45 Years Old and Growing!
Located in Florissant, Missouri, in north St. Louis County, the John Patterson Chapter NSDAR was founded in 1963. The chapter supports historic, educational, and patriotic activities, and follows the national DAR motto, "God, Home, and Country." Our members actively participate in chapter, district, and state DAR activities. The chapter is proud to be the first in Missouri to present the DAR Medal of Honor to a female recipient, Mrs. Leslie S. Davison, of Florissant.
Who was John Patterson?
John Patterson, a Revolutionary War soldier, moved his family to Missouri, then Spanish territory, from North Carolina in 1797. He received a land grant, located about 15 miles northwest of the City of St. Louis, from the Spanish Governor. Game was abundant, and the land was in one of the most beautiful and fertile valleys in the area. Patterson received 1,500 arpens, or roughly 1,245 acres. The land bounded the Missouri River on the north, Cold Water Creek on the south, Halls Ferry Road to the west, and Bellfontaine Road on the east. The area became known as "The Patterson Settlement."
Patterson was born in 1760, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to Margaret and John Patterson. The family later moved to Orange County, North Carolina. After the Revolutionary War, Patterson moved to Pendleton County, South Carolina, and then to Jefferson County, Kentucky. In 1780, he married Keziah Horneday, and in May 1797, they moved to Missouri with ten children under the age of 15. After the death of Keziah, in 1810, Patterson married Mrs. Sally (Hubbard) Jamison who also had a family of 10 children. John and Sally became the parents of one child, David.1
Patterson and four of his 11 children are buried in Cold Water Cemetery, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The cemetery is owned and operated by the Missouri State Society DAR.
The image to the left shows the signature of John Patterson on 25 May 1838, when he applied for a Revolutionary War pension in St. Louis County. James S. Holladay and George Clay affirmed Patterson's Revolutionary War service.
The John Patterson Chapter DAR meets in Florissant during the months of August through May. Please contact our chapter if you are interesting in visiting our meetings. We welcome prospective members!
Links of Interest
For general information about DAR or DAR membership, visit the national DAR web site.
Learn what Missouri Daughters are doing at our state web site.
Explore historic Cold Water Cemetery for additional information about John Patterson, and two other Revolutionary War soldiers buried there: The Rev. John Clark and Eusebius Hubbard. The site is filled with wonderful photos of the cemetery.
1 Thanks to Jim Hume for the photo of John Patterson's grave at Cold Water Cemetery and for biographical information about Patterson.