2. YEARWOOD, Mary Frances
1. LAMMING, Anna
FORTE, Christopher 1 2 3
- Born: Abt 1789
- Christened: Jun 30, 1789, , St. Thomas Parish, , Barbados
- Marriage (1): LAMMING, Anna on Dec 13, 1814 in , St. Thomas Parish, , Barbados
- Marriage (2): YEARWOOD, Mary Frances on Oct 9, 1829 in , St. Thomas Parish, , Barbados
- Died: Nov 11, 1834, , St. Thomas Parish, , Barbados about age 45
Christopher Forte is the son of Samuel Forte and Jane Neblett because of the following connections. We know he is the son of Samuel Forte according to his grandson, Edward Forte's memoirs. There were two Samuels that married about the same time in Barbados. Our Samuel married Jane Neblett because they had daughter's Mary and Sarah (married John Millard on Oct. 5, 1830 in St. George's Parish, Barbados) who were both mentioned as Aunts in Edward Forte's memoirs. Daughter Sarah Millard is mentioned in her father Samuel Forte's will. The other Samuel Forte who married Susanna Carmichaell in St. Thomas Parish on 17 Mar 1791 is not our line because they had no sons named Christopher, only sons named Thomas Carmichaell and William Gibbes Alleyne Forte.
"Christopher remarried after Anna died and had 4 more children by his second m(arriage) to Mary Yearwood who are Edward Cyrus I's half brothers and sisters." (F-318) This is information passed down to Libby Swenson from her grandfather and is probably slightly wrong in Edward's middle name and Mary's surname.
Below is a transcript of Christopher Forte's original handwritten will is in the ARCHIVES on the island of Barbados. It was the policy of the Archives not to allow Xeroxing of original documents. Therefore, we filmed it with our video camera and will transcribe it here for future knowledge. Please note that it was Christopher's intention that all his children share equally in his estate. This was, however, not what actually occurred after his death. All money went to his oldest son, as was dictated by English Law at the time. This forced our ancestor, Edward, his 14 year old son, to make a way for himself at sea. Barbados: This is the last will and testament of me, Christopher Forte of the Parrish of Saint Thomas an island (above) and Practitioner of Physic, (Aforesaid) - That all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid and satisfied as soon as possible after my decease. After such debts and funeral expenses are paid and satisfied I give and devise to my beloved wife and children by this my present wife as well as those of my late departed wife all my (freehold) property in Saint Thomas and Saint James to be divided as under - To my wife, Mary Greaves Forte, one eighth part during her natural life or as long as she remains a widow or unmarried and in case she married or dies the said one eighth part to abe equally divided among the surviving child or children The remaining seven eighth to be equally divided amongst the named children, Samuel Simmons Forte, Christopher Forte, Edward Forte, Nathaniel Forte, Anna Forte, Jane Hinds Forte, John Millard Forte on their attaining the age of twenty one and in case of the death of one or more of the said named child or children before their arriving at the age of twenty one years I direct that the share and ( ) falling into the estate shall be equally divided between the survivors and if only one, the whole to the said survivor.-And I further direct that all other my estate real or personal shall be divided as above and I direct that if the (business) is carried on for the benefit of my wife Sarah Greaves and children by the said Sarah Greaves as well as those of my late departed wife to be in equal proportions for the benefit of the whole and for my wife Sarah Greaves as long as she remains unmarried.-In witness whereof I here unto put my hand and seal this twentieth day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand and Eighteen Hundred Thirty Four.
Christopher Forte (signed) Witness: Hugh Goodridge (Arabella) Millard Sarah Sophia Millard [These two females are his step-nieces as they were his sister Sarah's 2nd husband's children] I hereby appoint my beloved Father, Dr. Samuel Forte and John Millard, my brother-in-law my executors to this my last will and testament. Christopher Forte (signed) Witness: Hugh Goodridge
(Maballa) (Cha ) Millard
Sarah Sophia Millard Barbados By his Excellency the Governor
Appealed personally before me this day Hugh Goodridge one of the subscribing witnesses to the forgoing written will and codicil and made oath on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that he was present and did see Christopher Forte the testator therein named (since deceased) sign seal publish and declare the same as and for his last will and testament and codicil and that he was at the executing thereof respectively a sound and disposing mind and memory to the best of his the (Seponent) judgment and belief--Given at the government house this first day of December, 1834. (F-188:Record Book 4: Vol.64, p. 219)
(It is interesting to note that the witness to Christopher's will, Hugh Goodridge, was a surgeon who worked with Christopher Forte, Physician, in the Militia of Barbados, St. Thomas Regiment in 1831. (F-189: v.17, p. 116)
There is one record about a Christopher Forte that I have not yet matched to any C. Forte in Barbados at the time. It reads, "Thursday (last) (Oct. 31, 1844?) Philip T. Gooodridge, Esq. (married) to Elizabeth C.(or L), daughter of late Christopher Forte, Sen., Esq." Journal of the BMHS. This could still apply to this Christopher Forte. He possibly had another daughter Elizabeth that I did not know about. (F-187)
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation. Doctor
• Probate, Dec 1, 1834, , St. Thomas Parish, , Barbados.
Christopher married Anna LAMMING, daughter of Esq. Unknown LAMMING and Unknown, on Dec 13, 1814 in , St. Thomas Parish, , Barbados. (Anna LAMMING died in Sep 1824 in , St. Thomas Parish, , Barbados and was buried on Oct 1, 1824 in , St. Thomas Parish, , Barbados.)
Christopher next married Mary Frances YEARWOOD on Oct 9, 1829 in , St. Thomas Parish, , Barbados.