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Slave Ancestry and the Fort Family of Dallas County, Alabama

By following the history, and migration, of slaveholders, such as the Fort family, the descendants of African slaves who were held captive or birthed from relations with slaveholders, can trace their own roots. This article traces the lineage of the Julia Fort family of Marion Junction and/or Harell’s Alabama to the Fort family, and includes documentation suggesting that the paternity of Julia’s children connects to a slaveholder. With the advances of science of technology (DNA testing, and connection to information, databases and family members via the internet etc.), the lives of the enslaved Africans that have been lost to history can now be uncovered.  By using these tools we can give voice to ancestors, and piece together family history.

Public Domain Image

Public Domain Image

The Secrets of Slavery

The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition. My master was, to my knowledge, the father of eleven slaves. But did the mothers dare to tell who was the father of their children? Did the other slaves dare to allude to it, except in whispers among themselves? No, indeed! They knew too well the terrible consequences..”(p. 6, On Slaveholders’ Sexual Abuse of Slaves, Selections from 19th- & 20th-century Slave Narratives)

Slavery existed in America for 245 years (1620’s-1865). During that time, African people could be legally held as property. It was an accepted belief among society that African people (or anyone with dark colored skin) was considered inferior or not human. Along with that belief, slaves were not entitled to any personal rights or freedoms. Their lives were dictated by the demands of their masters.

Historical documents, and narratives, reveal that African women were viewed no different than animals when it came to bearing children – just as cattle were bred to bear offspring to be worked, sold or slaughtered, the same notion applied to enslaved women. 

Slave women had no legal protection and were often sexually exploited. Slave women were viewed as property, and had no choice or say so in what was done to them, because their body belonged to a master, and whatever he asked could not be refused. Those who objected or resisted faced harsh punishment that included rape, beatings or being sold off. In some cases, women were murdered. Popular attitudes of the time did not consider slave women capable of intelligence or feeling; and slaves were not considered capable of forming relationships or bonding with children or family, which made it easier for slaveholders to justify their cruel treatment of slaves, including breaking up families and selling off children.

The children born of relations between slaveholder and slave were often the product of rape or coercive control (a pattern of behavior that involves repeated, intentional and ongoing acts of abuse – including physical and psychological abuse, as well as institutional abuse). Coercive control results in a person being stripped of their sense of self and freedoms. The person is held hostage, in this case not just physically held as a slave but emotionally and psychologically held captive as well. That is to say what may be viewed as a “consensual relationship” could also be a result of the abuses of the slave system. If a slave became pregnant, it was a financial benefit to the slaveholder because the children would become slaves, who could be used for labor. In terms of ownership, a White slaveholder inherited any child born to his female slave. Ownership of children did not extend to males. 

Despite these harsh circumstances, there are stories passed down in families, and historical narratives and records, that indicate enslaved Africans fought to preserve family ties in the midst of great oppression and suffering.  

Jennifer Hallam writes (see source below): “Whenever possible, black slave women manipulated their unique circumstances in the struggle for their personal dignity and that of their families. As often as black men, black women rebelled against the inhumanities of slave owners.


Like their ancestors and counterparts in Africa, most slave women took their motherhood seriously. They put their responsibilities for their children before their own safety and freedom, provided for children not their own, and gave love even to those babies born from violence.

Even today, a remnant exists, passed down from one generation to the next through the traditions, the stories, the recipes, the spirituality and culture and other customs.

The Fort Family In America

…The Fort brothers are representative of artisans who strengthened their economic position beyond their wages by acquiring land and slaves and maintaining family ties…” North Carolina Architects and Builders Bio: The Fort Family

The Fort family is said to have originated as a Huguenot family in France who fled the country due to religious or political persecution. The original spelling of the surname as Liforti or Le Fort. I found historical records connecting members of the Fort family to French Huguenots, and immigrating to Lezant England. According to “Memorial Record of Alabama” which offers a history of the Burwell Jackson Fort family of Harrell’s (Vol. I, p. 866, 869 (Published by Brant & Fuller, 1893), “The ancestors of the Fort family in the United States are said to have been French, and to have been banished from their native country for political reasons. They settled in North Carolina, and one of the name was once governor of that state.” http://files.usgwarchives.net/al/dallas/bios/gbs446fort.txt

It has been established that the Forte (Fort) family traces its early origins back to Lezant, a civil parrish and village, in east Cornwall, England. The first known member of the family to set foot in America is Elias Forte who came from England to Isle of Wright County, Virginia. Few records of the first Elias Forte have survived; however, there is a recording dated Oct. 9, 1667, Isle of Wight, Va. when he served on jury. Elias Forte is also mentioned in a membership application for the Huguenot Society of America. Elias married Phillis Champion and together had 3 boys: Elias, John and George. From George Fort (1668-1719), the line of the Forts established in Harrell’s, Alabama would descend.

