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First Lieutenant, Company "G"

George W. Fortney & Family

(Photo submitted by Dorothy Nay.)

     George W. Fortney was the son of Joshua N. Fortney and Catharine Orr. His father died 26 Sep 1854 and George appears in the 1860 census of Harrison County, living with his mother and his brothers, Seth and John. George, Seth and John served together in Company G during the war.

     Catherine Orr was the daughter of John Dale Orr and Elizabeth Johns. John Dale Orr was in the Revolutionary War. His mother was the sister of Commodore Richard Dale who served with John Paul Jones.

Submitted by Dorothy Nay & Sherry Symmons.


     [Pittsville, Johnson County, Missouri - Died 9 Jun 1920]

     George W. Fortney, who died last Thursday at his home near Pittsville, was buried Saturday at Blackwater. The funeral services were in charge of Rev. Frank Waggoner of Odessa, an old friend of the family. The pall bearers were grandsons, C. G., Carl and John Fortney, Ben and Wm. Vaughan, Leon Nay. Deceased was born April 20, 1833 in Harrison Co., W. Va., where he lived until 1866. He then moved to Johnson Co., Mo., and settled permanently 47 years ago on the farm which was his home until he passed away. He married Miss Catharine Mathis in 1858. She was a member of a prominent family living in the same West Virginia vicinity. To them were born eight children, two of whom died, Seth in his infancy and Virginia Vaughan, wife of Benjamin H. Vaughan. The living children are Mrs. Dona M. Nay, J. S. Fortney, Mrs. Ida B. Nay, Mrs. Maude R. Murray, and W. D. Fortney, all of Holden, and Leroy B. Fortney of Center, Colorado. Mr. Fortney was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted in the 12th W. Va. Inf. and served as a lieutenant to the close of the war. He was a good man to his family, a good neighbor, and friend who followed the even tenor of his way and did his share of pioneer work in this part of the state. (Tombstone)