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Re: Fortson Family in Virginia
Posted by: Richard Lake (ID *****8414) Date: May 31, 2010 at 06:51:20
In Reply to: Re: Fortson Family in Virginia by KATHRYN SMITH of 190

Hi, Kathryn:

When you write "ca. 1814", are you referring to his approximate birth year or the year of his marriage to Emily Green? Also, can you pin point a county? The Stephen Fortson I'm referring to was in Louisa County, VA and after the 1820 census the family migrated to Roane County, TN where Stephen died about 1823. To answer your specific question: Stephen Fortson died in testate, there is no will but an administration was opened with wife Elizabeth appointed administrator. I have not viewed the original court records but have only researched using abstracts. Unfortunately, none of the abstracts mention his children by name but an article appeared in "Roane County Historical Society Newsletter", Vol. 4, Issue 1, January 1973 which is described as "genealogical gleanings" from the Chancery Book 1824-1845 and it does list his issue. This suggests to me that buried in the original records there just might be mention of his children and somehow this info is not given in the abstracts. To my mind that's a big oversight, IF that's the case. In any event, this source does name a son Charles, a "minor" at the time of his father's death. Of course, "minor" could mean 2 or it could mean 20. Here is a link to the info:

http://www.roanetnheritage.com/research/court%20records/01.htm

If any of this seems that it might fit then let me know, I might be able to offer something else useful. Rick


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