Facts and Events
William Patterson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- William Patterson Records in Chalkley's Chronicles
- Patterson Revolutionary War Pension Applications from Southern Campaigns
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 4, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
- Patterson, William - born 10/21/1753 in Augusta County, Virginia; entered service North Carolina, resided on Holston River (area later Tennessee) in Virginia regiment; received Pension 1834 in Anderson County, Tennessee; died 1841; married at age 25 Nancy English, who died before him; son Robert E. made affidavit age 74 in Anderson County, Tennessee, 1852 that parents resided there 40-45 years; affidavit there then by Robert & Mathew Patterson (both no kinship given) they resided same neighborhood as soldier there. F-S3648, R1888.
- State of Tennessee
- Anderson County
- This 17th day of January A.D. 1834 personally appeared before Joseph M. Ashurst a Justice of the peace for the County of Anderson aforesaid WILLIAM PATTERSON Eighty years of age infirm and unable to get to a court of record and at the house of the said WILLIAM PATTERSON in the County of Anderson aforesaid. Who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act, of Congress, passed June 7th 1832. That he was borned in Augusta County in the State of Virginia on the 21st day of October A.D. 1753, as he is informed by his parents. He had a record left him by his father of his age which is the day & date last aforesaid, but such record being made in a Bible and from the length of time and the use of said Bible, said record is now mutilated and Worn out.
- He lived in the State of North Carolina when he was between the age of Twenty & Twenty five years of age in the part of North Carolina which is now Tennessee, Sullivan County or Hawkins County on the Holston River about five miles below the North fork of Holston River. The date of the years, from old age & consequent loss of memory, he can't now recollect. But it was before he was married, Some two or three years and he was married at twenty five years of age.
- He was drafted and called in service of the United States under the following named officer, Captain JOHN ANDERSON. There was no left Tenant or ensign. Applicant was appointed orderly sergeant. & surved as such. Said Captain and his company, in which applicant was one, and sergeant as aforesaid was ordered by his Colonel, DAVID LOONEY, to Mockerson Gap Block house and was Stationed there three months as a guard against the Indians to Keep them off of the Frontiers and having served his full three months as orderly sergeant as aforesaid above Him, & followed no Civil[?] pursuit. Applicant was then honorably discharged y Captain ANDERSON. Which discharge has been burnt in applicant's house some years ago.
- The above service was made in the fall of the year, from causes above stated applicant can't now recollect the or the length of time before he was called into service again but applicant resided in the same Neighborhood as applicant now believes about Twelve months in the fall season of the year he was called into the service of the United States again draft, & entered the Service under the following named officers, to Captain JOHN LOONEY, had no ensign nor Lieutenant, but applicant was again appointed orderly sergeant. They was ordered by their Colonel DAVID LOONEY to Blackamore Station on Clinch River. They were stationed at said Station three months the whole of which time applicant served as sergeant, and bore arms, and guarded the Indians off of the frontiers, had no battle nor engagement with the Indians. He was honorably discharged by his said Captain JOHN LOONEY, but said discharge was long since burnt when his first said discharge was burnt.
- He continued to reside on the Holston River some short time When he was called on to go fight the Indians at the Longe Island on the Holston River. Applicant was at the battle aforesaid at the Long Island. Said battle commenced in the morning about two o'clock. Battle lasted about one half hour. They defeated the Indians. Killed twelve Indians dead upon the ground. The whites had four men wounded. Applicant was then drafted to go a campaign against the Indians and entered the service of the United States under the following named officers to wit: Capt. GILBERT CHRISTY Ensign & Lieutenant & Majors name cannot now be recollected, from causes above stated. Colonel WILLIAM CHRISTY from Virginia was Chief commander of said campaign. They rendevoused at the Long Isle and their force was about fifteen hundred in number.
- It was in the fall of this year they then marched down the Holston River cross French Broads Pidgeon River & Little River & Little Tennessee, and when they got to the Indian Town on the Tennessee the Indians had fled & left the Town, they carried their provisions on pack horses. They was discharged by Captain Companys from the Indian Town. Applicant received a discharge from his said Captain Christy, which discharge was burnt at the time applicant's other discharges was burnt. Applicant served three months in the above campaign & was that of a private.
- Applicant was at home about two years after the service of the last aforesaid campaign, when he was again drafted as a horse man and entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, to Wit: Captain WALLACE whose Christian name can't now be recollected by applicant. Major's name can't now recollect from the above cause. These officers was strangers to applicant before applicant served under them. Colonel ISAAC SHELBY & also Colonel BLEADSOW marched to & ____ ____ at JOHN PHAGANS on the Holston River then marched across the mountains & through North Carolina by Charlotte and then into the State of South Carolina through Campden which had been burnt by the Brittish and then to the Santee River crossed the River applicant does not know the name of the ferry but it was near where General Marion was on campaign in about a mile of the River near a large swamp. They there found GENERAL MARION. General Marion then marched them down towards Charleston and at a place Monks Corner, and Charleston at a large house. General Marion took sixty six Brittish prisoners. They then marched back to General Marion's encampment near the large swamp aforesaid on the south side of the Santee River, where applicant was honorably discharged by his Colonel Shelby. Applicant served three months as a private horse man in the last aforesaid campaign his last aforesaid discharge was burnt in his house at the time his other discharges was burnt.
- From old age and consequent loss of memory as above stated, applicant cannot give any other accounts of the period of the War than those already Given by a narration of his absolute service. Applicant was acquainted with the following officers, to wit: Captain John Anderson, Captain John Looney, Colonel David Looney, Colonel William Christy, Captain Christy, Colonel Isaac Shelby, Colonel Bledsoe, General Marion. Applicant has lived ever since the Revolutionary War in has lived in the States of Kentucky and Tennessee and now reside in Anderson County, Tennessee. Applicant has no dockument or evidence of his service & knows of no person whose personal attendance he can procure by which he can prove his absolute service but ELIJAH CROSS of the county of Sullivan served with applicant in the time of the War against the Indians a Mockison Gap. Applicant is further known to the following persons & citizens in his Neighbourhood who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his service as as a soldier of the Revolution. To Wit: GEOGE W. HOSKINS, WILLIAM McKANEY, SAMUEL YOUNG, SAMUL DUNN, JOSEPH PARKS, ROBERT PATTERSON, MATHEW PATTERSON. There is no Clergyman now residing in the neighbourhood of applicant. ELIJAH CROSS who knows of a part of applicant's absolute service is two aged and inform to obtain the personal attendance.
- At the making of this Declaration applicant hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity Except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
- (signed) WILLIAM (X) PATTERSON
- Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid
- JOSEPH M. ASHURST
- Justice of the Peace
- We ROBERT PATTERSON & MATHEW PATTERSON and residing in the same neighbourhood of the said WILLIAM PATTERSON hereby certify that we are well acquainted with the said WILLIAM PATTERSON who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be Eighty years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood Where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
- ROBERT (X) PATTERSON
- MATHEW (X) PATTERSON
- Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid
- JOSEPH M. ASHURST
- Justice of the Peace