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From: "Jean Enroughty" <>
Subject: [FITZGERALD-L] FITZGERALD- Amelia County-1700's
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 21:44:21 -0500
Historical Notes on Amelia County, VA from the Amelia Co. Historical
Society. Book # 975.5 in Henrico County Library, Richmond, VA.
Misc. notes on Fitzgeralds:
The following list of services were copied from Virginia Militia in the
Revolution by J. T. McAllister:
among the list...
1780, Captain William Worshams Company in service in the South as far as
1780, Captain ____ Fitzgeralds Company, same
McAllister listed the following two notes: The Amelia Militia was discharged
at Birds Ordinary. Immediatelly after that Captain William Worsham, Captain
John Knight and 100 men were taken prisoners by Tarleton....
Between Jennings ordinary and West Creek was located the oldest Ward
settlement in the country. Public travel was conducted on what was known as
the Chair Road. On this road some three miles from Jennings Ordinary was
located a place called Old Homestead built in the early 1700s and was the
residence of Henry and Prudence Ward. On West Creek, Henrys son Benjamin,
built a house just like his fathers, but larger and called it West Creek
. He married Catherine CRAWLEY, a daughter of William CRAWLEY, a wealthy
planter in Amelia County. Benjamin Ward built Wards Mill ... In 1777,
Captain Benjamin Ward was sent to the defense of Petersburg. Catherine
CRAWLEY WARD, in 1781, fearing Tarletons raid made an attempt to escape
from West Creek. She left with her small son in her fine carriage loaded
with her valuable silks, jewels, and silver. When her driver reached
Burkeville, Tarletons men were across the road. The soldiers riddled and
took her valuables...a brother of Captain Foulks was in a nearby tree and
witnessed the scene.
...Captain Benjamin WARD died in 1783 at the age of 35 years...Catherine
CRAWLEY WARD later married Daniel JONES...an officer under Benjamin. At a
much later date she married William FITZGERALD, likewise an officer. it was
interesting to note that each of the three men had been suitors of hers in
younger days. Resulting from these marriages were many children and
step-children. She was known as the Queen and was said to have a fine head
from business. Catherines daughter, (?) married Francis FITZGERALD, an
officer and brother to William FITZGERALD.
Note: John PRIDE, in January 7, 1789, was appointed to represent the
district as an elctor to vote for president of the United States. (the
district was composed of the Counties of Amelia, Powhatan, Chesterfield,
Cumberland, Brunswick, Greensville, Lunenburg, and Mecklenburg.) page 34
Soldiers /Amelia officers and Soldiers in the Revolutionary War:
10/28/1779 , agreeable to law, the Court doth recommend to etc., the
following persons as fit and proper to execyte (sic) the several and
prospective offices now vacant-in the Militia, as follows, viz,-
Freeman EPPES, to be Capt. in room of Wm. FITZGERALD.
Francis FITZGERALD to be 1st Lt.
Griffin LEWIS, to be 2nd Lt.
Thomas BRIDGEFORTH, to be Ensign
Presley JETER, to be 1st Lt. under Capt. FOULKES.
The court doth recommend the following; the following gentlemen produced
commissions from his Excellency, etc., to serve in the following respective
capacities as officers in the Mil. of this county.
...Francis FITZGERALD, 1st lt.
Amelia Militia in the Rev.
FITZGERALD, Francis, F. L., S., May 25, 1780.
HOLLOWAY, William, En, R. Nov. 23, 1780.
Sheriffs and under-sheriffs:
1771, Sheriff William CRAWLEY; under-sheriffs:William FITZGERALD (one of
Manassa Hill Baptist Church
...1869, ...first church built on farm of Dr. Booth. ...first ordained
minister, Rev. Lewis BRANCH, ...others were ...P. F. FITZGERALD
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