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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
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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_p021
Description 4. It was early in 1846 when Perry Fitzgerald along with the other Mormons ware forced to leave Nauvoo and they traveled about two hundred and sixty miles to the west. They set up an encampment on the banks of th» Missouri River. They called it Winter Quarters where they hastily built make shift log cabins. Perry had been ordained an Elder before he left Nauvoo. Perry was chosen by Brigham Young to be one of the advance group and to be one of a group of ten men assigned to be food hunters. So when the group of 143 explorers and pathfinders headed west in April 1847 Perry went with them, leaving his wife Mary Ann and his son,John in the care of the Nebekers. The company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley 24 July 1847. After about a month in the Valley Brigham Young returned to Winter Quarters with others who were returning for their families and Ferry returned also. On their way back they passed a number of companis on their way to the Salt Lake Valley. And who should Perry meet? None than his wife Mary Ann and his son John with the Nebekers and his sister Barbary. They were in Captain Abraham Smoot's Company. The following is the record of their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley: John Nebeker age 34 born 1 Aug. 1813 Wife Lurena Fitzgerald 28 " 25 Aug. 1819 William Perry 11 « 5 Sept.1836 ( Found in L.D.S. Aaron 7 n 28 Dec. 1840 Church Historical Ira 8 " 23 June 1839 Department) Ashton 4 « 23 Sept.1843 Rozella 2 » 3 Oct. 1846 Bro. George Nebeker 22 " 22 Jan 1827 Newport, Newcastle. Mary Ann Fitzgerald 26 » 30 Sept.1821 Wife of Perry Fitzgerald John 7 " 25 Mar. i840 Barbary Fitzgerald 43 " 12 Feb. 1812 Perry's sister Perry continued back to Winter Quarters to help other companies get ready for the next spring. So Perry was away from his wife and son , except for the brief visit on the trail, for over a year. The next we hear of Perry and his family they are among the first settlers of Millcreek living on the " north bank ". He is on the Greater Salt Lake City census in company with the family names which show up again as early settlers of South Willow Creek.i.e. Zetnira Draper, Gurnsey Brown and Robert Shipley,, At this point he and John Nebeker go separate ways. Millcreek originally included the land from the mountains west to the Jordan River and from Twenty-first South on the North to Thirty-third South on the South,, The Millcreek Ward was organized in 1849. The members first met in the " Old Fort " in Salt Lake and during the winter of 1848-49 they met in a private home on Big Cottonwood Creek. In the manuscript history of the Mill Creek Ward it states, " In the spring of 1848 Perry Fitzgerald and family settled in Millcreek along the north bank . While in Millcreek Mary Ann gave birth to a son 11 Feb. 1849 and they named him Manasseh. A year later on 22 Jan. 1851 she gave birth to an other son, and they named him after his father Perry. This was her fifth and last child. Mary Ann died in April 1851 of Erysipalis, a contagious disease of the mucous membrane. Several people died of this during the same time. When Mary Ann died her oldest son, John was 11 years old, her son Mannasseh was 2 years old the youngest, Perry was only 3 months old. Needless to say Perry Fitzgerald needed help. Mary Ann Cosat was a true frontier's women, having known nothing else all her life. Her father was Peter Cosat and her mother Nancy Tewmy. She had the following brothers and sisters: William, Samuel, Perry, Margaret who married Thompson Lanham, Elizabeth who married, Squire Cunningham, and Nancy who married William Sperry. Her grandfather,Jacob Cosat changed the family name of his father Peter Cossart to Cosat. Peter Cossart, Mary Ann's great grandfather was the one that moved the family from Hunterstown, Conewago Valley, York Co. Pa. to White Oak Station on the Kentucky River, a mile from Boonesborough. It was here that Peter Cossart was killed by the Indians in 1781, leaving a a wife and seven sons. In the fall of 1851 Zetnira Draper and Perry Fitzgerald and others from Millcreek, settled along the banks of South Willow Creek. Apparently after Perry and his motherless boys arrived in South Willow Creek he met and married Ann Wilson. She was born 1 Nov. 1812 in Old Coales, Nottinghamshire, England. She was three years older than Perry. It was Ann Wilson who took over the task of raising Perry's young
Format image/jpeg
Setname uum_jwfc
Date Created 2005-09-12
Date Modified 2005-09-12
ID 204331
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k0727d/204331