JOSEPH PATTERSON was born 1752 in Northern New Jersey, and died November 30, 1833 in West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ. He was a farmer.He married MARY SUTTON in 1776. She was born in 1755 in NJ, and died January 1842 at West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ. The had seven known children [They are reportedly my 5th Great grandparents.]
Children of JOSEPH PATTERSON and MARY SUTTON are:
1. WILLIAM J OR I. PATTERSON, b. June 04, 1781, West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ; d. May 24, 1849, West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ. [my 4th Great grandfather]
Note: there are numerous inconsistancies with the middle initial regarding most of our Williams.Thus far in our line the J is for Joseph, I. is for Isaac, both given names repeatedly appear in our line.L. has yet to be determined with certainty however, in the descendant line it is thought to be used to identify our "Lippincott" Pattersons. The census data, from census to census, continuously alternates the J. and the I. while clearly identifying the same person.Sometimes it is accurate others it is not.
2. JEANETTE PATTERSON, b. Bet. 1782 - 1790, West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ. [frequently misspelled as Jennette, Janette, Jennetta, or Jennett]
3. PHOEBE PATTERSON, b. Bet. 1782 - 1790, West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ.
4. WILLIMPEE PATTERSON, b. Bet. 1782 - 1790, West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ. [I suspect this name is actually William P. or William B. perhaps even William Peter]
5. LERIA PATTERSON, b. Bet. 1782 - 1795, West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ. [this name can also be Laura; allowing for transcription/translation error; Lenia, Lena, or Lera]
6. ISAAC S. PATTERSON, b. Bet. 1782 - 1795, West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ.
7. SARAH PATTERSON, b. Bet. 1782 - 1795, West Farms, Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ.
My Comments:The above information was gleaned from FTM: Family History; NJ Genealogies 1600-1900 Cd#3. Pages 192-194. The author of the bio is not identified although reference is made to several folks in Freehold, who work with or whom have had access to archived data. [I recognize their names]While this family line is clearly mine and is the earliest known ancestor to date, there is information on the Cd Bio file that is erroneous, at least, in part. [ex: the Van Chiefs reported are actually Van Cleafs - this is an interpretation/transcriptional error.]
Having shared that I would like to add according to the Cd:
1. Joseph Patterson is said to have served in the revolutionary war and was taken captive by the English in Long Island where he was held prisoner for over a year before being released. Yet, no cited works or sourced referance was given for the statements being made in regards to his war service.No dates, no rank, no precise location, etc.
2. It is said he is of English [rather than Scot or Scot/Irish Descent] and his wife Mary Sutton is of dutch descent. I seriously question this comment by the authors of the bio again, due to their lack of cited or sourced proof. No where in my family has it ever been reported or told that we were English Patts, to the contrary.We have celebrated our Scottish heritage and embraced our Scot/Ire and other.
Observation: There was no such thing as Northern NJ.New Jersey, also known as "The Jerseys," and was split in half and referred to then, as by some today, as EAST and WEST Jersey.I believe this is critical [historically speaking] as we search out our families, seek to understand their migration habits while we contend with the powers that be [at FTM, Ancestry, GenForum, etc ad infinitum] who continue to create, sell, and profit from the erroneous genealogy software being released.
My sentiments:If these websites are going to continue to report on an era in our history as critically important as the time period of the 1600-1700's than they need to do so as accurately as humanly possible from archived sourced materials not information lifted [phished] from off of these message boards. It is one thing for errors to appear on the WFT Cd's [created by lay persons] and quite another for the historical Cds that are being "released and sold" regarding this time period. The latter information needs to be accurate and is inexcusable if it isnt.
In all fairness, each one of these genealogy websites hires folks to transcribe the data for them - allot of the data is hand written, and the names, age, and birthdates, etc. are subjective to the transcribers ability to interpret, to read, the data.
Another reason for so many of the inconsistancies from one site to another is the websites phishing of each others data, in many cases, taking information such as what I upload here as being factual and then compiling it to make a buck.
Although it is a difficult endeavor, we can untangle our lines if we work together and understand the geographics of the day, when we understand early American history and what our ancestors actually endured.
Having shared my opinion:My Pattersons primarily herald from Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ.Although at some point in time we also arrived here.The question remains from where?and when? To date, we have traced back to 1752.
Some of my Patterson kin migrated in the early 1800's to Indiana, and to Ohio. [cited and referenced] In fact, it is thought they reinvented themselves in the Ohio valley and they thought nothing of traveling back and forth between there and NJ.Some who died there were brought back home to be laid to rest at Adelphia Cemetery with other family members.In Howell, Evergreen and Adelphia are the prominents sites of rest for our lines although in no way are they exclusive.
I also know that it was common practice for the Howell Pattersons to hitch the wagon or catch the trolley in later days and enjoy a night out on the town in the Red Bank, Middletown areas, ie. and other points on or near the beach.They left their farms for areas of entertainment richer in and population to socialize.This included church functions, weddings, parties and work.If serious medical help was ever required a train ride from the Red Bank area would dump them in NY and bring them back home again.
There are numerous obits, and newspaper articles that report such activity of Pattersons visiting other Pattersons in this manner.This was all the evidence I needed to know to realize that we are all Kin to one another in Monmouth.
Another practice observed via assorted census's ... it was not uncommon for young adults to leave home and stay with extended family members in another locale and or future inlaws until they married.I say future inlaws because subsequent census often indicate a family member and a boarder, within the same household, related or non-related later marrying.
And while most would think it an absolute abomination and not admit finding evidence of it ... yes, there are many incidents of 1st cousins marrying one another.I have observed in these cases the folks doing the research will not elaborate on it or will actually leave that line compleltely out from their research making it even more difficult to trace family.
A little known fact:TB was prevalent in colonial days and many of our lines suffered from it.Historically speaking, during the French and Indian war, the early english? army attempted to infect the local indian tribes with TB in order to gain control over them and the area they were trying to conquer so they could claim as their own. [particularly in the Pa/Ohio Valley areas] They actually were responsible for infecting blankets with TB which they later gave to the indians in the hopes of killing them off.The endeavor was wickedly sinister and unsuccessful even backfiring on them.The indians were already being affected by the illnesses we brought with us.In times of illness our kin were commonly sent out to live with other family members.Such stories exist within my lines of Patterson.And includes kin returning home to NJ to rest, heal, and or finally perish.
If anyone has information on the Pattersons listed here, please do take the time to write.I have little other info or proof of this generation.
continued ... Pt 2.William J./I. Patterson 1782.