Hello, my name is Susie Dent. My Great Grandparents were
the Rev. W.A. Fitzgerald and his wife Louisa Jane
Dillard-Fitzgerald. My Great Grandfather was born in
Forsyth County, GA, served in the US Cavalry before coming
through Hot Spring County, AR on his way to Texas to visit a
brother. He stopped in the Point Cedar area to visit his
mother's sister Artimissia "Arty" Mitchell-Holcomb, wife of
Asa Chandler Holcomb. He went to church at Point Cedar
where he met my Great Grandmother Louisa Jane Dillard,
daughter of Judah and William Frank Dillard of Coldbath.
They married soon afterwards in September 1878 at the
Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church where they met. Rev.
John Neighbors performed the ceremony.
Several of their children were born in Hot Spring County.
The family shows up on the 1880 census in the Valley
township. I figure they were there until about 1899 when
they moved briefly to Beebe, Arkansas. They returned to
Clark County, AR where Rev. Fitzgerald served as a
missionary and circuit riding preacher for the American
Bible Sunday School Union. He also preached at the Amity
Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for several years before