Person:James Patterson (118)

James Patterson, Indian Trader
b.abt. 1685
  • HJames Patterson, Indian Traderabt 1685 - 1735
  • WSusanna Howardabt 1700 - 1753
m. est. 1717
  1. Capt. James Pattersonabt 1717 - 1771
  2. Sarah Pattersonaft 1720 -
  3. Susannah Pattersonaft 1720 -
  4. Rebecca Pattersonaft 1720 -
  5. Thomas Patterson1732 - abt 1747
Facts and Events
Name James Patterson, Indian Trader
Alt Name James Patterson, of Conestoga Manor
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1685
Marriage est. 1717 prob. Pennsylvaniato Susanna Howard
Death? October 1735 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


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Land Records

  • Land Survey [prior to 1734]: "unto James Paterson of the County of Lancaster" on a grant of 500 acres of land in "our Mannor of Conestogoe." (Note: some claim this survey was in 1718, but Lancaster County was not established until 1729).
  • 10 December 1734 - Letters of patent confirmed the grant of 500 acres to James Patterson who, by this time, was of "the County of Lancaster."
  • 21 Nov 1734 "James Paterson and his wife Susannah" were granted a patent for 200 acres where he built his house.


From:Pat Patterson's Pages

Written 3 Oct 1735 Lancaster Co, PA; proved 11 Nov 1735
In the name of God Amen I James Patterson of the Township of Hempfield in the County of Lancaster & Province of Pennsylvania being weake & sick of body but of sound & perfect sence & memory thanks be to God for the same do make this my last Will & Testament as followeth viz. IMP I give & bequeath to my eldest Son Jams. Patterson all my land in Conyco creek all three hundred accres to have & to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns for ever. Secondly I give & bequeath to my Son Thomas Patterson all that Plantation & tract of Land in the manor of Conestoga were I now dwell containing about two hundred acres lately purchased by me from Ja. Logan To have & to hold the same to my Sd. Son Thomas his Heirs & Assigns forever. Thirdly I give and bequeath to each of my Daughters, Sarah, Susanah, & Rebecka one hundred pounds to be paid to each & every of them on the day of their mariage aftear they arive the age of sixteen years or else after they arive at the age of twenty one years. Lastly I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife, Susanah Patterson all the residue & remainder of my estate both real & personall to have & to hold to her & her heirs & assigns for ever and I do hereby appoint my s. Wife Sole Executrix of this my Last Will & Testam. as allso guardian over my said children untlll they arive at the age of twenty one years And my Will is that my s. Wife shall have & enjoy the Plantation whereon I now dwell & bequeathed to my Son Thomas as afores. untill my sd. Son shall arive at the age of twenty one years wth. all the issues & profitts thereof & I do hereby declare this to be my Last Will & Testament hereby revokeing all former or other wills heretofore by me made. Witness my hand & seal this third Day of October one thousand seven hundred and thrity five.
Jas Patterson {seal}
Signed Sealed & Published by the Testator as his Last Will & Testament he being of sound & disposing memory in the presence of us Ja. Wright
Ju. Samuel Bethel
Jon Emerson.
Lancaster the 11 Day of Nov. Anno Dom. 1735 Then personally appeared Samuel Bethel and John Emerson two of the Witnesses to the within Written Will and the said Samuel on his Solemn Affirmation and the said John on his Oath did Declare they saw and heard James Patterson the Testator within named Sign Seal Publish and Declare the same Will to be his Last Will and Testam. And that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge.
Coram Sa: Blunston Dep. Reg.
Be it remembered that on the 11th Day of November Anno Domini 1735 the Last Will and Testament of James Patterson Deceased was proved in due form of Law and Probate and Letters Testamentary were granted unto Susanah Patterson having First Sworn well and truly to Administer the said Deceas Estate and bring an Inventory thereof into the Registers Office in Lancaster County on or before the Eleventh Day of Dec. next And also to render an account when thereunto lawfully required Given under the Seal of the said Office. P Sa: Blunston Dep. Register

Will Abstract

James Patterson of Conestoga Manor, as named in his will, were:
Capt. James Patterson, married Mary Stuart
Sarah Patterson, m. Benjamin Chambers
Susannah Patterson, m. James Lowrey
Rebecca Patterson, m. George Polson
Thomas Patterson, b. 1732; d. abt. 1747
  1.   Hanna, Charles Augustus. The Wilderness Trail, or, The ventures and adventures of the Pennsylvania traders on the Allegheny Path: with some new annals of the Old West, and the records of some strong men and some bad ones. (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: Wennawoods Publishing, c1995), Page 84.

    It has sometimes been stated that George Croghan and William Trent were brothers-in-law. How they became so is not clear. William Trent's only sister, Mary, married Nathaniel French, of Philadelphia. Trent himself married Sarah Wilkins, possibly a daughter of one of the Indian Traders of that name. Croghan 's nephew, it will be remembered, was Doctor John Connelly, the Loyalist. Connolly was the son of John Connelly, Sr., a native of Ireland, and of Susanna Howard, sister of Gordon Howard, one of the early Indian Traders of Lancaster County. She first married James Patterson, the Trader, and after his death. Dr. Thomas Ewing, of Lancaster. John Connolly, Sr., was her third husband. Doctor Connolly, their son, married Susanna Semple, daughter of Samuel Semple, the innkeeper of Fort Pitt, who furnished Washington such good entertainment in 1770. If Croghan's wife was a Wilkins, and sister to William Trent's wife, it is possible she also may have been a sister to Samuel Semple's wife, the mother of Susanna Connolly; and this would have made Connolly Croghan's nephew, by marriage. The name of Croghan's own daughter, as shown by his will, was Susanna; which was also the Christian name of Connolly's mother, as well as that of his wife. But it is difficult to see how Croghan could have been a brother-in-law to Trent, who married Sarah Wilkins, and also to John Connolly, Sr., who married Susanna Howard, the widow of Doctor Ewing, unless, indeed, Sarah Wilkins and Susanna Howard may have been half-sisters, and one of them Croghan's wife's sister.