- Floyd, Middleton B. (Person)
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The Pate family paints a good picture of the “Cotton Region” in the years before the Civil War. Joseph Boling Pate was born in Harris County, Georgia in 1828. He was a cotton gin salesman and traveled from Georgia to Louisiana to Texas. Along the way, Pate wrote letters back home to his mother about what he saw. During his travels Joseph met Dolphin Floyd’s brother John in 1857 and sold him a cotton gin. The two families became united 25 years later when Dolphin and John’s brother Thomas Coleman Floyd married Joseph Pate’s daughter Martha Jane Pate.
Written by History graduate student Wil Carter, Summer 2019. Paraphrased from the collection and the Texas State Historical Association website.
- Guide to the Floyd-Pate Collection