uu_fitzgerald2_p020

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Title Fitzgerald Famly Stories
Personal Names Fitzgerald, John W., 1907-1998
Creator Fitzgerald, John W., 1907-1998
Date Digital 2004-06-24
Type Text; Image
Format image/jpeg
Format Creation Scanned at 300 dpi on Epson Expression 1640 XL flatbed scanner. Files saved as uncompressed TIFF. Resized to 1000 pixel-width JPEG images with Photoshop CS.
Language eng
Rights Management Digital Images copyright 2004, Univerity of Utah. All rights reserved.
Scanning Technician Charles Nielson
Metadata Cataloger Charles Nielson
ARK ark:/87278/s6k0727d
Setname uum_jwfc
Date Created 2005-09-12
Date Modified 2017-09-11
ID 204348
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k0727d

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Title uu_fitzgerald2_p020
Description The census of Vermillion County for 18^0 lists Perry and Mary Ann and Perry's sister Lurena Nebeker and her husband John Nebeker and their family as living in the same abode. About this time the Mormon missionaries were active in the area and in 18^2 Perry Fitzgerald and Mary Ann and the Nebekers were converted to Mormonism. Benjamin did not join them. A small branch, the Middle Fork, was organized but must not have functioned for long because the families soon left for Nauvoo. But before they left Perry and Mary Ann lost their second child, Daniel from the "ague". He was only one year old. Just when Ferry Fitzgerald and his brother-in-law John Nebeker moved with their families to Nauvoo is not known. But Perry received a patriarchal blessing in Nauvoo in 18^6 by John Smith, and Mary Ann received hers in 18^8 in Salt Lake. Their third child Alvah born 28 May 18^5 may have been born in Nauvoo.He died in 18^7 after the Saints had been forced to flee Nauvoo. The mob heaped such persecution upon the Saints that they were forced to take what meager belongings they could and flee for their lives. To get a feeling of this great tragedy one has only to read of the report of Thomas L. Kane as he came upon Nauvoo just a few days after the Mormons were driven out by the mob. He first saw Nauvoo from across the river on the west bank and here is his description of what he saw, given in a discourse before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania March 26, 1850j "On the west bank where the deep water of the river returns my eye wearied to see everywhere sordid, vagabond and idle settlers; and a country marred without being improved by their idle hands. I was descending the last hillside upon my journey when a landscape in delightful contrast broke upon my view. Half encircled by a bend of the river, a beautiful city lay glittering in the fresh morning sun; its bright new dwellings set in cool green gardens ranging up around a stately dome-shaped hill, which was crowned by a noble ediface whose high tapering spire was radiant with white and gold. The city appeared to cover several miles and, beyond it in the background , there rolled off a fair country chequered by careful lines of beautiful husbandry. The unmistakeable marks of industry, enterprise, and educated wealth everywhere made the scene one of singular and most striking beauty. It was a natural impulse to visit this inviting place. I procured a skiff and rowing across the river landed at the chief wharf of the city. No one was there to meet me. I looked and saw no one. I could hear no one move. I walked through the solitary streets. The town lay as in a dream under some spell of loneliness from which I almost feared to wake it for plainly it had not slept long. I went about unchecked. I went into empty work shops, rope walks and smithies. The spinner's wheel was idle, the carpenter had gone from his work bench and shavings, his unfinished sash and casings. Fresh bark was in the tanner's vat and fresh chopped wood stood piled against the baker's oven. The blacksmith shop was cold but his'coal and ladling pool and crooked water-horn were all there as if he had just gone off on a holiday. I could have supposed the people were hiding in the houses, but the doors were open.On the outskirts of the town was the city graveyard but there was no record of plague there. There were fields upon fields of heavy yellow grain lay rotting upon the ground. No"one at hand to take in the harvest. Only two portions of the city seemed to suggest the import of this mysterious solitude. On the eastern suburb, the houses looking out upon the country showed by their splintered woodwork and walls battered to their foundation, that they had lately been the marks of destructive cannonade. And in and around the splendid temple, which had been the chief object of my admiration, armed men were barracked, surrounded by their stacks of musketry and pieces of heavy ordinance. They told the story of the dead city that had been a notable manufacturing and commercial mart of some 20,000 persons; that they had waged war with its inhabitants for several years and had finally been successful only a few days before my visit, in an action fought in front of the ruined suburb, they had given way on the third day." ** Where had the people gone who had built the beautiful city, the beautiful white marble temple crowned with gold which had just been completed? Where had the people gone who had }eft their homes, their shops, their millsand unharvested crops. They had disappeared over the western horizon at the mercy of God and Nature. Ferry Fitzgerald and Mary Ann,their young son John went with them. ** History Of The Mormon Battalion by Sergeant Daniel Tyler p. 64-65
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Setname uum_jwfc
Date Created 2005-09-12
Date Modified 2005-09-12
ID 204330
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k0727d/204330