I would like to know more about Erastus Patterson and Zeruah Simmons. Their parents, siblings, children. I would love to share information!
Erastus Patterson and Zeruah Simmons were possibly born in Vermont. (A story about them said they came originally from Woodstock, VT.) Erastus was probably born between 1790 and 1795 and he died in 1837 in Gross Point (later Winnetka), Cook, IL. Zeruah was born in 1795 and died 15 Mar 1874 in WI. She's buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.
Erastus may have fought in the War of 1812. I found a record of an Erastus Patterson in ancestry.com: Battalion 153 (Fancher's), New York MIL. He was a Private.
Erastus and Zeruah settled in Potsdam, St. Lawrance, NY where they purchased property, prior to Olive's birth in 1817. They had five children:
1. Olive Simmons was born 1 Dec 1817 in Potsdam, St. Lawrence, NY. She died 7 Mar 1911 in Lake, Milwaukee, WI. She's buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI. She married Morgan Lewis Burdick in 14 Sep 1837. They had nine children: Melissa, George Bradford, Alfred Edward, Martha V., Ellen P., Fred M., Frank L., William W., and Melvin Lee.
2. Moses was born about 1820 in Potsdam, St. Lawrence NY. He m. Amanda. In 1850, he was living with Olive in Milwaukee and I know he went to CA with brother, Azel, in 1850 for the gold rush. Lost track of him until 1900, where he was living near his nephew, James Henry Patterson, in New River, Trinity, CA. The census said he was widowed.
3. Azel S. was born 14 Mar 1824 in Potsdam, St. Lawrence, NY. He died 18 Mar 1911 in Bodega, Sonoma, CA at the home of his daughter, Martha. He married Mary Elizabeth Wilson 4 Oct 1848 in Chicago, Cook, IL. In 1850, he went with his brother, Moses, to CA for the gold rush. He had 15 children according to a bio I have, but I only know of seven: William Wilson, James Henry, Alice A., Mary, Martha (married William Henry Bones), Frederick, Theora.
4. Lucia was born between 1820-1825 in Potsdam, St. Lawrence, NY. She died in 1837 in Gross Point, Cook, IL.
5. Joseph was born between 1825-1830 in Potsdam, St. Lawrence, NY. On the 1870 census, two grandchildren are living with Zeruah in Milwaukee: John (b. abt. 1850 in WI) and Josepha Patterson (b. abt. 1854 in WI). I believe these may be Joseph's children. I haven't been able to find Joseph on any census since 1840.
In the Spring of 1836, Erastus, Zeruah, and the five children traveled by ox-drawn covered wagon from NY to IL. They were travelling with six other families. In August 1836, they stopped for the night in what would become Winnetka, IL, and the family liked the area so much, they decided to stay. The other families kept going.
Erastus Patterson was a squatter and built a log cabin on the spot where they had camped. From the start, it was opened as a "wayside inn". Not long after, the Pattersons built a larger log house, which became known as the Patterson Tavern.
In 1837, Erastus Patterson died and was buried on the hill where the Episcopal Church now stands. Their daughter, Lucia, also died in 1837 and was buried near her father.
Zeruah (or Zernah as she was also known) continued to run the inn with her three sons for several years. In 1843, Zeruah applied for a government patent to the land. She paid $192.70 for the property. She sold the Inn sometime between 1843-1847. Where she went after that is a mystery until she shows up on the 1860 census with her daughter, Olive, in Lake, Milwaukee, WI.
I believe I've located Erastus Patterson on the 1820 and 1830 censuses in Potsdam, St. Lawrence, NY.