The name Elias Fort would be passed down to future generations of children – including my cousin Elias Fort, the oldest son of Wyatt and Anna Fort, former slaves held by the Fort family of Dallas County, Alabama. Evidence suggests that Wyatt, and his siblings, are progeny of a member of the Fort family and a slave named Julia who took the last name Fort after emancipation.

From Virginia, the George Fort family, and their descendants, migrated and became well-established in North Carolina and then Tennessee. The Forts owned land, livestock, and slaves – built stately plantation houses, and rose in the ranks of social and political standing.

In the shadows, slave families worked the land and maintained plantation houses. They raised families of their own, and prayed for freedom. 

Alabama Fever Brings the Forts to Harrell’s

Alabama Fever is the name for a land rush that happened after the Creek Nation was defeated in 1814 by Andrew Jackson, leading U.S. troops. The Creek Nation occupied a majority of land in Alabama. After the war, former Creek lands in Alabama and Georgia were ceded to U.S. territory. Much of this land was opened up for sale to White settlers. Thousands of pioneers left Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas seeking fertile farm land, and better opportunities in Alabama.

Alabama Fever also marked the expansion of slavery, and with it wealthy settlers brought slaves into the new territory. Census records also indicate this; when looking at the names of freed slaves or their descendants, the birthplace of a mother or father is often listed. In my family, the birthplace of slave ancestors is listed as Virginia or North Carolina in a majority of my relatives who were then moved into Alabama. The plantation system rapidly took hold in Alabama. Planters sold cotton to buy more slaves, and then used slaves to produce more cotton“,”Between 1830 and 1860, Alabama’s white population increased by 171 percent and its black enslaved population by 270 percent.” (Encyclopedia of Alabama) The Black Belt contained one of the largest concentrations of slavery in Alabama. By 1849, Alabama was a leader in the production of cotton.

Alabama was originally part of the Mississippi Territory but was admitted into the Union, and became its own territory in 1819. The creation of cotton plantations in Alabama, and the region, transformed and expanded the global economy.

The Forts were a respected family of American aristocracy, of their ranks, Burwell Jackson “BJ” Fort and his wife, Nancy Northington, made the migration from Robertson County, TN to Alabama in 1818. A network of rugged roads and Indian trails connected Tennessee to Alabama, along which the Fort family traveled.

The Fort family prospered in Alabama, settling in an area that was known as Bridges or Forts. The name of the town was changed to Marion Junction in 1857 with the creation of a railroad. The bulk of the Fort’s wealth was invested in land and in slaves.

Then tragedy struck, in 1822 Nancy Fort died, and was buried on the plantation. Two small children, William E Fort, and Eliza Ann Fort, were now motherless. In 1824, Burwell Jackson Fort remarried Charlotte Elizabeth Harrell, together they had 5 sons and 1 daughter.

On November 3, 1836, Burwell Jackson Fort suddenly fell ill while on a trip to Cahaba – 14 miles from his home. He called on a friend to help write a will, distributing his property among his wife and children. Within hours, Burwell Jackson Fort had died.

Among his sons, Elias William “EW” and Gabriel Holmes “GH” Fort became prominent farmers, it is here that the Fort family connects to that of Julia, an enslaved woman.

Fort Slaves

Public Domain: Photo published before 1923

Public Domain: Photo published before 1923

Few records exist concerning the slaves owned by the Fort family; however land documents can help trace the location of plantations. In addition, wills or probate documents, as well as labor contracts, can indicate names of slaves and slaveholders. Census records and family history are also valuable sources of information.

The stories that have passed down to me from my Elders are not usually a complete story, like an e-book easily accessible and ready to read… but rather are glimpses into memory, contain names that held close to the heart, and are fragments of history and how lives were impacted. Family history also emerges in a recipe passed down, a song carried on the lips, an old prayer or a faded photograph. I piece together these memories and fragments with documents, or speak other family members, in an effort to better understand my family and our history.

