Andrew Forsyth

Although the documentation left behind is rambling and difficult to follow in the specific details, the following can be surmised:

Andrew Forsyth was the son of Alexander Forsyth and Margaret Temple. According to family memoirs, Margaret’s family was connected with the House of Stuart and Mary, Queen of Scots, also the Barclay and Gordon families.

Andrew arrived in Philadelphia as a young man from Scotland about 1765. He worked himself into the position of being one of Philadelphia’s leading merchants. He also took his business to Lebanon, Maiden Creek and Hamburg, sometimes working in partnership and sometimes on his own.

Continental Currency

He was a Private in Captain Wills Company, First Battalion; in the American War of Independence. He was with George Washington at Valley Forge. He was paid by the government for the supplies furnished by him to the army during the war. ( …”to so great an extent and at such opportune times of need, that he afterward received a vote of thanks from some body of men in authority, and having declined a Brevet as he had previously declined promotion he was dubbed HERO FORSYTH and had to abide that appellation during the remainder of his life.”-Wesley Vandercook)

He married his second wife, Agnes Loughead, the daughter of Col. James Loughead, in 1780.

Although forewarned about the demise of the continental dollar, he did not purchase land as had been suggested to him and pass on the soon-to-be worthless money. Instead, he made a bonfire of his amassed fortune of 1.5 million dollars.

He spent the last years of his life in Danville, PA where he died about 1810.

Andrew’s son, James, married Eleanor Cooke, niece of Col. William Cooke, and with his brother-in-law, John Beatty and others traveled by wagon-train from Pennsylvania in 1810 to be amongst the earliest white settlers of Northwest Ohio.