My Thomas Patterson was not the man by the same name in Charleston District, St Bartholomew's Parish, SC in the 1790 census.
Yesterday, while at the SC archives with Harald Reksten, I was able to PROVE completely that this Thomas was NOT my Thomas. He wrote his will in 1797 (Charleston Wills, Vol 27, pg 827), and it was proved in 1799 (Will Book C, pg 554). This Thomas only had one son, Thomas Patterson Jr. The William Patterson living with him was his nephew.
His will identifies nephews William and Henry Patterson, and then identifies Charles and James Patterson, sons of Henry, and then also identifies a John Cornelius Patterson, son of William.
This location was in Colleton District / County in 1800 and 1810 census years. Again, this was NOT my Thomas Patterson.