Gabriel Patterson is an unruly man!

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Gabriel Patterson is an ancestor by virtually one source, oral history. Andy his connection the his parents the same. In wonderful Ancestry, his purported gravestone has been copied over and over again, and if folks would look at the pic closely, it is obviously not his.

I’m pretty sure that he is connected with that large Patterson clan in East Tennessee. There were a crowd of families that lived near each other and married each other, Kerrs, Finleys (previous brick wall post, Elizabeth), etc. I’m thinking that Gabriel was a member of those Patterson’s who migrate from Virginia to Tennessee early on. 

I’ve put a note on his profile stating my misgivings but left the connections there until I can verify more information.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated!!!

WikiTree profile: Gabriel Patterson
in Genealogy Help by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.7m points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith

The tombstone comment

I would agree. I posted some information in the comments on the profile for the alleged Father: John Patterson that might be of interest. However information on Gabriel for me appears to be obscure however there appears to be a hypothesis on the Find A Grave bio.

Thank you so much, Steve. The Findagrave info may be where I got the idea that Gabriel, if he existed (outside of oral history), was the son of John, but I’m pretty sure I also heard this from a cousin who still lives on the old  Jeremiah Patterson homestead in Macon County, NC. Jeremiah was the purported son of Gabriel. That’s another story!

Thank you also, for the leads for John. That’s a great idea: working backward from the father. I’m going to collect all the data I can find along with what you found and make a conclusion.

What I really don’t want to do is to detach Jeremiah from Gabriel, and Gabriel from John.... yet, but I may have to. Still, it might not be such a loss, considering some of the sources used further up the line from John, Ancestry trees and unsourced gedcom imports no less!!  :-(

At least Elizabeth Finley, Gabriel’s wife, is an historical figure. And her connection to her son, Jeremiah Patterson, is solid. So I have that. His surname does lead to the Patterson’s in East Tennessee, just like Elizabeth’s surname leads to the Finleys in Blount County.  But this darned Patterson line has been a real, mind-bender for me, frustrating to no end! It is the only line in my entire tree that I cannot definitively move into the 1700s, the only dang one!!

Steve, with gratitude, I thank you for taking a stab at this for me. It always humbles me when someone takes time out of their own tree to assist me with mine.
Pip, you can always include links from the narrative to the purported parents; that way, the parental link is broken, but one can still see the disputed/purported link via the narrative.
Glad I could be of help will look more into it later today
Jillaine, I’d never thought of that. That might be the best solution. Actually, I think I’ll work that up. Makes more sense than to link them without hard evidence. And I’ll keep digging, too. Thanks!
Pip, the PGM project frequently uses a == Disputed Origins =='section above the biography for just this purpose.  If you google

"Disputed Origins"

You should find a bunch of examples as models.

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