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Clarissa Elsie Patterson

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Transcription contributed by Martie Callihan 23 December 2004

Sources:
The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Turtlecreek Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)
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Union Village and the Shakers of Warren County, Ohio

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CLARISSA PATTERSON, Shaker Elderess,, was born in Butler Co., Ohio, March 12,1801; her parents, Joseph and Mary (Vankirk) Patterson, were natives of New Jersey, the former of Irish and the latter of Holland Dutch descent. They came to Ohio previous to 1795, and, in 1805, entered the Sha-

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ker Society. They had the following children: Sallie, born Oct. 22, 1794; Clarissa, Elsie, born in 1803, and John, born March 8, 1805; of these, our subject is the only survivor. She received her education in Turtle Creek Township, and, since 1840, has acted as Elderess in the Shaker Church; she has also for several years been in charge of the household affairs of the Center Family. Her parents are both dead, her father dying in 1818 and her mother in 1851.

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