• Scottish Immigrant to America


John Forbes (or Fobes), Jr. was born 14 June 1610 in Muir of Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland to John Forbes (1568-1635) and Christian Barclay (1582-1640) and died 10 July 1661 Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Constant Mitchell (1614-1661) .

JOHN FOBES, by tradition, son of Rev. John Forbes; born in Scotland soon after 1600; grew up in Holland, it is said, where he acquired a soft accent resulting in the recording of the name as Vobes, or Ffobes & finally FOBES; one of fifteen young men who landed in Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1636; indentured to Isaac Allerton (1586-1658), richest man in Plymouth Colony, to pay for passage; in 1637 was known to be at Powder point, also at Green Harbor; granted land at Powder Point, built a home and lived there five years;

He was a tailor by trade; married before Bridgewater, Constant Mitchell, (daughter of Thomas Mitchell and Margaret Vochin), who was born in Leyden, Holland, (after the birth in 1609 of an older brother Experience Mitchell who came to America on 3rd ship, the ANN, in 1623); he appears in list of men able to bear arms 1643; became an original proprietor in 1645 of Bridgewater, MA; made a "freeman" with voting rights in 1645 (indicating he was not originally a member of the English Puritan Church); a man of standing and local influence; Constable in 1651 and a juror in 1659; he died 1660; his wife married second in 1662, John Briggs 1609-1690, of Portsmouth, R I., Commissioner to R I Court 1654-56, 59, 61-63, when she was about 45-50 years old.

The name FOBES is thus an AMERICAN name and one can expect that all who bear the name are descended from the above immigrant ancestor John.

(Copied From The Fobes Family in America the Descendants of John Fobes, Author: Lawrence Fobes: Call Number: CS71.F62x:Descendants of John Fobes, an immigrant in 1636 to Duxbury, MA Very interesting facts about family and towns. Includes over 3000 names. )


Offspring of John Forbes (or Fobes), Jr. and Constant Mitchell (1614-1661)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Fobes (1640-)
Joshua Fobes (1644-1676)
John Fobes (1646-1661)
William Fobes (1649-1712)
Edward Fobes (1651-1731)
Caleb Forbes (1653-1710) 1653 Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 25 August 1710 Preston, New London County, Connecticut Sarah Gager (1651-1702)
Mary Huntington (1657-1710)
Elizabeth Forbes (1657-1737)


Offspring of John Forbes (1568-1635) and Christian Barclay (1582-1640)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Forbes (1610-1661) 14 June 1610 Muir of Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 10 July 1661 Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Constant Mitchell (1614-1661)
Arthur Forbes (c1611-1696)
Patrick Forbes (1612-1680)
James Forbes (c1613-)
Margaret Forbes (1614-1675)
Bathia Forbes (1615-1640)
Katherine Forbes (1617-1639)


See Also

  • John Fobes / John Forbes - Disambiguation
  • Forbes in Plymouth County, Massachusetts
  • Fobes in Massachusetts

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