The Fortson Family
Historical Marker
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


Historical Markers


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Members of the Fortson family came to Texas from Mississippi and settled in Navarro County in the 1840s. Civil War veteran James T. Fortson wed Ida Clayton, Daughter of another pioneer area family, in 1867, and they moved to the Rice area in 1872. Their son, Joseph Benjamin (Joe B.), and his wife Lyda built their home at this site in 1904. Je B. and Brother John acquired large landholdings in the area for farming and ranching, and established a cotton gin operation and a mercantile. They also opened the First State Bank of Rice and Began levee improvement districts to aid local farming.   In addition, Joe B. served on the school board. The family is remembered for its lasting contributions to the area's history

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Photo submitted by Dana Stubbs


Photo submitted by Dana Stubbs


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