|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1791|
St. Clair County
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 1878|
St. Louis County
Assenath Piggott Patterson was the wife of William Patterson, the eldest son of John Patterson Sr. and Keziah Horneday. She and William married August 10, 1808. She was the daughter of Captain James Piggott, a Revolutionary War veteran, and Frances James Ballew, his second wife as he was her second husband. Both the Pattersons and the Piggotts were pre-Louisiana Purchase pioneer settlers in the St. Louis area. James Piggott, originally from Pennsylvania, operated one of the first ferry services from St. Louis to the Illinois shore of the Mississippi. Assenath was born at Piggott's Fort near Cahokia.
William and Assenath had a total of 15 children, 9 of whom lived beyond infancy.
ASSENATH AND HER MOTHER
Sena, when she bore you
Frances was forty, old for frontier folk,
Honed by weather and by work
To craggy angles, leather skin.
Mother of ten, to three men wife,
She was anything but frail
(And would live to eighty-two).
But she had been a lady once,
Banished from a gentle world
For marrying a handsome wretch
Who ran off and abandoned her
Thrown upon the mercy
Of Mississippi River French,
She and her children lived from door to door,
Barn to barn,
Until the Captain took her in,
Seeing perhaps a mother
For his own orphans at the fort.
I think he truly loved her, by and by;
Certain it is they lived together,
Bearing another four without a priest;
Certain it is he raised them all the same.
They wed before your birth,
Giving you a shame-free home.
I wonder what you thought
About your mother,
About the stories neighbors told
When they believed you couldn't hear.
From what I've read about her
I think Frances set your mind at rest,
Letting you know she built her life on love,
Foolish at first, defiant then,
But finally serene,
And always true.
©2011 John I. Blair
James Piggott (1735 - 1799)
Frances James Ballew Piggott Collard (1752 - 1834)
William Patterson (1782 - 1860)*
Joseph Patterson (1809 - 1872)*
Lydia Rogers Patterson Veale (1822 - 1910)*
Died November 13, 1878, at 87 years 9 months
St. Louis County
Maintained by: John Ival Blair
Originally Created by: Susan Ing
Record added: Mar 08, 2009
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