLIAMB DEFOREST, b. 1831, Per Sanilac County Vital Records; m. HARRIET RING, 20 August 1854; b. Abt. 1838.

    here’s a link to where I found some of that information

    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bigchipchipbabychip/XDeForest.htm

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  17. Thank you. Do you know which of Luther’s children you descend from? I don’t know that he is an ancestor of mine, but the only other people on Ancestry who are looking for my 3rd great grandfather ,Nelson, are descendents of Luther. Do you know where he is buried?

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  18. I am also descended from Walter DeForest, via his daughter Susan. I can’t find any record of who is parents were, if anyone knows,i would be extremely grateful

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  19. I descend from daughter Mary who married John Hunter (my line). I have Walter b. 31 Mar 1787 –listed as Wouter DeForeest – Albany NY Dutch Reform Church. Parents David I. DeFreest (1758-1834) & Susannah Fonda (1762-1836) m. 25 Dec 1779 Albany Reformed Church. I have from family Walter’s wife was a Mary. I have wondered if she was a Reed as there was a Walter Reed Deforest about the right age to be their son. Walter lived with Mary and Milo and later with Mary and John. He buried in E Norwalk Cemetary with them and so are the Cartwrights.

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  20. For those looking for DeForest Family information I have some: I will work backwards so you know where I am in the tree I’ve also left my website incase anyone wants to contact me for more information on it I’m working on making sure everything is accurate so please if you have corrections let me know !

    Amanda Harris – Me
    Linda Holly (one of six) child of
    Jeannine Fizer Married John Norman Holly
    John Norman Holly is the son of Paul Leroy Holly and Lillian Martha DeForest
    Lillian Martha Deforest is the daughter if William DeForest and Alta Ethel Gephart
    William is the son of Nelson William DeForest and Lydia Ann Brook

    Nelson is the son of speculated Mary Smith or White and Elery DeForest. There a large question on Mary’s last name since a new census popped up with it being White then the suspected Smith and the husband being listed as Elery but there is no current picture to confirm it as of yet. IF you have any information please contact me! 🙂 I would love to fill in the blanks!

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  21. I am certain Nelson’s Mother was Mary Smith. I have a hand written family history written by my great aunt , Beatrice Valada De Forest, and she has the details of the Smith family. I have traced them to Ipswich England in 1570. I will add this info to my Ancestry family tree in the next few days. I do not believe Ellery De Forest to be correct as Nelson’s father. I have tried hard for almost three years to find any record, other than the death certificate, for a Ellery De Forest and i have found nothing. I believe someone made a mistake. This death certificate is also the only record I have seen that lists Nelson’s mother as Mary White… everything else says Smith. His father’s name may have sounded similar. I don’t think Ellery ever existed, unless that was his middle name.

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  22. My family tree includes Jesse De Forest via his daughter Rachel and Dr. Johannes de La Montagne. While on a family vacation in London this past summer, I registered as a reader at both the British Library and the Kew National Archives. The actual 1621 document and the Round Robin petition to King James are available to view (and photograph!) at the Kew Archives, and the journal from the voyage to Guiana is available at the British Library (no photos allowed). This was a real treat. I highly recommend it to anyone going to London. Check their websites before you go so you have what you need to register.

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  23. Christiana Deforest was actually the wife of William Deforest, son of Luther and Mary Deforest. So she was their daughter-in-law, married in 1963, St. Clair Shores, MI. My great great grandma was their daughter, Barbara Ellen Deforest, born in 1966 or 1968 who married William Maxwell. If there is any information on how William Deforest passed away and when, please let me know. Family talk is he died in a lumberjack accident before Barbara was born, or this may have been her mother, Christiana’s father. thank you

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  24. My notes show Nelson DeForest’s parents as Abraham DeForest Jr and Jane Chapman. Suggest you check Loyalist records and census records in Halton County, Ontario, Canada. Would love to see what more info anyone has on Luther DeForest and Mary Cunningham, specifically any info on their parents.

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  25. Following up on Luther DeForest – I have done extensive online reserach and queries and have yet to find a birth, death or marriage record for Luther. Based on the information I do have, I would narrow the search down to one of three paths:

    Brothers:
    1A. Mills DeForest 1763-1842 and Hannah Powers
    1B. Elihu DeForest 1771-? and Phebe Birdseye
    Reasoning: both moved to an area in Vermont where Luther’s wife Mary Cunningham likely lived.

