ALEXANDER FITZPATRICK, deceased, who in his lifetime was one of the prominent farmers of Knox township, Jefferson county, was born in Allegheny county, Penn., in 1807. His parents, Thomas and Ellinor (Wilson) Fitzpatrick, were natives of Ireland. The father was a farmer by vocation, and a worthy man. His patriotic devotion to his adopted country led him, in 1812, to enlist in the federal service, and he there received wounds which caused his death. Alexander, after he had passed his school days, devoted himself to agriculture. In 1865, he left his Pennsylvania home, and removed to Jefferson county, making his home on the farm now occupied by his widow. This estimable lady, to whom he was married April 6, 1849, is Nancy, daughter of Samuel Hopper, of Pennsylvania. To their union were born six children: Elizabeth G., Maggie B., Annie M., Agnes., Alexander and Samuel R., the two latter of whom are deceased. Previous to the marriage just mentioned, Mr. Fitzpatrick was united to Jane Graham, who died about 1845. By her he had four children: Ellinor, Sarah J., John K. and Isabel, of whom Ellinor alone survives. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a member of the United Presbyterian church, to which his widow also belongs. He was an industrious and honorable man, and throughout a long and contended life was highly esteemed by those with whom he was associated.
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