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Benjamin Blanton Patrick
B: 10 Dec 1803
Oglethorpe Co, GA
D: 3 Mar 1881
Tallapoosa Co, AL
Buried Waverly Cemetery
Lee Co, AL

Married 7 Mar 1833
Greene Co, GA

Elizabeth Adaline Maddox
B: 26 Jun 1814
Greene Co, GA
D: 8 Sep 1850
Tallapoosa Co, AL
Buried Waverly Cemetery
Lee Co, AL
Daughter of
Anthony Maddox & Margaret Jewell

Married 9 Sep 1856

Martha (Mattie) Ann Brown
B: 20 Sep 1827
?Putman Co, GA
D: 29 Aug 1907
Tallapoosa Co, AL
Buried Waverly Cemetery
Lee Co, AL

Benjamin Blanton Patrick & second wife Martha Ann Brown
probably taken around 1857

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Benjamin Blanton Patrick and wife Martha Ann Brown

Name Born Died Married
*Mary Ann 22 Apr 1834
Oglethorpe Co, GA
7 Jan 1900
Lee Co, AL
Buried Waverly Cem
Lee Co, AL
Enoch T. Seals
B: 11 Oct 1826
D: 17 May 1856
Lee Co, AL
Buried Waverly Cem
Lee Co, AL
M: 19 Sep 1850
Chambers Co, AL

Lemuel Hawkins Dawson
B: c1828 GA
D: ???
*David A. 1837
Oglethorpe Co, GA
??? ???
Margaret (Mary) Elizabeth 14 Apr 1838
Oglethorpe Co, GA
24 Dec 1911
Lee Co, AL
Basil Manly Hagood
B: 31 Dec 1822
D: 27 Jan 1898
Lee Co, AL
M: 17 Sep 1857
Tallapoosa Co, AL
Martha J. 1841
Tallapoosa Co, AL
13 Dec 1906
Lee Co, AL
James M. Graves
B: 1835
D: 1878
Lee Co, AL
M: 4 Mar 1869
Tallapoosa Co, AL
Madra J. 1844
Tallapoosa Co, AL
??? ???
Benjamin Pope 10 Apr 1846
Tallapoosa Co, AL
6 Mar 1918
Tallapoosa Co, AL
Buried Waverly Cem
Lee Co, AL
Harriett Lavonia Hughes
B: 1847 AL
D: 15 Jan 1932
Tallapoosa Co, AL
Buried Waverly Cem
Lee Co, AL
M: 24 Dec 1868
Tallapoosa Co, AL
**Elizabeth Kansas 1857
Tallapoosa Co, AL
Lee Co, AL
William Lafayette Moreman
B: 1850
D: 1922
Lee Co, AL
M: 4 Jan 1874
Tallapoosa Co, AL
**Carrie T. 19 Oct 1858
Tallapoosa Co, AL
18 Feb 1932
Lee Co, AL
Charles Mayberry
B: 28 Feb 1862
D: 23 Jun 1950
Lee Co, AL
M: 23 Nov 1882
Tallapoosa Co, AL
**Frances (Frankie) 1860
Tallapoosa Co, AL
Lee Co, AL
Preston Gross
B: 21 Aug 1852
D: 4 Apr 1888
Lee Co, AL
M: 1878
Tallapoosa Co, AL
**Ella M. 21 Mar 1862
Tallapoosa Co, AL
21 Mar 1941
Lee Co, AL
Alston H. Greene
B: 23 Sep 1856
D: 4 Apr 1933
Lee Co, AL
M: 3 Nov 1885
Tallapoosa Co, AL
* 1880 Census Chambers Co AL lists Mary A Dawson, wife of Lemuel H. Dawson living in New Harmoney, Chambers Co. Also living with them is David A. Patrick who is listed as 43 years old, single and a farm laborer.
** Children From Second Wife

Benjamin Blanton Patrick was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, probably on his fathers farm. He was named after Rev. Benj Blanton, a well known preacher in Oglethorpe Co, GA. Nothing is known of his early life, but he had some sort of formal education because he was able to read and write. The first record I find on Benjamin is 2 Dec 1829 in Oglethorpe County, when he and his brother, James Patrick, purchase 100 acres on Little River from John Williamson. On 24 Apr 1830 Benjamin and James purchased another 100 acres from John Williamson. This second purchase appears to be adjacent to the first parcel they purchased. Both tracts were just south of the town of Stephens in Oglethorpe County and east of their fathers farm. On 7 Mar 1833 Benjamin marries Elizabeth Adaline Maddox in Greene County, Georgia. Elizabeth's father was Anthony W. Maddox, who came from a large and rather wealthy family living just across the Greene/Oglethorpe County line in Greene Co.

