Joseph Samuel Pate, Sr. was born about 1815 probably in either North Carolina or Georgia. On June 7, 1838 in Twiggs County, Georgia, he married his first wife Mary Amelia Murrow Pate Downs (buried at Liberty Chapel Cemetery in Bryan County, Georgia). They had two children: Edna Josephine Pate Downs and William James Pate. When the couple separated, and Joseph went on to remarry and leave the state, children in the family were told the lie that while delivering the mail between Savannah and Louisville, Georgia Joseph and his horse disappeared in Shivers Swamp, never to be seen again. For a time his children lived with their maternal grandparents, John William Murrow and Mary Amelia Louisa Badger Murrow.
In fact on August 17, 1846 in Early County, Georgia, Joseph married Mary Jane Carraway (buried somewhere in Texas), and they had seven children: Martha A. ("Mary Ellen") Pate Derrick and William Jackson Pate, both born in Georgia; Charles Thomas Pate, born in Mississippi; and Rebecca Martha Pate Bass, Joseph Samuel Pate, Jr., James Benton Pate, and Nancy A. Pate Goen, all born in Texas.
Joseph Samuel Pate, Sr. died at about age 53 in 1868 in Tyler County, Texas and is probably buried in an unmarked grave in either Campground Cemetery or Magnolia Cemetery in Tyler County, Texas. His ancestry probably goes back to Scotland. I hope one of his descendents will add his photo to this site.
Thanks so much to all the Pate family genealogists for much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please contact me with any information I should add. You can also go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
Mary Amelia Murrow Pate Downs (1823 - 1875)
Mary Jane Carraway Pate (1820 - ____)*
Edna Josephine Pate Downs (1840 - 1913)*
William Jackson Pate (1849 - 1926)*
Charles Thomas Pate (1850 - 1932)*
Joseph Samuel Pate (1859 - 1926)*
James Benton Pate (1860 - 1921)*
Nancy A. Pate Goen (1863 - 1952)*
Plot: unmarked grave
Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Record added: Jul 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54756722