Looking for information on James Forbes (b. 1657 d.1726).

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I'm stuck.  James Forbes, allegedly born in Scotland in 1657, came to British Colonies and setup a farm in Accomack County in the Virginia Colony.  He and his wife then left for Northeastern North Carolina (present day Camden and Currituck Counties area).

I know they existed in North Carolina. I'd like to try to link them back to Scotland but every resource I've looked at has been a dead-end.  For someone who had quite an impact on the area, there doesn't seem to be a lot of information about him.  Anyone know anything about him?

in Genealogy Help by Eric Christensen G2G4 (4.4k points)
familysearch.org shows a James Forbes with wife Isabel Gray who had a daughter Karharin Forbes who was christened 31 Dec 1717 at Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Familysearch.org has a fair number of results that you may want to look into. It looks like James Forbes was named as the father in a fair number of christenings.

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the Original Scots Colonists of Early America: Caribbean Supplement 1611-1707

Forbes, James - a time-expired indentured servant, emigrated from Barbados to Jamaica on the Two Brothers, master Rice Jeffreys, 13 Feb 1678.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
Yes, this is the person but it the trail seems to stop with him (no parents) and much of this is circumstantial.  I was hoping that there would be some information from Scotland that would tie him back to greater family there.
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James Forbes, "Find A Grave Index"

Riddle, Camden North Carolina age 69 photo included 1657-1726

James & amp; Alice Forbes Memorial Cemetery
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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I'm still looking for ties to Scotland.

The Worldwide Forbes DNA project on familytreedna has this line in the results. FYI, the current Lord Forbes is participating so this will allow all Forbes to trace back to the original Clan, IF enough people participate. The big y-700 is needed from as many participants as possible. I plan to take a Y-DNA test at some point in the future.

Here's information on his land grant and descendants.



There is an Alexander Forbes in Accomac, Va in early 1700's. Here are some other records of Alexander Forbes (search page for "Forbes")


There is a John Forbeese and John Forbuse listed in this publication with an 1636 arrival date in Accomac, Va.. related??


by Ron Johnston Forbus G2G Crew (910 points)
edited by Ron Johnston Forbus

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