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  • Agnes Forrest (1844 - 1927)
    DEATHS.-On November 30, 1927, at her daughter's residence, Waianakarua, Agnes, relict of Alfred Forrest; in her eighty-fifth year. Private interment. - Stringer and Middlemass, undertakers, Omarau. Sou...
  • Alfred Forrest (1838 - 1908)
    FORREST. - On November 15, at his son's residence, Waianakarua, Alfred, the beloved husband of Agnes Forrest; aged 68 years. Auckland papers please copy. Source: Otago Daily Times (7 December 1908, p. 4).
  • Alice Forrest (1650 - bef.1715)
    Alice Porter was born ABT 1640/1650, and died BEF 19 Aug 1715 in Of,Varina Parish,Henrico Co.,Virginia. ===FamilyFrom was the daughter of Robert Porter and Elizabeth Cox. She married James Forrest In P...
  • Anne Forrest (1749 - 1789)
  • Ann Mary Forrest (1746 - 1836)
    GEDCOM Source ===Personal Dumas-Morris Dumas-Morris Ged File from RootsWeb Ronna Dumas @R289@

About the Forrest surname

Arthur Edmond Bing Forrest, Australian soldier with an Engineers Corps, at Gallipoli, World War I. He lived in Tasmania and Victoria. Mentioned in despatches.

This name derives from the Olde French "forest", (Late Latin "forestis", a derivative of "foris" meaning "outside"). The reference was originally to the woods around a manor house, and the surname was either topographic for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or occupational for a keeper or worker in one. The Medieval English word "forest" referred specifically to the large tracts of woodland reserved for the purposes of hunting by the King and his nobles. The surname is first recorded in the early 13th Century, (see below). One, Adam ate Forest appears in the "Subsidy Rolls of Kent", dated 1300. One of the earliest recordings of the name in Ireland was the christening of William Forrest in St. Michan's, Dublin, on August 4th 1691. On September 17th 1963, Mary Ellen O' Sullivan and John Forrest were married in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Schull, Co. Cork. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh de Foresta, which was dated 1204, "The Pipe Rolls of Hampshire", during the reign of King John, 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often.

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ORIGIN OF THE FORREST NAME The surname Forrest though generally accepted as Scottish is really Norman The name in its original form being deForrest It is obviously derived from an extensive woods As indicated by the area of those bearing the name Though the name is often found in the early records of Scotland The exact date in which they came from France to Scotland is not known The name Forrest appears as early as 1533 FIRST KNOWN OF THE NAME One of the early martyrs of the Reformation in Scotland Was a Benedictine Friar named Henry Forrest He is said to be a young man His Martyrdom took place in 1533. (Ref. "The Scottish Nation" by William Anderson vol. 11 P. 249) SCOTTISH RECORDS OF THE FORREST'S According to history the Forrest family was prominent in Scotland Many by that name living in and near Edinburgh The Forrest in which we are interested is whom we usually speak of as Scotch Irish Those who left Scotland on account of religious oppression And took up residence in Ireland

The Forrest's settled in Dublin where they were prominent and influential John Forrest was Lord Mayor of Dublin (1668-1669)

As indicated by the Arms of the Forrest of Dublin This family bears the following Arms Sable on a fesse three hinds erect and erased argent, an oak tree ppr. crest Out of a duel coronet, an oak tree ppr. Motto Vivunt dum Virent [They Live As Long As They Are Green] REf. Burk's Colonial Gentry Vol. 11 P. 748 Fairbain's "Crest of the Leading Families of Great Britain and Ireland"

The Scotch Irish ancestors were primarily property owners And worked the land as farmers Our Canadian ancestors were also farmers Residing in areas of the Township of Newport, Nova Scotia Numerous members of our Canadian family fought at war for our freedom The Forrest's who emigrated to the U.S.A. Also became prominent in their areas as large farm owners And War heroes General Information coming from the McMinnville
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