John Patterson, Borden's Agent
Facts and Events
John Patterson was one of the early settlers in Old Augusta
- Source:Chalkley's Chronicles
- Transcript:Will of John Patterson, Written 19 April, 1748, Augusta County, VA
- John Patterson Records in Chalkley's Chronicles
'John Patterson' settled just north in Beverley Manor. He is approximately a contemporary of John (86). Records for John (86) and JOhn (61) can be readily confused.
John Patterson settled on what became known as Borden's Grant, prior to Benjamin Borden's appearing in the area to claim the land under his grant from the colonial governor of Virginia. According to court testimony
- MAY, 1748....John Patterson vs. Benjamin Borden.--Chancery. When Benjamin came to Augusta he lodged at plaintiff's house and used it as a place to see persons wanting land. John was also his agent. Chalkley's Chronicles 1:299
- MAY AND AUGUST, 1748....John Patterson vs. William Hunter and Benjamin Borden.--In 1740 plaintiff bought and settled on land from William Hunter in Borden's Survey, but got no deed. He expected to settle on the land a son-in-law whom he was expecting from Pennsylvania. Sues for a deed. May, 1748, abates by death of plaintiff. Chalkley's Chreonicles 1:302
John Patterson's land (Borden Tract NE, 380 acres, 1741 & 188 acres, 1742) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
John Patterson's land (Borden Tract SW, 420 acres, 1741) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 318-21. 26-26 Nov. 1741. Benja. Borden of Orange County, Gent., to John Pattison of same, yeoman. Lease and release; for ₤11.8.6 current money. 380 acres 20 poles on the east side of Moffett's Creek... crossing a small branch... down the creek... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: Robt. Hook, Robt. Scott. 26 Nov. 1741. Acknowledged by Benja. Borden. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 6, pg. 37].
- Pages 221-24. 26-26 Nov. 1741. Benja. Borden of Orange County, Gent., to John Pattison of same. Lease and release; for ₤12.12. - current money. 420 acres on the west side of the great mountains on a branch of James River called Mill Creek, part of a larger tract granted to Benjamin Borden for 92,100 acres by pattent... (signed) Benjamin Borden. Wit: Robert Hook, Robert Scott. 26 Nov. 1741. Acknowledged by Benja. Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 6, pg. 37].
- Pages 149-53. 20-21 Aug. 1742. Benjamin Borden of Orange County to John Patterson of same. Lease and release; for ₤5.13.6. 188 acres 3 rood 21 perches on the east side of Morffet's Creek... side of creek... corner to a tract belonging to John Patterson... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: John Hart, John Shield, Thomas Edmeston. 26 Aug. 1742. Acknowledged by Benjamin Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 8, pg. 74].
Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 256-60. 4-5 Dec. 1742. John Pattison of Orange County, yeoman, to John McNale (s/b John McNabb) of same, yeoman. Lease and release; for ₤22 current money. 120 (prob. s/b 420) acres 3 rood 17 pole, part of a large tract belonging to Benjamin Borden, Gent., containing 92,100 acres by pattent 6 Nov. 1739, on the west side of Mill Creek... corner to Robt. Poage's land... up the creek... (signed) John (X) Pattison. Wit: John Buchannan, David Dryden, Wm. Evens [Evins]. 26 May 1743. Acknowledged by John Pattison. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, pg. 55]. (Note: this record is most likely for the sale of the entire 420 acre-tract to John McNabb, since McNabb's subsequent transactions were for more than 120 acres).
- Pages 260-63. 13-14 May 1743. John [Thomas in release] Pattison of Orange County, yeoman, to Joseph Kennedy of same, yeoman. Lease and release; for ₤25 current money. 380 acres 20 pole on the east side of the branch of James River called Morffit's Creek... part of 92,100 acres obtained by Benjamin Borden by grant... in a dry valley... down the creek... (signed) John (X) Pattison. Wit: Joseph Cotton (prob. Culton), Robt. Coulton, John Berkenhead. 26 May 1743. Acknowledged by John Pattison. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, pg. 55]. (Note: did John have a son Thomas that later released this land?).
