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Edmund J. Fitzgerald, Sr.

Male 1745 - 1848  (103 years)


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  • Name Edmund J. Fitzgerald  [1
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 18 Mar 1745  , , , , Atlantic Ocean voyage from Ireland to New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Jun 1848  , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2604  Main
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 

    Father James Fitzgerald,   b. Est 1725,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F910  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Millicent "Mildred" Payne,   b. Abt 1752, , , Halifax (later Pittsylvania) County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1837, , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married 1774  , , Pittsylvania (now Campbell) County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Reuben Fitzgerald,   b. 21 Nov 1777, , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Nancy Fitzgerald,   b. 16 Jun 1780, , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. James Fitzgerald,   b. 18 Dec 1782, , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1871, , , Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     4. Elizabeth J. Fitzgerald,   b. 21 Jun 1785, , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1865, , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. Edmund Fitzgerald, Jr.,   b. 1 May 1788, , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. William Fitzgerald,   b. 21 May 1791, , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1868  (Age 76 years)
     7. Samuel Fitzgerald,   b. 5 Aug 1794, , , Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1862  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F908  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From "History of Pittsylvania County" page 172:

      "There is a tradition in the family that Edmund Fitzgerald was born upon the high seas, his parents being emigrants to America. He first appears in Pittsylvania records in 1778, when he purchased 100 acres on the north side of Banister River. In 1814 he and his wife Mellicent (Payne) made a deed of gift of 300 acres on Banister River, which he had purchased from Haynes Morgan, to their son Edmund Fitzgerald, Jr. Here Edmund, Jr. built his home, which is standing today in a fine state of preservation, owned by his grandson, Samuel Stone. The will of Edmund Fitzgerald, Sr. was proven January, 1848, in which he made sons Reuben, Samuel, Edmund Jr. James and William Fitzgerald; daughters, Nancy, wife of Hardin Wilson, and Elizabeth, the wife of James H. Stone. The latter settled the fine old place, "Oak Grove" with its boxwood gardens."

      page 229: "Among those early Pittsylvania homes whose memories are fragrant of a gracious hospitality and cultured living may be mentioned....the Edmond Fitzgerald home of White Falls...."
    • (Research):Notes below from:
      Wiley Alston Jarrell
      15610 Edenvale
      Friendswood, TX 77546
      wajarrell@earthlink.net
      281-482-3671

      Edmund Fitzgerald was of the house of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, born on board vessel in mid-ocean in 1745 and died 1848.

      Due to oppression the family was on route to America and came to New York first and moved from there to Virginia where they settled near the Peaks of Ottar in Bedford County and finally moved to Pittsylvania County on Bannister River. He married Mildred Payne in 1776. She was born 1758 and died 12 March, 1832.

      He was remarkable for his longevity. living to be one hundred three years old, and physical manhood. On one occasion he was walking in the woods where he was encountered by a bear and, having no weapon with which to defend himself, he picked up a pine knot and killed the bear through his extraordinary human strength.

      He commenced life a poor boy, but through economy and safe dealing, accumulated wealth. He bought a calf, traded it for a colt, which he placed on a piece of land and continued thus to make small deals until he became a large land owner and owned many slaves.

      He was accustomed to relate incidents of his life to his children. He clearly remembered seeing the horse that Braddock, the British General, rode on when he was killed at the famous Braddock's defeat in the year 1775, which was an event in history he never forgot. Another, a strolling fortune-teller warned his mother when he was a babe that he, her child, would not live to be seven years, but he lived not only seven, but a period of time covering more than thirty-three years above that allotted by the Psalmist.

  • Sources 
    1. [S512] Book: Virginia-Pittsylvania - History of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Maud Carter Clement, (Baltimore, Maryland: Regional Publishing Company, 1987), G 975.5665 CLE VA., 172 (Reliability: 3).