William Patterson was born in Harrison County, Ohio, Dec. 18, 1826, son of John and Jane (Graham) Patterson. He was educated in Ohio. In 1847 moved to Jackson County, Iowa, and remained one winter, and in spring of 1848 located on section 29, Wagner Township this county, entering 240 acres, most of it on section 29. He was one of the pioneers of the town, and in fact of the county, there being but little settlement or improvement here then. He has built up out of the wilderness one of the finest farms in the county. He has a beautiful residence in place of the old log cabin, and a farm under a fine state of cultivation, and supplied with good out-buildings. He was married March 6, 1845, in Ohio, to Miss Susan Killinger, of Ohio, born in Wayne County, March 14, 1845. They have had twelve children - Elizabeth Jane, John Wesley, Rosalia, Sarah Ann, Katie, Australia, Marietta, Henrietta, William L., Ida, Lucy A. and Josephine Grant. Elizath, John, Henrietta, Marietta and Ida died in infancy. Both are members of the U.B. church.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1138-1139
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