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Notes for Fronica Ann FORNEY\FARNY

The name of Fronica and Veronica were used interchangably by German speaking people and evolved into the anglicized version as Frances and Fanny.

The 1758 tax roll listed Freny Goondy, widow by deed, 200 acres, and John Gundy, freeman (21 yrs, no land, living with parent or other tax payer.)

In 1759-1763 she was listed only as Widow Gundy. In 1760 John and Peter Goondy, freemen, were also listed.

Her lineage has not been determined but she was most certainly related to this clan.

From Memorial of the Hugeunots in America:

"Forney -- This name, so honorably known in America, emanates from several emigrant heads, all undoubtedly traceable to the ancestral family seat at Ferney, a town in the Department of Ain, on the border of France, near the city of Geneva. the name occurs prominently in French history. Some of this name of the Huguenot faith forsook their native land, because of the religious persecutions, and located in Switzerland and the Palatinate immediately adjacent; from whence they came to America. It is a significant fact that nearly all the immigrants of this name came in the company of Huguenots. While we are not prepared to say that all of the Forney immigrants were of Huguenot antecedents, it is established beyond a doubt that Peter Forney, Sr., who came to Lancaster County prior to 1733, must be designated as one. He is known to have come from the borders of France, near Geneva, which would incline to the belief that his home was at or near the town from which the family took it's name. The date of his arrival is not certainly known. In 1733 he obtained a warrant for land on Cocalico, where he died intestate in 1749, leaving five children and a considerable estate. (A footnote says he left children: Abraham, Peter, Jr. Ann, Mary and Susan.) (The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine says "Abraham Farney Chuses Henry Carpenter as Guardian, Peter Farney chuses Emanuel Carpenter as Guardian, Ann Farney chuses Christian Farney as Guardian, and Christian Oplinger and Ann Farney, the Widow, are appointed Guardians over Mary and Susanna, Minor children of Peter Farney.")

It is a significant fact that his minor daughter, Anna, chose as her guardian 'Christian Farnoy' who was probably an uncle, and arrived in 1734. The descendants of Peter Forney, Sr., preserve many traditions of their Huguenot antecedents. Colonel John W. Forney, during a visit to France in 1875, had the pleasure of meeting several distinguished personages of his name who claimed kinship. Among the descendants of Peter Forney, Sr., were Colonel John W. Forney, Colonel Wien Forney, both of whom were born in Lancaster County.

The father of Jacob Forney (1721-1806) fled from France to the Palatinate, from whence the son came to Lancaster County, in Pennsylvania. He married Maria Bergner and, in 1754, moved to Lincoln County, N.C.. In Wheeler's History of that state, we learn that they were Huguenots. He and his sons, Jacob, Peter and Abraham, became very prominent. The son, General Peter Forney (1756-1834), served in the revolution and was one of the foremost men of the state; he was a member of Congress 1814-1815. His brother, Abraham (1758-1849), also served in the revolution and greatly distinguished himself at the battle of King's Mountain."

Again from the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine:

"Application of Peter Farney setting forth that he (sic) marryed Anne, the only daughter of John Smith, late of Earl Township, and that in his life time John Smith was seized of a Tract of three hundred acres situate in said Township, and had issue Peter Smith and the said Anne. The said Peter Smith dyed leaving issue John Stackeus, Peter and John Smith. The said John Smith in his life time for the better Settling of his Estate granted to the said John Stackeus Smith the Tract of three hundred acres reserving thereout seventy acres allotted to be the Share of the said Ann. It is Ordered and Adjudged that the Settlement made by John Smith in his life time for the above mentioned Tract of land between the Heirs of his Son Peter and the said Anne, wife of Peter Farney, be confirmed." (A footnote says it should read Application of Peter Farnery setting forth that his father marrried Anne, the only daughter of John Smith.)

From another researcher:

Johann Adam Forney, son of Christian and Madle Frick Forney, no doubt, was born at or near the village of Fahrni, Switzerland. Records show he was an apprentice tailor at Steffisburg, Switzerland. During this writer's (Howard G. Forney) trip (1963) and search of the records of the archives in the town of Wachenheim, Germany, it was found that Johann Adam owned large vineyards of #1 quality. His brothers, Christian, a vine dresser and Felix, who was six years younger and also a tailor by trade, lived at Wachenheim. Johann Adam Forney and his wife, Elizabeth Lowisa, with their four children arrived at Philadelphia on October 16, 1721. The name then was spelled "Farney" and his wife was listed as "Lowisa Farnison" Their first ten years were spent in Philadelphia County, after which the family located in 1734 in Conewage Settlement, or, as is sometimes called "Diggs' Choice." Today this is known as Hanover, York County, PA.

There is an early tradition that three Forney brothers came together to America, but all the genealogists deny the statement. However, with all the traditions and statistics gathered from many, many Forney families in various countries, it should be proof beyond doubt that Peter, Jacob and Johann Adam Forney were very closely related and that they were all Huguenots.

The Forney family is believed to have originated in Switzerland or near there in southern Germany. The name was spelled Pharney, Fahrney, Forni, Farni, Fornie, Fahrni, etc., with the Americanized spelling Forney.

A study made of the family revealed all Forneys were related in some fashion. Helbert's Research Agency indicated a few years ago there were over 1,350 heads of households and approximately 4,500 persons in the United States bearing the name.

The original Forneys migrated to the Colony of Maryland in the 1750s. Later they moved to Fayette County, Pennsylvania. From there the direct line can be traced to Holt County, Missouri. There are few in numbers still residing in the area, but many related families are scattered over the region.

The Forneys helped shape history. John Forney was a noted radical in Congress after the close of the Civil War. He helped make Reconstruction in the South a painful subject.

In the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina there was a Forney Ridge. A visit to the battlefield in Vicksburg, Mississippi, revealed a marker honoring a Confederate general named Forney who participated in that battle.

We have not, as yet, connected our Peter Forney with these Forneys but, since he came from the same area, it is quite likely that he is related.

In the public library at Hanover, PA, there is a room that has a huge display of Forney artifacts, including the Forney sword that may have been used in the revolutionary war, many pictures and letters. The Forneys were prominent people there. In the Gettysburg museum there is part of a Forney house that has a cannon shell through seven of the rafters on display. Also many artifacts from that farmstead.

She was listed on the 1763 tax rolls but guardians of her children were appointed 3/25/1763.

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