*About Kathy Alvis Patterson

Contact information:

email, alvispat@gmail.com

usmail, 2114 CS 2470, Hydro OK 73048

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 17 years as Evangelical missionaries in Latin America, that is, Colombia and Mexico City. I have now taught 22 years in public schools in Texas and Oklahoma. We returned to Oklahoma City in 1997. The Oklahoma State Department of Education has certified me as “Highly Qualified” in five areas.

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, 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 ten, two in Oklahoma City, six in California, and one in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Two have graduated from college, and number ten came to his family from an orphanage in China in July 2014. I am a member of the Oklahoma Society of Descendants of the Mayflower, the Daughters of American Revolution, 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.

My husband and I moved to the family farm in Hydro several years ago and are enjoying the rural life. I commute to Oklahoma City, while Dr. Patterson now works on car restoration and reads about all things western. I am an 9-year breast cancer survivor, and it is 30 years since my serious bout with earthquakes, typhoid fever and hepatitis in Mexico City.

Published on August 3, 2008 at 1:46 pm  Comments (12)  

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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.

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