Henry Patton Line of Augusta, Montgomery County, Virginia
David V Agricola, MD
As a help to those interested in Henry Patton Sr. (born around 1720
in Ireland), who was living on the "Springfield" estate of his kinsman
Col James Patton on Back
Creek, Augusta County, Virginia (later Fincastle County, then Montgomery
County, now Pulaski County), I will below reproduce the text of Chapter
2 of my book "Descendants of James and Florence
Graham Patton of Floyd County, Kentucky", now entering its ninth
edition. (Maps, illustrations and references are omitted here). Please
note that this material is protected by copyright and is not to be reproduced
except one copy for personal use.
From 'James Patton and The Appalachian Colonists',
by Patricia Givens Johnson:
James Patton was born in 1692 in Newton, Limavaddy, Derry Co.,
Ireland. He married Mary Borden (Mrs. Osborn). James, being a
younger son, wasn't scheduled to inherit anything so he went to
sea in the Royal Navy. He became a ships captain and was held
in high esteem by the King. His father, Henry, was a ship builder
and/or merchant fleet owner and operator.
The King granted James Patton 120,000 acres of land with the
only stipulation that it be located on the west side of the Blue
Mountains and that it be settled by loyal British subjects. James
sailed in one of his father's ships, the 'Walpole.' This ship
is said to have made 20 or more passages to the states. He carried
Ulster immigrants to America and returned with furs, skins and
In one of the passages in 1738, James and his wife Mary, and
his two daughters, Margaret and Mary, along with John Preston,
his wife Elizabeth Patton Preston, their children Letitia, about
10 years old, Margaret, about 8, William, about 7, and Mary Preston,
about 6, along with John Preston's sister, Mary Preston, who later
married Phillip Barger, and supposedly another of John's sisters,
Jane Preston Breckinridge and her husband, Alexander Breckinridge,
arrived in Belhaven, near Alexandria on the Potomac on August
One of James Patton's settlements was known as 'Drapers Meadows,'
located at the present site of Blacksburg, Virginia. One sunny
Sunday morning on July 8, 1755, Indians wiped out much of the
settlement including James Patton. James and his wife Mary Borden
had two daughters and no sons. He adopted (officially or unofficially?)
William Preston, son of John Preston. Margaret 'Peggy' Patton
married John Buchanan.
James served in the Navy in Queen Anne's War. After the Treaty
of Utrecht, he procured a passenger ship and traded to the Colony
of Virginia at Robbs Hole on the Tappahannock. He penetrated the
then wilderness of the state as far as Orange County, thence across
the Blue Ridge and commenced a settlement near Waynesborough in
Augusta County. He crossed the Atlantic 23 or 25 times as Master
of a ship in and around 1728.
In his private shipping enterprises, Capt. James Patton made
contracts with promotors of the settlement of the western part
of Virginia. He sailed on the ship Walpole to Virginia,
arriving August 26, 1738. His first residence was Beverly Manor
on the south fork of the Shenendoah. From his headquarters there,
Adventurer Patton soon extended his interest to the management
of the Roanoke & James River Grant of 1740 and the Woods River
Grant of 1745.
After the organization of Augusta County, Patton became county
lieutenant, justice, sheriff, burgess and general leader in county
affairs. He was an alert, energetic businessman imbued with a
definite purpose and equipped with enough education and intellect
to be a successful community leader.
While tending to affairs of the community, Colonel James Patton
was killed by Indians in July 1755 at Drapers Meadow.
From 'Early Adventures On the Wesstern Waters' by Mary
B. Kegley and F. B.Kegley: James Patton Sees An Opening.
It would be interesting to know how much James Patton and his
brother-in-law, John Preston, knew about opportunities for the
acquisition of land in the region of western Virginia before they
decided to leave Ireland and take their chances on the Virginia
frontier. An historian of the Patton family has said that the
Pattons were an outstanding family of Scottish origin, a number
of members of which in different generations served with distinction
in the Royal Navy, in the British Army, and in civil offices.
The progenitor of the family in Ireland was William Patton, rector
of several parishes in County Donegal. The father of James Patton
was Henry Patton, a grandson of William. His mother was Sarah
Lynn of a prominent English family seated in Donegal County, Ulster,
Ireland. James, the fourth son of Henry and Sarah, was born in
1692 and married a Ms. Osborne; a sister, Elizabeth, married John
Preston, a ship's carpenter. James served in the Navy, taking
part in Queen Anne's War.
He appears to have crossed the Atlantic as master of a ship only
once in 1738 (Wilson, Tinkling Spring, p. 22). About this time
economic opportunities in Scotland and Ireland were not encouraging,
so many Scotch-Irish families were looking toward America for
a better field to cultivate. The Pattons and the Prestons became
a part of this gret exodus of the 1730's and 1740's. The Patton
home place in Ireland was the Manor of Springfield, Barony of
Kilmacrenan, County of Donegal, Province of Ulster. Later in Virginia
the names Springfield and Kilmacrenan remained associated with
In his private shipping enterprises, Captain Jame Patton had
made some contacts with the promoters of the settlement of the
western part of Virginia. There is no record that he made frequent
trips to the coastal towns carrying indentured servants to Virginia
shores, but as early as 1737 he had some acquaintance with William
Beverley and considered joining in the acquisition of a grant
to be located on the Calfpasture River. With these arrangements
completed, the ship Walpole, owned by Walter Lutwidge,
was chartered to bring the Patton and Preston families with fifty-six
others, including personal and indentured servants, sixty-five
in all, to Virginia.
They arrived at Hobb's Hole (Tappahannock) August 26, 1738. Once
here the first land Patton owned was in the Calfpasture grant;
but his and Preston's first residences were in Beverley Manor
on the south fork of the Shenandoah. From his headquarters there,
Adventurer Patton soon extended his interest to the management
of the Roanoke and James River grant of 1740, and the Wood's River
grant of 1745. Since John Preston had not been a landowner in
Ireland, he was willing to take chances with his brother-in-law
in at least acquiring a homestead in the New World. In proving
his importation into the colony of Virginia, he said that he had
come to America at his own charge 'in order to partake of his
Majesty's bounty for taking up land.' He made this declaration
in 1746 and died in 1747. He was satisfied with only a few tracts
of land for which titles were later made to his son, William.
His home was on Lewis Creek near Beverley's Mill Place. The family
consisted of his wife, Elizabeth, his son, William, and his daughters,
Mary, Lettice, Margaret, and Ann. James Patton was more ambitious.
He had in mind acquiring as much as 30,000 acres in his own name.
