*About Kathy Alvis Patterson

Contact information:

email, alvispat@gmail.com

usmail, 6710 Trevi Court, Oklahoma City, OK 73116-2604

I am a fifth generation Oklahoman, the third generation in my family to attend the University of Oklahoma. Like my parents, my husband and I met and married while studying there.

I hold three degrees, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota, a Master of Arts from OU and a Master of Science in Education from Texas A&M International University. I was valedictorian of my high school graduating class, maintained a summa cum laude average in college work, and am a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After teaching for seven years on the college level in Iowa, we served for seventeen years as Evangelical missionaries in Latin America, that is, Colombia and Mexico City. I taught 26 years in public schools in Texas and Oklahoma. We returned to Oklahoma in 1997. The Oklahoma State Department of Education certified me as “Highly Qualified” in five areas. I retired in June 2019.

Language and literature, as well as history, have always been my favorite subjects. I am fluent in Spanish and have taught French and Biblical Greek. My favorite writer is Jane Austen, followed closely by C.S. Lewis. I enjoy early American and European history and have given presentations on King Philip’s War, textiles in colonial America, how to locate the service records of your Revolutionary War ancestor, the importance of rivers in America’s past, using Wikitree, and the history of the Mayflower. My longtime hobby is genealogy; I have researched many of my own and my husband’s ancestors and currently help others prepare necessary documents to prove direct descent from one of the passengers in the Mayflower in 1620 or from a patriot of the American Revolution.

I am the proud mother of three and grandmother of twelve, four in Oklahoma, one in Texas, six in Arizona, and one in the Marines. Two of my grandchildren are married. Five have graduated from college, and number twelve came to her family from an orphanage in China in August 2016. I am a member of the Oklahoma Society of Descendants of the Mayflower (State Historian, 2004-), the Daughters of American Revolution (State Registrar, 2020-2022), the Associated Daughters of Early American Witches, the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, the First Families of the Twin Territories, and the ‘89ers Society. I was recently accepted into the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Magna Charta Dames, the Descendants of Lady Godiva, Dames of the Court of Honor, the National Society New England Women, National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars, Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century, National Society Colonial Dames of America, and Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars, plus I’ve been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since 1968.

My husband and I resided for nineteen years on the family farm in Hydro in a rock house built by my grandparents in 1945 and have just moved to Oklahoma City. I am a 16-year breast cancer survivor, and it is 37 years since my serious bout with earthquakes, typhoid fever and hepatitis in Mexico City.

Published on August 3, 2008 at 1:46 pm  Comments (18)  

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  1. I do not enjoy books with vulgar language. I followed the recommendation to “Ursula Under” at Amazon, clicked on Surprise Me to read an excerpt and stumbled on very vulgar language. Quite upsetting.

  2. I like a lot of Phifers can not trace back past Joseph. Have you been able to? Thanks

  3. Hi,

    We have spoken in the past about our family history. I am still trying desperately to put all of the photos in place. I have some of Lucy Birdie and of Ruby Jane etc. One I believe sent by you or your family member of Martha Jane and of course the ones in your book. I would love to get together with you sometime and discuss the family. I live in Wichita but go to OKC often. Thanks for all of the work that you do for our family history.

  4. My name is Jimmy Moore of Frankfort, Kentucky, i come from James Moore bn 1783 Orange Co, Va, md Judith Webster bn 1786 Fairfax Co, Va…For the life of me, i can not find a connection with your Websters. We think her father was Daniel bn ABT 1750 md Mary Vardaman…….HELP!

  5. Looking for Liberty Joy Patterson, parents: Malcolm Patterson who is my cousin. Kathy Alvis Patterson is married to Malcolm Patterson. I live with my husband in Boise, Idaho.I received a note telling me that Liberty Joy is working at St. Luke Hospital, Boise, ID. I would like to get in touch with Liberty Joy.

  6. It would be wonderful to hear from you! Ken and I met in Moscow, ID where we both went to school at the U of Idaho. Blind date!!!!! Not any more…blindness!!! Ken got his Graduate Degree..Geology, and we’ve been in Boise, ID where Ken started the Geoscience College for 26 yrs.and, Vice President! Now BSU has 30,000 students!

  7. Hello, I found you by looking up O.P. Light. He wrote a poem in an album belonging to Martha Jane Collet in 1849. I own the album. Of course, I’m very excited to see Courtney Stork’s post above mentioning, “your family member of Martha Jane.” I’ve read all of her visitors’ tributes to her. Is this the same Martha Jane Collet that lived in Georgetown, IL, in 1949?

