Below I have copied some info I have collected about the Andrew FORGEY & Margaret REYNOLDS family of Hawkins County, TN. If anyone has any additional info I would appreciate it! Thank you, Annette Kapple
My FORGEY family First Generation: Andrew FORGEY Sr. was born on 4 Feb 1732 in Ireland.
Andrew married Margaret REYNOLDS in Ireland.
Children of Andrew FORGEY & Margaret REYNOLDS:
Hugh, James, John, Nancy, Margaret, Andrew, and possibly Sarah
Andrew died 3 Aug 1809 in Hawkins County, Tennessee.
Margaret REYNOLDS was born on 25 Dec 1741 in Creggan Parish, Co. Louth, Ireland.
Margaret died on 1 Jun 1828 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. Margaret was the daughter of Hugh Reynolds and Mary DUER.
Margaret REYNOLDS-FORGEY had strong family ties to several families living in, and around, the Flat Creek area of Knox County. Margaret's brother James REYNOLDS lived in the Flat Creek area. Her niece Mary REYNOLDS was married to Jeremiah PATE a neighbor of the FORGEYS living on Flat Creek. In 1806 Andrew, Alexander and Hugh FORGEY were listed in the Militia Company of Captain John REYNOLDS. He was a nephew of Margaret. Margaret's daughter Margaret FORGEY-ROBERTS, born about 1774, married Henry ROBERTS a resident of the Flat Creek area. On 11 Jan 1808 both Henry ROBERTS and Alexander FORGEY appeared in court, and took the oath to become Justices of the Peace for Knox County, TN. Margaret's grand-daughter Rebecca FORGEY-CRAWFORD was buried at the Washington Pike Presbyterian Church cemetery which is located in the Flat Creek area of Knox County; and this church may have been built on FORGEY property.
In 1779 Andrew FORGEY Sr. was convicted of selling liquor without a license and above the rates. The trial took place in Washington County, Virginia.
Andrew FORGEY Sr. may have had a brother named Alexander FORGEY. He lived in Washington County, Virginia. The names of his descendants are unknown. Both Alexander and Andrew, it is believed, originally settled in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. In 1773 Andrew FORGEY purchased land there, and Alexander FORGEY was a witness to this transaction. Alexander and Andrew appear on tax lists for Peters Township from 1772 to 1774.
Andrew FORGEY lived in the Surgoinsville area of Hawkins County, TN. A creek named Forgey Creek is located there. The Jacob ROLLER family lived in nearby Scott County, Virginia. Andrew owned 400 acres of land according to the 1809 tax list for Hawkins County. He purchased this land in 1782; the deed reads as follows:
"DEED BOOK 1, Page 133 Deed from NORTH CAROLINA to ANDREW FORGES, No. 78 For and in consideration of the sum of fifty shillings for every hundred acres paid into the Treasury by Andrew Forges, we have granted to him a tract of land containing four hundred acres, lying on Possum Creek in Stanley Valle, beginning on Hugh Crafford's corner in the north side of the valley. Given under my hand and seal this 23rd day of October 1782."
Andrew FORGEY Sr. was probably from Creggan,Co Armagh, Ireland. The family of Margaret REYNOLDS has been traced back to nearby Creggan Parish, Co. Louth, Ireland.
Second Generation: Hugh FORGEY was born about 1762 in Ireland.
He married Catherine FISHER in Tennessee.
The first mention of Hugh FORGEY I have found is in the Knoxville Gazette Volume 1 Number 2. dated 19 Jan 1792.
"I gave a bond to Leonard Rice for $250 with a bearing date of November last, and payable on June next. Rice has given three horses that are now proven stolen. I will not pay said bond." Hugh Forgey
Hugh lived on land originally owned by his father Andrew Sr.. Andrew Sr. gave this tract of land to his son John; which he in turn sold to his brother James. According to Andrew Sr.'s 1809 will he wanted his son James to take possession of the tract. Evicting his son Hugh? Hugh did inherit $100 from his father.
Hugh appears on the 1809 tax list for Hawkins County, TN. He is listed as owning no land and 1 horse.
A Hugh FORGEY is listed as a Juror in Knox County, TN in the year 1793, and serves as a Juror nearly every year until this Hugh sold his 250 acres on Flat Creek in 1806. He may be the same Hugh referred to above.
In April of 1795 a Hugh FORGEY sued Joseph BEARD in Knox County, TN. Hugh had previously testified in the James FORGEY adm. of John FORGEY vs. Joseph BEARD case, which took place in 1794 in Knox County. Joseph accused Hugh of perjury in that case, stating that he uttered a "damned eternal lie." Hugh sued Joseph for slander. He asked for $1000 in damages, but only received $5.00. James FORGEY testified for Hugh. The Sheriff had difficulty finding James FORGEY. He failed in his first attempt to contact James. He said he could not find him under his name or "alias"?
In 1800 Hugh FORGEY testified about a land grant property line dispute, in Knox County, TN. Hugh testified that he was a chain bearer for Thomas HUTCHINGS when he surveyed land grants in the winter of 1786.
A Hugh FORGEY was bondsman for Wm. SNODGRASS and Rachel WHITE when they married on 2 Mar 1797 in Knox County, TN. In 1799 Hugh witnessed a William SNODGRASS deed.