The Fitzpatrick Family

CONLA, a younger brother of Lughgidh (huy), who is No. 78 on the O'Connor-Faley pedigree, was the ancestor of Mac Gillpatrick and Fitzpatrick. He is 27th in descent from Princess Tea Tephi, daughter of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, and a direct descendant of King David of Israel.

Princess Tea Tephi is said to have married Heremon, second King of Ireland, of the Milesian race, 580 B.C.

It is claimed that with the Princess Tea Tephi, were brought to Ireland many priceless relics showing the Hebrew identity, and royal descent of her people; among them the "Jodham Morain" or priest breast plate; the harp of King David, "Sweet Singer of Israel", and the famous Coronation Stone of the Kings of Ireland, Scotland, and England.

This Stone, tradition states, is the identical pillow upon which the head of Jacob rested at Bethel; that it was carried to Egypt by his sons, and became sacred in the eyes of his descendants.

It is called the Stone of "Fate" or "Fortune", and is spoken of in the old records as "the ancientest respected monument in the world."

It was carried from Ireland to Scotland before the reign of Kenneth. This Kenneth Mac Alpine found it enclosed in a wooden chair at Dun Slaffnage, a royal castle, and is alleged to have brought the "Stone of Destiny" on which the Celtic Kings were crowned, from Dun Slaffnage Castle, on Loch Etive, and to have deposited it in Scone, removing it to the Abbey of Scone. Scone, (pronounced Skoon), a parish of Perthshire, Scotland, contains old Scone, the site of an historic abbey, and palace. It became the capital of Pictavis, the Kingdom of the Northern Picts. Parliaments occasionally assembled on the Mont Hill, where the first National Council of which we possess records was held A.D. 906.

Here for 450 years all Kings of Scotland were crowned, or until ye time of Robert Bruce. "In quhail time, besides mony other cruelties done by King Edward Long Shankis, the said chair of Merbyll was taikier be Inglesh mein and brocht out of Scone to London, and put into Westminster, quhaer it remains to our dayes."

An ancient prophecy declared, "the race of Scotts of there true blood, if this prophecy be not false, unless they possess the Stone of Fate, shall fail to obtain regal power."

King Edward I, brought the magic stone to England in 1296, whence it was conveyed to Westminster Abbey, where it lies beneath the Coronation Chair, where it still may be seen. Since the time of Edward, English sovereigns have received their crowns seated here, a robe of cloth of gold being thrown over the wood which encases the Stone". Ref. Of Sceptered Race, by Anna Robinson Watson.

Conla mentioned above was the ancestor of the Fitzpatricks. Keating, in his History of Ireland, names the pedigree of this family, as The Lineal Genealogie of the Ancient and Princely Family of the Fitzpatricks, down from the Orgin. The pedigree (as in the Linea Antiqua, from Conla, a younger brother of Lughaidh (Luy), who is No. 78 on the O'Connor (Falay) stem down to Ruaman Duach, who is No. 96 on the Fitzpatrick stem is common to both the Scanlon and Fitzpatrick families.

According to the Four Masters, Dunach or Ruaman - Duach as he is called in the Linea Antiqua, who was Lord of Ossory A.D. 582, had a son Fearadhach, died 601, from whom the two families branched.

The Fitzpatrick Ossorys, coming from Scanlon Mor, died 640, son of Ceannfaola.

This Scanlon Mor, son of Ceannfaola, is the ancestor of all the septs of the Mac Gillapatricks or Fitzpatricks of Ossory.


William Fitzpatrick was the first of his family to come to America, ca. 1715, of whom we have record.

He is buried on the James River in Fluvanna County, Virginia. According to family tradition he came, not as an emigrant, but on his own initiative after the earlier colonization. The name of his wife is Sarah according to his will.. He is known to have had three sons, and supposedly three daughters, but we have no record of the daughters.

From these three sons have sprung the Fitzpatrick's living in the Southern, Western, and Southwestern states.

Children of William Fitzpatrick were:

1. William2, born before 1715 in Ireland. It is not known to who he married, but it is known that he reared a large family, part of whom married in Virginia, another part went to Kentucky, Tennessee, and further West. There is a record in Deed Book III, p. 189, Goochland County, Virginia, of land bought by William Fitzpatrick from Robert Davis; all that tract of land in South Garden, among the mountains on branches of Roanoke River, 10 November 1738.

