Wednesday, June 2, 2010

John & Becky Patterson family

John & Rebecca Patterson and Family

John Lindsey Patterson, his wife Alice Rebecca Bourland, and their children, were Cardsville residents of Itawamba County. John's father, Greenberry, was a Georgia native who first settled in Pontotoc County but moved to Itawamba County between 1860 and 1870. The 1870 census for Greenberry Patterson indicates that his neighbors were Bourlands, Wrens and Cautherns - all familiar names found in the Cardsville and Peaceful Valley communities along the western side of the Tombigbee River.

Alice Rebecca Bourland, known as Becky, was the daughter of Robert Hudspeth Bourland, and Elizabeth Hawkins O'Neal, and she was the granddaughter of James S. Bourland, the original Bourland settler of Itawamba County. James S. Bourland, a South Carolinian, and his wife Mary Hudspeth, moved to Monroe County in the 1820s, and when the Chickasaw Cession lands opened up, they bought land in the southern part of Itawamba County near present-day Cardsville. The Bourland family were long-time members of one of the earliest churches in the county, Enon Primitive Baptist Church, which was organized in 1835 and continues to this day.

The photograph of John and Becky Patterson's family was shared by their great-grandson Garry Morris McFerrin of Mantachie. His grandmother, Mary Elizabeth "Bess" Patterson, is the young lady seated in her daddy's lap. Bess married Jury Pennington, and you may remember reading earlier posts about them, most recently about their success in the Plant-to-Prosper Program. Jury was Fessie's (my grandfather) uncle, therefore my great-great uncle.

Standing behind their parents are the twins, and the oldest children, Alice Hardie and Newton Ira, born in 1891. Standing in the middle is their son, Lula Preston Patterson, born in 1898. Another son, Newman, died in 1900 at the age of seven, before this photograph was made. The baby of the family at the time, in her mother's lap, is Rixie Bell. Since she was born in September 1903, this picture was likely made in early 1904. John and Becky's last child, Estelle, was born in in 1908 and thus isn't pictured in the photograph.

A big thanks to Garry for sharing the photograph of his great-grandparents' family!

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