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Name Paterson (Patterson), Robert "Bobby Cash"
Othernames Nickname "Bobby Cash", surname sometimes mis-spelt as Patterson
Birthplace Scotland
Places of residence Scrope Steet, Owen Sound, Canada West (Ontario)
Titles & honors Mayor
"Paterson Street" in Owen Sound apparently named after him
Nationality Scottish
Notes Scottish-born Robert Paterson was the second mayor of the former village of Sydenham (when it was newly- known as the town of Owen Sound, Canada West). His wife was Anne Jane Paterson (nee Foster, b. Upper Canada in Toronto area 1826) and she was an exceptional needlewoman (three of her needlepointed pieces are in the Grey Roots collection.

Robert Paterson had emigrated in 18__.

The family's preferred spelling of their surname was Paterson. Circa 1848, Robert Paterson was a "Merchant" and his name is on a land document (1975.095.024).

In 1852, Robert Paterson leased his store to Richard Carney, and headed to Scotland for a holiday. After he returned from Scotland, he resumed storekeeping again, possibly until 1870?

In the 1861 census of Owen Sound, Robert was 40, Anne Jane Paterson was 33, and their family then included William (age 9), Martha (age 7) and Robert Paterson Jr. (age 4).

Mr. Paterson was a General Merchant in Owen Sound, who lived on Scrope Street. His nickname was "Bobby Cash". His drygoods store was advertised in the June 27, 1862 edition of THE OWEN SOUND TIMES (p.4), at the corner of Union and Scrope streets. He was then asking for 20,000 pounds of wool.

In the 1871 census of Owen Sound, Robert Paterson was 52, Anne was 44, and their children were: William J. Paterson (18), Martha (16), Robert (14), Thomas (10), Arthur (7) and George S. Paterson (5). They were a Presbyterian family. Also residing with them were Irish-born Jeanie Durie (age 13), Cathrin Graham (age 22, also Irish-born), Helen Graham (age 20, Irish-born) and an Edwin Dugan (age 24).

In 1874, when the Governor-General (Earl Dufferin) visited Owen Sound, Mr. Paterson was one of the greeters at the steamer when the Earl and vice-regal party arrived at Owen Sound harbour.

There is an 1879 map of Owen Sound that shows a property labelled as "Robert Patterson" (sic) on the east side of town. The map is in the Grey County archives.

Robert Paterson died on _____, 1879.

Their daughter, Martha Jacobina Paterson, married a businessman, Donald P. Urquhart, on March 23, 1881. Mr. Urquhart had a grocery and provisions store at Owen Sound in the 1880s. Martha's marriage record says that her mother was formerly "Ann Jane Foster" (sic), and her father was "Robert Paterson".

Robert's widow, Anne, died on March 10, 1888, from a carbuncle, and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery. Her death record stated that she was born at Toronto (York) on November 15, 1826. Before her death, she was attended by Dr. Charles E. Barnhart of Owen Sound. The informant of her death was her son-in-law, Donald P. Urquhart.

The Grey County Archives has a black-edged printed memoriam card with "In Loving Remembrance of Anne Jane Paterson, who died in Owen Sound March 10, 1888 in the 62nd year of her age." There is also a cased photograph that might be Mr. Paterson (1957.027.019)., and Mr. Paterson's photographic portrait is present on a collage of Owen Sound Mayors.

Mrs. Paterson had a niece, Jennie Foster Kennedy, who came and stayed with the Paterson family for a while, circa 18__. Jennie married Robert Pim Butchart of Owen Sound, and the Butcharts later moved to British Columbia, where Jennie established "Butchart's Garden".

There is a possibility that Robert and Anne Paterson's son, George S. Paterson, might be the Dr. George Snider Paterson who had the Paterson House hotel building constructed in the late 19th-century?

Robert and Anne are buried at Greenwood Cemetery.
Occupation Mayor of Owen Sound
Business Person / Merchant / General Store Drygoods Storekeeper
Publications Croft, Melba, FOURTH ENTRANCE TO HURONIA, p. 129 (re 1874 visit by the Governor-General), p. 52 mentions Mr. Paterson visiting Scotland
Smith, W. W., GAZETTEER & DIRECTORY OF THE COUNTY OF GREY, 1865-1866, lists the Paterson store and residence at Scrope Street. Also William Foster, Union Street hill.
Relationships Ancestor? of Margaret Melbourne Carrie (nee Kilbourn)--her mother was a Margaret A. Paterson who m. George Stirk Kilbourn
Role Business person
Spouse Anne Jane Foster, m. 18___ (pre-1861)
Children William Paterson
Martha Jacobina Paterson b. 1855?-d. 1939, m. Donald P. Urquhart
Robert Paterson Jr.
Thomas Paterson
Arthur Paterson
George S. Paterson [was this Dr. George Snider Paterson?]

