One relative of this family group, Alphus Patrick, married Nancy Ann Weeks in

Perquimans Co, NC in 1833.


Crystal Jensen


Biographical Record of Macoupin Co, ILL 1904

Patrick Family

            William Patrick, one of the highly esteemed retired residents of Staunton, Macoupin

County, was born April 28, 1831, in Ayrshire, Scotland, and was nine years of age

when he accompanied his parents, John and Margaret (Stirritt) Patrick, to America.


            John Patrick was born September 25, 1788, in Ayrshire, Scotland, and died near

Bunker Hill, Illinois, October 13, 1867. In his own land, he was an expert silk

weaver, but, with a family of 13 children, he found it necessary to make a change in

order to provide for their necessities. Hence, in 1841, with his family and

household possessions, among which was a sword which had done good work in the hands

of an ancestor in the early wars, he sailed from Liverpool, and by slow traveling at

length reached Bunker Hill, Illinois, which was then a hamlet of 10 houses and one

general store. Here he bought 120 acres of land and spent the remainder of his life.


            His wife Margaret was the only daughter of James Stirritt, and was born September

16, 1792, in Dairi (Dalry), Scotland, and died January 18, 1874, aged 83 years. The

eight members of their family who reached maturity were; James, who died at Alton,

Illinois; John, who died at Bunker Hill, Macoupin County; Mrs. Ann Templeton, who

died at Bunker Hill, Macoupin County; Mrs. Margaret Muir, who died near St. Louis,

Missouri; Mrs. Janet Galloway, who died at Bunker Hill, Macoupin County; William,

who is the subject of this sketch; Mrs. Mary Dickie, who is the mother of Postmaster

Dickie, of, Bunker Hill, Macoupin County; and Robert E., of Omaha, Nebraska. The

family was reared in the Presbyterian Church.


            Although 63 years have passed since Mr. Patrick left his natitve land, during which

period he has lived an active and at times an adventurous life, he distinctly

recalls the family embarkation at Liverpool, the long voyage of 39 days before

landing at New York and the continued trip across the country to Pittsburg, from

which point an Ohio River boat transferred the travelers to one on the great

Mississippi, and at length Alton, Illinois, was reached.


            Including the wait of two weeks at Pittsburg, the trip from the coast had taken over

a month which can now be accomplished in less than 24 hours. Mr. Patricks boyish

interest was excited by the way the hinged smokestacks on the locomotives were

worked as the noisy little engines passed under bridges.


            One Winter was passed by the family at Alton, but in 1842 they permanently located

at Bunker Hill, Macoupin County, and our subject remained with his father until he

was 18 years of age.


            In 1850 he started with an ox team to cross the plains to California, accompanied by

his brother-in-law, Andrew Muir. After many adventures and dangers from the Indians,

they reached the gold regions and Mr. Patrick spent seven years there, accumulating

a capital which gave him a good start in life. He earned it by hard work, working in

deep canyons, where he saw the sun neither rise nor set, enjoying its light for but

a few hours a day. He returned to Bunker Hill, but a year later crossed the plains

again with a mule team, in 1859.


            Mr. Patrick has the honor of being one of the discoverers of gold at Central City,

and was a companion of Green Russell, of Georgia, who named Russells Gulch, a rich

mining locality. Mr. Patrick discovered the noted Mammoth Lode, and in the fall he

returned to Bunker Hill.


            In the following spring, equipped with tools and mining machinery, including a

quartz mill, he made a third trip and worked in this lode until late in the fall and

again returned. This was Mr. Patrick's last trip to the far West.


            When the last call was made for troops for the Civil War, Mr. Patrick enlisted in

Company G, 20th Reg., Illinois Vol. Inf., and served until the close of the war,

taking part in the battles of Nashville, Tennessee, and of Wise's Forks, North

Carolina, and was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky in July, 1865. Mr. Patrick

draws a pension, and is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.


            After remaining one more year at Bunker Hill, he went to Montgomery County,

Illinois, where he improved a farm and continued to operate it for 12 years,

removing then to Staunton, where he has resided ever since. Mr. Patrick opened up a

stone quarry, but this venture was not successful, and brought upon him a loss of

some $2,000.


            He built his present pretentious home for a hotel and operated it for 10 years as

the Patrick Hotel, and since then has occupied it as a private residence. For seven

years he was engineer for the Consolidated Coal Company. For some years he has lived

retired from business responsibilities.


            Mr. Patrick was married March 14, 1860, to Althea Aeolian Wood, who was born near

Bunker Hill, Illinois, March 14, 1837, and is one of a family of eight children born

to Samuel and Keziah (Daugherty) Wood, natives of Kentucky. The children of this

marriage were: William H., who is a banker at Clarendon, Texas; Jeannet, who is the

wife of Charles R. Wall, a banker of Staunton, Macoupin County; Elgin, who is a

resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rosalie, the widow of Charles D. Mitchell,

who resides with our subject, with her two children, Leland and Margaret; George

Bley, a resident of Decatur, Illinois, who is a conductor on the Wabash Railroad,

and has two children, Hazel and George; and Bernean, who lives at home. One son,

Bernard, died aged one year.


            Mr. Patrick has always supported the Republican party, but has not sought political

honors, although his friends have upon several occasions elected him alderman. He

was reared in the Presbyterian Church. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason, and is

an honorary member of the Woodmen.