Mary Catherine Fortner

Female25 November 1842–28 September 1922

Brief Life History of Mary Catherine

When Mary Catherine Fortner was born on 25 November 1842, in Georgia, United States, her father, William D Fortner, was 32 and her mother, Mary Polly Head, was 22. She married James Alfred W. Parris on 4 January 1860, in Lumpkin, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Civil District 3, McMinn, Tennessee, United States in 1910 and Civil District 4, McMinn, Tennessee, United States in 1920. She died on 28 September 1922, in McMinn, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Athens, McMinn, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Alfred W. Parris
Mary Catherine Fortner
Marriage: 4 January 1860
Georgia Ann Parris
James Alfred Parris
Thomas Sylvester Parris
John Wiley Parish
William J. N. Parris
Lillie Farrilee Parris
Benjaman Franklin "Frank" Parris
Mary Rachel Parris
Louis Emanuel Parris
Callie E. Parris
Nancy Adaline Parris
Rosa Parris
Montgomery G Parris

Sources (22)

  • Mary Falkner in household of William Falkner, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary Catherine Fortner - Published information: birth-name: Mary C. Fortner
  • Mary C Fortner, "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 January 1860Lumpkin, Georgia, United States
  • Children (13)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 4

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 12

    Historical Boundaries 1854: Fannin, Georgia, United States


    Age 21

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    German: variant (also Förtner) or Americanized form of Pförtner, an occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city, or the doorkeeper in a great house, castle, or monastery, Middle High German phortenaere (from Latin porta ‘door, gate’). Compare English Porter .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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