Marriage Certificate of Benjamin Blanton Patrick and Elizabeth Adaline Maddox

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Marriage Cetificate of Benjamin Blanton Patrick and Elizabeth Adaline Maddox

Greene County,
These are to authorise and permit you to join in the Honorable State of Matrimony
Benjamin B. Patrick of the one part and Adaline Maddox
of the other part, according to the rites of your Church, provided there be no lawful cause to
obstruct the same; and this shall be your authority for so doing.
Given under my hand as Clerk of the Court of Ordinary of the County aforesaid, this
2d day of March 1833
Thomas M. Grimes Clerk
I do hereby certify, that Benjamin B. Patrick and Adaline
Maddox were joined together in the Holy Bands of Matrimony, by me, on the
7 day of March 1833
John M. Cox JJC
Recorded 25 day of April 1833
Thomas M. Grimes Clerk

On 14 Sep 1836 Benjamin and James had to sell part of the Little River land to the railroad for a right-of-way. By late 1837, Benjamin's father Daivd is dead. According to David's will Benjamin receives one-half of his fathers land and two slaves, a girl named Harriett and a boy named Joe. In July and August of 1840 Benjamin sells 100 acres on Little River (his half of the purchase with his brother James) and 200 acres on Falling Creek (this was his fathers farm and he and David both received the farm and both sold it) to George McLaughlin, a long time friend and neighbor of their father. This is the last I find of Benjamin in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Benjamin goes west as does his brother James, but brother Josiah remains in Oglethorpe County for the remainder of his life.

When Benjamin arrived in Alabama is in question, but the dates I have heard range from 1835 to 1839. Marjorie Webb wrote a history of Waverly, Alabama for the Chambers County School Messenger in Dec 1924 and said "among the first settlers of Pea Ridge (Waverly) was B.B. Patrick, who moved here and put up a store, about 1835. The store was located near the present site of the Waverly Methodist Church". Benjamin did have a store that seems to have been located at what is called Five Points in Waverly, but the 1835 date seems too early. Benjamin's third child, Margaret Elizabeth was born on 14 Apr 1838 in Georgia. It's possible Benjamin left his family in Georgia because Elizabeth was pregnant. If he did come earlier, it was with his brother-in-law, William Maddox, who had a son born in Chambers Co, AL in 1837. The earliest deed I've found for Benjamin is 12 Apr 1841, but the 1840 census clearly has him in Chambers Co, AL by that time.

The 1840 census of Chambers County has Benjamin Blanton Patrick as:

Benjamin between the ages of 30-40
Elizabeth between the ages of 20-30
1 Female between the ages of 5-10 (Mary Ann)
1 Male between the ages of 0-5 (David)
1 Female between the ages of 0-5 (Margaret Elizabeth)

Benjamin has 7 slaves and is living next door to his father-in-law, Anthony W. Maddox.

The first deed I've found for Benjamin is an 1841 Chambers Co deed. It says:

12 April 1841 John M. Andrews to Benjamin B. Patrick for $1250, the southwest quarter of section 9, township 20, range 25. S/John M. Andrews. Witnessed by William Bird and Champin Marrable. Chambers Co Deed Records Vol 4, pg 174.

This land would have been about one-half mile east of today's Waverly and parallel with today's railroad tracks and on the old stage coach road. It would have been just west of the Maddox farm.

Between 1842 and 1845 Benjamin is listed as a Justice of the Peace for Chambers County. To obtain this position, Benjamin would have already been a successful and respected member of the community.

On 15 Feb 1848, Benjamin and his brother-in-law, William Maddox (click here for an interesting article on Wm Maddox) are appointed Administrators of the estate of Anthony W. Maddox, Benjamin's father-in-law. Benjamin and William were required to post a $30,000 Administrative Bond for handling the estate. Anthony's will has never been found, so I'm unsure if Benjamin received anything from the estate, although the estate appears rather large.

The 1850 census for Chambers County has the following living with Benjamin:

Benjamin B., born Georgia, farmer, property $7000, 14 slaves
Elizabeth, 36, born Georgia
David, 13, born Georgia
Elizabeth, 12, born Georgia
Martha J., 9, born Alabama
Madra J., 6, born Alabama
Benjamin Pope, 4, born Alabama
Mary A. (Patrick) Seals, 17, born Georgia (married Enoch Seals 19 Sep 1850)
Enoch T. Seals, 24, born Georgia, merchant (probably in Benjamin's store)
Samuel Sail, 26, born Georgia, physician

Living several houses from Benjamin was Rueben H. McCoy, whose wife, Emeline Maddox, was Elizabeth Patrick's sister. Elizabeth's mother, Margaret Maddox, age 58, born Georgia, is still living next door to Benjamin. Also living about 3 doors from Benjamin was a John Miller who had 41 slaves and a property value of $7000. Because John Miller is listed as a farmer and has the same property value as Benjamin, I think it's safe to say Benjamin was not farming his entire holdings. I have been told that shortly after arriving in Alabama, Benjamin purchased land from Albert Menifee's and gave it to the Methodist Church. The Waverly Cemetery was part of that purchase from Menifee's and the original Methodist Church stood just across Highway 280 from the cemetery. It is thought the original church was started in 1848 and called Pea Ridge Methodist Church. This church was later moved to just west of Five Points, on the south side of the road and called Soule Chapel.

