My direct descendants are in bold type. This is a work in progress. Much of my direct line is documented, but some may not be. If there is a question, I usually include words like "seems likely" or "possibly" in hopes that it may help someone else or eventually get me closer to documentation. Also, I do make errors when transferring info to my files or to the site. If you find errors that you can correct, please e-mail me and I'll gladly make the changes or if you have more information on anyone mentioned here and can share it, I would be really appreciative.
Likely my 6th Great-grandfather, 1741-1780
In the Dobbs County, North Carolina tax list of 1780, there includes a notation that Moses Manning was the administrator of Henry Forrest’s estate.
The place of Henry Forrest’s birth is unconfirmed.
It’s likely, although not proven, that this Henry Forrest was my sixth great-grandfather.
Mary A. “Polly” Forrest Yelverton was the mother of…
Samuel Yelverton, who was the father of Maggie R. Yelverton Marbury, who was the mother of Hardy Joyner Marbury, who was the father of Allie Marbury Brantley, who was the mother of Virginia Brantley Lovelace, who was my maternal grandmother.
Nancy Jane Yelverton Lovelace, who was the mother of Jim Lovelace, who was the father of Guy Lovelace, who was my maternal grandfather.
My grandparents, Guy and Virginia Lovelace, used to joke that they were distant cousins so this was likely the connection to which they were referring, although as far as I know, they were unaware of this connection.
Polly’s brother, Samuel W. Forrest (the son of Mary A. Polly Forrest) was the (possibly adopted) father of Ann Forrest/Sherrod Yelverton who married Samuel Yelverton.
I believe Polly Forrest Yelverton’s son, Samuel Yelverton, moved to Haywood County to live with his mother’s brother, Samuel W. Forrest. He then married Ann W., the girl living in the home of his uncle and listed in the census as his uncle’s “daughter.” Although, as you will see, I suspect she was a Sherrod relative of his wife, Zilpha Sherrod Forrest, rather than Samuel’s first cousin.
One early Forrest family mention can be found in a book of colonial North Carolina land abstracts with a mention of “Forrest’s corner” in a Dobbs County, North Carolina land transaction dated March 4, 1775. Dobbs County was formed in 1758 but was ceased to exist in 1791 when it was divided into Glasgow and Lenoir Counties. Glasgow was later changed to Greene County.
This Henry Forrest died in 1780, likely in Dobbs County. He was probably married to Mary Moore who was born in 1735 in Tyrrell County, North Carolina and died at the age of 63 in 1798 in Montgomery County, North Carolina.
This Henry and Mary Forrest are thought to have had five children.
In addition to Dobbs County, other North Carolina counties with a strong connection to this family include Greene, Gates, Bertie and Martin Counties.
The possible children of Henry and Mary Moore Forrest were:
|Last||First||Born||Location Born||Died||Location Died||Spouse|
age: around 50
|Wayne Co., N.C.||Winifred Joyner
d. Aug 1835
age: around 45
|Forrest||Elizabeth||abt 1758||Bertie Co., N.C.|| Benjamin Moore
m. 30 Apr 1775
|On May 4, 1770, in Bertie County, North Carolina, Benjamin Moore was listed as a 16-year-old orphan of John Moore and was bound as an apprentice to Josiah Williams to learn the trade of a carpenter. Haun, Weynette (1980). Bertie Co., N.C. County Court Minutes, vol III. book III, p 92. Source. It’s been suggested that after Moore’s death, his widow, Elizabeth Forrest Moore, married Joseph Pate in 1782.|
|Forrest||William||31 Oct 1761||Dobbs or Greene Co., N.C.||5 Nov 1843||Bertie Co., N.C.||Nancy Spivey
d. 10 Nov 1843
|William enlisted as a private on Sept. 17, 1778 when he was 16. His pension application number is 8512.
Much information is available regarding William because of DAR application #382614 submitted in 1949.
