Hi Larry, Just happen to have the information you asked for by chance.My line is the New York one, but happened upon this one day doing research for another Forson "cousin".
Parents of William J. forson, born 1797 in NC are: William Forson, born about 1760 in VA and married in NC about 1784.I do not know his wife's name.
Children of William Forson are: Thomas Forson, abt 1785; Mary Forson, abt 1788, Elizabeth Forson, abt 1790; and William J., 1797.All children were born in NC.
Not certain how exactly yet, but believe we are related.(First names are repeated in our line continually, as you can tell by mine.)Our line is the New York branch, with John Forson, born 1829, as my eldest known forefather to date.(Perhaps cousins?)
Hope this is a help, and if interested, will give you sources also doing research on your line.
Incidently, do you have Bates relatives in Canada and Utah?