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John Forbes (b. Abt. 1613, d. Abt. 1661)John Forbes was born Abt. 1613 in Leyden, Holland, and died Abt. 1661 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.He married Constant Mitchell on Abt. 1637 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, daughter of Thomas Mitchell and Margaret Williams.
Notes for John Forbes:
John, a colonel in the Dutch service, was one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater, Massachusetts."John Forbes a.k.a. Fobes, born 1608, in Leyden, Holland, died 1661 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.He was left in Holland when his father returned to Scotland after being granted a reprieve by King James.In Holland, it is said, he acquired a soft accent resulting in the recording of the name as Vobes, or Ffobes and finally Fobes.He was one of the fifteen young men who landed in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, in 1636, with Rev. Robinson's group.He was indentured to Isaac Allerton, the richest man in Plymouth Colony, to pay for his passage."John came to Plymouth with the remnants of John Robinson's church.Many of the pilgrims who came in the Mayflower, and the boats that followed later, lived in Holland before coming to Massachusetts.Many lived in Leydon, which is near Delft, where Rev. John Forbes (his father) took up his pastorate about the time the Mayflower left.They apparently had to come though Delft to board the boat at Delft Haven.It is natural to suppose that John Forbes the younger was aquainted with the pilgrims who came in the Mayflower, and with those who were left in Delft.The thirty five thousand in Holland who were forced out of Britain by religious intolerance had much in common and we may assume that John Forbes chose to cast his lot with Rev. Robinson's flock at Leyden and to come over with the last load in 1636, two years after his father's death.
"It is a matter of history that the pilgrims left Holland because their children were growing up to be more Dutch than British.Many British had difficulty with the Dutch names, and the Dutch with the English. Inter-marriages became a worry.The letters V and F are used much the same in Dutch.After thirty years in Holland, Forbes became Vobes.When he came to Plymouth or to Duxbury just across the bay, he was among people who knew him in Holland as Vobes.
In 1637 he was known to have been at Powder Point, also at Green Harbor. He was granted land at Powder Point where he built a home and lived there for five years.He was a tailor by trade.John married before moving to Bridgewater, Constant Mitchell, who was born in Leyden, Holland, after the birth of her older brother Experience Mitchell who came to America on the Ann in 1623." --Clan Forbes Society.
John's father, Rev. John Forbes, was the head of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.Exiled by King James I for religious reasons, John went to France, then Holland, where he became pastor of the British church at Delft, Holland, twelve miles from the Pilgrim's church at Leyden.
Orson Welles and writer Horatio Alger Jr. are descendants.
More About John Forbes:
Burial: Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts.
Record Change: January 09, 2004
More About John Forbes and Constant Mitchell:
Marriage: Abt. 1637, Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
Children of John Forbes and Constant Mitchell are:
- +Elizabeth Forbes, b. March 06, 1656/57, Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, d. December 26, 1739, Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.