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