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 James J Patterson

James J Patterson

Birth
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Jun 1897 (aged 72)
West Newton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial West Newton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
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JAMES J. PATTERSON, ex-postmaster of West Newton, and one of the most trusted citizens and highly respected business men of that place, was born in Rostraver township, Westmoreland county, Pa, July 19, 1824, and is a son of John R. and Mary (Orr) Patterson. His great grand-father, Robert Patterson, was of Scotch-Irish descent, immigrated with his wife to America and settled before 1765 at "Chestnut Level," Lancaster county, Pa. One of his sons, Robert Patterson (grandfather), was born on the Atlantic ocean on board the vessel which brought his parents to this country. He immigrated when well up in years from Lancaster to Westmoreland county and settled in Rostraver township on a large tract of land which he owned until his death. He was a democrat in political opinion. Of his sons one was John R. Patterson (father) who was born in Lancaster county, Pa., and accompanied his father to Rostraver when a young man. He was a prominent man in his community, an earnest member of the Bethesda and West Newton United Presbyterian churches, in which he always led the singing, and died May 1, 1868, aged ninety-four years. He was a democrat until the late war when he became a republican and remained a member of that party until his death. He served as overseer of the poor for several years besides holding other township offices. He married Mary Orr, daughter of John Orr, of Rostraver, by whom he had eight children, of whom five are living: Mrs. Margaret W. Campbell, Martha Patterson, Ann Jane Douglas(sic), James J. and John O. Patterson, M.D.

James J. Patterson was reared on a farm and received his education in the rural schools of that day. He was engaged in tilling his farm in Rostraver township until 1867 when he removed to West Newton. On April 14, 1869, he was commissioned postmaster of that place, served for eight years and three months and the resigned to embark in the drug business, which he followed for several years. In 1887 he engaged in the grocery business which he still follows.

On June 23, 1847, he was married to Elma Elliot, a daughter of John Elliot, of Fayette county, Pa., who served in the war of 1812.

James J. Patterson is a pronounced republican, has formerly taken rather an active part in politics and yet takes a deep interest in the success of the political principles which he advocates. He served his native town by acting six years as councilman. He is a member of the West Newton United Presbyterian church, of whose board of trustees he has served as chairman for many years. Mr. Patterson has acquired good property, stand well with all who know him and has made
himself worthy of commendation.
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FROM: Cyclopedia of Westmoreland County, James J. Patterson, 1890

No Children listed on their census records. Believed to be childless.


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  • Created by: Jonathan Omholt
  • Added: 11 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 78223768
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James J Patterson (19 Jul 1824–23 Jun 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78223768, citing West Newton Cemetery, West Newton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Jonathan Omholt (contributor 47248504) .