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The Forsythe Family

from Mercer County, Kentucky – Biographies

The Forsythe Family

The first representative of this family in Kentucky, as far as ascertainable, was Matthew Forsythe, who was born in South Carolina March 5, 1769, and who came to this State with Governor Adair, just after the surrender of Cornwallis, and settled on the farm now owned by James Forsythe in Mercer County.  He served four years in the War of 1812, was in several expeditions against the Indians, and afterward devoted his time to farming and stock raising in Mercer County.  About 1790 he married Jane McAfee, daughter of Robert McAfee, and to them were born Robert, Andrew, John, William, Samuel, James, Sallie and Julia (Buford).  Robert Forsythe, the eldest of these, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and afterward retired to farm life.  In 1827 he married Cozzie Cardwell, and from this union sprang Jane (Alverson), Sallie (Blackwood), now deceased; Mary (McAfee), also deceased; Lucy (Crockett), Lizzie (Mullins), James M., Robert and John L.  The father of these children died in 1865, and his son Robert now owns the farm on which he was born, five miles north of Harrodsburg, and which contains 312 acres of productive land.  Robert has been three times married, first in November, 1865, to Miss Pattie Tribble, who gave birth to one child who died in infancy.  His second marriage was in December, 1873, to Miss Sallie, daughter of S. W. Given, and to this union were born Lillie and Given.  The third marriage was with Miss Lulie, daughter of Kinelus Ammellman.  James M. Forsythe, Sr., was born January 18, 1809, on his present farm, four miles north of Harrodsburg, which farm consists of 460 acres of as good land as there is in Mercer County, and where he gives especial attention to stock raising.  Mr. Forsythe first married Miss Lizzie M. Washbourn, a granddaughter of Judge Washbourn, and had born to him Jane (Curry), deceased, and Belle (Ralston).  In 1853 Mr. Forsythe took for his second wife Mary Irvine, who has borne one child, Sam Forsythe.  J. M. Forsythe, Jr., was born on the old homestead, known as Fountain Spring, January 6, 1826, and is the owner of 600 acres of fine land, devoting much attention to the rearing of race horses.  He married Miss Katie Alexandra, and is the father of Howard, Cardwell, Fred, Naomi and little Jim.  John L. Forsythe was born August 6, 1845, and was married in 1869 to Miss Sallie Woods, who has borne him six children:  Nannie, Edgar, Walter, Russell, Mary and Cozzie.  Mr. Forsythe resides on 425 acres of well improved land, belonging to his son Samuel, one mile from his birthplace, and is an extensive dealer in live stock.  The Forsythe family are of Irish and Scotch extraction, are members of the Presbyterian Church, and in politics are Democratic.

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