Peter Fortner

2 April 1788–14 February 1871 (Age 82)
New Jersey, United States

The Life of Peter

When Peter Fortner was born on 2 April 1788, in New Jersey, United States, his father, Hanss Peter Wilhelm Fortener, was 35 and his mother, Mary, was 26. He married Phebe Coil about 1804. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Vermilion Grove, Vermilion, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Warren, Iowa, United States in 1860. He registered for military service in 1812. He died on 14 February 1871, in Newport, Vermillion Township, Vermillion, Indiana, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Newport, Vermillion Township, Vermillion, Indiana, United States.

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Peter Fortner
Phoebe Coil
Marriage: 21 February 1831
Michael Fortner
Mary Caroline Fortner
Isabella Fortner
Richard W. FORTNER
Jonas Coil Fortner
Benjamin Albert Fortner
James F Fortner

Spouse and Children

21 February 1831
Newport, Vermillion Township, Vermillion, Indiana, United States


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    Hanss Peter Wilhelm Fortener






    Margaret Mary Fortner




    Richard Fortner


World Events (8)


Age 1

George Washington elected first president of United States.
1789 · The United States Constitution

Age 1

Originally comprising seven articles, the United States Constitution is the backbone of the law in the Nation. The first three articles talk about the separation of powers, dividing the government into three branches: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. Articles Four, Five and Six describe the what each state governments have rights to do, how the states and the federal government should act in their relationship, and how the constitutional amendments are shared between all states. The Seventh Article explains and establishes the procedure used by the thirteen States to ratify it. It is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. Since the Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended 27 times, including an amendment to repeal a previous one.

Age 24

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

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

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

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Sources (3)

  • Peter Fortner, "United States Census, 1830"
  • Peter Fortner, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Peter Fortner, "United States Census, 1860"

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