|William Fitzhugh 1741-1809|
Fitzhugh and his wife, Ann Bolling Randolph Fitzhugh (1747–1805), built a manor house (Chatham Manor) on the Rappahannock River across from Fredericksburg and this mansion is maintained by the National Park Service. About 1799, Colonel Fitzhugh bought the house at 607 Oronoco Street in Alexandria City, which was later known as "The Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee.
Colonel Fitzhugh served as a Burgess in Virginia between 1772 and 1775 and was a member of the Revolutionary War Committee of Safety 1774 to 1775. During the war, he served as a
a commissioner of two arms and munitions factories and of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1776–1777. He was a Virginia state senator in 1780–1787).
The Alexandria (City) last wills and testaments record many political figures and provide interesting details as to their friends and relatives. Reading these old wills is like an undiscovered history book of new facts.
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