HISTORY OF DELAWARE ANDO H I O.
Containing a brief History of the State of Ohio, from its earliest settlement to the present time ……… Biographical Sketches; Portraits of some of the Early Settlers and Prominent Men, etc., etc. ILLUSTRATED, CHICAGO
O. L.. BASKIN S CO., HISTORICAL PUBLISHERS, 66 DEARBORN STREET. 1880
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In 1825, Samuel Patterson. with his father and mother and two sisters, settled on the property where he now lives. These settlements were all on the east, side of the creek. In the year preceding, David Patterson. Cyrus Chambers. Thomas McCloud and Nelson Skeels had established their homes on the west side.
ORANGE TOWNSHIP. – Page 716
SAMUEL P PATTERSON, P. O. Westerville, is a retired farmer, and was among the early settlers of the county; he was born April 4, 1803 a son of Thomas Patterson ; his mother's maiden name was Prentice. They emigrated to this State when Samuel was but 4 years old. In 1813, they settled at Worthington, in Franklin Co., where they- remained about twelve years, and in 1825 moved to Orange Township. east side of Alum Creek, where Samuel now lives. The land was unimproved, and the first years of their life were spent to a log cabin. Their principal market was at Zanesville, where they procured salt and such other articles as were not available nearer home; the original purchase of land was made at $2.06 per acre. Mr. Patterson's father died in 1835, and his mother ten years later. At the age of 27, he married Hannah Nettleton, who was born in New Hampshire in December, 1804, and was a daughter of Nathan and Hannah (Wheeler) Nettleton ; six children have been born to them, but three of whom are living, viz., Mile. Morrel and Angeline, all residing in the township. Mr. Patterson possesses 285 acres of land : farming has been his principal pursuit, although, in connection therewith, for several years, he was engaged in the manufacture of potash and brick ; although the most of his life has been one of toil, Mr. Patterson can look back upon his career with satisfaction, and note the great transformation that has taken place under his observation, and to no small extent under his direction, in subjecting the wilds of the frontier to the demands of advancing civilization, and turning it into homes of peace and comfort. In his religious connection, Mr. Patterson belongs to the M. E. Church.
9 Feb 1884 issue of Westerville Review, under Africa news
"Samuel Patterson is very sick."
Saturday 3 May 1884
Westerville Review microfilm,
Westerville Public Library
Samuel Patterson was born in Acworth New Hampshire April 3rd, 1803.He came with his parents to Worthington in 1813 where they resided till 1824 when the family removed to Orange , settling on the farm where he spent the remainder of his days.The country was new and the farm an unbroken wilderness.He assisted in cutting the first tree ever felled on the place sixty years ago. He experienced religion in 1829 and for 55 years lived a Christian respected by all who knew him for his many virtues. He exemplified religion in all the walks of life.His integrity was above suspicion.No one ever thought of him as false.
“With malice to none and with charity for all” he supported “the right as God gave him to see the right.”After serving his generation by the will of God he fell asleep aged 81 years and 14 days leaving a bereaved companion, two sons, and one daughter to mourn their loss.His funeral was on Saturday the 18th inst., at the Wesleyan Meeting House, where for many years he had worshipped. The services were conducted by Rev George Richey, assisted by Revs. H. R. Smith and B. F. Hester.
(Plaque to be presented) Sept. 28, 2003 2 p.m. Africa Road, near Alum Creek Reservoir, Westerville, Delaware County.
Pro-slavery residents mocked Samuel Patterson and other anti-slavery Wesleyan Methodists, calling their community of East Orange, Africa. In 1859, the North Carolina Alston family slaves were sent North to Ohio and freedom. The slaves settled in Africa, lived in log homes and were employed by anti-slavery farmers.