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Is this research logical??
With the continous research on my Patton family from Florence,Alabama. There is a lot of theory that I have formulated. I would like some input from anyone who reads this post to see if the research I've gathered makes any sense.
As I stated in my earlier post that the Patton family; like most families pass names down from one generation to the next. This is still a common pratice in the family today. I am trying to connect two Florence, Alabama families together, because I feel that the two famlies are actually one.
Before I said that my grandfather is named after his grandfather John Posey Patton, and that I was able to local him living in Texas in 1900. The census was listed as:
John Patton= head of house
James Henry Patton=grandparent
Other Patton family(free people of color)
When I initally started reseaching this family years ago one of the few names that I was told and always heard growing up was a Rush Patton.
This name is very unique to the Florence area during this time period, because I have never ran across another name like this looking through Florence's historical newspapers,marriage records, agriculture reports and census records. I was able to locate a Rush Patton living in Florence,alabama born in the year 1837. his father was listed as Irish and mother from Tennessee. He was living with his wife named Mahaley Patton who I feel John Patton's daughter is named after, and their son Rush Patton Jr.
I then said these two guys have to be brothers because James was born in 32 and Rush was born in 37 and James has a grandaughter named Mahaley and Rush has a wife named Mahaley.
I then tried locating Rush on the 1870 census and found him. I then tried locating him on the 1860 census, and found him living with his mother and siblings. The census read as followed.
Celeste Childress=60 born about 1800. She was listed as being from Tennesse.
I also learned talking to other relatives that James Henry Patton had a son named Rush Patton who migrated to Detroit around the turn of the century. This son could have been named after the older Rush Patton who I beleive is James' brother. I was told that the Pattons were never enslaved and they were free people of color. I also was able to look at the census records and both sets of Pattons lived in the same township very close to one another.
Also both famlies looked like they attended the same church because some of their children were married by the same preacher.
I just haven't been able to locate James Henry Patton on a 1860 census. I have located him on a 1870 ag census as owning 20 acres.
The last time James was documented was on that 1900 Texas census. I believe he died shortly after that. I also spoke to a geneologist in Florence, Alabama who I learned has looked into our family history for another relative. He said that he can't find James on any slave schedule and that he didn't think the two families were connected. I do. What do you think?
In order to verify this theory I need to find a death certificate for James Henry Patton. This certificate could have James mother's name on it. If so, then this would give tangle proof to my theory. If anyone reads this and is able to help me locate this vital piece of paper I would really appreciate it.
I also learned from this geneologist that Florence, alabama had quite a few free people of color who seemed to live side by side with their caucasin neighbors with no major racial tension among them. Reading the historical newspaper their seems to confirm that.
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