Biography of J. H. Patterson
Allen County, OH Biographies

J. H. PATTERSON, merchant, Bluffton, was born in West Virginia. July 1, 1837, son of Enoch and Mary (Moore) Patterson, who came to Ohio in 1838; the former, a farmer by occupation, born in old Virginia, of Irish descent; the latter, a native of Ohio. of English lineage. Of their three children J. H. is the eldest. Our subject received a common school education in Mercer County, Ohio. and early in life commenced clerking in a dry goods store. When the war of the Rebellion broke out, he promptly enlisted, in 1861, in Company A, Forty sixth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was orderly sergeant of the company. He was discharged on account of disability, but soon regaining his health, he reenlisted in the Eighty eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and when the company was organized was elected second lieutenant, being soon afterward promoted to first lieutenant. He participated in Shiloh and other battles After his discharge he returned to Ohio and farmed for two years, then engaged in mercantile trade at Mendon, Mercer Co., Ohio. and in 1875 moved to St. Mary's, opened a store, and also engaged in the grain business, in which he still continues. In 1881 Mr. Patterson opened a dry goods store at Bluffton, this county. He was married. in 1866, to Mary J. Balliet, who bore him the following children: Emma, James and Ida. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He held most of the township offices in Union Township, Mercer Co., Ohio; is commander of Post 83. G. A. R. In polities he is a Republican.

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