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James Patterson Big Flats
Posted by: Adrienne Sundquist (ID *****2151) Date: January 12, 2009 at 13:18:48
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Hello All,

I may have posted here previously, but am trying again in the hopes that someone may be able to help me locate parents for James Patterson if given additional information.

James Patterson is listed in most documents as having a birthdate in 1827, on his military records as having a BD of 1837. He was married to Martha Proper in Malone in 1847, with his residence being listed as Potsdam on the marriage records. In all records thereafter, I find Martha and their daughter Emily living in Malone with her parents. It appears for all practical purposes that she and James were not sharing a residence.

James Patterson enlisted in the Union Army in Potsdam in 1861 for a duration of 3 yrs, but was discharged in 1863 d/t illness. On his enlistment papers, his residence was listed as being Potsdam, NY and his occupation was listed as "farmer".

At some point after this, James moved to WI near the area of Big Flats. He obtained a divorce from Martha in Waupaca, WI in 1867 (again no evidence that she moved with him) and married Susan Brown that same year. They had 6 children. James died in 1908 and is buried in the Big Flats cemetery.

I have no names for James's parents, but on census records, their birth places are alternately listed as NH and NY for his father and VT and NY for his mother.

I continue to be at an impasse with this issue, but remain hopeful that eventually, this might ring a bell with someone else out there!

Many thanks,


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