First Battle - Annie Patton

Annie Patton

Biography

Annie Patton (1856-1940)

Cancis Anna “Annie” Woodard Patton was born on 1 December 1856 in Morgan Co, Indiana, USA to parents James Woodard, from Kentucky, and Lucy Ewing, from Indiana. It is unknown whether Annie had any siblings.

Annie married William Ruddell Patton, born 1852, on 18 March 1875 in McLean, Illinois, USA. In the 1880 US Census, Annie and William are living in Martin, McLean, Illinois, where Annie was listed as keeping house and William was a Farmer.

On 20 September 1884, in Colfax, Lexington, Illinois, Annie gave birth to a son Tilden Marion Patton. Tilden was the only surviving child for Annie and William.

By 1900, Annie, William, and Tilden were living in Willow Springs, Jackson, Oregon. William was mining Gold Ore and Tilden was attending school, while Annie kept house.

In 1910, Annie and William, having been married for 35 years, are living again in Illinois; this time in Lexington. Tilden and his new wife Rachel Bishop, were also living with Annie, they had married sometime before April 1910.

Sadly two years later, on 19 March 1912 William dies.

At the age of 63, Annie is living with Tilden and Rachel, in Lexington, in 1920. She is wilt Tilden when on 12 June 1920, Rachel passes away. They never had any children.

After 5 years, Tilden remarries, Helen Swartz, on 9 December 1925 and Annie continues to live with them. In the 1930 US census, Annie, Tilden, and Helen are living at 209 Chestnut Street in Lexington.

On 3 Mar 1940, Cancis Anna “Annie” Woodard Patton dies. She is buried on 6 March 1940 in Pleasant Hill cemetery alongside her husband William.

In 1897, Annie presented Tilden with a book The First Battle: a Story of the Campaign of 1896 by William Jennings Bryan. The book is now located in UPEI Library’s Provenance Collection. The inscription inside the books reads “Presented to Tilden M. Patton By his Mama” “Date March 26 1897”.

Sources:

1880 Tenth Census of the United States. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Illinois State Marriage Records. Online index. Illinois State Public Record Offices.

1900 US Census. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

1910, Thirteenth Census of the United States. (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.

William R Patton. Find a Grave.

1920 Fourteenth Census of the United States. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.

1930 US Census. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States,. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

“Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916–1947." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original records.

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