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Darlene Marte (View posts)
Posted: 1006826646000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fornshell, Franklin, Buskness,
Does anyone have information on James Fornshell family?b.7-24-1858 in Van Buren, IND. d 1923 in Jamestown ND. He married Mary Ann Franklin at Howard Lake, MN. They had six children. 4 sons Charles, Lee, James, Bert. 1 daughter Pearl, and one child died in infancy. His Father was Robert Fornshell but I have no other information on Robert.Please e-mail me at

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Bobbi Jo Dewey (View posts)
Posted: 1013575450000
Classification: Query
James is my Graet Grandmother's Brother. I don't have much information on this family but I am willing to share what I have. Please email me at

Bobbi Jo

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Posted: 1019246375000
Classification: Query
My father was Lester William Fornshell, who was born in Marion, Indiana and had 2 siblings, Elizabeth (Fornshell) Baird who married a Doyle and lived in Van Buren, IN years ago, and a brother named George Sheets Fornshell. His father was Edward Fornshell and his mother was Mary Ellen (Sheets) Fornshell. She was born in Huntington, IN, I believe.

We've been searching and the history of the Fornshells is quite elusive. I believe they are all related, since I know some lived on the Ohio line or close to it. But nobody seems to know for sure. All the children from this marriage and any prior and after, were either raised by other families or adopted out from the orphanage in Marion.

I've been told that "Jim" Fornshell, who lived in Van Buren, Indiana 54 or 55 years ago, was my father's cousin, but of that I'm not sure. I was always led to believe that when he met Jim, he referred to him as his half-brother.

Do you have any information that would help ME?

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Cherry Fornshell Charlson (View posts)
Posted: 1019708955000
Classification: Query
Still looking for ancestery of James Edward Fornshell. Email me at please, if you have any info.

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Cherry (Fornshell) Charlson (View posts)
Posted: 1020828002000
Classification: Query
James E. Fornshell's (10-25-1889 to 11-4-1959) mother was Sarah Leora Alexander (2-18-1863 to 12-26-1902 and his father was Edward McClellan Fornshell (2-1-1864 to 10-17-1926) Their children, along with James, are: Robert D. Fornshell (1887- ), Harley S. Fornshell (1-1-1891 to ?),
Mary Ethel Fornshell (9-26 to 1892), Alice Fornshell (10-1894 to11-6-1980), Gladys Marie Fornshell (1-18-1897 to 3-3-1933),
Edith E. Fornshell (8-20-1900 to 3-28-1901), Hazel L. Fornshell 2-25-1902 to 10-11-1984) James E. Fornshell's obituary mentions a half-sister Mrs. Cecil Baird of Harford City and a half brother Lester Fornshell, address unknown.
He also had a half-brother named Charles, who was adopted out. I KNOW that James is my father's half-brother. We met him in Van Buren years ago when I was young. My father was Lester William Fornshell. (6-2-1908 to 7-12-1989)

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Posted: 1030572121000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1085971981000
Biographical & Historical Record of Adams & Wells Counties
1887, pp875-876

Robert D. FORNSHELL, general merchant, Dillman, and one of the self-made men of Jackson Township, was born in East Waterford, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, December 26, 1818. His parents, Joseph and Margery (DOUGLASS) FORNSHELL, were also natives of Pennsylvania, and of German descent. They were reared and married in their native state, and about the year of 1823 emigrated to Peble County, Ohio. The mother died in Highland County, Ohio, and the father's death occurred in Jay County, Indiana. They had a family of three children who grew to maturity. The father was a wheelwright by occupation, which he followed until his death. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The mother was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Robert D. FORNSHELL, the subject of this sketch, lived with his grandparents in Pennsylvania until fourteen years of age. After their death his father took him to his home in Preble County, Ohio, where he remained about five years, and then went to live with an uncle in Highland County, Ohio, with whom he lived until reaching his majority, when he began working on the farm as a farm laborer. In 1842, being anxious to improve his mind and fit himself for business, he attended the common schools of his neighborhood, and later spent two terms at the academy in Hillsborough, Ohio. October 5, 1844, he arrived in Van Buren Township, Grant County, Indiana, where he engaged in teaching school. He was married August 18, 1846, to Mary A. PITCHER, who was born in Morgan County, Pennsylvania, October 29, 1829. Eleven children were born to this union, whose names are-- Amanda M., William O. (deceased), Arthur N., Franklin P., Mary M., James B., Joshua P., Edward M., Robert D., Ida A. and Lavannee C. Mr. FORNSHELL taught altogether twenty-three terms of school, mostly in Van Buren Township, following that avocation during the winter months, and in the summer season followed farming. He bought a heavily timbered farm in Van Buren Township, which he cleared and improved. For two years he was employed as clerk in the store of Robert GILBERT. In 1880 he engaged in the general mercantile business in the village of Van Buren, Grant Co, Indiana, and in 1883 bought the store of Henry TEMPLETON at Dillman, Jackson Township, Wells County, where he still remains. Mr. FORNSHELL is a man of good business ability, and is meeting with success in his present enterprise, doing an annual business of several thousand dollars. While a resident of Van Buren Township, Grant County, Mr. FORNSHELL held the office of justice of the peace for twenty years. Mr. FORNSHELL began life in Van Buren entirely without means, having but $1.37, and from this small beginning he has by perserving industry and good management become one of the prosperous citzens of Jackson Township, being now the owner of the good business, a comfortable home, and forty acres of choice land. Mr. FORNSHELL in his political views affiliates with the Democratic party, and has held several local offices. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1857, in which year he united with Grant Lodge at Marion, Grant County. He is now a member of King Lodge, No. 246, A.F. and A.M., at Warren, Huntington County, Indiana. He and his wife are formerly members of the Christian Church.
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