- Pg. 173-176. Indenture 19 July 1744 between John Pattison, Yeoman, of Orange County and Thomas Berry, Yeoman, of other part... for ₤15.. paid for 188 acres, 3 roods and 21 poles land on east side of Moffet's Creek in Orange.. Lease and release.... (signed) John Patorson (seal) Witnesses: John Downing, Robert Edmerston, Agnes Edmerston. Recorded 26 July 1744... Lease and Release. (On Margin: "Delivered to J. Bramham the 5th June 1745 as note"). [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 9, pg. 20].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 310.--2d October. 1765. George Patterson, eldest son and heir of John Patterson, to John Roseman, £30, 380 acres on Moffet's Creek. David Mitchell.
- Page 158.--19th April, 1748. John Patterson's will--To be buried in the graveyard that is hard by Francis McCown's; wife, Agness; son, John (infant); son, George; daughter, Agness; legatee, John Green Executors, Francis McCown and wife. Teste: Francis McCown, Robt. Gamell, John Betty, 18th May, 1749. Will not proved because witnesses not present, but administration, c. t. a., granted Agness.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 17, 1749. - (112) Last will of John Patterson presented, but not allowed to be proved, because the Exr. Francis McCown was a witness, thereupon admn. c. t. a. was granted to Agnes Patterson, the widow.
- Page 159.--18th May, 1749. Agness Patterson's bond as administratrix as above, with sureties Joseph Cannady, Charles Berry.
- Page 185.--19th August, 1749. John Patterson's inventory.
- Page 518.--20th June, 1751. John Patterson's vendue by Agnes Patterson. To George Henderson, John McCroskry, Robt. Stewart, Wm. Henry, James Anderson, Wm. Laughridge, John Moore, Jacob Anderson.
- Page 4.--22d November, 1753. John Patterson's account of estate by Joseph Kennedy. Charles Berry. To Joseph Kennedy for 18-1/2 gallons liquor. To Dr. Flood. To John Moore for making coffin.
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - COPIES OF MUSTERS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY. - as of 1742. -Capt. John Willson's Lists: John Wilson, Captain; Sam Calehison, Nathan Lusk, John Shields, John Greer, John Patterson, George Davison. John Hunter, Wm. Hunter, James Hunter, John Rusk, James Clark, Wm. Vance, Rob Croket, John Trumble, Wm. King, Sa. Walace, John Spear, Thomas Peery, Alex. McConnel, Rob. Young, James Young, Jacob Lockard, Patt. Cook, James Lockard, William McCutcheon, James McCutcheon, Rob. McCutcheon, Alex. Crocket, Wm. Camble, Nathl. Davis, James Philip, John Barclay, James Lusk, James Trumble, Benj. Walker, Wm. Leadgerwood, Morris Offral, Rob Davies, John Brown, Wm. McClantok, Wm. Johnson, John Young, Hugh Young, Thos. Kirkpatrick, David Camble, John McCutcheon.
- Page 1.--Robert Willson, in Shanadore in Virginia, will dated 3d November, 1745. Wife, Jane; estate except such as is nominated of the hole head to son John. Son, John; daughter, Jannet Holmes, 20 shillings; daughter, Catrin Bell, 20 shillings; nephew (?), Robert Holmes; daughters, Elizabeth, Jane, Frances. Executors, Wm. Long and James Alexander. Teste: Jno. Patterson, Gabriel Holmes, James Bell. Proved, 11th February, 1745, by John Patterson. Proved, 16th April, 1745, by Gabriel Holmes.
- Vol. 1 - APRIL 16, 1746. - (35) Charles Berry, surety for John Pattison.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 20, 1747. - (253) John Patterson, aged and infirm. Comn. to take testimony.
- Page 272.--21st May, 1747. Benjamin Bordin, &c., to David Dryden, tailor (sold in testator's lifetime); 130 acres, 2 R., 14 P., £3.16.0 current money Virginia, part of 92,100; line of John Pattison's land; corner to Wm. Baskins. Witnessed and acknowledged as above.
- Vol. 1 - MAY AND AUGUST, 1748. - John Patterson vs. William Hunter and Benjamin Borden.--In 1740 plaintiff bought and settled on land from William Hunter in Borden's Survey, but got no deed. He expected to settle on the land a son-in-law whom he was expecting from Pennsylvania. Sues for a deed. May, 1748, abates by death of plaintiff. (Note: the land mentioned in this suit is probably the land that was patented to Elizabeth Hunter in 1743, which is located east of John Patterson's 188-acre tract in the Borden Tract NE).
