Introductory Remarks

This website, originally established to accommodate my film-editing business, is now devoted primarily to Patterson genealogy.  Most papers posted here are the result of original research.  Some are a compilation of research done by others (whom I credit), to which I’ve added documentation whenever possible.


My fervent hope is that the information contained in the papers posted here will help stop the propagation of wrong information. With the advent of internet “research,” wrong information is growing exponentially as people find undocumented trees containing errors, and then copy and paste this flawed information into their own trees. I am appalled at the quantity of undocumented and often just plain wrong information posted on various websites.


My oldest proven Patterson ancestor is William Patterson (c. 1784-1854/55) who died in Rostraver, Westmoreland Co., PA. For over ten years I have been trying, without success, to learn the name of William’s father.  In order to narrow down this search I have had to research and eliminate many unrelated Patterson lines settling early in colonial America, and have found many primary source records not cited in the previous research of others. 


I thought it important to share my findings on these other Patterson lines, in the form of properly documented papers.  Hopefully, persons searching for information on their Patterson ancestors will stumble across my website and find some documented information to assist them in their search. 


Part of my documentation involves results of Y-DNA testing. Over the years, I have sought living male Patterson descendants of various lines, and have encouraged them to participate in Y-DNA testing at FamilyTreeDNA.  I’ve included results of this testing in various papers posted here.  (Names of living persons have not been shared).


The first Patterson families I researched were “Covenanters” living by the 1740’s in Lancaster Co., PA. Their minister was Rev. John Cuthbertson who came from Scotland in 1751. Covenanters were not members of the mainstream Presbyterian Church. Covenanters were a close-knit lot and for generations they married into other Covenanter families. There were many first and second cousin marriages. They were among the first to push west into the unsettled lands of western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio.  The papers in the “Covenanter” section below are a result of intense original research, and contain much information not found by previous researchers. For an explanation of Covenanter beliefs, see my “About Covenanters” paper listed first in this category.  


If you have documented information to add to any of these papers, please note this in the “Comment” box attached to each paper. If you add your e-mail address to your comment I will contact you to confirm that I have received your information, and to discuss how your information can be added to the paper.