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James Clark Forbes

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Aurora, Erie, New York, United States
Death: May 17, 1890 (58)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sherman Forbes and Melissa Forbes
Husband of Betsy M. Forbes
Father of James Spencer Forbes; Melissa Jane Everson; Henry Millard Forbes; Samuel L. Forbes; <private> Forbes and 3 others
Brother of Lucinda Mariah Pantera; Aaron Forbes (USA); Sherman Forbes (USA) and Samuel L. Forbes
Half brother of Charles R. Berry

Occupation: Jeweler and Watch Maker, American Silversmith, Private in Company K, Wisconsin 28th Infantry Regiment USA
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About James Clark Forbes (USA)

James Clark Forbes was named after is uncle Clark Brewster, brother of his mother Melissa Brewster.


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

Age: 18

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1832

Birth Place: New York

Gender: Male

Home in 1850(City,County,State): Aurora, Erie, New York

Household Members:

Name Age

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

Gender: Male

Age: 23

Relationship to Head of Household: Head

Birth Year (Estimated): 1832

Family Number: 150

Line Number: 45

Page: 17

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.

Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~silversmiths/makers/silversmiths/244884.htm


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

Race: White

Gender: Male

Occupation: Jeweler

Household Members:

Name Age

Clark J Forbes 39

Betsy M Forbes 35

James S Forbes 16

Melissa J Forbes 14

Henry M Forbes 10

Samuel L Forbes 1


Name: J C Forbes

Event Place: Portage City, Columbia, Wisconsin

Number of White Males: 5

Number of White Females: 2

Number of Black Males:

Number of Black Females:

Line Number: 34

GS Film number: 1032690

Digital Folder Number: 4245041

Image Number: 00201

Citing this Record: "Wisconsin, State Census, 1875," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMMT-SFW : accessed 04 Aug 2014), J C Forbes, Portage City, Columbia, Wisconsin; citing Historical Society, Madison; FHL microfilm 1032690.

1880 United States Federal Census

about James C. Forbes

Name: James C. Forbes

Home in 1880: Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin

Age: 51

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

Occupation: Jeweler

Marital Status: Married

Race: White

Gender: Male

Household Members:

Name Age

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

State: WI

County: Columbia County

Township: E.D. 69 Portage

Year: 1890

Page: 005

Database: WI 1890 Veterans Schedule

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James Clark Forbes (USA)'s Timeline

July 8, 1831
Aurora, Erie, New York, United States
Age 22
Erie, New York, United States
Age 22
Erie, New York, United States
December 4, 1859
Age 28
New York, USA
November 20, 1868
Age 37
July 1876
Age 44
May 17, 1890
Age 58