THOMAS FORSYTH was born in Jefferson County, Ky., January 23,
1816, and is the son of James and Jane (Sturgeon) Forsyth. The
parents were natives of Virginia, and came to Kentucky in an early
day. Their marriage resulted in the birth of the following
children: Matilda, Margaret, Mary, James, Thomas, John and David,
all of whom, but Thomas, are deceased. The father died in 1821, at
the age of forty-three years, his death occurring in Kentucky, and
subsequently in 1830, the widowed mother and her four sons,
emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana, and in the same year, settled
near the present location of Trafalgar. Subsequently the mother
became the wife of Garret Terhune. Her death occurred at her home
in the town of Trafalgar about the year 1856, at the age of seventy
years. The subject of this sketch was a youth of fifteen years when
his mother came to this county, and has since lived here. He was
reared on a farm and received a fair education for his day. He has
followed farming for a chosen occupation. He remained with his
mother till he reached his majority, and in the fall of 1837 he was
united in marriage with Mary Ragsdale, a native of Oldham County,
Ky., born August 28, 1816. She died in the fall of 1864. Eight
children were born unto the above marriage, as follows: John
Thomas, deceased, James Harvey, Mitchell s., Martha Ellen, Robert
Fulton, deceased, Sarah J., Milton and Bronson H. In 1873, Mr.
Forsyth married for a second wife Mrs. Malinda J. Garrison, whose
death occurred nine years later. Mr. Forsyth settled on his farm in
Union Township soon after his marriage. He has never aspired to
public life, but has preferred the life of a prosperous farmer.
Though he has never connected himself with the church, he is in
sympathy with all denominations.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888,page 883.