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    NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST HAND DRAWN FAMILY CREST "COAT OF ARMS" - Spelling variations of this family name include Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor, Etc. First found in Northumberrland where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A. D. Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Forest, who settled in Virginia 1i 1654. From the county records of Orange County, N.C. and from family Bible record, we believe this William Forrest to be the William Forrest who later appeared in Orange County, N.C. The Orange County William was born in 1726 and died in 1778. This William Forrest is the father of Shadrack, who is said to have come from Virginia to Orange County, N.C. It is possible that Shadrack came with his father, William, down the valley of Virginia from Pennsylvania to Orange County, N.C., though this is not known definitely. However, it is definitely known that Shadrack had a son, Nathan, who was born in Orange County, N.C. but who emigrated to Tennessee where his son, William, was born. William married Mariam Hook and to them was born July 13, 1821, Nathan Bedford Forrest who later became one of the greatest generals of the Confederate Army. While no definite proof that William Forrest of Orange County, N.C. and William of Chester County, PA are the same, the circumstantial evidence is very strong. The older members of the Forrest family have been told by their parents that they were cousins of General Forrest and General Forrest coming from Orange County, N.C. seems definitely to indicate relationship. This beautiful hand drawn "Forrest" family crest, in frame 11" x 15", depicts the coat of arms of this famous General.

    Provenance: Forrest Family at the same time they sold the silver servic.
    Exhibited: Lot 2 House Museum, Franklin, Tennessee.
    Condition: Very fine

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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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