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George Fort

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FORT, George, Chowan County 1719


In the name of God Amen   I George Fort of the County of Arlbermarl in north Carolinah

Although sick and weak in body yett in pfect mind and memory Thanks be given to almighty

God butt knowing the Cirtianty of death and uncirtianty of the time doe by these psents

make and ordain this my Last will and testament in manner and forme following

Imprim I Cummitt my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker trusting through the merits

of Christ my Saviour to be made ptaker of Everlasting Life and my body to the Earth to

be buried att the discresi of my Execut hearafter named

Item I Give and bequeth to my Loving Son Elias fortt the plantation wheron he now dwelleth [some?]

one hundred Acres more or less of Land Adjoyning bounded as followeth (viz) beginning att the

mouth of Suscahanah branch in round hill Swamp in the Isle of weight County in virginia

So up the Sd branch to the first branch thatt is such out of the before sd branch and 

up that to the Line and down the line to the main Swamp and down the Swamp to sd begining

to him the Said Elias fort and his heirs forever—–

Item I Give and bequeth to my Loving Son George ffort the Residew of my Land att round hill

adjoyning to his brother itt being one hundred Acres more or Less to him and his heirs forever

I **** **** Give to my Said Son George fort A yong mayer of three years old & et Cow and Calfe

and two Sows and pigs

Item I Give and bequeath to my beloved Son Benjamin fort the Land and plantation wheron I now

dwell to him and his heirs forever and one yong Cow and Calfe one mayer and two Sows and pigs

Item I Give and bequeath to  to my two Sons John and Samuell fort my Entry of Land on the Great

Creek to be Equally devided between them to John the Loer End and Sammuell the upper End

to them and their heiers forever and to Each of them A yong Cow and Calfe and two Sows & pigs

Item I Give and bequeath to my beloved daughter phelis fibash (sic) one yong Sow and pigs—

(damaged by fold in paper)

[Item]……Give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth fort a yong ***** *** and two Sows and pigs


and A mayer ffille

Item I Give and bequath to ny beloved daughter Cathorine fort A yong Cow and Calfe and two

Sows and pigs

Item I Give and bequath to my beloved daughter Ales fort one Cow and Calfe and two Sows and pigs

Item I Give and bequath to my beloved wife Elisabeth ffort all the rest of my unbequathed goods

and Catles Excepting two mayers one to My Son John and the other to my Son Samuell

all thee Residew as before Sd I Give to my before mentioned wife for during her naturally

Life and after her deceas to be Equally devided Amoungst my Children

and doe by these psents make Constitute ordain and Appoint my trusty and well beloved

Son Elias fort full and whole Executr of this my Last will and testament and I doe

by these psents make null and void all former wills by me made In Testimony

of all which I have hearunto put my hand and Seal this 15th day of may 1719

Signed Sealed and Delivered

In the presence of


William (X) Boon                                     George (GF) ffort

Niccolis (N) Boon



(transcribed by Marc Anderson)


(George Fort was from Round Hill…he left the Virginia property to son Elias who witnessed the will of Elizabeth Anderson.  None of the Fort women have been identified to my knowledge which severely hampers my question of George Fort having a sister named Elizabeth?)


(It is speculated William Boon married Elizabeth Fort)



Isle of Wight Deeds, Wills..Great Book Vol2 1715-1726

 (p499)—- 1721….William Edwards of Surry County to Alexander Young of Isle of Wight County…. 150 acres

adjoining Peter Vaser, Elias Fort and Susannah Branch.

Rec: 25 Sep 1721                                                                  William Edwards


(p. 466) 6 Feb 1721…. William Edwards of Surry County to Elias Fort of Isle of Wight County…. 200 acres on Round

Hill Swamp adjoining Alexander Young.

Rec: 27 Feb 1720                                                                  William Edwards 


Elias FORT, November 19 , 1736, of North Carolina ,
deeded John EXUM of Isle of Wight, 100 acres of land on Round Hill Swamp in Isle of Wight. (Bk. 5, p. 71)


472 16 Jul 1720 William Boon of Chowan to John Bryant of Isle of Wight VA, 8P 100 a NS Meherrin Riv, joining Mathew Rushing, the second branch and the river, now in the actual possession of John Bryan…part of 640 a granted to William Browne 29 Nov 1706. Wit: Benjamin Foreman, Elias Fort, Prov 3rd Tues July 1720.