In this case, I had an idea that my Ford (Fort) relatives are racially mixed by comments such as “they could pass for White” and that relatives “were real light skinned”. There was a vague acknowledgement that the Fords (Forts) had a White ancestor. To be honest, it wasn’t a subject anyone wanted to talk about, let alone admit other than a few, offhand comments. The pain from the past still lingered… and with it, a stigma created by the institution of slavery and the resulting segregation and poverty of the Jim Crow era that kept Blacks “in their place”. Many Black families did not talk about or pass down what happened in times of slavery, believing it was better to forget or just move on. A new history or identity was then created over the scars of the past. Now with the emergence of diversity and equality in society,and access to the past through advances in technology, the younger generation is starting to ask questions and to dig deeper.

There are indications that my ancestor, Julia Fort (b. 1824-1882), raised her 5 children to identify as mulatto, and likely told them about their White father. Julia herself was mulatto. She lived and died in the rural community of Harrell’s, living on the Fort land all of her life. Census records show that Julia worked as a housekeeper and as a laundress. Sintha, a woman in her household who is believed to be a sister, worked as a cook. 

In the traces of the lives of Julia’s children there are indications that they did want to be acknowledged  – they identified as mulatto in a time where it was safer to identify as Black. In the 1910 Federal Census son Joseph “Joe” Fort identified his father as being “European” and having been born in Alabama, offering another clue. Joe’s death certificate states his father is “not legally recognized”, again an indication of a White father. In the rural community of Harrell’s the possible father would have belonged to a very small population of men. 

1910 Census, Joseph Forte Family, 624 Green Street, Selma Ala

1910 Census, Joseph Forte Family, 624 Green Street, Selma Ala

Marriage licenses also demonstrate a close connection between Julia’s family and the Forts. Her sister Sintha married Thomas “Tom” Harrell in December 1872, the ceremony was conducted on the E.W. (Elias William) Fort plantation. Also, in Dec 1874, Julia’s son Monk Fort (my ancestor) married his wife Julia Watkins on the Fort plantation.

Marriage License Monk Fort and Julia Watkins

Marriage License Monk Fort and Julia Watkins, 1874

In my family, I have discovered that children were commonly named after family members, and have traced a trail of familiar names to discover kinship ties. Wyatt Fort named his oldest son Elias, and his brother Monk Fort named his oldest son William. Is it a coincidence that that both are names passed down among the generations of the Fort family, and Elias is a name given to the eldest son? 

 

July 20, 1860 Slave Schedule, Harrell’s

The key to African-American slave ancestral research is finding the last owner, which is not an easy task The slave schedules for the 1860 and 1850 census enumerations list enslaved people under the names of their owner, identified by race (“Black” or “Mulatto”), age and gender. Researchers look for an ancestor who fits the description of the enslaved person then attempts to confirm the identity with other forms of documentation. 

In the 1860 Slave Schedule, the Fort families live next to each other, this is also shown in later census taken in 1870 and 1880 – and within those dates, former enslaved Forts are seen living and working on the Fort land. 

 

Charlotte Fort, widow of Burwell Jackson Fort Sr.

Records note 4 slave houses

All Slaves Owned:

Gender

Age

Female

30 Mulatto

Female

28 Mulatto

Female

26 Black

Female

24 Black

Female

21 Mulatto

Male

17 Black

Female

8 Mulatto

Male

7 Black

Female

5 Black

Male

5 Mulatto

Male

3 Black

Male

2 Mulatto

Female

1 Black

Female

48 Black belongs to EW Harrell

EW Fort – 5 slave houses

Name of Slave Owner:

EW Fort

All Slaves Owned:

Gender

Age

Male

27 black

Male

27 black

Male

27 black

Female

27 black

Female

26 mulatto

Female

25 black

Female

15 black

Female

13 black

Male

12 black

Male

11 black

Male

11 mulatto

Female

8 black

Female

7 black

Female

5 black

Male

5 black

Female

3 black

Female

3 black

Male

3 black

GH Fort – Listed as 1 Slave House

Name of Slave Owner:

G H Fort

All Slaves Owned:

Gender

Age

Female

33 mulatto

Male

32 black

Female

30 black

Male

28 black

Male

28 black

Female

17 mulatto

Male

15 mulatto

Male

14 mulatto

Female

14 black

Male

12 mulatto

Male

10 mulatto

Female

10 black

Male

7 black

Male

5 mulatto

Male

4 mulatto

Female

3 black

Female

2 mulatto

Male

3/12 black

RJ FORT (IS THIS BJ JR??) HARRELL’S 8 Slave Houses

Name of Slave Owner:

RJ Fort

All Slaves Owned:

