JAMES O. PATTERSON. Among the prosperous farmers and public-spirited residents of Bird Township, we are pleased to mention the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this brief sketch. His worthy parents, Abraham and Melinda (Kirkland) Patterson, were early settlers in Jersey County, Ill., where they remained until the father was called by death. The mother afterward removed to Greene County, this State where she died. They had seven children, of whom our subject was the sixth. His birth took place, January 25, 1840, in Jersey County, Ill. He was early bereaved of his father, and when ten years old left his home and came to Macoupin County. Since that time he has made his residence here, and has been one of the reliable and respected citizens of the county. When he was a young man he at one time engaged in the threshing business, and from the time he was fourteen years old until he was twenty-two, he worked in a saw mill. Aside from this he has followed agricultural pursuits.
In 1864 Mr. Patterson bought the fine farm where he now lives. This consists of one hundred and eighty broad and productive acres. Upon this farm he erected as fine a set of farm buildings, as may be found in a ride of many miles. The residence is commodious and attractive, and the barns well adapted to farm work. He is a man of enterprise and forethought and always strives to keep his property in such a condition as will increase its value and promote not only his own prosperity but the comfort of his stock.
The marriage of our subject, November 14, 1861, was an event which opened the way to a life of great domestic happiness. His bride, Miss Elizabeth Doty, is a lady whose beautiful Christian character and sound judgment, make her not only highly respected but much beloved by all in the community. She was born in this county in March, 1839.
The eight children who have blessed this happy union are as follows: Liona E., Charles M., who has married a Miss Stewart; Robert B.; William E.; John F., who died when about eighteen years old; Minnie M., Marion Elbert and James M. Mr. Patterson is deeply interested in all matters of public interest, especially in educational affairs, and he always gladly promoted movements for the betterment of his fellow-citizens, especially in the line of education of the young. He has held the office of School Director for several years. His political views are expressed in the platform of the Democratic party and he is earnest and hearty in his advocacy of these. His good wife is a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and this family is respected and admired by their neighbors.