Posted By:Tamara Winfrey Harris
Subject:Fortsons in Christian County
Post Date:June 19, 2007 at 18:08:22
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Forum:Christian County, KY Genealogy Forum
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I am looking for information on the surname Fortson. My ggggrandmother is Lucinda Fortson (b. 1835). I have found her in the 1870 census living in Christian County with three children, the youngest of which would become my gggrandmother, Georgia Holland. I also have her name (misspelled) on Georgia's death certificate. That is all the information that I can find about her. Georgia's father was Abe Holland, according to the death certificate. I can find no record of him. He is not living with the family in 1870.

I did notice that there was a W.H. Fortson living in Christian County in the mid-1800s who owned 20 or more slaves. My ggggrandmother is black. I wonder if she was once owned by this W. H. Fortson. In the 1870 census, there is a white William Fortson living near my ggggrandmother and her children. I also noted an Abraham Holland, a slaveowner, living in neighboring Trigg County.

Does anyone have any information about Lucinda or Fortsons black or white in Christian County? Fortson seems to have been a fairly common name in that county in the 1800s. I am hoping to find some links that reveal more info about my ancestor.