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Name and Place

James Patterson moved to the Illinois territory in 1802 and settled at the Irish Settlement, in the present site of the town of Preston.. He was the original pioneer of the Irish Settlement. About 1819 he moved to Sparta, and there died in 1829.


James was born in Abbeville, South Carolina, and his father came to America from Ireland.



James had four sons:

  1. John
  2. Samuel
  3. Reuben
  4. James Harvey

Offices Held

He filled the office of justice of the peace for several years, and in 1819 was chosen as a member of the county commissioner's court. 



James was a ranger in the war of 1812-14. 




James Patterson was a man of great energy and activity, and always maintained a high standing in the community. 


  1. Combined History of Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties, Illinois, page 69