Friday, 29 May 2009

The Artifact Collection of Dale Fitz-Henry - up for sale on Ebay

Deirdre from Arizona has been corresponding with me about her Fitz-Henry forebears (Richard a blacksmith born 1805 and Mary born 1808) who emigrated from Ireland to McClean County Illinois with their 8 children, Richard's brother William (born 1815) and his widowed mother Catherine (born 1779).
Their youngest son, also called Richard (born 1846 and also a blacksmith), married Mary E Wilson and they went on to have 9 children.
Their fourth child was Reuben Fitzhenry (the only Reuben FH in the database!) born in 1877 who married Mabel Hendryx in 1899.
And it's their son Dale Fitzhenry whose artifact collection is now up for sale on Ebay.

Deirdre suggested that publicising the sale might prompt a Fitzhenry to "keep it in the family". Bidding ends on June 7th.
Here's what the vendors say about Dale and his collection:

Up for auction we have a Indian Artifact Arrowhead authentic lot from the Skull House. In the spring of 2006, many Illinois newspapers carried the story of of an old abandoned house in Bloomington Illinois where the skulls of 33 Pre-Historic Native American skulls were found in the attic. The house had sat empty for years as the heir had died many years prior. The house and property was sold at blind tax sale for a fraction of value without much interest. The long deceased owner, a dentist by the name of Dale Fitz-Henry apparently had excavated the skulls at a site near Fulton county in the early 1930's. The Fitz-Henrys did a lot of hunting and collecting whereever they travelled. The arrowheads were found by the Fitz-Henrys on trips to Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Montana, and along Panther Creek near their home in Bloomington Illinois. The longest piece is about 2 1/2". Some of the arrowheads are marked as to where they were found.

Here's the link to the Ebay listing.

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