Early Patterson Family
These are photos of the Patterson family up until Rob's dad, Robert Patterson, married and started his own family. Rob's grandfather, Robert James Patterson was orphaned shortly before he turned 3 years old. His father, Robert James Patterson, died at age 42 on August 30, 1888 of consumption of the lungs (we don't know the exact date of his birth). He was a cloth cutter (so says his death certificate) who lived at 1442 S. Marshall St. in Philadelphia with his wife Kate (married June 27, 1883). He is buried at National Cemetary in Philadelphia.
His mother, Kate Kay (Wirth) Patterson, died on February 8, 1888, at the age of 29. She was born on October 26, 1858 to her parents Charles James George Wirth (December 25, 1824 - January 3, 1892) and Sarah Elizabeth (Groff) Wirth (born August 25, 1834).
Robert James Patterson, was then raised by his grandmother, Sarah Wirth, until the age of 7, when he was admitted to Girard College (for orphned boys) in Philadelphia on May 31, 1893.
Jun 1, 1970