Portrait found in Asheville of frontiersman Crockett’s widow sells at auction

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DAMASCUS, Va. – A portrait of folk hero frontiersman Davy Crockett’s widow, a WNC native, has been sold at auction for $10,500.

A-OK Auction Company said the portrait of Elizabeth Patton Crockett was sold Saturday at the auction in Damascus.

A-OK Auction owner Alan Shope said the oil painting was discovered at the old Patton house in Asheville.

The portrait, according to the auction house, “was discovered in the attic of the now razed Patton home by a direct descendant of the Pattons, the last heir to reside in the home before it was torn down.” The portrait hung in the library there since the early 1800s and was in the attic for several decades.

The painting, about 29 inches tall and 24 inches wide, depicts Patton Crockett in black mourning clothes. “This is possibly one of the most important and rare images to be offered for sale in recent history,” the auction house claimed.

Davy Crockett represented Tennessee in Congress and died at the Battle of the Alamo.

In 1815, he married Elizabeth Patton, a Swannanoa Valley native born in 1788, according to Citizen-Times archives. The second marriage for both, she was the daughter of Robert Patton, who owned a thousand acres along the Swannanoa River at the time. She was the mother of two of Crockett’s children and often remembered in history books as the stability in a family given to changing fortunes and continual moving, Citizen-Times columnist Geoffrey Cantrell wrote in 2002.

She died on Jan. 31, 1860, at the age of 72 and was buried in Texas.