Edward
L.
Patterson


EDWARD LAWRENCE. PATTERSON died alone in Cherry Hill on March 5, 2006, 12 days after his 77th birthday. A bachelor, he had outlived his immediate family, and had lost contact with the family of his deceased brother. With no will and one to claim his body, he would have been buried in an unmarked grave at the Camden County potter's field at Lakeland, in Gloucester Township, if not for the intercession of Merchantville funeral director Jeff Brown. A veteran and member of the American Legion, Mr. Brown discovered that Edward Patterson was an Army veteran, and arranged to have him buried with full honors at the

Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown NJ. 

Edward Lawrence Patterson was born in Philadelphia on February 21, 1929 to William Patterson and his wife, the former Annie Mary Conley. He lived in the city through at least 1995, from 1969 until then at 52 North 33rd Street. I probably passed him in the street or at Cartun Hardware on Federal Street dozens of times. In any event, Jeff Brown and I both felt that Mr. Patterson, in a way representing a very large number of men who led ordinary lives, but, with no family to remember them, disappear into the mists of time, deserved a better deal. Mr. Brown turned what papers and photographs that were found in Mr. Patterson's possession at the time of his death. I spent a few days scanning them and trying to put them into some sort of cohesive order, and also spent time researching his family history. What you will  find on this page is his story and that if his family, as best as I could piece it together.

With any luck a friend, schoolmate, or distant relative will find this page. If so, PLEASE contact me by e-mail.

  Phil Cohen
Camden NJ
November 2006


1929

Ed Patterson
is
born and baptized
in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
to
William Patterson
and his wife
the former
Anna Mary Conley

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April 1930

422 South 6th Street
Camden NJ

John J. Conley, 63, head
Alice Conley, 67, wife
Anna M. Patterson, 33, daughter
Margaret M. Patterson, 2-5/12, granddaughter
Edward L. Patterson, 1-2/12, grandson

Anna M. Patterson stated that she was married. William Patterson, however, was not living here.


July 14, 1932

Grandfather John Conley
buys a washing machine
for the house
at
422 South 6th Street
where he and his wife live
with daughter
Anna M. Patterson
and her children
Edward and Margaret


Early 1930s

Anna Mary Patterson and a younger woman. Both appear pregnant to me, the younger woman quite so.  

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May 17, 1933 - "Mary" Patterson gives birth to a son, David J. Patterson

A bank book for an account opened in 1946 shows the name Anna Mary Patterson. The only logical explanation that I can deduce from the presence of the papers and pictures in Edward Patterson's effect is that David was his younger brother, quite possibly a half-brother, as William Patterson's name does not show on the document below with the baby's thumb- and footprint.

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Early 1930s

My best guess is that
this is
Grandmother
Alice Conley
and that the girl
on the left
is
Margaret Patterson


1930s

Another guess...
The girl in the center
of this photograph
is the same child
at right
in
the picture above


1930s

In front of Central Pier in Atlantic City NJ. At left is grandfather John Conley. One of the women is probably his wife Alice. I'm guessing John Conley, who was born in 1863, to be at least 65 in this picture.

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The Way of the Cross in Pictures
"Aunt Edna too My Niece Mary"
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Mid-1930s

Anna Mary Patterson
with her children
Margaret, David, & Edward

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October 13, 1937

1937
Water Bill for 422 South 6th Street

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January 3, 1938

1939

1944
West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital Outpatient Pass
Note the Italian and Polish translations on card's rear
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December 10, 1944
Letter from Brother Fabian to Mrs. Anna Mary Patterson

April, 1946

Uncle John J. Conley
passes away


June 1946
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Bishop Bayley
Building & Loan Association
No. 2
Receipt Book

Anna Mary Patterson

August 1946
to
November 1956

 


Late 1940s

Edward L. Patterson


1940s

Margaret Patterson is in front

Her mother, Ann Mary Patterson
is possibly at rear

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Late 1940s

Left: Edward L. Patterson

Below: Edward L., David J.,
&
Margaret Patterson

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Late 1940s

Photos probably taken in front of 422 South 6th Street, Camden NJ

David Patterson at left Anna Mary & David J. Patterson

1940s

Edward L. Patterson

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December 19, 1948

Letter to Edward L. Patterson from Father Fenwick

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December 4, 1950
Certificate of Acceptability for Military Service
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Dogtag
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December 12, 1951

Letter from Edward L. Patterson to his mother from Camp Rucker, Alabama


Early 1950s - Military Service
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Early 1950s - Military Service
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Early 1950s - Military Service

 

 

 



February 5, 1954

After getting out of the military, Edward L. Patterson worked in Philadelphia at the port a the Pennsylvania Sugar refinery. 

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1960s
I'm guessing that Ed Patterson wrote this in the late 1960s

January 27, 1968
Grade report from St. Joseph's College

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August 7, 1989
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August 1989
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March 22, 1995
Edward L. Patterson lists his house at 52 North 33rd Street for Sale with Zinman Realtors

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