Patten is an ancient English surname dating back to the very beginning of the use of surnames in England and taken, like many of the English names, from localities. Richard Patten was a resident of Pattine, near Chelmsford, Essex county, England, as early as 1119. One of his descendants, Richard Patten, of Waynefleet, was a man of distinction from 1422 to 1462 in England, was Bishop of Winchester and Lord High Chancellor, and founded Magdalen College in Oxford. In 1690, a branch of this Patten family located in Scotland.
(I) Willam Patten, the immigrant ancestor, was in Cambridge, Mass., as early as 1635. He was one of the "Present inhabitants of Shawshin" (Billerica) who signed the Cambridge agreement, Feb. 17, 1654-55; he also signed the "Whiting agreement" in 1658. His name does not appear on the "Rate" in 1663, showing that he had returned to Cambridge.
His grants are described as follows:
1. "One acre of land on which his house now standeth; bounded by ye country road, on ye east; by land on-disposed of on ye south, and six pole frome the towne brook, on ye west and ye north.
2. Seaven acres of land lying on ye east side of ye former country road, and anent or right over against the former parcel of land; bounded by land granted to John Marshall, on ye east; by East street on ye north, which street was after granted to goldin moore; by land afterwards granted to Thomas Willice, on ye south, twenty rods wide at ye west end, and about fifty-six pole in length."
He died in Cambridge, Dec. 10, 1668.
He married Mary _____, who died Sept. 20, 1673.
1. Mary, born in England.
2. William, died March 22, 1645-46.
3. Thomas, born October, 1636, mentioned below.
4. Nathaniel, January, 1639.
5. Sarah, 1641, died young.
6. Nathaniel, July 29, 1643.
(II) Thomas, son of William Patten, was born October, 1636. He lived in Billerica, and his house there was situated west of Long street, south of the common, near that of Mr. Francis Richardson. In 1675 it was used as a garrison. He had also a saw-mill near Pattenville.
He married (first) April 1, 1662, Rebecca Paine, daughter of Thomas Paine, of Dedham. She died May 19, 1680, and he married (second), May 20, 1686, Sarah Didson, widow, of Reading, Mass. He died Jan. 16, 1689-90, and she married (second) Thomas Richardson.
Children of the first wife:
1. Mary, born Aug. 21, 1664.
2. Thomas, March 22, 1665-66.
3. Nathaniel, Sept. 14, 1668.
4. William, May 12, 1671, mentioned below.
5. Rebecca, Jan. 29, 1674-75.
6. Sarah, June 18, 1677.
7. Elizabeth, May 8, 1680.
8. Mehitable, Feb. 28, 1686-87.
9. Kendall, April 20, 1689.
(III) William (2) son of Thomas Patten, was born May 12, 1671, and married Mary, daughter, it is supposed, of John Rogers. She died May 16, 1716, aged forty-eight, and he married (second) 1717, Elizabeth Whiting, widow of Samuel Whiting, of Dunstable. He lived near the Corner. He was deacon of the church and representative. He died at Cambridge, of small-pox, while attending the general court, Oct. 5, 1730.
1. William, born Jan. 24, 1693-94.
2. Thomas, March 12, 1694-95, mentioned below.
3. Mary, July 19, 1696.
4.-5. Twin sons, May 20, 1698; died the same day.
6. Rebecca, Apri 18,, 1699.
7. Sarah, Dec. 6, 1701.
8. Elizabeth, Jan. 25, 1704-05, died June 11, 1706.
9. William, April 16, 1706.
10. Elizabeth, Feb. 18, 1708-09.
11. Mehitable, Aug. 18, 1710.
(IV) Thomas (2) son of William (2) Patten, was born March 12, 1694-95, and married Miriam, daughter of Isaac Stearns. She died Sept. 16, 1747, and he died Oct. 10, 1647. [sic, has to be 1747]. Children:
1. William, born Sept. 24, 1732.
2. Thomas, April 2, 1734.
3. Sarah, Aug. 24, 1735.
4. Mary, Sept. 10, 1737.
5. Isaac, June 3, 1739.
6. Jonathan, Feb. 14, 1742-43.
7. David, Aug. 2, 1745.
(V) William (3), son of Thomas (2) Patten, was born Sept. 24, 1732, and married June 16, 1761, Rebecca, daughter of Josiah Brown. He died Sept. 21, 1801, and his wife Jan. 4, 1815.
