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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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A. J. Patterson, of Dallas County, Mo., ranks among the prosperous farmers and stock raisers of the county, and was born in Licking County, Ohio, January 31, 1843, and is a son of Thomas and Isabel (Hawkins) Patterson, who were natives of Guernsey County, Ohio, and died in Polk County, Mo., and Ohio, respectively. The father came to this State in 1849, and died in December, 1851, having followed the occupation of farming throughout life. He was twice married, and by his first wife became the father of seven children, only one of whom is now living, A. J. Patterson. The following are the children born to his second union: Francis M., Campbell, and Lucretia, wife of John Stokeley. A. J. Patterson was quite a small lad when his parents died, and from that time until the war broke out he made his home with an uncle in Dallas County, and in April, 1861, enlisted in the Home Guards, serving three months. He then went to Illinois and enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Sixteenth Volunteer Infantry, and took an active part in the following battles: Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Jackson, Missionary Ridge, siege of Atlanta, siege of Jonesboro, Fort McAllister, Kenesaw Mountain, and was with Sherman on his march to the sea, and served in nineteen hard battles. He was mustered out at Washington City, and was discharged at Springfield, Ill., June 28, 1865, having served his country faithfully for three long years. He remained in Macon County, Ill., until 1869, when he went to Elk County, Kas., where he remained until 1877, then came to Dallas County and purchased the farm where he now resides, consisting of 240 acres, with about 140 acres under cultivation. He has made all the present improvements on his farm, and has one of the most valuable places in the county, and as it is well adapted to raising stock, being well supplied with water and grass, he gives the greater part of his attention to raising cattle and other animals. He is a stanch supporter of Republican principles, and is a member of the G. A. R. and the Agricultural Wheel. He was married in 1862 to Miss Louisa Calhoun, a native of Virginia, by whom he has two children, Nellie and Thomas. This wife died in 1874, and he took for his second wife Miss Lora Nicholson, of Ohio. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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This family biography is one of 74 biographies included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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