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  • ID: I27933
  • Name: John William 'Ziggy' Fortner
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 23 MAR 2011
  • Note: went to town for something and was never seen again by his family
  • Occupation: farmer and woodworker
  • Birth: 04 SEP 1874 in TN
  • Note: per Family Bible found by Lee Fortner; was taken in at age 15 mos. and raised by Charles Fortner (b. 1838) and Teresa Parris (b. 1844), according to notes from his foster-sister Mary Fortner to her niece Ramona Winer (d. bef 2008)
  • Death: AFT 1930

    Father: Charles D. Fortner b: 03 DEC 1838
    Mother: Taresa Jamima Parris b: 13 DEC 1844 in Dalton, GA

    Marriage 1 Lizzie Paulina Rochelle b: 14 FEB 1875 in Centerville, TN
    • Note:
      a letter received, 'Mrs. Lizzie Fortner, if you want to know where your husband is I can sure tell you where he is. John Fortner is at Fairfield, Ala. He is making good money, he is making $10 dollars a day or more. I know as man that you are looking for him and he told me not to say anything about seeing him for he did not want his people to know where he was. But as a friend I want to tell you that he is there making $10.25 per day. So I will close as ever a friend. So it is up to you. To you and yours truly.
      [Text of letter from Lee Fortner]
    • Married: 18 AUG 1895 in Centerville, TN
    • Census: 19 JUN 1900 in First Birch Dist., Dixon, Wilkinson Co., TN
    • Note: as John W. Fortner, Lizzie, Charles, Harvey, Eva, and John's foster mother Teresa, all TN-TN-TN
    1. Has Children John Wenton Charles Fortner b: 06 OCT 1896 in Centerville, TN
    2. Has No Children Harvey Leonadus Fortner b: 10 SEP 1898 in Centerville, TN
    3. Has No Children Elva Pauline Fortner b: 27 APR 1900 in TN
    4. Has No Children Mary Virginia Fortner b: 25 AUG 1901
    5. Has No Children Lizzie Ruth Fortner b: 23 AUG 1904
    6. Has No Children Bernard 'Bud' Fortner b: 30 AUG 1906 in TN
    7. Has No Children Florence Fortner b: 11 AUG 1908 in TN
    8. Has No Children Lillian Louise Fortner b: 02 MAY 1910 in TN
    9. Has No Children Theresa Gladys Fortner b: 05 MAY 1913 in Joe Plunket Hollow, Hickman Co., TN

    Marriage 2 Sallie Barefoot
    • Married: AFT 20 NOV 1914 in Walthall, MS
    • Note:
      2nd husb, 2nd wife, 'Fortner-Barefoot
      In Walthall, Miss. Nov. 20 J. W. Fortner of Chickasaw Co. and Mrs. Sallie Barefoot of Dancey in Webster Co. were married at the bride's home last week, the groom is a widower, and the bride is the widow of the late J. J. Barefoot. Both contracting parties are in the meridian of life.'
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