From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
Adam Patterson was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1816, a son of William and Catherine (Snyder) Patterson, his father a native of New Jersey and his mother of Pennsylvania, of German descent. His parents settled in Tuscarawas County about 1790. They had a family of eleven children -- Adam; Elizabeth, now Mrs. Haswell; John, of Kansas; David, of Coshocton County, Ohio; Aaron, of Knox County, Ohio; Edward, of Steuben County, Ohio; Benjamin, Joseph and Elias, of Tuscarawas County; Lavinia, wife of Elias King; Mary, deceased. Adam Patterson was married in 1841 to Catherine Gabriel, daughter of Daniel and Catherine Gabriel, of Wayne County, Ohio. After his marriage he lived three and a half years in Coshocton County, and then moved to Steuben County, Ind., and located four miles South of Metz, where he bought forty acres of land for $100, and went to work to clear it of timber and build a cabin. His spare time was spent in forging cow-bells, which he took to the prairies and exchanged for wheat and other necessaries. In 1870 he sold his property in Richland Township and bought the old Carrollton property in Mill Grove Township where he has since lived. He owns seventy-nine acres of choice land, all under cultivation, and his residence and farm buildings are among the best in the township.
Submitted by Kim Davoli