Forney Information On Oct. 13, 1769 the ship MINERVA landed in Philadelphia.Aboard was 2 individuals of interest to the Forneys.First is Jacob Farny. Second is Joseph Farni.This information is available as follows: Pennsylvania German Pioneers by Ralph Beaver Strassburgera, LLD, Penn. German Society, Morristown, PA1934, pg. 726 & 727, actual copy of signature 839 & 840 Ancestor Search, Palatine Ship Passenger List web sighthttp:/www.palproject.org/pa/1769minerva.htm
The immigration service changed both last names to Forney.This was done because the immigration personnel spoke English and the passengers spoke German.The translation was made to Forney for both men.
In the book “Sketches of the Forney Family” by H.O.F., Harper & Brother Company, Philadelphia, 1911, chapter VIII, titled “Jacob Forney of Cumberland County” is about Jacob Farny.
Joseph Farni settled in Somerset Pa.See Somerset County Pa Forneys
On Oct. 16, 1721 Johann Adam Forney arrived in the Colonies.He was related to Jacob Farny who arrived in 1769.This information is in a letter that I have possession of from Germany.Jacob Forney arrived in Philadelphia on the 23 Sept. 1752, married the same day, and lived with Johann Adam Forneyfor a short time (see Southern Forneys Immigrated to PA).
Members of my family were corresponding with the German Farnys until WWII. A Hans Farny was researching the family in 1962.Per my understanding of his letter, this letter was sent to a number of Forneys in the states.
Jacob Forney of Cumberland Co can be traced back to Germany.His name was Johann Jacob Farny.Look in the Durkheim, Germany church records.There is some information at the Lancaster Theology Seminary referring to 21 records from Germany sent to Jacob Forney.
Hope this helps some of you.I have not found my connection to the Forneys listed above