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Daniel Forbush
Forbush became the common American spelling of the name of most descendants of Daniel Forbush. It was often written in the early records as Farrabas, which is a more literal translation of how the name Forbes would be pronounced, when spoken by one with a Scottish accent. So, Daniel is suspected to be of Scottish descent, but not proven. 10,000 Scottish prisoners were taken by Lord Cromwell at the Battle of Dunbar on September 3, 1650 and many were "exiled" to the colonies. He may have been among that group. 

The first record of Daniel is relatively late (for Puritans), that being his marriage record to Rebecca Perriman in 1660. He married second, Deborah Rediat of Concord in 1679.  

He moved a bit, but all in Middlesex County, Mass, having kids first in Cambridge, then Concord and Westborough, and finally settled in Marlborough, Mass. He had nine children by two wives. Died in Marlborough in Oct, 1687, leaving his widow, only about 27 years old with nine kids, from age 1 to 23. She then married Alexander Stewart and had more children. 

Probably Scotland
Not known, but could be a refugee from Cromwell, or one of the exiled prisoners after the Battle of Dunbar.

See the Forbes Clan Page for information relative to your Forbes Heritage from Scotland, including histories of the Forbes clan to the 1200's.

By 1660 (a relative latecomer to New England)
 Immigration Marital status: 
Not known
 Biographical and Family
Biographies:  Michael Roman's biography of immigrant Daniel Forbush
  Michael Forbush's biography of Daniel Forbush
First record in Cambridge 1660 > Westborough by 1667 (altho some kids after shown as born Cambridge > Concord 1672 > Marlborough after 1681
1) Rebecca Perriman 1670, 2) Deborah Rediat 1679
By Rebecca: Daniel, Thomas, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Samuel
  By Deborah: John, Isaac, Jonathan, Deborah
Notable descendants: 
The Michael Forbush Page
Subsequent generations: 
Kansas Pioneers Line: 
Daniel Forbush m Rebecca Perriman > Elizabeth m Roger Bruce > Abijah m Mary Woods > Artemus m Mary Latiny > Elijah m Abigail Whitney > Abigail m Nehemiah Willis Fisher
Forbush Resources and Research
CS71.F692 1892 Pierce, Frederick Clifton, 1855-1904. Forbes and Forbush genealogy [microform] : the descendants of Daniel Forbush, who came from Scotland about the year 1655 and settled in Marlborough, Mass. in 1675 / by Frederick Clifton Pierce. -- Chicago: 
    F.C. Pierce, 1892. 199 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Call number of original: CS71.F692 1892. Master microform held by: DLC. Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1967. 1 microfilm reel ;35 mm. I. Title. Microfilm 13970 (C) DLC 84-200540 
Forbush Links:
Genealogy Pages: 
Jan's Data Base of Forbush Descendants has Forbush info. See also:  The Michael Forbush Page 

The Michael Roman Page 

This data base has some Forbushes

On-line Resources: 
Forbush GenForum 
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