John Forbis Pension
These papers do not seem to be in any order so will type up as is and perhaps
soemthing can be gleaned from them.
State of KY, Clay County - I, William Woodcock, Clerk of the Clay County Court do certify that after a carefull examination of my office, I have not been able to find any evidence of the marriage of John Forbes to Mary Hinds. Given under my hand this 14th day of February 1854. William Woodcock, Clk.
Laurel County, KY - Sworn to and subscribed before me on the day and year above written, and I certify that Robert Forbes and Elizabeth Bransteter, who have signed their names to the foregoing deposition - is genuine - and the same was read to them before signed and the signed the same understandingly and have attested - the signature of Mary Forbis to the foregoing declaration and they are known to me to be reputable resident citizens of the county and state aforesaid - and their oaths are entitled to full faith and credit - and I believe them to be of the age stated and these statements to be true - erasure interticates? & c. was made before signed and I have no interest in the result of this pension nor concerned in its prosecution - and the Elizabeth Bransteter made her mark to the forgoing deposition in our study of - after the same was read is and was at the time of signing the same a justice of the peace in and for the county aforesaid, duly commissioned and sworn and that his official acts as such are entitled to full faith and credit and the county court aforesaid is a court of record. In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed the seal of said office and subscribed my name Clerk of said Court on the 13 day of Febry 1854. W.H. Randall? Clerk
State of KY, Laurel Co.
Be it known that on this 11th day of February 1854 personally appeared before me a justice of the peace in and for the county snf dtste above mentioned, Robert Forbes, aged 29 years and Elizabeth Bransteter, aged 62 years who are known to me to be residents of the county and state aforesaid and persons whom I certify to be respectable and are entitled to credit and who being duly sworn according to law - say that they were personally present and saw Mrs. Mary Forbes make her mark to her nameto the foregoing declaration for a pension and that they attested the same with their own hands and they further said - they have lived a neighbor to John Forbes, mentioned in the foregoing declaration, and his wife Mary Forbes for the last 10 years before and up to his decease - and that he was a United States Revolutionary Pensioner at his decease in said county and they personally knew that they saw John Forbes (dec'd) and Mary Forbes, his widow who is now an applicant for the pension - that they have lived together as man and wife ever since witnesses acquaintance - and they well know the marriage of said John Forbes and Mary Forbes, his wife, was never doubted - was recognised as man and wife for the last years past. And they lived together as man and wife to the date he died - and we knew that her name was Mary. Before her marriage to the said John Forbes, deceased, and witnesses personally knew the said John Forbes died at his residence in Laurel County Kentucky on the 30th day of January 1854 leaving at his decease, Mary Forbes, his wife a widow, - who has remained a widow to the present date and is now a resident of Laurel County Kentucky - and that witnesses was present and saw the said John Forbes die. And we personally know that the said John Forbes is the identacle man who was a United States Revolutionary Pensioner at his decease in said county - and is the husband of Mary Forbes, his widow mentioned in the foregoing declaration, who is now an applicant for a pension from Laurel County, KY - be an act of Congress, paper Feby 1853? and we further swear that we are residents of the county of Laurel, state aforesaid - and that we have no interest in this pension.
Robert Forbis (L.S.)
Elizabeth (her X mark) Bransteter
The Reliance Insurance Company of Philadelphia - 25 W. Granite Street, Butte, Montana - 1st May 1919:
Bureau of Pension, Washington, DC
I believe the Kentucky records show that John Forbes of Laurel County Kentucky in 1833, aged 75, received a pension. Would your records in Washington show what service he rendered and if the Forbes I am hunting for went from North Carolina to Kentucky, and I think this party is the right one, but I would like to know what county or town he came from to North Caroline. Thanking you for any information in regard to this person, I am,
Mrs. C.S. Passmore
717 W. Granite St.
John Forbis - 25160
John Fawbush is crossed out
Act 1832, KY - admitted, signed M. Anderson
John Forbis, Sergt. Rev War
Act: Feb 3, 1853
Index: Vol A, page 250
Brief in the case of Mary Forbis, widow of John,
Laurel County and state of Kentucky
act 3rd Feby 1853
it is documentary, traditionary or supported by rolls. If either, state the substance:
Husband was a pensioner under the act of 7 June 1832
Three witnesses testify to general reputation of marriage & cohabitation.
John S. Edwards, Esq. President
?? Boynton, examining clerk
To Hon'l., Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, DC
from Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle Co. KY
12 March 1856
I have noticed in the papers that the latter part of February, that part of the law of 3rd March 1855, a agency? record evidence - to be furnished before a land warrant would be issued to applicants - was repeated in last months - now I suppose the widows of Revolutionary Pensioners and Revolutionary Soldiers - if they are drawing a pension, will be sufficient evidence for such applicant to obtain their warrant - the following claims have been suspended for wont of record, proof, viz:
Mary Forbes, widow of John Forbes, act 3 March 1855
Laurel Co. KY - Revolutionary service
No. 13822 - name not found on roll
Sylvester Adams - Revolutionary Pension VA service
Application from Rockcastle County, KY 3 March 1855
#115663 suspended for record proof - the auditor of
Richmond, VA says his name is not on the rolls.
Susan Harlow - widow of George Harlow -
applied from Rockcastle Co.KY - under
act 3 Mar 1855, # 58597 - no report to me
has been made as yet whether it is active or not -
nevertheless the service of her husband was in
the state of Virginia and the auditor informs me
the name of George Harlow does not appear on the
James Sandifer - applied from Lincoln Co. KY
act 3 March 1855, # 101334 - has been examined
and suspended for wont of record proof, as he
received a warrant under act 28th Sept 1850. I
suppose proof will be sufficient to entitle him to
If such now be the law that the 3rd section of said act is repealed, which requires record proof, the claims can now be allowed without making other affidavit but should that be sequince, please give me the form.
