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Henry Fitzhugh

Born 1818 - Died 1883

Henry Fitzhugh (1818-1883) was the son of George Fitzhugh (1784-1881) and Sarah Battaile Dade (1787-1862) of Milton, Culpeper County, Virginia.  He married Jane Elizabeth Downman (1817-1881), the daughter of Joseph Ball Downman (1787-c.1818) of Lancaster County, Virginia.  From her father Jane inherited 726 acres in Stafford County, Virginia.  This land is located on what is now U. S. Route 3 east of Fredericksburg.  After his marriage to Jane, Henry built a fine brick home on the tract and called it Sherwood Forest.  Following the War Between the States, Henry submitted a claim to the Southern Claims Commission asking to be reimbursed for $65,415.50 worth of hogs, sheep, and other commodities taken from him by the Union army.  He was granted $21,810.