Early Days of Greenbush



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John Patterson was born in Edmonson county, Tennessee. In 1843, he moved to Warren county, Kentucky; and in 1852, he moved from there to Greenbush, Warren county, Illinois. He was married to Jane McCoppen in Tennessee. To them the following-named children were born:

  • William, who married Sarah Magers in Kentucky, was killed by the explosion of a boiler at Wm. G. BondŐs saw-mill, January 10, 1862.
  • Elizabeth, who married Elza Magers.
  • Jane, who married Jacob Osborn, the basket-maker.
  • Sarah, who died in May, 1879.
  • Samuel, who married Amelia Jones.
  • John, who married Samantha Jane Simmons.
  • James, who married Samantha Acton.
  • Mary, who was about 16 years old, was burned to death, in 1862, at the sorghum-mill of Jacob Osborn, in Berwick township, her clothing having caught on fire from the furnace where they were making molasses.
  • John Patterson, the subject of this sketch, was deaf and dumb during his entire life. He died in 1884. His wife died August 6, 1879.

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