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Patterson Genealogy - Western North Carolina, Northern Georgia

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Welcome to my Patterson genealogy pages. I am interested in the Patterson surname in western North Carolina, primarily in the counties of Tryon, Rutherford, Buncombe, Macon and Swain. I am also interested in Union County, Georgia and Huerfano County, Colorado. I have limited interest in the Patterson surname in other western North Carolina counties and a few northern Georgia counties as well (see list below).

Patterson Family Pages - Each Patterson family has their own web page, complete with all documentation I've found so far.  The link will take you to the surname index. Find the "Patterson" surname and click on it and an index of all individuals will be displayed. Or you can use the search engine (to the left) to find a specific family or person.

What's New - Recent updates.

My Ancestry:

  1. Matthew Patterson (c1720-aft 1770) and unknown. Matthew may be from Scotland and/or Northern Ireland. He probably came to America and settled in Pennsylvania and/or Virginia before arriving in old Tryon County, North Carolina.
  2. Matthew Patterson (c1749-1810s) and unknown. Matthew (Jr) was with his father in old Tryon County, North Carolina. He apparently lived in the section that later became Rutherford County. He left there and moved to neighboring Buncombe County where he lived until death (apparently). He seems to have lived in the section that later became Henderson County in 1838, and finally Transylvania County in 1861.
  3. Samuel Patterson (c1770-1820s) and Elizabeth ---. Samuel was in Rutherford County and Buncombe County, North Carolina. After his death his widow Elizabeth *may* have moved to Union Co., GA and died there in the 1840's, but that isn't certain.
  4. Samuel Patterson (1805-1879) and Jane Moore. Samuel was born in Buncombe (now Transylvania) County, North Carolina.  He was one of the early settlers in Macon County, North Carolina where he married Jane in 1830. They moved to Union County, Georgia shortly after marriage and remained there a few years. Around the time of the Civil War, the family moved west to Huerfano County, Colorado.  While back in Georgia visiting Jane died in 1869. Samuel married again in 1870 to Margaret Anderson (1824-1909), his 1st cousin. Samuel died in 1879 back in Colorado. Margaret remained there a little while before returning to her family in Union County, Georgia where she died in 1909. There were no children from the second marriage.
  5. Carroll Moore Patterson (1832-1914) and Lavina Elizabeth Cathey. C. M. Patterson was born in Macon County, North Carolina. He went to Union County, Georgia while very young and grew up there, marrying Lavina there in 1861. Along with his brothers he enlisted in the Confederate Army for the Civil War. Unlike the others he switched sides at some point and joined the Union Army. This caused a rift in the family and after the war they had a falling out and went their separate ways. The others heading west to Colorado, he remaining in Georgia. Very soon C. M. and family moved back into what was then Macon County, North Carolina. The area they lived in became Swain County in 1871. C. M. and Lavina both died in Swain.
  6. Carroll Alonso Patterson (1880-1922) was born and raised in Swain County. He and his neighbor Hattie T. Grant (1879-1953) had a child out of wedlock born in 1902. Her family left the county a year or so afterwards. Lon married Nora Camby in 1907 in Swain. They had one child Willa Bell Patterson (1909-1968). Willa's older half-brother (whom she probably never met) was my Great Grandfather Marvin R. Grant (1902-1992).

My older Patterson web pages are still online for the time being. They will be removed once I've updated the database to reflect all that is listed on the older pages. That will be a slow process.

Patterson Genealogy discussion group for research focussing on Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

What's New?

11 May 2013 - Redesigned the main Patterson page (this page).


Counties included. If a county isn't listed, I have not done any Patterson research there. Clicking on the link will open a search window showing results for Patterson + that county name. New updates may take a few days to appear in search results.

North Carolina: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania.

Georgia: Cherokee, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union .