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Appeal for Truth, Beauty, and Enlightenment
Posted by: Step Tyner Date: November 29, 2001 at 11:51:01
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Now that I have your attention, a-hem:

One little lady, HANNAH N. FORNICROOK, is making a shambles of my attempts to put my wife's side of the genealogical puzzle together. She was born in July of 1825 in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co, NY, and married ELIJAH DISBROUGH at the First Dutch Reformed Church in the Town of Glen, Montgomery Co, NY on 2FEB1842. She died on 4MAR1905, in Montgomery Co.

Thus far, I have located four NYS "pockets" of Forncrook settlement: (1) & (2) Wayne Co and Steuben Co (middle of the state, W on the shores of Lake Ontario, S along the PA border), and the Steubens may have come from Wayne originally; (3) Herkimer Co (just North of Montgomery, but once may have included it as successor to the "mega-county" of Tryon); and (4) Montgomery Co itself. A few census "mentions" and vital statistics are all that remain of these folks in terms of Internet-accessible documentation, but one may presume that they all had lives, hopes, pains, and dreams.

Since this is a relatively new and underpopulated Forum, I take the liberty of laying out the Herkimer and Montgomery Forn(i)crooks I have thus far located -- after all, many of these folks will some day prove to be the remote ancestors of the Michigan and Wisconsin and California Forncrooks of a few decades ago:

[FC = Federal Census; RCC = Ryder's Corners Baptist Church, Rev. Elijah Herrick presiding; MC = Montgomer Co, NY; HC = Herkimer Co, NY)

1790 FC Town of Mohawk, MC Christopher FORNCROOK, 1 adult woman, 6 children

1790 Town of Mohawk, MC a daughter, Margaret, born to a Christopher FORNCROOK

1794 Town of Mohawk, MC in February, Philip, son of "Cristophel" F. & Annetje FREDERICK, christened, Reformed Church of Caughnawaga, Village of Fonda

1806 Town of Mohawk, MC Margaret FORNCROOK (perhaps dau. of Christopher) marries Hermanus RULIFSON (church/pastor unknown to me)

1810 FC Town of Charleston, MC Christopher "FORNACROOK" appears w/ passel of adult and minor kids (this township is about ten miles South of Mohawk, and South of the River of that name)

1815 Town of Charleston, MC Philip FORNCROOK (perhaps s. of Chris.) weds Martha BROWN, RCC

1815 Town of Charleston, MC Elizabeth FORNCROOK marries Peter FRANK, RCC

1817 Town of Charleston, MC Christopher (Jr?) F. weds Mary BARD, RCC

1819 Town of Charleston, MC Francis FORNCROOK weds Frances "WYKOOF", RCC

1825 Unknown Town , MC Hannah N. FORNCROOK (Mine, all mine!) born,

1827 Town of Charleston, MC Hannah (not mine) "FORNEEROOK" weds Geo. OSTERHOUT, RCC

1842 Town of Glen, MC Hannah "FORNICROOK" (mine again) weds Elijah DISBROUGH/DISBROW at First Dutch Reformed Church

1850 FC Town of Ohio, HC Francis (51, same as above?), Frances (40, obvious error), Sally M. (30), Alida (12), Alonzo (4) -- NOTE: if Frances were 9 when married and 10 when Sally born, we should be reading about her in a supermarket tabloid!

1866 Town of Ohio, HC Francis buried Ohio Cemetery

Still with me? Okay. It appears, then, that a Christopher Forncrook and Annetje Frederick were in Montgomery Co by the end of the Revolution, if not before, and had a number of children, six of whom (Margaret, Philip, Elizabeth, Christopher Jr, Hannah Sr. and Francis) left some trace thereafter. From her age, my Hannah would have had to be a grandchild of Christopher Sr., but through which offspring, known or unknown?

Geography is one good reason to connect my Hannah with the Christopher Forncrook clan. "Towns" in New York State are not discrete collections of buildings but, rather, subdivisions of counties, often covering many square miles of both rural and urban territory. The Town of Glen, where Elijah Disbrough hailed from and where he married Hannah, lies on the South bank of the Mohawk River and separates the Towns of Mohawk (where C.F. lived first) and Charleston (where he was by the 1810 FC). The River (and later, Erie Canal which parallelled it) was the focus of trade and commerce, and it would be difficult not to become economically and personally involved with people in Glen.

If my Hannah's father were of this family, her being named for her aunt would also be natural, and one apparent offspring of Christopher Sr. is the Hannah who married in 1827.

The Ryder's Corner Baptist Church/Elijah Herrick connection is another clue, since an aunt of Elijah Disbrough's married the brother of Rev. Herrick, and several of his uncles/aunts were married in the RCC.

So, the short version of my question is: who were the parents and antecedents of Hannah N. FORNICROOK Disbrough/Disbrow (Jul 1825 - 4MAR1905, Montgomery Co, NY, mar. Elijah Disbrough {<John<Henry2<Henry1<?) on 2FEB1842, First Dutch Reformed Church, Town of Glen, Montgomery Co, NY)?

If you've been kind enough to read this far, I hope some of the above data may prove useful to your own research. Thanks for your patience..


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