(Logan, Menard & Sangamon Counties) - Marthe "Martha" Jensen Fortman (1836-1928) was born in
Norway, the daughter of Jens and Mette Christense Nybroe Jensen. She married John Garret Fortman
in 1856 in Athens, Menard Co., IL. They resided in Logan County, IL. Their children: Mary (Fortman) Dorsett;
Caroline (Fortman) Hammerton; John; Herman; Lena May (Fortman) Short; Henry; Richard;
Elizabeth; Marguerite; Lewis & William. While living in Springfield, Martha Fortman
became friends with Abraham & Mary Lincoln. Letters from Lincoln were passed on to descendants.
They are buried
in Harmony Cemetery, Lincoln, Logan Co., IL.
Submitted by Barbara Cox