I am descended from the Forneys who were parents of Catherine Ann Forney, wife of Jacob
Fetterhoff. Her brother, b. 9 16 1806, Samuel D. Forney, later spelling his name Fahrney, was my gr. etc.
This might be of interest to you.
Catherine Ann Forney Fetterhoff's mother was
Catherine Reichard (Richard, Rickert, various Americanizations have evolved.)
In the 1850 census for Guilford Twp, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania:
#524 #571 Catherine Forney 62
Ann Fetterhoff 35
Hirum Fetterhoff 13
Jacob Fetterhoff 11
Albert Fetterhoff 7
#524 #572 Isaac Combs 39 (Shoemaker)
Elizabeth Combs 37
Levi Combs 15
Otterbrin Combs 8
Susan Combs 1
#524 #573 Samuel Forney 44
Rebecca Forney 43
Henry Forney 17
William Forney 15
Rebecca Forney 13
Jeremiah Forney 11
Nancy Forney 9
Samuel Forney 7
Jacob Forney 2
All born in Pennsylvania.
The first number represents the household, the second the family. Apparently they all shared a
home. Catherine is listed as having real property valued at some amount difficult to decipher, perhaps $400. Next door to them were Samuel D. Forney's family. Samuel is 44, his occupation is farmer. His wife, Rebecca, is marked as unable to read or write. I am interested in finding out who Reecca was.
Franklin Co. Land Records - p/ 305
4 2 1841 -- Catherine Forney of Guilford Twp sold to Peter Bert of the same place for $291 -
land in Letterkenny Twp. - by Bowman's heirs - by Jacob Forney's - John Leman - contains 11
acres and 41 perches.
This is "part of the real estate of Jacob Forney who died intestate." whose heirs conveyed to same by releases.
In county histories stories about Henry Forney b. 7 6 1820 Franklin Co. PA and Matthias R. Forney, b. 7, 1824, Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA, say they are the 10th and 11th children of Jacob Forney and Catherine Reichard. Both Jacob and Catherine are said to be from Lancaster
County. Jacob died in Franklin Co., PA 1824, Catherine there in 1862. Catherine is the daughter
of John Reichard (tinner), born in Germany, I have been told. I would like to know more about her family if anyone can help me.
Catherine Ann or Ann Forney Fetterhoff, had, besides Jacob and Albert Richard, and you say Ezra
(I didn't have that - where did you see it?) a son, Hiram Rickert Fetterhoff -
About him: Cleave's Biographical Cyclopædia of
Homoeopathic Physicians and Surgeons
By Egbert Cleave
Presented by Sylvain Cazalet
FETTERHOFF, HIRAM RICKERT, M. D., of Newville, Pa., was
born in Franklin county, Pa., on May 10th, 1837. His parents were Americans, but
of German descent. His father, a farmer in Franklin county, died when he was but eleven years old. His education was obtained partly at a public school, and partly at Fayetteville Academy, his attendance at the latter being of very limited duration.
For the rest he is indebted to his own unaided efforts, principally put forth while teaching public school. Between the period when he left public school and
attended the academy, he worked at cabinet-making in Chambersburg, having no taste for agricultural pursuits, being apprenticed thereto when sixteen. He showed
great mechanical aptitude, in three months being able to make any kind of plain furniture as well as experienced workmen. He, however, was taken sick, and lost his situation. It was on recovery that he attended the Fayetteville Academy, on leaving which for several years he taught school during the winter, and worked at
house-carpentering during the summer. For some time he had cherished the idea of becoming a physician, but, at the solicitation of several clergymen, he decided upon entering the ministry, and took an appointment at the age of twenty. A chronic sore throat, however, compelled him to abandon preaching in two years, when having an aversion to school-teaching, and being in need of funds with
which to support his family, he took up ambrotyping and photographing, as requiring but a short time to learn and only a limited capital. In three weeks he had learned sufficient to work at it, and for a time traveled from town to town. In May, 1861, he located at Greencastle, Pa., and began the study of dentistry under Dr. E. B. Hamill, subsequently practicing it in connection with photography. During the Rebellion he learned the business of telegraph operator to accommodate the citizens of the place, there being a line of telegraph, but no permanent operator. Subsequently he opened a telegraph office in connection with his other business, acting at the same time as United States Military Telegraph Operator at eadquarters of the Signal Corps, Department of Susquehanna, it being located here for several years.
