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Oakgrove Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Rachel Patterson whose husband died in 1831 came from Washtenaw county in 1828. She had five boys to bring up and educate and manag the homestead six years, when she came with her family to Kent county, and bought 40 acres of land on sec. 13, in Paris Township which is now Kentwood. Her log cabin was where the Home Depot is now on 27th street. With the aid of her sons she paid for her land and spread its borders until the tract in the possession of the family included 350 acres Her sons all settled near her, and she was to the end of her life, March 1, 1864. At her death Minor Patterson her son, came in possession of the homestead, to which he has added until he owned 320 acres of first-class land. When he first began his struggle with the world he owned two dollars, an ax and a gun, and three months' provisions.