From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois
1892", page 138-139; a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill.,
1971; is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Jonathan Patteson was born in State of Virginia, June 1, 1797.
His father was Charles Patteson, also a native of Virginia, who removed to
Green county, Kentucky about the year 1800, and was thus one of the pioneers
of that locality. He bought a tract of timber land, and erected thereon
a log cabin, in which were domiciled the family. They were in a wilderness
and were compelled to live off the products of their little place and the
game that was found in abundance in the woods. Mr. Patteson was an
owner of slaves, and they cultivated flax and cotton, and used to card, spin
and weave all the cloth for the entire family. They were compelled
to be self-supporting, and knew little of the outside world because railroads
were unheard of, newspapers rarely seen, and even steamboats had but just
been heard of. He continued to reside in Green county until his death.
His wife, and the mother of our subject, was Regina DeGraphenreidt, a native
of North Carolina, who died when our subject was but four years of age.
Our subject, Jonathan Patteson, is the only survivor of a family of
six children. He was reared on the farm in Kentucky and was there married.
At quite an early age he went to live with a merchant in Columbia, Adair
county, and there he remained, clerking in a store, until he married.
He then went to that part of Adair county now included in Russell county,
and took charge of a paper mill. Soon after his location there, Russell
county was organized, and the first court was hold in his house. He
lived there until 1837, at which time he came to Illinois. While in
Kentucky he lived on a small stream, six miles from the Cumberland river.
This little stream was known as Greasy Creek. he built a flat boat, and himself
and family, accompanied by Thomas J. Garrett, floating down to the Cumberland
river and there took a steamer and continued on down the Ohio, thence down
to the Mississippi, thence up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, stopping
at Eric (now Frederick), Schuyler County. This county was then an utter
wilderness, filled with wild animals and with a few scattering pioneers,
almost as wild as the animals. He bought a tract of 160 acres, two
miles east of town, covered with heavy timber, upon which two logs cabins
had been erected and a few acres cleared by the former owner. He paid
$2,000 for the entire tract, which was then considered a very high price.
Here he lived and labored until 1871, when he came to Rushville and has since
lived there retired from active business. He is the oldest man now
living in Schuyler county. Generally his health has been good, but
of late years he has suffered with rheumatism, though his mind and memory
are yet well preserved. During his long life he has witnessed the introduction
of railroads and steamboats, telegraph lines, and when he came to Illinois,
as he passed through Louisville, he traded for two stoves, the first ever
brought to Schuyler county. They were rough, primitive affairs, which
would now sell for about three dollars, but for which he paid the sum of
seventy dollars. In 1822 he married to Miss Matilda Caldwell, a native
of Columbia, Kentucky, and a daughter of William and Eliza (Pyles) Caldwell.
To himself and wife have been born seven children: Eliza M., Charles R.,
William C., Harriet J., Laura, Matilda and Louisa Caroline. Of these
children all are living except the daughter, Laura, who died in 1872.
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