Re: Captain George Washington Fitzwater
First about the Mary Ann McCaslin Part it is documented in Military records. I can scan you the book page. It was also written down by John Hereford Fitzwater who was the younger brother of my great grandmother Mildred (Fitzwater)Hicks. Mildred died at the age of 105 in Fayette Co. Buried Nicholas County(lived her whole life at Gad, Nicholas County except right before her death). Mildred was the 3rd of 5 children of John Guy Fitzwater 2nd also known as John the 2nd or John Jr. & Elizabeth M. Wiseman. Mildred's grandparents were pioneer settler's(Twin) John Fitzwater & Mary Ann (Polly) Koontz. They had 11 children 3 sons and 8 daughters. The son John was the only son who married and had children He was shot and killed on the mountain side in Nicholas County during the Civil War leaving behind a pregnant wife Elizabeth (Betsy)Fitzwater. Mildred lived with her youngest son my grandfather Cody Hicks. Mildred new everyone and when she died she was Nicholas County's oldest citizen. West Virginia Hillbilly books claims she was 112 when she died. But Bronson McClung stretched it some for the story. She attended the past 80 party for many years. She has one child living Margaret Mae (Hicks)Garten age 104. She also has a grandaughter who is also 100 years old that is still living Thelma (Sparks) Bailes who is my fathers 1st cousin. Mildred's brother inlaw George Huffman(Husband of Margaret Jane Fitzwater) also recorded some info in his family bible. My grandfather had a bible and a 1936 bank book with some family info in it.
Both Mildred and all her children could tell the old tale of the 1st Fitzwater who came to America long before the age of computer's. She told newspaper reporters about it in the late 50's and early 60's when they came to visit her. She could remember being a child and both the northern and southern troops marching past her home and how her mother had to house officers in her home during the Battle of Carnifex Ferry. Mildred and her brother John both would tell how their granpa John Fitzwater and his twin Thomas and 1st cousin George were pioneer settlers of Nicholas County. Mildred's uncle Squire Fitzwater was sick for many years in his will he left everything to his brother John's widow Betsy and her 5 children except for a few dollars given to his sisters. Betsy (Wiseman)Fitzwater is mentioned in several books. The Nicholas Journal - Ramsey Family History which has a whole section on her father Isaac Ward Wiseman only child born to William Wiseman and Mary Ramsey (Mary) died in childbirth of her only child Isaac Ward Wiseman. My father gew up in the same house with his grandmother Mildred. Mildred was a mountain doctor/midwife and delivered hundreds of babies in Nicholas County. To this day Mildred is a legend in Nicholas County. I live about 20 miles from Knoxville Tenn(but grew up in Nicholas & Fayette Counties of W.Va.). They have one of the largest Genealogy Libraries in the eastern United States the Calvin McClung Library. So for better than 20 years I've been doing the family history. I have mountains of it. I was thrilled to find years ago therecords for William Penn's ship of legend the Welcome. For it made all of Mildred's old stories about her family true. I have piled up tons of it from Pa. - W.Va. - Va. - Ky. I do have a Hicks website.
Anyway if you want the bookpage about Mary Ann McCaslin Fitzwater I would be more than happy to pass it on to you.
You can email me at Gadgone@aol.com. Sorry it took me a while to get back to you.I had not been online for better than a week.
Mary Ann (Hicks) Driggers
Great Grandaughter of Mildred (Fitzwater) Hicks.