Kitty Shelton Patterson (1840-1914) Lynchburg Midwife

According to her great-grandson James Riley Heck III, Kitty Shelton Patterson combined “superior intelligence” with a “profound belief and faith in God—that He would work through her to help deliver healthy babies and preserve the life of the mother.” She earned such a good living from her services that when she died, she was able to leave “a piece of money” to each of her living children.

Donated by Joyce Price and Gaynelle Pullen

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