In the first surveys made for him in 1738, he was designated as
captain. Following the settlement of Borden's grant, a number
of tracts were entered in the Forks of the James and on the Catawba,
a south branch of the James some distance away. These scattered
settlements were made prior to 1740 when the Virginia Council
granted permission to John Smith, Zachary Lewis, and others for
surveys totalling 100,000 acres (with no specific boundaries)
on 'River and Branches of the Roanoke and the Branches of the
James River' (Virginia Executive Journals, V, 173). As a result
of purchasing shares of all partners (except John Smith and Zachary
Lewis), James Patton became the controlling agent of this company,
all patents issuing in his name and all land being transferred
by him by deed to the people who bought the land. The surveys
and plats for the first grants in this territory were not preserved
in the Orange County records and no trace of them has been found
in the Secretary's office. However, it is from the Augusta County
surveys, deeds, and grants that the account of the early western
settlement can be carried forward. For further details, see Kegley's
Virginia Frontier, pp. 60-62. After the organization of Augusta
County, Patton became county lieutenant, justice, sheriff, burgess,
and general leader in county affairs. He was an alert, energetic
businessman imbued with a definite purpose and equipped with enough
education and intellect to be a successful community leader. His
first interest was to secure the land he wanted; his first action
was to select choice tracts while they were still available. The
terms of the Wood's River grant allowed him the privilege he wanted
-- to select small or large tracts, in any shape, anywhere in
the region covered. His scheme was a good example of competitive
private enterprise, and although there were groups of family relatives
settling in contiguous valleys, there was no suggestion of a socialistic
colony. It was unfortunate that western Virginians lost their
first prominent early adventurer soon after the beginning of the
settlement. While tending to affairs of the community, Colonel
James Patton was killed by the Indians in July 1755 at Draper's
Meadow. For further details of his life, see Johnson, James Patton
and the Appalachian Colonists. 'Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Floyds':
James Patton was bred to the sea and in the wars of England with
the low countries served as an officer in the royal navy. After
the treaty of Utrecht he procured a passanger ship and traded
to the Colony of Virginia at Robbs Hole, on the Tappahannock.
He penetrated the then wilderness of the state as far as Orange
Co., thence across the Blud Ridge and commenced a settlement there
near Waynesborough in Augusta County.4,3
Henry Patton Sr., born around 1720 in Ireland, was
surely a close relation to Colonel James Patton, for we learn in the
latter's will (dated 1750 and probated in Augusta County, Virginia
in 1755, Augusta County Will Book 2:131) that Henry was living at James'
plantation on Back Creek styled "Springfield". No relationship between
James and Henry is stated in the will.
IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA
COUNTY 1745-1800 ABSTRACTS OF WILLS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA.
AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT. WILL BOOK NO. 2. ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. page 41 Page 131.
1st September, 1750. James Patton's will--Daughter, Mary, wife
to William Thompson, 1 negro woman; tract called Spring Hill;
3,000 acres on which Saml. Stalnaker and others is living, known
by name of Indian Fields, on waters of Houlston's river, a branch
of the Missisipio. Grandson, James Thompson, infant, remainder
in above in fee tail. Daughter, Margaret, now wife of Col. John
Buchanan. To son-in-law, William Thompson, the tract
called Springfield, joining where widow Gouldman now lives and
on which Henry Patton lives. William is to keep
the estate intact for his son, James, until 1772. To Margaret.
tract called Cherry tree bottom, near Robert Looney's tract at
mouth of Purgatory, tract on which there is a small stone house.
Margaret's daughter, Mary; sister, Preston, and her son, William
Preston, Â£10 to be paid to Rev. John Craig, pastor
at Tinkling Spring, to pay his stipends from 1740 to 1750, to
be paid by the congregation out of the money advanced by him to
help build the meeting house. Â£10 of same to be laid
out for a pulpit and pulpit cloth. John Preston's bond to be given
up to his son, Wm. Preston. All debts due by George Wilson, who
is married to testator's wife's niece, Rebecca Vicers (Viers?),
to be given up. Granddaughter, Mary Buchanan. Executors, John
Buchanan, Wm. Thompson, nephew, Wm. Preston, Silas Harte. All
disputes between executors to be left to arbitration of the minister
and elders of Tinkling Spring church. Testator was agent for John
Smith, Zachery Lewis, Wm. Waller, Wm. Green, Wm. Parks for the
Roanoke and James River grants. As to the Great Grant on the waters
of Misicipia, James Gordon, James Johnston, John Grimes, John
----, Richard Barns, Robert Gilchrist, James Bowre, Robert Jackson.
have assigned their parts to testator. Richard Winston's part
is assigned to little John Buchanan. To Mary Preston, horses.
Teste: Thomas Stewart, Edward Hall, John Williams.
Proved, 26th November, 1755, by Stewart and Hall. Wm. Preston
refuses to execute, also Silas Harte. Buchanan and Thompson qualify,
with sureties David Stewart, Joseph Culton, Wm. Preston, Edward
Hall, Thomas Stewart. 16th August, 1769, Wm. Preston qualifies
Henry was born too late to be a brother, but could have been a nephew
or other close kin to Colonel James Patton. (It has been suggested
in the first chapter that perhaps he was a son of William Patton of
Ballymacgacchy). "Springfield" was located on Back Creek in present
Pulaski County, west of the home plantation. The first record we have
naming Henry is dated 18 September 1747 when he was named a juryman
in Augusta County (Augusta County Order Book I:303). We might suppose
that he had been present in the Augusta area for at least a while prior
to this. Although it was a qualification to serve on a jury that a person
be a landowner, no record of his purchasing land this early has come
to light. By 1749, he can be placed with certainty on the very fringe
of the western Virginia frontier, as in that year he and other men were
appointed to clear a road from Wood's (New) River to the ridge above
the Roanoke. (19) In 1750, Henry took up 75 acres at the head of Falling
Spring on the New River by survey [see illustration, from Augusta County
survey book]. He remained at Springfield overseeing the property at
least until 1753. In that year he directed the construction of two "round
log houses" measuring 21 feet long by 15 ft. wide with a 20-foot shed
between. [Library of Congress, Preston papers 89] (90)
On 31 July 1755, Colonel James Patton was killed
by Indians at Draper's Meadows, and according to the terms of his will
"I leave to my son-in-law William Thompson all that tract of land called
Springfield joining to where the widow Goldman now lives and on which
Henry Patton lives containing about three thousand acres." (Will Book
2: 131) It is not known when William Thompson and his wife Mary Patton
Thompson actually took up residence there; the Indian attacks caused
most of the frontier to be depopulated. Benjamin Franklin wrote in May
1754 in the Pennsylvania Gazette that "We hear that the Back
Settlers in Virginia are so terrified by the murdering and scalping
of the Family last Winter and the taking of this Fort, that they begin
already to abandon their Plantation, and remove to places of more safety".
