Sherry, Actually, I am not really sure. He did have a number of relations in Louisiana, Arkansas,Texas, Alabama and Georgia. I do know that James A Fortson was born in Green county, Alabama and died in Arkadelphia, Clark county, Arkansas. His father, Elijah Satterwwhite Fortson was born in Elbert County, Georgia and died in Caddo Parrish, Louisiana.
James A Fortson's journal comprised a period from 1875 to 1897 and most of it is about the people of Clark, Hempstead and Nevada counties in Arkansas during this period, though there are refernces to people that live in Louisiana and elsewhere. He also kept a journal in Civil War but I have only a few exerpts from it.
His children with his first wife were all born in and around Arkadelphia, Clark county, Arkansas. However, during his second marriage one of his children was born in Panola county, Texas. So, he seemed to move where the Rogers and some of the Andrews and Mannings moved. His second marriage was to Sarah D Rogers(she died) who was a cousin to his first wife, Leurena Jane Rogers. He basically did a lot of work for and with the Rogers and other families which included farming and blacksmithing as well as soldiering in the Civil War. It seems he fought in an Arkansas regiment and also a Louisiana regiment during that war. He may have signed on in Northern Louisiana like many men living in East Texas, as I believe that he did, at that very unfortunate time. He seemed to be a very flexible, modern fellow whose family, consequently, built up a good bit of wealth over the years. If you want a copy of the Fortson line I have then I will gladly send it to you. It is very incomplete but does have some useful info about the Fortsons and where they lived and branched off to. Email me direct if you are interested and I will send what I have to you. As I said previously, he must have been very close to the Rogers because my grandfather was named after him (James Fortson Rogers) and my father acquired his middle name (William)from another Fortson family member or so family legend has it.