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Transcribed biography of Charles Joseph and Ellen Marie (Shook) Forbes


Ellen Marie Shook was born August 20. 1915, Barkley Twp., Jasper Co., Ind., the daughter of William Addison Shook and Mary (Florence) Shook, both born Barkley Twp. Her grandfather, William Shook, and his father, Jacob Shook, were born in Virginia, migrating to Ohio, mid 1840's. William Shook came to Jasper Co. in 1860, marrying Margaret Dawson, born in that county, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Dawson. Mary (Florence) Shook was the daughter of Isaiah Florence, born Madison Co., Ohio, coming to Indiana with his parents, Obed and Eleanor (Hunt) Florence; their Florence, Hunt, Hill, Sleeper, and Burrough ancestors were early and mid-18th century residents of Virginia and Ohio. Isaiah Florence married Rhoda Ellen Williams, born Barkley Twp., daughter of William O. Williams and Margaret (Mackey) Williams, both born in Kentucky, married Johnson County, Indiana; they settled in Barkley Twp., in 1850. Margaret Williams was the daughter of David Mackey, born in Ireland, and Ellen, born in Kentucky.

The William Addison Shook family moved to Porter Co., February 1917. Ellen Marie Shook graduated from Wheeler High, 1933; in 1938 she and her parents moved to Valparaiso, where she was a secretary in real estate and insurance offices. May 20, 1949, in Valparaiso, she married Charles Joseph Forbes, born June 1, 1912, Waukegan, Ill., son of Harry Bremer Forbes, whose Forbes and Bremer ancestries were early settlers in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. His ancestor Conrad Bremer was a Hessian who served in Washington's Army. Harry Forbes married Margueretta Mary O'Connor, born Milwaukee, daughter of John O'Connor, city fireman, and Mary (Connors) O'Connor; both were descendants of Irish immigrants. Charles Forbes and parents moved to Chicago in 1917, to Valparaiso in 1947. A graduate of Tilden Technical High, he was employed on Pennsylvania Railroad from 1940 to retirement, July, 1974; he was in the Army in WWII, from 1942 to 1945, serving in this country and Europe.

Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes, daughter of Charles and Ellen Marie, was born on September 23, 1952; a 1970 graduate of Valparaiso High, 1973 of Valparaiso University, she married Lorace George Fogarty, Jr., April 26, 1974; they reside in Byron, Georgia; she is a librarian, Law Library, Mercer University, Macon.

For several years Charles and Ellen Marie Forbes have researched their ancestry, sharing with relatives and libraries their findings.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 159

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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