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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


SILAS FORDYCE, a farmer of Holbrook, Penn., was born June 20, 1842, on the old Fordyce homestead in Center Township, Greene County, Penn.  His parents were Archibald G. and Nancy Fordyce (nee Leonard), who were born in this county—Mr. Fordyce Dec. 4, 1807, and his wife March 2, 1809.  They were married March 11, 1827 and remained in the county until Mrs. Fordyce’s death, which occurred October 22, 1855.  After her death Mr. Fordyce was united in marriage with Elizabeth Simmons, a native of Washington County, Penn.  On January 23, 1862, Silas Fordyce married Mary J. Orndurf, who was born in Whiteley Township, October 1, 1842.  She is a daughter of Jesse and Isabella Orndurf, the latter deceased.  Mr. Fordyce and wife are the parents of ten children, of whom nine are living—Nancy B., William L., Jesse, Louella E., Susan, Archibald, Nevada, Garfield, Frank, —and Lillie (deceased).  The subject of this sketch was raised on a farm, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising almost all his life.  He owns 300 acres of land where he resided with his family.  In politics Mr. Fordyce is a Republican.  When the war broke out he enlisted in the Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry and served his country one year and eight months, during which time he was in a number of serious engagements.  He and his wife are consistent members of the Christian Church.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 7 June 2007

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