Rice in Navarro County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Fortson Family
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. Joe 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.
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15116.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 14.452′ N, 96° 29.997′ W. Marker is in Rice, Texas, in Navarro CountyTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Austin Street, Rice TX 75155, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Baptist Church of Rice (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rice (approx. ¼ mile away); Haynes Memorial Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Rice Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Alma (approx. 4.1 miles away); Navarro County (approx. 8.3 miles away); Burnam Square and Cemetery (approx. 9.4 miles away); Ennis City Hall (approx. 9½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rice.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 23 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.