A couple months ago I wrote about Julia Brownlow and explored who she was since the only indication of her existence was a letter addressed to Eliza Brownlow. Now I am exploring Marie Eubank Patrick, the second wife of William F. Patrick (2).
Anne Brownlow Patrick died in July 1893 at her mother’s home in Knoxville. A year later, Will married Marie Eubank. I have a copy of their marriage certificate. They were married in Teller County. Marie’s father, William T. Eubank, was an Expressman on a railway. An Expressman was in charge of the mail car and the safe on a train. He lived in Victor, which is in Teller County.
Very little is known about Marie. Family lore has described her as a “socialite,” interested in spending money and having a good time. In a letter to his nieces and nephew, L. L. describes Marie as “the opposite of Anne in every way.” In family lore Marie also stands accused of selling off the knives of Anne’s silver service because of the amount of silver in the knife handles. I think Marie had a very hard act to follow and that we will never really know who she actually was.
I know her father’s name because he sued William Brownlow Patrick (3) (known as Brownlow in the family) and William H. Eddy after Marie’s death in 1909. He claimed that Marie had not received everything she had been entitled to as the widow of Will.
I have been able to trace Mr. Eubank through Ancestry.com. While he appears in several census reports, Marie is never mentioned! In 1860, the year Marie is thought to have been born, Eubank is listed as a single 27 year old male still living at home.
By 1870, he was married and had a couple children. His wife died and in 1886 he married again. The 1900 census listed his second wife and their children.
Marie is never listed in any census. Eubank did have a daughter from his first marriage, Mamie, who was born in 1872. She would have been 22 in 1894. No one has mentioned that Marie was a young woman when she married Will, rather she is reported as being closer to Will’s age. So we will not assume her name was recorded as “Mamie” in the 1880 census.
Was Marie illegitimate and is that why she never appears in census records? That could be a reason why she was not liked by the Patrick family.
She is also mentioned in newspaper reports as visiting friends along with her “young son.” Brownlow would have been nine years old when his father married Marie. At the time of the newspaper articles he would have been 12-15 years old. Too old to be called “young,” especially when one article describes a 12 year old Brownlow as traveling on his own from Salt Lake City to Eureka, NV by train. The dates of the reports are also during the school year when Brownlow would have been living with his aunt Clara and going to school in Denver.
So another mystery. Did Will and Marie have a son? I have not found a birth nor death certificate for such a child. Family lore does not mention a son who died very young. Although, if Marie had been pregnant, that might explain why Will married so soon after Anne’s death, and yet another reason why the family didn’t like her.
Why do I keep saying that the Patricks did not like Marie? Because that is very clear in the family lore. Also, I have found that in the social columns of Goldfield’s newspaper, there are many times when Mrs. E. T. Patrick and Mrs. L.L. Patrick are mentioned, sometimes together at a social party, but Mrs. W. F. Patrick does not appear to have been invited to events given by her sisters-in-law or events they were invited to.
When Will died in 1905 in Rhyolite, it is clear that many of the notices in Nevada and Denver newspapers had been written by one of Will’s brothers and most left Marie out totally! There is one notice that seems to have been written by Marie or a friend of hers, but most newspapers carried a notice of Will’s death that mentioned his brothers, sisters, and Brownlow, but no widow.
Then there are the nasty articles in at least two newspapers in 1908 that mention that Marie had tried to commit suicide for the second time in a New York hotel room. I have found no mentioned of this failed suicide in New York papers, only in a Durango, CO (site of first attempt) newspaper and a Salt Lake City newspaper. The news could only have come from one of the Patrick brothers directly to the newspapers. The articles also mention that L.L. will be going to New York to “help” his sister-in-law. I think the specific newspapers were chosen to ruin Marie’s reputation in both places. Why, I don’t know. But the Patrick family certainly didn’t keep the news quiet.
There are also two interesting news articles from March 1905. The first announced a suit by W. F. and Marie Patrick against L. L. Patrick for $100,000. It also promised salacious details about L. L.’s business doings. A day later, Will is quoted as saying he knows nothing about such a suit and I have not found anything else about the lawsuit ever going forward.
So what happened? I think Marie and her lawyer threatened the lawsuit to get L. L. to repay a loan and that Will had nothing to do with it. If she really was the not-nice person as she has been portrayed in family lore, then this might be what happened.
Until I can find any other information on her, the real Marie is lost to time.