Manning/Dunn Hyde County NC Genealogy

East Carolina Genealogy and more!

There are numerous spellings for this name including Foscue, Fortescue, Fortiscue and more.

This interesting name is of Old French origin, introduced into England at the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066 by followers of William 1st. The surname derives from a martial nickname for a doughty, valiant warrior, derived from the Old French "fort", strong, brave, from the Latin "fortis", with "escu", from the Latin "scutum" meaning Strong shield. Sir Richard Le Forte (the brave), one of the leaders in the army of William the Conqueror, who had the good fortune to protect his chief at the battle of Hastings, by bearing before him a massive shield, hence acquired the addition of the French word escue, a shield, to his name.

One branch of the family who hold the title Earl Fortescue are descendants of the Radulfus Fortescu recorded below, who held lands at Modbury in Devon; the family are still associated with the town. The modern surname has many forms including: Fortescue, Foskew and Fortesquieu. One Anthony Fortescue was married to Katherine Poole, in London, on May 20th 1544. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Radulfus Fortescu, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book, Devonshire, during the reign of King William 1st, known as "William the Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

In Hyde County and Eastern NC the name appears interchangeably as Fortescue and Fortiscue. For ease of catalogging the families I have employed the standard Fortescue.

William Foscue appears to be an early inhabitant of Hyde County. His family is listed below. There is a one or two generation gap between his children and the Fortescues that descended therefrom. For example he had a daughter Philenda Fortescue born 1741. I have also found a Philenda Fortescue born in 1835. Similarly there are two Cassandra's 21 years apart, can't be a coincidence. There has to be a connection. I have not been able to bridge the gap and hope that someone can shed some light on the family line(s). 

1-William Foscue (about 1702-1760)
+Hannah Slade (1709-)
. 2-John Fortescue (about 1731-)
. 2-Samuel Fortescue (about 1733-)
. 2-William Fortescue (about 1734-)
. 2-Lurana Fortescue (about 1735-)
. 2-Rachel Fortescue (about 1737-)
. 2-Jane Fortescue (about 1739-)
. 2-
Philenda Fortescue (about 1741-)
. 2-
Casandra Fortescue (about 1743-)
. 2-Winifred Fortescue (about 1745-)

1-Bart Fortescue (-)
+Nancy  (1857-)
. 2-William Nathan Fortescue (19 June 1879-14 May 1950)
. +Deborah Florence Mason (20 July 1881-12 February 1943)
. . 3-Adelia Iowa Fortescue (16 December 1899-30 December 1989)
. . +Aaron McGowan (28 February 1894-19 November 1964)
. . . 4-Cassie Adelia McGowan (23 July 1916-27 October 1994)
. . . 4-Marion Randolph McGowan (25 April 1918-1925)
. . . 4-Hilton McGowan (15 June 1919-1925)
. . 3-Lloyd Fortescue (1906-)

1-Cassandra Fortescue (1764-)
+John Alderson (1761-)
. 2-Elizabeth "Betsy" Alderson (28 October 1787-10 August 1849)
. +Willoughby Higson (27 May 1787-29 August 1826)
. . 3-Elizabeth Shaw Higson (4 December 1826-28 September 1827)
. +Daniel Shaw (28 August 1794-4 November 1852)
 

1-Frank Wahab Fortescue (30 June 1909-)
+Sarah "Sallie" Swindell (-)
. 2-Frank Wahab Fortescue (6 March 1932-)
. +Edna Pittman (-)
. . 3-Laura Swindell Fortescue (13 September 1957-)
. . 3-Dorothy Lou "Dottie" Fortescue (8 April 1961-)
. 2-William Lee Fortescue (23 September 1933-)
. 2-James M Fortescue (2 December 1938-)
. 2-Elizabeth A Fortescue (3 October 1941-)

1-John Russell Fortescue (-)
. 2-John Elliot Fortescue (20 July 1805-20 December 1868)
. +Sarah E. "Sallie" Boomer (-21 August 1844)
. . 3-Clarissa E. Fortescue (26 February 1840-)
. . 3-Annie J. Fortescue (30 September 1841-)
. . 3-Elliot H. Fortescue (27 April 1843-)
. . +Nancy E Watson (-)
. . . 4-Charles Elliott Fortescue (1 January 1872-30 August 1961)
. . . +Dora Lupton (-)
. . . +Sally E Watson (30 September 1880-23 December 1968)
. . . . 5-Mary James Fortescue (11 July 1903-)
. . 3-Sallie E. Fortescue (20 August 1844-)
. . 3-Jacqueline Fortescue (1844-)
. . 3-Alexander Fortescue (1845-)
. +Nancy Elizabeth Gibbs (before 1825-after 1856)
. . 3-Almira Fortescue (9 November 1853-)
. . 3-Lois Fortescue (25 January 1855-)
. . 3-Zaida T. Fortescue (30 September 1857-)
. . 3-Ida S. Fortescue (14 November 1861-)
. . 3-John L. Fortescue (31 March 1863-)
. . 3-Zachariah Thomas "Zachery" Fortescue (30 September 1868-22 March 1955)
. . +Lucy Davis Perry (1870-)
. . . 4-John Elliott Fortescue (1899-)
. . . 4-Mary Elizabeth Fortescue (20 October 1900-)
. . . +Harvey Blair Credle (26 May 1894-27 June 1963)
. . . 4-Zachariah Thomas "Zachery" Fortescue (1902-)
. . . 4-William Nicholas Fortescue (27 February 1906-February 1978)
. . . 4-Frank Wahab Fortescue (30 June 1909-)
. . . +Sarah "Sallie" Swindell (-)
. . . . 5-Frank Wahab Fortescue (6 March 1932-)
. . . . +Edna Pittman (-)
. . . . . 6-Laura Swindell Fortescue (13 September 1957-)
. . . . . 6-Dorothy Lou "Dottie" Fortescue (8 April 1961-)
. . . . 5-William Lee Fortescue (23 September 1933-)
. . . . 5-James M Fortescue (2 December 1938-)
. . . . 5-Elizabeth A Fortescue (3 October 1941-)
. . . 4-Lucy Fortescue (1912-)
. . . 4-Hugh Perry Fortescue (1897-)
. . 3-Clarrissa E. Fortescue (30 September 1868-)

