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Patrick Cemetery
Submitted by Cannon Pritchard

    Isham T. Patrick and his family came to Polk County from Copiah County, Miss. in
April 1838 and settled near the mouth of Kickapoo Creek at the Trinity River. Patrick
had been a merchant and farmer but in 1844 he was operating a ferry on the Trinity
River called "Patrick's Ferry". After Polk County and Moscow, Texas were created
in 1846, Patrick apparently moved his family to farming land several miles north of
Moscow. However, his family continued to operate the ferry until it lost its importance
in the 1870's with the coming of the railroads. With all of the river traffic and trade,
Mr. Patrick became a very wealth man and owned a lot of land especially on the west
side of the Trinity River near Camilla in San Jacinto County.

    In March, 1859 a deed was filed on land creating Patrick Cemetery a few miles north
of Moscow. In 1976 the Polk County Historical Survey Committee visited the cemetery
area and found the graves were unmarked, but were once covered with bricks made by
slaves who also erected a brick fence around the cemetery. It appeared there were only a
few graves there. Today, this area is in dense woods owned by a paper company.

In reviewing information found in courthouse records I feel the following Patrick family
members were probably buried there:

Patrick, Isham Tyler,  born:  1811 S.C.  died:  Sept. 18, 1858,
        son of Nathaniel & Elizabeth Clark Fitzpatrick.
Patrick, Jane J.,  born: 1814  S.C.  died: ca. 1860,
        wife of I. T. Patrick. Married in 1834 in S.C.
Patrick, Melissa,  born: 1835 Miss.  died:  prior to 1860,
        daughter of  I.T. & J.J. Patrick
Patrick, David,  born:  1850  died:  prior to 1860,
        son of I.T. & J.J.Patrick

    All of the other Patrick children moved after the Civil War to San Jacinto County where
they continued the ferry service and are buried in the Oakwood Methodist Cemetery in that
county. They were Ann Eliza Patrick who married David L. Jagers; James Nathan Patrick
who married Josephine McClanahan and Virginia E. McClanahan; John N. Patrick who
married Amanda C. Manry; Ed. M. Patrick who married Eva Whitfield and Isham T.
Patrick, Jr. who married Amelia H. Jones.
 



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