Thanks for your response. Your mention of "Burleigh" rings a bell; I think we may find that he and my father were first cousins. And one of my brothers (I have/had one full brother and a half brother and half-sister ... my half brother is living now in Florida) was named "Jeremy" ... I was told that it was a variation of "Jeremiah," an O'Roak family name.
I clearly remember having a first cousin, Velma Patterson, living in Sherman Mills in the '40s or '50s. She and her husband had a sheep farm, if I recall correctly. I look forward to learning what you discover!