Henry lived about a mile from the head of Thorn Spring from 1749 to
1755 and then fled to safety until 1762 when he again took up residence.
(Montgomery Chancery Case #63, John Floyd vs Henry Patton.) (764)
By 1761, things had quieted down somewhat and in that year Henry Patton
set out to claim lands of his own. In that year he filed entries for
four tracts of land containing 400 acres each in the Back Creek area.
These were on a tract where he formerly dwelt, plus another tract adjoining
the same; on a branch of Peak Creek "nigh Calamers Bottom", and Hazel
Hollow on Sinking Spring. (Augusta County Survey Book, Augusta County
Entry Book I, Staunton, Virginia) It would appear that his interest
in obtaining this land was for his children rather than speculation,
as his sons were living on these lands later on. Henry took up lands
on Thorn Spring, a tributary of Peak Creek. This would have been around
1762, as a survey made in 1783 of one tract of 400 acres mentions that
the land settled in 1762 was "assigned by James and David Patton, legatees
of Henry Patton, deceased." The survey was made in the name of (his
son) Henry Patton. (Montgomery County Survey Book B, p. 119; Commissioners
Certificates, Virginia State Library Archives)]
Henry Patton was paid for 128 days of militia service in Daniel Robinson's
Company on 6 October 1764; on back is Henry's receipt for pay and bounty
from Wm Preston. (90, item 440) (This could just possibly apply to his
son Henry who was however only 16 in 1764). It appears that Henry Sr.
died within the next year as shown in the following account.
In August of 1765, Robert Patterson sent a note to Thomas Patton asking
him to "Let the Bearer Capt. Wm Thompson have one gun, one Brass Kettl,
one Bible, one weeding Hoe which I left in your possession when I was
at Back Creek Fort" (in December of 1763) (90, page 423) Back Creek
Fort, also known as Fort Thompson, was built on the Springfield estate,
and sheltered a number of local residents against Indian attacks. On
the back of this paper is a partly illegible notation which seems to
be a receipt concluding ". . . which I received from the widow Patton
for Robt Patterson." This would logically refer to the widow of Henry
Patton, as it is clear that Thomas Patton was alive later than this.
In 1767, an Indian attack took place in which Captain William Thompson's
"cousin" was killed; this was surely James Cartey (estate administered
in 1768) rather than Henry Patton, as sometimes suggested. (66) No record
naming Henry Patton's wife has been found. Henry Patton left no will
and no estate appraisal or administration has been found. It would seem
that he made ample provision for his children prior to his death.
Various land records show that James, Henry, and David Patton were legatees
of the older Henry, indicating that they inherited property from him.
Although this does not constitute absolute proof that they were his
sons, this is surely the case. Major Henry Patton swore in a deposition
in 1801 that Henry Sr. was his father. (Montgomery County Chancery Case
63). Because of the frequency with which he is associated with these
three men as assignee in land records, the note cited above, and his
proximity, it seems likely to suppose that Thomas Patton Sr. was also
a son of Henry Patton.
a. Thomas Patton Sr.,
born around 1740, surely a son of Henry Patton, Sr., was a constable in
1763 in Augusta County. As seen above he was living at the Back Creek
Fort in August of 1765. In 1768, he was a constable on the New River;
on tithable lists of 1770 and 1772. In 1774, he was a juryman in the
Fincastle County Court. He served with (his brother) Henry during Dunmore's
War. (Illustration in Kegley, p 315). In 1777, he was in Captain Jas.
McCorkle's Company of the Montgomery County militia along with his brother
James Patton. In 1786, he was recommended as a captain, and in 1793
is listed as the fifth captain in the second battalion of the Militia
of Montgomery County. He resigned his commission in October of 1795.
Beginning in 1783, Thomas had various tracts of land surveyed in the
same area of Montgomery County that Henry and James were living. (21,
II, p 241) In 1787, he had a tract of 150 acres surveyed on Elk Spring,
a branch of Thorn Spring, adjacent to the Peak Creek land. This tract
was assigned by Henry Patton and this had previously been assigned to
him by James Patton<. He was living next to Henry and David in 1789,
with two sons age 16-21. (63) In October of 1795, Thomas and his wife
Sarah sold land on Thorn Spring. Thomas Sr. sold three tracts of land
in Montgomery County, totaling 875 acres in July of 1800. (27) Some
descendants claim Thomas married twice.
Thomas Patton Sr. was on
Montgomery County tax lists at least through 1812 and was evidently
deceased by December of 1812 when his heirs sold 547 acres of land on
Thorn Spring, parts of two tracts which had been patented to Thomas
(Deed Book E:376). Children of Thomas as given by a descendant in 1896
(742); note that three children married Trinkles.
Patton Jr., born around 1765, married Eleanor Trinkle.
Patton, born around 1767, married Barbara Rains.
Patton, born around 1769, married John Trinkle.
(Polly) Patton, born around 1771, married George Helms.
Patton Jr, born in 1773, married Eliz Hickman.
Patton, born around 1777, married Elizabeth Trinkle.
Patton, born in 1780, married Samuel Maxwell.
Patton Jr., born around 1767, married Eleanor [Nellie] Cecil, daughter
of Saul Cecil, on 15 May 1797 in Montgomery County, Virginia. (A:69)
This could be the Thomas who had several tracts surveyed in Montgomery
County in 1796-1804. In 1797, Thomas Patton Jr. purchased 110 3/4 acres
on the south fork of John's Creek, a branch of the James River, from
the executors of Colonel James Patton. (27) Thomas was listed as
a taxpayer in tax returns in Montgomery County consistently through
1805. However he appears to have moved to Kentucky by about 1803 and
is found in the 1810 census of Wayne County, Kentucky, located on the
border of Tennessee, with four sons. In 1812 Thomas and his wife Caty
Patton sold land on Thorn Spring. She could not conveniently travel
to Montgomery County to sign the deed. Apparently her maiden name was
Eleanor Catherine and at times she went by Nellie and others by Caty.
It has been claimed that Thomas was a soldier in the Battle of New Orleans,
8 January 1815 (742), but so far we have been unable to document this.
Several men from Kentucky did serve but none appears to be our Thomas.
