Some history on the Patton name in the Asheville NC area

Various sources include: CelebrateSwannanoa.com and various other internet sources
 
The Family Life
It seems that Elizabeth Patton's family might have been correct in opposing her marriage to Crockett. This quote from the OLD BUNCOMBE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY describes their life after moving back to Tennessee: "Elizabeth did not find David Crockett to be a steady husband/farmer who stayed at home to till the land and care for his family and stock.  Instead, it was mostly left to Elizabeth to run the home and garden and raise their three children as best she could while David made a precarious living as a hunter, and taking frequent long trips as a guide and trailblazer, helping other people travel or locate places to settle."

 
After eventually losing his three term U.S. Representative seat in an election, Crockett is credited with this infamous line: "Since you have chosen to elect a man with a timber toe to succeed me, you may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.”

 
Leaving the family behind, Crockett did move to Texas, the outcome of which ended at the Alamo.

 
The State of Texas
Many years later, Elizabeth was rewarded for her late husband's services to the state of Texas with a payment in the amount of $24. Along with that paltry sum, the 65 year old widow was granted 1,280 acres of land roamed and ruled by Comanches.

 
When the Mrs. Crockett was finally able to follow in David's footsteps and move to Texas to claim her land she did end up with 640 acres. By then her children were grown and only two went to Texas with her. Her son build a log cabin in which she lived for the final six years of her life, dying at age 72.
 
 
Elizabeth Patton Crockett's Statue
  
Yes, there is a statue of Swannanoa NC native, Elizabeth Patton Crockett, in Texas! In 1913 the state placed this monument at the site of Elizabeth's grave in Acton, TX. Elizabeth's daughter is also buried there. The gravesite later became a state park, the smallest one in Texas.

 
Much of the information about Elizabeth's life in Texas is credited to "Texas Tales" by Mike Cox and can be found at his website: TexasEscapes.Com.

 
Did You Know....an interesting tidbit of Swannanoa history regarding Davy Crockett?
               
In 1815 Col. David (Davy) Crockett came through the Swannanoa area and met the daughter of one of the prominent families who had settled here.

 
He eventually married Elizabeth Patton...much to her family's dismay. The Pattons felt that David Crockett was beneath their status and an unworthy suitor for their daughter. They thought she should marry someone of higher standing!

 
David Crockett was a three term Representative in the   U. S. Congress from Tennessee.

 
This was actually the second marriage for both David and Elizabeth. His first wife Polly had died after their third child was born, leaving him with three young children. Elizabeth's husband had died in warfare and she also had three children of similar age. David and Elizabeth Patton Crockett then had three children of their own.

 
CHECK BACK FOR THE "REST OF THE STORY". Is this a statue of Elizabeth Patton Crockett? Why is it in Texas? And "Remember the Alamo!" 
        
James Smith was Davy Crockett’s brother-in-law. Smith married Mary Patton in 1814, and Crockett married Elizabeth Patton in 1815. Today, Patton Avenue, in downtown Asheville, is named for the Patton family.
 
Other Patton's noted in the Swannanoa area:
There are a great many Pattons in North Carolina. Especially around the Swannanoa area. Swannanoa is a little town on the Swannanoa River in the mountains not far from Ashville, N.C. There is the Patton Cemetery, established in 1794, and also the cemetery in the church yard of the First Presbyterian Church of Swannanoa. Many Pattons are buried at these places.

Records of this family indicate they are of Scotch origin. Spelling in New England states is PATTEN while those found in Pennsylvania and the south are usually spelled Patton. The earliest records of Pattons in Pennsylvania are of Matthew and John, "brothers from Covenanter stock, who settled in the North of Ireland then came early in the eighteenth century and settled in Cumberland Co., PA" It is reported that these Pattons are decendents of "the Covenanter martyr, MATHEW PATOUN of Newmilns, Scotland who was executed in Glasgow public square in 1666".

2c JOHN PATTON b. Feb, 14, 1765 (1763 ?) Augusta Co., VA. d. Feb. 28, 1838 Marshall Co., Tenn. m. MARY WILSON Jan. 19, 1785 Lincoln Co. North Carolina Lived York Dist. SC 1775, Served one month in the "Now Campaign-Capt. DUFF's Co. at age 10. In 1776, age 11, expedition against Cherokees, 3 months in Capt ANDREW LOVE's Co., Col NEEL's Reg. In 1779 at age 14, spent 4 months in "Wagon Dept: in Tono Camp'n. Then in June 1780 enlisted Capt THOMPSON's Co., Gen SUMTER's Brigade, served 16 months and was in engagement at Col BRATTON's farm and at engagement at Rocky Mount, Aug. 1780. In 1786, age 16, Battle of Fishing Creek, engagements at Buckhead, Wright's Bluff, and Lynch's Creek. After 1782 he moved to Lincoln Co. NC. In 1785, age 20, married Mary Wilson. In 1805, moved to Wilson Co. TN and 1808 to Bedford Co. TN (now Marshall), age 43. April 10, 1832 granted Rev. Pension in Bedford Co., age 67. Died Feb. 28, 1838 at age 73. Oct 1840 Mary Wilson Patton declaration as widow of John Patton recorded in Marshall Co. court. 9 Children: Jean, James, Margaret, John, David, Joseph, Betsey, Polly, Martha

