Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Research Interests

My research over the years has centered around the following families and topics:

My dad’s ancestors -- Patterson, as well as Akins, Ammons, Black, Byers, Chastain, Franks, Harrison, Ratcliff / Ratliff, Stephens.

My mom’s ancestors -- Davis, as well as Byrd, Duke, Langley, McGhee / McGehee. 

My wife’s ancestors -- Fishburne, as well as Bellinger, Bull, Holton. 

Yadkin River Valley NC families -- Harrison and Stewart, as well as Brooks, Hauser, Lash / Loesch. 

Stokes Co NC families -- Palmer / Parmer, as well as Cox, Dollahide / Dollarhide, Durham, George, Hickman, Holland, Nunn, Riddle, Simmons, Ward. 

Military History

  • French and Indian War
  • War for American Independence
  • War of 1812
  • War for Texas Independence
  • Texas Rangers
  • 1838 Indian Removal
  • War for Southern Independence
  • Spanish American War
  • World War I
  • World War II

Royal and Biblical Genealogies

Research History

In 2000 I was able to link my mother's ancestors to the royal families of Europe for the first time. This is through her Langley-McGhee-Fuller-Duke-Byrd lines. The royal families of Europe can be traced through multiple lines back to the Biblical genealogies, most commonly back to Judah, son of Jacob (Israel).

In June 2001 I was able to trace a line of my wife's ancestors back to the Biblical genealogies, through her Fishburne-Bellinger-Bull families.

In July 2001 I was able to connect my dad's ancestors back to the Biblical genealogies, through his Stephens-Byers-Ratcliff lineage.

Since 2001 however, most of my efforts have focused on my PATTERSON ancestors as I have been networking with other great researchers across the U.S. in a quest to learn more about our immigrant ancestors. Great clues have been uncovered since 2001 as pieces of our puzzle began to come together through hard work and great effort by many of us working together.

In July 2002 a friend of mine and cousin from the Patterson line (Harald Reksten) made an important trip to the South Carolina Archives to do on-site research of Robert Patterson's 1775 will. Robert Patterson was my GGGGGG-Grandfather, who lived from the early 1700's until 1775. Harald was able to take some very good quality photos of the different sections of this will in an effort to share with us the handwriting and signatures of different family members during the different stages of probation on this will (1775, 1775, 1791). Harald very graciously allowed me to share HIS notes and photos with everyone on my web site so that we all may view his findings, and possibly add insight as well. Thanks, Harald.

You may view this 1775 will and the associated probates on my web site at [link goes here]. This is a must read! Please allow about 5 - 10 seconds for the page to load. There are 12 images that will need to load in your web browser.

In late 2002 I put together a Biographical Sketch of Robert (R) Patterson. It is located at [link goes here] and includes much of the knowledge we have gained from the research that Harald Reksten, myself, and many others have put together over the years, regarding the life of Robert Patterson. Much is still to be learned about him and his family. It is my belief that he was my immigrant ancestor, perhaps having immigrated in the 1710's or 1720's. At this time I do NOT know when the immigration occurred, nor who the immigrants were. More has been learned since I wrote the bio sketch on Robert. Perhaps one day we’ll discover enough evidence to answer these questions.

Happy hunting as you browse my web site. I hope that some of the information I have may help you in your research. If you have anything to add or correct, or any other suggestions for that matter, please contact me. Thanks.

Wes Patterson

Friday, March 28, 2014

My web site is moving to a new format -- Coming Soon

Beginning March 27, 2014, my web site is under going changes -- both in where it is hosted, as well as the look and feel of the site. Even the amount of content on the site will probably change to some degree.

Over the next few days (hopefully only "days") you may experience some issues while the domain name is being transferred and modified to work in the environment of the new web host. So if you experience any issues intermittently in the coming days and weeks, please be patient and try again on subsequent days.

Thank you.