Three persons are verry poor and much need their claims and should you conclude to turn to the claims and issue the warrants soon as practicable, you will confer a favor to them.
I am very truly,
I fixed up the papers for the foregoing applicants.
Hon'l Commissioner of Pensions,
from Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle Co. KY
16th May 1856
I have written to you in last month and gave a list of claims for bounty land under act 3 March 1855 which was suspended for wont of record proof, as there is many such notices no doubt to be given. Owing to the change made in that law as I notice both houses has agreed upon the export made by the committee, doing sewsay? with second proof - and no doubt is now the law of the land, I thought it best to give to you the same list as before, as the parties are very poor. It will be a favour to them for you to turn to their claims and issue their warrants soon as you conveniently can, viz:
Application under act 3 March 1855
Mary Forbes, widow of John, Laurel County, KY #13822
Susan Harlow, widow of George, Rockcastle Co. KY # 58597
James Sandifer, Lincoln Co. KY # 101334
Sylvester Adams, Revolution, Rockcastle Co. KY #115663
I am, dear sir, verry respectfully,
not on single files May 28th
State of Kentucky, County of Laurel,
Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year last above written by making her mark before me and I hereby certify that Mrs. Mary Forbes who has sworn to and subscribed her name to the foregoing declaration by making her mark is genuine - and she is known to me to be the widow of John Forbes, deceased, a United States Pensionor of said county as she states and that the same was read and explained to her before signed and she signed the same, understandingly and she is known to me to be a reputable resident citizen of the county and state aforesaid and her oath is entitled to full faith and credit and I believe her to be of the age stated and her statements to be true and that she is from age and bodily infirmate unable to appear in open court and she resides some 15 miles distant from the courthouse of said county. Erasures, intertincations and c. was made before signed and I have no interest in the results of this pension nor concerned in its prosecution.
H.H. Scoville, JP
State of KY, Laurel Co Sct.
I, William H. Randall, Clerk of the Court held in and for the county aforesaid, do certify that the foregoing declaration made and signed by Mrs. Mary Forbis is the widow of John Forbis deceased, a Revolutionary Pensionor of said county at his decease was on this day exhibited in open court held in and for the county of Laurel and state aforesaid and approved bys aid court - together with the depositions of Robert Forbes and William Forbish and Elizabeth Branstetter attached, who are known to said court to be reputable witnesses of said county and it appeared to the satisfaction of said court that the aforesaid John Forbis who was a United States Revolutionary Pensionor, departed this life in said county at his residence on the 30th day of January 1854 leaving at his decease, Mary Forbis, his widow who is now alive and a resident of the county of Laurel and state aforesaid. And that said Mary Forbis, his widow mentioned in the foregoing declaration now is applicant for a pension to the Pension Office at Washington City and the same was ordered to be certified to the Hon'l. Commissioner of Pensions at Washington City. I further certify that H.H. Scoville whose genuine signature is signed to the foregoing certificate and explained ot him and Robert Forbis signs his own name to the same foregoing depositions all was an enstudyly? after my read to them.
H.H. Scoville JP
State of KY, Laurel Co. Sct.
Be it known that on the 13th day of February 1854, personally appeared before me the undersigned, a justice of the peace in and for the county Laurel, state above mentioned - WILLIAM FORBIS - aged 60 years, a resident of the county and state aforesaid who being first and sworn accordingly to law and known to me to be respectable, doth on his oath subscribe to the following affidavit that he has well known John Forbis - for the last 50 years past who was a Revolutionary Pensionor at his decease in the county of Laurel and state of KY - lived a neighbor to him for the last 50 years passed and is well and personally known to witness that the said John Forbis and Mary Forbis, his wife lived together as man and wife for the last 30 years and their marriage was never doubted - been all the while recognized by three neighbors as man and wife and believed by all these men that they were lawfully married, had some children with whom witness knows well - witness personally knew the said John Forbis at his decease, was a United States Revolutionary Pensioner in Laurel county KY and that he was in the county of Laurel, state of KY - thirtieth of Jany 1854, being at his decease - Mary Forbis, his wife and widow who is now alive and a resident citizen of the Co. of Laurel, KY and it is personally known to witness the said John Forbis and said Mary Forbis his wife lived together as man and wife to the date he died and that the said John Forbis is the identical man who is the husband of said Mary Forbis, his widow who is now the applicant for this pension to the pension office at Washington City, from Laurel Co. KY mentioned in the annexed declaration and that he is a disinterested witness. William Forbis
Laurel Co. KY Sct
Sworn to and subscribed before me on day and year above mentioned, William Forbish and I certify that said William Forbish who has signed the foregoing deposition is known to me to be a reputable resident citizen of the co. of Laurel, KY and his oath is entitled to full faith and credit and the same was read and explained to him before signed and he signed the same, understandingly as aforesaid and that I believe him to be of the age stated and his statements to be true. Erasure and ?? made before signed and I have no interest in the results of this pension nor concerned in its prosecution. John G. Evans, JP
William H. Randall, Clerk of the Court certifies John G. Evans is a Justice of the Peace....etc.....
This is it for John and Mary Forbis/Forbes with exception of some pay vouchers and fronts of a few ddocuments...
Submitted by: Pat Saupe