Hi Babs and Florence,
I just ran across the following information about John D. Forgy and family, if you haven't already seen it.This is found in the ""History of Cass County, Indiana, from its earliest settlement to the present time" (published in 1913) available on archive.org.
The first part is a very brief biography of John D. Forgy under a discussion of Cass County artists:
John D. Forgy, brother of C. P. Forgy of New Waverly, where he
was reared and educated; stjudied in Cincinnati and painted a number
of landscape views in Cass county, but his chief work was sketching for
books, papers and magazines. He was twice married, the last time in
Des Moines, Iowa, where Mr. Forgy lived some years before his death,
which occurred several years ago.
Not much information, but more than I had before.The second section is later in the book and mentions that J.D Forgy, the father, was an original settler. =======================
Tipton township formed a part of the Indian reserve and was not
opened to settlement until ten years after the settling of some other
portions of the county, and it was not until 1838 that the first white
man erected a cabin and took up his residence in this township. In that
year John D. Forgy and James Cook settled in section 1, township 26
north, range 2 east. They were not permanent residents, soon became
dissatisfied in their forest homes, sold their claims and moved to Logans-
port, where Mr. Forgy engaged in business for a short time, then re-
lumed to his native home in Ohio, where he died September 24, 1844.
He was the father of C. P. Forgy, now living in New Waverly.
The third is a biographical sketch of Churchill P. Forgy and gives more detail about the family's history.
Churchill P. Forgy was born in Clark county, Ohio, on January
27, 1835, and was the son of John D. and Catherine (Voorhees) Forgy.
John D. was the son of John, who in turn was the son of the first John
Forgy, who lost his life in the manner mentioned above. John D. Forgy,
fathei' of the subject, was reared in Virginia, the mother being a native
of New Jersey, where she was reared. As a boy, the subject passed some
time in a school at Princeton, N. J., then came to Indianapolis where he
worked as a printer, and afterwards came to Logansport. It was at
Logansport that his father had settled in 1836, where he opened up a
general merchandise store and continued thus in business until 1840,
afterward going to Dayton, Ohio, and entering the employ of Churchill
Phillips, as confidential clerk. He was with them for a year or more,
then moved to New Carlisle, Ohio, where he bought a farm on the out-
skirts of the town, and remained there until death claimed him in
After some years passed in the printing business in Indianapolis,
C. P. Forgy finally settled in New Waverly, in Cass county, engaged in
the general merchandise business, and took charge of the grain eleva-
tors. He continued to be thus occupied until 1902, when he retired
from active business pursuits. He has enjoyed a goodly share _ of
prosperity in all his business ventures, and is well equipped to enjoy
the remainder of his life free from business cares or worries.
C. P. Forgy, it may be said, was one of the four children of his
parents. He had one sister, Maria, who is now deceased; Stern W. went
to the war as a captain in Gen. John A. Logan's army and died from
the service in the army. The third son, Dickinson J., also joined the
Union army in southern Illinois, serving through the war, and he died
in New Waverly in 1909.
On December 14, 1859, Mr. Forgy married Louise M. Quick, the
daughter of C. R. Quick, of New Waverly, and his wife, Lucinda (Sloan)
Quick. ]Ir. Forgy is a member of the Presbyterian church, and his
fraternal affiliations are with the Masonic order, in which he held the
office of treasurer for a number of years. He is also a member of the
Odd Fellows, and has held the same important office in that society.
Mr. Forgy 's life in New Waverly has been one of the most beneficent
order, and he and his estimable wife have a host of good friends in and
about the community, where they are well known for their many excel-
lent qualities, and for the high character of their citizenship. Mr.
Forgy 's identification with the community has only been for its best
good, and the place he has won and yet retains in public opinion is one
that might well be envied.
Hope this helps,