John Forman of Nichols

Bruce Forman Pawlak

Reference: Transcribed from a newspaper clipping, name and publishing date of newspaper unknown, given to Bruce Forman Pawlak by his mother.

Obituary. "John Forman died at his home in Nichols, Sunday, August 30th, 1896.

He was born April 28th, 1823, and was the eldest son of the late Smith Forman.

He leaves a widow (nee Ann Osterhout) and three children, Mary P. Forman, Smith and John P. Forman; and three brothers, Miles of Nichols, Edmund M. of Barton, and Samuel W. of Elmira; also two sisters, Mrs. Osterhout and Mrs. Bunnell of Waverly.

In 1860, he and his brother Edmund bought the McQuigg farm in Barton, where he resided until 1868, when the death of his father called him to Nichols, to take possession of the homestead, where he has ever since resided.

He was a kind husband and father, a good friend and neighbor, a loyal citizen, and a life long Democrat.

Funeral services were held at the house Sept. 1st at 2 p.m., Rev. Mr. Ellsworth, of Nichols, officiating.

Relatives were present from Waverly, Elmira, Tunkhannock, Barton, Tioga Centre and Flint, Michigan. Many beautiful flowers testified to the esteem of his friends and neighbors.

The remains were interred in the family plot in Riverside Cemetery. S.M.F."

This is a photo of the Forman Homestead and my great-great grandfather, John Forman's family, circa 1876-1877.

John Sr is standing by the carriage, with my great grandfather, Smith, standing by the horse. John Jr is sitting on the loading dock next to the fence and their older sister Mary is at the fence. John's wife, Anna Osterhout, is standing between the fence and the house, and John's mother, Martha Miller is sitting on what appears to be a porch.

The dating of this photograph appears to be sometime around 1876-1877. Here's why:

Martha Miller died in Nov 1879, and Smith moved onto the Forman Homestead when his father, Smith, died in 1868. Mary was born in 1864, Smith in 1866, and John Jr in 1872. John Jr. looks to be about 4 to 5 years old in the photo... thus the timeframe of 1876-1877, but definitely before 1879.

This photo was given to me by my mother, Bertha Lou (Shaw) Pawlak, who received it from her great Aunt Martha (DeGroat) Forman (wife of John Jr in the photo).

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