|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1752|
|Death: ||Feb. 4, 1832|
JOSEPH PATTERSON, son of ROBERT PATTERSON, was born March 20, 1752, and about 1773 came to the American colonies, settling in Saratoga county, N. Y. Later he removed to Germantown, Pa., where he became a teacher in the schools. He was present at the first reading of the Declaration of Independence, at the door of the State House, and thereupon dismissed his school and enlisted as a private in the Continental army, serving in 1776-77. Afterward he migrated to York county, where he continued his work as a teacher, and also engaged in farming. In 1785, under the guidance of REV. JOSEPH SMITH, he began to study for the ministry, and on Aug. 12, 1788 was licensed to preach. On Nov. 10, 1789 he was ordained and installed pastor of the Raccoon and Montour Run churches, in Allegheny county. In 1816 ill health forced him to resign and he removed to Pittsburgh, where he continued to preach, also distributing Bible and tracts. When GENERAL LAFAYETTE, after an absence of forty years, visited the United States, he recognized MR. PATTERSON, who was five years older than himself, as a companion in arms during the War for Independence. MR. PATTERSON married (first) in Ireland, JANE MOAK, a native of that country, and (second) REBECCA LEACH, who was born in Pittsburgh. On Feb. 4, 1832, he closed his long, useful and eventful life, having served his adopted country as educator, soldier and minister of the gospel.
Inscription on stone: Soldier of the Revolutionary War and the first Presbyterian Minister ordained west of the Allegheny Mountains in 1789. His last sermon, delivered a few weeks before his death was from the text: "The path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day", and he himself was a bright reflection of the truth of the text.
Rebecca Leech Patterson (1767 - 1860)
Created by: Jean Doherty
Record added: Mar 29, 2013
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