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Patterson, Iowa
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Our Genealogy Helper for Patterson ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Patterson (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Patterson. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Patterson is located in Des Moines County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Des Moines County: Henry, Lee, Louisa, Hancock (IL) & Henderson (IL).

Below are the counties that are near Patterson. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Patterson:

Des Moines     (The home county for Patterson)
  Burlington   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  West Burlington   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Danville   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dodgeville   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sperry   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mediapolis   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Yarmouth   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  New London   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Mount Union   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Salem   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oakland Mills   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Westwood   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rome   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Swedesburg   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Olds   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wever   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Denmark   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Sawyer   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Fort Madison   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  West Point   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Jeffersonville - Historic   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Galland   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pilot Grove   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New Boston   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elrick Junction   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Morning Sun   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wapello   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Van Buren
  Farmington   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bonaparte   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stockport   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Adams (IL)
  Lima (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Loraine (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fulton (IL)
  Avon (IL)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Hancock (IL)
  Dallas City (IL)   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Pontoosuc (IL)   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Colusa (IL)   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Niota (IL)   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  La Harpe (IL)   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Adrian (IL)   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Burnside (IL)   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ferris (IL)   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Nauvoo (IL)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Carthage (IL)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elvaston (IL)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hamilton (IL)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bentley (IL)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
Henderson (IL)
  Carman (IL)   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Gulf Port (IL)   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Lomax (IL)   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Stronghurst (IL)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gladstone (IL)   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Media (IL)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Raritan (IL)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Biggsville (IL)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Oquawka (IL)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Knox (IL)
  Abingdon (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Augustine (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
McDonough (IL)
  Blandinsville (IL)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sciota (IL)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  VIshnu Springs (IL) - Historic   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Good Hope (IL)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tennessee (IL)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Colchester (IL)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lamone Village (IL)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Colmar (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  East Village (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Macomb (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  University Village (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bardolph (IL)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bushnell (IL)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Mercer (IL)
  Keithsburg (IL)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Boston (IL)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Seaton (IL)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Joy (IL)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aledo (IL)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Alexis (IL)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Burgess (IL)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eliza (IL)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Schuyler (IL)
  Huntsville (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Warren (IL)
  Smithshire (IL)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kirkwood (IL)   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Roseville (IL)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Youngstown (IL)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Little York (IL)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Monmouth (IL)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Berwick (IL)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gerlaw (IL)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cameron (IL)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shanghai City (IL)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clark (MO)
  Alexandria (MO)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Revere (MO)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wayland (MO)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clark City (MO)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kahoka (MO)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Patterson, see our County-by-County Page for Patterson.

Cemeteries Near Patterson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Patterson.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Patterson covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Sourwine Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Spring Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Talbert Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cowles Farm Plot   [Map]     
  NE Prugh Farm Plot   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rock Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Swede Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mohnike Cemetery   [Map]     
  W South Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Beebe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Terney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clover Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Carman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE North Sixth Street Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sixth Street Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burlington RC Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  N Burlington Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mormon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carter Burial Plot   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW St. Mary's Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Freeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Aspen Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NW Old County Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elliot Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Augusta Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Claypoole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Schnupper Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Lee Burial Plot   [Map]     
  W Hauck Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Lost Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pontoosuc Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gittings Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gittings Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hopper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Meyers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wykerts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burlington Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Steingreaber Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leuins Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Flint River Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lauther Grounds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Slack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Alley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Durham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Terre Haute Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kemp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chief Tama Grave   [Map]     
  N Criner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Middletown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Brockway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mothershed Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW John Box Grounds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burton Farm Grounds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hillcrest Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SW Iowa State Prison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tull Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Little Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Vandruff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Peasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Olena Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Long Creek Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Denmark Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Patterson ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 72 newspapers that have been published in the area around Patterson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Patterson, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Patterson.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Patterson had railroad service and no post office.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Patterson, with the one closest to Patterson listed first.

Carman (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Patterson
 - 1895 population of 198 people
 - Carman had a post office and railroad service
Burlington   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Patterson
 - 1895 population of 22,566 people (with 24,838 people in 2018)
 - Burlington had a post office and railroad service
Wever   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Patterson
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Wever had a post office and railroad service
West Burlington   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Patterson
 - 1895 population of 836 people (with 2,895 people in 2018)
 - West Burlington had a post office and railroad service
Lomax (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Patterson
 - 1895 population of 159 people (with 404 people in 2018)
 - Lomax had a post office and railroad service
Iowa Junction (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Patterson
 - Iowa Junction had railroad service and no post office
Dallas City (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Patterson
 - 1895 population of 747 people (with 878 people in 2018)
 - Dallas City had a post office and railroad service
Augusta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Patterson
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Augusta had a post office and no railroad service
Pontoosuc (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Patterson
 - 1895 population of 249 people (with 137 people in 2018)
 - Pontoosuc had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Patterson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Patterson in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Patterson:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Iowa to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Des Moines County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Henry County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Adams County (IL):     Cyndi's



Fulton County (IL):     Cyndi's



Hancock County (IL):     Cyndi's



Henderson County (IL):     Cyndi's



Knox County (IL):     Cyndi's



McDonough County (IL):     Cyndi's



Mercer County (IL):     Cyndi's



Schuyler County (IL):     Cyndi's



Warren County (IL):     Cyndi's



Clark County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Des Moines County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Des Moines County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Iowa
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Patterson ...

While our initial data about Patterson came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Patterson in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Patterson.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Patterson:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned

The GNIS database contains an entry for Patterson. See our Misc Page for Patterson for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Des Moines County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Patterson. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Des Moines County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Patterson) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Patterson. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Patterson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Patterson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7398, Longitude: -91.1399     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Patterson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>RC is an abbreviation for Roman Catholic. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the Roman Catholic Church. See their website at: Roman Catholic website.

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<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<4>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Patterson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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