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Updated January 17, 2008

Margaret Ann Forbes Piercy

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James Forbush was born in 1657 in Aberdeenshire Scotland and came to America.
Forbush name first appeared on the tax books in 1678 in Accomack Virginia. He had acquired 100 acres of land near Modest Town on the Eastern Shore from, Daniel of St. Thomas and Elizabeth Jennifer, which he later sold in 1701.
I later found that James Forbush was in Jamaica the year 1678. This record shows that this James Forbush married Eliza Garrett some question about her last name, January 10, 1696 listed in the Barbados Records. I have not been able find out when they left Barbados for Virginia. Where he had settled earlier in Modest on the Eastern Shore. Eliza arrival in America, however is not known.
James and Eliza (Alice) began their family. John, James Jr., Elizabeth, Thomas, Bailey and Edward. They could have stared their family before they were married because in those days that was the custom. They would tell the elders and families they were to marry. Then later when a Preacher would come by they would be married by him.
James Forbush and his family were admitted to North Carolina on October 20, 1701 after they sold their farm in Accomack County, Virginia in April of 1701. Forbush was admitted and assigned to Issac Guilford who sponsored him.
The next we hear of Forbush in North Carolina, was his acquisition of a land grant in Riddle, North Carolina which states "James Forbush October 21, 1715, 532 acres on ye North East side of Pasquotank River, joining a Beaver Dam Swamp."
This land grant was possible because on March 24, 1663, Charles 2nd, granted a charter for Carolina, to eight Lords Proprietors.
They named the area Albemarle County and sent a letter to Govenor Berkley, authorizing him to appoint a governor and six councillors for Carolina. Berkley, who was the only proprietor that lived in Virginia was in no hurry to set up a government for Carolina. In April, he issued one patent for Carolina land and on September 25, he issued 28 others.
The 532 acreas of land James Forbush and his wife Eliza (Alice)recieved from the land grant was in what is now Riddle community of Camden County.
James Forbush gave his sons, James Jr., Bailey, Thomas and John 100 acres. He gave his youngest son Edward 132 acres and the manor plantation (after the death of his mother and father.) The Forbush daughter Elizabeth was not deeded any land which was the custom then.
The gift was acknowledged to be probated April 23, 1719 by W. Morris, Register. The deed was recorded in Pasquotank County in 1719, because deeds and records were not recorded in Camden County until 1777.
James Forbes left no will.
The Forbes clan scattered nationwide today, continued to live in the section of Camden County still known as Riddle. This area was first called Forbes until after the Civil War.
Each year for the past 34 years, there has been a gathering of the Forbes Clan in Old Trap Noth Carolina. This takes place the second Sunday in August. The Celebration of Kin is held at Willard Forbes' home at Thomas Point on the River.
(This historical account of the Forbes family has been compiled over a period of years by Willard Forbes, who has traveled to Scotland, Barbados, Eastern Shore Virginia and Raleigh Archives to gether information. He has also hired a number of genealogists to help research.)
This year's reunion was dedicted to the first Forbes (Forbush)immigrants to this area, James and Eliza (Alice) and their six children. This is the 300th Anniversay celebration of James and Eliza (Alice) Forbes arrival in North Carolin. On October 20, 2001, there was a dedication of the new James and Alice Memorial in Riddle, North Carolina on Pond Road in the yard of Daniel Forbes. The sevice was at 11am followed by a pig-pickin with no charge--but donations would be appreciated at this time for the memorial.
This marker of history will tell future generations about their pioneering ancestors.

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