Muscatine County Iowa
Cemetery Records

PATTERSON CEMETERY
1660 Pleasant Prairie Road
Pleasant Prairie, Montpelier Township
Muscatine County, Iowa


Submitted by Patti Cook, April 24, 2016

This pioneer cemetery is located on privately held land, deep in the woods on the northwest corner of the property. One needs to ask permission to enter the property and get directions to the cemetery from the land owners.

Directions from Route 61: Take the Pleasant Prairie exit, turn south on Pleasant Prairie Road, a gravel road. Travel about 2 miles. The house will be on the right. One will need the permission from the land owner and direction as to how to get to the cemetery.

Some information about this cemetery was recorded in the WPA records during the 1930's. The Cook's recently started to clear the brush and do some probing in the cemetery ground. Pieces of gravestones were found in an area beginning at the northwest corner of their property, seven feet from the north side fence, then extending south following the west side fence one hundred forty seven feet. The width of the burial ground seemed to be about twenty two feet.

View Photos on the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project.

Surname Name Birth Date Death Date Notes
Boyer John N.   3 Oct 1856 s/o G. F. & S. Boyer, aged 1 yr 8 ms 18 ds; foot stone J N B
Boyer Sarah   1 May 1858 aged 3 yrs 10 ms 27 ds; shares stone with Rachel Patterson & Mary Ann Patterson; foot stone S B
Boyer Wm   1 May 1858 aged 23 yrs 8 ms 23 ds
Hewit Elizabeth   19 Jan 1851 wife of Ephraim Hewit, age 56 yrs; foot stone E H
Patterson Mary Ann   7 Feb 1863 d/o Wm & Rachel Patterson; shares stone with Sarah Boyer & Rachel Patterson; foot stone M A P
Patterson Rachel   6 Sep 1862 wife of Wm, aged 56 yrs 10 ds; foot stone R P
Toles Sarah   22 Jun 1868 wife of Titus, 71 yrs; foot stone S T
Toles Titus   n/d no headstone found, foot stone T T; Muscatine Co. Probate file date 15 Nov 1869
Wathan Edward   27 Mar 1869 aged 57 yrs

Some History of William Patterson
compiled by Lynn McCleary, April 23, 2016

Recorded in the Book of Original Land Grants, William Patterson purchased this property December 1, 1841. It was described as the East half of the South West quarter of Section Seven in Township Seventy seven North Range One East, in the District of Lands subject to sale at Burlington, Iowa Territory, containing eighty acres.

1850 Federal Census, Montpelier Township, Muscatine County, Iowa

Dwelling No. Family No. Enumerated 25 Oct 1850 page 385
68 70 Toles, Titus age 42 born in NY Farmer
    Sarah age 50 born in PA
    Sarah age 11 born in PA
69 71 Hewitt, Ephraim age 46 born in NY Farmer
    Elizabeth age 54 born in PA
    William age 21 born in PA
    Thos G age 19 born in PA
    Sarah age 19 born in PA
    George age 12 born in PA
    Abigail age 14 born in PA
    William S age crossed out
70 72 Patterson, William age 37 born in PA Farmer
    Rachel age 45 born in PA
    Sarah age 16 born in PA
    William 14 born in PA
    Mary Ann age 5 born in IA
    William S age 5 born in IA
71 73 Boyer, Fred age 28 born in Germany Farmer
    Boyer, John age 29 born in PA

1876 Muscatine County Directory
Patterson, W. Farmer
Resides 11 miles from the city, two miles from Pleasant Prairie, between Pleasant Prairie and Blue Grass roads. P. O. Pleasant Prairie. Ownes 65 acres.

Muscatine Daily Journal, Tuesday, June 5, 1877 pg 4
Dropped Dead. We learned just before going to press today, that Wm. Patterson, living in Montpelier township, about 13 miles northeast of the city, dropped dead, this morning, while engaged in some work near his farm. His death is attributed to heart disease. He was aged about 60 years and leaves a wife and one child. He was one of the oldest settlers of the county, and a man generally esteemed.

William's place of burial was not given. Possibly he was buried in the cemetery on his property. His probate record was filed for record at the Muscatine County Court House.

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