1. Rebecca, born Jan. 1, 1762.
2. Elizabeth, baptized April 24, 1763.
3. William, Dec. 5, 1763.
4. Josiah, Nov. 7, 1765.
5. Jonathan, mentioned below.
6. Sarah, Nov. 5, 1769.
7. Jeremiah, Oct. 21, 1771.
8. Julia, Dec. 4, 1773.
9. Mary, Jan. 23, 1776.
10. Elizabeth, March 2, 1778.
11. Thomas, Jan. 31, 1781.
12. David June 27, 1783.
(VI) Jonathan, son of William (3) Patten, was born Nov. 23, 1767, at Billerica. He was founder of the Patten family in Lewis county, New York, and first to settle there. Two of his brothers, William and Josiah, emigrated also to New York, where they located on a farm in Westmoreland, Oneida county, in 1792. Two younger brothers, Thomas and David, settled in Boston.
Jonathan Patten married, March 18, 1799, Wealthy Davenport, and in 1801 removed to Lewis county, town of Lowville, where he took up a tract of land in what was then almost a wilderness. Here he prospered and became one of the substantial farmers of the town. This land is now owned by his grandson, B. Frank Patten. [transcriber's note; this material was published in 1910]. He soon became prominent in the new locality, and held many positions of trust and responsibility. In 1810 he was one of the census enumerators. He was also a trustee of the Baptist church. His wife Wealthy died in 1807, and he married (second) Betsey Bacon, widow of David Rice. He died June 15, 1838, and his second wife April 27, 1872.
Children of first wife:
1. George, born Dec. 10, 1799.
2. John E., Sept. 22, 1801.
3. Thomas J., Dec. 23, 1802.
4. Alanson, Sept. 26, 1804.
5. David, Sept. 18, 1806.
Children of second wife:
6. Daniel, born March 16. 1809.
7. Wealthy, Sept. 6, 1811; died in infancy.
8. Rhoda B., Dec. 9, 1817.
9. Julia Emily, Aug. 8, 1827; died at the age of three years.
(VII) Daniel, son of Jonathan Patten, was born March 16, 1809, on the homestead farm, where he grew to manhood. He was educated in the Lowville schools. After the death of his father he purchased the homestead farm and cared for his mother during all the years of her widowhood. He prospered in all his undertakings, and was one of the organizers and a director all his life of the First National Bank of Lowville. He was a member and trustee of the Baptist church, and a Republican politically.
He married (first), in 1846, Abigail Hardy, born in Jefferson county, New York, daughter of Robert Hardy. She died in 1847, aged twenty-eight years. He married (second), Jan. 1, 1849, Rebecca Root, daughter of Dr. Ira Adams, of Lowville. She died Sept. 30, 1851.
Child of first wife:
Abby, born Nov. 11, 1846, died May 8, 1864.
Child of second wife:
B. Frank, mentioned below.
(VIII) B. Frank, only son of Daniel and his second wife, Rebecca Root (Adams) Patten, was born on the old Patten homestead farm on Stowe Sq., near Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y., Aug. 8, 1851. He was educated at Lowville Academy. After leaving school he worked on the farm, to which he later succeeded as owner. He carried on the farm successfully as a modern dairy farm until 1900, when he retired from active live and removed to his present home in Lowville. He is a director of the First National Bank of Lowville, and a man of influence in the community. He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, and with his family attends the Presbyterian church.
Frank Patten married, Oct. 28, 1874, Mary C. Bannon, born in Harrisburg, Lewis county, N.Y., March 12, 1854, daughter of Bryan and Mary (Pierce) Bannon. Bryan Bannon was born in Ireland and came to the United States when a boy, with his parents. Mrs. Patten is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
1. W. Frank, born April 6, 1878; educated at Lowville Academy and Northern Business College at Watertown, N.Y.; now (1910) deputy postmaster at Lowville; married, Dec. 4, 1900, Mary, daughter of Charles E. Boshart, and had a daughter who died in infancy.
2. Charlotte May, born April 18, 1883; graduate of Lowville Academy, class of 1902; married, Sept. 18, 1904, B. Brayton Johnson, and has a son, Robert Patten Johnson, born Sept. 5, 1906.
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