Their children are thought to have been Winneford (married Dove Williams), Rebecca (married Barrum Hart), Vicie Ann (married Captain John Frizzelle), Nancy (married James Simmons), and Ricky (married Alice).
Mrs J. W. Morton wrote of William Forrest, “…(He) was a large land holder in Greene County near Scuffleton and had many slaves…(he) served in the American Revolution under Captain Thomas Short, Colonel William Caswell and Generals Bryant and Ashe. He was in the Battle of Brier Creek in 1779. In 1780 he was serving under Captain William George, Colonel John Spicer and General Livington. In 1832 he drew a pension for his war services.”
The Forrest family has continuously occupied, owned, and operated the farm/plantation that was obtained by William Forrest as a result of his service during the Revolutionary War and received the designation as a “Bicentennial Farm.”
The farm is located in what is now Greene County, North Carolina, just south of Pitt County on Highway 903, between Ayden and Maury, North Carolina.
|Samuel fought in the war of 1812 and was listed as being from Greene County, North Carolina.|
My 5th Great-grandfather, 1760-1827
Much of this Forrest/Yelverton information is available thanks to the great research of Douglass N. Rader, Ph.D., Gene Forrest, Leah Ruddock and other Forrest family researchers.
George Forrest was born in 1760 in what would become Martin County, North Carolina likely to Henry and Mary Moore Forrest. Martin County was formed in 1774 from parts of Halifax and Tyrell Counties in North Carolina.
The 1790 census shows a George Forrest living in Martin County, North Carolina with two white females and four slaves.
Through land records located multiple places online, it appears he migrated first to Johnson County, North Carolina, then to Wayne County, North Carolina and finally to Pitt County, North Carolina.
George Forrest married Wineford Joyner (possible spellings Winifred/Joiner) who is thought to be the daughter of Thomas Joyner/Joiner who also lived close to or in Martin County, North Carolina.
George Forrest first appears in the Wayne County land records in 1797, purchasing lands near Etheldred Yelverton close to the Nahunta Swamp.
George Forrest was in Wayne County in the 1800 census and had 5 children living in his household. He had a total of 13 listed listed with 6 of those being slaves.
It would have been difficult to identify him in this census as the spelling of his last name in the census was “Foress.” Fortunately, Forrest family researchers who came before have corrected that error.
George Forrest witnessed the will of Etheldred Yelverton’s paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Downey Yelverton, the wife of John Yelverton Jr. (1721-1795) in 1803. Other than the proximity of their land, this is the first interaction between the two families that I have seen.
In 1808, they got even closer when Etheldred married George’s daughter, Mary who was called “Polly.” Etheldred Yelverton’s great-grandparents and, because of a later marriage my seventh great-grandparents, were John Yelverton and Elizabeth Blount Yelverton of Edenton, North Carolina (You can check out my visit to Edenton and James Blount on my blog). Elizabeth was the grandaughter of Captain James Blount, a colonial official and one of 18 leaders in a political battle in 1677 that came to be known as Culpeper’s Rebellion.
By 1807, George had purchased more than 200 acres in the area.
In 1810, their household had grown to 16, which included nine slaves.
Around 1813, George sold his land in Wayne County and migrated east to Pitt County where he purchased a large amount of land there.
The Pitt County, N.C. Courthouse burned in 1857 so many of the records that would tell us more about this family were unfortunately destroyed.
George died in Pitt County, N.C. at least by 1827.
In her later years, Wineford is thought to have lived with her daughter Polly Forrest Yelverton in Wayne County.
Wineford died there in 1835. She had written her will 28 July 1833 and it was probated Aug 1835. It is unknown where George and Wineford are buried.
