Sunday, November 14, 2010

Edward McGregor Patterson and Sarah Thompson

Ida May Patterson
Edward McGregor-Sarah Thompson (great great grandparents)

Taken from a Blog:
Edward McGregor Patterson in Church History Museum
I forgot to mention that when we went to the Church History Museum, I found something that belonged to our ancestor, Edward McGregor Patterson. He is the grandfather of Irene Patterson Painter, my grandmother. It is a tall desk made and donated by Edward to the United Order of Paris, Idaho. The information plaque showed a picture of Edward and said that the united order in Paris lasted quite a bit longer than in other places. Remember when we went and looked at the Paris tabernacle during our family reunion? This same Edward helped work on that tabernacle. I wish I had thought to take a picture of the desk. I'll have to go back, Sharon

I can't find any other information on the internet for him...however, Grandma Houston (Dorothy May Ward) gave us all a book that has a lot of stories about the family in Bloomington. Maybe I will type some of those stories and post them to the web.


Edward McGregor Patterson
(this was translated from a Spanish website on Polygamy)
The next example, however, was not typical of the families in this study. In most cases, husbands and wives worked together and discussed the differences. McGregor Edward Patterson also married sisters, but their wives had a better experience. Edward was born in England in 1841. He moved to Utah, where he met Mary Thompson, a Danish immigrant who was born in 1853. They married in 1868. The family moved to Bloomington, Idaho, a small community in Bear Lake that crosses the Utah-Idaho border. In 1882, he married Mary's sister, Sarah, born in Bloomington six months after her older sister got married.
Edward was called to serve a mission to prevent the bailiffs. While he was gone, the wives worked together on a loom, and rag rugs sold to the people of Bear Lake Valley. Although Edward was there, wives worked together. They washed their clothes together, Sarah made clothes for girls, while Mary made clothes for children. Mary once remarked, "We take care of the business fabric. When I say we, I mean my sister Sarah and family. We are all one family. "
Sarah had a baby, Venna, 14 July 1906, Sarah died a month later.Edward died in 1909 but Mary lived until 1947. Mary took care of the children of Sarah and raised. The only mothers were Venna met Mary and her half-sisters.

Excerpt from a book about Mother/Daughter and Sisters being married to same man:
Mary and Sarah Thompson Patterson, full sisters, also cooperated andpassed on this feeling to their children. Sarah's oldest daughter and namesake commented, "I've wondered sometimes how they arranged their affairs so that everything just went off so smoothly. There was no arguing. They did all the weaving and were paid for it, but they never argued about . . . how much the other should have." She further explained that the children loved both of the mothers, "The only difference was the mothers did the personal things for their own children and other than that the children would go to either mother forthings that they wanted" (Hart and Ward, 5, 2 - 3 ). Zina, another of Sarah's daughters, said, " It didn't matter who the mother was. We were all brothers and sisters. We all shared the same hopes and dreams and liked the same things" (Dunford 1980, 14-15).
The ultimate test of the relationship between mothers and their sister-wives' children came when one of the wives died. If they had been close, the other wife would become a mother to the orphaned children. Such was the case in the Edward Patterson family where the second wife Sarah died one month after giving birth to her daughter, Venna. Zina, who was nine years old when her mother died, recalled that the first wife Mary "just felt terrible and lost. They [Sarah and Mary] would discuss things together and work together." But despite her grief, Mary became a mother to Sarah's daughters. Venna, who never knew her own mother, always called Mary "M am a ." The othergirls still called her Auntie but accepted her as a mother. Three years later when their father died, Zina explained, "Auntie carried on courageously without him and life went on the same as always . . . . She just took over and treated us like we were her own children. I don't know that there was any difference . . . . I'm sure it was easier for us to grow up normally because of her" (Dunford 1980, pp. 15, 12, 8 - 9 ).
Dunford, Zina Patterson. Oral History. Interviewed by Jessie Embry. 1980


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