Two William Pattersons from Augusta Co., VA, were Revolutionary Pensioners

1. William Patterson b. 1753, d. Anderson Co., TN, No. S.3648

 Pension File No. S.3648

State of Tennessee
Anderson County

This 17th day of January A.D. 1834 personally appeared before JOSEPH M. ASHURST a Justice of the peace for the County of Anderson aforesaid WILLIAM PATTERSON Eighty years of age infirm and unable to get to a court of record and at the house of the said WILLIAM PATTERSON in the County of Anderson aforesaid. Who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act, of Congress, passed June 7th 1832. That he was borned in Augusta County in the State of Virginia on the 21st day of October A.D. 1753, as he is informed by his parents. He had a record left him by his father of his age which is the day & date last aforesaid, but such record being made in a Bible and from the length of time and the use of said Bible, said record is now mutilated and Worn out.

He lived in the State of North Carolina when he was between the age of Twenty & Twenty five years of age in the part of North Carolina which is now Tennessee, Sullivan County or Hawkins County on the Holston River about five miles below the North fork of Holston River. The date of the years, from old age & consequent loss of memory, he can't now recollect. But it was before he was married, Some two or three years and he was married at twenty five years of age.

He was drafted and called in service of the United States under the following named officer, Captain JOHN ANDERSON. There was no left Tenant or ensign. Applicant was appointed orderly sergeant. & surved as such. Said captain and his company, in which applicant was one, and sergeant as aforesaid was ordered by his colonel, DAVID LOONEY, to Mockerson Gap Block house and was Stationed there three months as a guard against the Indians to Keep them off of the Frontiers and having served his full three months as orderly sergeant as aforesaid above Him, & followed no Civil[?] pursuit. Applicant was then honorably discharged y Captain ANDERSON. Which discharge has been burnt in applicant's house some years ago.

The above service was made in the fall of the year, from causes above stated applicant can't now recollect the or the length of time before he was called into service again but applicant resided in the same Neighborhood as applicant now believes about Twelve months in the fall season of the year he was called into the service of the United States again draft, & entered the Service under the following named officers, to Captain JOHN LOONEY, had no ensign nor Lieutenant, but applicant was again appointed orderly sergeant. They was ordered by their Colonel DAVID LOONEY to Blackamore Station on Clinch River. They were stationed at said Station three months the whole of which time applicant served as sergeant, and bore arms, and guarded the Indians off of the frontiers, had no battle nor engagement with the Indians. He was honorably discharged by his said Captain JOHN LOONEY, but said discharge was long since burnt when his first said discharge was burnt.

He continued to reside on the Holston River some short time When he was called on to go fight the Indians at the Longe Island on the Holston River. Applicant was at the battle aforesaid at the Long Island. Said battle commenced in the morning about two o'clock. Battle lasted about one half hour. They defeated the Indians. Killed twelve Indians dead upon the ground. The whites had four men wounded. Applicant was then drafted to go a campaign against the Indians and entered the service of the United States under the following named officers to wit: Capt. GILBERT CHRISTY Ensign & Lieutenant & Majors name cannot now be recollected, from causes above stated. Colonel WILLIAM CHRISTY from Virginia was Chief commander of said campaign. They rendevoused at the Long Isle and their force was about fifteen hundred in number.
It was in the fall of this year they then marched down the Holston River cross French Broads Pidgeon River & Little River & Little Tennessee, and when they got to the Indian Town on the Tennessee the Indians had fled & left the Town, they carried their provisions on pack horses. They was discharged by Captain Companys from the Indian Town. Applicant received a discharge from his said Captain Christy, which discharge was burnt at the time applicant's other discharges was burnt. Applicant served three months in the above campaign & was that of a private.

Applicant was at home about two years after the service of the last aforesaid campaign, when he was again drafted as a horse man and entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, to Wit: Captain WALLACE whose Christian name can't now be recollected by applicant. Major's name can't now recollect from the above cause. These officers was strangers to applicant before applicant served under them. Colonel ISAAC SHELBY & also Colonel BLEADSOW marched to & ____ ____ at JOHN PHAGANS on the Holston River then marched across the mountains & through North Carolina by Charlotte and then into the State of South Carolina through Campden which had been burnt by the Brittish and then to the Santee River crossed the River applicant does not know the name of the ferry but it was near where General Marion was on campaign in about a mile of the River near a large swamp. They there found GENERAL MARION. General Marion then marched them down towards Charleston and at a place Monks Corner, and Charleston at a large house. General Marion took sixty six Brittish prisoners. They then marched back to General Marion's encampment near the large swamp aforesaid on the south side of the Santee River, where applicant was honorably discharged by his Colonel Shelby. Applicant served three months as a private horse man in the last aforesaid campaign his last aforesaid discharge was burnt in his house at the time his other discharges was burnt.

From old age and consequent loss of memory as above stated, applicant cannot give any other accounts of the period of the War than those already Given by a narration of his absolute service. Applicant was acquainted with the following officers, to wit: Captain John Anderson, Captain John Looney, Colonel David Looney, Colonel William Christy, Captain Christy, Colonel Isaac Shelby, Colonel Bledsoe, General Marion. Applicant has lived ever since the Revolutionary War in has lived in the States of Kentucky and Tennessee and now reside in Anderson County, Tennessee. Applicant has no dockument or evidence of his service & knows of no person whose personal attendance he can procure by which he can prove his absolute service but ELIJAH CROSS of the county of Sullivan served with applicant in the time of the War against the Indians a Mockison Gap. Applicant is further known to the following persons & citizens in his Neighbourhood who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his service as as a soldier of the Revolution. To Wit: GEOGE W. HOSKINS, WILLIAM McKANEY, SAMUEL YOUNG, SAMUL DUNN, JOSEPH PARKS, ROBERT PATTERSON, MATHEW PATTERSON. There is no Clergyman now residing in the neighbourhood of applicant. ELIJAH CROSS who knows of a part of applicant's absolute service is two aged and inform to obtain the personal attendance.

