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Negroes at about the time of his letter. One, a Negro man
aged fifty-three, ill of dropsy for four months, died in August,
1849; the other, a Negro boy aged two, died in November of
causes unknown. Fitzpatrick's family consisted in 1850 of his
wife (Frances, of English birth, one year his junior) and two
children (Frances, eleven years old, and Joseph, nine years
old).3 Fitzpatrick himself died before 1860; in that year his
widow, possessed of $15,000 in real estate and $20,000 in per-
sonal property, resided in a hotel at Lavaca, Calhoun County.4
Daughter Frances (1839-1915) married at sixteen the Reverend
James Edward Ferguson, and became in 1871 the mother of
James Edward Ferguson, future governor of Texas."
Phillips Fitzpatrick (1830-1901), the nephew whose queries
prompted Alva Fitzpatrick's letter, had in 1849 just received
the A.B. de, ' from the University of Alabama. His parentage
permitt> 1 choice of careers, for his father, Benjamin
Fitzpatrl - t 's brother), stood high among the public men
of Alabama his mother had belonged to the Elmore family,
important in both Alabama and South Carolina. Phillips re-
sisted the attractions of Texas; instead of migrating, he re-
sumed study, took both the A.M. and the M.D. degrees, and
spent his later life as an esteemed physician-planter in the
region around Montgomery.'
Publication of this letter reflects the kindness of Mr. J. Kelly
Fitzpatrick, of Wetumpka, Alabama, who permitted me to copy
in 1938 the original in his possession.
sThe data on Victoria County (in note 2) and on Fitzpatrick, his family,
and his Negroes, are from Seventh Census of the United States, 1850,
Original Returns of the Assistant Marshal, Victoria County, Schedule I,
Free Inhabitants; Schedule II, Slave Inhabitants; Schedule III, Persons
Who Died During the Year ending 1st June, 1850; and Schedule IV, Pro-
ductions of Agriculture. The originals of Schedules I and II are in The
National Archives, Washington, D. C.; both the Texas State Library and
the Library of the University of Texas have microfilm copies. The Texas
State Library has the originals of Schedules III and IV.
4Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, Original Returns of the
Assistant Marshal, Calhoun County, Schedule I, Free Inhabitants; loca-
tions as for 1850.
'Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser, October 15, 1915; Rose, Victoria,
O0n Phillips Fitzpatrick, see Thomas M. Owen, History of Alabama and
Dictionary of Alabama Biography (4 vols., Chicago, 1921), III, 584; on
Benjamin Fitzpatrick, governor of Alabama, 1841-1845, and United States
senator from Alabama, 1848-1849, 1853-1861, see ibid., III, 582-583, and
Dictionary of American Biography (20 vols. and index vol., New York,
1928-1937), VI, 439-440.
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