In Wineford Forrest’s will, she refers to, “my beloved daughter Polly Yelverton, wife of Etheldred Yelverton, my son Samuel, my beloved granddaughter Drucilla Forrest, daughter of my son Whitney Forrest, my grandson George Forrest, son of Whitney Forrest, and my three daughters.” The rest of her estate was to be equally divided between “Thomas Forrest, Samuel Forrest, Whitney Forrest, Polly Yelverton wife of Etheldred Yelverton, and Winny Outerbridge wife of Stephen Outerbridge.”
|Last||First||Born||Location Born||Died||Location Died||Spouse|
|Forrest||Mary A. “Polly”||1790/91||Martin Co. N.C.||1862
age: around 71
|Wayne Co., N.C.||Etheldred Yelverton
d. Aug 1851
Wayne Co., N.C.
|Etheldred and Polly are also my fourth great-grandparents in the Yelverton line of my family.
They farmed in Wayne Co., North Carolina and had 12 children together, all of whom seemed to have lived to adulthood. They were the parents of Hardy Yelverton (12 Nov 1810 – 11 Apr 1887, married Mary J. Bardin), Thomas Whitney Yelverton (1 Jan 1812 – 21 Jun 1890, married Nancy Cumi Farmer), Hyman Yelverton (1818 – 1887, married Elizabeth Yelverton), George Teaberry Yelverton (1819 – 1860, married Glennie Edith Farmer), John Yelverton (10 Oct 1820 – 17 Dec 1904, married Indiana Sasser) , Nancy Yelverton Davis (1822 – 1887, married John E. Davis), Winnifred Yelverton Davis (married Zacheriah Davis, b. 1826), Drucilla Yelverton Lewis (b. 1828, married Leonard Lewis), Samuel W. Yelverton (1828 – 1876, married Ann M. Sherrod, my third great-grandparents), Robert W. Yelverton (1832 – 1899, married Missouri W. Heath).
Etheldred Yelverton is listed as farmer in the Wayne County, North Carolina census of 1850 with $6,200 in property. Etheldred was 66 and Mary was 60. Six of their children were still in their household so their plantation must have had a lot of rooms. The family had a large number of slaves and, Ethedred’s will implies that they were farming a very substantial plantation.
Next door to Etheldred was the family of his brother, John Yelverton.
You can read more about this family on the Yelverton page of my website.
|Forrest||Thomas Joiner||13 Feb 1792||Martin Co., N.C.||10 July 1847
|Haywood Co., Tenn.||Charlotte Brown
b. 13 Jul 1793
d. 10 Jun 1862
|Thomas and Charlotte married in North Carolina. She was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Brown of Green County, N.C.
Thomas and Charlotte migrated to Haywood and Madison Co., Tenn. with other family members. According to a family Bible, the Brown family left N.C. in covered wagons on Thursday, March 16, 1826 and arrived in the “Forkodeer hinterland” on May 11, 1826. Charlotte’s brother, Samuel Brown Jr. and his wife Nancy settled along a creek in Haywood County that is still called Brown Creek.
The 1817 will of Charlotte’s father, Samuel states: “Item – I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Charlotte Forrest: two negroes named Isham and Sophy, one bed and furniture, one heifer, four head of sheep to her and her heirs forever.”
Samuel Brown died in Green Co., N.C. before his family migrated to Haywood County but the will was recorded in the probate records there.
Thomas Joiner and Charlotte Brown Forrest’s children were Elizabeth Forrest Briley (married John Briley), George Forrest (married Rebecca Gordon), Samuel Brown Forrest (married Mary McDaniel and Sarah N. Watridge), John Whitney “Jack” Forrest (married Lovie Jane Tailor, pictured below), Wineford Ann Forrest (died when she was eight), John Brown Thomas Forrest (married Mary Jane Cox), Charlotte Margaret “Polly Ann” Forrest Moore (married Grover Moore), and Abel James Henry Forrest (died when he was two).
Source: Gene Wright Forrest
Photo of Jack Forrest’s wife, Lovie Jane Tailor of Haywood County, Tenn., 11 Nov 1827 – 1 Aug 1909.
