Please note the following from the Fannin Co., TX Gen webProject:
GARRETT FITZGERALD, was born about 1806 in Tennessee, the son of Jabez and Elizabeth Fitzgerald. The 1830 census records show that Garrett and his parents were living on adjacent farms in Marion County, Alabama. Garrett, the oldest son of the Jabez Fitzgerald family, had married Nancy Mathews, daughter of Jane McDavid and Thomas Mathews. By 1830 Garrett and Nancy had one son, William Patrick Fitzgerald, born 2 May 1830. And the 1830 Marion County, Alabama, census lists Garrett as head of household, with a wife, and one son less than five.
Our Garrett is sometimes referred to, in records, as Garrett Fitzgerald, Jr. This, no doubt, was done because there was a Garrett Fitzgerald, who was living in Marion County, AL, in 1830, and who also came to Fannin County, Texas, in 1836. The older Garrett could have been a brother to Jabez, but was likely more distantly related, such as a cousin. Yet early Fannin County histories refer to the Fitzgerald brothers. The older Garrett Fitzgerald, known as Garrett, Sr., married, had children, left a will dated 25 Feb. 1859, and proved 25 April 1859, according to Fannin County probate records. He names a widow, Elizabeth, in his will. But on the 1850 Fannin County census Margaret is listed as his wife. His descendants believe this was one woman, Margaret Elizabeth Rhotan. Children of this older Garrett Fitzgerald were John Denison Fitzgerald, born 1827 in AL; James Fitzgerald, born 1829 in AL; Elizabeth Jane Fitzgerald, born 1833 in AL; and perhaps others. Garrett, Sr., was most likely the son of William and Mary (Gibbons) Fitzgerald.
Jabez and Elizabeth Fitzgerald left Alabama in 1836 to settle along the Red River in Fannin County, TX. Jabez's will, dated 10 January 1843, Fannin County, Texas, named Garrett, Jr., as a son. But by the time Jabez's estate was settled, Garrett was deceased. Nancy Matthews), his widow, was granted guardianship of Garrett's minor children 31 December 1855. This was necessary as the children were named among Jabez's heirs when distribution of his estate was made on 25 April 1859. So there is no doubt that our Garrett Fitzgerald, Jr., was the son of Jabez Fitzgerald.
Garrett and Nancy (Mathews) Fitzgerald left Marion County, AL, after the birth of their first child. They were in Tennessee when their next three children were born: Elizabeth Jane Fitzgerald, born 28 November 1831; Garrett A., in 1834, and Thomas C. in 1836. But their next child, Jabez, was born in Marion County, AL, in 1837.
So we have our Garrett Fitzgerald, born around 1806 in TN, living in Marion County, AL, in 1830. He's back in Jackson, County, TN, from 1831 to 1836, because he has children born there during that time frame. Another child in born in 1837 in Marion County, AL, but records show that he was in Texas by 1836 along with his parents and siblings.
Garrett went back to Alabama because on the 6 August 1838, in Marion County, AL, he filed cert. #9802 for land section 19, Township 10S, Range 13W. Nancy and the children remained in Marion County, perhaps to hold this claim, while he returned to Texas and filed on more land. However, Nancy may have remained in Alabama thinking the Republic of Texas was too unsettled to bring their young children.
On 3 November 1839, in Fannin County, Republic of Texas, Garrett filed for a landgrant of 640 acres, a third class grant. This type grant was issued to those who arrived in the Republic of Texas after 1 October 1837, but prior to June 1840. Garrett was likely forced to file for this type claim because he had returned to Alabama in 1838. Heads of families received 640 acres and single men only 320. But there was a residency requirement of three years. To hold his Texas land, he was forced to remain in Texas. To hold his Alabama land, Nancy, his wife, likely had to remain in Alabama. This was possible as her parents were there. Nancy was listed fourteen houses from them on the 1840 Marion County census records, which show her as the head of household along with six young children. This profile matches the family perfectly except for an extra girl aged 5-10, who likely died young.
On 3 January 1840, Fannin County, Republic of Texas, Garrett was granted a conditional headright on the 640 acres of land. On 21 September 1844, Fannin County, Republic of Texas, Garrett had proven his residency and all other requirements; so the title to the 640 acres of land was secured. This was the year he brought his family to Texas.
In William Patrick Fitzgerald's obituary, it is stated that he came to TX in 1844 along with his parents, Garrett and Nancy Fitzgerald. William Patrick had always told his children that he was 14 years old when he came to Texas. These facts bear him out. He just failed to mention that his father had been living here for several years prior to that.