(William Boon was the brother-in-law of William Browne (d.1719)


15 July 1720 Elizabeth Boon of Chowan Prect., wife of William Boon to Elias Fort power of attorney to relinquish my Dower in Land sold by my husband to John Bryan, being 100 acres Wit: Samuel Peacock, John Bryan

(William Boon witnessed the will of the father of Elias, George Fort. If his wife was the sister of Elias Fort that would explain the trust conveyed for the POA)


(The Forts, Boons and Andersons are shown to be at least “aquainted” if not interrelated from earlier days in the Round Hill area of Virginia.)

Copy-Chowan deed #470-P 59-60 Elizabeth Fort, wife of William Boon -Power of attorney to Samuel Peacock

(I haven’t checked out this item…possibly William Jr.     source:  )      

15 July 1721 William Boon of Chowan Prect. and Elizabeth my wife to Benjamin Fort of ye Pect afrsd. 5£ 40 acres more or less on the south side of Maherrin River, joining ye mouth of ye Deep Gutt, a swamp, Long Branch and ye River all houses, orchards etc. now in the actual possession of the sd. Fort part of a Pattent for 423 acres dated 3 Dec 1720 Wit: John Dew Sr, John Dew Jr, Robert Hicks.

(Benjamin was brother of Elias Fort)

6 Nov 1723 [A 210] Samuel Canady & wife Mary to Elias Fort 15£ for 100 acres on SS Meherrin River purchased of William Boon on 15 July 1721 now in actual possession of Elias Fort.
Wit: Thomas Boon, Isaac Sterling, Robert Scott. Feb Ct 1723


(George Anderson died prior to his wife Elizabeth making her will in 1732, leaving sons James, Carolus and seemingly a third son [apparently deceased] who had a son by Elizabeth Pitman. My theory is that George was living somewhere between Round Hill Swamp and the Meherrin River…all records being lost with the Nansemond and Isle of Wight records.  There is a clear migration pattern of these folks [Boons, Forts and others] to the Meherrin River area…Bertie/Chowan NC)


Around 1702, William Browne and Richard Braswell (brothers-in-law) began eyeing real estate in North Carolina.  By 1706, William Browne had aquired 640 acres in Chowan.

Ibid #472 p.56 William Boon of Chowan to John Bryant of Isle of Wight Co. VA 16 July 1720 8 Pds 100 ac on north side Mendering river adj Mathew Rushing, the Second branch & the river, 640 ac grant to Wm Browne 29 Nov 1706. Wit. Benjamin Foreman, Elias Fort.


Isle of Wight Deed Book 1 1688-1704 (William Lindsay Hopkins)


(p.400)  9 Oct 1703…. William Browne and wife, Martha Browne, of the lower parish to Richard Bracewell, Jr….32

acres (being part of 156 acre granted to William Browne on 6 Oct 1702) on the south side of main Blackwater.

Wit: Thomas Mandue and William (X) Bracewell

Rec: 9 Oct 1703                                                                                    William Browne

                                                                                                         Martha (X) Browne


Witness to Elizabeth Anderson will 1733





Written by anderson1951

August 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm

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  1. This George Fort is my ancestor and his son, George, is my line. Do you have any other information on this line or on George Fort’s wife Elizabeth. Other than her name, Elizabeth Accobe Duckwood, little seems to be known about her. The son George #2, was married to a Mary and nothing is known of her! Thanks for any help and your site is very informative and interesting. Thank you.
    Franki Cramer
    Ever run across a Marmaduke, James or Shadrack Atkinson?


    Franki Cramer

    July 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    • Hi Franki
      You can download an e-book from Google Books… under 10 bucks I think… Southside Virginia Families, Volume 1 by Boddie… it has some good info on the FORT families. I was more focused on Elias Fort and did not follow George Jr that much… he was obviously around the Meherrin River property and may have moved to Edgecombe. Also see my link for “Bob Baird’s site” under Blogrolls… he mentions the Forts in some of his chronicles… he knows his stuff…. I’ve tried to prompt him to discuss them more but nothing so far.
      I haven’t delved in to any Atkinsons…



      July 3, 2012 at 4:17 am

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