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PATTON, J. (Joseph) J. (Jefferson), 2 Nov 1834 - 1 Sep 1911. (Lt., Co. E., 9th Tn Cav. Bn., C.S.A.; mar. 1st., C. E. Noles, 2nd Elizabeth Adalaide English.)
PATTON, Elizabeth A., 19 Dec 1844 - 17 May 1919. (d/o William H. English (1814 - 1882) & Mary Brown Fariss English (1815 - 1895), wife of and buried with Joseph Jefferson Patton (1834 - 1911), Ref: e-mail to Mary Bob from Emma Butler Duke )
Married May 30, 1869 to Elizabeth Adalaide English.
Joseph Patton enlisted as Second Lieutenant in Capt Adlai Biffle's Company E, 9th Regiment of Tennessee Cavalry with his brothers, David, Henry, and Mel. The company was formed in 1861 at Hampshire and composed mostly of sons of the early settlers at Cathy's Creek. Captain Biffle was the grandson of Jacob Biffle, a Revolutionary soldier and first cousin of Major James H. Akin, whom Biffle succeeded. The battalion was captured at Dover, held six months in prison and released. After being released, they went to Mississippi and on to Port Hudson, Louisiana. Others, from Hampshire joined them at Port Hudson, the trek taking a month on horseback. They remained at Port Hudson until the surrender there. Sometime afterward, the battalion was transferred to Dalton, Georgia. The Ninth Battalion surrendered at Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1865.

Joseph Jefferson Patton was taken prisoner at Fort Donelson in February, 1862. Remarkably, he was never wounded even though he participated in all of the battles of his company. He surrendered at Charlotte , N.C. and he and the others of his company began the long journey homeward on horseback, only to have his horse taken from him by the Yankees at Strawberry Plains in East Tennessee. This was in direct violation of the agreement at the surrender place In Charlotte where they were allowed to keep their horses. It is known William Y. Wiley of Company B arrived back in Maury County with his horse intact.

Joseph's first wife was named Caroline, born about 1840. Her last name is unknown. She died about the time he enlisted.


September 1, 1911

J. J. Patton Gone To His Reward

Taps Sounded For Another Old Hero Of The Confederacy - Lieutenant In Civil War - Has Been Confined To Bed Of Affliction Several Months

J. J. Patton, another one of the grizzled heroes of the lost cause, has gone hence. After four or five years of suffering and several months confinement to his bed of affliction, the spirit of J. J. Patton took its flight into the great beyond at 3 o'clock this morning. Mr. Patton was a Confederate soldier and fought with courage and valor, being Lieutenant of Co. E 9th Cavalry commanded by Maj. J. H. Akin, who died some months ago. As a citizen Mr. Patton was held in highest esteem by all whose good fortune it was to know him. He was a man of sterling character, fearless in times that test men's courage, a leader of men both in peace and war.
He is survived by four children, Messrs Brown, Joe T. and W.S. Patton, and a daughter, Mrs. W. R. Webb. As honorary pall-bearers, a party of old soldiers, eleven of them, member's of Lieut. Patton's old company will officiate. The active pall-bearers are J. T. Akin, Hunter Brooks, W. E. Akin, Sam J. Akin, J. R. Farris and George Patton.
The funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at eleven o'clock at Hampshire by Rev. W. T. S. Cooke, and interment will follow at Pisgah. Mr. Patton was born November 2, 1834, died at half past three o'clock September 1, 1911, and was therefore 76 years, 9 months, and 29 days old. As illustrating his devotion to ideals and convictions Lieu. Patton treasured a Mexican silver dollar, given him after the evacuation of Richmond by President Jefferson Davis, and this memento of the "Star cradled nation that fell", he had with him when he died.

Information & Photos by Wayne Austin, 12 Mar 2008. Revised 27 May 2008 to add Civil War history. Added from information by Peggy McNabb & Mary Bob Richardson. Updated to add the Obituary 4 Aug 2011. Sent in by Charlotte Colvett.