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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Joseph H. Patterson was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., on July 9, 1851, and is a son of Horace H. Patterson, who removed from Tennessee to Arkansas in 1853, and settled at Pea Ridge, Benton County, where he still resides. Joseph H. was educated in the subscription schools of Arkansas, and early learned to do farm work. Since reaching manhood he has worked on a farm during the spring and summer seasons, but for eight years during the fall and winter he worked at the carpenter’s trade. His marriage with Sarah Rich was celebrated on August 12, 1869. She is the daughter of Samuel F. Rich, deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Patterson have been born six children, of whom three are living, viz.: John F., Albert and Horace H. Mr. Patterson came to McDonald County Mo., in February, 1886, and located on his present farm in Centre Township. He is the owner of — acres, which he is improving. He is industrious and enterprising, and is a member of the Farmers’ Alliance, also of the Masonic fraternity. The family are consistent Christians and members of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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