Biography of Thomas J. Forner
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Thomas Jefferson Forner, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War and a prominent citizen of Wellsville. He was born at Knoxville, Jefferson County, Ohio, Nov. 2, 1845, the son of Michael and Sarah (Martin) Forner.

Mr. Forner spent his boyhood at Knoxville, Ohio, and attended the public schools there. At the age of 16 years he enlisted for service in the Civil War and served with Company K, Second Ohio Volunteer Infantry from Knoxville, Ohio. He was an engineer on the Missouri River for a number of years in the employ of an uncle, Capt. Nelson. Mr. Forner died March 14, 1872, and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Wellsyule.

On Sept. 20, 1871, Mr. Forner was married to Miss Sarah Naomi Malone, who was born in Wellsville, Dec. 1, 1848, the daughter of E. S. and Lydia (Martin) Malone, natives of Wellsville. Mr. Malone spent his entire life in Wellsville and was one of the first carpenter contractors of this section. He died in March, 1890, and his wife died in January, 1893. They had four children: Johnson M., deceased; Mrs. Forner; Emily Josephine, married John S. Smith, both deceased; and Ada Virginia, married E. G. Whittaker, lives in Wellsville.

Mrs. Forner was reared and educated in Wellsville and in 1865 began teaching school here. She followed this profession continuously until her retirement in 1921. She ranks among the highly esteemed teachers of Columbiana County and numbers among her former pupils hundreds of the county's prominent citizens. Frank L. Wells was among her students.. Mrs. Forner lives retired at 945 Center Road.

Thomas J. Forner was a Republican in politics, and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Grand Army of the Republic. Mrs. Forner is a Democrat and holds membership in the Christian Church. She has always been one of the representative members of the community in which she has spent her entire life.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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