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 Little Home Histories, Part 52 -- The Patterson History.

by Hartley, Elizabeth J.

See previous entry: Little Home Histories, Part 51 -- Memory Lane.

As near as I can tell, the Pattersons came to Concord meeting (now Colraine) from North Carolina in 1807 and later moved to Stillwater Meeting one mile east of Barnesville, Ohio.

Talitha Patterson married Stephen Bailey 9-14-1808 and had six children, Some of the Fishers in Barnesville are descendants of their son Benjamin Bailey who married Lucy Crew. Burkharts flower gardens is owned by Vernon Burkhart, a great grandson. Some of the Skinners on Stillwater are descendants of Rachel who married Louis Naylor.

Stephen Bailey married Martha Edgerton; their descendants are Rosella Bailey, who married Jonathan Binns, and Ida Bailey, who married Harvey Binns.

Sarah Patterson, daughter of William and Elizabeth Ladd Patterson married Macajah Binford, on 2-4-1804. Jared Patterson, son of William and Elizabeth married Angelina Binford 1-2-1808. Silas Patterson son of William and Elizabeth married Rachel Starbuck 5-4-1814.

Some of their descendants are Lindley P. Bailey and Allen Bailey. Jeremiah Patterson, son of William and Elizabeth Ladd Patterson, married Elizabeth Plummer 12-16-1812. Rachel Patterson, daughter, married John Plummer 3-27-1817. Exum Patterson, son, married Anna Doudna, 11-27-1818.

I have heard mother Anna Livezey Hall tell of the years of long ago about great grandfather, William Patterson Jr. He had what was called "White swelling," so was lame. His mother Keziah and others were at a quilting bee. The company was talking about this one and that one who were going to get married. Keziah Patterson said, "My poor lame Billy, there won't be anyone have him?" Elizabeth Ladd was present and spoke up, "Yes, I will." Grandmother Keziah said, "I intend to see it shall be so." They were married in 8-22-1781, and raised a large family.

William Patterson, son of William and Keziah, married Elizabeth Ladd, and came to Stillwater meeting in 1808; later they moved to Ridge monthly meeting. They bought a few acres of land just south of the road leading to Ridge meeting house and on number 8 road. A new house and barn have been built in the past 25 years. The old log house stood near a spring about 100 feet northeast of the present one. I have heard mother say "One first day (Sunday) morning grandfather Exum was eating his breakfast. He looked up in time to see Anna Doudna on her way to meeting. "I believe I would like to walk with Anna Doudna on her way to meeting," he said. That was the first she knew he thought anything of her. They were married in 1819 and lived in a house almost on the same foundation where Joe Johnson now lives, just south of Sugar Grove school house on number 8, south of Barnesville, Ohio.

They had 40 acres of ground that her father -- John Doudna -- gave them. Elizabeth Ladd was the first to speak in the first meeting house built at Ridge. My mother -- her great granddaughter, Anna Livezey Hall -- spoke her first time in the last meeting held in the same building. It was torn down so a new building could be constructed on the same location.

The meeting grounds were given by Joseph Patterson, who married Hannah Marmon in 1775. They lived where Alfred Doudna now lives -- a lane east of the meeting house, to the left. He was the first to be laid in the graveyard.

Elizabeth Ladd Patterson had a minute (written instructions from the meeting) to visit with some friends, and while they were away, their son Exum, who lived about one quarter mile away, was asked to take care of their chores. During this time, my grandmother, Elizabeth Patterson, was born in a little log cabin near the spring of Wm. and Elizabeth's home in 1821.

Exum and Anna Patterson bought a 131 acre farm in Somerset township, two miles east of Ridge meeting house. This home was near a spring in the bottom land, near a pine tree now standing close to road number 148. This was a great charge, as greet uncle John died in 1827 and great grandfather Exum died in 1828, with typhoid fever. In 1856, great aunts Phebe and Mary both died with scarlet fever. The rest of the children had it. Grandmother Elizabeth Patterson had it so bad that the soles of her feet peeled off so perfectly, that she laid them away for keepsakes. Her children played with them and they had it too. These soles became so broken, she finally burned them.

