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Robert Walker Fitts, Tandy Walker Fitts, Oliver Fitts
Posted by: Ric Dice (ID *****1247) Date: June 09, 2007 at 10:26:06
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My Fitts are a bit of a tangle Oliver W. Fitts b abt Sept 1826 in NC (probably Caswell Co) was my ggg grandfather. I think his father may be a Tandy Fitts who appears on Caswell Co records as late as the 1830 census. This Tandy Fitts was born between 1780 and 1790,again according to the 1830 census, and has 4 male children any of whom could be Oliver. He has no daughters and his wife is born between 1790-1800. Oliver's brothers may have been Hardy and Nicholas both of whom appear on the 1840 census for Caswell. Oliver is orphaned by Oct of 1837 according to Caswell probate which says he was "bound to Walker and Felts to learn the trade of harness making." I have seen references by other researchers to a Tandy Walker Fitts (b abt 1787) who marries a Sarah Burton and is said to be a son of Robert Walker Fitts b abt 1755 One researcher has this Tandy marrying a Sarah Burton and there having had a son Oliver b abt 1821 who well could be my Oliver. Other records, however, say this Tandy Walker b abt 1787 is alive well in 1850 in Pittsylvania Co, VA. I realize there are several Tandy Fitts about, and that the family seems to have used the name indescriminately. Does anyone have anything that could help me sort this out? For whatit's worth, my line uses the given names Robert and Walker.
Also, I can't find Oliver on either the 1840 or 1850 census. He next appears with his wife Engelina Harris and family on the 1860 census for Morganton, Burke Co, NC. Children are William (my gg grandfather), John "Wesley", Sarah and George. In 1870 he is living in Dallas, Gaston Co, NC and has in addtion to the children mentioned above: Finley Harper, Robert, Hosea, John. I have no fuirther information for Oliver after 1870 except that the family moves to Mississippi and two more children are born there. This must be where Oliver dies. On the 1880 census for Longtown, Panola County there is my gg grandfather William Fitts abt 1852 and three of his brothers: Robert, M.H, and David. Later William's brothers Wesley and George appear in Panola Co on the 1900 census.

Any info would be much appreciated.

Ric Dice
Tuscaloosa, Al

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