Martha Lucinda Pate was Murdoch Uriah Finlayson's wife. I know nothing about her. There is no story to tell about her but who you see in this photo and what can be found by looking at dates. I looked at the birth dates of their children and noticed when Murdoch had enlisted into the Confederate Army. She was left to raise five young children during her husband's absence. I can't imagine what it was like to be raising children during a war that was being fought on southern soil. There's something I have learned about warfare. When men march off to defend their country, their families sacrifice as well. Martha must've been a strong woman to have handled such hardships at home while her young husband was off fighting. She had her own daily battles to fight - keeping her family safe in perilous times. I know nothing about my great grandmother. Just by looking at her face and the dates I have - I know that she must've been an incredibly strong woman, a good wife, a good mother.
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