MYmother came across this copy of a
phamplet for this re union
THE ANNUAL RE-UNION
-will be held-
At the Pic Nic Grounds,Fair Haven,N.Y
PRAYER -------------REV. R.D.PIERSON
SOLO----------------MRS. E.S. FORMAN
REMARKS-------------DR. E.S. FORMAN
SELECTION-----------MRS. H.L. HOYT
REMINISCENCES-------DEBORAH BAIRD,ISAAC HOYT,WM GRIGGS,
NELSON KLINE,JOHN GRIGGS AND OTHERS
REFRESHMENTS,BASEBALL,PASTIMES,AND A TRIP ON THE LAKE
A Pleasant Time is AnticipatedAnswer to the Roll Call
HISTORY OF THE FORMAN FAMILY
PAPER READ BY H.L. HOYT AUGUST 29,1888
It has been custom in the past for historians to begin their narrative with "once upon a time" this is doubtless owing to the fact that the exact date when their narrative shoul begin, is somewhay obscure, and being dependent, more or less, on tradition, is somewhat liable to be faulty.
It seems best to ye historian not to depart from the precedent established, so we will commence by saying: Once upon a time inMerrie Old England there were heard rumors of a land across the sea-- which land was said to flow with milk and honey--and, above all, where freedom of conscience and liberty to voice that conscience were accorded every man; and the right to live, move and have our being subject to no laws based on a despot's power, was the condition which thrilled the hearts of three stalwart Englishmen,whose Christian names were Thomas, Harry and John, and whose surname was the magical one which to-day brings us together and which we delight to honor, "Forman." Like all other names there has been much speculation as to its orgin, which as yet is shrouded in mystery. The most common supposition is that a circumstance like there being four men in a family, or that some one was a foreman over workmen, gave rise to the name, or it may have been a much different sounding name at its start and been gradually changed as so many others have. Howbeit as far back as we can trace, it has been the same; and we trustthat no alterations may take place in the future, but that it shall be spelledF-o-r-m-a-n, and pronounced Forman. So much for the name, let us now resume the thread of our story. With bouyant hearts the brothers set sail and a little later in the year---1736---landed on the shores of our own native land and though we do not know for a certainty their experience, it is yet fair to presume that it was similar to pioneers of other names and that they endured the hardships, suffered the privations, and braved the dangers incident to the times in order to secure a home and its attendant blessings.
We have no knowledge of but one of the three brothers, Thomas. His family consisted of three sons---Aaron, Thomas and Jonathan, and one daughter, Freelove. Nothing is known concerning Thomas and Jonathan. Freelove married the Rev. Jonthan Lyon, and had one daughter, Jane, who married one of the brothers Harper, founders of the firm of Harper Bros., and by him had two children Fletcher and Jane Harper. Fletcher's children are Joseph and Fletcher, Jr. We learn through the papers that Fletcher,Jr. has recently married a daughter of the late Hiram sibley, of Rochester,N.Y.There were four children in Aaron's family, Ogden, Charlotte, Phebe and Freelove;the mother's name was Deborah Hoyt, who, by her marriage with Aaron Forman, united a family which have representatives sitting with us to-day equally related to each family. Charlotte had one daughter, Lydia, who, by a strange coincidence married a Hoyt, and their son, Elwin, living in the West, has received an invitation to be present with us to-day. Ogden died when about 40 years of age, leaving six sons and three daughters. The sons names were Jessie, Thomas, Monroe, John, Ralph and Dewitt, and the daughters, Phebe, Deborah andMartha Ann.
OfJessie'sfamily but four are living, Amon,Freelove, Emma and William Irving.OfThomas's family three are living , Mary Helen, Robert and Horace; two, Allison and Cynthia have passed to the other side.
There were seven in Monroe's family, Jerome, James, John H., Calvin, Charlie, Libbie and Sarahette; four are living and three, Libbie, Sarah and James are dead. Fortune has smiled on the family of John, for they are all living and most of them present with us to-day------ Dr. E.S. Forman, John D., Augusta and Philena, compose this group.Phebe, following the example of Lydia, marries a Hoyt, and six children blessed their union, three boys and three girls, four of them, Irene, Harrison, Benedict and Mayare still with us, and two have gone before-- Mattie and Frankie.
Ralph united his fortunes with Esther Horton and was blessed with three children, John Henry and twin girls, who have gone to the better land. Dewitt marriedHelen Shurtleff, he diedleaving only a widow.
Deborah married Wm. Baird and survives him without children; Martha Ann died unmarried, mourned by all who knew her.
There are eleven descendants in Jessie's family, Lettie, Mertie, Floyd, Rose, Lilias, Belle, Bessie, andWill , Matie, Johnny and Fred Forman. In Thomas's descendants but three are left, a son of Horace and a daughter and granddaughter of Mary Helen. In Monroe's family Jerome has five children, Carrie, Eddie, Jimmie, Debbie and Nelson. Charlie has three sons, William, Frankie and Howard; Calvin two daughters and one son, Iva, Monroe and Blanche.
In John's family,Dr. E.S. Forman has two children, Georgia and Andrew; John D., one, Clare; Augusta, one, Victor,(who has lately taken unto himself a wife.)
In Phebe's family Irene has five children, Erwin, Hattie, Nellie, May and the baby;Harrison L., one, Leslie; Benedict J., four, Winnie, Irene, Mary and Eva; May has three, Maggie, Edith and Bennie.
The silent invisible Reaper has not passed us by since we began to hold our reunions; first he came to the helpmeet of Uncle Ralph, and while he left behind a sorrowing soul, we trust the loved one enjoys the sunlight of perrennial skies. Then we heard of Sammy's death on the far Pacific coast, and last, we laid Jimmie tenderly away to rest and grieve that we shall see his genial form no more; and so one by one we shall cross the river until the last shall go, and then may there be a grand re-union on the plains of light where God shall wipe away all tears and deck us with crowns of fadeless splendor.
And while to one ungulfing grave
By Time's swift tide we're driven,
How sweet the thought that every wave
But bears us nearer Heaven;
There we shall meet when time is o'er,
In thatblest home to part no more.
the FORMAN line is the line i am researching
but looking for any info on any of these surnames