Alpha was a farmer, merchant, and magistrate. Was called "Judge Patterson" by the community. This was even listed on his death certificate and his gravestone.
Alpha's first appearance in a census record was in 1900 at the age of six. He was living on his father's farm in Rosehill, Mercer County. Alpha's mother, Dallas Teeter Patterson had died 1899 and her obituary lists TWO children. Alpha's sibling remains unknown as of yet. Alpha's first step-mother, Anna (Unknown) Patterson (no profile) was living in the household.
1910 United States Federal Census Name: Alpha Patterson Age in 1910: 16 Birth Year: abt 1894 Birthplace: Kentucky Home in 1910: Dixville, Mercer, Kentucky Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Grandson Marital Status: Single Father's Birthplace: Kentucky Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky Native Tongue: English Attended School: Yes Able to Read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Armstead Patterson 69 J Nancy Patterson 70 Alpha Patterson 16
At the time of the 1920 census, Alpha was 16 and still living at home, working on the farm. He had two younger half-siblings also in the household, Armpy and George, children of his father's second wife. He is listed as single, but he must have gotten married shortly after the census was taken as later census records list him as having been married form the age of 16. A marriage record has not been found.
Alpha registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. He is listed as a natural born citizen, living at Rose Hill, Dixville, Mercer County. He was of medium height and medium build with blue eyes and dark brown hair. Alpha asked for an exemption from service on the grounds of "support for wife & child."
In 1920, Alpha and his wife, Elizabeth Paralee "Betty" Taylor, were living on the Dixville-Stewartsville Pike in Mercer County. One of Alpha's uncles had gifted a farm to Alpha after he married, so he was living on that farm at the time of the census. However, farming was not his occupation. He was the owner of a general store at or near his home. There were only two children in the household, a daughter, Bernice, and a son, Charles. Two other children were born to Alpha and Betty between marriage and the 1920 census, an infant son and a daughter, Ruby, both of whom were born premature and died at birth. 
The 1920s were good to Alpha and his small family. He was able to buy a grand house on Moreland Avenue in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, and was the proprietor of a general store in town. His elder child, Bernice, had married and moved out, so only his wife Betty and young son, Charles, age 11, lived at home. The house was valued at $10,000 (it would be valued much less in 1940 and was to burn down in the 1970s). Alpha owned a radio set. 
The last census in which Alpha appeared was in 1940, shortly before his death. He was 45 years old and struggling the effects of spinal cancer. He was still living on Moreland Avenue in Harrodsburg. The value of his home had by this time dropped to $3800. This census indicated that Alpha had only completed the seventh grade. An Alice Payne, 38, was living in the household, but she remains unidentified. His only son, Charles, was nearing the time for his enlistment in the United States Navy.
Alpha committed suicide on 3 Jun 1940 due to the extreme pain of having cancer. He is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky. His wife would never marry again and is buried beside him in the Patterson plot at Spring Hill.
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