Sara (Stevens) Patton

Sara (Stevens) Patton

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Sara E. Patton formerly Stevens
Born 1940s.
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I grew up as an Air Force "brat", moving every 5 years or so, as my father got transferred to new assignments. After graduating from the University of Colorado, my husband and I continued our life in the AF, living all over the United States. In between raising three daughters, I was able to get a master's degree in history and have a 20 year career in the field of history, first in historic preservation, then 15 years as the director of two separate state history museums, one in MD and one at Jamestown in VA.

Perhaps my life as a gypsy was what drew me to family history--showing me that I did belong somewhere. I started by collecting family stories and looking at old family photos--which even today are still much more fun than collecting names and dates. But as an historian, I appreciate even more that someone in my family at some point in time was involved in almost every major historical event in American history. Having that personal connection for me has made history really come alive. It encourages me to want to learn even more about those particular events and allows me to better understand how outside factors--be it war, economic opportunity or depression, contagious diseases, technology, religion, whatever -- impacted or motivated my forebears.

Though my families seem to have always been on the move from east to west, I've tried to visit the places where they settled or where they fought or where they were buried. I've also tried to look at the actual records and documents that show the land they bought, the births and deaths of their children, the activities they engaged in, the property and debts they left behind.

I am an avid researcher and insist on documenting their lives with as much evidence as I can find. I'm not one for copying or accepting someone else's chart, especially when they lack documentation, except to use as clues to prove or disprove. Too often have I seen written material, even published county histories, that are just flat out incorrect yet accepted as gospel.

I also firmly believe in giving credit where credit is due. If someone discovers a source that proves or disproves, or takes the time to do the background history and writes it up, or does some critical analysis of the documents available that results in a better understanding of the families and times in which they lived, that someone deserves the credit...whether it has a copyright or not.

So that's my biography and why I'm happy to be on Wikitree which shares my same values for genealogical research.




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Hi Sara. I'm cleaning up my page and found this message. I'm not sure if I responded. I have seen the spelling variations as Dosher, Dozier, Dosier, Dozer and probably many more. Dosher went in to her profile as a default when I created her as a a child of Henry Dosher. Yes Nancy married David Hughart. Sorry for the delay
posted by Mike Davis
Happy New Year, Sara. I see you set an unmerged match on Hawkins-8185 and Hawkins-96. Could you add a comment on either one of them as to your thinking for this? Many thanks!
posted by Jillaine Smith
Hi Sarah, I would like to merge my Lydia (Stafford); Garred-4262 with your Lydia Stafford-2094. She is my great aunt, as stepsister to my great Grandfather
HI Sara: Are you referring to Ebenezer Booth-103. I am no longer a profile manager of that profile and I see you are so pls go ahead and change any of my errors on the profile:)..M
posted by Marie Chantigny
There seems to be 2 different Dilworth families living in Pennsylvania.

One is Benjamin Dilworth Benjamin Dilworth, Rachel’s father applied for a land grant in Little Britain 17 Nov 1743. He is listed in Little Britain tax records in 1754 & 1758 as a farmer. On June 20, 1760 he purchased 15 acres of land from David McCombe. This is the same land that Wilson & Rachel receive from him Feb 17, 1751 & that Rachel sold in Aug 27, 1770. Benjamin presumed to be buried at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church-Westmoreland co. PA. He had moved to Westmoreland PA prior to writing his will Nov 19, 1773- probated Sept 11, 1777

Rachel DILWORTH b. 1740 Little Britain, Lancaster PA d. 1789 Guilford N.C. m. William GREEN b. ca 1732 Britton, Gloucestershire, England or Wrawby, Lincoln England d. Dec 1763

posted by Bev (Ostrom) Anonymous
I tried to add my GG Grandfather John Grove to my "tree" but it says I need your permission. I am new to this and am not sure what to do. Thanks Earl Park
posted by [Living Park]
Regarding "You posted the following for John Bostwick.

" also shows he was married to Eunice Warriner". Can you give documentation for the statement? There is a lot of undocumented info on Ancestry so it would be helpful to know a specific source." Ancestry must be incorrect. Arthur Bostwick (Bostwick-125) b. 28 Jun 1729 was married to Eunice (Warriner) Bostwick on 1 July 1752.

posted by Norma Bostwick

Hi Sara, While researching some WALNs I noticed you manage quite a few of these guys profiles on WikiTree. Please consider checking my Waln Family Tree at above http and (if you think it passes muster) use it to fill-in the blanks and allow me to help ypu.

Thanks! Nick Waln

posted by Nicholas Waln
Hi Sara, Looks like we could be related...just connected your Mordecai Lee, to my family tree.
posted by Robin Lee
hi sara. my farthest back patton is john b.08 dec 1749 in ulster, d.oct 1808 carter, tn. married mary "gunpowder mary" mckeehan in 1722 carlisle, cumberland pa. she was b. england 1751. their 1st 2 children, margaret and anna b. pa. then next was b. washington, nc, then carter, tn. these too early for your 1831. the story of gunpowder mary is interesting. you can google her. she has a museum. susan

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