Record of the Forest Family
Compiled by Minnie J. Forest
PART I -- Caroline Lang
RECORD OF THE CARRIE LANG FAMILY
Christian Lang , Father, born September 24, 1814.
Rosa Lang, maiden name was Frita, Mother. Born June 18, 1817.
CHILDREN OF CHRISTIAN AND ROSA LANG:
John Lang, born April 23, 1841
Kate Lang, (Mrs. Sebastian Irar), born March 23, 1843
Gottlieb Lang, born May 5, 1844
David Lang, born June 16, 1845
Jacob Lang, born February 5, 1848
Frederika Lang, (Mrs. John Garagon), born December 6, 1849
Louis Lang, born September 10, 1852
Carrie (Caroline) Lang, (Mrs. Julius Franz Foerst), born April 17, 1855
NOTE: The above birthdates, compiled by Minnie Forest, were found recorded in the New Testament belonging to Frederika Garagon.
NOTE: Baptismal Certificate for August Gottlieb, issued May 24, 1879 by the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan shows birthplace of Julius Franz Foerst (Furst) as Neyhof, Brandenburg, West Prussia, German; and Caroline Lang's birthplace as Mittelbruce a/a Backnang, Kr. Wurtenberg, Germany.
NOTE: Minnie writes about her mother, Carrie Lang: "Mother told us that she was born in County of Nagold, Wurtenberg, Germany."
PART II, BIRTH DATES
Father: Julius Franz Foerst, Born June 8, 1845
Mother: Caroline Lang Foerst, Born April 17, 1855
CHILDREN AND DATES OF BIRTH (BIBLE RECORD):
1. August Gottlieb Foerst, December 21, 1875
2. Louise Mary Foerst, April 18, 1877
3. Frank Foerst, July 31, 1878
4. Rosa Foerst, February 20, 1880
5. Emma F. Foerst, March 15, 1881
6. Anna Myra Foerst, April 25, 1883
7. Susan Foerst, October 20, 1884
8. Carrie Foerst, February 20, 1886
9. John G. Foerst, January 16, 1888
10. Laura Foerst, October 21, 1889
11. Minnie J. Foerst, February 15, 1891
12. Louis Foerst, June 9, 1892
13. Martha R. Foerst, June 28, 1894
15. Arthur T. Foerst, March 26, 1899
NOTE: Marie Louise Foerst (Mrs. Wilfred Churchill) was the grandmother of Martha A. Churchill.
NOTE: Marie L. Foerst had no memory of her oldest brother, "Gus," who ran away from home before Marie was born. Gus was a violin maker.
NOTE: Marie's full name was Marie Louise Foerst. Her middle name, Louise, is apparently in honor of her older sister, who died before Marie was born. It is interesting to note that Louise was married in April 1893 and died less than six months later.
August did not marry.
Louise married Grant Leonard, Shepard, Michigan, April 17, 1893
Frank married Margaret Engler, Beal City, Michigan, October 15, 1907
Susan married Andrew Shankie, Detroit, Michigan, July 20, 1907
Carrie married Neil Whiting, Mt. Clemens, Michigan, September 18, 1912
Laura married Wesley I. Dorris, Detroit, Michigan, October 21, 1913
Anna M. married Hulbert Thomas, July 4, 1914
Minnie J. married William L. Snyder, Detroit, Michigan, May 2, 1916
Louis married Hannah Backman, Detroit, Michigan, February, 1917
Martha R. married John Gannon, Detroit, Michigan, October 2, 1919
John G. married Olga Lippert, Detroit, Michigan, July 27, 1921
Arthur T. married Nina Bryden, March 31, 1921
Emma F. married William McGee in Kentucky in 1939
Rose did not marry.
NOTE: These 12 people had Julius Franz Foerst as their father. "Frank" was in the Kaiser's guard in Prussia, probably in about 1871. He was over 6 feet tall and had red hair and a beard. He was feared by his children, and had a reputation for being a mean guy. When Marie was a child, she remembers that the farm and family home were lost in Mt. Pleasant because their dad gambled it away while drunk.
That property in Mt. Pleasant was probably sitting on an oil field, because when Marie laid awake at night, she could hear wagons going by on a road 20 miles away, since the sound carried so well across the oil field. After that, the family moved to New Baltimore.
This information was supplied by Donald Churchill, based on what he heard over the years from his mother (Marie L. Foerst) and other relatives.
NOTE: August ran away from home as soon as he was old enough to leave. He never kept in communication with his family. Some of his siblings found out he was in California and made contact with him shortly before he died, but they never knew much about him life, because he kept to himself. (Information supplied by Donald Churchill)
PART IV, DEATH DATES
Father: Julius F. Foerst, died August 31, 1920, buried at Oakwood Cemetery, New Baltimore, Michigan.
Mother: Caroline Foerst, died February 19, 1932, buried at Oakwood Cemetery, New Baltimore, Michigan
Louise Mary (Mrs. Grant Leonard). Died October 1, 1893, Coe Township Cemetery, near Shepard, Michigan
Rose Katherine, died August 5, 1906, Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
August G. Foerst, died December 17, 1954, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Susan M. (Mrs. Andrew Shankie), died March 7, 1958, Pompano Beach Cemetery, Pompano Beach, California.
