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WAGuess and My message # 97, your imput needed?
Posted by: C.Jones (ID *****4975) Date: January 10, 2009 at 18:37:48
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My message # 97 this forum pretty much explains my search for death dates on Jeptha M. Fortson b. 1845 Ms.d.after 1920 Texas census.,, (son of Aaron J.Fortson b. 1816 Ga.died after 1880 Texas census) ,

Most postings say Jeptha died in GREGG CO.TEXAS, after 1910 since that was the last known census with Jeptha and wife Margaret in Gregg Co.Texas. No headstone or record has been found to date. I KNOW that Jeptha and wife lived on my great grandfathers(G.W. Willingham)' land in 1910 in Gregg Co.Tx. They are listed as part of 3 dwellings belonging to George W. Willingham in Gregg Co.Tx. Jeptha Fortson and wife were dependents of G.W. Willingham in Gregg Co.Tx.in 1910.

A CSA PENSION APPLICATION IS DATED 1912
IN GREGG CO.TEXAS FOR JEPTHA FORTSON. So, Jeptha was alive in 1912 in Gregg Co.Tx. Jeptha and wife Elizabeth took care of a girl child (my great aunt) born to G.W. Willingham and deceased wife Ella Fortson(died 1910 before census taken)for several years before the 1920 census was taken. Then The Fortsons disappeared from history.

It is my contention that they died and were buried in W.Mt. Cemetery in Upshur Co.Tx. next to the Willingham plot as they were inlaws of G.W. Willingham. However, G.W. Willingham was not a poor man and no headstones were purchased for the Fortsons.The graves are outside the concrete border of the family plot and at the time of deaths, the cemetery was not crowded in on the family plot.

I find this odd. Am I clutching at straws here or am I inventing a convenient ending to my puzzle? Should I sign off on the Fortson line and just move on? Help Please. I welcome your advice.




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