Gender

Age

Male

35 black

Male

30 black

Female

30 black

Male

28 black

Female

22 black

Female

23 black

Male

23 black

Female

22 black

Male

23 black

Male

18 black

Male

18 black

Female

18 black

Female

18 black

Female

17 black

Female

17 black

Female

20 black

Female

14 black

Male

14 black

Male

23 black

Female

20 black

Female

18 black

Female

36 black

Male

12 black

Female

11 black

Male

8 black

Male

5 black

Male

5 mulatto

Male

2 mulatto

Male

5/12 black

Male

5/12 black

Female

4/12 black

Female

4/12 black

I think it is likely my ancestors were held by GH Fort – notice how the names and ages of Julia and children match the description of slaves held by GH Fort on the 1860 Slave Holder Schedule. A grouping of mulatto slaves is not found anywhere else: 

Female 33 – Julia (she would have been pregnant in 1860, daughter Lizza was born in 1861)

Female 17 – sister, Sintha

Male 15 – son, Joe

Male 10 – son, Wyatt

Male 5 – son James/Jim

Male 4 – son, Monk

(It is also possible that other children were born to Julia who have not yet been discovered.)

1870fort

The 1870 Census shows the Fort families in this order:

The 1870 Census was the first that African-Americans were counted in after emancipation. Note the that Julia Fort’s family continued to work and live on the Fort plantation after emancipation. 

Dwelling 87: Elias Fort, son of Charlotte

Charlotte Fort, mother and widow of Burwell Jackson Fort Sr. 

Dwelling 88: Julia Fort and her children: James, Lizzie and Wyatt (Monk was found working on a distant farm). 

Sintha Fort, believed to be a sister of Julia

Dwelling 89: Gabriel Fort (son of Charlotte), his wife Catherine, and children

 

What has been established is that a mulatto woman named Julia was held as a slave by the Fort family of Harrell’s, Dallas County, Alabama. She worked in the household of the Forts as either a cook or housekeeper, and lived and died on the Fort plantation. During the course of slavery, Julia bore at least 5 children who identified as mulatto, the father of the children is reported to be of European origin and was born in Alabama. Julia’s children continued to labor on the Forts plantation for most of their lives, were married on the land, and likely Julia and kin were buried there as well. In a rural, isolated community such as Harell’s there was only a small population of slaveholder men who could have been the father.

As of yet there is not conclusive evidence regarding the paternity of Julia’s children but with advances in DNA testing, an answer may be closer… And the research continues… 

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**PERSONAL NOTE** For me, the journey to uncovering my genealogy, and connecting with family members, is my way to honor the efforts and sacrifices made by the generations who came become me. When an ancestor is named, and their life story preserved, the path of their life, and mine, is brought together…not only in blood but in memory. I believe the most important inheritance our children could receive is not in money or objects but is in passing down our family story, the lessons, the old photos, the laughter and the faith…this is the backbone of our identity as individuals, and in a broader sense, establishes an America that is now diverse, multi-cultural, and free. ~ In Our Hearts, 2017

 

HISTORY RECORDS AND INFORMATION

Ancestry.com

(This page has a member name of InOur Hearts)

Encyclopedia of Alabama: Alabama by Wayne Flynt

Encyclopedia of Alabama: Alabama Fever

FORTS:

Clayton Heathcock Genealogy Site – Elias Fort I and Related Branches

Wiki Tree: Elias Fort I

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: 

AL Black Belt Heritage: The Cotton Kingdom Era

Retracing Slavery’s Trail of Tears by Edward Ball, Smithsonian Magazine

The Slave Experience: Men, Women and Gender by Jennifer Hallam

Sexuality between Slaveholders and Slaves in the Beginning of American History Part 1 by Melanie “CoCo” McCoy

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

 

SPECIAL THANKS:

Thank you to my amazing cousin “S”  for your encouragement, advice and stories… you have contributed greatly to this article. I thank God for having met you, and hope to create new history with you! (Put your crown on – lol)

 

To Be Researched: 

“Letters from Fort family members in Alabama to Hilliard Fort of Halifax County, N.C., indicate that Alabama land was more productive than North Carolina land and encourage him to speculate in unclaimed lands in Alabama…”

“Correspondence between Whitaker and Fort family members and friends and other materials. Topics include family news, Halifax County news, plantation matters, and politics. Included is an 1864 letter from Jefferson Davis to Mrs. Ransom, a Whitaker family friend, discussing the whereabouts of her husband, Major General Robert Ransom Jr. The Addition also contains financial records and receipts including records of slave transactions, and clippings.” UNC University Libraries – Chapel Hill

February 28, 2017 at 3:05 am 2 comments

Dallas County, Ala Marriage 1909 – William Ford and Ida Watters

The search for my Ford relatives began when an Elder Cousin told me that his grandfather is John Ford, and John has a brother named Willie (Will) and a sister named Jeanie. And the Fords came from Perryville. I am still trying to trace the origins of this set of Fords.

