Edna Bowles-Patterson

I received this picture of my Aunt Edna Bowles-Patterson, born March 3, 1906, in Indian Territory. Edna was the first child of John and Lillie Bowles, their only child not born in Texas. Edna’s parents married July 18, 1903, their certificate was delivered to Mill Creek, Indian Territory with a 1 cent stamp. I have the original marriage license/certificate and the envelope stamped Ardmore, I.T. 4 pm, July 28, 1903.

My father told me John and Lillie homesteaded near Millcreek. Lillie received word that her father, Dan Brown, was sick. They headed to Texas; crossing the Red River in a wagon. Lillie, son Johnny Sanders (by a previous marriage), husband John and the baby Edna, camped just south of Fort Worth on the Trinity River. There Edna, only months old, became deathly sick. She miraculously recovered. They arrived in Travis County, Texas before the summer of 1907.

Edna was a survivor from an infant to being a teenage surrogate mother for four brothers. She was 2nd great granddaughter of Austin founder, Thomas W. Smith who was the first Travis County Treasurer and was scalped by Indians near Austin on July 6, 1841. Edna married Tom Patterson, also a descendent of early Austin pioneers; they had five children. She witnessed Austin’s dynamic growth over the years, living to be 97 years old. Thanks to the Patterson family for sharing Aunt Edna’s picture.


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