Jacob Forney III lived and operated a thriving mercantile establishment at Jacksonville from 1835-56 on the south-east corner of the square. He and his wife Sabina Swope Hoke were the parents of nine children.
1. Daniel Peter - b. Feb. 24, 1819, d. Sept. 10, 1880.
2. Joseph Bartlett - b. Feb. 19, 1821, d. Aug. ?14, 1881.
3. William Henry - b. Nov. 9, 1823, d. Jan. 18, 1894.
4. Barbara Ann - b. Dec. 11, 1826, d. Dec. 26, 1907.
5. John Horace - b. Aug. 12, 1829, d. Sept. 13, 1902.
6. Emma Eliza - b. July 6, 1832, d. North Carolina.
7. George Hoke - b. April 24, 1835, d. Battle of the Wilderness.
8. Catherine Amelia - b. April 10, 1838, d. April 26, 1914.
9. Maria Eloisa - b. May 15, 1841, d. Mobile.
The five sons became Confederate officers of high rank, two becoming Generals, as did four cousins - Generals Hoke, Brevard, Ramseur and Johnston - a record equaled only by the Lees of Virginia..
Of French Huguenot extraction, Jacob Forney was born Oct. 10, 1787, Lincolnton, N.C., the son of General Peter Forney and Nancy Abernathy. The Forneys of North Carolina were iron makers and planters and signed the 1775 Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Their home Mount Welcome was seized and used by General Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War. Jacob Forney's family was closely associated with the religious, economic and civic life of Jacksonville.