About 1820, Thomas moved to the Mine Lick Creek area of Jackson County,
Tennessee, later called Baxter, Tennessee. This is just south of Wayne
County, Kentucky. Several brothers came here later. Thomas is on census
records here in 1830 but not later. His widow Eleanor was living at
the age of 73 in 1850 in Putnam County, Tennessee.
a) Mary (Polly) Patton,
born 24 September 1798 in Kentucky? She died on 22 May 1875 in Putnam
County, Illinois. She married Amos D. Maxwell, a son of Samuel Maxwell
and Martha Patton, on 11 May 1823. (752) Amos was born about 1804. Their
Eliza Maxwell, born around 1828, died on 2 October 1871 in Crawford
County, Missouri. She married Enoch H. Stone (around 1828-1909). He was
a second lieutenant in the 5th Tennessee Regiment (Union) and the clerk
of the Putnam County Court. (765) In 1850, Eliza's grandmother Elener
Patton was living with them. 2] Wilson Maxwell, born in 1829
3] Granville, born in 1831; 4] Miranda, born in 1834;
5] Permelia, born in 1836; 6] William W., born in
1838; 7] Alvin C., born in 1839; 8] Bird C., born
in 1841; 9] Milda J., born in 1842; 10] LeAnn Maxwell,
born in 1843.
b) David Patton,
born in 1800 , married around 1829; living 1850 in Jackson County, Tennessee
with his wife Salley, nee Maxwell. They married prior to 1840 and had,
apparently, no issue. In March 1842, he provided bond for Wm Carr, the
first Clerk of Courts in Putnam County, Tennessee. He is not found in
1860 census and possibly moved from the area.
c) Benjamin Franklin
Patton, born in 1803 in Kentucky, died ___, married (1) ___
Farris, who died around 1856; he married (2) Adeline Dudley on 13 October
1864. In 1870, he was a boot maker living in Jackson County with Adeline
and children Matilda (15), A. J. (6), Thos J.
(4) and Martha Patton. (1)
d) Samuel Patton,
was born in 1805 in Kentucky. He obtained a survey (no. 36) for land
on Mine Lick Creek (now Baxter, Tennessee) on 5 May 1825. He married
Malinda Byers about 1836. He was living in 1850 Jackson County, Tennessee
with Malinda and children. In 1860 and 1870, he was living in Putnam
County, Tennessee. Samuel allegedly died in 1905 at the age of 100 years
and a day. However his name does not appear in the 1900 census. His
wife was born 10 January 1818 in Putnam County, Tennessee and died there
in 1898. (752)
1] Dr. David Crockett Patton,
born October 1837 in Tennessee, died on 26 March 1926 in Putnam County.
He married Susan Tennessee Brassell on 21 January 1869 in Smithville,
DeKalb County, Tennessee. She was born in December of 1846 in Kentucky.
He served in County A, 5th Tennessee Division in the Civil War. (752)
a] Amanda Jane Patton, born
on 13 January 1870. (752)
b] Mary M. Patton, born on
13 January 1870. (752)
c] E. Leslie Patton, born in
d] Leroy [Robert?] Patton,
born in September of 1877.
e] Frances Deal Patton, born
in January of 1880.
f] Mattie Elizabeth Patton,
born on 20 March 1881. (752)
g] Delia Catherine Patton,
born in March of 1884. (752) ["Ora" in 1900 census]
h] Louisa Patton, born in October
i] Kate Patton, born on 9 May
1889. (752); not in 1900 census, perhaps deceased young.
2] Mary Minerva Patton,
born in 1840 in Tennessee.
3] Rhoda Patton,
born in 1842 in Tennessee. She married O[dicia] Denton Parkinson
on 23 June 1864. He served in Company E, 28th Tennessee Regiment. (752)
Two children by 1870.
a] Sarah Malinda Parkinson,
born on 7 June 1866 in Putnam County, Tennessee. She died there on 4
May 1943. She married a cousin, Marion Francis Wilkerson, on 23 December
1886. Eleven ch. (752)
b] John T Parkinson, born in
4] Thomas W. Patton,
born on 1 Jan 1842/3, served in 5th Tennessee Calvary, married Margaret
E. Maxwell around 1868. He died on 10 March 1882, buried in the Maxwell
Cemetery. (752) One son in 1870- William S? Patton, born in 1869.
5] Benjamin Franklin Patton,
born on 18 January 1845 in Tennessee. He had the following children
by Margaret Stone: (752) He is not in 1900 Tennessee census, moved or
a] Minerva J Patton, born in
b] Paulina Elizabeth Patton,
born on 7 Jan 1872, married Luke Johnson
c] James Whitley Patton, born
31 October 1876, died 1 Sept 1966, married Maggie Love Mathis 25 Dec
1896. One son, Dewey Tinsley Patton. (752)
d] Plinah Patton, born around
e] Rhoda Fannie Patton, born
on 28 May 1883. (752)
6] Margaret Patton, born in
1849 in Tennessee
7] Joseph Rhea Patton, born
March 1851. He married Sophronia C. Allison in 1871 (752)
8] Sarah C. Patton, born 1855
9] Lewis D Patton, born around
1857, on 1860 census
Lucy A. Patton, born 5 February
1860 in Silver Point, Tennessee., died 17 May 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
, married John Bluford Wilkerson on 13 November 1879 in Tennessee. He
was born in 1849 in Tennessee. They lived with the Pattons in 1880.
Six living children in 1900:
a] Lewis Wilkerson, born on
9 March 1882 Tennessee, died 12 March 1949 Rayville, Louisiana (752)
b] Mary Wilkerson, born in
May of 1884, died ___
c] Milton Wilkerson, born in
October of 1888, died Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (752)
d] Martha Wilkerson, born in
June of 1891, married __ Parker, moved to Washington.
e] James M Wilkerson, born
in March of 1894, moved to Texas.
f] Maggie Wilkerson, born in
November of 1898.
William Camel Patton, born
on 7 May 1862, married America Burgess about 1890. They were living
in Putnam County in 1900; she was born in August of 1871 in Tennessee.
a] Lisey? Patton, born in December
of 1892 (daughter)
b] Hobart Patton, born in September
c] Joseph Patton, born in December
e) Rebecca Patton,
born around 1807 in Kentucky, died in ___ Arkansas (752)
f) Priscilla Patton,
born on 11 January 1811 in Kentucky, died on 12 January 1882, married
William Crawford on 21 June 1836. (752) Two children in 1840, not found
in the 1850 census.
g) Sally Patton,
born in 1814 in Wayne County, Kentucky; married Alfred F. Stone about
1836. (752) Children:
(1836), Elvira (1838), Martha (1840), Asbury(1842), John (1844), and
David Stone (1846).
h) Rhoda Patton,
born on 17 January 1816 in Kentucky, died on 12 June 1891. She married
the Rev. John Cannady Cooper on 17 April 1834 in Jackson County, Tennessee.
He was born on 17 December 1814, and was ordained a Cumberland Presbyterian
minister. He was also a skilled cabinet maker. He was a chaplain in
the Confederate Army and died on 24 March 1865. Their children were
all born in Jackson County at the family home on the edge of Granville,
except Sarah E.
1] James Monroe Cooper, born
on 19 July 1835.
