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Thomas A. FitzPatrick died in Mound City, IL - 1899

Updated April 10, 2007

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My great-great grandfather, THOMAS A. FITZPATRICK, was born May 15, 1831 in Montgomery, AL. His birth has also been listed as May 15, 1832, in Florence, NY. He attended West Point, and in 1849 caught gold fever and went to California. During the Civil War, Thomas joined the 18th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry on November 13, 1862. In the battle of White Oak Swamp ( St. Mary's Church ) on June 15, 1864, Sergeant Thomas Fitzpatrick lost the use of his right arm and hand, after receiving a wound from a musket ball. "He was wounded in the hand, and made a cripple for life." On March 27, 1865 he was mustered out of the sevrice after being cited for gallantry as acting captain of the 18th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry.

After the war, he served in San Antonio, TX, and Fort Craig, NM. He also worked with the Interior Department in Washington, D.C. To commemorate the fallen soldiers of the battle at Glorieta Pass, the Santa Fe National Cemetery was established, with Thomas serving as superintendent. In July 1876, the War Department decided that to save expenses, its status should be downgraded to that of a post cemetery. Although nine years later, it was re-established as Sante Fe National Cemetery, Thomas A.FitzPatrick had been transferred to Illinois to become superintendent of the Mound City National Cemetery. He remained at that post until 1881. Again he was transferred, this time to San Antonio, Texas, but at his own request, he was returned to
Mound City in 1888.

On May 20, 1868, Thomas FitzPatrick married SARAH ANN SNYDER in Troy, NY. They had three children, JOHN EDWIN, CARRIE VELMA, and MAUDE. The family moved from Washington, D.C. and lived in Pennsylvania, New York State, and San Antonio, TX, before settling in Mound City, IL. Here, he was most often referred to as Maj. Thomas FitzPatrick, or T. A. FitzPatrick. Thomas and Sarah were divorced, and Sarah married EUGENE MILLER, SR. of Troy, NY. On June 21, 1881 in Pulaski county IL, Thomas FitzPatrick married MAGGIE ADAMS. That marriage also ended. On September 9, 1891 in Cook county IL, Thomas FitzPatrick married JENNIE HOWE.

There at the southern tip of Illinois, Thomas continued on as superintendent of the Mound City National Cemetery. And there, on June 21, 1899, he was shot to death by MICHAEL TOBIN, an "insolent" employee. A massive headstone remains today as a witness to the many battles Thomas survived as a soldier.

Thomas's father, JOHN FITZPATRICK had a farm in Ondeida county
Florence, NY in 1872. It is believed that John's other children were RICHARD, B. A. FITZPATRICK ( MORAN ), and EMILY FITZPATRICK ( KENNEDY). Emily's son, and Thomas's nephew MICHAEL KENNEDY was elected to the the Forty-First General Assembly of the State of Illinois House of Representatives on November 8, 1898. Illinois State Rep. Michael Kennedy was a Democrat representing the 31st District. He lived as a farmer in Arlington, IL in Bureau county. Michael had a daughter named after her grandmother, EMILY M KENNEDY.

Kate or Catherine is believed to be John's wife. After the death of Emily's husband, Kate went to live with Emily around 1872. Among the other surnames on this family tree are OVERSTREET, JONAS, GORMAN, MILLER, BOSCH, WADE, SJOBERG, HINER, GAUNT, KESERIC, along with HEMMING, SAVOLAINEN, and SAVOLAINA ( from Finland ). If you have knowledge of these early family members, or wish to know more about the FitzPatricks of this era, let me hear from you.

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