Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 150] a representative and eminent citizen of the borough of Mahoningtown, where he is held in high regard and esteem by his neighbors and acquaintances, was born in Lowellville, Mahoning Co., Ohio, May 22, 1847, and is a son of William and Elizabeth Ann (Buchanan) Patterson. The latter was born in 1821 near Lowellville, Ohio, and died May 2, 1854; her father was a farmer of Ohio for many years, and lived and died near Lowellville. William Patterson was born in North Beaver township, Lawrence Co., Feb. 25, 18l5, and is living at this writing on his homestead in that township at the venerable age of eighty-two years; it has been his home since 1852. When a young man he taught school for a while, and was as successful in that vocation as he was in farming, in which he was engaged since the date of his marriage. He was a son of John Patterson, who married a Miss Clendenin. Mr. Patterson is a Democrat in respect to his politics, and is a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Mt. Jackson, North Beaver township. He has served his township as supervisor and as assessor. Of three children born to our subject's parents two survive; the record reads as follows: Walter B. of Shenango township; John D., our subject; and Mary E., who was taken home at the age of fifteen.

Our subject's parents moved to North Beaver township, when he was an infant in arms, and so he grew to manhood in North Beaver township, attending its excellent district schools until he was sixteen years of age, at which period in his career he joined the army, enlisting in Co. A, First Battalion of Pennsylvania Cavalry. He served six months in the cavalry arm of the service, was then for two years a member of Co. B, 204th Reg. Pa. Vol. Inf. He followed farming on rented land in North Beaver township seventeen years, after his return from the war and his resumption of peaceful pursuits. He then bought a farm, which he operated for six years, and then sold it and moved to Mahoningtown in the fall of 1889, and since that time has been a respected citizen of that borough. Since 1890, for three years he traveled in the interest of the National Stockman and Farmer of Pittsburg. Commencing with the fall of 1895, he has been connected with the schools of Mahoningtown, and has had charge of all the school property. He has also served three years as assessor of the borough. He is now in the prime of life, enjoying the comforts of a beautiful home, and surrounded by a large and happy family. His strict attention to business has secured him a fair share of this world's goods, while his uprightness in all his dealings, combined with his genial deportment, has won him the respect and affection of all who know him. Socially, he is a member of Shenango Lodge, No. 195, I.O.O.F.; and Marietta Lodge, No. 337, Knights of Pythias, of Mt. Jackson. In his political views he is strongly Democratic. His marriage to Nancy C. Brothers, who was born in North Beaver township, a daughter of David and Martha (Copper) Brothers, took place in New Brighton, Pa., March 21, 1866. This marriage has been fruitful of nine children, as follows: David I., who married Miss Margaret Wettich; William W., who married Elizabeth Clark; Charles W., deceased; Mary M.; John B.; Dale B.; Ella J.; Clara E.; and Silas E. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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