Mary Bridgman was born about 1795, in Wythe County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Franklin Bridgman and his first wife (name unknown).
Mary married Joseph Fortner about 1818, in Virginia. Joseph Fortner was born about 1795. He was probably the son of Thomas Fortner who was born 1760-1770.
Joseph and Mary Fortner appear on the 1820 Hampshire County, Virginia census. The census shows Joseph Fortner a male 16-25 (b. 1795-1804); one male under 10 (b. 1811-1820) and one female 16-25 (b. 1795-1804).
On Sept 11, 1827, the following was filed in Campbell County, Tennessee Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (pgs. 76-77):
Know all men by these presents that we John Bridgman & Mary Fortner legal heirs of Martha David, Deceased having jointly agreed to sell to the highest bidder one certain tract or parcel of land whereon Richard D. Wheeler now lives containing 129 acres also two entrys made in the name of Elisha Thomas one for 50 and one for 31 acres on which there is not grants come out do hereby covenant, promise and agree jointly as aforesaid to release, rellinquish and forever Quit Claim the three above parcels of land to the said Elisha Thomas, he also being one of the above heirs, and to his heirs and assigns forever for the sum of $486.00 to us paid etc. by his several promissory notes, each bearing equal date, with these presents. Given under our hands etc. this 4th day of Sept. 1827.
Sampson David J. Bridgman (Seal)
Moses Simpson John McCracken (Seal)
James Chandler (Seal)
Benjamin H. Wheeler (Seal)
Wm. Bridgman (Seal)
Mary Fortner (Seal)
State of Tennessee) Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
Campbell County ) 16th Sept. 1827
Execution of the within Deed of Relinquishment etc this day proven in open Court.
Test: Jo Hart Clk.
The 1830 Wythe County, Virginia census shows Joseph Fortner a male 30-39 (b. 1791-1800); two males 5-9 (b. 1821-1825); 2 males under 5 (b. 1826-1830); one female 30-39 (b. 1791-1800); one female 15-19 (b. 1811-1815); one female 10-14 (b. 181601820) and one female under 5 (b. 1826-1830). The family was listed next to the Thomas Fortner family.
We found no other records on this family. We have been unable to identify any of their children. Census indicates that Joseph and Mary had at least four sons and three daughters.