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William Byrd Patterson 

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Frank Byrd Patterson
1826 - 6/1864

Mary Jane Thomas
1826 - 8/25/1919
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William Byrd Patterson
1/25/1848 - 1903
(Shown at age 52)
William Byrd Patterson was born on January 25, 1848 in Geneva County, Alabama and died about 1903 in an unknown place. Actual date of death is unknown. He lived to be about 54 years old.

He married Samantha Byrd (4/25/1857 -1/18/1939).

Their children: Laura Delia(1876)
Susan R. (1878),
Docia Ann (1879),
Shelley H. (1880),
George A. (1881),
Samantha E. (1883),
Nellie J. (1885),
Emma Francis (1887),
William Alto (1888),
Joseph G. (1890),
Sarah B. (1892),
Ila Aurelia (1894),
Flade (1895),
Alley Otis(1896),
John (1897),
Quillen T. (1898).
Records
Census1/1/1850 AL (Dale County) 1 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Patterson.  William B. Patterson - Agricultural Census - Acres of Improved Land:65, Cash Value of Farm: 95,Value of Farm Implements and Machinery: 45, Value of Livestock: 240  
Census10/12/1850 Southern Division AL (Dale County) 2 yrs old 
Family # 32, FB Patterson (age 24), wife, Mary (age 18),John (age3) William (age 1) F. B. states he is a farmer, he was born in LA. Mary was born in GA and the children were born in AL. 
Census6/2/1860 Newton AL (Dale County) 12 yrs old 
family #63: Byrd Patterson (age 35, born in Mississippi), Mary (age 31, born in GA), John (age 13), William (age 11), Joseph (age 11), James (age 8), Thomas (age 6), Daniel (age 5), Lewis (age 1). All of the children were born in AL. Byrd states his occupation as Farmer and estimates his real estate at $600 and his personal estate at $300. The oldest children indicated they attended school during the past year. 
Other8/3/1867 AL (Dale County) 19 yrs old 
#543 - John W. Patterson - Voter registered on Aug. 3, 1867. Book 1, page 422
#544 - William B. Patterson - Voter registered on Aug. 3, 1867. Book 1, page 422
#581 - J. Patterson - Voter registered on Aug. 3, 1867. Book 1, page 441
#949 - John W. Patterson - Voter registered on Aug. 3, 1867. Book 1, page 475 
Census6/15/1880 Barnes Cross Roads and Rocky Head AL (Dale County) 32 yrs old 
Listed as family #101: William Patterson (age 32), Surmathia Patterson (age 23), Laura D. Patterson (age 4), Susan R. Patterson (2), & Docia A. Patterson (1). All were born in AL. William is a farmer. His father was born in GA; mother in AL. Surmathia's father was born in NC and mother in AL.  
Census6/22/1900 Brantins AL (Geneva County) 52 yrs old 
Listed as family #403: William Patterson (age 52, born in 1848), Samantha Patterson (age 43, born in 1857), Susan R. Patterson (21, 1878), Docia A. Patterson (20, 1979), Shelley H. Patterson (19, 1880), George A. Patterson (18, 1881), Samantha E. Patterson (16, 1883), Nellie J. Patterson (15, 1885), Emma F. Patterson (12, 1887), William A. Patterson (11, 1888), Joseph G. Patterson (9, 1890), Sarah V. Patterson (7, 1892), Ila A. Patterson (5, 1894), Ala O. Patterson (4, 1896) and John Patterson (2, 1897). All were born in AL. William is a farmer.  
Additional information about Geneva County, AL around 1900: A courthouse fire in 1898 destroys many county records. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other6/1/1989  86 yrs after death 
Letter saying Byrd Patterson is a Cherokee Indian. 

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2 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
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5 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
8 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
11 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
17 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
21 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
29 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
31 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
41 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
47 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
49 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
52 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
52 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
53 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
54 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
55 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
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13 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
14 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
34 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
37 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
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7 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
12 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
14 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
15 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
17 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
20 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
27 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
28 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded


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