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Isaac DeForeest    

ISAAC DEFORREST, farmer, post-office Sharon, Penn., is a son of Abraham and Margaret (Vandenberg) DeForrest. The father of our subject came to Mercer County in 1820, and settled where our subject now lives. He was a native of Hunterdon County, N. J., and an officer in the Revolutionary War. His death occurred at the ripe old age of ninety-eight years and nine months. His family consisted of nine children, viz.: Jennie (married G. Karhuff of New Jersey), Hannah (married William Hall, of Ohio), Catherine (married Mr. Koon, of New Jersey), Elizabeth (married Robert Stout, of New Jersey), Sarah (married Charles Campbell, of Mercer), Jane (married Philip Homer, of Sharon), Gershom, Mary (Mrs. Peter Warren, of New Jersey), and our subject, who was born August 7, 1797, in Hunterdon County, N. J. He was reared and received his education in New Jersey, and removed to Mercer County with his parents. He has always lived on the old homestead and followed farming for an occupation. He was married in 1822 to Miss Nancy, daughter of Samuel Quinby, and by this union they reared seven children: Eliza J. (wife of Charles Brewster, of Fort Madison, Iowa), Theodore (who died in 1887), Julia (wife of William Buchanan, of Beaver County, Penn.), Josephine (who died at the age of twenty-six), Adoniram (deceased), Nannie (wife of Joseph Riggs, of Sharon), and Teresa (wife of M. H. Staunton). Mrs. DeForrest died in 1885. Our subject is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sharon, and one of the oldest citizens of the valley.

History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania : its past and present : including its aboriginal history, its early settlement and development, a description of its historic and interesting localities, sketches of its boroughs, townships and villages, neighborhood and family histories, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc. : also, a condensed history of Pennsylvania. Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1888, page 863-864.  Read this book on line - Free Trial  Search Hundreds of 1880s-1890s Pennsylvania County History Books for biographies and historical information on your ancestors.  View the book page images on line and print them out for your genealogy file!  Free Access to the old history books - plus birth & death records, census images and ALL other records at


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