Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
FITZPATRICK, MARTIN, who for the past fifteen years has conducted a transfer business at Springfield, Ill., was born at Hazel Green, Wis., November 6, 1852, a son of John and Margaret Fitzpatrick, both natives of Ireland. The parents came to America in 1851 and lived several years at Hazel Green, later moving to St. Louis, where Mr. Fitzpatrick died. The mother married as her second husband, James Wiley, and they lived for many years on a farm in Sangamon County. Mr. Wiley was drowned while crossing the Sangamon River on the ice, and his widow afterward moved to Nilwood, Macoupin County, where she spent the remainder of her life. By her first husband she had three daughters and one son, and by her second two daughters and one son. The only ones of the family now living are Martin; and Mrs. Sarah Clark and Mrs. Kate Windaws, both of St. Louis.
After the death of his father Martin Fitzpatrick lived for a time in St. Louis, but afterward was brought to Carlinville by John Garlic, with whom he lived for some time. He was educated in Macoupin County and is boyhood worked on a farm there. He was finally taken into the family of James Childs of Chesterville, with whom he remained until reaching his majority, when he came to Springfield. He there learned the trade of brick mason and worked on the State House and many other public and private building there. He engaged in his present enterprise about 1896 and has built up a large and lucrative business. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Church. In politics he is a Republican.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was married in Springfield December 24, 1881, to Margaret Ann Chittick, who was born at Virginia, Ill., June 9, 1862, a daughter of John and Rachel (Price) Chittick, the father a native of Tyrone, Ireland, and the mother of Laryhope, England. The parents came to America in early youth and were married in Illinois, locating at Eureka, where for sometime the father carried on the trade of shoemaker. Later they moved to Virginia, where the father died, when the mother went to live at Whitehall, Ill, where her death occurred. There were two sons and three daughters in the family, those living, besides Mrs. Fitzpatrick, being: Katie, wife of John F. Smith of Springfield; John W. Chittick, of Springfield; William Mackey, a half-brother of Mrs. Fitzpatrick, living at Whitehall, Ill. and a half-sister, Anna, wife of Frank McGarvey, living in Missouri.
To Mr. Fitzpatrick and wife three children were born, namely: Anna, (deceased), married Arthur English; Katie, wife of James Huffman, engaged in transfer business in Springfield; and William M., also of Springfield. Mrs. Fitzpatrick owns the home occupied by the family and several other houses and lots on South Tenth Street, Springfield. The family have many friends in the city and are well regarded by all who know them.