Jacob Forney House

Jacob Forney House Lincoln County NC

The Jacob Forney House was built about 1817 by Jacob’s brother, Daniel. Forney, son of iron manufacturer Gen. Peter Forney, built the house for his bride, Sara Hoke. In 1836 they moved to Alabama with her father, Daniel, and many other county residents, selling the house to Bartlett Shipp (1786-1869), husband of Forney’s sister, Susan.

Following Bartlett death, the house was purchased by Isaac E. Paine. Paine died in 1894 and his will directed that his property go to the Marvin Methodist Episcopal Church South, a congregation no longer in existence. His heirs successfully contested the will, but the house passed out of his family and has had a variety of owners in the twentieth century. Owned by the Avery family, it is now used for storage.