James A Patterson


JAMES A. PATTERSON has passed all his life on the farm in Cowanshannock township, which he now owns and cultivates, having been born there Oct. 6, 1850, son of James and Nancy (McFeeters) Patterson. Both the parents were natives of County Donegal, Ireland.

John Patterson, grandfather of James A. Patterson, came to the United States with his family about 1835, stopping in Philadelphia for about two years before he settled in Cowanshannock township, Armstrong county, where he and his son James bought the farm now owned and occupied by James A. Patterson. Soon thereafter James Patterson purchased his father�s interest in the property, and the latter bought sixty-seven acres adjoining. Both men cleared and improved their land, and John Patterson died on his property. He was the father of the following by his first wife: James, John, Alexander and Robert. Marrying again after her death, he had six children: Daniel, Mary, Margaret, William, Thomas and Joseph.

James Patterson, son of John Patterson and father of James A. Patterson, devoted himself to the clearing of his land after taking possession of it, and died there at the age of eighty-seven years. His children were: Susan, who married Archibald O�Hara; Andrew; John, and James A.

James A. Patterson, son of James Patterson, was reared on the old homestead, where he has always lived. In 1875 he married Melissa Schrecengost, daughter of Emanuel and Mary (Hartman) Schrecengost, of Cowanshannock township, and of the children born of this marriage five are living: Bertha, who married Albert Stewart; John; Nannie, who married Howard Boyer; Claire, and Jane.

Mr. Patterson is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Rural Valley. He is a Democrat politically, and has been a member of the board of supervisors for several terms, being a capable and efficient official.

Source: Page 919, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Jeffrey Bish for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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