m. 03 Sep 1770
Facts and Events
John Patterson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Written 23 January 1815,
John Patterson's will was signed with his mark and was witnessed by Alex. Robertson, Jno. Gamble, and Polly Gamble. John Patterson's will also makes mention of a daughter of his wife Susannah, which presumably refers to a daughter from a previous marriage. This step-daughter is not mentioned by name in the will.
Complete text of 1815 will:
In the name of God, Amen,
Biographical Sketch (1972):81 "John Patterson was born in 1748, his marriage taking place 30 September 1770 in Augusta County, name of bride not given in the record. He lived on land inherited from his father on the south side of Middle River. He married twice, his second wife being a widow Susannah Brannon whom he married 2 January 1806. John Patterson was a Patriot in the Revolutionary War, his service recorded in Augusta County Record Book (Claims) 1782-1784.
In 1804, John Patterson and his wife Susannah deeded five acres of land to Adam Patterson, on the south side of Middle River. It appears that Adam was already living on this land and had built a mill, house, and barn. This land appears to have been part of a ten-acre piece used by the brothers Adam and George.
One by one, as they married, the children of John Patterson departed for more productive lands in Tennessee and Ohio. He made his will 23 January 1815, but his death did not take place until early 1823, when it was proved March 24. He left his widow Susannah certain personal property and a life interest in his land and its improvements, his five children to be heirs at her death or remarriage. He bequeathed to his oldest son Adam Patterson, then living in Locking County, Ohio, One Hundred Pounds; to each of his three daughters, Thirty Pounds; and, for some reason not explained, to his son who remained in Virginia $4.00 in 'current money.' A probable explanation of the small last bequest is that in 1811 John and Susannah Patterson had conveyed 139 acres to land on the south side of the Middle River to the younger son George."
Biographical Sketch (1972):81 "John Patterson was a patriot in the Revolutionary War. Certified copy pertaining to his service can be obtained from the Court of Claim Book, Augusta Co., Va. 1782-1784, at the courthouse, Staunton, Virginia. -- From Mrs. William Bushman, genealogist of Augusta County, Va., 18 August 1971."
Name:2593 The bill of appraisement in his 1823 estate papers refers to "the estate of John C. Patterson." This may be helpful to distinguish this John Patterson from others of the same name in subsequent research.
1747 Birth:559, v. 3, p. 12-13 (Augusta County Will Book no. 1, p. 158) John Patterson was identified as "son, John (infant)" in the will of his father John Patterson, which was presented to an Augusta County Court on 9 April 1848. It is assumed, therefore, that John Patterson's birth probably took place during 1747. This needs to be rechecked. Dates not consistent, and a child list as an "infant" could referred to as such anytime before they came of age.---ie, if he was an infant in 1848, he could have been born anytime between about 1828 and 1848. There may be a typo here, and the year of the record perhaps should have been 9 April 1747---meaning the child was born between 1727 and 1747.
1762 Marriage License:731, p. 162. John Patterson issued marriage license 17 February 1862; assume this is another John Patterson, given our subject was approximately 15 years of age in 1862.
1770 Marriage:559, v. 2, p. 277 (Augusta County Marriage Licenses, 1770) John Patterson issued marriage license September 3, 1770.
1772 Legal Matter:559, v. 1, p. 366 (Augusta County Court Judgments, Aug 1772 B) August 1772. Patterson vs. Gamwell.—John Patterson, son of John Patterson, Middle River, 14th June, 1770. [Note: A Robert Gamell listed as testator559, v. 3, p. 12-13 (Augusta County Will Book no. 1, p. 158) for John Patterson's will, 1748.]
1790 Augusta County, Virginia Tax List:2601, District B, p. 14. 14 June 1790, John Patterson, three white male tithables over the age of 16, no slaves, 7 horses. The three tithables are assumed to be John Patterson and sons Adam and George.
1794 Land Grant:1275 On 27 May 1794 John Patterson granted "460 acres on the south side of the Middle River" by Henry Lee, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This tract, first surveyed 28 March 1792, bordered lands held by Gamble, Young, and Cupp.
1800 Augusta County, Virginia Tax List:2601, District B, p. 23. 2 April 1800, John Patterson (dumb), one white male tithable over the age of 16, no slaves, 4 horses, $48 tax. Tax assessor visited sons Adam and George Patterson and Andrew Silling on the same day, indicating these families lived in very close proximity to one another. Gasper Silling and son Abraham were appriased on 10 April 1800.
1804 Land Border:2617 On 25 April 1804, Andrew Silling was granted 172 acres by John Page, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, on the Middle River, joining the lands of George Crawford, John Gamble and John Patterson, based on a survey done 31 May 1802. << Indicates John Patterson's lands were near those of Andrew Sillin, George Crawford, and John Gamble.
1804 Land Sale:1797 On 29 October 1804, John Patterson sold 5 acres of land on the "south side of the Middle River" to Adam Patterson, the land encompassing "Adam Patterson's mill, dwelling home and barn and also as much of river opposite to said five acres as belongs to said John Patterson."
1806 Marriage:1439, p. 42. 2 January 1806 marriage of John Patterson and Susannah Branen performed by William King. Bushman's2821, p. 13. review of the original record confirms the name was written as "Brannen."
1810 U.S. Census:1646 Augusta County, Virginia Head of Family •• John Patterson Males over 45 •• 1 << John Patterson, age 62 Females under 10 •• << Susannah's daughter by previous marriage? Females 26-45 •• << Susannah
1822 Death:2593 A statement found in the records settling John Patterson's estate indicates his death date: "An appraisement bill of the estate of John C. Patterson, Dec'd., Aug. 31st day 1822."
1823 Estate Settlement:2593 On 24 March 1823 the will of John Patterson, deceased, was presented at the Augusta County Court, with John Gamble testifying as to the validity of the will. George Patterson was appointed executor, together with John Poage, Mathew Blair, Abraham Sillen, and Jacob Welch as securities. The estate papers include an "appraisement bill of the estate of John C. Patterson, dec., August 31st day 1822." Included in the estate were 13 milk cows at $12 per head, total value $156; 62 head of young hogs at $2 apiece, total value $124; rye at .50¢ per bushel, 32 bushels, total value $56.50; 1 feather bedstead and clothing, $40; 2 umbrellas, .25¢; 1 three corner cupboard, $1.25; kitchen furniture, iron & cast metal, $14; and many other items.
1823 Estate Sale:2594 On 1 April 1823, the property of the estate of John Patterson, deceased, was sold by George Patterson, executor. Among the purchasers were George Patterson, the widow Susanah Patterson, Abraham Sillen, John Patterson, and Enos Jones. The sale raised a total of $125.22.