Forbes, James

Battle:Battle of Dunbar in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Ship/Arrival:Unity, Dec 1650
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Published: 10 Sep 2018, Updated: 03 Dec 2018
Page contributors: Ray Dusek, Andrew Millard, Teresa Rust

James Forbes, #25 on George S. Stewart’s Captured at Dunbar List

According to, Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves, Andrew Millard, Richard Annis, and Anwen Caffell, in, Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018), on page 253, James is categorized as:

Possible [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity]

Forbes/Forbish/Forbys, James. Residences: Hartford, CT. [DR; SPOWS]

For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices.

First Generation in the New World

1. JAMES¹ FORBES, was born, (supposedly, Culloden, Inverness-shire, Scotland) about 1627 and died at East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut on 27 Nov 1692; he married, KATHERINE FOTHERGILL, (1645-1693).

Children of James and Katherine (Fothergill) Forbes:
2. JOHN² FORBES, (James¹), 1665-1713
2. SARAH² FORBES, (James¹), 1668-1750
2. DOROTHY² FORBES, (James¹), 1669-1757
2. DAVID² FORBES, (James¹), 1671-1729
2. JAMES² FORBES, (James¹), 1677-1752
2. MARY² FORBES, (James¹), 1680

Second Generation

2. JOHN² FORBES, (James¹), was born at Hartford, Connecticut in 1665 and died at East Hartford on 15 Apr 1713. He married, MARY GRIFFEN, (1670-1738).

Children of John and Mary (Griffen) Forbes:
3. JOHN FORBES, 1695-1758.
3. MARAH FORBES, 1697-1763.
3. SAMUEL FORBES, Capt. 1703-1757.
3. JOSEPH FORBES, 1706-1770.
3. LYDIA FORBES, 1707-1796.

2. SARAH² FORBES, (James¹), was born at Hartford in 1668 and died at Hartford on 20 Dec 1750. She married, JOSEPH COLLIER, JR.; NO CHILDREN

2. DOROTHY² FORBES, (James¹), was born at Hartford in 1669 and died at Hartford on 12 Feb 1669. She married, WILLIAM ROBERTS, (1663-1735).

Children of William and Dorothy (Forbes) Roberts:
3. ANN³ ROBERTS, (Dorothy², James¹), b. 1683
3. JOHN ROBERTS,(Dorothy², James¹), b.1684-1742
3. JAMES ROBERTS,(Dorothy², James¹), b.1686-1766
3. DOROTHY ROBERTS,(Dorothy², James¹), b.1687
3. NAZARETH ROBERTS,(Dorothy², James¹), b.1688-1764
3. SYBIL ROBERTS,(Dorothy², James¹), b.1690-1
3. KATHERINE ROBERTS, (Dorothy², James¹), b.
3. DEBORAH ROBERTS, (Dorothy², James¹), b.
3. WILLIAM ROBERTS, (Dorothy², James¹), b. 1685-1726
3. BENJAMIN ROBERTS, (Dorothy², James¹), b. 1698-1774
3. JOSEPH ROBERTS, (Dorothy², James¹), b. 1700-1774
3. MARY ROBERTS, (Dorothy², James¹), b. 1702-1772
3. SAMUEL ROBERTS, (Dorothy², James¹), b. 1704-1765

2. DAVID² FORBES, (James¹), was born at Hartford in 1671 and died in Hartford on 16 Dec 1729. He married, first, MARY (_____), (1680-1706). He married, second, SARAH TREAT, (1674-1731).

Children of David and Mary (_____) Forbes:
3. DAVID³ FORBES, (David², James¹), 1704-1752.
3. SARAH³ FORBES, (David², James¹), 1706-1708.

Children of David and Sarah (Treat) Forbes:
3. SARAH³ FORBES, (David², James¹), 1710-1808
3. WILLIAM³ FORBES, (David², James¹), 1712-1785
3. SOLOMON³ FORBES, (David², James¹), 1714-1730
3. MARY³ FORBES, (David², James¹), 1717-1785
3. CATHARINE³ FORBES, (David², James¹), 1725-1788
3. THANKFUL³ FORBES, (David², James¹), 1730-1786

2. JAMES² FORBES, (James¹), was born at East Hartford on 14 May 1677 and died at Hartford in 1752. He married, first, SARAH WILLIAMS, (1680-1724). He married, second, ELIZABETH BUCKLAND HILL, (1666-1725).

Children of James and Sarah (Williams) Forbes:
3. JAMES FORBES, 1704-1737
3. JONATHAN FORBES, 1707-1787
3. ABRAHAM FORBES, 1710-1801
3. TIMOTHY FORBES, 1711-1777
3. SARAH FORBES, 1718-1786

James and Elizabeth Buckland (Hill) Forbes: NO CHILDREN.

2. MARY² FORBES, (James¹), was born at Hartford in Jul 1680 and died at Hartford on 20 Dec 1750. She married, DANIEL GAINES, (1678-1737).

Children of Daniel and Mary (Forbes) Gaines:
3. DANIEL³ GAINES, 1700-1790
3. SARAH³ GAINES, 1716-1771
3. HENRY³ GAINES, 1721-1745

Sources and Notes:
George Sawin Stewart’s Captured at Dunbar list on this site.