Texas Roots LbNA # 42328
|Owner||Lone Star Quilter|
|Placed Date||Jul 30 2008|
|Location||San Augustine, TX|
|Last Found||Apr 10 2016|
A Citizen of the Republic of Texas is defined as anyone who lived in Texas between March 16, 1836 and February 19, 1846, the period of time when Texas was an independent nation. My great great great great grandfather, Jackson Fitzgerald, was such a man. Born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, in 1795, he moved at a early age to the frontier of Tennessee. As a very young man, he volunteered in the Tennessee army and followed Andrew Jackson to war against the bloody British at the Battle of New Orleans. He returned to Maury County, Tennessee and married his love, Sarah Moore and they began to raise a family which eventually totaled 11 children. In the late 1830’s, he heard about a new nation called Texas and he picked up his family and moved to that land, settling just across the border in the town of San Augustine. Sarah died in 1840 and was buried on their land west of town. Jackson lived a long and rewarding life and when he departed it, he was laid next to Sarah in Thomas Cemetery. His tombstone tells us that he was a veteran of the War of 1812 and the bronze plaque proclaims the fact that he was a Citizen of the Republic of Texas. My Texas Roots run deep and I have Jackson Fitzgerald to thank for it.
San Augustine is in deep East Texas, the county seat of San Augustine County. Starting there, at the intersection of highway 21 (The Old San Antonio Road) and highway 96, drive west on Hwy. 21 for 4.8 miles and look for the sign on the right pointing south to the Thomas Cemetery. Turn left on the dirt road and drive for about 1/4 mile and the cemetery will be on your right.
To the box:
Drive through the gate and drive as far back as you can go and park your car. Get out and walk to your right for about 25 steps to the grave marker of Jackson Fitzgerald. Continue walking to the wire fence and then turn right once more and walk about 20 steps to a large oak tree on your left that is touching the fence. Facing it, look down to the base at the right side and you should find the letterbox hiding under a black brick and covered with leaves. There is another piece of a brick to keep the box from slipping to the other side of the fence, so please leave it there and replace box and brick as you found them. Thanks.