The 1880 census data list Emory Patrick as 20 years old and single.
1880 United States Federal Census Record about Pattrict Dingus Name: Pattrict Dingus Age: 20 Estimated birth year: abt 1860 Birthplace: Virginia Occupation: Farming Relationship to head-of-household: Son Home in 1880: Johnson, Scott, Virginia Marital status: Single Race: White Gender: Male Father's birthplace: VA Mother's name: Nancy Dingus Mother's birthplace: VA
WIFE #1 Scott Co marriges shows Scott Co Marriages 1880 Dingus, Emory P to Alba T Powers book 2 page 64 line 22
WIFE#2 The 1900 census data list him as 40, wife is listed as Nancy
1900 United States Federal Census Record about E Patrice Dingus Name: E Patrice Dingus Home in 1900: Kenady, Dickenson, Virginia Age: 40 Estimated birth year: abt 1860 Birthplace: Virginia Race: White Relationship to head-of-house: Head Wife is listed as Nancy Dingus born abt 1881 age 19 childern living in the household are:
Mary Larue Dingus born 1881 age 18 William R Dingus born in 1884 age 16 John N Dingus born in 1887 age 12 Luther Dingus born1890 age 10 Edwin Dingus born 1892 age 8 CorbettDingus born 1896 age 4 Albert Dingus born 1898 age 10/12
WIFE #3 The 1910 census data list him as 57,(should be 50) wife is Myra
1910 United States Federal Census Record about Patrick Dingus Name: Patrick Dingus Age in 1910: 57  Estimated birth year: abt 1853 [abt 1859] Birthplace: Virginia Home in 1910: Ervinton, Dickenson, Virginia Neighbors: View Results Race: White Gender: Male Marital Status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Mother's Birth Place: Virginia Father's Birth Place: Virginia Household Members: Name Age Patrick Dingus 57 Myra Dingus 30 Edwin Dingus 18 Corbit Dingus 14 Abert Dingus 10 Alva Dingus 8 Nora Dingus 5 Charley Dingus 3
The 1920 census data has him living in Jenkins Ky with his son Alva at age 60 no wife
1920 United States Federal Census about Alva Dingies Name: Alva Dingies [Alva Dingus] [Alva Pinkney] Home in 1920: Jenkins, Letcher, Kentucky Age: 19 years Estimated Birth Year: abt 1901 Birthplace: Virginia Relation to Head of House: Son Father's Name: E P Father's Birth Place: Virginia Mother's Name: Erva Mother's Birth Place: Virginia Marital Status: Single Race: White Sex: Male Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Image: 74 Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age E P Dingies 60 Erva Dingies 23 Alva Dingies 19 Emery Dingies 5 Grover Dingies 3 Lucy Dingies 1 6/12
The family said each time Patrick married it was to a girl about 16 years old. his last wife just walked off and left him with young children which were placed in different family homes to be raised and cared for.