|Posted By:||Cathy Farrell|
|Subject:||ADAM FORSYTH owned a large farm which is now the site of EAST McKEESPORT|
|Post Date:||March 07, 2012 at 08:26:56|
|Forum:||Allegheny County, PA Genealogy Forum|
Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania, Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921
The name of FORSYTH, or FORSAITH, as it is sometimes spelled, originated in Scotland and is of great antiquity. During the great religious upheaval which so violently agitated the Scotch Protestants, in the 17th century, it was allied with the Covenanters, and those of its representatives who were determined to live up to the teachings of the Presbyterian doctrine sought a refuge in the North of Ireland, where the prospects of religious liberty were much brighter. The exodus from Scotland to Ireland was followed by a later period by another to America, which has continued to the present time.
ADAM FORSYTH, the progenitor of this branch of the FORSYTH family in this country, was born in Scotland, and emigrated to America with his family in 1852. He settled in McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pa., where he was a farmer and a coal miner. The large farm he owned is now the site of East McKeesport. He married, in Scotland, ELLEN LATTY, and they had children: JOHN, a merchant, who died at Calamity, Pa.; ROBERT, a retired farmer, lives in Arcadia, Wisconsin; COLAN, a soldier, died in McKeesport; JAMES, died in Libby Prison during the Civil War; GEORGE, a farmer, died in Wisconsin; ANDREW, died in boyhood in Scotland; ADAM L., born in Holytown, Scotland, in October, 1849, and died in McKeesport, Pa., in August, 1910; BELLE, married (first) ---WOLFE, (second) THOMAS BARR, and lives at Greensburg Pike; GRACE, married (first) THOMAS FERGUSON, (second) EDWARD FAIDLEY, and died in Duquesne, Pa.
ADAM L. FORSYTH, son of ADAM & ELLEN (LATTY) FORSYTH was three years of age when he came to America with his parents, and after attaining maturity moved to Bellbridge, Allegheny Co., where he lived until 1886. He then moved to McKeesport, and later to Homestead, where he became a merchant.