In the meanwhile, I did find the John Ford (married Ola Watter, Waters, Walters) that my cousin was talking about. Their marriage was July 18, 1912, Perry Co Alabama.

And I found a Will Ford who married Ida Watters, the very sister of Ola! Both of these families resided in Perry County and in Dallas County (Summerfield) where my family is from.

Children: Lawrence, Cesar, Alfred, Willie M (daughter) and Will T (son). 

 

DALLAS COUNTY, ALABAMA

December 2, 1909

 

Judge: P.H. Pitts, Probate Judge

Spouse: William (Will) Ford

Born: 1888

Place: Perry County

Height: 5

Weight: 135

Where Born: Perry County

Occupation: Farmer

Number of Marriages: 0

Religion: Baptist

Residence: Augustine

 

Bride: Ida Watters

Born: 1890

Height: 4’6

Weight: 120

Where Born: Perry County

Occupation: Farmer

Number of Marriages: 0

Religion: Baptist

Residence: Summerfield

 

Source: 

“Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKZ3-MWRL : accessed 5 August 2015), Wm. Ford and Ida Watters, 02 Dec 1909; citing Dallas, Alabama, United States, county courthouses, Alabama; FHL microfilm

 

August 5, 2015 at 8:24 am 3 comments

Marriage Record 1912 (Perry County, Ala) – John Ford and Ola Watters

Perry County, Alabama Marriages

Date: July 18, 1912

Groom: John Ford (b. 1890)

Bride: Ola Watters (b, 1889, last name also spelled Waters and Walters)

Note: Both families originated in Perryville.

John and Ola Ford would later move into Dallas County, Alabama. Children: Alfred (Fred), Mary, Jesse (Jack), Wenona and Mary. 

To learn more about the Ford or Waters family, please enter your name into the “Search” box or look for “Ford” and “Waters” in the catergories section. 

1930 Census John & Ola Ford

 

Source:

“Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRJ1-D7K : accessed 5 August 2015), John Ford and Ola Watters, 18 Jul 1912; citing Perry, Alabama, United States, county courthouses, Alabama; FHL microfilm .

August 5, 2015 at 6:25 am Leave a comment

1910 Census (Perryville, AL) Rinda Waters Family

PLACE: Perryville, Perry, Alabama, United States

Note: Last name has also been listed as WALTERS and WATTERS, WATTER

 

Name: Rinda (Renda) Waters
Age in 1910: 45
Birth Year: abt 1865
Birthplace: Alabama
Home in 1910: Perryville, Perry, Alabama
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother (Has 10 children, 9 living)
Marital Status: Widowed
Father’s name:
Father’s Birthplace: Alabama
Mother’s name:
Mother’s Birthplace: Alabama

 

Head of Household: Revelle (Lavelle) Waters, male

Birth: 1888

Race: Black

Marital Status: Married on December 24, 1907, Perry County Ala.

Mother: Rinda Waters

Spouse: Perlie (Pearlie) White Waters

Occupation: Tenant Farmer (Cropper)

 

Perlie Waters

Birth: 1889

Race: Black

Spouse: Revelle (Lavelle) Waters

Marital Status: Married on December 24, 1907, Perry County Ala.

Occupation: Farm Laborer

 

Ouilly Waters (maybe Ola Waters)

Birth: 1892

Race: Black

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Farm Laborer

(Parents are Rinda and Ed Waters)

 

 

Carrie Waters

Birth: 1898

Race: Black

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Farm Laborer

(Parents are Rinda and Ed Waters)

 

Ed Waters 

Birth: 1903

Race: Black

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: None

(Parents are Rinda and Ed Waters)

 

Rosavelt (Roosevelt) Waters

Birth: 1903

Race: Black

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: None

(Parents are Rinda and Ed Waters)

 

LODGER:

Galicious Moore (census may list as Galicious Waters, but the transcript clearly reads Moore)

Birth: 1886

Race: Black

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Farm

SOURCE:

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images,FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK71-WNQ : accessed 4 August 2015), Revelle Waters, Perryville, Perry, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 148, sheet 2B, family 33, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,043.