    Brothers:
    2A. Samuel 1757-1795 and Eleanor Sterling 1758-?
    2B. Eliud DeForest 1769-1850 and Deborah Isabel Hoyt 1769-1854
    2C. Clark DeForest 1772-1818 and unknown spouse
    Reasoning: they are brothers to Sally DeForest Benedict, who moved west about the same time as Luther and Mary.

    Loyalist:
    3. Abraham DeForest II 1767-1842 and Elizabeth Bowman 1769-1847
    Reasoning: Luther and Mary lived in several areas that were well known Loyalist migration areas

    What does anybody think about these theories?

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  26. So excited to see your post , Caroline. There were actually two Nelson DeForests born within 4 yrs. of each other, or so. The Nelson born in Canada was born in, I believe 1845, and was descended from Abraham , the Loyalist . I believe he married a Dora Camp, and then her sister when she died. My Nelson is a different fellow , and I believe he is a descendant of David DeForest of Stratford Connecticut and Martha Blagge. He was born in July 1849 in Hillsdale Michigan. His father is unknown. I think Sally DeForest Benedict was also a descendant of David and Martha DeForest. My Curtis and Welles ancestors followed the same migration pattern as the DeForests from New England . then to Ohio , and to Michigan . I thought Elmon Luther DForest was born about 1798? I can find no info about his birth , or his wife’s. Luther was in northern Michigan as early as the 1830’s. Mystery DeForests!

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  27. Michele, there are lots of unfortunate accidents with Luther and Mary’s records. We know Luther was born in Massachusetts but the courthouse burned down and destroyed records. Same for Michigan records around the time of his expected death. Luther’s father was born in Connecticut and his mother was born in Massachusetts. ow Vermont (some of Vermont was originally part of New Hampshire). Per the 1860 and 1870 census records Luther was born in 1784. “Pioneers from Massachusetts” publication lists his birth date as 1796. Various other census records give a birthdate of 1788 and 1790. Census records show their migration: 1820/Unadilla, Otsego County, New York; 1821/near Sacketts Harbor, Jefferson County, New York; 1824/Clinton Township, Lincoln County, Ontario; 1828/Clinton Township, Lincoln County, Ontario; 1831/Michigan; 1841/Oxford County, Ontario; 1850/Sanilac, Sanilac County, Michigan; Spring 1858/Niagara County, Ontario; 1860/Sanilac, Michigan (they are living with son Lyman and his family); 1870/Sanilac, Michigan; 1880/Sanilac, Michigan. He was still living in Sanilac in 1881, and that is the last record I can locate. Family oral history indicates that Luther lived to 102 or 104 years old. I have not yet seen any evidence that Luther’s first name is Elmon. Michigan’s 1890 and 1900 vital records were destoyed in a fire.

    Mary A Cunningham’s birthdate is also a mystery, but I speculate that it was 1799 and that she was born in Orange County, Vermont. Mary was born in New Hampshire or Vermont – based on land transfers it is more likely that the records will show as Vermont. I suspect this because Cunninghams and DeForests converged in this area of Vermont at the beginning of its history, and there is at least one census record with Mary listed as a child with a close birthdate. Various census records list her birthdate as 1795, 1798, 1800 and 1808. Based on the Vermont census record, this would make James and Mary Cunningham her parents. This still needs confirmation, probably via a trip to Vermont.

    There is quite a bit of available information about their children: Harrison 1821-1904, Elizabeth 1824-?, Lyman 1827-1895, Calvin Amos 1828-1880 (my direct ancestor) and William Burt 1831-1868. There is some oral history of a daughter named Plamena but I have not found any records to indicate this is correct.

    Anyway, that is what I know so far. I am hoping that someone has a family bible with names inscribed, because this is most likely to be where we find the missing information. Do you have any other leads?