Three more children were born after the family arrived in Texas. They were Mary Margaret, 1847; Rueben, 1848, and Charlotte, 1850. There is a skip in the births of Garrett and Nancy's children for a span of about ten years, 1937 to 1847. This fact further points that the above speculations are correct. By the time Garrett's Texas land grant was issued, Nancy (Mathews) Fitzgerald, his widow, received the grant in her name.
William Patrick Fitzgerald, son of Garrett and Nancy, married Emily Belle Downing in March 1852 in Fannin County, Texas. They lived near Ector, Fannin County, Texas, on a farm which they received by grant. He died 29 October 1914 at Savoy, Texas, and was buried at Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham, Texas.
The marriage of Jacob Baldwin to Elizabeth Jane Fitzgerald, daughter of Garrett, in 1850 was the first wedding held in Windom. And in 1851, their son, William H. Baldwin, was the first white male child born in Windom. The Baldwin family, who remained in Windom, had thirteen children.
Thomas C. Fitzgerald married Catherine Wall 16 September 1858 in Fannin County. Jabez Fitzgerald, child number five, married Lorinda Farrar 27 November 1860, and married second Mrs. Minnie Dixon. He died about 1898 in Fannin County. Nothing is known about Mary Margaret Fitzgerald, the next child, except that she either married late or never married. Rueben, the youngest son, operated a store north of Ivanhoe, Texas.
The last child born to Garrett and Nancy was Charlotte/Charity Fitzgerald. She married J. M. Brooks 26 November 1868 in Fannin County.
Garrett Fitzgerald was listed on the 1850 Fannin County Census as head of household; but he was dead by 31 December 1855, when Nancy, his widow, filed for guardianship of their minor children.We can be fairly certain that Garrett Fitzgerald met an unexpected death, as he left no will. But we can't be certain as to the date, as Nancy was forced to file the guardianship papers in 1855, as that was when Jabez Fitzgerald's estate was settled, and her children were to receive their father's portion of Jabez's estate.
There is a possibility that Garrett Fitzgerald was a Texas Ranger, but his name is not found on the Ranger rolls. Garrett called himself an "Indian fighter," and seemed to have been away from his family for long periods of time. On the 17 October 1835, the Texas Rangers were organized to guard the northern frontier from the Neches River to the Colorado River against Indian depredations. We know a Capt. G. B. Fitzgerald of Company A, Rangers, signed a discharge paper, dated 26 January 1852, Los Angeles, CA, for Pvt. Thomas Mathews, who was the son of Nancy's brother, William Mathews.
William Mathews lived in the San Bernardino Valley, CA, and there was a contingency of the US Cavalry stationed there. At that time, the Texas Rangers were known to chase Indians throughout the Southwest. Could this Capt. G. B. Fitzgerald be our Garrett Fitzgerald or just another man by the same name? Could the Rangers have been sent on to California in chase of the hostile Indians?
Nancy S. (Mathews) Fitzgerald and her children are remembered among the early settlers of Windom, Fannin County, Texas. The Fitzgerald landgrant was part of the present town of Windom. Nancy kept her family together, farmed, and took an active part in community life, which was unusual for a woman at that time in history.
Nancy Fitzgerald's will, dated 19 June 1874, was proved 12 December 1874 in Fannin County, Texas. In her last will and testament, she left her farm, the house, and household goods to Mary Margaret, a daughter. This daughter had remained with her mother during her declining days. Nancy stated that the others had been provided for at marriage and were settled in life.
Nancy Fitzgerald was buried in the family plot on their farm. Her grave marker is no longer standing. As time went by, the farm was sold and the Fitzgerald Cemetery was not maintained. The headstones were piled in a corner under a tree, and cattle were allowed to trod over the graves. In the book, "Our Town, Windom, Texas," it states that if Nancy Fitzgerald could speak, she would say, "Cry for me a little, think of me sometimes, but not for long; it is not good for you." Most likely, Garrett Fitzgerald rests beside Nancy in that long forgotten Windom cemetery, the town's first.
