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    Charles M. Patty has for more than half a century been a witness to the continuous growth and development of Miami county and is to- day numbered among its representative, practical and progressive farmers. He was born on the 21st of September, 1843, on the farm where William Davis now lives, on section 7, Monroe, township, his father being Enoch Patty, whose birth occurred in Frederick, Monroe township, in 1814. The grandfather, Charles Patty, was born near Columbia, South Carolina, and was married there to Phebe Pearson. Subsequently he emigrated to Ohio, about 1806, making the journey with a one-horse wagon. He settled near West Milton and after a few years came to Monroe township, locating on the farm where Webster Fenner now resides. There he erected a log cabin and through a long period continued his residence in that locality. Later, however, he removed to Montgomery county and afterward went to Newton township, Miami county, where he died when about sixty years of age. In his family were nine children, five sons and four daughters.

    Enoch Patty, the father of the subject of this review, was reared and educated in this section of Ohio, and in early manhood married Rebecca Curtiss, by whom he had two children, William and Angeline, both now deceased. For his second wife Mr. Patty chose Catherine Kessler, and they became the parents of nine children, namely: Susan, wife of Aaron Thomas, of Monroe township; Charles M.; John and Phebe, both deceased; Rebecca, wife of William Davis, who is living on the old homestead; Samuel and Libby, also deceased; and two who died in infancy. For two years Enoch Patty resided on the farm where his son Charles was born and erected there a log cabin. He afterward removed to Montgomery county, where he made his home for fourteen years, when, in 1859, he returned to the farm in Monroe township, there carrying on agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1880. He was at one time the owner of four hundred acres of valuable land, which he divided among his children ere called to his final rest. During the civil war he responded to his country's call for troops, enlisting on the 15th of August, 1862, in Company D, Ninety-fourth Ohio Infantry, for three years. The first engagement in which he participated was Tait's Ferry, and later he participated in the battle of Perryville, where he was wounded. Erysipelas set in, and thus being unfit for further duty he received an honorable discharge on account of disability in April, 1863, and at that time he held the rank of corporal. He was a loyal and faithful soldier and at all times, whether in military service or in private life, he was true to the duties devolving upon him. He held membership in the Christian church, and his honorable, upright life won him the unqualified respect of his fellow men.

    Charles M. Patty was sixteen years of age when his father returned to Monroe township. He remained under the parental roof until his marriage, which occurred on the 20th of August, 1863. In March, 1864, he came to his present home, where he has since lived with the exception of a period of seven years, when he resided elsewhere in the township. He was hardly established upon his new farm when he went forth to aid in defending the city of Washington. He belonged to the state militia which enlisted in the United States service in May, 1864, at which nine he became a member of Company A, One Hundred and Forty-seventh Ohio Infantry. The regiment proceeded southward to protect the capital city, and after one hundred days had passed he returned to Ohio. Mr. Patty then again took up his abode on the home farm and has since carried on agricultural pursuits with good success. He owns seventy-three acres of land on section 10, Monroe township, and the various substantial improvements upon the place stand as monuments to his thrift and enterprise. He carries on general farming and his indefatigable efforts have brought to him a comfortable competence. On the 20th of August, 1863, Mr. Patty was united in marriage to Miss Maria Long, a native of Concord township, Miami county, and a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Corpman) Long. Her father was a native of Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, and in his family were ten children, namely: Mary, wife of James F. McCool, of Darke county, Ohio; Mrs. Patty; Martha, wife of John O. Kessler; Sally, wife of Dr. C. D. Speagh, of Dayton; George H., of Lima, Ohio; Charles W., a conductor on the Cleveland, Hocking & Delaware Railroad, making his home in Dayton; Susannah, deceased wife of Alfred Pearson; Elizabeth, deceased wife of John Hostetter; Amanda, who married William Hill and has also passed away; and Lollie, deceased wife of Job Stahl. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Patty were born four children, but three died in infancy, the surviving son being Arthur S., who is a graduate of Dayton Commercial School and is now engaged in teaching in the public schools.

    In his political views Mr. Patty is a Republican, and socially he is connected with D. M. Rouzer Post, G. A. R., and Tippecanoe Lodge, No. 174, F. & A. M. He belongs to the Christian church and his life has been in harmony with his professions. Those sterling traits of character which everywhere command respect are strongly manifest in his career, and he is known throughout the community as a citizen of the highest respectability.

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