2. Thomas2, married Miss Hambler of Virginia.

3. Joseph2, born before 1720, married Mary Perrin Woodson, daughter of Benjamin Woodson and Mary Perrin ca. 1735-1740.


Joseph Fitzpatrick, youngest son of William, was born before 1720. He married before 1740, in Virginia to Mary Perrin Woodson, daughter of Benjamin and his wife Frances (Napier) Woodson. He died in Fluvanna County, Virginia about 1777.

On 12 January 1746, he received from William Gooch, Lieutenant Governor, and Commander-in-Chief, at Williamsburg, a Patent for "400 acres in Goochland County, on the north fork of the Hardware River, and bounded by Mildred Meriwether's corner. On the same day, his brother Thomas Fitzpatrick, received a grant of 350 acres in Goochland County, "on both sides of the Hardware River." These records show that in 1744, Thomas, William and Joseph Fitzpatrick were in a list of "tithables" at the mountains, on the north side of James River. Thomas Fitzpatrick was constable and Joseph kept the Tavern in 1749.

On 7 October 1745, Joseph Fitzpatrick received a deed to 100 acres on branches of Beaver Dam, called Horse Pen, from Booth, (Bouth) Napier and Sarah his wife. Joseph Fitzpatrick was a witness to Rene Napier's will, dated 19 November 1751.

From evidence found, the Fitzpatrick brothers William, Thomas, and Joseph of Goochland County, lived on lands which were in Albemarle County, at a later period.

In 1755, 265 acres on forks of James River, branches of Napier's and Carey's Creek", were surveyed for Joseph Fitzpatrick. On the following day, Joseph had a survey made for himself of 200 acres on Hardware River, and Buck Island Creek. Another tract of 235 acres bounded by Benjamin Woodson, on South Sides of Carey's Creek, and Rivanna River, was surveyed for Joseph Fitzpatrick, later Fluvanna County. This land was doubtless the tract, or part of it bought by Benjamin Woodson, on Hardware River, in Albemarle County, from James Cocke, on 17 May 1750, when Joseph Fitzpatrick, Bouth Woodson, Benjamin Woodson, and Bouth Napier, witnessed the deed.

Joseph Fitzpatrick is still referred to as, of Goochland County, when in May 1756 he sold land lying in Albemarle County, and whereas Mary Perrin Fitzpatrick, wife of the said Joseph, cannot conveniently travel to court, ordered that the following men go to her: John Payne, William Miller, John Martin, gentlemen, and James Holloman, and examine her apart from her husband. Joseph Fitzpatrick, John Fleming, witnesses.

In 1761 Joseph sold land he patented in 1747, in North Garden, adjoining William Fitzpatrick's also Hugh Morris', and he, and his wife, Mary Perrin Fitzpatrick, of St. Anne's Parish, Albemarle County, join in the deed.

Joseph Fitzpatrick died at the age of 52 years, according to a sketch furnished by descendants. If he died in 1777 Will Fluvanna County, Virginia), he was accordingly born in the year 1725. I disagree with this information, for if he was born in 1725 and married Mary Perrin between 1735 and 1740 he would have only been 10 to 15 years of age. I believe his birth to have taken place between 1716 and 1720, which would have made him between the ages of 19 to 24 when he married Mary. This seems a more likely date of birth. His will was probated in November 1781.

Mary Perrin Fitzpatrick, widow of Joseph, is thought to have moved to Georgia with some of her children. This could have been with her daughter, Mary Perrin Fitzpatrick, who married Robert Wright. We later find them in Greene County, Georgia and rumor is that Mary died in Georgia at the age of one hundred and six. No proof of this has been found in Greene County, Georgia.

Children of Joseph and Mary Perrin Fitzpatrick:

1. Benjamin, born about 1746, married 1st Mary Perkins and 2nd Sarah Jones. They are reported to have had seven sons and five daughters.

2. William, married Miss Philips. They had six sons and three daughters.

3. Joseph, married Elizabeth Jones, sister of Sarah the wife of Benjamin.

4. Booth, married Miss Brown and had two sons.

5. Elizabeth, married Thomas Hurd/Heard.

6. Sarah who married George Hurd/Heard. (According to his Will).

7. Mary Perrin, married Robert Wright. See Wright Family for continuation of my husbands family line.

8. Rene Fitzpatrick


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