Patiance <I>Marvel</I> Montgomery

Patiance Marvel Montgomery

Death 1882 (aged 85–86)
Burial Owensville, Gibson County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 38057132 · View Source
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The following is provided by G. Montgomery: Here is a life narrative for Patience, handed down over the generations:

" Patience was an infant when her parents moved from Delaware to Georgia. Being the oldest daughter, Patience was automatically 'Mother's Helper'. Even though she was only 13 years old when the Prettyman Marvel family immigrated to Indiana Territory, her responsibilities were great. In all pioneer cabins, and the Marvel home was no exception, the fireplace was built along one end of the cabin. This was the heart of the household. The Marvel house was friendly and hospitable and often the gathering place for friends and relatives.

A frequent visitor was Robert Montgomery. Robert was a dedicated Presbyterian and had attended the same church in Greensboro, Georgia that the James Knowles family had attended. He came to Indiana Territory sometime earlier than the Marvels and Knowles families and was living with a Mr. Moore, on the Patoka River. When he heard that the Marvel and Knowles families had come to the Territory he moved closer to their cabins, to be near friends.

Patience Marvel spoke with a lisp, which was fetching to Robert Montgomery. He watched her going about her many tasks, as the 'oldest daughter'. Her duties included such tasts as spinning, weaving, cooking, tending the kettles that swung from the cranes over the fires. When she would be heaping coals around the dutch oven on the hearth, her cheeks would flush and her eyes would glow from the heat of the fire. Evidently she kindled a fire in the heart of Robert 'Robin' also, because he decided she had to be his helpmate and companion. The story of Robert's proposal to Patience is an often repeated story. It is told like this; "One morning he followed the girls, Patience and Comfort, to the milking pen. There he seated himself upon a stump and made himself useful by holding a calf by the ears while Patience milked. As he sat there, he concluded to have this important matter settled, for he suddenly said, 'Patia, will you milk my cows?' Now Patience, like all girls, would have liked more romance in a proposal, and she replied curtly, 'No, Yobin I won't milk your cows!' There was silence for along time, and Patience thought the matter finished. She considered Robin's good qualities and her heart softened. She said, 'Say that again, Yobin.' He asked, 'Say what?' She answered, 'Say what you said before.' Robin repeated the question and this time Patience answered 'Yes, Yobin, I'll milk your cows.' "

Patience was the first of Prettyman and Lavina's nine children to leave the family home. When the Methodist circuit riding preacher came around they were married. Theirs was the first marriage in the Black River Basin of the Indiana Territory. Years later when Patience applied for a military pension, on Robert's service in the War of 1812, she was unable to prove eligibility. Finally, Nathan Knowles, the only living witness to the marriage testified to the marriage. Robert and Patience made their home in Smith Township, Posey county, Indiana. Robert died on 15 April 1846. He was buried, in the family cemetery, on the farm of his son James, near Cynthiana, Indiana. Patience then made her home with the youngest son, Thomas, in Gibson county, Indiana. She died in 1883 and was buried at Antioch, Indiana. "

* On the gravestone for Patience, her name is spelled "Patiance". This error in spelling is attributed to the stone carver or whoever instructed him. Patience is a very common name in the Marvel, Montgomery, Prettyman and other families, and it is always spelled Patience, except for this one instance.

William Montgomery #86242481
Prettyman Marvel Montgomery #19801704
John M. Montgomery #57939629
Elizabeth Montgomery Davis (1820 - 1842)
Nancy Hanks Montgomery Bonine #9414411
Samuel Montgomery #18560820
James Montgomery (1827 - 1907)
Lavina Montgomery (1829 - 1890)
Robert Montgomery Jr. #104839280
George Montgomery #35621800
Thomas Montgomery #105981745

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  • Maintained by: Bryan S.
  • Originally Created by: Randy Fuhrman
  • Added: 7 Jun 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 38057132
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Patiance Marvel Montgomery (1796–1882), Find a Grave Memorial no. 38057132, citing Antioch Cemetery, Owensville, Gibson County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Bryan S. (contributor 47627353) .