||PERRY FITZGERALD I815----1889 Day By Day With the Utah Pioneers Perry Fitzgerald was born in Redstone, Fayette County, Pennsylvania"22 Dec. 1815. Just what his father and mother, John Fitzgerald and Leah Phillips were doing in Redstone in 1815 is not known. His two older sisters, Farbary and Lovina were born in Mcnongahel*, Washington County, Pa,, which was only 15 miles to the northwest of Redstone. After Perry's birth and by 1819, Perry's father and mother had returned to Monongahela where Perry's sister Lurena vras born 25 April 1819. Parry's younger brother Benjamin was born in Butler, Co., Ohio,l August 1820. For those who had the pioneering spirit the area of the Norths west Territories beckoned them on with the promise of land, forest and freedom. When this move was made Perry was a child of five years of age.So it was here that Perry grew to manhood. His opportunities for obtaining an education were very limited. But the home traing that he received from his parents impressed him, the , importance of being strictly honest. They taught him to have consideration for others. He always showed great consideration for the unfortunate and the aged. Sometime in the 1830«s Perry's father John had bought some land in Vermillion County, Illinois from the land speculators, who were selling land in Blount Twp, Vermillion County. It is doubtful if John had ever seen the land he bought. When Perry became of age he had the desire to start out on his own and in September of 1837 he induced his father to sell him some of the land that he owned in Blount Twp.. His father sold Perry -1847 By ANDREW JENSON, Assistant L. D. S. Church Historian ¦,J FERRY FITZGERALD Brim December 22, 1815, in Fayette County, Pennsylvania; died Qtb 4, J889, in gait Lake County. two sections of property. He apparently built a cabin and began to farm on the north west quarter of section 22, ( which is identified on the map of Vermillion County, in Blount Township. Blount Township was a large tract of land between the Middle Fork and the North Fork of the Vermillion River. Its surface is higher in the middle of the Township and to the North. In the southern half and along its eastern and western boundaries it was covered with a stalwart growth of forest trees, oak, walnut, maples, and here and there a beech. In 1837 there were still some Indians in the area, along the banks of the Middle Fork. They came irregularly, remaining part of the year near the famous spring which attracted their attention. This spring was on section 8, about three miles from Perry Fitzgerald's farm. There were several occasions where some of the settlers were killed by the Indians, The land near the rivers, was malarial and snake infested. The History of Blount Township states on page 881 the following: Sickness was terrible, whole families would be down with sickness at the same time. The ague, the milk sickness, and other diseases that x*ere consequent upon early settlement, were so common that people were broken in spirit, and their energy was sapped." And further, " Snakes were the chief cause of fear. One time when Mrs. Fairchild had just finished getting breakfast by her fire place, she picked up her baby off the floor and dropped down into her chair, when she saw a snake crawling out of the hollow fire log.