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Transcribed biography of George W. Patton


This worthy citizen is a descendant of sturdy Pennsylvania German stock on his paternal side and of German and French stock on the other side of the house. His grandfather, Patton, was one of the pioneers of Licking County, Ohio, and the latter's son, Robert Patton, father of subject, was probably born in Licking County, Ohio. Robert grew to mature years and was married in Licking County to Miss Elizabeth Bartholomew, the daughter of John and Drusilla (--------) Bartholomew. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Patton, Drusilla, Nancy, John and George W. The father of these children was a farmer, but also worked in the timber, like many people living near the Muskingum River. He was accustomed to make up a boat load of farm produce and take it down the several rivers to New Orleans to market. From one of these trips he never returned and his death is a mystery to this day. His widow came to Indiana in 1834 with her farther, John Bartholomew, who settled on the farm now owned by our subject. He brought what was called a float - an Indian right to 320 acres of land - and which he held, as it was a reserved right to the Indians. He also purchased 200 acres of land adjoining, of the Government, so that he had 520 acres of rich land, on which he passed the remainder of his days, dying when eighty years of age. He was a member of the Baptist Church and deacon for many years. Well known and well respected, he was an excellent citizen. During the War of 1812 he was a government scout along the Ohio River into Kentucky, operating against the Indians. His brother, Joseph, was also a scout and became a Colonel in the War of 1812, commanding a regiment under Gen. Harrison at the battle of Tippecanoe. John Bartholomew had many thrilling adventures with the Indians and during the latter part of his life delighted in narrating his experiences. He was one of the early County Commissioners. To his marriage was born nine children: Jane, Stephen, Joseph, Albert John, Cynthia, Elizabeth, Belinda and Drusilla. George W. Patton, the subject of this brief sketch, was born in Licking County, Ohio, and at an early date became familiar with the arduous duties of the farm. On the 13th of December, 1846, when twenty-two years of age, he was married to Miss Nancy A. Adams, daughter of Henry S. Adams who was one of the pioneers of Porter County, coming from Michigan, to this county in 1834, although formerly from Zanesville, Ohio. Here Adams became a wealthy farmer. He was the father of the following children: Edward, Rachel, Nancy, Elizabeth, Lucinda, Margaret, George, Drusilla and Henrietta. Mr. Adams was a soldier in the Black Hawk War and lived to be eighty years of age. His widow is still living and is eighty-five years of age. He was a leading member of the Methodist Church and a deacon and elder in the same for many years. This worthy gentleman gave liberally of his means to support religious enterprises and .assisted largely in building the brick church in Morgan Township. To our subject and wife were born two children; Harriet J. and John N. After his marriage Mr. Patton settled on a rented farm for some time but, subsequently bought eighty acres of land in Morgan Township. To this he added by subsequent purchases until he owned 320 acres he gave 160 acres to his children and now has 160 acres left, all well cultivated and well improved. He has ever been industrious and enterprising, and was Township Trustee for four years. Mr. Patton is a member of the Christian Church, an elder in the same for many years, and assisted in building the church in Morgan Township. In politics he is a Republican. A true Christian in every sense of the term, he is universally respected.

Source: Goodspeed Brothers. 1894. Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: Goodspeed Brothers. 569 p.
Page(s) in Source: 523-525

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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