1-Joshua B Fortescue (1800-1854)
+Catherine  (1802-)
. 2-Virginia Helen Fortescue (1834-)
. +Roger Willis Hollowell (22 April 1832-31 August 1904)
. 2-Mary F Fortescue (1831-)
. 2-Henrietta B Fortescue (1836-)
. 2-Joshua B Fortescue (1838-)

1-Zachariah Fortescue (-)
+Clarissa  (-)
. 2-William Henry Harrison Fortescue (29 September 1813-12 November 1887)
. +Elizabeth "Eliza" Boomer (6 January 1816-8 September 1845)
. . 3-William Russell Fortescue (5 November 1839-8 August 1860)
. . 3-Philenda Fortescue (1835-)
. . +Benjamin Edward Spencer (1828-1870)
. . . 4-Edward B Spencer (4 May 1857-25 December 1909)
. . . +Elizabeth Mason (-)
. . . 4-Martha C "Mattie" Spencer (18 August 1868-21 March 1930)
. . . +Samuel J Tunnell (24 April 1854-4 July 1920)
. . . +John O'Neal (-)
. . . 4-Zacheus Spencer (1852-)
. . 3-John Matthew Fortescue (14 January 1843-15 December 1843)
. . 3-Zacheus H C Fortescue (23 September 1844-8 August 1871)
. . +Mehetabel "Hettie" Jennette (10 February 1844-12 March 1904)
. . . 4-Lucy E Fortescue (12 September 1870-22 March 1883)
. . . +Leland Statz Credle (4 August 1883-1939)
. . . . 5-Hal Jackson (27 July 1906-24 May 1907)
. . . 4-William Russell Fortescue (11 February 1867-11 October 1872)
. +Sarah Ann  (29 May 1819-10 January 1889)
. 2-Caroline E Fortescue (27 January 1819-15 August 1879)
. +Slade (-)
. 2-Lewis Porter Fortescue (30 September 1823-27 October 1871)
. +Margaret Ann Russell (23 September 1828-9 December 1904)
. . 3-Clarisa Elizabeth "Bettie" Fortescue (June 1851-25 April 1926)
. . +Walter Jarvis (18 November 1853-9 January 1926)
. . . 4-William Walter Jarvis (19 December 1886-)
. . +Warren (-)
. . . 4-Vera Warren (1875-)
. . 3-Lewis T Fortescue (1854-)
. . +Elizabeth  (1870-)
. . 3-Mary Elizabeth "Mayme" Fortescue (10 March 1857-10 February 1928)
. . +Dallas Wahab (24 November 1844-5 December 1918)
. . . 4-Mollie Wahab (18 February 1880-21 April 1957)
. . . +John Walter Bell (5 February 1869-13 May 1940)
. . . . 5-Dallas Wahab Bell (8 March 1907-15 February 1909)
. . . . 5-Sallie Bell (26 February 1908-28 February 1908)
. . . 4-Lidie Bradley Wahab (3 December 1870-11 February 1954)
. . . +James Nathaniel Edwards (-)
. . . . 5-James Dallas Edwards (14 May 1899-20 October 1899)
. . 3-William Henry Harrison Fortescue (30 January 1861-21 November 1937)
. . +Elizabeth Spencer Burgess (21 October 1865-)
. . . 4-Helen Ercell Fortescue (7 December 1892-14 November 1903)
. . . 4-William Rupert Fortescue (15 July 1894-)
. . . 4-Francis Marion Fortescue (6 October 1904-7 October 1905)
. . 3-Margaret Ann OR Maggie Fortescue (11 February 1866-1909)
. . +Thomas Eason Warren (15 March 1859-2 November 1915)
. . . 4-Margaret Warren (-before 1908)
. . . 4-Ruth Warren (-before 1908)
. . . 4-Thomas Eason Warren (-)
. . 3-Desdamona Fortescue (21 August 1869-30 May 1896)
. . +Allen Burrus Credle (31 March 1863-28 January 1929)
. . . 4-Mildred Credle (29 May 1890-15 June 1948)
. . . +Hannibal Hector Watson (2 October 1888-27 June 1955)

...Desdamona...really...is that the best they could come up with?