    Caroline

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  28. Thank you so much for all the information. I really have no idea what relationship Nelson has to Luther , but I feel strongly that there is a connection ,mainly because of the people that are looking at both of them on various genealogy sites. In searching for Nelson’s father obsessively for three years, all roads seem to travel between David of Stratford and Martha Blagge, and Luther and Mary. I also think there is a relationship between Nelson, Luther, and the family of David DeForest and his wife , Laura Temple. My father remembered meeting a young man at a family reunion when he was a child, who told him his name was A.B.C. DeForest , Arthur Burton Charles DeForest. My father’s name was Arthur also, so he never forgot that meeting. The young man was David DeForest’s grandson, son of David and Laura’s son Edward. David and Laura are buried at Bellevue Cemetery in Bellevue Michigan, which is within walking distance of my Aunt’s house. Five branches of my fathers family , on both his mother’s and his father’s side, are from either Wethersfield Conn. or Stratford Conn. Four of those branches are from Naezing England and sailed between 1632 and 1636.That’s pretty much all I am know or have guessed. My grandfather never spoke much about his family except to say that they were descended from the Deforest and De la Montaigne families, and had lived in Canada at some time.Several people on Ancestry say there is a bible with Luther’s name as Elmon Luther, but I haven’t been able to trace who has it. Thank you for the info. about the records being burned…… that makes sense and I was so curious about why there were no records for Luther or Mary. I have read that the British did a slash and burn across Conn. during the war of 1812. Were the records burned then? I’ll keep looking for a father for Nelson. I have a public family tree I am building on Ancestry and that might help me to learn more. I do, however know a lot about many , many branches of the DeForest family .

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  29. I am looking for a John Deforrest. My great Grandfather was James Deforrest and had a brother John Deforrest who lived in Philadelphia and work in the shipyards. Any information would be appreciated. Thnak you Nancy

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  30. Please leave me any information on John or James Deforrest. John was supposed to live in the Philadelphia area. Lost contact with the family many years ago.

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  31. Thanks so much for the update on Walter DeForest!!

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  32. I’m looking for any connection to Smith and DeForest families

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  33. I do not even know the way I finished up right here, but I believed this submit used to be great. I don’t recognize who you’re but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger in case you aren’t already. Cheers!

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  34. Hello fellow DeForest searchers – I propose the possibility that Isaac Meir DeForest (1758-1813) and Mary “Polly” Gregory (1760-1833) are the parents of Luther DeForest (est 1784-est 1886).

    Reasoning – 1. historical records show that Isaac and Polly had 9 children, but the records only give the names of 7 of them. One of the “missing children” could be Luther. 2. Isaac and Polly moved west later in life. 3. At least one son (Grandison) and at least two of son Alonzo’s children moved to the same area of Michigan as Luther and Mary.

    Your Input – do you have any research or anecdotal evidence to support or disprove this supposition? Caroline

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  35. I think your theory is very interesting . My Grandmother was a Curtis , and her ancestors were Benjamin DeForest and Mehitable Curtis . Benjamin and Isaac Meir were brothers I believe .

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  36. I Caroline, I have also been looking at your earlier suggestions for Luther’s father. I pretty much eliminated the Loyalist Abraham ….,. Then I came to Mills . Oral tradition in our family was that Dr. Lee DeForest was a cousin of some degree. I have felt for a long time that my Nelson might be the son of Abel Birdseye DeForest ‘s son . His name was Elson. I do not have an iota of proof. Abel Birdseye and Mills were brothers . I believe they also had a brother Lee, grandfather of Dr.Lee. If I am right , my Nelson , and Dr. Lee would be 1st cousins , and it would also explain the connection to Luther and Mary . It is also my favorite branch of the family ( Revolutionary Brothers ) , so it may all be wishful thinking ! Another brother Samuel, married a Mary Curtis . Anyway, thanks again , and keep up the excellent work! I think you are on to something with Mills.
    Michele

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  37. Scrape that ! I messed up my Abels and Lees again. Mills, Samuel, Eluid, Gideon, and Abel, were the brothers known as the Rev.brothers. Abel Birdseye and Lee were both sons of Gideon .That would make Nelson and Dr. Lee both great grandsons of Gideon if I am right about Elson . I think I have confused myself !

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  38. I just found a website for the Cunninghams of Nova Scotia and Susannah Mills DeForest , mother of the Rev. Bros. was related to them. Mills looks better all the time as Luther’s father !

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  39. I would love the info on the Cunningham website…

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  40. Earl De Forest lived in Sandy Creek NY , Jefferson county had 9 children 1 son , the rest all girls .

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  41. Do you have Earl’s birth/death dates? I have several Earls in my tree and want to make sure I match up that info to the correct one!

