Ed: Thanks for the quick reply.The information in your message was very interesting.Here's what I have so far.
One set of my 2nd-great grandparents is James Patterson and Sarah Winifred DearlingDurling.Family sources say Sarah was from Bedford.They didn't specify Bedford County or Bedford the city.They also told me that James and Sarah settled in Johnstown, Cambria Co., PA.
I was able to locate James and Sarah Patterson in the 1870 US Census for PA, Cambria Co., Johnstown.The Census record shows John Patterson, 35, occupation - R M Puddley (don't know exactly what R M Puddley is, but I'll guess it was the main business in Johnstown at the time.)The Census shows Sarah, age 30, keeping house.The following children are listed: William, 13; Thomas, 10; Ema, 6 (my great-grandmother); Sarah, 4; and Ed, 1.With William age 13, Sarah Durling would have to have been married at age 16 or 17.The Census record also indicates that everyone in this family was born in PA.
My relatives "think" that James Patterson was born in Phila.I have started to work through the 1850 US Census to try and locate a 10 year old James Patterson.Needless to say, with a name like Patterson there are a few records to go through.
My relatives indicate Sarah's last name was Dearling.Though I don't give much creedence to that since, 1)the person filling out the death certificate probably guessed the name, or phonetically recalled what it was, 2) there are no Dearlings in the 1850 US Census for PA.There is an Ignatious Dearling but he didn't come to America until 1849.
In searching the 1850 Census for Durlings in Westmoreland Co., Derry Twp, I came across Alexander Durling, age 44, wife - Elizabeth, age 46.Living in the household is a David Durling, 20, and then the children Mary, 14; Luan(sp?) 12;, Sarah, 9; Willaim, 8; and MArgaret 3.Alexander and David are listed as Laborers and again, everyone was born in PA.
Obviously, this David must be the same David you mention buying land from James and Jane Patterson.Now, is there a connection between this Patterson and the James Patterson in my tree?I'm certainly going to pursue that angle.
I think you'll also agree that Alexander's daughter, Sarah, age 9, is a pretty good match (name, age, and location) for the Sarah Durling that married James Patterson.
There must be another Sarah Durling, the one you mentioned being born about 1813.Do you have any info on who Alexander's parents were?
Anyhow, its nice to find someone to share info and bounce ideas off.If I come up with anything revealing I'll certainly let you know.Please do the same for me.