    • I am looking. Courtney Storck is from a different side of my family.

  8. I’m sorry, I meant 1849!

  9. In 1849, OP Light was attending a seminary in Georgetown, Illinois, so I suppose that is where he met Martha Jane Collet.
    Would you send me a photocopy of the poem, please?

  10. Hello Kathy,
    I recently came upon your website and found it quite enlightening! I’ve been tracing my ancestry for many years without success on one of my lines that includes Mary Paul b ca 1813, daughter of Jonathan and Azuba (nee Wing) Paul. Mary married (1) a Wilson and they had a son James G. Wilson b ca 1837 in Addison Co, VT. James’ father died ca 1838 in Morley, St Lawrence Co, NY ca 1838.
    This is where I believe Mary’s first husband may have been the son of Harrison Wilson b ca 1801 in Shoreham, Addison Co, VT, but cannot confirm.
    According to the “Early Families of Shoreham, Vermont,” by Susan Holt MacIntire, Harrison is the son of James and Molly (nee Rich) Wilson, b 1765 in Shoreham, VT. And that James 1765 is the son of Jonathan Wilson b 1741 Rehoboth, MA, and Lucy Blanding b 1746 Rehoboth, MA.
    You have listed Jonathan as a son of Benjamin Wilson, but stop at hs children and grandchildren. Is there any chance you may have extended this line but just didnt’ post it here because you were focusing on the generation of Benjamin and Elizabeth and their marriages and children? I sure hope you may have more in your personal files.
    Circling back to Harrison Wilson b ca 1801 Shoreham, VT who died ca 1838 Morley, NY, I believe Harrison may be a middle name, first name unknown, but can’t confirm any of this. And I can’t seem to find his birth on an on-line sources. So, I’m taking a leap of faith that you may have a few pieces of information that may fill in some of my gaps.
    Thank you for reading this. I look forward to seeing what lies ahead!
    Best regards,
    Eric A. Johnson, CA

    • My main source for the Wilson family is Wilson Association Report, published in 1866, page 24.
      I also have noted this: From Richard Van Wagenen, rvanwagenen@q.com, 2010/04/24: Benjamin Wilson born 1739, married #2 Elizabeth, whose first husband was — Lockwood.
Benjamin and Elizabeth had James 1790 and died 1863, David, Nancy b 1795 and Ann.
      Benjamin’s will lists the following children: Thomas Willson, Benjamin Willson, Joseph Willson, George Willson, Otis Willson, Nob Brown my daughter, Mary Willson my daughter, Clacy Lamb my daughter, Sally Brown my daughter, James Willson, David Willson, Nancy (Willson) Pickell my daughter, Ann Johnson my daughter.
      I did not correspond with Mr Van Wagenen myself.

  11. Hi Kathy! I have stumbled on your name several times on Ancestry.com and other family research. It finally clicked tonight that I think we are cousins on both my mom’s side (David Alvis) and my dad’s side (Greenville Turner). Have you done the DNA thing on Ancestry? It would be fun to see what kind of match it gave us, if any. Anyway – I really appreciate everything you have done and shared in your research. Thanks so much!!

    • My gedmatch kit number is M134025. I’d love to see what comes up.
      Please tell me how you descend from David Alvis and how from Greenville Turner.

  12. Hi Kathy, long time no contact. I have a question about your Dorsey line. I can’t get to my email now or I would contact you that way. Should only be down a day or 2. I was reading my grandmother’s diary, Blanche Nellie Dorsey 1891-1976, and she talks about her cousin from Findley, Ohio, Lowell Dorsey, calling her about the family tree. This was in 1963 and I have no clue his age. Would he happen to be in your tree? I can’t find him on Ancestry so I’m a little bit stumped. Wanted to try and contact one of his kids or grandkids to see what info they might have. Appreciate any help or info you might have. Pam

    • Lowell is in my tree at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=alvispat5&id=I24348.

      Further information on my tree says that he kept family notes on the descendants of William C and Mary (Black) Dorsey and knew of the existence of Augustus as a son of Lloyd’s first wife.

      The notebook he kept was inherited by a cousin Tom Dorsey, probably Thomas W Dorsey, 22 Oct 1913-16 Oct 1998, Findlay, Hancock Co OH. Thomas W was a son of Lloyd W and Eva (Stacey) Dorsey.

  13. Not sure if we have corresponded in the past. I am a descendant of John Armstrong Sr and “Barshaba (Colemen)” Moore. I am, of course, on Ancestry and you can find my information there.

    • We corresponded many years ago. It’s nice to hear from you.

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