My uncle Oliver Livezey had the habit of running with his tongue out. One evening, he was running back and forth on a settee and stumped his toe and fell on the arm of the settee. He cut the artery in his tongue with his teeth. He lived only a few hours as the doctors in those days did not know how to stop bleeding by sewing, like they do now. The doctors used to bleed nearly everyone if they were sick. That was the custom in the early days.

This left great grandmother Anna Doudna Patterson alone with two young girls and a large farm. They held together until 1848, when Anna married Joseph King of Chesterhill, Ohio. She then went with him to live there. This left grandmother Elizabeth and Aunt Sarah alone.

In 1849 grandmother married Jesse K. Livezey. They lived here a few years but thought the family would be stronger and have better health if the house was moved up on a hill a few hundred feet. This was done by rollers and a horse. The family lived in a different house while their's was being moved. It took some time to do and it was a slow job. Afterwards, a two story addition, two rooms wide and one deep, was built in front of the old house. I think all of the old part now has been torn down.

In 1889 or 1890 grandfather built a large two story barn, which sheltered a large flock of sheep, cows, and horses. It had large mows of good hay. I have heard people say "Jesse K. Livezey's farm was the best in Somerset township." He was a good financier and farmer. Both he and his wife were real old fashioned Friends (Quakers), as well as my father John G. Hall and mother Anna Livezey Hall. Grandfather and grandmother had six children. All died young except mother -- the oldest -- and Uncle Charles Livezey.

Mother was a teacher at Ridge School, Westtown Boarding school, and Friend Boarding school at Barnesville, Ohio. She taught seven terms at Barnesville.

She was married to John G. Hall, who came to the United States when 25 years old, from England. He was born on Paradise St., Liverpool, England. They were married 12-21-1883.

Grandfather Livezey bought great grandfather John Doudna's farm in the spring of 1884. Father and Mother moved into it in 3rd month 1884. They lived here nearly 34 years. Wilmer Hall is now living on this farm. They had two children, Elizabeth and Wilmer Hall.

Elizabeth married Silas H. Hartley in 1907. We have five children and eight living grandchildren. Wilmer Hall married Mildred Rachel Edgerton in 1918, and they have four children and one grandchild. Wilmer lives on the old home place which has been in the family for six generations continually. Elizabeth and family live in the house Amos Barlow built, and is just west of father's and mother's home.

In 1893, Charles Livezey married Elizabeth W. Smith and they went to housekeeping on Jesse K. Livezey's farm until 1898 or 99, then went to Barclay Smith's on Stillwater neighborhood and bought ten acres from him and built a house west of Barnesville, Ohio where his wife now lives. He died 8-20-1927 while superintendent of the Friends Boarding school, of influenza. They had five boys, the oldest died in infancy. There are fifteen living grandchildren. Albert Livezey is the only one living around Barnesville since their marriage.

Aunt Sarah Patterson (grandmother Livezey's sister) married Henry Clay Lewis in 1860, and they had four children (one died in infancy). They have nine living grandchildren and eighteen living great grandchildren. Aunt Sarah lived most of the time with grandmother and grandfather Livezey until she married. They lived a few years where Charles Meyers now lives, west of where they bought and their son Hiram Lewis now lives. They both died here.

Source: Written by: Elizabeth J. Hartley.

See next entry: Little Home Histories, Part 53 -- The Patterson History: A Dog Story.

For the table of contents and first entry in this series, please see: Little Home Histories, Part 01 -- Table of Contents and Introduction.

This entry is adapted from Little Home Histories in Our Early Homes, Belmont County, Ohio, which was published in 1942. Its publication was coordinated by Robert D. and Beulah Patten McDonald. This entry has been reedited for inclusion in the Pierian Press Fulltext eBooks database, and is included on the Stratton House Inn Website by special permission. This entry is licensed for use ONLY on this Website. It may be used for educational purposes and personal pleasure under fair-use provisions via this Website. Please note that the Stratton House Inn iteration of this entry does NOT include the subject headings assigned each chapter for use in the Fulltext eBooks database.

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