D. B. Patterson, of Franklin, Ind., was born in Needham Township, Johnson Co., Ind., September 3, 1835, and is the son of Thomas and Frances (Harris) Patterson. Thomas Patterson was born in Fayette County, Ky., April 24, 1801, and is the son of Robert and James (Henderson) Patterson. Thomas came with his parents to Clark County, Ind., in 1811, and later came to Johnson County, and now resides on his farm in Needham Township. The mother of our subject was born at North Middleton, Bourbon Co., Ky., and died in 1835. To that union seven children were born, five of whom survive. In August, 1838, the father married Nancy Hardesty, by whom he had six children, four of whom survive. Our subject was reared on the farm, and attended the district schools. He has followed farming as a vocation all his life, and removed to Franklin in March, 1885, but continues his farming. January 14, 1862, he was married to Eliza A. Beatty, who was born in Fayette County, Ky., September 30, 1830, and is the daughter of John and Sarah (Patterson) Beatty. Both Mr. and Mrs. Patterson are members of New Pisgah Presbyterian Church.