The Foree family is well established in the early days of Henry County. Peter Foree, a Revolutionary War veteran, and grandfather of the Thomas Pryor Foree of the biography below, has not only a DAR marker on his grave, but the chapter of the LaGrange D.A.R. is named for him – Peter Foree D.A.R. Chapter. The Foree’s have the gift of longevity – Peter lived for 99 years, as did his son, Peter, the father of Thomas.
In the 1850 census of Henry County, Peter Foree is 66, and was born in Virginia. His wife Nancy is also 66. They have one daughter, Fannie, 26, living with them. Thomas P. Foree is 33 in this census, and lives with his wife, Ann, 25, and young daughter, Nancy, 1. This is the only census in which he is not living with his father. Thomas Foree married Anna Ball February 8, 1848. They had three children, Nancy, Peter and Pryor, before her death in 1853. Son Pryor also died the same year. Son Peter died in 1884. Daughter Nancy married in 1880, but quickly divorced. She lived with her father until his death.
In 1874 Thomas Foree married Susan Roberts. She lived only a few years, passing away in 1879.
During the census years of 1860, 1870 and 1880, three or four generations lived in one household. Peter Foree, the eldest, with his son Thomas, Thomas’ children Peter and Nancy, and other nieces and grandnieces. In 1900, two of Thomas’ grandsons, children of his deceased son Peter, lived with him. Several members of the Foree extended family were married at Thomas Foree’s home. It must have been a happy, welcoming home with lots of people and lots of love.
Thomas Foree had only one sibling that lived to maturity – Fannie Foree who married G. C. Castleman. She is listed on the large stone marking the resting places of the Foree family.
Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1887
T. P. Foree was born in Henry County, Kentucky, December 1, 1817, a son of Peter and Nancy (Tool) Foree. Peter was born in North Carolina in 1783, married a Miss Sallie Pryor, engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life, and died in 1882, in his ninety-ninth year. He was in the War of 1812. His father, also named Peter, was a native of France. Mrs. Nancy Foree was born in Virginia, a daughter of William Tool. Our subject is one of a family of six children, but one living besides himself, Fannie Castleman. Mr. Foree married, in 1848, Miss Annie Ball, of Henry County, and three children blessed their union, but one living, Nannie. Mrs. Foree died in 1852, and in 1874 he married Miss Lou Roberts, of Jessamine County, Kentucky, daughter of Rankin Roberts. Mr. Foree is considered one of the most extensive and successful farmers in the county, owns over 1,000 acres of land near New Castle, and is also engaged in stock raising. He is a gentleman of genial disposition, of varied information and fine business ability, and is held in high esteem by all who know him.