Monday, February 18, 2008

The Old Patton Family Cemetery: Remnants of the old Patton Flats Plantation

The old George Washington and Catherine Reed Patton monument hides behind tall field grass on a cold autumn morning in eastern Itawamba County.

In Section 28, Township 9 South, Range 10 East, the old Patton family cemetery is all that is left of the old George Washington Patton plantation. Located on flat “high ground” between Gum Creek, Cypress Creek and Bull Mountain Creek in eastern Itawamba County, George Washington Patton of Itawamba County received a Federal land patent to the land on October 6, 1840.

George Washington Patton was born June 25, 1809 in Williamson County, Tennessee, the son of Samuel Boyd Patton (born August 15, 1784 in South Carolina) and Sarah D. Stephenson (born 1790 in Pendleton District, South Carolina).

Patton moved with his family south to Jonesboro, Jefferson County, Alabama where he married Catherine Reed (born May 26, 1811 in Tennessee) and later immigrated to Itawamba County, living out the remainder of his life here. Children of George Washington and Catherine Reed Patton included: Elizabeth A. who was born May 6, 1835 in Walker County, Alabama. The remainder of their children, all born in Itawamba County, were Sarah Emily Jane (born November 13, 1838), Mary A.C. (born November 14, 1839), Thomas Lemuel (born 1841), John W. (born July 15, 1843), Millie K.A. (born July 27, 1845), James M.M. (born 1847) and Louisa Eleanora (born May 18, 1850).

George Washington Patton died on his farm on September 23, 1877. His widow continued to live on the farm until her death on May 30, 1898.

Photography by Bob Franks
 

9 comments:

daniel_drennen@fws.gov said...

I was raised in the Hoover area of Jefferson County, Al. from 1956-1974. This is just south of Birmingham. There was a very nice old chapel called Patton's Chapel along a Creek named Pattons Creek. Patton Chapel Road snaked its way around and eventually N over Shades Mountain where it intersected other roads and went toward Bessemer and Jonesboro (Birmingham). The Chapel has now been replaced with a larger Church, the road is now a straight-shot and the Creek has long since been altered. As mentioned in the article, the Pattons were well known as being some of the first settlers in that part of Jefferson Co. AL.

Bob Franks, Publications Editor said...

Interesting information Daniel. Shades Mountain and those valleys and hills south of there is really scenic territory. One of my family lines moved from Clay County to the Adamsville area of Jefferson County during the 1800's.

Anonymous said...

Mary A C (Ann Catherine) was my great grandmother. She and Sarah were twins so both of their birth years should be 1938. She is buried at The Patton cemetery with a newer headstone that has no date on it. I would love to know the year she died.

Anonymous said...

Mary AC Patton is also my great grandmother....

Anonymous said...

Make that 1838 on the twins birthyear. Sorry.

nancyholcombe said...

I am curious about the comment from the great grandchild of Mary A C Patton. I would like to email you, since she is also my great grandmother.

Li Ann Lee said...

Is there documented proof that this George Washington Patton IS the son of Samuel Boyd Patton?

My research shows that he was the son of Doran Patton who was also in Tennessee and Walker Co., AL.

Anonymous said...

Is there any proof the this George Washington Patton is the son of Samuel Boyd Patton?

My research shows that he was the son of Doran Patton who was also in Walker Co., AL at the same time that Samuel Boyd was.

Sandy McGuairt Fincher said...

George Washington Patton was my ggggrandfather, with Mary AC being my gggrandmother, and Ellen Sarah Bailey my ggrandmother. mslovjoy@hotmail.com