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1 Walter Trembley, b. Sept. 29, 1882. Res. Vallejo,
2 David Forney, b. Feb. 21, 1884. Res. Vallejo, Cal. iii. George Fisher, b. Nov. 6, 1854; m. July 20, 1895
Mary Ruth Coffin. Res. San Francisco, Cal.
1 Frances Edwards Beveridge, b. Sept. 5, 1896.
1 Ralph Clark Barton, b. Oct. 25, 1884. Res. Alameda, Cal. v. William Tiffany, b. Jany. 18, 1857; m. Nov. 9, 1887 Adelis Meachem. Issue:
1 Leland Stanford, b. July 13, 1888.
2 William Meachem, b. June 21, 1892.
vi. Joseph Winn, b. Dec. 20, 1861; m. Nov. 26, 1890,
1 Helen Louise, b. March 28, 1894.
1 Harry Beveridge Young, b. June 20, 1893. ix. Mary Jeannette, b. Oct. 24, 1867; d. Oct. 11, 1873.
Anna Eliza* Beveridge, (David Forney,9 Robert*), born June 13, 1851, in Benicia, California; died July 1, 1879 in San Francisco, Cal. Married April 2, 1873, in Sacramento, Cal., Cameron Haight King. For their descendants see King Genealogy— Cameron Haight King—pages 377-380, ante.
Anna Maria Forney, who married Robert Beveridge, was the grandmother of Anna Eliza (Beveridge) King, wife of Cameron H. King and an account of the Forney family may be of some interest.
Johann Adam Forney, the first ancestor of the family in America, came to Pennsylvania in 1721 from Wachenheim-in-theHaardt, a small town ten miles west of Mannheim. The Haardt is a mountainous wine-growing district of the Rhenish Palatinate and it is there that the scene of Cooper's novel, The Heidenmauer, is laid.
The family name which has been spelled Fourny, Fornich, Forny, Farney, Ffarney, Furney, Forne, or Forne, Faurney and Farny is probably French; it is not uncommon in France and French Switzerland. A family tradition says that the Forneys were originally Huguenot refugees from France, who sought an asylum in Germany from religious persecution.
Christian Forney, the emigrants' father, had lived in Wachenheim long enough to become a citizen and they had relatives in the neighboring city of Duerkheim, where representatives of the family still reside.
Johann Adam Forney brought with him to this country a certificate, of which the following is a translation; the original is still in the possession of his descendants in Hanover,, Pennsylvania.
"We, magistrates, burgomasters and council of the city of Wachenheim-in-the-Haardt, certify herewith that before us came the worthy Johann Adam Forney, citizen and tailor here, the legitimate son of the worthy Christian Forney, also a citizen here, and informed us that he, with his wedded wife, Elisabetha Lowisa, have firmly resolved to set out with their four children and effects, on the journey to the island of Pennsylvania and to settle there; but he stands in need of an attested certificate of how he behaved with us and why he departed, such as he can show at the place of his settlement. Which we gave him according to his reasonable desire and truthfully; moreover, because we believed it would really be required in order that no one could calumniate our citizen or citizen's children; although we have sought diligently and earnestly to dissuade him from such departure, yet he remains of his first intention; therefore after steadfast perseverance we have given the said Johann Adam Forney this certificate: That as long as we have known him he has behaved himself honorably, piously and honestly, as well becomes a good citizen and artisan, and, moreover, showed himself so neighborly that no one has had any complaint to make of him; he also is bound to no compulsory service or serfdom; he will not be unwilling to give, to show with all readiness to those of his intended residence all affection and kindness.
To this true certificate we, the authorities, have affixed our city council's great seal to this statement which is given at Wachenheim-in-the-Haardt, the 7th day of May, 1721."
In his family Bible the emigrant made this record: "In the year 1721, on Oct. 16th, I Johann Adam Farny and Lowisa Farnisin, with four children, arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."
Where they went after landing we do not know. A bond of John Digges dated Oct. 5, 1731 "to give at some future time an absolute title to the land" which he sold to the emigrant, describes him as "Adam Faurney of Philadelphia County in the Province of Pennsylvania, farmer and tailor," so that he probably spent his first years in America in that county.
He was settled in the neighborhood of what is now Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania, in 1734. It was then known as Conewago Settlements or Digges' Choice. The latter name it got from John Digges, who some years before had taken up some land there on a Maryland warrant, had it surveyed for him by a Maryland surveyor, and had sold some of it to Forney and others whose lives were "made miserable for some years by the turmoils arising out of disputes between Digges and other settlers, which were aggravated by the conflicting claims of Penn and Baltimore to the proprietorship. For many years the region was known as the "disputed land" and there was naturally much lawlessness." (The Hon. Edward McPherson in Gettysburg Star and Sentinel, 1876).
