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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: Am I Grabbing at Straws?
In Response To: Re: Am I Grabbing at Straws? ()

We are getting into fine details here and I'm thinking that you, Polly, and I should continue this discussion privately, since the three of us could go on with this back-and-forth questioning for some time... In the meanwhile, I have this to add to what Polly has already stated:

I find "Clem" listed among the holdings of Constantine Fitzpatrick, given first to his widow, Mary "Polly" Fitzpatrick, and subsequently to their daughter Sarah Fitzpatrick Cook (m. Thomas Cook) around 1857. Constantine's will was written in 1841, so this was prior to his death...possibly part of a dowery. Clem shows up again a bit later "in trust" to Sarah's neice, Mary Francis Walton (Zeno's daughter). I see a "Katy" (but no Eliza) among holdings of Constantine Fitzpatrick. This Katy also wound up wiht Sarah "Sally" Cook.

As Polly has indicated, we have found this to be a very tight-knit family, with the slaves shifted back and forth between siblings, cousins, and in-laws. There is some indication that some family groups remained in tact, or at least close by, although I would by no means assume this to be a family standard. For example, one slave might have been owned by the "parent" slaveowner, while the slaves' children may have been willed or hired out to the slaveowners' married children... In researching Clem, you must--of necessity--go look now at the holdings of the Cooks and the Waltons (as you have already seen) the families into which the Fitzpatrick daughters married (who, I believe, were mostly in Macon and Montgomery, AL). All of these families have their source in GA and, before that, in VA.

Polly and I have been gathering info. on these families for several years and although we have not precisely connected all of the lines, between us, we have quite a lot of Fitzpatrick information. You can write to me privately, if you wish, at and I will share your communications with Polly.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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