Frank J. Foerst, died June 12, 1958. Beal City Cemetery, Beal City, Michigan
Emma F. (Mrs. William McGee), died August 8, 1962, Oakwood Cemetery, New Baltimore, Michigan.
Carrie (Mrs. Neil Whiting), died October 21, 1963, Davis Cemetery, Davis, Michigan
Arthur T. Foerst, died October 1951, Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan
Edwin Edson Dorris (Laura's son), died June 30, 1917, Grand Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
August Gottlieb, Louise Mary, Emma F., Rose K., and Minnie J. did not have children.
Anna Myra (Mrs. Bert Thomas). One son, Jack Thomas. His children are Caroline, Cheryl and James.
Frank J. One son, John, who is unmarried [as of 1964]
Susan M. (Mrs. Andrew Shankie). Three children: Marion, Robert, and Olga.
Marion Shankie, unmarried.
Robert Shankie, has one son, Robert.
Olga Shankie, Paun, Clark-- Three children, Barbara, Susan, Mark and Margaret Ellen.
Barbara (Mrs. William Cook) has three children.
Mark and wife Loretta have one daughter, Pamela.
Laura (Mrs. L. F. Dorris), Two sons, Rene M. and Edwin Edson (deceased).
Martha R. (Mrs. John Gannon). One son Philip Gannon, married, children are Michael, Kathleen and Thomas.
Carrie (Mrs. Neil Whiting). One son, Clarence, two daughters, Thelma and Marjorie.
Clarence Whiting (See listing for Burl family.)
Thelma (Mrs. Robert J. Craigie) Children: Catherine, Nancy, Kristine and John.
Marjorie (Mrs. William I. Hilderscheid) Children: Sharon, Kathleen and William Neil.
John G. Forest, had eight children
Patricia Ann (Mrs. Tracy Denninger) No children.
Tressa (Mrs. Lorenzo St. Hilaire) Children: John, Camile and Collette.
Jerome: Children, John and Haley
John Paul Forest - no children.
Joseph Forest- childrenJulie and Laura.
Isabel (Mrs. Majed Tayor) Children - Lucille, Regina, Sayel Elias.
Marguerite (Mrs. Arturo Gratzano) Children - Cecile.
Robert Forest - Children - Lisa Beth and Robert and Steven
Louis Forest, had five children
Ruth (Mrs. Glenn Webb) Children - Carl, Caroline (now Mrs. Henry Fuller).
Evelyn (Mrs. Charles Marsden) No children.
Frank- Children - Anna Jane
William - Children - Dale, Diane and Donald
Louis - no information
Arthur T. Forest had three children
Arthur T. Forest, Jr. - Children: Stephanie Sue, Rebecca and Jeffrey.
Roger Forest - Children - Glen & Peter (Twins) Janet Marie, Lynn Ann and Laura Jean.
Robert Forest - Children - Kathy Lee and Craig Allen.
John & Elizabeth Lang
St. Johns, Michigan
Gottlieb and Elizabeth Lang (Gottlieb used the name John)
William and a twin brother
Louie (Lived near Chicago Heights, Illinois). Deceased wife was named Isabell. Their son Leonard and wife Dot have a daughter, name believed to be Eleanor Jane and in 1958 learned that she was married and living in Lansing. Her husband was in the Michigan State Library. Leonard and Dot in Champaign, Illinois, he is with the Agriculture Department of the college.
Kate and Sebastian Irer
St. Johns, Michigan
Some of the above named believed to be in Lansing, Michigan
David and Mary Lang
St. Johns, Michigan
Rose - Mrs. Carl Kaiser, St. Johns, Michigan
Kate - Mrs. Chester Burl, St. Johns, Michigan
Her family as follows:
Edith and Leonard Maier and son David.
Ruth and Lysle Lewis and daughter Diana Katheryn.
George Burl, unmarried.
Mile & Helen Burl
Son Daniel Frederick and daughter Lynda Kathryn.
Sylvester and Irene Burl, no children.
Marion and Wesley Rose, no children.
Mary and Clarence Whiting -
Sons Thomas George, Rodger David and daughter Rosemary Whiting Neller and daughter Kristina Jane Neller
Louis & Florence Burl, and sons Kirk, Ronald and Jeffrey.
Lucille Burl - unmarried, Chicago, Illinois.
Wife's nickname is Pony. Two sons whose names are believed to be Louie and Fred.
St. Johns, Michigan
Mrs. John Garagon (nee Frederika Lang) Died May 13, 1916.
St. Johns, Michigan
Julius Garagon, deceased - Born November 8, 1869.
Susie Garagon, Mrs. Frank Rummel, Elsie, Michigan, no children, Born August 1, 1874.
Rose Garagon - Mrs. Chamberlain, St. Johns and Lansing, Michigan. Born September 7, 1872.
Children are Leslie Chamberlain, Detroit, Michigan.
John Garagon - Children Julius, Rosali and Susan, Born January 29, 1843.
[NOTE: Martha assumes that John Garagon, born January 29, 1843, was the husband of Frederika Lang, who was born December 6, 1849. I assume John and Frederika had three children, Julius, Rosali, and Susan