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  42. Caroline , the website for the Cunninghams is called “The Cunninghams Of Southwest Nova Scotia “. Sorry it took so long to reply . Hope you find it useful .

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  43. I think Abel DeForest, son of Joseph and Susanna Mills , is Luther’s father. He was born in Connecticut , but several of his children were born in Massachusetts. He lived his later years in Unadillia New York , where Luther supposedly died . Abel’s wife was Elizabeth Rogers , and she and Luther are buried in the Rogers Hollow Cemetery in Unadilla. There is both a Luther and a Lyman buried there also . Abel’s son Nehemiah later lived in Michigan for a while with his son.

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  44. I have an old print (go and sin no more) By Richard DeFrost Westchester NY, Is his print from your Family.?

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  45. I am a descendant of Earl DeForest of Sandy Creek. He was my Grandfather whom I never met. He was married to Fanny Plumley and their daughter Ruth Evelyn was my mother. I was delighted to see his name here…as I know very little of my mothers family. Would love to hear more.

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  46. I am looking for information on Isaac DeForest married Mary Gregory her birthday is Aug 12, 1760 born Stratford, CT. I am a descendent of the family. Thank you

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  47. I’m trying to find information on Cyril DeForest born June 1901. He is my great grandfather, have not been able to find any records of death. Ship manifest records indicated that he was born in Mystic/Montville Conn. I called both places an Montiville had records for Cyril DeFausset. Not sure if that is just a different variation of the spelling of DeForest or not. He had a son in 1927 Donald and Don was giving up and Cyril moved on. Donald then spelled DeForest with two ‘R’ and no other records are found. If anyone knows anything please email me at trdeforre@yahoo.com

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  48. Daphne Humphrey ephrain p Forrest is my great great great great grandfather. I too would love some more info on my relatives.

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  49. My comment is for Merna cherry. It seems we are both related form Clinton DeForest who settled in Susanville, Ca. He also came across the plains with General Fremont and hunted with Kit Carson. Would appreciate any more info about the deforest family. fmurphy20@yahoo.com

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  50. My mother was Betty Ann Forrest died in 1991. Her father was (John D. Forrest) 1912-1939 murdered in Texas. His Father was (Henry Levie Forrest) 1893-1945. His father(John Forrest) 1870-1947. His father (Edmond Levi Forrest) 1832-1907. His father (Ephrain P Forrest) born on Jun. 22, 1796 Connecticut, USA he had 11 children.

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  51. Hi can you help me how to find legitimate record of my genealogy.my surname is MAGLASANG but in english is DE FOREST

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  52. Hello! I just found this site and am delighted. My paternal grandmother was Dorothy Pearl DeForest, dau. of Walter DeForest and Grace Haines, from Wisconsin/Minnesota. I have tracked the DeForests as best as able to David (1669) who married Martha Blagge (1669). My sources are not primary nor confirmed and that is what I hope to gain herein. I am also having trouble definitively giving Mary A. Cunningham (Eamon Luther DeForest’s wife) her parentage, as the Cunningham name in Colonial America were numerous. Any help to further the Cunningham connection would be very much appreciated as well. I am very new to ancestry work, and truly began this to find my “LEARY” heritage, which is my paternity. I have been very excited to uncover the myriad threads for my grandmother DeForest Leary.
    Thank you for this online work – I hope to uncover more heritage!
    Beth Hollis (nee Leary)

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  53. Thank you for your comment, Beth. Check out this article on the WeRelate Wiki at http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:David_DeForest_%284%29 about David DeForest and this one: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Martha_Blagge_%284%29 for Martha Blagge. Both articles have links to their parents. Good luck with your research.

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  54. Thank you Dave. I will do just that and I have been reading the blog posts from way back and have been corroborating my information! Many thanks and appreciation for your reply ~ Beth

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  55. I am descended from Samuel DeForest the Revolutionary War hero. I know he served with great bravery at the Battle of Stony Point but I know very little else about his life or his service. Can anyone tell me where to find information about his war record and/or his life before and after the war? With thanks in advance, Tim Coy Savannah, Georgia

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  56. Samuel DeForest is mentioned in an online history of the 5th Connecticut Regiment (http://www.5cr.org/index_files/5cr_history.htm). I would think that the source of that document “Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution—Compiled by Authority of the General Assembly under the direction of the Adjutants General,” would provide more information.

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