BIll was born in 1837 as the oldest child of Ambrose Waller Burton and Martha Emily Fort. He enlisted in Company F, Missouri 3rd Infantry Regiment for the CSA army. After the war he married Sarah Coleman Battle of Bowie County, Texas. We can find them in Denton, Texas by 1870 where Sarah's father had relocated and started a mercantile on the square. Bill was involved in starting educational opportunities first with organizing a Sunday School for the small town and then being involved with organizing the public school for Denton. He served as a missionary to the frontier that included many Native Americans. He was involved with the construction of the granite facade of the Denton County courthouse.At the age of 77 he registered for his CSA pension in 1915.He died in 1923 and is buried in the Slidell Cemetery in WIse County.
Fact: baptism (1 Jun 1865) Boston, Bowie, Texas, United States
1850 US Federal Census: Census Place: Salt River, Randolph, Missouri; Roll: M432_411; Page: 274B
1870 US Federal Census: Census Place: Precinct 1 Denton, Denton, Texas; Roll: M593_
1880 US Federal Census: Census Place: Precinct 6, Wise, Texas; Roll: 1333; Family History Film: 1255333; Page: 219A; Enumeration District: 130
1900 US Federal Census: Census Place: Slidell, Wise, Texas; Roll: T623_1681; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 148.
1910 US Federal Census: Census Place: Justice Precinct 6, Wise, Texas.
1920 US Federal Census: Census Place: Justice Precinct 4, Hale, Texas; Roll: T625_1808; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 105.
Texas Death Certificate, Wise County certificate #3562.
Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 January 2019), memorial page for Rev Wiliam Fort Burton (22 Aug 1837–25 Jan 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44316491, citing Slidell Cemetery, Slidell, Wise County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Nancy Meadows (contributor 47219916) .
H.B Battle, Lois Yelverton, and W. J. Battle, The Battle Book – A Genealogy of the Battle Family in America, Montgomery, Alabama, Paragon Press, 1930. Page 578
Homer T. Fort, Jr. and Ducilla Stovall Jones. A Family Called Fort. Midland, Texas: West Texas Printing Company, 1970. Page 357 and 360.
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