I don't remember too much about my Great Grandfather. He had a nickname "Boopie" and somewhere in my possession there is a picture of him holding me as a newborn. I do have many memories of my Great Grandmother as she lived until after I graduated from High School and I was a freshman at The Ohio State University Newark when she died.
Grandmother Patton did not like to be called Grandma...she wanted to be called Grandmother Patton. I stayed with her often at her farm. She had chickens, cows, and sheep. I can remember she and I going out to the hen house and gathering eggs for our breakfast. She put a step stool right up to the stove and showed me how to cook an egg strait from the hen house. She served us breakfast on Fiestaware by Homer Laughlin. I collect Fiesta to this day. I am certain that the memory of her and my early experiences on her farm inspired me to collect Fiesta initially.
From Centennial History Of Coshocton County Ohio Vol.2 by William J Bahmer
Archibald Patton, deceased, carved his name deeply on the records of the pioneer history of Coshocton county, which owes much of its advancement to his efforts. He was born on the old homestead farm in Pike township, October 30, 1826, and his entire life covering a period of seventy years was here spent, for his death occurrred March 14, 1896. The parents, James and Mary (Gardner) Patton, were both natives of Ireland, the former born in County Derry, while the birth of the latter occurred in County Antrim. At an early day they emigrated to America, meeting in Philadelphia, where their marriage occurred. There they made their home until the birth of their oldest son, when they made their way to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where they spent two years and during this time a second son was added to the household. Removing from Pittsburg, they located in Washington county, Pennsylvania, where a daughter was added to the family. In 1819 they made their way to Coshocton county, where the father entered one hundred and sixty acres of land from the government, to which he later added until he became one of the large landowners of this section of the state. He was a stonecutter by trade but after his removal to the Buckeye state gave his entire attention to general agricultural pursuits. The farm which was thus located by James Patton has since been in possession of the family and is now occupied by the widow of our subject, the house which was erected in 1825 being still one of the attractive and interesting pioneer residences of Coshocton county.
Archibald Patton was the youngest of six children born of his father's marriage. He was reared to farm life, early becoming familiar with the work of plowing, planting and harvesting, which in that early day was accomplished by the use of crude machinery. The winter months were devoted to study in the old-time log schoolhouses of the district, the methods of learning being quite as antiquated as the building in which the studies were pursued. As he grew to mature years and became more and more largely identified with the agricultural life of Coshocton county, he became more and more prosperous, his possessions comprising one hundred and sixty acres of rich and well improved land, so that at his death he left his family in good financial circumstances.
Mr. Patton was married June 19, 1856, the lady of his choice being Miss Mary A. Becklmin. a daughter of William and Nancy (Jones) Beckham. The former was a native of Virginia and removed to Licking county, this state, in 1816, becoming identified with general agricultural pursuits there. His family numbered eleven daughters and one son, the latter being the youngest of the family. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Patton were born five sons and five daughters, as follows: John; Flora, deceased; Frank, who is with his mother and is operating the home farm; Mary E., who has departed this life; William; Martha, the wife of French Lake; Wallace; Efiie, deceased; Laverta M., the wife of Ura Lake; and Frederick B.
Mr. Patton gave his political support to the men and measures of democracy and served a? township trustee and as a member of the school board. He was a devoted and faithful member of the Presbyterian church and his life was lived in harmony with his professions. He was patient in his consideration of others, self-sacrificing and thoughtful, his greatest ambition being to serve his wife and children, and thus his loss was not only deeply felt by the members of his immediate household, but by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances as well. Mrs. Patton still resides on the home farm and is highly esteemed in the community in which she has so long lived and labored.