Thomas W. Patterson (1819-after 1910), aged 80, and his wife, Elizabeth A. (Williams) Patterson, aged 75, were on the 1880 Clay Co., Ark. census in Johnson Township. They were born in Lawrence Co., Alabama and married there on Sept. 10, 1840 and can be found on the 1850 and 1860 Lawrence Co., Ala. census. They had three children born before the Civil War who can be accounted for: John Woodall Patterson (1843-1913 who died in Anderson Co., Texas); William T. Patterson who came to Clay County with his parents, and Martha E. Patterson who married Isaac Jasper Massengill. The burial places and exact dates for Thomas and Elizabeth are unknown since they do not have markers.
Thomas W. Patterson enlisted in the Civil War Oct. 8, 1861 in the 12th Alabama Regt. At Russellville, Ala. He applied for a pension at age 77 in Rector and sited blindness and old age. He lost one eye in the war and was kept up in later years by relatives. Dr. G. C. Earle of Rector was his doctor. Thomas’s son, William T. Patterson, was also in the Civil War with Co. H, Ala. 16th Inf. Regt.
William T. Patterson (1845-after 1910), son of Thomas W. and Elizabeth, came with his parents to Clay County and first shows up on the 1880 census. They have not been found on an 1870 census so the time of arrival was probably after 1870. William T. Patterson and Jada Ann Meharg (1857-after 1910), daughter of Benjamin F. and Irene Meharg, were married in Clay County in 1874. The couple had fourteen children; (1) Thomas Jefferson Patterson (1872-1938) married Bertha Taylor in 1895; (2) William Benjamin Patterson (1874-1953) married Ethel Mae Shannon; (3) Mattie Bell Patterson married Lonnie Shannon; (4) Mary Francis Patterson married a Lively and J. W. Townsend; (5) Henrietta (Henry) G. Patterson married Charlie T. Presson; (6) George W. Patterson; (7) James W. Patterson married Judy Bell Wofford; (8) Ebbie D. Patterson; (9) Susan B. Patterson married L. J. Yancy; (10) Hattie Patterson married Walter Floyd; (11) Emmett Patterson was born 1 April, 1896 and died 7 March 1990; (12) Charles Patterson was born April 1897; (13) Odie Patterson married Betty and had a daughter Mary Ann; (14) John Wesley Patterson married Jennie Glass.
Thomas Jefferson Patterson, son of William T. and Jada, married Bertha Taylor and had seven children: (1) Bertha Mona Patterson married W. F. Tadlock, and they are buried in Piggott; (2) Mrs. Pete Foster; (3) Hettie married George Mann and had Mary Lee who married Waukeen Bateman; (4) Hershel Patterson lived in Calif; (5) Finis Lee who married Waukeen Bateman; (6) Arnna Patterson married Stella Taylor and had Dortha Lee (1923-1931) who died from diphtheria, Dallas Patterson, and another child who died young. Arnna owned and operated Patterson’s Grocery Store in Piggott; (7) Another child of Thomas’s died Jan. 7, 1932. Thomas’s second marriage was to Miss Ruby Kester of Sikeston in 1934. Thomas died in a ST. Louis hospital, and he and Bertha are buried in Piggott. (When Dortha Lee Patterson died the whole second grade, of which she had been a member, attended the funeral enmass and was escorted to the church by the teacher. Your writer was also a member of that second grade).
William Benjamin Patterson, son of William T. and Jada, married Ethel Mae Shannon in Oct., 1897 and had (1) William L. who died young; (2) Minnie Ann (a twin) married Henry Braman and had Willard Thomas who married Loretta Hembry, Easter Juanice who married Fred Swift, and James Melvin. (3) Linnie Francis (a twin) married Marion Braman and had Silvia Aline, Mable Rosetta Tangle, William Clifton married Leva Ann Barnhart, Larry Clinton, and Violet May Francis who married Glen Jordon. (4) Henry F.; (5) James Linley married Beulah Shaw and had Erma Aline who married John Adams; Esther Marie married B. Ketcherside; and William Nelson who married Betty Rideout. James’s second married was to Agnes Summers and they had Ethel Ellen who married Curtis J. Smith; Janna Virginia married Bob McManness; Arthur Linley; James Henry married Jana Littrell, Wesley Wayne; Freida Jeane married Paul D. Baldridge; and Trilla Fay. (6) and Wayne Jefferson married Mary Treva Parris and had Delbert Wayne, Melba Fay Jones, Samuel Ervin, and Billy Lee.