Patterson, William

Submitted by mercercounty on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 03:12

WILLIAM PATTERSON, post-office Hazzard, was born June 6, 1804. His parents were John and Mary (Euret) Patterson, natives of Ireland, who immigrated to America and located on a farm in what is now Jackson Township, this county, about 1796. He was a carpenter by trade, and worked at that in connection with farming, and built the second house erected in Mercer. Their family consisted of four children: Jane, Mrs. Andrew Todd, of Wolf Creek Township; William, our subject; Robert, and Mary Ann, Mrs. Thomas McElree, of Wolf Creek Township, deceased. He died, aged ninety-seven, about 1856, and his wife several years previous. Our subject is the only living one, and was reared in Jackson Township and attended the log school-house of that period. He married Miss Catherine McClure, daughter of Richard McClure, of Cool Spring Township. She died in 1850, leaving no children. His second wife was Elizabeth McDowell, daughter of John McDowell, of Wolf Creek Township. She died in 1861, leaving four children: John S., who lives on the homestead; Mary Jane, Mrs. James H. McCurdy, of Jackson Township; Sarah, who died in 1876; Martha Milissa, Mrs. Joseph A. Hovis, of Worth Township. His third wife was Elizabeth Jordan, of Fayette County, Penn., who is still living. In 1827 our subject located on his present farm, where he has since resided. He was captain in one of the early military companies. He has held the office of supervisor, etc., of the township. He and wife are members of Springfield United Presbyterian Church, and he has always, but once, voted the Democratic ticket. His eldest son, John S., was born on the homestead September 7, 1851, and received his education at the township schools, and learned the carpenter trade and also stationary engineering, but has principally been engaged in farming, owning his father’s homestead. In 1876 he married Miss Martha J., daughter of John McCurdy, of Wolf Creek Township, and has three children: Jennie; William J. and John Wesley. He votes the Prohibition ticket, and has been instrumental in erecting the Hazzard Union Church, of which he is one of the trustees. He and wife are members of Fairview Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is also a trustee of that church.

Since the foregoing was written William Patterson died, that event occurring June 28, 1888, and his widow died July 4, following.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1080

 
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