2] Sarah Emeliza Cooper, born
on 17 November 1836 in Overton County, Tennessee.
3] William Thomas Cooper, born
on 4 July 1839.
4] Mary Jane Cooper, born on
28 March 1841.
5] David Webb Cooper, born
on 24 July 1851, died on 8 August 1851.
6] Alexander Smith Cooper,
born on 28 April 1853.
7] Susan Priscilla Cooper,
born on 17 February 1855.
Patton, born around 1769 and was also a son of Thomas Sr. (742).
John first appears on tax lists in 1790 in the household of Thomas Patton.
He married on 8 May 1793 to Barbara Rains in Montgomery County, Virginia
(67) In 1804-05 he is shown on tax lists as living on John's Creek,
near his brother Thomas Jr. In 1810 John Patton (b 1766-84) is found
in Montgomery County with a large family. (41110- 41110); he is listed
immediately after Thomas Patton. John is on the 1811 Montgomery tax
list. In July 1810 John and Barbara Patton (wife) sold two tracts to
John Wygle, suggesting they were moving away. He is not found in the
1820 Montgomery census; a John Patton (b 1780's) was living in 1830
in Wythe County, Virginia There was also a Barbara Patton here, born
in the 1770's; she had a good sized family and could well have been
the widow of John. However, we also find in 1840 a John Patton and wife,
both born in the 1760's, living in Jackson County, Tennessee right next
to David Patton, son of Thomas Jr. This argues that John went to spend
his last days next to family. It is quite clear that we have yet to
learn a good bit about the family of John and Barbara Patton! He probably
had six sons and six daughters. POSSIBLE children:
a) Thomas Patton, born 1797
Va, married around 1828 Elizabeth ____. He is found on the 1830 Wythe County,
Va census with 2 small children. Thomas Patton of Wythe County made
a deed of trust for 165 acres on Peak Creek in May 1824 to secure a
debt. (Wythe County deed bk (9: 579) Then on 22 August 1835 Thomas and
his wife Elizabeth, then of Montgomery County sold this same tract outright
to John Raines. The tract is here described as "lying and being mainly
in the County of Wythe and partly in the County of Montgomery". (Wythe
d.b. 13: 320) The fact they sold to a Raines suggests a link to John
Patton, who married Barbara Raines. Further, the only Patton household
in the 1810 census with a son of the correct age to be this Thomas was
John Patton. In 1837 Thomas and wife purchased a lot in Newbern and
seem to have moved to this village. In 1840 the county of Pulaski was
erected and Thomas is found here in 1840 and 1850. More study is warranted
on this line.
John Raines married Catherine Holmes in Montgomery County, on 24 Nov
1833. This may have been the man who bought Patton's land.
(Sally) Patton, born around 1769, received land in 1805 from Thomas
Patton. She is said to have married John Trinkle, probably a son of
Christopher "Stophel" Trinkle. (752) Christopher Trinkle lived near
Thomas Patton Sr, as can be seen on the map, and in July 1800 Thomas
Patton sold him land. The Trinkle family moved about 1810 to Indiana-
John may have moved with them
Patton, born around 1771, married George Helms in [23 Feb.] 1797.
This was a second marriage for George, as he and his wife Cathey sold
land on the New River to Edward Morgan in 1795. George and Polly received
tracts comprising over 400 acres of land from her father in 1800 and
1805. They were living next to Thomas Patton in 1810 in Montgomery County;
4 boys and three girls under 10. One daughter was Mrs. Andrew Orchard,
who lived in Livonia Indiana. until 1856, then went to Nebraska. (742)
Patton "Jr", born in 1773, died in 1849, married Elizabeth
Hickman in Montgomery County, Virginia on 11 Feb. 1795. She was the
daughter of Samuel Hickman, the son-in-law of William Thompson, who
married Mary Patton (see p. 9). Henry purchased 350 acres from his father
in 1800. Elizabeth was probably the mother of the ten children mentioned
in Henry's will. She died in 1821 and he married Eleanor Spratt, who
outlived him. He wrote his will in 1839 and it was probated in Pulaski
County, Virginia in 1849 (21) His wife Eleanor received one third of
his real property and one third of his personal property, plus her choice
of his Negroes.
a) Rev. William Patton, born
around 1792 Va, was educated by Rev. Thomas Birch. William married on 5
July 1815 to Ann Fergus. He was a noted Methodist minister, serving
in 1821-23 on the New River and Tazewell circuits. He was ordained deacon
and then elder. In 1834 he was in Tennessee, finished his life work
in Missouri. They were living in 1850 in Platte County, Missouri. with
three children. A biography was written about him. (94) He died in 1856,
his wife 1855. Five children were named in his will, dated March 1856,
probated Platte County (748)
Patton, born on 27 August 1816 in Montgomery County, Virginia, died
on 10 April 1888 in Kansas City, Missouri, married James Lindsey on
20 June 1857 Palermo, Kansas Territory.
2] Lewis Patton, born on 28
August 1821 Montgomery. County, Virginia, died in 1889 in Kansas City,
married Caroline Hayward ... 1849 in Miami County, Ohio
3] Mary Jane Patton, born on
25 March 1824, died on 19 April 1896, married William Dusley Deering
on 22 August 1847 in Jackson County, Missouri.
4] Harriett Newell Patton,
born in 1826 ___, married John Ellis ____
5] Catherine Elizabeth Patton,
born in 1824?, died in 1841 Bridgeport, Missouri.
6] William Shelby Trigg Patton,
born on 15 July 1829 in Virginia, constable in 1850, school teacher
in 1860. He died on 4 July 1897, married Sarah Jane Grayson on 27 Feb.
1850 in Platte County, Missouri. Children who were born by 1860:
a] Virginia Patton, born in
1851 in Missouri
b] Benjamin Patton, born in
1853 in Missouri
c] Ervin Patton, born in 1854
d] Catharine Patton, born in
1857 in Missouri
e] William Patton, born in
1860 in Missouri
7] Sarah J Patton, born in
1833 in Kentucky, living at home 1850.
8] Virginia Melissa E. Patton,
in born 1835 in North Carolina
b) Stephen Patton, born in
1797 in Virginia, married Ann ______ , settled in Wythe County, Virginia
and living there in 1850, as a laborer. One daughter at home:
1] Mary A. Patton, born in
1836 in Virginia
c) Margaret Patton, born ...,
married 20 December 1819 to Nimrod Ingram in Montgomery County. She
later married a Ward and lived in Jefferson County, Illinois.
d) Nancy Patton, born around 1801,
married on 16 November 1822 to Elias Neel in Montgomery County (67).
They later lived Tazewell County (21) and were there in 1850 with five
children. Elias was born in 1796 in Virginia (census).
e) Thompson Patton, born ...
