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Cyrus Fitzjerrell

History of Cyrus Fitzjerrell-Taken from "Past and Present of Montgomery County"

Cyrus Fitzjerrell, whose activity in business affairs has resulted in the acquirement of a handsome competence, is now engaged in buying and shipping stock at Raymond, and the volume of his business insures him a good annual income. He was born in Jersey county, Illinois, November 6, 1846, and is a son of Judge William Fitzjerrell, whose birth occurred in Ohio on the 3d of October, 1815. Eli Fitzjerrell, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of New Jersey, and was of Scotch-Irish decent, his ancestors having located in New Jersey during the colonial epoch in our country's history. Eli Fitzjerrell came to Illinois in the 1830, settling in Macoupin county and there his son, Judge William Fitzjerrell was reared to manhood and as a companion and helmeted on life's journey he chose Miss Elizabeth Courtney, who was born in Madison county, Illinois. They removed to Montgomery county in 1856, locating in Zanesville township, where Judge Fitzjerrell opened up a tract of land and improved an excellent farm, carrying on agricultural pursuits with success for many years. Upon that place he reared his family and spent many years, but his last days were passed in Raymond in honorable retirement from labor. He died there May 7, 1900, while his wife passed away February 14, 1883. He had been active and influential in community affairs and his labors proved of benefit to the locality. He was one of the associate judges of the county and served in other local offices, discharging his duties so promptly and capably that no word of condemnation was ever uttered against his official career. In his family where three sons and three daughters, of whom two sons and two daughters are yet living.

Taken from "Past and Present of Montgomery County" Biography of Cyrus Fitzjerrell

The term Scotch-Irish is uniquely American. Some historian and genealogists prefer the term Ulster Scots, which more accurately reflect this group. The term Scotch-Irish is ambiguous because it does not mean people of mixed Scottish and Irish ancestry as the name seems to imply, but refers to the descendants of the Presbyterians from lowland Scotland who settled in Ulster northernmost province of Ireland in the 17th century and subsequently emigrated from there to America. By the time of the first migration to America, many of these Ulster Scots had lived in Ireland for four generations or more, and had become quite a different people from their Scottish forebears. Whether you prefer to call your ancestors Scotch-Irish or Ulster Scots, millions of Americans probably 1 in every 30 find them hanging upon their family trees.

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