Ralph Forrester account book  1778-1795
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Ralph Forrester (1746-1796) was born in Westchester, Pennsylvania, to schoolmaster Ralph Forrester, Sr., and Tamer Gregory. Ralph married Ann Catherine (Kitty) Elliott (1756-1842) in 1777. They had 4 children: Ralph E.;, Margaret; Ann M.; and George. Ralph and his family lived on a farm in Goshen, Pennsylvania.

On September 16, 1777, the British and American forces briefly met at Goshen, but heavy rain interrupted the attack. This skirmish is commonly known as the Battle of the Clouds, but is also called the Battle of Warren and the Battle of Whitehorse Tavern. Forrester's farm was located near the battle site. The Chester County Register of Revolutionary War Damages records that, after the war, Forrester applied for reparations for property taken or destroyed.