Thomas Fortson, Jr. (1742 - 1824)

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Birthplace: Caroline, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia, United States
Managed by: William Chandler Lanier Jr.
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About Thomas Fortson, Jr.

Joined the Army of the Revolution in 5-24-1780 and served as a lieutenant in Captain Edward Shackleford’s Company.

DAR Ancestor #: A041335

http://www.frankgillispie.com/familytree/id1.html -------------------- Thomas Fortson Jr. 5-1-1742 to 2-15 1824. Joined the Army of the Revolution in 5-24-1780 and served as a lieutenant in Captain Edward Shackleford’s Company

In 1782 he and Rachel were living in Orange County, Virginia with a family of eight whites and six servants. In 1774 he had leased from William Stanard for twenty-one years a farm plantation on the west side of the south branch of the Rapidan River in Orange County. In 1785 they were living in Orange County with a family of nine whites. He had furnished supplies for the Revolutionary Army and in 1780 was appointed a lieutenant in Captain Edmund Shackleford's company. He and Rachel must have moved to Georgia by 1792, when Thomas Carter deeded to Thomas 330 acres on Beaverdam Creek in that part of Wilkes County that became Elbert County in 1790. They lived in the Ruckersville area of Elbert County and were members of Vann's Creek Baptist Church. One record gives the name of the Fortsons' Elbert County home as Gatewood. They were slave owners, and he has been described as a man of education, culture, and unusual refinement. He was justice of the peace during the period 1790-1805. His will, dated 24 Jan 1824, was probated in Elbert County 13 Mar 1824 and is reprinted at pages 61-62 of Boyd's family history. His estate, including nineteen slaves, was valued at $6,942.68. Thomas and Rachel were second cousins as their great grandfather was Capt. John Winn
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Lt. Thomas Fortson, Jr.'s Timeline

1742
May 1, 1742
Caroline, Virginia, United States
1764
1764
Age 21
[Caroline] Virginia
1765
1765
Age 22
Caroline, Virginia, United States
1767
1767
Age 24
Caroline, Virginia, United States
1774
February 28, 1774
Age 31
Orange Co., VA
1778
1778
Age 35
Orange, Orange, Virginia, United States
1780
1780
Age 37
Orange, Orange, Virginia, United States
1783
December 17, 1783
Age 41
Orange, Virginia, United States
1824
February 15, 1824
Age 81
Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia, United States
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Elberton, Elbert, Georgia, United States