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Quitman in Wood County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ambrose Fitzgerald

 
 
Ambrose Fitzgerald Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
1. Ambrose Fitzgerald Marker
Inscription.  Ambrose Fitzgerald was born March 17, 1827 in Tennessee and came to Texas in 1846. On his arrival he settled on a 640 acre land grant in the Mercer Colony about 7 miles south of the present Lone Oak. In 1846 this land grant was a part of Nacogdoches County. In 1848 Van Zandt County was formed and Mr. Fitzgerald became the first County Clerk of the county. Two years later Wood County was formed from a part of Van Zandt County and Mr. Fitzgerald was elected the first County Clerk of Wood County at an election held east of Mineola on August 5, 1850. He served as County Clerk from 1850 to 1869, except for the period during the Civil War when he joined the Confederate Army.
In 1870 Rains County was created and for the third time Mr. Fitzgerald was chosen first County Clerk for Rains County. In 1871 he resigned from office.
Mr. Fitzgerald, while living in his original homestead, lived in five different counties and served as the first county clerk in three different counties.
 
Erected by Wood County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 47.731′ 
Ambrose Fitzgerald Marker on right at Wood County Courthouse. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
2. Ambrose Fitzgerald Marker on right at Wood County Courthouse.
N, 95° 27.118′ W. Marker is in Quitman, Texas, in Wood County. Marker is at the intersection of West Bermuda Street (Texas Route 154) and South Main Street (Texas Route 37) on West Bermuda Street. Located at the SE corner of the Wood County Courthouse Lawn. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South Main Street, Quitman TX 75783, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. County Divided into School Districts (here, next to this marker); James Stephen Hogg (a few steps from this marker); Wood County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cathey Buildings (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Quitman (approx. mile away); J. H. Jones and the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Stephen Hogg's Early Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); James A. Stinson Home (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quitman.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker at his gravesite in Emory, Texas.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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