James Paterson was born 3 April 1795 in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom to John Paterson of West March (1757-1804) and Jane Buick or Buack (1767-) and died 12 April 1884 Arbroath, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom of unspecified causes.
Shown as "James Petterson" in the 1851 census of Kirkden. An elder in the parish church of Kirkden for over 50 years. Described in his obituary as the "last life-renter in Forfarshire". There is conflicting evidence about his birthplace and death place, but both were in the eastern half of Angus.
Great-grandson Dr Ken Patterson of Blenheim, New Zealand, had a painting of him in the late 20th century.
|Offspring of James Paterson and Ann Wallace (1797-1868)|
|Mary Paterson (1818-1842)|
|Ann(e) Paterson (1820-)|
|William Paterson (1822-1897)||19 March 1822 Kirkden, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom||27 August 1897||Margaret Cowie (c1827-1851) Margaret Cowie (c1827-1851) Barbara Suttie (1831-1915)|
|Isabella Paterson (1824-1909)||22 June 1824 Kirkden, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom||1909||Alexander Cameron Ogilvie (c1824-) Alexander Cameron Ogilvie (c1824-) Joseph Thom (c1836-1921)|
|James Paterson (1827-1852)|
|Elizabeth Paterson (1831-1923)||24 March 1831 Kirkden, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom||18 July 1923 Waimate, Waimate District, Canterbury Region, New Zealand||John Cochrane (1820-1884)|
|David Patterson (1837-1922)||1837 Kirkden, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom||31 March 1922 Meadowbank, Otago, New Zealand||Marion Gibson (1836-1914)|
|John Paterson (1839-aft1850)|
William married twice and left hundreds of descendants in South Canterbury and other parts of New Zealand. Elizabeth married John Cochrane and did the same as William, though her daughter Elizabeth Paterson Cochrane married Lanarkshire-born William Loudon in Canterbury and they started a dynasty in Yakima County, Washington Territory. David became a woollen mill manager in Otago, New Zealand, and left many descendants there and elsewhere. The other children who had children of their own seem to have had fewer and mostly stayed in Scotland.