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Marriage: 10 September 1782
Place: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

Birth Date: 1761
Birth Place: unknown
Death Date: February 1791

John Forbes
Sarah Forbes
Charles Forbes


Father: unknown
Mother: unknown






From Salem Marriages
Forbes, John and Sarah Whitford, Sept 10, 1782

From Salem Deaths
Forbes, John, m[arried]. drowned in Virginia, Feb. -----, 1791, a[ge] 28 y. [East Church Records]

From The Parish List of Deaths recorded by William Bently, Pastor of the East Church, Salem, Massachusetts.

Aug. 19, 1791.  
News of John Forbes, drowned in Virginia, a[ged] 28. He has left a wife and four children.1 Died in February.

From The Diaries of William Bently , Pastor of the East Church, Salem, Massachusetts.

August 19, 1791   
John Forbes, who went with Capt. Strout from this port in December last, as a mate, was by orders from Mr. Derby dismissed in Virginia & another person sent out to take his place.  Whatever was the cause, the Captain under whom he served had no complaint. But the effect was supposed to be a voluntary death as he was found drowned in the river, without the knowledge of an accidental cause which could occasion it. He has left a wife, lately delivered
2. At present I have but an imperfect knowledge of the event, & its circumstances & must enquire.

August 20, 1791  In regard to J[ohn] Forbes, Capt. Strout informed me that in the month of February last, he stripped himself near the River, putting his cloathes upon a bush & writing upon his shoes, bury me, I have left enough.  He was found naked.   He was a man, a foreigner & addicted to intemperance, upon which account he was probably dismissed....This evening I was informed that Forbes was a man of small powers, & had left our worship for several years & joined the new lights. It was no small consolation to receive such information, as superstition would have made a cruel application to a Liberal Society.

From the 1790 United States Census, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

John Forbes: 1 male over 16 (John),  2 males under 16 (John Jr. and another son),  2 females (Sarah and dau. Sarah)

1 Three of the four children are on the 1790 census above.
2 Charles Forbes was born in the summer after his father's death in 1791. William Bentley later became a mentor of Charles Forbes. (See CHARLES FORBES)

Footnotes 1-2 : NHC, 10/2001


Vital Records of Salem, Mass
Vol. 3,4- Salem Marriages
Essex Institute [Salem, Ma] 1916
US/Can 974.45/S1 V2e v.4

Vital Records of Salem, Mass
Vol. 5 - Salem Deaths
Essex Institute [Salem, Ma] 1916
US/Can 974.45/S1 V2e v.5

Parish List of Deaths
Essex Institute [Salem, Ma] 1882
US/Can 974.45/S1 K2b

The Diaries of William Bentley
Essex Institute [Salem, Ma] 1906
JSMB US/Can 921.73 B446b v.1

1790 United States Census
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts p.10