Ralph Forrester

...Ralph Forrester...from Ireland...m Tamer Gregory, dau John and Mary Gregory, of Caln twp. Their children were; Ezekiel 1744-1770; Ralph b 1746; Margaret b 1749; Mary b 1752 m Joseph Hoopes; Tamer b 1754 m Mr Brown; Lydia b 1757 m Mr Fitzgerald; Aaron b 1759; Ruth b 1762 m Israel Hoopes; John b 17 64 d same day. Among the descendents are Robert F. Hoopes, of West Chester and his son George R., our present sheriff.(1881) here are family wills....the first if of Ralph's father-in-law...note a son married at Old Swedes, indicating he wasn't a Quaker GREGORY, JOHN.September 27, 1727.Adm. to Mary Gregory.(William Nichols and wife Mary, widow and adm. of John Gregory of Caln file accounts June 29, 1734; charge for bringing up dau. Rebecca for 18 months, daus. Thamer and Ann 3 months. other children were Wm. Gregory, Sarah Strong and Esther Gregory. Tamer m. about 1743 Ralph Forrester an Irish schoolmaster and lived in Goshen. Wm. Gregory and Margaret Lowe m. April 16, 1736, Swedes Church, Wilmington.] Could this be Ralph's? (probably his son, Ralph) ....not a will but adm papers. FORRESTER, RALPH. Goshen. October 15, 1796. Adm. to Catharine Forrester and Randal Malin. I couldn't find a will or adm papers for Aaron Forrester/Forester/Forrister, before around 1835, or any mention other than in Ralph's bio. I found the following, in a biography written by Joseph Townsent; "THe school house was built of logs and filled in with mortar, and furnished with a few tables and benches. (John Townsend) employed Ralph Forrester as a teacher of the school. He occupied the old dwelling of David Haines till the son came of age,....The teacher was an Irishman and had married Tamer Gregory after his arrival in this country. They with their family had resided for some years previous near Goshen meetinghouse." (this doesn't sound as if Ralph was a Quaker....generally they were referred to as Friends, or even Irish Quakers or Irish Friends...but not Irishmen).

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