What does the word forefather mean?

Usage examples for forefather

  1. Our Forefather wrote concerning this, " so they left the goodly and pleasant city, which had been their resting- place near twelve years; but they knew they were pilgrims, and looked not much on those things, but lift up their eyes to the heavens, their dearest country and quieted their spirits." – William Bradford of Plymouth by Albert Hale Plumb
  2. To a great extent the farmer gave up his dependence on manufactured goods, except when he could barter his surplus eggs or milk for them, and instead went back to the practices of his forefather, becoming for all intents and purposes practically selfsufficient. – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  3. He is fat and gliding, my boy, with a face that looks like a full moon coming out of a sheepskin, and a dress indicating that he may be anything from a Revolutionary Forefather to the patriarch of all the Grace Church sextons. – The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 1 by Robert H. Newell