Mathew Fitzpatrick (1807 – c1869)

As discussed in the previous blog, Mathew Fitzpatrick, is most certainly the ancestor of the Omaha Fitzpatricks.  As noted earlier, Ellen (Ryan) Fitzpatrick (she is buried in Mt. Olivat Cemetary in Chicago, Illinois), who we know to be the younger sister of Thomas J. Fitzpatrick, lists his birth place as Waterford, Ireland on the information from the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index.  We do not know when he immigrated to the United States but we do know that it was not before 1843 as his oldest son, John is born in Ireland.  We also know that it was before 1849 as his next oldest son, Thomas (our ancestor) is born in 1849.  He married Mary Lynch (1819 – c1887) who was from Limerick, Ireland in an unknown location in Ireland and had one son, John, who was born in 1843 in Ireland.

He most likely arrived in New York with his wife, Mary and  his son John.  Although, we cannot prove it, in 1844, a “John Fitzpatrick” placed a notice in a Boston newspaper looking for his brother, Mathew Fitzpatrick (with one T) who has a last known residence of Brooklyn, New York.  Although there is no way to prove this with certitude, this is a highly likely match for the known facts and this most likely represents his younger brother who immigrated separately and is trying to find his older brother.

In the 1850 federal census, we can find Mathew Fitzpatrick and his family living in Haverstraw, New York which is in Rockland County on the Hudson River above New York City.  Haverstraw, which was known for its brick industry, had a large influx of Irish immigrants in the middle of the 19th century.  The 1850 census, lists a household that includes his wife Mary in addition to John (age 7) and Thomas (age 2) in addition to a second family consisting of his younger brother, John Fitzpatrick (age 29) and his wife, Mary (Foley) Fitzpatrick (age 30).  Mathew lists his occupation as shoemaker.

In the 1860 federal census, Mathew Fitzpatrick and his family are still living in Rockland County although he is now identified as living in township of Warren.  His name is spelled “Matthew” in this handwritten census; this is the only time that this spelling is used.  His occupation is still listed as being a shoemaker and the household includes his wife Mary, the two older boys John and Thomas but there are now two daughters, Mary (age 7) and Ellen (age 5).

The Fitzpatricks make a move from Haverstraw, New York to Chicago, Illinois somewhere between 1860 and 1869.  In the 1869 Chicago directory, a Matthew Fitzpatrick, a shoemaker, is listed as living at 288 4th Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.  Also living in the household is his son, Thomas Fitzpatrick, who is a carpenter.  At this point, the record goes cold and we do not find him listed in the 1870 federal census and his wife Mary is now listed as head of the household and we assume that he died between 1869 and 1970.  His burial place is also unknown but a likely starting point would be Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Chicago.

What happened to his wife, Mary Fitzpatrick?  We know that she moved with her husband to Chicago between 1861 and 1869 as we can find her living on 228 4th Avenue in Chicago in the 1870 Chicago Directory where she is listed as the widow of Matthew Fitzpatrick .  She can also be found in the 1870 Federal Census where she lists her occupation as “keeping house” with a estate worth $900.  Also living in the house are Thomas (apprentice to a house carpenter), Mary Ann (appears to say dress maker), Ellen (apprentice to possibly a dress maker) and Matthew (age 9 years).  In the 1880 federal census, she is the household of her son, Thomas where she is curiously listed as a boarder.  The  exact date of her death has not been identified but she does not appear in the 1890 census.  Her burial place has not been identified but it is reasonable to presume that she is buried in Chicago.

The number of children is known to be at least 5 children that survived.  Their children are as follows:

  •  John Fitzpatrick (1843 or 1844- ?) – in the 1860 federal census his occupation is listed as a laborer.  It is likely that he also moved to Chicago around 1868 as 1870 Chicago Directory lists a John Fitzpatrick living at 333 4th Avenue which is one block away from his mother is widowed.  He has a wife born in Ireland and two children, named Mary (2 years old and born in Haverstraw, New York) and a second daughter who is not yet one and she is born in Illinois.  He works in a freight depot.  John has 12 children of which 8 survive.  He eventually become a policeman and dies sometime after the 1900 census.
  • Thomas J Fitzpatrick (1849 – 1926) – our ancestor who will be the topic of the next blog
  • Mary Ann Fitzpatrick (1853 – 1911) – she is believed to have married a man with the last name of Lawler and is buried in Chicago, Illinois.  We do not know if she had any children.
  • Ellen Fitzpatrick (1860 – 1938) – she married Timothy Ryan, who was born in Ireland in 1883.  While she was born in Haverstraw, New York, she lived most of her adult life in Chicago, primarily in Ward 32.  This union produced six children, James, May L., Anna, Thomas J, Timothy and John.  She is buried in Mt. Olivat Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Mathew (also Matthew) Fitzpatrick (c1861- c1909) – the 1870 federal census lists him as being born in New York while the 1880 federal census identifies him as living in the household of his older brother Thomas J. Fitzpatrick.  His occupation is listed as being a grocery clerk.
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