Compiled by: Lora B. Tindall
RESEARCH LOG: Texas Land Grant, Minutes of the Land Commissioners of Fannin County, TX, 1838-40 by Gifford White, p 56; History of Fannin Co., Texas, by Floy C. Hodge; TX Land Title Abstracts, Vol. I-A to Aug. 1941 by the General
Land Office Austin, TX, Fannin Co., TX, Abstract #391, Patent #236, Vol.#30, File #2155 (check same source for other Fitzgerald grants--there are several more); Fannin Co., TX, 1850, 1860, 1870 Census Records; Fannin County, TX, Probate Book C, page 379, dated Feb. 1855, Nancy Fitzgerald granted guardianship of minor children; Settlement of Jabez Fitzgerald's Estate, Fannin Co., TX, Probate Book D, PP 262-266, PP 349-352, and PP 366-367; Nancy (Mathews) Fitzgerald's will, Fannin Co., TX, Will Book H, p 574, proved 12 Dec 1874; Probate Records of Fannin County, TX, can also be found LDS FHL, Microfilm #1293839 (1838-1848), #1293840 (1852-1861), #1293841 (1861-1869); Sherman Democrat 100th Anniversary Edition (1879-1979) Sherman, TX, articles on Windom, Dodd City, Bonham, & Honey Grove, all in Fannin County, TX; First Land Settlers of Marion Co., AL, p 4 compiled by James C. Lawler; Our Town, Windom, Texas, Windom Study Club, PP 4 & 278
NOTE: I have Garrett, Sr. as brother to Jabez and uncle to the younger Garrett.
Garrett A. Fitzgerald, known in Texas as Garrett, Sr., was born 1815 in Alabama. This older Garrett Fitzgerald, known as Garrett, Sr. married Elizabeth Cardwell in Fannin Co., Texas on 2 Aug 1855. They had on child, Franklin Henry Ewing Fitzgerald born 2 June 1857 in Fannin Co., Texas. If Garrett A. had other children to a previous marriage I don't know about it. I know nothing about what is quoted for him in the above quote from the Fannin Co., Gen Web site.
There is a plaque on the Red River showing that Garrett and his brother Jabez ran a ferry across the river in Fannin Co.
Below is what I have, though it is not proved, on the Fitzgerald family: - B. Hillers
1. Garrett (I) FITZGERALD.  Born in 1751 / 1740. ,  Garrett (I) died on 16 Nov 1810 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee. 
Garrett (I) married Jane MOORE .
They had one child:
2 i. Garrett (II)
2. Garrett (II) FITZGERALD (Garrett (I)1).
3 i. Garrett A. (1815-1860)
4 ii. Jabez/ Jabaz (1785-1843)
5 iii. Jane Moore
6 iv. Patrick (1785-)
7 v. Joseph
3. Garrett A. FITZGERALD (Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).  Born in 1815 in Alabama. Garrett A. died in 1860 - 1870 in Fannin Co., Texas.
On 2 Aug 1855 Garrett A. married Elizabeth CARDWELL, daughter of Perrin CARDWELL JR & Catherine (Caty) COOK, in Fannin Co., Texas. Born in Mar 1819 in Carroll Co., Tennessee.  Elizabeth died on 19 Dec 1904 in Matagorda Co., TX.
They had one child:
8 i. Franklin Henry Ewing (1857-1934)
4. Jabez/ Jabaz FITZGERALD (Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).  Born in 1785/1787 in TN. Jabez/ Jabaz died on 19 Mar 1843 in Fannin Co., Texas.  Occupation: In War Of 1812. 
Jabez/ Jabaz married Elizabeth ROTAN , daughter of William ROTAN & Unknown ROSAMOND.
They had the following children:
9 i. William Robert (1808-1864)
10 ii. Ambrose (1827-1893)
11 iii. Garrett (1806-1850)
12 iv. Patrick (1808-)
13 v. Margaret
14 vi. Sarah (1816-)
15 vii. John
16 viii. James T.
17 ix. Rachel
5. Jane Moore FITZGERALD (Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).
6. Patrick FITZGERALD (Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1). Born in 1785 in Tennessee. , 
7. Joseph FITZGERALD (Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).
8. Franklin Henry Ewing FITZGERALD (Garrett A.3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).  Born on 2 Jun 1857 in Bonham, Fannin Co., Texas. Franklin Henry Ewing died in Midfield, Matagorda Co., TX/ Palacios ?, on 8 Feb 1934; he was 76.  Buried in Midfield Cemetery. 
On 3 Jan 1885/1886 when Franklin Henry Ewing was 27, he first married Martha Ann (Mattie) MATHIS , daughter of William MATHIS & Edna Jane MACHEN, in Lampassas, Lampassas Co., TX. ,  Born on 1 Jul 1862 in Talladega, Talladega Co., AL.  Martha Ann (Mattie) died in Galveston, Galveston Co., TX, on 16 May 1939; she was 76.  They were divorced.