Later on, he sold his photographic gallery ; established a book-store and news depot, and, having engaged a clerk, set himself to the long contemplated study of medicine; he pursued it for several years, and then in March, 1867, selling out his business, removed to Chambersburg, where he entered into partnership with H. Forrest, D. D. S., in the practice of dentistry. While so engaged, he investigated the principles of homoeopathy, and becoming convinced of the superiority of that system, at once adopted it, and commenced its study under B. Bamman, M. D. On March 3rd, 1869, he graduated at the Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, among the first of the class. On April 1st, of the same year, he commenced practice at Newville, Cumberland county, Pa., where homoeopathy was then comparatively unknown. His successful treatment, especially of several cases, which the allopathic physicians had pronounced incurable, soon gained him the
confidence of the people, and four years sufficed to build up an extensive practice among the most intelligent and substantial families in the locality. Dr. Fetterhoff is a member of the Cumberland Valley Homoeopathic Medical
Society, the Pennsylvania State Homoeopathic Medical Society, and the American Institute of Homoeopathy. In February, 1871 and 1873, he represented the
Cumberland Valley Society in the State Society, and also in the American Institute in June, 1871. He was also a delegate from the State Society to the American
Institute in June, 1872. In February, 1873, he was elected Second Vice-President of the Pennsylvania State Medical Society.
Source : Cleave's Biographical Cyclopædia of Homoeopathic Physicians and Surgeons By Egbert
Copyright © Sylvain Cazalet 2002
More on him from Familysearch.org
Household Record1880 United States Census
NameRelation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace
Hiram R. FETTERHOFFSelfMMaleW43PAPhysicianPAPA
Mary FETTERHOFFWifeMFemaleW45PAKeeping HouseVAVA
Sclena FETTERHOFFDauSFemaleW22PAAt HomePAPA
Ira FETTERHOFFSonSMaleW15PAAt SchoolPAPA
Census Place Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
Family History Library Film1254501
NA Film NumberT9-0501
The daughter's name is really Selena.
More on Albert R. here:
In the 1880 census we find his mother, Catherina A. (Forney) Fetterhoff, living with her second
husband, Daniel Albaugh, a shoemaker,and her son, Daniel's stepson, Albert Fetterhoff, age
35, in Boonesboro, Washington, Maryland. Family History Library Fil m 1254516, NA Film number
T9-0516, Page number 169B. Her occupation, Keeping House. Albert's is said to be "Boarding"
where an opccupation should have been listed.
Individual Record1880 United States Census
Albert H. FETTERHOFF Household
(I don't know where they got the middle initial "H" here - it isn't in the actual household
listing and it's wrong!)
-----------------------------------------------------------Birth Year <1845>
Marital Status S
Head of Household Daniel ALBAUGH
Father's Birthplace PA
Mother's Birthplace PA
I have as Catherine Reichart Forney's hiusband, Jacob, as you do, because someone gave me that, a Forney expert, and the biographical history info about Matthias and Henry, her 10th and 11th children, but I know little else about them. There were Brethren Fahrneys and Reicherts who
founded the famous little Antietem (battleground Mumma farm) Dunkard (Brethren) church, whose names are carved in its lintels or rafters, who can be read about on the Antietem sites, but I think the Hagerstown Fahrneys claim those are their family members, and I haven't been able to show how this Jacob ties in with their line, though I'm sure it does since Samuel D. is buried in
Boontown cemetery like they are, and the family moved to Hagerstown MD and spelled their name
Fahrney in Samuel D.'s later life. (The Hagerstown Fahrneys are descendants of the Dr. Peter
Fahrney of herbal fame, whose son became so rich on patent medicines and went to Chicago where
he was a millionaire. They are hazy about his or!
igins so it's hard to say where he came form in reference to the Chambersberg Forneys, though
he went to live there at one point in his life. Confusing!)
Anything you know about the Forneys or Reicherts in your Fetterhoff familieswould help me, or if anyone knows more about the families of the Fetterhoffs descended from the Forneys, that would also help me, because maybe one of them knows something about the Reichart family - descendants of Hiram and of Ira who both had that family's name as a middle name.