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My LeFORGE "brickwall" is my g-g-grandmother, Lavora LeFORGE. Born Abt 1836, in Indiana. (?)
Married Levi BOOTH, Sep 1860, Portsmouth, Scioto Co., OH. Died prob. mid-1890's, Portsmouth,Scioto Co, Ohio.Some records refer to her as "Lavory LeFORGEY", and other additional mis-spellings! Any additional info will be greatly appreciated..
.Thanks a million! Richard Osellame.
P.S. Various family member recollections say she was related to Thomas H. LeFORGE, known as the "White Crow Indian"...in the book "Memoirs of a White Crow Indian" by Thomas MARQUIS. pub. abt. 1828. I do recall, as a child, hearing my grand-parents talk about "crazy Ol' Uncle Tom, who went off to live with the Indians..." I have found no actual proof of any connection however...
I have just joined the list. I am decended from Isaac LaForge born in
France, through John L Lefforge (Born about 1766 in Hunterdon Co NJ) and
Mary L Smith (born 23 November 1773), William Charles Lefforge (born 3
September 1819 in Brookville, IN) and Elizabeth Tyner (born 8 June 1819),
and then Marget Barthenia Lefforge (Born 6 September 1854) who married
William Robert Runyan.
In looking for my line I found a book in the Hutchinson Community Library,
Hutchinson KS which is the "History of Rush Co., Indiana". It has entries
pp 544-547 Isaac Lefforge son of John and Sallie Lefforge who were natives
of New Jersey and South Carolina, respecitvely. His Isaac was bornin
Franklin Co. IN 17 October 1819. It also says he married a Florenda Brown
on 5 February 1845. Isaac and Florneda had eight children: Mary, Thomas
S., Philander, Jessie I, Lewis D and three unnamed who died in infancy.
p 436 Ephraim Lefforge born 12 January 1838 in Rush Co., IN, the youngest
son of Harriet (Herndon) and John Lefforge. It says that Harriet was born
in Virginianin 1807 and died 1 June 1867, and John was born in NJ 1795 and
dies in Rush Co., IN 6 June 1867. Harriet was John's second marriage,
(his waf first married to Sarah Lyons, who died leaving 5 children) and
occured in 1829. Ephraim married Mary (Westerfield) Davis in Madison Co.,
In 18 April 1844. Her parents are listed as Enoch and Ursula (Mauzy)
Westerfield, so she must have been a widow.
This was just the highlights of the information in the book. Hope this
Of interest is an original will among the C.E. Parker Papers written by an ESTHER VANGORDER. Mrs. VanGorder leaves her assets to John LaForge who is the Husband of her daughter JANE. This John LaForge and his origins were an unsolved mystery to Margaret Lane and, now, to me. Is Jane VanGorder a second wife for one of the New Jersey John Laforges? Or has anyone found them listed further up the Hudson? If the happy day arrives when I own a scanner, I'll put the handwritten document on the list page.
I'm responding to the roll call - I am descended from Isaac LaForge & Annie
Harris if Vigo County, Indiana. I am very new at this, but am enjoying it
Kelly Hampton rhamp4365(a)aol.com
Amie, count me in!! Don't know what I can add, am very new at this, but as
time goes on will become more knowledgeable. Tioll then if I am quiet don,t
assume I'm not there!!!
>From: "Amie Lawrence" <amielawrence(a)mediaone.net>
>Subject: [LAFORGE] FW: A Message from the List Owner -- List Participation
>Date: Thu, 30 Dec 1999 15:03:46 -0500
>From: Amie Lawrence [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: Thursday, December 30, 1999 12:13 PM
>To: Patty Onek
>Subject: RE: A Message from the List Owner -- List Participation
>Hope you've had a nice holiday season too and good luck with Y2K!
>As I was telling Pete, I agree that the Rootsweb site definitely has some
>downsides. But, I think that if I reinitiate the introductions things
>get better. I've seen lists on Rootsweb that really do have the same sense
>of community that our original list had (the Clermont, Ohio one for
>example), so I know it can be done.
>One of the things that seems to help the Clermont list, is that many of the
>e-mail discussions that would probably take place privately between
>individual Lefforge/Leforge researchers take place publicly over the list.
>The public conversations give more people a chance to get involved, and you
>never know when one little seemingly insignificant detail is going to spark
>a conversation or even a discovery (especially when you have twenty-five
>subscribers as we do now).
>As for your concern that the Lefforge lines are not noted anywhere, have
>thought about adding your Lefforge info to the Laforge GenConnect site?
>There are sections for adding wills, obituaries, biographies, etc.. Or,
>have you thought of starting one just for the Lefforge spelling? They're
>free, and you just send in a request to Rootsweb and they set it up for you
>in a few weeks.
>Also, do you think it would help to start an introductory web page just for
>the list with links to our individual sites (yours, Pete's, mine, and our
>list's GenConnect site) as well as a run down of some of the list members
>and their general lines? I'm willing to try anything at this point to get
>Let me know if it's okay to forward your initial e-mail and this response
>the list. You've raised some really good concerns and I think it might
>if the list read our discussion.
>Thanks and have a wonderful New Year,
>From: Patty Onek [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Thursday, December 30, 1999 9:58 AM
>To: Amie Lawrence
>Subject: Re: A Message from the List Owner -- List Participation
>Hello! I hope you enjoyed a nice holiday and wishing you a Happy New
>Year in 2000!
>I personally do not care for our new Rootsweb site. I liked our first
>one better, that Pete was struggling to get off the ground.
>For myself, I do not find any of my Lefforge lines listed anywhere. It
>is either "Laforge" or nothing. At least before, I knew who Charlotte,
>Judy, Pete, you and the others were searching for and your
>Rootsweb seems like "take a number" and hope you find your ancestors.
>I know that is not your fault. I would like to see us have a
>friendlier site. I would like to feel like my Lefforge lines are noted
>Just my 2 cents worth!!
>From: Amie Lawrence <amielawrence(a)mediaone.net>
>To: LAFORGE-L(a)rootsweb.com <LAFORGE-L(a)rootsweb.com>
>Date: Thursday, December 23, 1999 12:25 AM
>Subject: A Message from the List Owner -- List Participation
> >Hi Everybody,
> >Well, aside from Pete the list has been pretty quiet. The suggestion
> >been made that since the move to Rootsweb from Onelist, some of the
> >community may have been lost because not everyone knows who else is
> >subscribed. There seem to be two ways around this. The first option
> >that we can do a roll call. We've had some new subscribers since the
> >one. Also, especially in light of Pete being kind enough to copy and
> >distribute Lane's "The LaForge-Lefurgey Family of Westchester
> >might have some new discoveries by established list members. The
> >with roll calls is that not everyone participates. This leads us to
> >second option - I could forward a list of subscribers' names to the
> >Anyone who wished not to have their name forwarded could opt out by
> >me at amielawrence(a)mediaone.net. I imagine that many of us have
> >corresponded with each other at some point and, hopefully, this would
> >encourage those who have to catch each other up on their research and
> >Let me know what you think,
> >The List Owner
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