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The Robert Patterson Family of Burnet County TX

Updated July 13, 2004

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Robert Patterson moved his family from Gilmer County, Georgia, to Texas in the late 1850s. His wife Margaret Withrow is said to have died en route to Texas. Both Robert and Margaret were born in southwestern North Carolina about 1812. He was the son of James Patterson of South Carolina and Sarah Marr. Margaret was the daughter of Jonathan Withrow and Susannah Ashworth, both of whom were born in North Carolina. Together Robert Patterson and Margaret Withrow had six children--Jonathan Marion Patterson (born in Haywood County NC in about 1837), John Withrow Patterson (born in Haywood County NC in 1839), Louisa Luthetta Patterson (born in Haywood County NC about 1841), James Caldwell Patterson (born in Haywood County NC about 1843), Cansadia Susanne Patterson (born in Gilmer County GA about 1846) and Joseph Patterson (born in Gilmer County GA about 1849). Robert Patterson is thought to have lived for a time in Parker County TX in or near Weatherford. He appears to have also been in McLennan County TX for awhile before moving on to Lampasas County TX where he purchased property in June of 1874. Sometime in the early 1870s he remarried. His second wife was Amanda Parker, with whom he had three more sons--Thomas J. Patterson (born about 1872), Jacob L. Patterson (born about 1874) and Walter C. Patterson (born about 1877). He subsequently homesteaded in Burnet County TX---receiving his Preemptive Land Grant in 1879. Records show that he began homesteading in Burnet County on 5 October 1874. His sons Jonathan, John and James also homesteaded in Burnet County and were subsequently awarded Land Grants in the 1880s. The husband of his daughter Cansadia, likewise, received a Land Grant in Burnet County during this same time period. Robert Patterson was a farmer in Georgia and raised cattle in Texas. At least one of his sons, Joseph (the youngest from his first marriage) went on several cattle drives to Kansas after the Civil War. Some of Robert's descendants still live in Lampasas County and Burnet County TX. Others are scattered throughout Texas. Some known descendants are in Georgia and California. Robert Patterson died in 1888 and is buried in Hoover's Valley Cemetery in Burnet County TX.

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