ARCHIBALD G. FORDYCE retired farmer, White Cottage, Pennsylvania. The subject of this sketch
is one of the pioneer citizens of Greene County. He was born December 4, 1807. His father
and mother were Jacob and Elizabeth Fordyce, the former a native of New Jersey and the
latter of Fayette County, Pennsylvania. They settled in Greene County and remained until
their death. A. G. Fordyce was united in marriage the first time March 11, 1827 with Nancy
Leonard, who was born in this county March 2, 1809. Her parents were William and Elizabeth
Leonard, both now deceased. By this marriage Mr. Fordyce is the father of twelve children
of whom eight are living, viz: Jacob; Elizabeth, wife of LaFayette Eagon; Maria, wife of
Jesse Wood; Sarah, wife of Edward Wood; Silas; Barnet; and Clarinda, wife of W. P. White.
Mrs. Fordyce departed this life October 22, 1855. On October 30, 1856, Mr. Fordyce was
again united in marriage with Elizabeth Simmons who was born in Washington County
May 28, 1823. Mrs. Fordyce's parents were Spence and Mary Simmons who settled in Greene
County and remained until their death. By the second marriage Mr. and Mrs. Fordyce had
three children, only one of whom is living: Albert G. Mr. Fordyce was reared on a farm,
has been engaged in farming all of his life, and owns a farm of 280 acres. In politics he
is a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Fordyce are faithful members of the Christian Church, of which
his deceased wife was also a devoted member. Mr. Fordyce has fifty-three grandchildren,
twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and some of them are married.
Bates History of Greene County, 1888, Page 578
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