About James Clark Forbes
James Clark Forbes was named after is uncle Clark Brewster, brother of his mother Melissa Brewster.
JAMES CLARK FORBES
Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin
J. C. FORBES was born in Aurora, Erie Co., N.Y., July 8, 1828; lived there and in the vicinity until coming to Kingston, Green Lake Co., Wis., in July 1861, where he remained for seven years; removed to Portage in 1867, and engaged in his present business, which he still continues to follow, that of watchmaker and jeweler, the same business he has been engaged in for the last thirty years. Married in the town of Marilla, N.Y., Aug. 7, 1851, to Betsey M. ELLS; she was born in Evans, Erie Co., N.Y.; they have six children living - James S., Melissa M., Henry M., Samuel L., Frederick J., and George C., lost two children, one daughter, Amelia, who died at the age of 4 years and 5 months, and one son, Sherman, at the age of 10 months. Mr. F. is a member of the Temple of Honor.
1850 United States Federal Census
about Clark Forbs (Forbes)
Name: Clark Forbs
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1832
Birth Place: New York
Home in 1850(City,County,State): Aurora, Erie, New York
Sherman Forbs 46
Melissa Forbs 45
Clark Forbs 18
Lucinda Forbs 15
Aaron Forbs 11
Sherman Forbs 7
Samuel L Forbs 5
Clark Forbes, "New York, State Census, 1855"
Name: Clark Forbes
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1855
Event Place: E.D. 1, Aurora, Erie, New York, United States
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1832
Family Number: 150
Line Number: 45
GS Film number: 825680
Digital Folder Number: 005207118
Image Number: 00154
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Clark Forbes M 23
Wife Betsey Forbes F 19
Child James Forbes M 1
Boarder Oliver Brewer M 19
Wife Lucinda Brewer F 20
Child George W Brewer M 3
Child Charles Brewer M 0
Enlisted as a Private on 14 February 1865 in Company K, 28th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin. Mustered out on 23 Aug 1865 at Brownsville, TX.
U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
about James C Forbes
Name: James C Forbes
Residence: Westford, Wisconsin
Enlistment Date: 14 Feb 1865
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Wisconsin
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company K, Wisconsin 28th Infantry Regiment on 14 Feb 1865.
Mustered out on 23 Aug 1865 at Brownsville, TX.
Sources: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion
Wisconsin 28th Infantry Regiment:
On Feb. 22, 1865, it was ordered to Mobile and was assigned to the 3d brigade, 3d division, 13th corps. It was in the trenches before Spanish Fort from March 27 until April 8, was then sent to McIntosh bluff; worked on fortifications until the middle of May, and was then ordered to Texas for guard and garrison duty at Clarksville.
It was mustered out Aug. 3, 1865, at Brownsville. Its original strength was. 961. Gain by recruits, 144; substitutes, 32; total, 1,137. Loss by death, 231; desertion, 31; transfer, 81; discharge, 221; mustered out, 573.
Fought on 27 Mar 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Fought on 28 Mar 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Fought on 29 Mar 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Fought on 30 Mar 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Fought on 31 Mar 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Fought on 2 Apr 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Fought on 4 Apr 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 62
J.C. Forbes was established at Portage as a jeweler and watchmaker in 1867. By 1883 until 1890, he was located at 316 DeWitt (25/13). In 1890, he moved to the east side of the street (Portage Public Library n.d. [photo]; Butterfield 1880: 597, 663; Wright 1890).
Listed on the American Silversmiths site as a Jeweler and watchmaker.
1870 United States Federal Census
about Clark J Forbes
Name: Clark J Forbes
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1831
Age in 1870: 39
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Portage Ward 4, Columbia, Wisconsin
Clark J Forbes 39
Betsy M Forbes 35
James S Forbes 16
Melissa J Forbes 14
Henry M Forbes 10
Samuel L Forbes 1
1880 United States Federal Census
about James C. Forbes
Name: James C. Forbes
Home in 1880: Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1829
Birthplace: New York
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Betsey
Father's birthplace: New York
Mother's birthplace: New York
Marital Status: Married
James C. Forbes 51
Betsey Forbes 45
Samuel L. Forbes 11
Fredrick J. Forbes 8
George C. Forbes 3
As the Portage business district flourished in the 1880s, the city developed municipal improvements. It built its first waterworks to provide city water in 1887. The year before, the American Gas Company of Beloit introduced gas lighting along its streets, in public buildings, and in 40 dwellings. Portage was an early Wisconsin community to receive this amenity. Limited telephone service was first established in the city in 1883. "Electricity generated by battery by Henry FORBES was turned on for the first time in his father's jewelry (James Clark FORBES) store before a crowd of breathlessly awed spectators standing ankle deep in dust on DeWitt St., [No. 316], about 1885. The tiny gleam from this one carbon lamp was a sensation."
Wisconsin Census, 1820-90
about James C. -Dec- Forbes
Name: James C. -Dec- Forbes
County: Columbia County
Township: E.D. 69 Portage
Database: WI 1890 Veterans Schedule