Person:Henry Patton (13)

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Maj. Henry Patton
b.bef. 6 March 1748 Augusta County, Virginia
m. abt. 1740/41
  1. Thomas Patton, Sr.abt 1742 - bef 1812
  2. Maj. Henry Pattonbef 1748 - aft 1824
  3. James Pattonabt 1752 - abt 1818
  4. David Pattonabt 1759 -
  • HMaj. Henry Pattonbef 1748 - aft 1824
  • WMartha Randolphest 1750 - aft 1824
m. abt. 1768
  1. Matilda Pattonabt 1769 -
  2. Isaac Pattonabt 1770 - bef 1816
  3. Jennet Pattonabt 1771 - 1820
  4. Mary 'Polly' Pattonabt 1778 -
  5. Jane Pattonabt 1783 -
Facts and Events
Name Maj. Henry Patton
Gender Male
Birth[1] bef. 6 March 1748 Augusta County, Virginia
Christening? 6 March 1748 Tinkling Spring, Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage abt. 1768 Virginiato Martha Randolph
Death? aft. 1824 Tazewell County, Virginia

Henry Patton was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Baptism at Tinkling Spring

Henry Patton is listed in the Tinkling Spring List of Baptisms in Augusta County, Virginia.

Early Land Acquisition in Virginia

  • Page 138 - Henry Patton, 400 acres on Wolf Creek, 2 miles above Rocky Gap, settled 1771. [Source: Kegley, Mary "Early Adventurers" vol II]
  1. Agricola, David V. (David Vernon). Descendants of James and Florence (Graham) Patton : of Floyd County, Kentucky. (Lakewood, Ohio: D.V. Agricola, c1997).

    [Maj] Henry Patton2 was baptised on 6 March 1748 at the Tinkling Spring Meeting House, Augusta Co. (11) He lived about a mile from the head of Thorn Spring (764) and when Botetourt Co. was formed in 1770 he was named constable of the Back Creek precinct. He pursued a career in the militia in Montgomery Co. Va. (formed 1776). During Lord Dunmore's War (summer-fall 1774) he was an ensign under William Edmonson and was paid for 47 days service as a leader of a detachment of soldiers. [Among men in his detachment is found Thomas Patton]. In 1777 he swore allegiance to the State as member of Capt Jos. Cloyd's Co along with David Patton. He was recommended as a second lieutenant in Capt. Cloyd's Company in 1778; this seems to be the year Fort Donnelly on the Greenbrier was attacked. (91) From April to July Cloyd's company were active against the Indians in Monroe, Giles, and Greenbrier Counties. (RW pension file W 3657, F. Charlton). Henry must have shown promise as he was promoted to Captain in 1779. The next year Tory sentiment arose in the Walker Creek area; this presented a real risk to the patriotic cause due to the great strategic importance of the nearby Lead Mines. There were only a very few sources for lead in the colonies, and of course there was an embargo on all war materiel imposed by England.

    Col. William Preston was resolved to stamp out Toryism. He said, "The Insolence of the Tories and the Disturbances given by them to the well effected Inhabitants of this and the Neighboring Counties demands every Exertion in our Power to suppress them by every legal means that God and Government... have put in our hands." (65) He gave Capt. James Byrn orders to proceed with 50 selected men on horseback on the Great Road past Peak Creek under pretext of garrisoning the Lead Mines, but then to cut off at the fork and then to "without losing time proceed immediately to Walker's Creek where a great many of those disaffected People reside which you are to disarm with all imaginable Secrecy and Dispatch ..." It was essential to have along a trusted local man who knew the territory well, and we can be sure that Henry Patton helped in this dangerous task; afterward one man grumbled "If Captain Patton came that way in the same manner again he would be very apt to get a bullet in him." (163) Henry also served his country by being in command at defense of the Lead Mines (91). He was made a major in 1787, and a lieutenant colonel in 1790. In 1779 Henry Patton was recommended as justice of the peace, and in 1782 took the oath as justice of the peace in Chancery and Oyer and Terminer. In 1782 he was taxed on one slave, 14 horses and 24 cattle. In 1787 he, David and James Patton are shown on the Montgomery Co. tax list. He was appointed Sheriff of Montgomery Co in 1793; in that year [his sons] Samuel and Isaac Patton were appointed deputy sheriffs.

    Henry Patton married Martha Randolf ca 1768. In 1802 they made a gift of lands on Thorn Spring to Isaac Patton, their son. Henry (now "Sr") was still living in Montgomery Co 1810 (census) and 1816 (Wythe deed 6: 447). Henry and his wife were living in Tazewell Co Va [formed in 1800] in 1824; on 24 March 1824 they sold a tract of 166 acres on the Sinking Spring in Montgomery Co to Sebastian Wygal (DB H:551). They also deeded away land on Thorn Spring. (H: 626). They died shortly after this, intestate. Known and probable children are given below.

  2.   United States. 1810 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    1810 United States Federal Census
    Name: Henry Patton
    Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Christiansburg, Montgomery, Virginia
    Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1 [b. 1765 or before]
    Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1
    Numbers of Slaves: 13
    Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
    Number of Household Members: 15