|My ggg grandfather Etheldred Fortner was born in North Carolina C 1777. He had a total of two wives & children by both. William R.Fortner was the youngest of his children by his first wife, and was my gg grandfather. Etheldred lived in Wilkes Co. when he became head of a household, until in the 1830's he moved to Haywood Co. with his family, then before 1850 he moved to Blount|
Co. Tenn, where he died in 1852 and his grave site is at Unitia
cemetery in Louden Co.Tenn. William R. Fortner moved to Haywood Co. N.C. with his family before 1840 and then to Fannin Co. Ga.
c. 1854. He had 5 sons of whom 4 served in the civil war. All four served the confederacy calvary until 1863 then the U.S. Tenn
Calvary until the end of the war. The Fortners I researched all are from Germany and don't seem to be related to Forkners, Folkners, and Faulkners who are all English names. The name is still spelled FORTNER in many places in Germany and the American
Genealogical Bio. Index shows many Fortners from 1600's thru. thd
18th and 19th centuries. John C. Downing's book "Know Your Name"
says Fortner is German meaning "door-keeper or gate-keeper".
I do not know in which county Etheldred was born, nor his fathers
name. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Clyde Fortner