(not found in census records).
f) (Dr) Austin Patton, born
around 1806 in Virginia. He married (1) Marinda Thorn on 18 May 1830; later,
he moved to Marion County, Illinois. (21) See 1840 Jefferson County,
Illinois. census. He and wife Elizabeth are found in Marion County with
children; his occupation was given as physician. On 1 June 1852, Austin
Patton and Elizabeth Anne, his wife, of Marion County, Illinois sold
their interest in Henry Patton's land to Wm McDonald, who had married
her sister Lucinda. (Pulaski County Deed Book 3:571). Children, possibly
by two wives:
1] Thomas Patton, born in 1837
2] James Patton, born in
1840 in Illinois
3] Jane Patton, born in 1842
4] Joseph Patton, born in 1844
5] Louis Patton, born in 1845
6] Ann Patton, born in 1849
in Marion County, Illinois
g) Maria Patton, born ...,
married on 24 August 1829 to William C Cummings. They lived in Tazewell
County, Virginia in 1852 (Pulaski County Deed Book 3:571).
h) Arnold Patton, born ...,
died by 1839. There is a suggestion that he was also a minister. (P
i) Eliza Patton, born ...,
married on 14 September 1830 to William B. Thorn. He was in Jefferson
County, Illinois in September of 1836 when he granted power of attorney
to sell lands.
j) Lucinda Patton, born ...,
married Wm McDonald; they sold her share of Henry Patton's land in Pulaski
County in the 1850's.
k) Calvin Patton, born ...,
died in Platte County, Missouri prior to 1839. A deed recorded there
on 10 November 1853 names Calvin's infant children. (Deed book 2: 681)
1] Mary E. Patton
2] William H. Patton
3] James W. Patton
4] John W. Patton. In 1866
he sold his interest in the Henry Patton's estate. (Pulaski County,
Virginia Deed Book 4: 362).
Patton, born about 1782 in Virginia. He was first on Montgomery
County tax list in 1803. He married Elizabeth Trinkle, daughter of Christopher
Trinkle and Elizabeth Wysor (Weiser), about 1808. (742) Trinkle lived
nearby. In the 1810 Montgomery County census, Sampson is shown with
wife and two children under 10, and was living next to Thomas Patton
Sr. Sampson and John Patton were sureties for Martha Patton when she
married in 1802. Sampson was appointed constable for Montgomery County
in 1810, also 1811. In December of 1812, Sampson Patton and wife Elizabeth
sold land on Thorn Spring. Elizabeth could not conveniently travel to
Montgomery County to acknowledge the deed (E:376) so it could be inferred
that some of the family had moved to Indiana by then. Sampson moved
in the fall of 1813 staying over the winter in Louisville, Kentucky.
Then he moved on to Washington County, Indiana. along with his father-in-law
and family. Sampson died there in the fall of 1814 and is buried on
the Smithson Hollowell farm on the turnpike (742). Elizabeth appears
as a widow with family in the 1820 census of Washington County, Indiana.
She later married John Onstatt on 3 April 1828 and later moved to Illinois.
(742) She was born on December of 1784 in Virginia and died on 3 September
1857 in Clay County, Illinois. (752)
a) David Patton, born on 5
June 1805 in Virginia, he married Lockey "Snooky" Patton in Washington
County, Indiana on 28 April 1825. They are listed in the 1850 census
with children. He died on 15 August 1890. (752)
b) Ann Patton, born on 31 July
1808 in Virginia. She married Thomas Bowles in Washington County, Indiana
on 11 February 1834. He was born on 24 January 1806 and died on 10 August
1840 in Washington County, Indiana. (752)
c) Granville Patton, born on
17 March 1810 in Virginia. He married Malinda Trinkle in Washington
County, Indiana on 18 March 1836. He died there on 4 December 1839.
His wife was born about 1809 and died on 17 March 1878 (752).
d) Benjamin Franklin Patton,
born on 26 September 1812 in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Mattox in
Washington County, Indiana on 13 February 1834 (just two days after
his sister married). They were living in 1850 in Washington County,
1] Granville Patton, born in
1836, he married. (2) Emily Rebecca Rawlings
2] Polly A. Patton, born in
1840 in Indiana
3) William B. Patton, born
in 1843 in Indiana
4) David Patton, born in 1845
5) Sampson Patton, born in
1847 in Indiana
6) Samuel Patton, born in 1849
e) Sampson Preston Patton Jr.,
born pm 3 March 1815. He died 15 July 1834 without issue. (752)
Patton was born about 1782, a daughter of Thomas Patton Sr.
She married Samuel Maxwell in Montgomery County, Virginia on 30 January
1802. Maxwell was born in Virginia on 23 July 1781, they moved prior
to 1824 to Mine Lick Creek (later Baxter), Jackson County, Tennessee
and he died there at Baxter on 22 May 1848. Martha died .... They had
some eleven children, of whom two married Patton cousins. (765)
a) Amos D. Maxwell, born on
15 June 1803, married 11 May 1823 to Mary Patton, daughter of Thomas.
She was born in Kentucky on 24 August 1798. She died in Baxter, Tennessee
on 17 March 1879. See above.
b) Sarah (Sally) Maxwell, born
on 23 March 1808. She married David Patton, son of Thomas Patton Jr
c) Andrew Jackson Maxwell,
born on 27 February 1815 near Baxter, Tennessee. He married about 1839.
d) Samuel H. Maxwell, born
on 4 March 1819. He married about 1838
e) David Wood Maxwell, born
on 5 March 1822 in Gainsboro, Jackson County, Tennessee
f) Gordon C. Maxwell, born
on 23 February 1825 near Baxter, Tennessee.
Anne, Nancy, Margaret, Mary (765)
b. Lieutenant Colonel Henry
Patton was baptized on 6 March 1748 at the Tinkling Spring Meeting House,
Augusta County, Virginia (11) He lived about a mile from the head of
Thorn Spring (764) and when Botetourt County was formed in 1770 he was
named constable of the Back Creek precinct. He pursued a career in the
militia in Montgomery County, Virginia (formed in 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 the men in his detachment was Thomas Patton. In 1777, he swore
allegiance to Virginia as member of Captain Jos. Cloyd's Company along
with David Patton. He was recommended as a second lieutenant in Captain
Cloyd's Company in 1778. 1778 was the year Fort Donnelly on the Greenbrier
was attacked. (91) From April to July, Cloyd's company was active against
the Indians in Monroe, Giles, and Greenbrier Counties. (Revolutionary
War pension file W 3657, F. Charlton). Henry must have shown promise
as he was promoted to Captain in 1779. The next year Tory (pro British)
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
Colonel William Preston was resolved to stamp out Toryism. He said,
"[t]he 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 Captain 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 "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 County tax list. He was appointed Sheriff of Montgomery
County in 1793; in that year [his sons] Samuel and Isaac Patton were
appointed deputy sheriffs.