On 8 Sep 1850 Benjamin's first wife Elizabeth dies. Cause of her death is unknown, but she was just 36 years old and had been married to Benjamin for 17 years. Her grave stone in the Waverly Cemetery is the oldest that is readable and she may have been the first buried there. When she died, Benjamin was left with 5 children under the age of 14, plus a rather large farm. His oldest daughter, Mary Ann Seals and her husband lived with Benjamin and no doubt helped during this crisis. There must have been several house slaves that would have carried on Elizabeth's duties.

I don't know the date Benjamin married his second wife, Martha (Mattie) Ann Brown. It was probably sometime after 1855 because their first child, Elizabeth Kansas, wasn't born until 1857. Benjamin and Martha would have 3 more children in the next four years.

During 1857, 1859 through 1866 David Patrick, Benjmain's oldest son, is the Postmaster for Waverly. David must have learned about this job from his brother-in-law, Enoch Seals, who had previously been the Waverly Postmaster in 1851. During this time, I suspect the Waverly Post Office was located in Benjamin's general store. Family lore has that Benjamin Pope Patrick, Benjamin's second son, was a mail carrier during the Civil War. He must have worked for his older brother during this time.

The 1860 census lists Benjamin living in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. Benjamin, during the 1850 census, was in Chambers Co but he was continually acquiring land west of Waverly in Tallapoosa County. By the deed records it appears he moved to Tallapoosa County as early as 1852 and built a home just west of Waverly that is still in the family today. The 1860 census lists:

Benjamin B., 57, farmer, real estate $6500, personal property $20,000, born Georgia
Martha A., 30, born Georgia
Martha, 18, born Georgia
Madre J., 16, born Alabama
Benjamin P., 14, born Alabama
Elizabeth, 3, born Alabama
Carrie, 2, born Alabama
Frances, 5 months, born Alabama
Mary Ann (Patrick) Seals, 25, born Georgia (Her husband, Enoch Seals, died in 1856)
Benjamin Patrick Seals, 8, born Alabama
Elizabeth A. Seals, 6, born Alabama

Benjamin Blanton Patrick Home, built around 1855
picture taken 1898

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Benjamin Blanton Patrick Home
Left to Right:
Marth Ann Brown Patrick, Phala Gross,
Idoline Greene, Ella Patrick Greene

Benjamin's son David is living with his uncle Reuben H. McCoy and is listed in the 1860 census of Chambers County. This probably had to do with David being Postmaster for Waverly, which fell under Chambers County and not Tallapoosa County. Benjamin's home during the early 1860's appears to be a very crowded place.

Benjamin Blanton Patrick died on 3 Mar 1881. He was 77 years of age. His will was recorded on 29 Jan 1877 in Tallapoosa County and is as follows:

The State Of Alabama and Tallapoosa County; January 29th 1877, I B.B. Patrick of the State and County above being sound in body and mind yet knowing the uncertainty of life do make this my last will and testament.
First: I wish all my just debts paid.
Second: I give and bequeath to my wife Martha A. Patrick all of my effects both personal and real.
Third: I wish my personal property and the income from rent of real estate to be used in support of my wife Martha A. Patrick and single children that remain with her.
Fourth: I wish all of my landed estate to remain unsold and undivided until the death of my wife Martha A. Patrick then to be equally divided between my youngest children by my second wife either by sale or division.
Fifth: I hereby appoint my wife Martha A. Patrick sole Executrix during her natural life to manage, control and supervise everything pertaining to my estate with the assistance of my son B.P. Patrick to act as Executor with her. I give them full power to sell or buy any personal property through an order from Court as they may think best.
Fifth: I do not wish my wife as Executrix or B.P. Patrick as Executor of my estate not to give a bond to the Court.

Signed: B.B. Patrick

Witness: R. Maddox and B.P. Patrick

Will Book 2, pg 154-155, 1881, Tallapoosa County, Alabama

Here is a newspaper obituary of Benjamin Blanton Patrick. I have no idea what paper it was written in:

"Benjamin Blanton Patrick was born in the State of Georgia, Dec 10, 1803, and died at his home in Tallapoosa County, Ala., March 3, 1881. He was converted and joined the Methodist Church over fifty years ago, and was an active, hopeful Christian up to the time when he was stricken with paralysis in the spring of 1879. After that time he did not attend Church but a few times; the last time he was at Church was in May, 1879, at a quarterly-meeting held at Soule Chapel, where he had held his membership from its organization. In love-feast that day he attempted to speak, but was so happy he could not talk. He gradually declined, growing weaker every day; but during his long confinement he did not suffer, not did he complain of any thing; he was resigned and happy all the time. Four weeks before he died he went to sleep, and slept almost constantly up to the last hour. He did not talk any during this time, his tongue being paralyzed. Brother Patrick raised eleven children, two of whom preceded him to heaven. He leaves a widow and nine children, and many friends in sorrow. A good and true man has fallen, has gone to his reward. He walked uprightly, and worked the works of righteousness, and exerted a good influence while living. "He being dead yet speaketh.""
C.L. Dobbs.