Mazy Gordon Forrest


Mazy Gordon Forrest

Mazy was born in Virgina about 1785 and was the only daughter of Giles and Catherine Gordon Sr. Her brothers were Charles Richard Gordon born 12 December 1774; Giles Gordon Jr. born 26 September 1784 and Robert Gordon. They were probably all born in Rockingham County or Campbell County Virginia where their father owned land. Giles Sr. born about 1748 to Thomas Gordon, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.

The exact location of Mazy's death has not been proven, but there are many who have contributed Trees to who claim she died in France.  More instances of people just copying someone else's incorrect information and not attempting to find the source. 

In 1860 Mazy is iiving with her son Giles Burr Forrest.  The surname is misspelled on the index as Forrist and Mazy's given name is Mary.  They are living in Meigs County, Ohio.  Mazy died before 1870.   In 1860 Mazy's age is listed as 76 and born in Virginia. 

The following was copied from Indiana DAR: Giles Gordon b ca1750,Va, died bef 1805, Campbell or Botetourt Co Va. m 1771 Catherine. Service: Patriot,Solder in VA Line.

Richard Gordon was a son of Giles Gordon. Children: Giles, Jr. b. 26 September 1784 m. 8 Auguest 1807 in Boutetourt County, Julia Ott; Mazy b 1780 m 11 March 1805 James Forrest; Eliz. d. single; Richard born 1774 m 1801 Anna Garst; Frederick surety for Richard. Ref: Garst in America p 124.


Mazy's Divorce Petition

Supreme Court Records, Vol 1, pg 179, Meigs Co OH,
Petition for divorce, May 10, 1830, Mazy Forrest vs James Forrest.

Supreme Record Vol 1 November Term, AD 1831-179, Mazy Forrest, Complainant vs James Forest, Defendent, Petition for Divorce, indicates that James Forest and Mazy Forest, nee Gordon, were married in Botetourt CO VA on or about 11 MAR 1805. Consequently, it is reasonable to believe that James was born in VA. The petition further
states that James and Mazy Forest lived in VA for 2 years before moving to Rutland, Meigs County, OH, where they resided until the filing of the petition for divorce. The petition alleges that James was guilty of adultery with several women, including Betsy Gardner and Freelove Snow, and that "He took on board said Freelove Snow, and descended down the Ohio River".

Her second marriage also ended in divorce. Per divorce petition by Isaac Wood, Mazie refused to move from the home she had shared with James Forrest and move into his home.

Mazy's Challenge to John Forrest's Probate

Info from: Chancery Record, Court of Common Pleas, Meigs Co, OH,
Petition for Partition (of land) 1826-1837, pages 445 ff, March 28, 1837
- Tyler Forest and Catherine Forest vs Mazy Wood (Jate Mazy Forrest)
together with Heirs of James Forrest, (Mazy 2nd husband was Isaac Wood).
There was a girl 10-16 yrs on the 1820 Meigs Co OH census who was too
old for Catherine also Mazy said she bore 8 children. This girl may have
married between 1820 and 1830 but died before the "petition" in 1830 as
not mentioned on 1830 census.