Sallie Moore Ketchum Patterson




June 29, 1930 page 14d





The photo above is that of Mrs. Sallie Patterson, 91, and was taken a few months ago, after the celebration of her 91st birthday, which was November 23, 1929. 


Mrs. Patterson has spent many years on the frontier of Texas, and today is remaining active.  She often cooks dinner for the family, feeds the chickens, and does many other chores about the place.


In relating her life story to the writer, she said.  “I was born in Lownds County, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 1838.  My father was Daniel Boone More, and my mother’s maiden name was Emily Linescum.  I came to Long Point, Washington County, Texas with my parents in 1851, where we lived for one year, and then came to St. Marks River near Lockhart, where we lived for six years.  There my father entered the ranching business.  In 1855, we moved to Hondo, Medina County, where we lived in a camp.  Most, then, lived in tents and picket houses.  Here, we all enjoyed life and had a good time for awhile.


In 1857 I met P. R. Ketchum, who came from Illinois.  He and I became “Sweethearts”.  We were married December 31, 1857.  We moved to point between Seguin and Prairie Lee, where we lived for a year, after which we moved near Luling, and stayed there until our first child was born.  We named him Chester Van Buren.


When the war broke out in 1861, the Indians began to make raids.  The first people I remember to be killed by the Indians were some sheep herders.  The Indians began to make raids. The Indians killed Henry and Cude Adams, brothers, who lived at Elm Slough, Medina County.  They scalped Cude, but Henry was not scalped; however, he was shot several times with arrows.


One day, my husband, Mr. Ketchum, left the camp, without a weapon of any kind, and the Indians ran him into a thicket and shot him five times with arrows; not being satisfied, they ran a lance through his body, scalped him, and stuck him in the head with a tomahawk.  After which they cut off his nose, skinned off his whiskers, stripped him of all his clothes, and then left him lying in the woods.  Two men and a boy brought him home.  He was the most horrible sight I have ever seen.


My first child Tobby (Chester Van Buren) at the age of five was bitten on the main artery of the right leg by a rattlesnake, while we were spending the day at a neighbor’s.  I sucked out the poison, as the nearest doctor lived 15 miles away.  The child died before daylight the next day.


I was married the second time to D. J. Patterson in 1872. We lived for two years near Castroville on the Chicon River.  At this time the Indians were still making raids.  Later we moved to the Big Foot territory in Frio County.  Later we moved to Pearsall.  Mr. Patterson died in July 1918.


Besides my own children, I have reared 19 other children.


To my first marriage were born three children, of whom one is now living, R. M. Ketchum, 100 West Edmund Street, San Antonio, Texas.


Six children were born to my second marriage. Those living are W. B. Patterson, Tuxelpec, Mexico, Mrs. Cassie Sing 237 West 100 Street, New York City; Miss Julia Patterson, Pearsall, Texas; Mrs. Mamie Craig DeLano, Tilden, Texas.


Among other children I have reared are: 

Franklin A. Meeks, Big Foot, Texas

W. B. Sing, Pearsall, Texas

Miss Ebro Patterson, born in Barcelona Spain, but now living with Mrs. Patterson at Pearsall,

 Miss Cassie Harr, now Mrs. B. Tilley living in Oklahoma,

Charles and Napoleon Harr of San Antonio, Texas





 Sallie and her son Bill Patterson  

photo courtesy of Carmen Tilley Pierce Ream





Note:  Re-typed by Laura Sponseller Wiggs November 25, 2001. 

Valentine Harris Tilley was son of Gipson Erasmus Tilley and Mary Zelda Moore.

“Zeldie” was daughter of Daniel Boone Moore and Emily Lincecum and the sister of Sallie Moore Ketchum Patterson.


Renee's Note: I do not have the photo that was in the article.




This page is part of Renee's Family Genealogy

This page was created on December 11, 2001