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How to Use This Report

The following report, concerning the genealogy of the Fort family of North Carolina and Middle Tennessee, consists of outlines only.  I have not personally researched this family with respect to the primary records.  Instead, I have relied upon secondary sources.  Accordingly, the report should be used as a starting point only, to use in forming genealogical hypotheses.  To prove these hypotheses, the reader of this report must provide his/her own supporting rationale obtained from family documents such as Bible records and/or memoranda; and from official documents such as wills, deeds, court minutes, etc.  The ancestor numbering system utilized in the report is that recommended by the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

Descendants of Elias Fort

Generation No. 1

1. Elias1 Fort died 1761 in Edgecombe County NC. He married Catherine _____.

Children of Elias Fort and Catherine _____ are:

+ 2 i. Elias2 Fort, born 14 July 1730 in Edgecombe County NC; died 14 January 1819 in Robertson County TN.

3 ii. William Fort.

4 iii. Joseph Fort.

5 iv. Sarah Fort.

Generation No. 2

2. Elias2 Fort (Elias1) 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.

Children of Elias Fort and Sarah Sugg are:

6 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.

+ 7 ii. Josiah Fort, born 08 September 1762 in Edgecombe County NC; died 1848 in Robertson County TN.

8 iii. Catherine Fort, born Abt. 1764 in Edgecombe County NC. She married Matthew Williams.

9 iv. Milbrey Fort, born Abt. 1766 in Edgecombe County NC. She married William DeLoach.

10 v. Esther Fort, born Abt. 1768 in Edgecombe County NC. She married Burwell Jackson.

11 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.

12 vii. Obediance Bodie Fort, born 21 January 1771 in Edgecombe County NC. She married David Smith.

13 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.

+ 14 ix. Sugg Fort, born 24 June 1776 in Edgecombe County NC; died 22 March 1829 in Robertson County TN.

Generation No. 3

7. Josiah3 Fort (Elias2, Elias1) was born 08 September 1762 in Edgecombe County NC, and died 1848 in Robertson County TN. He married (1) Piety Horn 17 January 1788 in Edgecombe County NC, daughter of Henry Horn and Sarah Battle. She was born 10 December 1767 in Edgecombe County NC, and died 27 November 1815 in Robertson County TN. He married (2) Selah Horn 02 December 1819 in Robertson County TN, daughter of Henry Horn and Sarah Battle. She was born 21 February 1779 in Edgecombe County NC, and died 01 March 1836 in Robertson County TN.

Children of Josiah Fort and Piety Horn are:

15 i. Whitmil Hill4 Fort, born 23 October 1788.

16 ii. Joel Battle Fort, born 1805.

14. Sugg3 Fort (Elias2, Elias1) was born 24 June 1776 in Edgecombe County NC, and died 22 March 1829 in Robertson County TN. He married Elizabeth Diggs 10 December 1801 in Robertson County TN, daughter of Robert Diggs and Elizabeth Lawson. She was born 12 November 1777, and died 01 February 1805 in Robertson County TN.

Children of Sugg Fort and Elizabeth Diggs are:

+ 17 i. Epaphroditus (Eppa) Lawson4 Fort, born 31 August 1802 in Robertson County TN; died 12 July 1891 in Robertson County TN.

18 ii. John Diggs Fort, born 1804.

Generation No. 4

 

17. Epaphroditus (Eppa) Lawson4 Fort (Sugg3, Elias2, Elias1) was born 31 August 1802 in Robertson County TN, and died 12 July 1891 in Robertson County TN. He married (1) Virginia C. Metcalfe 13 September 1831 in Robertson County TN. She was born 28 January 1812 in Davidson County TN, and died 21 December 1836 in Robertson County TN. He married (2) Elizabeth Diggs Dancy 07 July 1840 in Florence AL. She was born 30 March 1818, and died 22 October 1900.

Children of Epaphroditus Fort and Virginia Metcalfe are:

19 i. John Diggs5 Fort, born 07 November 1832.

20 ii. Ilai Metcalfe Fort, born 27 November 1834.

21 iii. Sugg Fort, born 09 December 1836.

Children of Epaphroditus Fort and Elizabeth Dancy are:

22 i. Mary Wilson5 Fort, born 16 September 1841.

23 ii. William Dancy Fort, born 25 July 1843.

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