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James Nelson Patterson
Birth: Apr. 19, 1841
Moultrie County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jun. 9, 1919
Tulare County
California, USA

JAMES NELSON PATTERSON married 1st Jan 1859 MARY ELIZABETH JONES b 3 Mar 1840 in MO; d 9 Jan 1887 Grangeville, CA. daughter of Martin Mitchell Jones and Elizabeth Wallace; married 2nd to MARTHA ANN JONES (THAYER), sister of Mary Elizabeth, b on 6 Jan 1854 in Davis Co., d 2 Feb 1931. Martha was m 1st on 23 Dec 1873 to George Coffee Thayer b 9 Nov 1852, d 2 Feb 1887

From "The Family of James Patterson, 1758-1838 Revolutionary War Veteran" by Don Haulman page 37:

James traveled to CA in 1864 by wagon train. He was a county supervisor in 1868, a farmer in Antelope, CA in 1870 and kept a saloon in Tehama in 1872. In 1877, he moved to Tulare County, buying a settler's claim to 80 acres of land, which he graded and improved, sowing it to alfalfa and setting out a fine orchard and vineyard. The railroad company laid claim to the land in that vicinity, endeavoring to take it away from the farmers, all of whom had settled on it in good faith, and did not propose to give it up without a brave struggle for their rights. James tried to buy his ranch, but the company refused to sell excepting at exorbitant prices, and then to but a few of the ranchers, alleging as an excuse that they needed the land for other purposes.


James was one of the foremost in fighting the railroad company, being one of the organizers of the Settlers League, formed for protection and to try to buy the land or raise money to fight for a title to it. A suit of ejectment was brought by the railroad company, and in the ensuing contest between the railway company and the settlers, Patterson, Doyle, Purcell, Pryor and Braden were convicted, and for eight months were confined in the San Jose jail, where, having the sympathy of the jailer and of the citizens, who recognized the injustice of the incarceration, they had as much freedom, after the first day, as when at home. Subsequently, James and Major McQuiddy made speeches all over the state, holding mass meetings, and so arousing the active sympathy of the public that the railroad officials were forced to yield, eventually selling to the settlers for $32.50 per acre. James was obliged to mortgage his property and finally to sell off a part in order to pay for the remainder. James was a Tulare County Supervisor and helped build the ditch and canal system of the Alta Irrigation District. He was instrumental in founding the Dinuba Christian Church. He was not a believer in sectarianism, placing his faith in the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. Politically he is a reformer, independent of party restrictions.
Family links: 
  Joshua Patterson (1811 - 1885)
  Gracy Ann Cates Burdg (1814 - 1907)
  Martha Ann Jones Patterson (1854 - 1931)*
  Mary Elizabeth Jones Patterson (1840 - 1887)*
  Eliza Jane Patterson Richardson (1833 - 1895)*
  Sarah Ann Patterson Lowrey (1835 - 1909)*
  Racheal Delaney Patterson Bashore (1838 - 1924)*
  James Nelson Patterson (1841 - 1919)
  Catharine Francis Patterson Glass (1843 - 1877)*
  William Henry Patterson (1845 - 1868)*
  Nancy E. Patterson (1850 - 1868)*
  Joshua Lewis Patterson (1855 - 1904)*
  Thomas Jefferson Patterson (1856 - 1903)*
*Calculated relationship
Smith Mountain Cemetery
Tulare County
California, USA
Plot: Block 128
Created by: Edward Wenzell
Record added: Feb 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84507082
James Nelson Patterson
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James Nelson Patterson
Added by: Edward Wenzell
James Nelson Patterson
Added by: Edward Wenzell
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