Adam Forney in a deposition dated Aug. 29, 1746 (Pennsylvania Archives, 1st series, Vol. II, p. 625, et seq.) gives an account of his dealings with Digges, showing how the latter had deceived him as to the title to the land, the amount of acres in the grant, lines of survey, etc.
Thomas Cookson, surveyor of Lancaster County, was sent by the Pennsylvania authorities to read the Royal Order to Digges in the Spring of 1746. This Royal Order was designed to settle the vexed question of the boundary between the provinces and in this case it bore upon Digges' right to take up vacant land in Pennsylvania on his Maryland warrant. But this invocation of the majesty of the law was without effect as we see from the following letter, with its quaint German idioms, from "Adam Forne to Thomas Cookson." "Worshipful Sir:
May it please your worship we cannot but acquaint your worship what has happened here since your departure from us. Yesterday as the 24th of April, Mr. Digges sent a Deputy Sheriff out of Maryland for to arrest Matthew Ulrich and Nicholas Forne he took them two until to my house where I asked the Sheriff by what authority he rested those men, if they owed any money. If they owed any money I would be bound for their appearance at Court, but if he could not tell me no more cause than this viz: 'that those men should give their bonds to Digges for the land or depart from the land.' The two people have taken up their lands these five years ago from the Hon'r Propr's land office in Philadelphia and it was surveyed for the same. I ordered upon this them two men as Matthias Ulrich and Nicholas Forne to return to their Habitation, whereupon the Sheriff and Digges' son made resistance and the Sheriff drew his sword upon me and we then drew our swords and was a-going in upon them, whereupon they fled to their horses and so ran away and so was the way that we got ridden of our new guests. Now is our Humble request to you for to come up speedily and to look into the matter and settle it that we may have rest and live in peace and quietness as his Majesty's Subjects and not be troubled forever. For if this matter is not rectified and we do not get help speedily we must help ourselves and should it be with our last Drop of Blood, for I am well assured that we will not be put upon by no Digges that ever lived under the sun. So wishing that you may soon come over, I have no more to add but remain your
Humble and Ob't Servant Little Canowako Adam Forne.
April 25, 1746.
P. S. Sir:—Digges also troubled many more—in short all them that lives in his resurveyed additional lines and was going to have them arrested, but some sent him a-packing in the striving, and yesterday I heard that he should have said that he had made up with your worship, and if you did not come in ten days you would not come in ten years any more."
From this letter it is apparent that Adam Forney was a man of some spirit and would "not be put upon by no Digges that ever lived under the sun" even if it took his "last drop of blood." Apparently after Digges and the officers had been "sent a-packing in the striving" and had run off they staid away for some time and we hear nothing more of the Digges' affair until in January 1747 the following petition from the inhabitants of Conewago was received:
"Mr. Cookson, these cooms to acquaint you of the yuseige we met with of Mr. Digges and of the government of Maryland. Last week came an officer from Maryland to serve an writ on Adam Forney at the suite of Mr. Jno. Digges of an Trispess on the Case, which officer came to the house of Adam Furney with two negro men and one convict sarvant fallo of said Jno. Digges with Three men more of little better reputation as we are informed and as soon as the said persons intred the house they fall upon Adam Furney, draged him out like a Dog, never gave him lave to put on any close but what he had on and so hoisted him away thro a bitter cold night. When Adam Furney's wife and Daughter under a grate fright and seprise, seeing the old man so barbarously used, fell about the old man, not knowing what was the matter, lamenting and crying, when this convict fallow up with an grate club knockt down both the women and so followed up his blows and knockt the Old Woman twice more after they had the old man out as if he had been ordered to commit murder or some other outragies mischief. And that all without any Resin as none of us ever took either hand, stick or any other thing to hurt any of them or to ower defence"
It will be seen from all this that the period was indeed very strenuous.
The old pioneer's life seems to have been a troublous one even up to its close. In 1748 we find noted in the minutes of the Provincial Council that "An Indian this last Summer came in a rude manner to a substantial housekeeper of Lancaster County, one Adam Furney and demanded rum of him; he gave him some; but because he refused to give him more he withdrew a small space, and having his gun in his hand ready loaded he shot him in the breast and he lay a considerable time ill of his wounds, being expected to die every day. On this the Indian was apprehended and committed to Jail but the man recovered contrary to all expectations and the Indian was the other day released" (Colonial Records, Vol. V., p. 409).
Adam Forney died probably in the early part of 1752; family tradition says from the consequences of the wound inflicted by the Indian. His wife survived him at least a year for on July 2°> x753> sne filed her account as administratrix of her husband's estate which was appraised at £1021—13s.—9d.