Margaret Patterson d 3 Dec 1874

Margaret Patterson was the 11th child of the family, born about 1800 in Henniker NH, daughter of Joseph C and Susannah (Duncan) Patterson.  All four of her grandparents were from Atrim, Ireland, and one grandmother was actually born while crossing to America.  Her father was a Revolutionary War soldier.

Margaret married 4 Mar 1823 to Sylvanus Hayes and became a farmer’s wife.  In 1830, they lived in Orford NH.  In 1840 the family – male and female adults, two boys, and a girl, lived in Hanover. Besides William and George, Sylvanus and Margaret brought up Almeda Waterhouse, daughter of Benjamin Waterhouse and Fanny Bartlett. 

In 1850, they lived in Hanover.  The 1850 census lists sons William and George.  (Daughter Almeda was married by then.)  1860 has the family living in Hanover.  Also in the family is Arabella Turner.  A couple years later, she married William Hayes and became Margaret’s daughter-in-law.  By 1870, Margaret and Sylvanus were living with son William and his family in Hanover.  George was also in that house hold.  Almeda Waterhouse-Hayes Hall is living nearby. 

Sylvanus died 3 January 1874, and Margaret died 3 Dec 1874.  They are buried at Greensboro cemetery in Hanover, with a shared headstone.

As a side note, this particular entry is an example of how writing the mini biographies has paid off for me.  By concentrating on one person, I’m checking for new available data.  Trying to confirm the story that Margaret raised Almeda, I came across Almeda’s death certificate which for me, for the first time, identified her birth parents!


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