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John & Margaret Fitzgerald family


Posted By: Cathy Joynt Labath (email)
Date: 10/16/2004 at 23:45:15

Fitzgerald John and Margaret, parents of Patrick, John, William and Daniel were natives of Ireland and members of the Catholic church. They were married about the year 1833 and with a family of five sons and one daughter, in 1850 came to America and located near Bridgeport, Conn. In 1857, they moved to Allamakee county, Iowa. Here their children grew to manhood,
married and two of them, Margaret, who married Thomas Reagan, and David, permanently located. During the years of 1873 and 1874 four of their
sons, Patrick, John, William and Daniel located in Pocahontas county and in 1879 they also came and lived here the rest of their days. Both are buried in Dover Catholic cemetery. Their family consisted of five sons and one

1. Fitzgerald Patrick (b. 1834; d. 1898) was a native of Cork county, Ireland, came with his parents to America in 1850 and to Allamakee
county in 1857. In 1871 he married Mary Mackey. Two years later he located on the SE1/4 Sec. 23, Dover township, which he improved and occupied until the time of his death in 1898, when he was the owner of 320 acres. His family consisted of eleven children, two of whom died in childhood.

William Timothy (b. Iowa, 1871) in 1894 married Mary J. daughter of Matthew Carey. In 1900 he moved to Varina and engaged in the implement business as a member of the firm of J.D. Fitzgerald & Co. His family consists of four children: Margaret M., Matthew, John P., and William E., Maggie E., Mary A., James Edward, Sarah Jane, a Fonda graduate in 1899,
John P., Hannah, a Fonda graduate in 1901, Catherine, Nellie R. and Charles Lewis are at home.

2. Fitzgerald John (b. Ireland, 1826) in 1862 married Mary, daughter of Philip Quillian, of Allamakee county. In 1873 he located on the NW 1/4 Sec. 23, Dover township, which he has finely improved and increased to 340 acres. His family consisted of eight children.

Margaret Ann in 1888 maried M. W. Linnan; Mary Ellen in 1888 married John Eichler, owner of a farm of 160 acres on section 11, Dover
township, and has a family of three children, Lucy, John and Ray. John David (b. Iowa,
1867), secretary and business manager of the Lilly Creamery Association 1897-1900, and dealer in implements and grain at Varina since the spring of 1900, in 1896 married Ann Quinlan of Fort Dodge and has a family of two children, John Vincent and Mary Ethel. He was assessor of Dover township from 1894 to 1900, and a justice in 1901. Elizabeth, in 1899 married Joseph
Eichler, who lives on his own farm of 160 acres in Dover township, and has one child, John Francis. Thomas Philip in 1900 married Mary, daughter of Terrence Mullen of Fonda, and located at Varina, where he is engaged in the implement business. He has one child, Mary Genevieve. Agnes and Winnifred are at home.

3. Fitzgerald William (b. Ireland Mar. 11, 1840) in 1862 in Allamakee county, enlisted as a member of Co. F., 6th Iowa Cavalry and spent three years in the frontier service of his country. In 1866 he married Ann Jane Williamson and located on a farm. In the spring of 1874 he located on the SW1/4 Sec. 13, Dover township, his three brothers, Patrick, John and Daniel having preceded him one year. He has improved this land by the erection of a fine dwelling house, two large barns and other outbuildings and by planting several groves. He is now the owner of 240 acres that is in a high state of
cultivation, having been thoroughly tile drained. He was a trustee of the township nine years, 1876-84, treasurer of the school fund since 1882-nearly twenty years- and was a member of the board of supervisors three years,

His family consisted of five children. Margaret E in 1891 married Martin F. White, who located on section 12 and remained there until
1900, when he moved to Perry. Their family consists of five children, two sons and three daughters. Esther Ellen is at home. Mary Jane married Andrew White, who died in October 1897, from injuries received in an effort to stop a
runaway team at Laurens, leaving one child, Charles W. Isabella Ann and Edward are at home.

Mrs. Margaret A. Williamson, mother of his wife, has made her home with William since 1878.

4. Fitzgerald Daniel, (b. Ireland, 1844) in 1867 in Allamakee county, married Margaret Coleman (b. Maine, 1849) and in June, 1873, settled on his present farm on the NE1/4 SEc. 23, Dover township. He has improved this land
with good buildings and is now the owner of 320 acres.

His family consisted of ten children, one of whom died in childhood. Mary Agnes, in 1890 married Joseph D. Reagan; John T., was a trustee of the township 1898-1901 and has been business manager of the store since the death of Joseph D. Reagan. Margaret H., after spending three years pursuing special studies at Chilicothe, Mo., and Washington, Ia., in 1901 married Hugo Fix and lives in Dover township. Catherine Ellen in 1898 married Henry Dorton; Alice Theresa, Daniel Edward, James J, Eunice L., and Lewis
Patrick are at home.

source: The Pioneer History of Pocahontas County, Iowa; by Robert E. Flickinger.
Fonda: G. Sanborn, 1904.


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