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SARAH (SALLIE) FORTNER

FAMILY HISTORY

compiled by Connie Perry Page, 732 Page Garrett Road, Kite, GA

Annie Ruth Fortner Page, 577 Page Garrett Road, Kite, GA

 

 

SARAH FORTNER was born 07 May 1800 and died 10 February 1883. She lived in Emanuel County, Georgia, in the 1810 Census. Her property was moved into Johnson County with its formation. She is buried in the Fortner Family Cemetery northwest of Kite, Johnson County, GA. She had three known sons: SWAIN MONTGOMERY FORTNER, JAMES TOL FORTNER, and MITCHEL GRIFFIN FORTNER. A lot of uncertainty surrounds Grannny Sally. To date I have found no record of her marriage or her parents. There must be some connection to the SWAIN family because of the prevalence of the name among her children. Some speculate that STEPHEN SWAIN was the father of her children. Others think that SWAIN was her maiden name making her a sister to STEPEN SWAIN and that her husband died prior to 1810. There are other children as well apparently with a different father: MARTHA A.E. FORTNER and HARDEE FORTNER.

 

 

MITCHELL GRIFFIN FORTNER born 04 February 1819 and died 08 July 1887 in Polk County, FL. He is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery. He served as sherriff in Emanuel County. He married AXIE BEDGOOD. He later moved to Irwin County and served in the legislature. He introduced the bill creating Wilcox County. His land was cut into the newly formed county in 1857. He moved to Worth County, GA and on to Polk County FL where he died.

 

 

SWAIN MONTGOMERY FORTNER born 29 December 1820 and died 13 Mar 1881. He is buried in the Fortner Family Cemetery in Johnson County, Georgia He was a Representative from 1840-1850 and again in 1857-58. He married SOPHIA S. POWELL born 10 Jan 1820 and died 04 Aug 1897. She is buried in the Fortner Family Cemetery in Johnson County Georgia She was the daughter of SILAS and LITHA WEBB POWELL who are buried in the Oakey Grove Cemetery in Johnson County, Georgia. They had 10 children: EBENESER FORTNER; AMANDA SOPHIRA FORTNER; OBEDIAH S. FORTNER born 1846 married in 1888 to Beann ?; SARAH FORTNER born 21 Dec 1849 died May 1889 married on 24 Dec 1867 to LESTON D. SPENCE CSA Ga. Inf. Co. F 48th Reg; MILLIE FORTNER born 25 January 1853 died 02 June 1913 buried New Home Church married RILEY FROST; MARIE MOLLIE FORTNER born 29 August 1855, died 21 Oct 1911 married on 15 Mar 1877 to JOHN M. MEEKS born 12 Nov 1854 and died 08 Aug 1922; JERUSHA FORTNER born 23 Feb 1856 and died 12 Mar 1896 married J.W. (BILLY) FROST; DELILA FORTNER; PATSY FORTNER; and BENJAMIN FORTNER.

 

 

JAMES T. (TOL) FORNTER born 12 Dec 1822 and died 05 Jun 1891. He is buried in the Fortner Family Cemetery in Johnson County, Georgia. He married MARY POLLY POWELL born 08 August 1820 and died 08 January 1888. She is also buried in the Fortner Family Cemetery in Johnson County, Georgia. She was the daughter of SILAS and LITHA WEBB POWELL and sister to SOPHIA who married SWAIN FORTNER. TOL and POLLY had 9 children. BENJAMIN G. FORTNER born 31 Jul 1844 and died 23 Jun 1918, buried Fortner Family Cemetery, Johnson County, Georgia He was a Confederate Soldier. He served as a Senator from Emanuel, Johnson, and Laurens counties 1905-1906 He married on 05 Jan 1869 SUSAN E. MEEKS born 11 Nov 1852 and died 02 Feb 1918. SWAIN S. FORTNER born 15 May 1848 and died 10 Jan 1921. He married (1) MISSOURI MEEKS born 07 Jul 1849 and died 23 Dec 1907.He married (2) BELLE IVY WILLIAMS. ROXANA (ROXIE) FORTNER born 08 February 1849 and died 02 July 1891. She married JORDAN F. DAVIS born 1843 and died 1917. FREEMAN L. FORTNER born 27 February 1850 and died 03 December 1897. He married APPIE WHITFIELD born 05 April 1854 and died 02 January 1930. CALCIE FORTNER married BENNETT POWELL. SILAS LOTT FORTNER born 03 February 1854 and died 31 December 1915. He is buried in Gumlog Primitive Baptist Church. He married AMANDA (SISTER) DAVIS born 26 July 1860 and died 10 November 1939. MALINDA FORTNER married ENOCH MARTIN PRICE. SAFFIE FORTNER born 13 August 1860 and died 09 May 1943. She married (1) TOM WHEELER and (2) JOHN BRANTLEY. JAMES T. (TOLLY) FORTNER born 17 November 1877 and died 11 October 1890.

 

 

MARTHA A.E. FORTNER born ca 1835 in Emanuel County, GA. Married on 26 March 1854 to JOHN A. GIBBS in Irwin County, GA. He was a Confederate Soldier. They had three children: NANCY JANE GIBBS born 17 December 1855. She married in Polk County FL on 11 November 1897 to GEORGE W. WATSON born 02 November 1872 JOHN M. GIBBS born ca 1858 in Wilcox County, GA. GEORGE G. GIBBS born 15 December 1859 and died 30 May 1945 in Wilcox County, GA. He is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Owensboro, Wilcox County, GA. He married ELIZAR STONE on 12 November 1882 in Wilcox County, GA.

 

References:

Searching for Our Ancestors Among the Gravestones: A Cemetery Record of Johnson County, Georgia, by Mattie Lee Hoover Meadows

1860 Census Records of Johnson County, Georgia transcribed by Hulda K. Kelly 1988, pp. 12, 23

1870 Census Records of Johnson County, Georgia pp. 154, 162B, 163, 171B

1880 Census Records of Johnson County, Georgia pp. 344B, 345

1900 Census Records of Johnson County, Georgia pp. 210B, 211B, 214A, 214B

1910 Census Records of Johnson County, Georgia pp.7A, 8B, 10B, 12A, 12B, 13B,19A, 19B, 24A

Personal Knowledge of Annie Ruth Fortner Page

The Passing of the Pines: A History of Wilcox County, Georgia, vol. III, compiled by Mary Lou McDonald, p. 120.

Copyright 1998.  Connie Perry Page & Annie Ruth Fortner Page. All Rights Reserved.

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