Source: Gene Wright Forrest
Pictured here at David Forrest’s home on the border of Haywood and Madison Counties around 1905 is, l to r:
|Forrest||Samuel W.||25 Nov 1794||Martin Co., N.C.||30 Dec 1860
|Haywood or Madison Co., Tenn.
burried: Old Forrest Cemetery
b. 27 Jan 1797
d. 24 Jun 1879
|Forrest||Whitney J.||1797||Wayne Co., N.C.||after 1827||Maria Revell Outterbridge
d. 30 Dec 1840
|Whitney married Maria Revell Outterbridge who was the daughter of Burrel “Burr” and Druscilla Joyner Outterbridge.
Whitney and Maria had a daughter named Sarah Drucilla Forrest (b. 25 Oct 1830) and two sons: George Burr Forrest (28 Sep 1826 – 9 Oct 1834) and Stephen Andrew Forrest (b. 24 Dec 1832).
According to a family Bible, their son, George Burr Forrest, drowned at the age of eight in 1834.
In an 1827 Pitt County land record, Whitney bought one-third interest in land from George Forrest and Thomas Forrest (Pitt Deed Book DD, page 390) so seems he was planning to stay in Pitt County when others in his family were preparing to migrate to Haywood County, Tenn.
I can find no additional reference to this family after 1832 when their son, Andrew, was born.
|Forrest||Winifred “Winney”||25 Aug 1804||Wayne Co., N.C.||10 July 1847
b. 26 Apr 1800
m. 5 Feb 1823
d. 17 May 1848
|Stephen and Maria Outterbridge, who married Whitney Forrest had the same father, Burr Outterbridge but Stephen had a different mother. Her name was Mary.
Stephen and Winnifred Forrest Outterbridge’s children were Stephen William Outterbridge (23 Jan 1825 – 28 Jan 1915, married Susan Andrews), Mary Elizabeth Outterbridge (04 May 1835 – 1914, married William S. Briley), George Thomas Outterbridge (12 Aug 1823 – ), and Nancy Elizabeth Otterbridge who died at age six (18 Oct 1837 – 08 Sep 1844).
My 4th Great-grandfather, 1794-1860
Samuel William Forrest was born 25 November 1794 in Wayne County, N.C. to George Forrest and Winifred Joyner Forrest.
In 1813, when he was 19, he moved with his parents to Pitt County, N.C.
Samuel was either already married to Zilpha Sherrod when he moved or married her after arriving with his family in Pitt County. Zilpha was born 27 Jan 1797, likely in Wayne County, N.C.
Samuel and Zilpha likely began farming in Pitt County. In 1826, Samuel’s brother, Thomas Joiner Forrest, migrated to Haywood County, Tenn. from Pitt County with the family of his wife, Charlotte Brown. She was a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Brown.
A one-mile square tract of land (640 acres) had been given to Samuel Brown for service in the Revolutionary War. Samuel died and he willed the land to his wife.
According to the Brown Family Bible, they “left North Carolina on Thursday March 16, 1826. Their journey ended ‘in the Forkodeer Hinterland 11 May which was 8 weeks on the road.’ The family traveled with a number of families in covered wagons to their new home in the adjourning Tennessee counties of Madison and Haywood. Included in the group were the Dickinsons, Forrests, and Musgraves.” Source
Samuel and Zilpha Forrest were likely part of this group of settlers.
In 1834, Samuel and Zilpha’s daughter, Ann M. was born in Haywood County, Tenn. Although most assume she was a Forrest, the death certificates of several of her children list her name as Ann Sherrod rather than Forrest. It’s possible she was actually the daughter of one of Zilpha’s relatives and, since they had no children of their own, they raised her.
Samuel appears in the 1836 Tennessee Tax records as does his brother, Thomas Forrest.
Samuel owned 166 ½ acres of land valued at $1,000 and he owned two slaves valued at $1,500.
