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Thomas J. Patterson


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 23 October 2005

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Harlan Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


THOMAS J. PATTERSON, farmer; P. O. Level. Among the solid, industrious and enterprising men of Warren Co., Mr. Patterson stands meritoriously high; he justly receives the name of self-made, which is the result of determined industry and self denying frugality; he was careful of expenditures, invested his earnings judiciously, and yet beginning at the foot of the ladder; he is now the owner of 600 acres, and is considered one of the leading farmers of the county. He was born in this county Feb. 13, 1846, receiving a liberal education in the graded schools of the county, and graduating in a commercial course at Pittsburgh, Penn., in the class of 1866. He was married Dec. 24, 1867, to Miss Harriett J. Ingle, a native of this county, and born Jan. 30, 1850. In all the vicissitudes of life his wife has ever lent a helping hand to him, and makes their home one of genuine hospitality. Any one who calls at this pleasant homestead receives a cordial welcome, void of cold formality or intentional neglect. These parents have a family of five children—Mollie (born Dec. 23, 1868, since deceased), Luella F. (born June 20, 1871), John J. (born Feb. 14, 1874), Iva B. (July 17, 1877) and Giffin (April 10, 1881). Mr. Patterson is a Democrat in politics, and has held the office of Township Trustee for four terms of one year each; he is President of the Blanchester Agricultural Society, and a director of the Warren Co. Board of Agriculture; he is an ardent Mason, being a member of Blanchester Lodge, No. 53. He is of a religious turn of mind, temperate in all things, and he and his worthy lady are members of the M. E. Church. He farms extensively, and has one of the most productive and well improved farms in the county; his crops are proportioned as follows : Meadow, 100 acres; corn, 70 acres; wheat, 60 acres; potatoes, 25 acres; clover, 60 acres; oats, 30 acres, and pasture 130 acres, thus leaving 125 acres of timber. He also deals extensively in fine stock, which consists of sheep, hogs, horses and cattle; he has a flock of forty pure bred merino sheep, which are fine specimens of their class, and which took first class premiums at the fairs last fall. He furnishes these celebrated sheep to parties on most reasonable terms; he is also a breeder of regstered [sic] Poland-China hogs, the finest in the country; these together with his short horn cattle give his farm a notoriety seldom surpassed. His father, Thomas Patterson, was a native of Pennsylvania, born March 11, 1806. He married Elizabeth Estel [sic-Ertel], a native of Ohio, and one day his junior. They settled in Hamilton Township, this county, in the year 1830. They were of German-Irish descent, and well and favorably known.

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Diana Felt email
22 Oct 2011

My grandmother was Geneva Patterson who married Horace Lachlan McLennan.
My great-grandparents were Charles Elmer Patterson, married to Della May Jackson.
Charles' parents were David Patterson, married to Elvira Kennedy Patterson. (David came from Warren County, Ohio to Benton County, Belle Plaine, Iowa in 1855)
All six of the above mentioned relatives are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Benton County, Belle Plaine, Iowa.
As I was trying to research David's parents, Thomas Patterson and Elizabeth Ertel Patterson, I was so pleased to come across the Ertel-Patterson Cemetery, Warren County, Ohio at
On this page, the name "Elizabeth (Ertel) Patterson" is listed.
When I click on "Page 1038 Thomas J. Patterson", I am taken to Thomas J. Patterson's biography page. (Thomas J. was my great-great-grandfather David Patterson's brother)
At the bottom of Thomas J. Patterson's biography, his mother's name is given as "Elizabeth Estel Patterson". I believe it should read "Ertel", not "Estel".

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