August 4, 2015 at 8:14 am Leave a comment

1940 Census Ford Family, Renda Waters, Selma Alabama

Note: Renda has also been spelled “Rinda”. The Waters family also originated in Perryville. The last name Walters has also been listed in the Census.

 

Head: Alfred “Fred” Ford, b. 1921, Negro, paper delivery boy

Marital Status: Single

Residence 1935: Rural, Perry Alabama

Resident on farm: Yes

Home in 1940: 1414 Church Street, Selma Alabama (rented)

Attended School or College: Yes

Highest Grade: College, 1st year

Income: 160

 

Mary Ford, b. 1925, Negro

Relation to Head of Household: Sister

Marital Status: Single

Residence 1935: Rural, Perry, Alabama

Resident on farm: Yes

Home in 1940: 1414 Church Street, Selma Alabama

Attended School or College: Yes

Highest Grade: Elementary school, 7th grade

Income: 0

 

Fines Ford, b. 1934, Negro

Relation to Head of Household: Nephew

Residence in 1935: Rural, Perry, Alabama

Resident on a farm: Yes

Home in 1940: 1414 Church Street, Selma Alabama

Attended School or College: No

 

Renda Waters, b. 1860, Negro

Relation to Head of Household: Grandmother

Marital Status: Widowed

Inferred Residence in 1935: Rural, Perry, Alabama

Resident on a farm: Yes

Home in 1940: 1414 Church Street, Selma Alabama

Attended College or School: Yes

Highest Grade: Elementary School, 6th grade

Source: Year: 1940; Census Place: Selma, Dallas, Alabama; Roll: T627_25; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 24-40A

Source: Commons Wikipedia. African American boy selling The Washington Daily News – sign on his hat reads, “Have you read The News? One cent” – headline reads “Millionaire tax rends G.O.P.” 11/08/1921. Public Domain/

August 3, 2015 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

Julia Fort Family – 1900 Census, Mitchell’s (Dallas Co, Alabama)

Year: June 14, 1900

Place: Mitchell’s Precinct Alabama

Head of Household: Julia Fort

Born: March 1859

Father’s Birth Place: Georgia

Mother’s Birth Place: Georgia

Race: Black

Number of Children: 9

Number of Living Children: 9

Occupation: Farmer

 

CHILDREN: 

William Fort, son, b. July 1876, farm laborer

Eloid (Elliot) Fort, son, b. July 1879, farm laborer

Mary Fort, dau, b. May 1883, farm laborer

Pettus Fort, son, b. July 1884, farm laborer

Indie Fort, dau, b. July 1888, farm laborer

Pinkie Fort, dau, b. Jan. 1890, at school

Daisie Fort, dau, b. Sept. 1892

Charlie Fort, son, b. June 1894

 

District: 40 , Sheet Number and Letter: 12A , Household ID: 218 , Line Number: 42 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: T623 , GS Film Number: 1240014 , Digital Folder Number: 004119981 , Image Number: 00155

 

Source: 

“United States Census, 1900,” Database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M986-JJM : accessed 18 June 2015), Julia Fort in household of Rosa Buckler, Precinct 35 Mitchell’s (east & south part), Dallas, Alabama, United States; citing sheet 12A, family 218, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,014.

June 18, 2015 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Marriage Douglas Ford and Nettie Lou Motley 1942

 

Name: Douglas Ford
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 15 Feb 1942
Event Place: Jefferson, Alabama, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 19
Birth Year (Estimated): Feb. 21, 1922 (Mobile, Ala)
Marriage License Place: Jefferson, Alabama, United States
Father’s Name: Pettis Ford, deceased
Mother’s Name: Addie Curtis
Spouse’s Name: Nettie Lou Motley
Spouse’s Gender: Female
Spouse’s Age: 18
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated): October 15, 1923
Spouse’s Father’s Name: Wyatt Motley
Page: 120
Douglas Ford’s occupation is listed as: Delivery and Order Checker
Address: 724 South 13th Street Birmingham, Ala
Nettie Lou Motley’s Address is listed as: 1212 4th Avenue South
Her place of birth is Birmingham, Alabama.
The marriage is witnessed by Addie Ford, mother.
SOURCE:
“Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950,” Database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZVL-5T1 : accessed 16 June 2015), Addie Curtis in entry for Douglas Ford and Nettie Lou Motley, 15 Feb 1942; citing Jefferson, Alabama, United States, county courthouses, Alabama; FHL microfilm .
GS Film Number:  2408091, Digital Folder Number: 004671265 , Image Number: 00349

June 16, 2015 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

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