Samuel Raney is referred to as the ancestor of the Raney Family in Lawrence County, Arkansas in the paper, Four Pioneer Families Settle Northeast Arkansas, by Joseph G. Taylor (1867-1956). The four (4) families arrved in 1816 and are intermarried.
Samuel Raney "settled on Cooper's Creek about two (2) miles south of Smithville and three (3) miles north of the Taylor Mill (1833). . ." Here Samuel and Margaret Fortenberry Raney raised sons: John; William; Bradford; Radford E.; Jackson, Morgan, and daughter Nancy Raney. The Raneys were originally from Virginia according to the above paper.
Jacob Fortenberry, ancestor of the Fortenberrys in Lawrence County, Arkansas, settled on Reed's Creek three (3) miles west of the Taylor Mill (1833), south of Shady Grove Church. It appears this Jacob was a brother of Margaret. He and his wife, Nancy Taylor, raised six (6) sons: Joseph Henry; Ambrose Sevier; Taylor; Oliver R.; James; William; and a daughter, Matilda. The Fortenberrys were originally from Virginia, again according to this paper. Jacob married 2rd to Elizabeth Osburn, and they produced at least 4 more children: Henry; Jacob JR.; William, and Margaret.
William Taylor (Wm. G?) was born in TN near Kingston. He ran away from home at age 16 and found work at the Fortenberry home in New Madrid County, Upper Louisiana Territory. The paper states that he worked five (5) years, and that "at the end of which time he married the daughter of the family". In 1811 he married Mary Fortenberry and together they had the following children before she died in 1825 in Arkansas: Millard (181); John (1814); James (1816); Wesley (1819) and Joseph (1823). William Taylor married 2nd Leah Williams and together they produced at least four (4) more children: Nancy; William, JR; Elijah; and Ellie.
Margaret, Mary and Jacob Fortenberry are to be children of James Leath Fortenberry and Margaret Jones of North Carolina, BOTH of whom are said to have died in Lawrence County, Arkansas...HE in 1831, and she in 1878.
The group apparently arrived AFTER the 1816 Tax List was produced as their names do not appear, but the 1820 Tax List abstracted by James Morgan Logan lists Samuel Ranny; Jacob Fortenberry; James & Henry Fortenberry; John, William, both SR & JR & Elisha Finley; and William Taylor.
I am interested in HOW these 4 families met before they arrived in northeast Arkansas in 1816? Did they all meet fall in love, and marry in New Madrid County? Can anyone be MORE specific about WHERE they lived in New Madrid County prior to 1816? Does anyone know WHERE this family unit crossed the Mississippi River? Can anyone provide a time line or travelogue for this family unit between 1806 and 1810?
I have reason to believe that our William Robinson, also
of Lawrence County, but who was there at Fourche du Thomas as early as 1810, MIGHT have known some/all of these folks, and/or perhaps traveled to the Mississippi River with some/all of these folks. The Fortenberry, Raney, Taylor, Finley family unit settled north of the Strawberry River near Smithville. William Robinson settled his family in 1810 on Fourche du Thomas very near the eventual state line between Missouri and Arkansas...they were not neighbors.
In December of 1815, our William Robinson, one of the newly appointed Lawrence County Comissioners, filed a slander lawsuit against Bazil Boran. Among the witnesses summoned for Bazil Boran in 1816 were Jacob Fortenberry and John Taylor. Some of the other witnesses called for Boran were earlier acquaintances of William Robinson...Perhaps Jacob Fortenberry and John Taylor were, too?
Thank you in advance for your time and attention to my request for information.
William & Elizabeth Robinson Family Assn.
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