|Aaron J. Van Patten
July 24, 1828 - June 24, 1903
Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan
Aaron Van Patten was born on July 24, 1828 in Russia Twp., Herkimer Co.,
New York and died on June 24, 1903 in Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan.
When he was seven years of age, his father moved to Onondaga Co., New
York, where he died in 1844, leaving a family of nine children. Aaron
remained with the family some ten years after his father's death, but worked
out a portion of the time. Wishing to get a home of his own, he came to
Livingston County, Michigan in 1854 and purchased eighty acres of land upon
which there was a small house and a few acres partially improved. He had
money to make a small payment, but nothing left to make further
improvements. For the necessaries of life he worked out by the day. Before
his "eighty" could be paid for, an adjoining one was offered for sale, and Mr.
Van Patten, desirous to possess a larger farm, borrowed the money and
purchased it. In those days the money-lender was master of the situation, and
the heavy interest he was obliged to pay added other and more serious
burdens to his already heavy load. At this juncture he received material aid by
marrying, March 15, 1857, Miss Phoebe Ann, daughter of Ira P. Annis, who
enlisted in the 26th Michigan Infantry, and died in hospital, March 17, 1863
aged forty eight years.
For several years after Mr. Van Patten was married, the struggle was severe
and progress slow, but through frugal habits and persistant industry, the land
has been paid for, large and substantial buildings erected, the farm put under a
high state of cultivation, and a handsome interest account running in his
favor. Mr. and Mrs. Van Patten are consistant members of the Methodist
Church. To them have been born eight children, five of whom are now living
- one son and four daughters.
(From a Biographical Sketch: 1880 - History of Marion Twp., Livingston Co.,