James M. Patterson

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 559-560, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  James M. Patterson, one of the successful farmers of Cooperstown, residing on section 21, was born in this county, June, 1849. His father was Joseph Patterson, a native of Highland county, Ohio, who lost his father when very young and was reared by an uncle, learning the wool-carding business. He came to Brown county, when young, in company with the family of James B. Russell, making the journey by team, in 1830. The gentleman with whom he came brought his family of seven. Mr. Patterson married one of the daughters of Mr. Russell, Phoebe, whose mother had been a Miss Sarah Lincoln, a native of Pennsylvania. Her husband, however, hailed from the State of Vermont. They were married in Fulton county, between 1843 and 1845, and Mr. Patterson pursued his trade at the Cardic mills, near Versailles, and then in Versailles. Their next place of settlement was in Elkhorn township, and later they moved to this county, where he worked in a flouring mill. He also cleared a fine farm of heavy timber.
  The gentleman whose name appears at the heading of this sketch was reared to farm life, and was offered plenty of opportunity for improvement, but like many boys of that age he did not appreciate nor take advantage of his opportunities. When twenty-one he began working by the day and month.
  Mr. Patterson was married January 16, 1879, to Miss Sarah Howell, born May, 1856, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Bearel) Howell, natives of Indiana and North Carolina respectively. Mr. Howell came to Illinois when he was eleven or twelve years old, in 1832, and was there married, twelve years later. They bought eighty acres of land, built a log house, where they spent the first year of their married life, and then moved to a much better piece of land on which they built a permanent house, and lived there for twenty-one years, when they moved one half a mile away. Mrs. Howell died November, 1878, aged fifty-three years and fourteen weeks; on February 14, the husband followed the partner of his joys and sorrows, dying at the age of fifty-seven. They had ten children, but lost all but three, they all dying at the farm, some in infancy and others later. These good people had been extremely poor when they were married, but when they died they had 100 acres of fine land and a property worth about $30,000. They were good, worthy people who richly deserved their good fortune.
  Mr. and Mrs. Patterson began their married life on the old homestead, where they remained for one and one half years, then, in 1881 bought their present farm of 160 acres, paying $8,000 for it. On this farm was the present fine frame farm house, built by the former owner, J. Stiles. They built their large ornamental barn in 1885. It is a fine structure, 40x60 feet, with eighteen foot posts and a shed 12x60, and they can house sixteen horses.
  These good people have buried one infant son and still have two living: Otho T. and Lee R., the former twelve years old, the latter nine. They are intelligent little lads, who are fond of their books.
  Mr. Patterson is pursuing general farming, growing corn, wheat and hay, of which he has just cut a fine crop, filling both barns. He engages in stock raising, having some forty to sixty head of cattle, hogs, and now feeds sixteen head of horses, three of whom he has raised.
  Mr. Patterson is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and adheres strictly to the principles of the Democratic party. Mrs. Patterson is a devout member of the Christian Church, and she and her husband are worthy members of the society of Cooperstown.

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