154 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
NOTES AND FRAGMENTS.
THE FORSYTHS IN TEXAs.-Among the Forsyths in Texas may
be mentioned the following:
Captain Cyrus Hamilton Forsyth, born Portland, Maine, 1812;
died of yellow fever in Galveston, Texas, 1839. He was with Major
Montgomery and was a volunteer captain in his command or on
his staff in the battles for the establishment of the Texan nation.
There is the name Forsyth on the monument to the heroes of Texas
at Galveston. He was unmarried and left no issue. He was a son
of Captain Thomas Forsyth (who had been educated as the heir of
his uncle, Dr. Matthew Forsyth, Viscount de Fronsac of the Royal
French Navy, a citizen of Normandy, France) by Sallie, daughter
of Captain John Pray, whose wife was Mary, daughter of Colonel
John Hamilton of North Carolina. Colonel Hamilton had raised
a regiment for the crown in 1776 and was on the staff of the
Marquis of Cornwallis. His first American ancestor was Hon.
Matthew Forsyth, Viscount de Fronsac and a seigneur of
Canada, a sketch of whom appeared in the American Historical
Magazine of Jan. 1908. Colonel Hamilton was a relative of Gov-
ernor John Forsyth of Georgia.
Joseph Forsyth, sometime marshal of Dallas, descended, I be-
lieve, though I am not certain, from the Kentucky branch of the
same Scottish family, 'whose first ancestor (John Forsyth) came
to Kentucky through the north of Ireland about 1754. He died
as the result of wounds received at Wellington, Kansas, where he
alone and unaided quelled two cowboy riots. An eye-witness relates
that the cowboys were "shooting up" the town, and every one was
afraid; but Marshal Forsyth went to the corner of the street, took
off his hat and emptied his spare cartridges in it and held up the
entire gang as they came along. He killed three of the rioters
and was mortally wounded himself, but he quelled the riot.
The Hon. Thomas Scott Forsyth, nephew of Captain Cyrus
Hamilton Forsyth, was a journalist in Dallas, Marshall and other
towns in Texas, 1906-8.
Are there others of the name who are worth recording?
X. Y. X.
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101051/. Accessed February 27, 2015.