Associated Records

Image of 1957.027.006 - Watch, Pocket

1957.027.006 - Watch, Pocket

Man's key-wind pocket watch. This is a silver-cased pocket watch. The crystal area of the watch lifts open by means of a small lip at the bottom (hinged at top). The numbers are Roman numerals. The hands are made of copper and have a small arrow on the hour hand only. There is a circle, 1.5 cm in diameter, which is flat in the middle of the crystal. On the back, on a small coin-like cover that is also 1.5 cm in diameter, is a Star of David (Jewish symbol) and the engraving "1853 United States of America". This coin-like cover can be slid to access where one winds the watch. The top of the watch has a watch loop.

Image of 1957.027.007 - Locket

1957.027.007 - Locket

Lady's locket-style necklace (silver and metal) with 35 book chain links to it. It likely was made in the 1860s-1880s? The 35 book chain links are held on flat, cut-out steel holders. The links are decorated on their obverse sides and are plain on the their reverses. There is a large spring ring adjoining two circular loops that are adjoined to some chain links. This spring ring is located two book chain links up on the left side of the necklace when the lady was wearing it. At the base of the chain is a larger spring ring, which supports a thick hanging loop and a locket. The locket is oval in shape and is decorated on both sides. The locket's obverse has a panel running vertically th

Image of 1957.027.010 - Ring, Finger

1957.027.010 - Ring, Finger

A child's gold ring with an erased coin pendant. The band is decorated on the exterior with a fine engraving (may be called a chasing?). The erased coin still has the faint remnant of Queen Victoria's portrait image. The interior of the band has a hallmark of some kind (to be determined).

Image of 1957.027.011 - Brooch

1957.027.011 - Brooch

This is a woman's gold brooch, that was made from a former Bank of Montreal token coin, in the late 19th-century. Erased and altered coinage was a popular Victorian jewellery fad. The circular coin's front side was erased and reworked into a monogram-style design with the initials "MPD" intertwined. The back has a hinged pinstem and a hook catch. Province of Canada, Bank of Montreal on the back. The back side of the brooch still has the token's illustration of a large building with pillars and "PROVINCE OF CANADA / BANK OF MONTREAL". Originally, this was a 20 dollar gold piece.

Image of 1957.027.013 - Fob

1957.027.013 - Fob

This is a man's black onyx and gold (or goldtone) metal watch fob. It has a flat, oval-shaped, bevelled-edged black onyx piece inset into the bottom of the fob. The top side has a goldtone (brass), rayed, oval-shaped decorative area, inbetween a pivoting hanger that has a stippled-patterned area and a trefoil shape before its pendant ring, to which is attached a jump ring. No maker's mark is seen.

Image of 1957.027.015 - Coin

1957.027.015 - Coin

Large copper coin-like token (dated 1822). The token is coin-like, but its edge is not knurled. One side has a full-length human figure illustrated, with a sword pointed to the ground at the left. There is some wording of a legend still visible: "SONS....D UND" and "1822". The other side has a plough (plow) motif, above which is impressed "J. Falls". Some other wording is partially visible: "SPEP O ANADA R DENCE ET LA COEUR" [....and the Heart]

Image of 1957.027.021 - Screen, Table

1957.027.021 - Screen, Table

Ornamental table face screen with green needlepoint background and beaded floral design worked in cream, light, medium and dark brown. A light brown braided trim is attached at the edges and a braided green, brown fringe is attached along the bottom. The panel is sewn onto a decorative brass stand with round base embossed with leaves and grapes. One of a pair.

Image of 1957.027.022 - Screen, Table

1957.027.022 - Screen, Table

Ornamental, Victorian table face screen with green needlepoint background and beaded floral design worked in cream, light, medium and dark brown. A light brown braided trim is attached at the edges and a braided green, brown fringe is attached along the bottom edge. The panel is sewn onto a decorative brass stand with round base embossed with leaves and grapes. One of a pair (see RELATED item).