Posted By:David Barton
Subject:DeForest & Bradford Connection
Post Date:May 29, 2009 at 09:37:15
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Forum:Deforest Family Genealogy Forum
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Over the past six months, I have been posting weekly installments on a blog at that tells the history of the founding of the town of Norwalk, Ohio by Sally DeForest and her husband Platt Benedict in 1817 during the settlement of the Firelands or “Sufferers’ Land,” a part of the Western Reserve that was given to “Sufferers” burned out of their homes by the British during the Revolution.

I post an episode of this history on my blog every Monday and will continue until November 2009. I have also posted a genealogy of Sally, whose ancestor Isaac De Forest settled in New Amsterdam in 1636 and a genealogy for Fanny Buckingham, the wife of Platt and Sally’s son Jonas, whose grandmother was Vienna Bradford, a descendant of William Bradford, who came to Plymouth, Massachusetts on the Mayflower in 1620 and was the colony’s second governor.

I invite people interested in the history of the DeForest family to visit my blog where I hope they will be entertained and informed by these postings and fill in gaps and correct inaccuracies in my research.

Thank you for your kind attention. I hope you visit my blog and enjoy my story of Sally DeForest and the settling of the “Sufferers’ Land.”

Dave Barton