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Jacksonville in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Forney’s Corner

 
 
Forney’s Corner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
1. Forney’s Corner Marker
Inscription. Jacob Forney III lived and operated a thriving mercantile establishment at Jacksonville from 1835-56 on the south-east corner of the square. He and his wife Sabina Swope Hoke were the parents of nine children.
1. Daniel Peter - b. Feb. 24, 1819, d. Sept. 10, 1880.
2. Joseph Bartlett - b. Feb. 19, 1821, d. Aug.  14, 1881.
3. William Henry - b. Nov. 9, 1823, d. Jan. 18, 1894.
4. Barbara Ann - b. Dec. 11, 1826, d. Dec. 26, 1907.
5. John Horace - b. Aug. 12, 1829, d. Sept. 13, 1902.
6. Emma Eliza - b. July 6, 1832, d. North Carolina.
7. George Hoke - b. April 24, 1835, d. Battle of the Wilderness.
8. Catherine Amelia - b. April 10, 1838, d. April 26, 1914.
9. Maria Eloisa - b. May 15, 1841, d. Mobile.

The five sons became Confederate officers of high rank, two becoming Generals, as did four cousins - Generals Hoke, Brevard, Ramseur and Johnston - a record equaled only by the Lees of Virginia. .

Of French Huguenot extraction, Jacob Forney was born Oct. 10, 1787, Lincolnton, N.C., the son of General Peter Forney and Nancy Abernathy. The Forneys of North Carolina were iron makers and planters and signed the 1775 Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Their home Mount Welcome was seized and used by General Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War. Jacob Forney’s family was closely
Forney’s Corner Marker, Town Square image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
2. Forney’s Corner Marker, Town Square
associated with the religious, economic and civic life of Jacksonville.
 
Erected 1967 by General John H. Forney Historical Society.
 
Location. 33° 48.828′ N, 85° 45.699′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is on Public Square West (State Highway 21) south of Clinton Street Southwest, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker located on the west side of Town Square. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville AL 36265, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 10th Alabama Volunteers (a few steps from this marker); John Horace Forney (a few steps from this marker); Downtown Jacksonville Historic District (a few steps from this marker); William Henry Forney (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacksonville (within shouting distance of this marker); John Tyler Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); The First National Bank of Jacksonville (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Indian Trading Post (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Categories. Notable PersonsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Downtown Jacksonville east side of Town Square looking south image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
3. Downtown Jacksonville east side of Town Square looking south
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,522 times since then and 167 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 3, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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