They had the following children:
18 i. Eva Lula (1886-1969)
19 ii. Laura Etta (1887-1975)
20 iii. Ira Alexander James (Jim) E (1889-1975)
21 iv. William Garrett (1890-1890)
22 v. Dessie May/Mae (1892-1969)
23 vi. Isabella Jane (Mabel) (1893-1990)
24 vii. Minnie Angenetta (1896-1979)
25 viii. Addie Viola (1897-1898)
26 ix. Mittie Olivia (1899-1966)
27 x. Ellen Ida (Babe/Mary) (1900-1971)
28 xi. William Garrett (Bill) (Twin) (1904-1965)
29 xii. Willis Giddens (Twin) (1904-1905)
On 18 May 1922 when Franklin Henry Ewing was 64, he second married Annie Ellen RITCHIE. 
9. William Robert FITZGERALD (Jabez/ Jabaz3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1). ,  Born on 10 Jul 1808. ,  William Robert died on 20 May 1864; he was 55.  Buried in Elm Cem., Wood Co., Texas. 
William Robert married Nancy A..
They had the following children:
30 i. J. ? (1836-)
31 ii. I. E. (1842-)
32 iii. Sarah (1844-)
33 iv. Robert P. (1846-)
34 v. M. W. (1849-)
10. Ambrose FITZGERALD (Jabez/ Jabaz3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1). Born on 12 Mar 1827.  Ambrose died on 15 Jun 1893; he was 66.  Buried in Emory, Texas -City Cem. 
Ambrose married Carrie. Born on 22 Mar 1845.  Carrie died on 7 Mar 1901; she was 55. 
They had one child:
35 i. Carrie (1886-1903)
11. Garrett FITZGERALD (Jabez/ Jabaz3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).  Born in 1806 in Tennessee. Garrett died in 1850 in Fannin Co., Texas. 
In 1827 Garrett married Nancy MATHEWS , daughter of Thomas MATHEWS & Jane McDAVID, in Marion Co., Alabama.  Born in 1810 in SC.
They had the following children:
36 i. William Patrick (1830-1914)
37 ii. Elizabeth Jane (1832-)
38 iii. Garrett A. (1834-)
39 iv. Thomas C. (1836-)
40 v. Jabez (1838-)
41 vi. Mary Margaret (1847-)
42 vii. Reuben (1848-)
43 viii. Charlotte (1850-)
12. Patrick FITZGERALD (Jabez/ Jabaz3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1). Born in 1808.
13. Margaret FITZGERALD (Jabez/ Jabaz3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).
14. Sarah FITZGERALD (Jabez/ Jabaz3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1). Born in 1816.
15. John FITZGERALD (Jabez/ Jabaz3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).
16. James T. FITZGERALD (Jabez/ Jabaz3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).
17. Rachel FITZGERALD (Jabez/ Jabaz3, Garrett (II)2, Garrett (I)1).
1. Gordon Fitzgerald < firstname.lastname@example.org >.
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3. Michael Ramsey < Ram720@hotmail.com >, “Thomas F. Ramsey Sr.,” http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2697206&id=I1321http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2697206&id=I1321.
4. Lora B. Tindall, “Fannin County TXGenWeb, Garrett Fitzgerald,” http://www.rootsweb.com/~txfannin/fitzgerald3.htmlhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~txfannin/fitzgerald3.html.
5. Marjorie Holt, “Re: Fitzgerald, Garrett, 1781 NC to 1856 MS,” http://genforum.genealogy.com/fitzgerald/messages/1089.htmlhttp://genforum.genealogy.com/fitzgerald/messages/1089.html.
6. H. Odum Harrell, “http://genforum.genealogy.com/waldrum/messages/32.html.”
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8. Bill HILLERS, “FITZGERALD FAMILY,” 28 Mar 2001.
9. Marjorie Fitzgerald Holt, “burial plots,” 16 Aug 2001.
10. “Family Group Record/ letter to Bill Hillers from Marjorie Fitz. Holt.”
11. Rick Carpenter, “Re: Fitzgerald, Garrett, 1781 NC to 1856 MS,” http://genforum.genealogy.com/fitzgerald/messages/1119.htmlhttp://genforum.genealogy.com/fitzgerald/messages/1119.html.
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13. J. Fitzgerald, “Re: Tangled Mess of Fitzgeralds GA>TN>MO>TX,” http://genforum.genealogy.com/fitzgerald/messages/351.htmlhttp://genforum.genealogy.com/fitzgerald/messages/351.html.