ROBERT H. PATTERSON, a worthy citizen and thorough farmer of Ross township, Jefferson county, was born within a mile of his present residence, August 23, 1829. He is the son of William Patterson, who was born about 1790 near Belfast, Ireland, and came to America when ten years old, settling first at Pittsburgh and coming to Ross township in April, 1820. He died September 11, 1850. By his marriage, September 23, 1819 to Mary Armstrong, who was born at Wilmington, Dela., March 1804, he had fourteen children as follows: Dorothy, died November 13, 1861; Elizabeth, died October 10, 1866; Matthew, died June 12, 1876; Martha, died October 24, 1882; Andrew J., died March 7, 1837 and Mrs. Jane Moore, born January 13, 1825; John, born July 6, 1827; Robert; Thomas, born August 31, 1836; James, born November 29, 1838; Josephine, born February 4, 1841; William, born June 11, 1843; Samuel M., born October 19, 1845 and Nelson, born May 2, 1848. Mr. Patterson received his education in the common schools in his childhood and youth, and from an early age was occupied upon the farm. He has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits, and has been successful in his undertakings. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and in politics is a democrat.
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