At the making of this Declaration applicant hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity Except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.


Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid
Justice of the Peace
We ROBERT PATTERSON & MATHEW PATTERSON and residing in the same neighbourhood of the said WILLIAM PATTERSON hereby certify that we are well acquainted with the said WILLIAM PATTERSON who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be Eighty years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood Where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.


Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid
Justice of the Peace

Not every paper in the Pension file copied, but "a Statement of the Military History of William Patterson, a soldier of the Revolutionary War" adds:

"Remarks: He died in 1841, Anderson Co., TN. He mar. when he was 25 yrs old, NANCY ENGLISH who died before soldier did. A son, ROBERT E. was 74 yrs old in 1852. No other family data.

"The above noted and Wm. Patterson SF.35545 are the only soldiers of the name, of VA, found in the Rev War pen. Records."

2. William Patterson b. 1746, d. Knox Co., KY, No. SF.35545


 Descendants of Sgt. William Patterson (III), 9th VA Regt. 1775-1783, lay his tombstone:

J. C. Helton, his sister Frances Helton Parsons, her husband Kenneth W. Parsons, their sister Eloise Helton Drake, brother-in-law Charles Webster, sister Marietta Helton Webster; and cousin, Judge Farmer Helton.

J. C., Frances, Eloise, and Marietta's parents were James Skidmore Helton (descendant of Jesse Brock, Revolutionary soldier) and Frances Kinningham (whose great-great-grandfathers William Patterson III and Joseph Daugherty Sr. of Augusta Co., VA, were baptized by Rev. John Craig at Tinkling Springs Baptist Church.

Stinking Creek, Knox Co., KY ~ Patterson Cemetery, 3 Oct 2003

  Pension File No. SF.35545

State of Kentucky
Knox County Court 5 Circuit
January Term 1825 ~

William Patterson an applicant for a pension proved in court a statement of the services performed by him during the Revolutionary War in order to obtain the provisions of several acts of Congress relating to persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States during the Revolutionary War which statement being sworn to in open court in due form of law is ordered to be entered of record copied and certified to the Secretary of War and is in the words and figures following (to wit):

State of Kentucky Knox County 5 Circuit
On the 10th day of January 1825 personally appeared in open court (it being a court of record by law and having the power to fine and imprison) William Patterson a resident in said county aged seventy five years who being first duely sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the acts of the 18th of March 1818 the 1st of May 1820 and the 1st of March 1823 that he the said William Patterson enlisted for the sum of two years in March 1775 in the County Augusta and the State of Virginia in the company commanded by Capt John Hays in the Regiment commanded by Col George Matthews in the line of the State of Virginia on continental establishment and called the ninth Virginia Regiment that he continued to serve in the corps until the Battle of Germantown when and where he was taken prisoner until the time of enlistment expired when he was discharged at Elizbethtown Point in the state of New Jersey by an officer whose name is not recollected that when he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Germantown the British marched him to Philadelphia there he was kept nine months then sent to the city of New York and there remained about one month and then sent with about seven hundred man to Elizbethtown Point in New Jersey and there discharged as before stated that he was in the Battle of Brandywine and several other skirmishes before the Battle of Germantown that he served more than one year before he was taken prisoner that he served more than two years on the continental line and in the service of the United States that shortly after his enlistment he was promoted to the rank of sergeant that he was under his Capt Col and in the same regiment he enlisted when he was take prisoner. And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift sale or any other manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress initiated an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United in the revolutionary war passed on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not nor has any other person for me intrust any property on securities contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained the schedule hereto entered and by me subscribed
1 old horse $10.00
5 head cattle $22.00
13 head of hogs $12.35

I have a wife and three children and am a farmer by occupation from infirmity
and past labour.
William Patterson

Knox County Ct.
We the undersigned housekeepers for the County of Knox have valued the property of William Patterson and find his schedule to be correct amounting in the sum of $44.35 sworn to in open court.
James Stewart
David Baker
Abraham Dean

William Patterson makes oath that he is indebted as follows Wm Gale for $34.50, Jack Chick $12.00, Joseph Mills $9.00, Thomas Gregory $5.00, and William Williams $6.00 and that there is due him about $9.00. We do certify that William Patterson is a creditable witness given under our hands as Justices of said county this 10th day of January 1825.
Jarvis Jackson
Randolph Adams
Wesley Garnett
Gale Cox

Also appeared in open court Christopher Horn a creditable witness and made oath that he enlisted in service to on Augusta County Virginia with William Patterson who now applies for a pension in Capt John Hays ninth Virginia Regiment commanded by Col George Matthews and well knows that he served as stated in his declaration and that they lived neighbors for many years in said county.
Christopher Horn

Transcription and photographs courtesy of Frances Helton Parsons


 Gravestones of William Patterson's sons in Patterson Cemetery, replacing original stones washed away in a flood


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