2b MATTHEW PATTON b. 1738 Cumberland Co., PA. d. August 25 (26?), 1824 burried Underwood Cemetery: Madison, Jefferson Co., Indiana m. JANE HOUSTON June 30, 1761 Cumberland Co., PA. b. 1740 Lancaster or Cumberland Co., PA. d. March 18, 1833 (Aug. 25, 1825?) Jefferson Co., Indiana, burried in Underwood Cemetery, Madison, Indiana Jane's father was AARON (?) HOUSTON Matthew Patton served in the American Revolution, supposedly from PA but he also lived in Mecklenburg Co., NC The DAR Patriot Index lists him as fighting in North Carolina. By July 1863 he aquired land on both sides of the Catawba River living newr the NC/SC line in what became Tryon Co. (later Lincoln and now Gaston). He was there as late as 1784/5 when his son Aaron married a Cunningham girl on Allisons Creek, just across the state line in York District, SC. Matthew, with his family, his children, his brother Thomas and the Alexander and Cunningham clans moved to what is now Buncombe Co., NC and then about 1799? or 1810, moved on to Jefferson County Indiana. Some of his children were in Buncombe County NC (Burke in 1790 census) Burke County's 11th Militia District later became Buncombe County. Matthew's will dated Aug. 13, 1824 was probated Oct. 22, 1824 (Will book "B" page 107 Jefferson Co., Indiana) he left property on"Bie Tree" (Beetree) Creek, Buncombe Co. NC to AARON, who had remained in NC when his parents moved to Indiana in the early 1800's. 7 Children: James, Agnes (Nancy), Aaron, Mary, Matthew H., Elizabeth Aughtby

3c AARON PATTON b. Sept. 6, 1765 Mecklenburg Co. North Carolina? d. 1826 Swannanoa, Buncombe Co., North Carolina m. MARY MAGDALINE CUNNINGHAM 1784 Allisons Creek in York District b. Sept. 6, 1764 Rowan Co. North Carolina d. April 9, 1840 Swannanoa, North Carolina *** SEE CUNNINGHAM *** Family tradition is that he was a participant in the battle of King's Mountain. He married Magdaline on Allison's Creek, in York District, South Carolina. About a year or so later he moved across the Blue Ridge with the other Patton's and Cunningham's. Both Aaron and Magdaline are buried in the PATTON MEETING HOUSE CEMETERY, near Swannanoa, North Carolina. The original grave marker was a fieldstone marked as "A.P.-1826" but has since been replaced by a bronze plaque. 6 Children: Jane, Nancy, Aaron, Sarah (Sallie?), Matthew, Rhoda
1d JANE PATTON b. 1788 m. JOHN ALEXANDER *** See CUNNINGHAM ***

2d NANCY PATTON b. Nov. 22, 1792 "on Swannanoa", Buncombe Co. North Carolina d. 1860 m. GEORGE PATTON 1811 Nancy and George are both buried in the PATTON MEETING HOUSE CEMETERY. The PATTON MEETING HOUSE was the first house of worship established in the then newly opened lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. It was built by George's father ROBERT PATTON b. 1742 in Ireland and came to America in 1755. (Robert's father was a JOHN PATTON who came to America in 1755 with his wife and two of his sons. The John/Robert/George... line of Patton's is a different Patton line. Many of the names of this Patton line and names found in George's family line are similar, several family names appear from the same area.) The PATTON MEETING HOUSE served the community until the erection of Piney Grove (now Swannanoa) Presbyterian Church in 1797/1798. The "burying ground" now known as the PATTON CEMETERY still exists and is well maintained by a foundation established for that purpose. A note of interist: George's sister ELIZABETH PATTON b. 1788 m(1) JAMES PATTON, a first cousin who died in 1813 (Creek Indian War) and m(2) Col. DAVID CROCKETT All of George and Nancy's children were born in the home on Beetree Road, Swannanoa, NC and most are buried either in the cemetery at the PATTON MEETING HOUSE or at Swannanoa Presbyterian Church. 11 Children: Matilda, James, Pauline, Sarah, Calivn, Matilda C., Rebecca, Martha, Robert, Bradshaw, Lafayette

2d JOHN M. PATTON b. before 1795 Buncombe Co. NC d. 1826 m. SARAH CRAIG between 1810-1814 probably Buncombe Co. NC Sarah was daughter of JAMES CRAIG and HANNAH DAVIS. John was living in Jefferson Co. IN by Aug. 4, 1814. In a letter dated April 5, 1818 addressed to Mr. JOHN CRAIG Buncombe Co. Swannano River, NC John says "from the information I have received from the different parts of the State I can assert that it is not as great a country as I expected to find from the representations I had of it. The land is rech but does not produce corn agreeable to its looks. Wheat growns to great perfection and is the only production that is worthy of the farmers attention. It rates from 75cts to 1.25 cts per bushel." also "It is not a good country for young women nor neither is it for old ones without they understand the needle business to perfection." Children: Elizabeth, Hiley, James, Mary, Sarah

In 1838, Robert Patton Crockett went to Texas to administer his father's land claim. In 1854, Elizabeth Crockett finally came to Texas to live, dying in 1860. Crockett's son John Wesley Crockett was a U.S. Congressman from Tennessee, serving two terms between 1837 and 1841.