In the U.S. census of 1850, Samuel was 55 and his wife Zilpha was 56. Living with them in District Four of Haywood County, and listed as their “daughter,” was Ann M. who was 17 and Samuel’s nephew, Samuel Yelverton (the son of Samuel Forrest’s sister, Polly Forrest Yelverton) who was 22. The value of Samuel Forrest’s real estate in 1850 was $800.
Who was Zilpha Sherrod?
Although the identity of her parents is unconfirmed, the Sherrods had tight connections to Yelvertons and Forrests for several generations.
Multiple places both in print and online include the fact that Zilpha was possibly the daughter of William Sherrod and “a mother whose last name was Smithy.” According to notes written by Dr. Jack E. Forrest of Murfreesboro, Tenn., the name of Zilpha’s mother was Ann. Was her name Ann Smithy?
According to an article written by Lois Whitley Farmer for a genealogy history book on Wayne County, the Sherrod name with various spellings appears in Wayne County as early as 1754 when Benjamin Sherrod of what was then called Edgecomb County, N.C., was included, along with John Sherrod, William Sherrod, and John Sherrod, Jr., in a land grant for property on the north and south side of the Nahunta Swamp.
I suspect Samuel and Zilpha Yelverton’s “daughter” was in reality a Sherrod relative from Zilpha’s family that they were raising.
You can find out more about my efforts to identify Zilpha and other members of the Sherrod family on this blog entry.
According to the U.S. census of 1860, Samuel Forrest was 65 and Zilpha was 64.
Ann was living with her husband Samuel Yelverton on the farm next door but a 14-year-old Susan Sherrod was now living in their home.
Who was Susan Sherrod? It’s logical to assume Susan was a member of Zilpha’s family who had moved to Haywood Co. Tenn.
Since Samuel and Zilpha had no other children and seemed to be fairly well-off, they were an obvious choice to raise an orphan…if that is what Susan was.
The Forrest family was living south of the Wellwood Community in District Four and it’s possible that’s them listed as the “Forest Home” as Samuel shows up there in a map of 1877 along with many of the families that also appear on the same page in the 1850 census.
Others researching these lines including Phyllis Edmundson, Soni LaPee, and Doug Rader, have spent many hours exploring and have not yet discovered the exact identity of Susan Sherrod.
It is thought she had several siblings living with other families in the area including William H. Sherrod (he married a girl named Tennessee). Roxanna Sherrod, Ben Sherrod and Allen Sherrod. Allen was four in 1860 so we know they likely had parents as late as 1856.
There is a possibility that their father was Gabriel Sherrod from Wayne Co., N.C.
It has been determined that by the 1880 census, all the siblings had relocated to Faulkner Co., Ark.
Beyond that, their identity is unknown. Also still unknown is the exact identity of Zilpha Sherrod and her relationship to Ann M. Sherrod so if you are reading this and have additional information, please let me know!
Samuel and Zilpha Forrest in the 1860 U.S. Census
By the time of the 1860, Samuel had continued to prosper and by then owned real estate valued at $2,640 and personal estate valued at $10,660. I assume this refers to the slaves he “owned.”
Farming the land next door was 30-year-old Jesse B. Gordon and his family. You’ll notice that a member of the Forrest family is living with them.
14-year-old Sarah F. Forrest was Jesse’s niece. His sister, Rebecca Gordon, was married to George L. Forrest, a son of Thomas and Charlotte Brown Forrest who were part of that original wagon train from Pitt County, 30 years prior.
Sarah’s father, George L. Forrest, died in 1849 while her mother, Rebecca Gordon Forrest, died in 1860, which is why she was living with her uncle and his family in 1860 when the census was taken.
Also included in this census record is the family of Samuel’s brother, Thomas Forrest. Although Thomas had died 10 Jul 1847, his wife, 66-year-old Charlotte, continued to farm one of the largest plantations in the area, along with her son, John Brown Thomas Forrest.
Sarah F. Forrest, the young orphan living with Jesse Gordon, later married three times.
