Mary Kate <I>Patterson</I> Kyle

Mary Kate Patterson Kyle

Birth
Warren County, Kentucky, USA
Death 6 Jul 1931 (aged 86–87)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 17420682 · View Source
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Mary Kate Patterson was one of Coleman's Scouts, the company made famous by Sam Davis. The Patterson home served as an underground quarters for Confederate Scouts.

Mary Kate was a bold and daring smuggler for the Confederate cause, riding through the Union lines to carry medicine, supplies and information many times. If she could not use her buggy with the false bottom, she would tie the supplies around her waist under her skirts and ride on horseback. Mary Kate used her charm and beauty to obtain information from Union soldiers and maintain good relations with the Federal officer in charge.

Her first husband was John Davis, brother of Sam, killed February 27, 1867 in an explosion of a steamboat on the Mississippi River. Her second husband, an unknown Hill, died not long after they married. She married and survived her third husband, Col Robert G Kyle of Texas (abt 1820-1913, burial unknown), who was a CSA vet. She never had any children.

Mary Kate remained devoted to the Confederacy until her death. She never missed a meeting of the UDC except when ill. To the end of her life she visited veterans in rest homes, and contributed to their upkeep, to the extent that her own financial situation became difficult. In 1929, she applied for a pension.


Mary Kate died in the home of her niece. Her grave marker sets her birthdate in 1838; the historical materials say 1844. She was the first woman to be buried in Confederate Circle at Mount Olivet.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Kate Patterson Kyle (1844–6 Jul 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17420682, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Anna (contributor 47329432) .