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 tobacco.

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 26, 1738.

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 the family.

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.


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, £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. £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 executor. [p.41]


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.

        1)       Thomas Patton Jr., born around 1765, married Eleanor Trinkle.
        2)       John Patton, born around 1767, married Barbara Rains.
        3)       Sarah Patton, born around 1769, married John Trinkle.
        4)       Mary (Polly) Patton, born around 1771, married George Helms.
        5)       Henry Patton Jr, born in 1773, married Eliz Hickman.
        6)       Sampson Patton, born around 1777, married Elizabeth Trinkle.
        7)       Martha Patton, born in 1780, married Samuel Maxwell.

        1)       Thomas 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 children:

                            1] 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 1872.
                             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 of 1886.
                             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 1868.
                      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 deceased.
                             a]       Minerva J Patton, born in 1871
                             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 1881 (752)
                             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
                     10]        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.
                     11]        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 of 1897
                             c]       Joseph Patton, born in December of 1898
               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:
                     Ellen (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.

        2)       John 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.

              A John Raines married Catherine Holmes in Montgomery County, on 24 Nov 1833. This may have been the man who bought Patton's land.

        3)       Sarah (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

        4)       Polly 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)

        5)       Henry 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)
                            1]       Louisiana 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 in Missouri
                                    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 in Illinois
                             2]       James Patton, born in 1840 in Illinois
                             3]       Jane Patton, born in 1842 in Illinois
                             4]       Joseph Patton, born in 1844 in Illinois
                             5]       Louis Patton, born in 1845 in Illinois
                             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 Surface notes)
               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).
        6)       Sampson 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, Indiana
                             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 in Indiana
                             5)       Sampson Patton, born in 1847 in Indiana
                             6)       Samuel Patton, born in 1849 in Indiana.
               e)       Sampson Preston Patton Jr., born pm 3 March 1815. He died 15 July 1834 without issue. (752)
       7)        Martha 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 (q. v.).
               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.
              g-j)       Daughters- 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 by England.

               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 given below.

        1)       Matilda 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 January 1837.
                      b)       Robert W. Davidson, born in 1799, married Polly Harmon on 3 February 1825. He died on 6 June 1868.
                      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, Virginia
        2)       Isaac 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.

        3)       Jennet 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 County.

              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.

        4)       Mary (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.

        5)       Samuel 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 Samuel:

               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.

        6)       Agnes 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).

        7)       Jane 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 1.

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 1773.

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 family lived
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 period.

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.