Land owned by Nathan Fortner
In Nathan's last will and testament he leaves land on the Savannah River and Catfish Creek to his son Ansel. From this last will and testament we read, "beginning at oak +3 on side of river, running eastwardly, so as to run midway between the springs, and to pass thirty feet south of the dwelling house, and so on to the line dividing said tract from James Tomkins land, there on said land N28 W to small gum +5, then on land belonging to the estate of John Bussey S45 W 43 ch to River then down said river to beginning oak +3."
Recorded 1st Jany 1829--so the John Bussey here in this document died before 1829.
Pamela Bussey married Ansel Fortner, son of Nathan.
1820 Edgefield South Carolina census
James Tomkins, page 20
John Bussey, page 42
Nathan Fortner, page 58
Leroy Taylor, page 58
James Hicks, page 58
This is witnessed by Leroy Taylor and Isaac Fortner.
To Isaac, Nathan gives land described: "beginning at oak +3 on side of river, running thence eastwardly so as to run midway between the two springs and to pass thirty feet south of the dwelling house and so on to the line dividing said tract from James Tomkins land, thence on said land S28 E to stake, thence on lands of estate of James M. Hicks S72 W to river, then up said river to the beginning oak +3."
Witnessed by Ansel Fortner and Leroy Taylor.
1830 Edgefield South Carolina census
Leroy Taylor, page 6
James Tomkins, page 10
We know his wife is named Margaret. "I, Thomas H. Nixon, one of the justices of the quorum of said District, do hereby Certify unto all whom it may concern that Margaret Faulkner, the wife of the within named Nathan Faulkner did this day appear before me,"
The 1830 Edgefield South Carolina census shows:
Joseph Robertson, page 6, age 20-30
William Robertson, page 6, age 40-50
George Robertson, page 6, age 15-20
Sanford Robertson, page 30-40
Margaret would have been 25 years old in 1830. This is not proof that Margaret's maiden name was Robertson, but there is a Sanford Robertson living in Mississippi near where Nathan and Margaret are living.
In 1830, we find Nathan living in St. Clair county, Alabama. His name is spelled Authan Fertner.