I don't know of James having a brother named John. I do see in the 1850 Indiana census a John Fortner living next door to James who I assume is James son. This John though is married to a woman named Sally. I also note in the 1860 Illinois census that James has two 4 year old boys named John living in his house, one is a grandson last name Hensley. The other is John J. Forkner who is in the household of James' son Henry in the 1870 Missouri census and I believe he is Henry's son.
James did not make it to Kansas. He died in Illinois around 1865 and then his sons and his wife Susannah came to Kansas in 1867. Susannah is with her son Jesse Forkner in the 1870 Kansas census.
I find it very interesting that your Fortners also went to Cherokee Co., Ks and that the name of Rose was used. I can find no official records that indicate that my Roselina was James' daughter but a ton of circumstancial evidence makes me think that is the case. I think there may have been hard feelings in the family back then. Thomas came to Montgomery Co., Ky with his mother. His father had died in a cholera epidemic and I believe his mother and him were penniless. James Fortner may have not approved of Roselina marrying him. My Roselina and her husband Thomas Jones went to Indiana but lived a couple of counties away from the Fortners. The Forkners went to Illinois before Kansas in the late 1860s. Roselina did not go to Illinois but went straight to Cherokee Co., Ks. in the 1870's. Her father James was dead by then and I believe she followed her brothers. One of the brothers named his daughter Rosie I believe after his sister my Roselina. James' kids have a gap in their birth years when Roselina was born and no one seems to have heard of Roselina. I think she was disowned by her father.
If you find anything else about your family let me know.
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