Nathaniel King FITZGERALD

A biography

Nathaniel King FITZGERALD was born in 1787 in Pittsylvania Co, VA., the son of Christopher FITZGERALD and Elizabeth . His mother’s surname may have been KING. He died on 20 Jan 1873 in, Maury County, TN.

In about 1810, Nathaniel King FITZGERALD purchased land along Fields' Hollow Road, off Snow Creek between Santa Fe and Williamsport. There, he founded a large family.

Nathaniel married (1) Betsy DOUGLAS on 15 Feb 1809 in Halifax County, VA, USA. Betsy was born about 1791. She died before 1813. They had the following children: Jesse H FITZGERALD (not to be confused with grandson, Jesse T S FITZGERALD) was born in 1810 in Maury County, TN. Jesse married Susan DODSON. Susan was born in 1815 in VA.

After his first wife's death, and apparently returning briefly to Halifax County, Virginia to seek another wife, Nathaniel married (2) Elizabeth VAUGHAN (or VAUGHN) about 1813 in Halifax County, VA, USA. This Elizabeth was born about 1794 in, Halifax County, VA. and died before 1831. Son James Garrett FITZGERALD was born about 1813/14 in Maury County, TN. He died in 1866 in Maury County, TN. James married Margaret THURMOND daughter of Thomas THURMOND and Mary "Polly" Spencer JOHNSON on 24 Dec 1834 in , Maury County, TN. Margaret was born about 1813 in Albemarle Co, VA. She died in 1888 in Navarro County, TX.

As Middle Tennessee became embroiled in the War of 1812, Nathaniel King FITZGERALD enlisted in the Company of Capt John Looney; 2nd Regiment, West Tennessee Militia; Lt. Col Leroy Hammond commanding. Pvt. Fitzgerald enlisted 20 Sep 1814 and was discharged 23 Apr 1815. The regiment was plagued by disease during its tenure in the Mississippi Territory. For example, a morning report of Captain Asahel Rains on 6 January 1815 shows twenty-seven on the sick list and twenty-seven additional men required to take care of the sick (totaling half the company).

More on military service: Nathaniel is incorrectly identified as a veteran of the American Revolutionary War; he was not born until 1787. His name resides on a bronze plaque in the US Courthouse at Columbia, Maury County, TN. commemorating Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Maury County, Tennessee.

Nathaniel married (3) Margaret (Peggy) FIELDS "Peggy” daughter of John FIELDS and John's unknown first wife on 18 Aug 1831 in Santa Fe, Maury County, TN. Margaret was born in 1815/1816 in Santa Fe, Maury County, TN. She died after 1880 in Maury County, TN, USA. Nathaniel and Margaret had the following children: Edmund P FITZGERALD , Rebecca FITZGERALD, Paralee FITZGERALD , Abraham FITZGERALD, Melissa FITZGERALD , Susan FITZGERALD , Margaret FITZGERALD, Thomas FITZGERALD, possibly Caladonia FITZGERALD, and possibly W H FITZGERALD. It is difficult to determine whether the last two persons were children or grandchildren.

After the death of Nathaniel King FITZGERALD, Margaret FIELDS-FITZGERALD applied for a widow's pension. As noted, Nathaniel had bounty land warrants (unknown if he exercised the warrant to make patents or sold the warrants) and the marriage date of Nathaniel and Margaret is confirmed.

Pension record Nathaniel King Fitzgerald


1. 1870 Maury County, TN Federal Census, Roll: T9_1271; Family History Film: 1255271; Page: 12.3000,,

2. 1860 Maury County, TN Federal Census, District 18,Roll: M653_1264; Page: 465; Image: 343.,,

3. 1850 Maury County, Tennessee Federal Census, District 18, Maury, Tennessee; Roll M432_890; Page: 192; Image: 372., National Archives, Washington, DC.

4. 1840 Maury County, Tennessee Federal Census, Maury, Tennessee; Roll 532; Page: 361., National Archives, Washington, DC.


5. War of 1812, Soldiers of Maury County, Tn, p.63-64, Tennessee State Library, Nashville, TN, F443.M4G326.


7. Virginia Marriages 1740-1850,, Notes date.

8. Carrington, Wirt Johnson, History of Halifax County, Richmond, Va.: Appeals Press, 1924., p 449,,

9. War of 1812 pension applications,,


10. War of 1812, Soldiers of Maury County, Tn, p.63, Tennessee State Library, Nashville, TN, F443.M4G326.

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