- Vol. 1 - MAY 20, 1748. - (24) John Patterson-dead.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 16, 1748. (1749) - (83) John Patterson, dead.
- Page 290.--19th May, 1749. Benjamin Borden to Arthur McClure. 153-1/2 acres of 92100. Corner Robert Poage. Corner Israel Pickins. Corner John Pattison. Delivered: John Wilson, 30th April, 1751.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1749 (A). - John McPharrin vs. Benjamin Borden.--Chancery, Writ dated 17th April, 1746. In 1740, orator purchased 31 acres of Borden through John Patterson, Borden's agent, which Borden afterwards affirmed.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY, 1750 (B). - John Downing vs. Benjamin Borden.--Chancery, Writ 17 March, 1747. In 1743, plaintiff purchased of Benjamin Borden, Sr., through John Patterson, his agent, 300 acres on South side Galway's Creek, joining Galway and George Moffett. Suit for title.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1751. - Willson vs. Patterson's administrator.--Deed and letter.
- Page 398.--17th August, 1768. William Sprowle and Jean to Alex. McElroy, £200, 320 acres on Moffet's Creek; cor. John Patterson, part of Borden's 92100. Acknowledged and privy examination. Teste: James Trotter, W. Ward, Jas. Ward. Delivered: McElroy, December, 1768.
- Page 352.-- October, 1765. John ( ) Roseman and Gabriel Jones to George Patterson, £150. Bond conditioned, whereas John Patterson, late of Augusta, deceased, father of George Patterson, was seised of 380 acres which he sold to Joseph Kenedy, but never made title, and Joseph sold to John Koseman for £45.10, and either mistake or design the said Kennedy conveyed to John Roseman, 19th August, 1752. though the title was in Patterson and devolved upon the above named Geo. Patterson as eldest son of John, and George has conveyed to John Roseman; if John and Gabriel keep said George safe of law suits, troubles, &c., then to be void.
- Vol. 2 - Page ___--Samuel McDowell deposes, in Jessamine County, Kentucky, 17th November, 1806, was not 7 years old when he first knew Solomon Moffett. Solomon was at his father's house the day he set out against the Indians, by whom he was killed, and Moffett was one of his men. One Pickins lived with Moffett. John Patterson was living on the land in 1747. Deponent's father and seven others were killed. Deponent heard that Moffett was living on the place some years before his father was killed, viz: Joseph Lapsley, Richard Woods, Charles Hays, Jacob Anderson, and others who were at the battle when his father was killed. John Patterson's wife was near relative to deponent's uncle Lapsley. Deponent's father settled in Borden's grant in 1737. Deponent was born 27th October, 1735. Moffett claimed by cabin right, and all the best lands wen taken by cabin rights in lifetime of Borden, senior. (Note: this provides a clue to the identity of John Patterson's wife, Agnes).
- Vol. 2. - Page ___--- William Kennedy deposes, 18th October, 1806, in Washington County, he knew the land when Patterson lived on it, during Borden's, senior, lifetime. Deponent was acquainted with the land when a small boy. He is 73 years old last March.
Most of the Pattersons in what became Augusta Co. settled on the enormous Borden's Great Grant and Beverly Manor patents in what later became Rockingham Co., VA.
In 1740, JOHN PATTERSON (Sr., whose parents I don't know, with wife AGNES _____) was the agent of Samuel [sic; this should be "Benjamin"] Borden, selling off parcels of "Borden's Great Grant" of many thousands of acres. When John died in 1749, he left an infant son JOHN PATTERSON, who went on to raise a strong family of five children. Son GEORGE PATTERSON remained in Augusta County, while other family members left the area. GEORGE and his sister SARAH PATTERSON married into the Sillin family. Son ADAM PATTERSON became a pioneer in Licking County, OH, in 1810, according to descendant Sue Phillips' Augusta Co. website.
- ↑ This John Patterson sued over a land transaction in May of 1748; The suit was abated by plaintiff's death in August of 1748.