Name: Elias Fort
Given Name: Elias
Birth: 14 Jul 1730 in Edgecombe, North Carolina
Death: 14 Jan 1819 in Springfield, Robertson, Tennessee
Change Date: 8 Aug 2011 at 01:00
Micajah Fort, of Halifax, North Carolina, was one of six brothers, viz: Elias, Sugg, William, Josiah, Arthur, and Micajah. Four of these brothers, Josiah, William, Sugg, and Elias, went from North Carolina to Tennessee, some time between 1770 and 1780, and settled in Robertson County. Elias Fort married Frances Diggs, daughter of Robert Diggs and Betty Lawson. Sugg Fort married Elizabeth Diggs, sister to Frances Diggs. Micajah Fort married 1st, Ann Hart, daughter of Col. Henry Hart, of the Revolutionary Army; and Catherine Diggs, who was also a daughter of Robert Diggs. Micajah Fort always lived in Halifax, North Carolina. He had one child, John Joseph Fort. John Joseph Fort married Eliza D. O'Kelley and lived at Darlington, South Carolina. Arthur Fort went to Georgia and settled. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary Army and in the cabinet of Georgia's first colonial governor.
Elias Fort was born 14 July 1730 in Edgecombe County NC, and died 14 January 1819 in Robertson County TN. He married Sarah Sugg 1758 in Edgecombe County NC, daughter of Aquilla Sugg and Elizabeth Maund. She was born 15 May 1738 in Norfolk County VA, and died 19 March 1802 in Robertson County TN.
U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
Name: Elias Fort III SAR Membership: 81133 Birth Date: 14 Jul 1730 Birth Place: Virginia Death Date: 14 Jan 1819 Death Place: Robertson, Tennessee Spouse: Sarah Sugg Children: Josiah Fort
Name: Sarah Sugg
SAR Membership: 81133
Birth Date: May 1738
Death Date: 19 Mar 1802
Spouse: Elias Fort
Children: Josiah Fort
Name: Josiah Fort SAR Membership: 81133 Birth Date: 8 Sep 1762 Birth Place: Edgecombe, North Carolina Death Date: 21 Apr 1848 Death Place: Robertson, Tennessee Father: Elias Fort >Mother: Sarah Sugg >Spouse: Piety Horn >Children: Elias Joseph Fort
Name: Elias Fort III SAR Membership: 82709 Birth Date: 14 Jul 1730 Birth Place: Edgecombe, North Carolina Death Date: 14 Jan 1819 Death Place: Robertson, Tennessee Father: Elias Fort Mother: Sallie Battle Spouse: Sarah SuggChildren: Josiah Fort
From Mary Snider Glide Goethe's application to the DAR: "Elias Fort Sr. served as Corporal in Capt. Howell Tatum's Company, First North Carolina Regiment, commanded by Col. Thomas Clark. On a roll of the company, dated Sept. 8, 17778, he is reported as having enlisted April 11, 1777 for three years."
Elias Fort Sr. was a leader in the Baptist Kehukee Association and brought the minute book of that association with him when he came to Tennessee. It is noted that at an association meeting held in November 1769 that Elias was one of the four delegates from the Tar River, Edgecombe County, NC.
In 1789, Elias Fort Sr. moved from the Tar River area in Edgecombe Co., NC to Tennessee County where he settled on an eminence overlooking the beautiful Sulfur Fork Creek. Sulfur Fork is a subsidiary of the Red River that flows into the the Cumberland River at Clarksville TN. This area was originally called Tennessee County which was then part of North Carolina. Later it became Robertson County, with Springfield as its County Seat. Tennessee became a state in 1796.
Elias Fort was considered the patriarch of the socially prominent and numerous Fort family. The Elias Fort plantation contained the Elias Fort Burial Ground and was located on a hill over looking Major James's grist/saw mill and farm on the Sulfur Fork and was adjacent to the plantation of Colonel "Eppa" Larson. Eppa Lawson's wife, Elizabeth, was the daughter of Elias Fort.
The Forts were closely closely associated with the Red River Baptist Church at Port Royal, KY. This church was one of the oldest Baptist churches to be formed (1791) west of the Cumberland Mountains. The first clerk of the church was Elias Fort.
See: "History of Port Royal" by Ralph Winter for a history of Elias Fort of Robertson County, TN.
Children of Elias Fort and Sarah Sugg are:
i. William3 Fort, born 23 June 1759 in Edgecombe County NC; died 08 January 1802 in Robertson County TN. He married Elizabeth Hilliard; born 06 September 1763; died 04 October 1819.
ii. Josiah Fort, born 08 September 1762 in Edgecombe County NC; died 1848 in Robertson County TN.
iii. Catherine Fort, born Abt. 1764 in Edgecombe County NC. She married Matthew Williams.
iv. Milbrey Fort, born Abt. 1766 in Edgecombe County NC. She married William DeLoach.
v. Esther Fort, born Abt. 1768 in Edgecombe County NC. She married Burwell Jackson.
vi. Elizabeth Fort, born 1770 in Edgecombe County NC; died 1825 in Robertson County TN. She married Epaphroditus (Eppa) Lawson; born 22 February 1746/47 in Richmond VA; died Abt. 1814 in Robertson County TN.
vii. Obediance Bodie Fort, born 21 January 1771 in Edgecombe County NC. She married David Smith.
viii. Elias Fort, born 07 September 1774 in Edgecombe County NC; died 1827 in Robertson County TN. He married Catherine Prince 1797; born 1774; died 1838.
ix. Sugg Fort, born 24 June 1776 in Edgecombe County NC; died 22 March 1829 in Robertson County TN.
Father: Elias Fort b: 1696 in Isle Of Wight , Virginia
Sarah Sugg b: 15 May 1738 in Norfolk , North Carolina
- Change Date:
24 Nov 2011
- William Fort b: 23 Jun 1759 in Edgecombe, North Carolina
- Josiah Fort b: 8 Sep 1762 in Edgecombe, North Carolina
- Catherine Fort b: Abt 1764 in Edgecombe, North Carolina
- Milbrey Fort b: Abt 1766 in Edgecombe, North Carolina
- Esther Fort b: Abt 1768 in Edgecombe, North Carolina
- Elizabeth Fort b: 1770 in Edgecombe, North Carolina
- Obediance Bodie Fort b: 21 Jan 1771 in Edgecombe, North Carolina
- Elias Fort b: 7 Sep 1774 in Edgecombe , North Carolina
- Sugg Fort b: 24 Jun 1776 in Edgecombe, North Carolina