Biography of Col. Frank K. Patterson
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

COLONEL FRANK K. PATTERSON, special agent for the Royal Insurance Company, Pittsburg [sic], Pennsylvania, was born in Fawn, now Harrison, township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, in 1848; son of John and Mary (Cowan) Patterson. He is the great grandson of Robert Patterson, whose history, with that of his descendants, is traced below.

(I) Robert Patterson, born in Ireland October 14, 1763, died August 4, 1833, emigrated from the north of Ireland to America about 1785, and settled at what is now Munhali Station, on a farm. Later he purchased the land now known as the John Turner farm, on Squirrel Hill, Pittsburg [sic] [sic]; there he continued farming for a livelihood. He married Isabella Brisbin, born July 10, 1768, and died December 3, 1832, daughter of Captain John Brisbin, who commanded Company B, of the Third Pennsylvania Line, during the Revolutionary war, and died in 1821, and was buried in the Paxtang burying ground at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Robert and Isabella (Brisbin) Patterson had nine children, as follows: 1. Mary, born March 21, 1790, died May 13, 1855. 2. John (subjectís grandfather), born February 20, 1792, died at his home on Squirrel Hill, May 13, 1852 3. Elizabeth, born March 18, 1794, died July 9, 1872, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Mary Chadwick, Squirrel Hill. 4. James, born May 8, 1796, moved to Indiana, date of death unknown. 5. Isabella, born December 18, 1798, died at home in East Liberty, September 14, 1889. 6. Samuel, born June 24, 1801, died in Ohio in April, 1855. 7. Nancy, born December 4, 1804, died in July, 1870. 8. William, born June 8, 1806, no record of death. 9. Jane, born July 17. 1908, date of death unknown.

(II) John Patterson, eldest son of the emigrant Robert Patterson (I), was born on his fatherís farm before named as situated on Squirrel Hill, Pittsburg [sic] [sic], where be succeeded his father in farm pursuits, which he followed all his life. He married Mary Oldfield, born in Adams county, Pennsylvania, and they were the parents of three sons and four daughters, as follows: 1. Robert. 2. John. 3. George, who is still living (1907). 4. Eliza. 5. Isabelle, 6. Mary, who is still a survivor and the widow of Joseph Chadwick. 7. Nancy.

(III) John Patterson, father of Frank K. Patterson and son of John Patterson (II), was born February 24, 1822, on the farm on which his grandfather had settled, and there he also followed farm life until the spring of 1857, when he removed to a farm which he had purchased in Plum township, where he engaged in farming during the remainder of his life, dying in De cember, 1903. He married Mary Cowan, daughter of Robert Cowan, whose farm was located near where the Schenley Hotel now stands, and where Mrs. Patterson was born. John Patterson and his wife, Mary Cowan, were the parents of five children, including the subject, three sans and two daughters, all born in Harrison township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, except the youngest, who was born in Plum township of the same county. These children were: 1. Mary, deceased (unmarried). 2. Frank K., of this notice. 3. John H., of Los Angeles. 4. Robert W., deceased. 5. Belle M., wife of Robert Chesñey, of Coraopolis.

(IV) Frank K. Patterson, second child of John Patterson (III) and his wife, Mary (cowan) Patterson, received his education in the country schools of Plum township, Allegheny county, and while still a youth entered upon the military career which forms an important part of the record of his life. The military records disclose the following facts concerning his able service:

He enlisted, February 12, 1864, at the age of fifteen years, in Battery H, Third Regiment of Pennsylvania Artillery; and was honorably discharged July 25, 1865. He became a private in Parson's Zouaves (afterwards Company H, of Fourteenth Infantry Regiment), August 27, 1870 a private in Dunc Karns Rifles August 21, 1872; appointed captain and aide-de-camp, Third Brigade, Eighteenth Division, October 14, 1873; major and aide decamp, Ninth Division, August 19, 1874; to major and quartermaster, Ninth Division, December 29, 1875; mustered out on the reorganization of guard, June 12, 1878; appointed brigade inspector, Second Brigade, April 6, 1887, to rank from February 19, 1887; re-appointed brigade inspector, Februaiy 6, 1892; appointed captain and aide-de-camp, Second Brigade, November 26, 1895; major and ordnance officer, June 13, 1896; re-appointed January 26, 1897, commission expired, June 7, 1908; re-appointed, June 15, 1898; to general inspector of rifle practice, january 30, 1899; re-appointed, February 24, 1903, and again re-appointed, February, 1907,

Upon reaching manhood Colonel Patterson engaged in the hardware business at Freeport, Pennsylvania, for a period of about three years, and then engaged in the insurance business until 1884, when he was appointed special agent f or the Royal Insurance Company, which position he is still holding in a successful manner.

He is a member of the Pittsburg [sic] Board of Trade, and belongs to the Sons of the American Revolution and the Grand Army of the Republic. He is identified with the East Liberty Presbyterian church.

Colonel Patterson has been twice married. His first wife was Sadie E. Magill, born in Freeport, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Dr. Thomas and Elizabeth Magill, and their children were: 1. Mary E., for a number of years teacher of languages in the Pittsburg [sic] public schools, died in September, 1903, aged twenty nine. 2. Hattie, wife of E. N. Gillespie, of Robertson, Illinois. 3. Thomas Magill, unmarried, special agent for the Girard Insurance Company, Pittsburg [sic], Pennsylvania. The mother of these children died in Freeport in 1883, and Colonel Patterson subsequently married Alice Mahaffey, of Mahaffey, Clearfield county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Robert and Mary Mahaffey, to whom were born the following children: 1. Catharine. 2. Margaret. 3. Frances, who died, aged five years. Colonel Patterson is now a resident of the Twentieth ward; Pittsburg [sic], living at 432 Graham street.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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