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- Occupation: Missionary, teacher
- Education: BA, University of South Dakota; MA, University of Oklahoma; MS, Texas A&M International University
- Religion: Evangelical Christian: in turn I've been Methodist, Presbyterian, Assembly of God, Pentecostal Holiness, Baptist
- Memberships: Daughters of the American Revolution #554801, Regent, Okamanpedo Chapter, ca 1973-75; Regent Elect, Lucy Meriwether Chapter, 1997; Regent, 2004-06; Treasurer, 2006-10; First Vice Regent, 2010-, Oklahoma Prairies Chapter; Cameo Club, Secretary 2003; Chapter Regents' Club, Chaplain (appointed) 2005, Secretary, 2008-; DAR Good Citizen State Chairman, 2006-08, President General's Project State Chairman, 2008-; Oklahoma Society of Mayflower Descendants, Deputy Governor General, 2010-, State Secretary, 1998-2004; State Historian, 2004- ; Associated Daughters of Early American Witches; First Families of the Twin Territories; Society of Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge.
- At the University of South Dakota, I was on the Union Board of Control my freshman year, and I was President of the Spanish Club during the 1968-69 school year. Member of Girl Scouts from Brownies in second grade through 11th: 22+ badges. Order of the Rainbow Girls, Grand Cross of Color.
- Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa. Alpha Lambda Delta. In high school, National Honor Society, 4.0 Club at Putnam City, valedictorian.
- From an early age, these were things I loved to do: read history and historical fiction, solve puzzles and spend time with my family. When I was growing up, we always had a small bookshelf in the living room with several books including my mom's copy of Charles Ross Shultz's Descendants of Michael Shultz. Mom remembered that when the book was published, her parents received a post card offering the book for sale; since she expressed interest, they bought it for her.
- Then, when I was in sixth grade, I received my class's American History award from a DAR chapter. I didn't even know there was such a thing as Daughters of the American Revolution.
- I always was a little jealous of my classmates who could say with authority, "I'm Irish," or "I'm half French," or "I'm half Indiian." I knew two things only about my ancestry: Gramps's family was probably part Indian, and my dad's grandfather was a first cousin of Abraham Lincoln's. So my interest was there; I just didn't know how to go about finding my own ancestry.
- When we were living in Buffalo, in the summer of 1966, I found a library book on genealogy. I read, followed the directions, wrote letters, starting with own four grandparents and my great-grandmother Pedigo. They gave me names and addresses to write more letters. At the end of that summer, as my parents were moving to Kansas City, we went to Oklahoma and drove around visiting aunts, cousins, and graveyards. Gramps answered with the famous-in-the-family letter about me being descended from a monkey. But by the start of college that fall, I had my five-generations chart full.
- One memory in particular that stands out is Gramps saying, You know, my grandparents are buried at Clinton. Mom didn't even know that.
- It's now over 40 years late, and this hobby has been a continuing challenge through all these years. I packed my genealogy away when we went to South America as missionaries and didn't do much for 15 years or so. This is the time when Ramona and Mom found a great deal on their own. In 1986, after my bout with an earthquake, typhoid fever and hepatitis A, I spent most of my recovery time for two or three years writing genealogy letters.
- And of course, after we bought our first Macintosh computer in 1988 and the Internet came along soon after, genealogy will never be the same.
- Key dates: 1970, I joined the DAR
- 1987: mom and I went to the DAR Library in Washington DC; finds included Gilbert, Joy, Atwell, and James Alvis in Pike Co MO
- 1992: on my only trip to Salt Lake City, with mom and dad, I found my link to Ashley Alvis and Asa Brooks's birth in Buffalo
- 1993: Dad joined the Society of Mayflower Descendants
- 2004: after six weeks of study in the Dickinsons of New England, I deduced David Dickinson's ancestry
- 2007: I finally found two more generations back of Armstrongs
- 2008: I set up various web sites including a genealogy blog.
- 2010: descent from 20 of the 25 Magna Carta Sureties, from a full sister of King Henry IV, a full sister of Kings Edward IV and Richard III, cousins of five of Henry VIII's Queens, all five daughters of William Marshal, from Revolutionary War patriots from 9 colonies plus Vermont and Kentucky, from one passenger on the Mayflower, from a prisoner at Andersonville, from Daniel Boone's sister-in-law, from two convicted witches, from 93 Knights of the Garter (excluding royal princes), from six or seven early settlers of Jamestowne, from one soldier who died during the French and Indian War, from one of the Green Mountain Boys, from one soldier who spent the winter at Valley Forge, and from (probably) one colonial governor of Maryland. At this time I have approved DAR Patriot ancestors from seven of 8 great-grandparents and from 12 of 16 great-great grandparents; one ancestor went to Kentucky to avoid signing an oath of allegiance to the United States, and another paid double taxes as an acknowledged loyalist. One ancestral family, the Barrons of Northumberland, came to America in 1800; all other lines appear to have been here before the Revolutionary War.
- My ancestors were involved in the following confrontations with Native Americans: King Philip's War, the Nanticocke Indian War of 1678, the attack on Deerfield MA, the Battle of Tippecanoe, the Battle of Old Town (Chillicothe), the Black Hawk War, and the Sioux Uprising of 1862; one ancestor was scalped in Westmoreland Co PA during the Revolutionary War; and at least one ancestor was an Indian translator and trader. Greenberry Parker (or his wife, Elizabeth Willoughby) was probably part Indian.
- And I have an ancestors named Lancelot (Todd) and Percival (Lowell)., , ,
- Text: Lineage application of Katherine Alvis Patterson, national no. 554801, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, original membership through Michael Shultz, supplemental (Captain Daniel Eyster), "Add" volume 784, approved 1997. Other supplementals: Edward Pedigo, Joseph Bryan, Elijah Turner, Samuel Webster, Nathaniel Webster, Jacob Light, Jacob Ramp, John Craighead, Basil Prather, Joseph Phifer.
- Text: Lineage application of Katherine Alvis Patterson, national no. 60585, Society of Mayflower Descendants, approved 1994.
- Text: "Gov. Maxwell visits Oklahoma," The Mayflower Quarterly, Vol 65, No. 2, p. 158.
- Text: First Families of the Twin Territories, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, Special Publication No. 13, 1997, nos. 88, 635, 779, 901.
- Text: Kathryn Elaine Alvis, birth certificate no. 25429 (1947), Texas Department of Health--Bureau of Vital Statistics. I decided in Junior High to change the spelling to "Katherine," which I still prefer.
- Text: Caddo County Marriage Book 39: 281, Court Clerk's Office, Anadarko OK.
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