Her husbands were James A. Sanderson, James P. Garrett, and finally, James Calvin Neely who she married before she died in 1886 at the age of 40.
She was the mother of five children and more than 20 grandchildren. One of her daughters with James Neely, Anna Mae Neely, married William Robert Halliburton. His second great-grandfather and the second great-grandfather of the explorer Richard Halliburton were brothers. You can read more about this famous explorer from Haywood County in the book I published in 2014, The Forgotten Adventures of Richard Halliburton:: A High-Flying Life from Tennessee to Timbuktu.
Samuel Forrest died 30 Dec 1860 in Haywood County or Madison County, Tenn. and was buried in the “old” Forrest cemetery.
Zilpha died a decade later at the age of 73 on 24 Jun 1870 and was buried next to her husband.
Added by Tim Batross to FindaGrave.com
The headstones of Zilpha Sherrod and Samuel Forrest in the
Forrest Family Cemetery in Madison County.
This cemetery was not maintained and was eventually destroyed by loggers. At some point, the headstones of Samuel and Zilpha were moved to another Forrest family cemetery located off Rice Rd. in Madison County, Tenn. You can find out more about the cemetery and watch a bit of video from my visit there on my blog.
Samuel Forrest’s WillIn the name of God amen. I Samuel Forrest in the county of Haywood & State of Tennessee being of perfect sound mind and disposing memory “thanks be to God” for the same calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, do make and ordain this my last will & testament…You can read the complete will or check out a blog entry about it.
My Fourth Great-grandmother
Ann Sherrod/Forrest was born in 1834 in Tennessee and very likely in Haywood County. As mentioned before, although it had been assumed she was the natural daughter of Samuel Forrest and Zilpha Sherrod, the death certificates of her children list her as “Annie Sherrod” so one possible explanation is that she was actually the child of one of Zilpha Sherrod Forrest’s family members and they raised her as their own daughter. Another indication of this is the fact that, although she was living at the time of Samuel Forrest’s death, his will references her husband as “my nephew” rather than my son or son-in-law and does not mention her by name at all. I do think if Ann were his natural daughter, it’s likely he would have mentioned that in his will.
What is known for certain is that by the time of the 1850 census, Ann W. was living as their daughter in their home.
Also living there at the time was Samuel Forrest’s nephew, Samuel Yelverton. At some point, Ann and Samuel married and their first child, Polly Whitney, was born Nov. 11, 1851.
By the time of the 1860 census, Samuel was 32, Ann was 26 and they already had the first five of their eleven children: Polly, Margaret, Samuel Jr., Dred and Thomas
Samuel listed the value of the family’s real estate as $3,200 and property of $3,200. At this time, they “owned” four slaves: two females who were age 15, one who was eight and a male who was four.
The 1860 slave schedule does not have a slave house on his property but Ann’s family, Samuel and Zilpha Forrest, had five so it’s possible Samuel’s slaves lived with and/or were related to the slaves of Ann’sfamily.
Living on the farm next door were Ann’s parents Samuel and Zilpha Forrest. The value of their personal property was $10,660 which was a significant amount for this time.
By the census of 1870, Sam was 41 and Ann was 36. Polly had married Benjamin F. Curlin and moved away while Maggie, though now married to Benjamin Marbury, had brought her husband to live with her family. Maggie and Benjamin are my third great-grandparents on the Marbury side of my family.
In 1870, Samuel Forrest was 15, Etheldred was 12, Thomas Jack was 10, Nancy Jane was eight, John L. was six, Gabriel was four and Dolly H. was two.
Also living in the home at that time was Ann’s now widowed mother, 75 year-old Zilpha Forrest.
The value of Sam’s real estate was now listed at $4,000 and his personal estate was $1,500. According to the census, he could neither read nor write.
At 12, Etheldred and the younger children were “at school,” while Sam, who was 15, was listed as a farmhand.
Six years later, in 1876, Samuel died at the age of 48 and Ann died at the age of 46 in 1880.