Henry Patton married Martha Randolf around 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 County, 1810 (census) and 1816 (Wythe
deed 6: 447). Henry and his wife were living in Tazewell County, Virginia
[formed in 1800] in 1824. On 24 March 1824, they sold a tract of 166
acres on the Sinking Spring in Montgomery County 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
Patton, born around 1769, married Joseph Davidson on 14 June 1789 in Montgomery
County, Virginia. He was born in 1762 in Pennsylvania, a son of John
G. and Martha Davidson. He died in 1849. John Goolman Davidson (died
in 1793) was the pioneer settler of Bluefield, West Virginia. His original
cabin is located in the Bluefield City Park, having been moved there
from its original location. Joseph served in the Revolution as an Indian
scout and spy. They moved to Mercer County, West Virginia. (21) His
will is recorded there (Book 1:23). Eight children. (55) She was living
in 1850 Tazewell County, Virginia.
a) Martha Davidson, born around
1789, married (1) Howard Havens on 30 Mar 1809 and (2) Howard Bane 13
b) Robert W. Davidson, born
in 1799, married Polly Harmon on 3 February 1825. He died on 6 June
c) Henry P. Davidson, born
around 1790, married Nancy Brown on 26 May 1811.He died after 1841.
d) William G. Davidson, born
in 1794, married (2) Elizabeth Allen on 28 July 1836. He is listed on
1850 Tazewell census.
e) John Davidson, born 17--,
married Tabitha Witten on 25 Dec 1817. He died on 18 Nov 1848.
f) Jane G. Davidson, born around
1800, married Ansel Richardson in 1822.
g) Samuel P. Davidson, born
om 1800, married Judith Morgan Lockey. He moved to Floyd County, Kentucky.
h) James C. Davidson, born
in 1797?, married (1) Julia H. Brown. She died on 4 March 1853 in Tazewell
County (2) Cath Bailey. He died after 1860 probably in Tazewell County,
Patton, born around 1770. He was appointed eighth Ensign in the Montgomery
County Militia (Virginia 75th Regiment) in April of 1793 at the same
time Samuel was advanced to Lieutenant. Isaac was advanced to Lieutenant
in October of 1795. (27) He was single, living next to his sister Mary
and her husband Wm McDowell in 1810. He sold land that had been given
to him by Henry in 18... (see Montgomery Deed Book E-394,598) He died
by March of 1816 and a parcel of his land "by the Death of Isaac Patton
Intestate has by the Act of Descents fallen to the said Henry Patton...",
(Montgomery County Deed Book G, p. 447) showing that he was Henry's
son and left no other heirs.
Patton, born about 1771. She married William George on 9 February 1793
in Montgomery County, Virginia. Her father signed the marriage bond.
They were married by Edward Morgan, a Methodist minister of the area.
(67) William died in 1809 or 1810. Jennie George obtained a license
to operate an ordinary in her house in Jeffersonville, Tazewell County,
in 1811. She died prior to March 1820 when her estate was appraised.
Two children named in Bible. Descendants still live in Tazewell County.
a) Henry Patton George, born
on 21 February 1794, married Polly A Williams on 10 August 1820 in Tazewell
b) John Boyd George, born on
31 July 1795, married Rhoda ..., left issue.
c) Colonel Harvey George, born
.. 1798, died on 23 Augus. 1865 at "The Willows" in Witten Valley, Tazewell
County See (687) for descendants.
d) William O. George, born
September 1804, died on 22 November 1859 in Tazewell County.
(Polly) Patton, born (around 1778)., married William McDowell, of Greenbrier
County, in Montgomery County bond dated 22 June. Henry (father) consented
and Samuel provided surety. They were also married by Edward Morgan.
(67) He was on Tazewell tax lists for 1818, 1819, 1820.
Patton Sr., born around 1766, first appears in the 1787 Montgomery County,
Virginia tax list, then in 1791 living with his father. Samuel was appointed
deputy sheriff 1793, when Henry was Sheriff. Samuel witnessed Polly
Patton's marriage consent. Summers (27) shows that Samuel followed in
the family model and had a career in the Montgomery Militia. Samuel
Patton was married to Nancy Draper in Montgomery County, Virginia on
8 May 1793 by Richard Whitt. (67) Samuel Patton and family are found
on the 1810 Montgomery County, Virginia census. In March 1816, Samuel
and Nancy sold their Montgomery County land and moved away. (Two tracts,
one of which was conveyed by Henry Patton to Samuel 7 February 1812
[F: 94]). It has not been definitely established as of this writing
where they went then. It, however, appears that Samuel was the man who
obtained a survey for 50 acres on Mine Lick Creek in Jackson County,
Tennessee by 1831. (See Henry, infra).
Samuel has not been found in the 1820 census as of yet. He was allegedly
in Warren County in 1830 (I cannot find this record). In 1840 we find
Samuel Patton Sr., born in the 1760's, with a presumed wife born in
the 1780's and one son, born 1800-09, living next to John Patton (born
1760's) in Jackson County, Tennessee. Samuel Sr died late in 1842, and
Wm A Hall was appointd administrator of his estate. Early in 1842 Putnam
County was created and Samuel's land was in this jurisdiction. It transpired
that he had left behind debts, and notice was published in the Sparta
Gazette to Henry and Nancy Patton (who were then not residing in
the State of Tennessee). They did not reply and his land was sold at
a sheriff's sale. (Putnam County court minutes.) Implied children of
a) Henry Patton, born in 1803.
In February of 1827, Henry Patton entered 100 acres of land on Mine
Lick Creek, adjacent to a 50 acres tract of Samuel Patton; this was
surveyed in 1831 (survey no. 446). Samuel Patton and Wm Carr were chain
carriers. (Wm H. Carr was the first Clerk of Courts in Putnam County.
) Henry was living out of state in 1842, but by 1850 had returned to
the area, now Putnam County and was on the census. That year, 1850,
he was living alone, so he apparently he never married. This man not
found in the 1860 cenus. This would appear to be the heir of Samuel
discussed above. Henry probably died without issue.
b) A daughter, born between
1800-09. The Nancy Patton mentioned as an heir of Samuel Sr could have
been his widow, or a daughter.
Patton, possible daughter of Henry, born around 1769, married 10 June 1789
to William Patterson. A man of this name bought 995 acres on the head
of the Holston River in August 1782 (A:273).
