William H. Patterson, an old farmer of Clark Township, was born August 14, 1827, in Clark County, and is a son of Thomas and Frances (Harris) Patterson. The former was born in Kentucky April 24, 1801. The mother died when our subject was quite small. At the age of six years he came with his parents and settled in Franklin Township, Ind. He remained there about six years, and removed from there and settled in Clark Township. He received a common school education. He began life for himself at the age of twenty-five years, and his occupation has always been that of a farmer. January 31, 1856, he was united in marriage to Sarah A. Guyton, a daughter of Henry D. and Sarah (Coons) Guyton. The former was born in Maryland, and was of English descent; the latter was of Scotch-German descent, and was born in Oldham County, Ky. To this union the following children were born, viz.: Cordelia E., April 30, 1857; Alonzo M., April 7, 1859; Susan F., November 16, 1861, Addie F., August 16, 1863; Amanda J., September 29, 1867; Carrie D., December 7, 1869. The mother of these children was born June 15, 1830, in Oldham County, Ky. He and wife are both members of the Presbyterian Church. In politics, he is a republican. His first presidential vote was cast for Clay. He now owns sixty acres of well-improved land.