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iconnumber posted 01-03-2003 12:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OldAncestors     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seeking information about L.Forbes, silversmith in St. Louis around 1840's. Was he part of the Forbes silversmithing family from New York City?

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iconnumber posted 01-03-2003 02:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very good question. I have done quite a lot of digging on Leonard Forbes and have not yet found any direct line to the New York Forbes. It is possible he was the son of Elias and Esther (Hill) Forbes, born in Hartford CT in 1813 and who married Frances Ellis of St. Louis in 1848, though I have found no proof one way or the other. If that is true, he is not related within 8 generations to the Forbes of NY. The question is still open however; there are several contractary records in St Louis, possibly indicating two men. I have been in contact with several of his descendents who have run into the same brick wall, so more research is needed.

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iconnumber posted 10-01-2007 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 1850 U. S. Federal Census lists a Leonard Forbes born in Connecticut and living in St Louis who is a jeweler. His family's records shows signs of going back to 1620 in Hartford. In 1850 he appears to be with a second wife and family records indicate he had two more wives after her. In 1860, the Kennedy St Louis City Directory shows a Leonard Forbes in partnership with William G.H. Becker who is also a jeweler.

In the 1870 U. S. Federal Census, there is an L Forbes who was born in 1820 in New York with the occupation of jeweller.

So it is clear that there was at least a Leonard Forbes and an L Forbes in St Louis in the same era with two different birth states.

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iconnumber posted 10-02-2007 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And speaking of kennedy's St. Louis, I just added the same to my city directories:

1860 St. Louis

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