Patton, possible daughter (no proof), married Geo Ramsey in 18 August
1801 in Montgomery County, Virginia. No deeds for this man are found
in Montgomery County.
c. James Patton was born around
1751 in Augusta County, Virginia. He was obviously a namesake of his
famed kinsman Colonel James
Patton. He married Florence
Graham in 1773 in Botetourt County,Virginia He was sworn to the
State in Captain McCorkle's Montgomery County Militia on 6 September
1777. James was named legatee of Henry [Sr] in a 1783 survey. James
was living during the period of 1782- 1789 in Montgomery County, Virginia.
We find James living in Wythe County, Virginia (formed 1789) during
1793-98. James and Florence Patton sold their land on Peak Creek in
1796, and moved to Kentucky. See below for continuation of this line.
Beginning in Chapter 3 a new numbering sequence is used, with James Patton being number
d. David Patton, also a legatee
of Henry Patton, was born before 1759. He served with Henry Patton in
the same Company of Montgomery County Militia in 1777. (21) David Patton
served in Captain Henry Patton's company in 1781. In 1789 he was taxable
in Montgomery County, living next to Henry and Thos Patton. He was also
on Montgomery County tax lists through 1795 but then we find no later
trace. There is no marriage record and it seems he probably died without
issue; there was no record of an estate.
The Patton Family
The Patton family was well established in Floyd County, Kentucky. Born
about 1751 in Augusta Co., VA, James Patton, settled first on a tract
of land on Peak Creek, a tributary of the New River, in 1771. This land
was in the part of Augusta County, VA that had become Botetourt County
in 1769. His marriage to Florence Graham is recorded in a writ dated
James and his brother, Thomas, were "sworn to the State in Capt.
McCorkle's Company" of the Montgomery Co. militia in Virginia on
Sept. 6, 1777. Numerous records show James buying land and being on
the tax rolls of Montgomery and Wythe Co., VA - formed from Montgomery
in 1789. [Wythe County Deed Book 1:459-460] In 1795 he and Joseph Patton
joined petitioners for the creation of Tazewell County, which was subsequently
formed in 1799. James and Florence sold their two tracts of land on
Peak Creek in Wythe Co. in December 1796, prior to moving to Eastern
Kentucky He is last listed on the tax rolls of Wythe Co. in 1798.
James Patton was one of the first Clerks of Floyd County, serving as
early as November 1803. He was appointed Sheriff at the 1809 sitting
of the Court and served until December 31, 1810. He is last mentioned
in the Floyd County Court records in August 1815, when he and Henry
Patton were ordered to mark the road near John Wireman's shoals, a few
miles down the Big Sandy River from Prestonsburg. Proof that James is
the father of Dorcas Patton is found in his oral consent to the marriage
of Thomas and Dorcas. Also the names of her parents are on the shared
grave stone of Thomas and Dorcas Patton May.
The only Floyd County census record of the household of James Patton
was recorded in 1810. Listed with him are: one female over 45 [his wife,
Florence]; two males age 16 to 26 [Samuel and William]; one male age
under 10 [?]; two females age 16 to 26 [Jeany and Dorcas]; one female
under 10 [Florence]. Other Patton households residing in the county
in 1810 were those of James Patton's married sons, Henry, John and Christopher.
Florence Graham was a sister of John Graham (1765-1836), one of the
most influential men in Floyd County during the first three decades
of the 19th Century. He was a Revolutionary veteran who owned several
large parcels of Big Sandy land. During his years as a surveyor, merchant
, judge and banker, Graham attained prominence and respect among the
people. In the early 1780s, he explored land between Tazewell County,
Virginia and Limestone on the Ohio. On May 3, 1797, while he was a deputy
surveyor of Mason County, KY, Graham filed "A plan of a town laid
off on the North side of Sandy River opposite the mouth of Middle Creek,
and to known by the name of Prestonsburg." He laid out the town
"by direction of Major Andrew Hood, Matthias Harmon & Solomon
Stratton for the adventurers under Colonel John Preston's grant."
James Patton died about 1818, at the age of 67, and Florence Graham
Patton died about 1848 at the age of 91.
Early Years of Marriage: 1813-1823 Map of the creeks where the May
During the first ten years of their marriage, Dorcas gave birth to eight
children. On May 29, 1814, her first child, Daniel, was born and two
and a half years later he died. - the only child of the family who didn't
survive childhood. In the meantime, two more sons were born: Reuben
on June 23, 1815 and Thomas Patton on August 3, 1816. Their first daughter,
Cynthia Patton, was born on October 30, 1817 and three more sons were
born by 1821: William James on January 9, 1819; Samuel on April 17,
1820; and John on June 3, 1821. Their second daughter, Sarah, was born
on December 22, 1822, so by the end of 1822 there were five boys and
two girls under eight years of age living in the home.
The May homestead, where Thomas' family lived, was still located within
the boundary of the original Floyd County when his name first appeared
as a grantee on a deed. On May 22, 1816, Thomas paid Philip Cole of
Botetourt Co., VA $787.50 "good and lawful money of the United
States" for 450 acres on Shelby Creek. On September 24th of the
same year he paid Robert G. Scott $200 for another 320 acres on Shelby.
By this time, his father's estate probably had been settled and he had
extra cash for the first time in his life. Thomas' two older bothers,
John Jr. and Samuel, also purchased land in Floyd County during this
On July 23, 1817, only fourteen months after purchasing 450 acres from
Philip Cole, he and Dorcas deeded it back to Cole. The deed from Cole
had no mortgage provisions in it, but for some unknown reason it was
sold back to him for the same amount Thomas had paid him in 1816. On
October 31, 1817 Thomas sold a tract of land on the Licking River to
Thomas Rollings. This land must have been part of the inheritance from
his father, but a deed for its purchase isn't recorded. It likely was
destroyed when the log court house in Prestonsburg burned in 1808.
These four deeds were the only ones recorded to or from Thomas May
in Floyd County until twenty-five years later, when he paid-off a number
of mortgages on property owned by his brother, Samuel. The total amount
of land that Thomas owned by 1818, according to these records, was 320
acres on Shelby Creek, the acreage he purchased from Robert Scott in
1816. Thomas' subsequent land transactions were recorded in Pike County,
which was formed in 1821-22. His mother lived for another 30 years,
so some of his father's land may have remained in her name.
The 1820 U.S. Census for Floyd County shows Thomas, who was 33 at the
time, as the head of a household with a total of eleven members. The
other three May families in the 1820 census were those of Thomas' brothers,
John (Jr.) and Samuel, who lived near Prestonsburg, and Caleb May [not
related], who lived in the Licking River Valley near the site of present-day
Salyersville. A neighboring farm to Thomas was owned by his brother-in-law,
James W. Little, husband of Betsey, and they had two children in their
home - Mary and Thomas May Little, who were born in 1817 and 1819, respectively.