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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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Language eng
Rights Management Digital Images copyright 2004, Univerity of Utah. All rights reserved.
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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_p026
Description JOHN! FITZQBMLB 181^0-1892 ffTZGERAID John Fitzgerald was bom 25 March 181*0 near where the city of Vermillion, IlUnois now stands being the oldest chili of Perry Fitssgerald and Mary ton GbsarU He wast a young lad at the time of the Mormon expulsion from Nauvoo. His fathejr being an outstanding an* reliable figure in Nauvoo was appointed to join the vanguard exploratory, company to Utah in 181*7. John was just seven years old at this timer'. This exploratory company was composed almost entirely of men so John an* his mother stayed at Winter Quarters. Johra's younger brother Daniel had diet in 181*1* and his younger-brother Alvah died in 181*7 in Winter Quarters. His father left in April for Utah . It is not known whether he left before or aifter his son Ilvsh's dearth. This left John and his; mother alone in Winter Quarters ePuring the Summer of 181*7 . John'a farther, tan? returned' to J-Winter Quarters with Brigham Young and the other pioneers tiurt naff returned for their families*, arriving.Oct. 31, 181+7. On the 2t*th. of Ma? 181*8 John's fafthetr and mother left Winter Quarters for Salt Lake . John was, eight years old being the only child left in the family. John was however old enough to accept a lot of responsibility on the long journey to Utah. They arrived safely Sn Sal* Lake in SeptsiJer an* his father and mother spent the winter of 181*8 in Salt Lake where his father helped build the fort. In the spring of 18U9 John'e father moved his family to Mill Greek. The Perry Fitzgerald family now included a new baby brother for John, his name was Manasseh having been bom Feb. 11, 181*9. John's father only stayed a short time in Mill Creek and then moved to South Willow Creek in the southeast end of Salt Lake valley. The area was a good place to raise cattle and consisted of marshes, meadow and plenty of good clear running water. The first ttnpression that remained with young John Fitzgerald of his early days in Utah was people living in loe houses with leaky roofs made of dirt. * The winter and summer of 181*9 was one of sevew hardship for the pioneers in the valley. The spring of 181*8 saw grea* tracts of land plow foir erops. There had been good rainfall and indications for good crops couldn't have been better. But WILLIAMS then came the crickets. There were about 2000 FJUn-eers in the winter, of 181*7-1*8. two large companies came in the late summer totaling 1229 souls in Brie-ham Youngs company and 1891 souls in Heber C. Kim-ball's company} so there were about 5000 people to Be fed during the winter of 181*84*9. And this after the crops had been partially destoyed by the crickets . It became necessary to make their food chiefly of thisU.sas,segoe lily bulbs and wild onions. John Fitzgerald recalled that they had bread once a week, this being on Sunday and even then there was only one slice for each member of the family. John's* n, in i P°or that he couldn't even buy shoes for his family so ' the children went bare footed. On the 22nd of Jan. 1851 John got a new brother which was named Ferry,Jr..John's mother had never really recovered the hardships she had gone through and died just three months after her and Perry'rlast child was bornv John w* a young boy of eleven when his mother died* There, was a young boy of eleven and a baby of three-months for John's father to take care of. Before the year was out bis- fa-ther married Ann Wilson and they John two half sisters, and • about a year late* John's father entered into polygamy and married! Agiws Wadsworth 22; Msrav 1853* They had thirteen children which made a large family for John's father to provide for. John had not had too much opportunity for formal education, maybe some teaching in Winter Quarters during the winter of 181*7. Bfeing the oldest child John had to help hiw father and although there was * school in Draper John could only go a short time in the winter* The first school was taught by William Terry during the winter of 1852-53. The schoolhouse was a small adobe building with with two windows on each side. The entrance was a single door a* the east end. On the opposite side* was a fireplace near which was-kept a large pile of sagebrush. Slabs resting on wooden pegs served for benches. By the end of 1853 Draper had a population of some 2O0 people. In 1856 there was a young sixteen year old girl who left with her family from Wales their destination Council Bluffs where they joined a handcart company heading across the plains for the Salt Lake Valley. The hand cart companies experienced the greatest
Format image/jpeg
Setname uum_jwfc
Date Created 2005-09-12
Date Modified 2005-09-12
ID 204336
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k0727d/204336