Who are the parents of Priscilla (Patten) Fitch?

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Priscilla Patten, wife of Elisha Fitch, mother of Deborah Fitch, is said to be the daughter of Nathaniel Patten (Patten-64 on WikiTree), but things don't quite match up. Nathaniel and his first wife, Deborah Wright, had a daughter named Priscilla who was born in 1713 and died in 1714, so she is obviously not the Priscilla who married Elisha Fitch. Some sources say that Nathaniel had another daughter named Priscilla in 1717, and that's supposedly my Priscilla, but if so, who was her mother? Deborah Wright Patten died in 1716, and Nathaniel didn't marry Sarah Frost until 1720. 

I thought that possibly Deborah was Priscilla's mother and died soon after giving birth, but I can't find any evidence one way or the other. Does anyone have better information?

WikiTree profile: Priscilla Fitch
in Genealogy Help by Leslie Torkelson G2G6 (8.2k points)

2 Answers

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According to MyHeritage.com, the parents are listed as Nathaniel and Deborah Fitch ( wright)
by Susan Payton G2G Crew (320 points)
Not to be snippy, but if the answer was easy, I wouldn't have asked it here. I haven't found a birth record for the Priscilla born in 1717. The only birth record I've seen for a Priscilla born to Nathaniel and Deborah Patten is for the child born in 1713, who died in 1714.

It's tempting to attach my Priscilla to Nathaniel; it was common then for parents to name the next child of the same sex after a child who died, so that part would fit. The problem is that my Priscilla was born when Nathaniel was between wives. Deborah died in 1716 and my Priscilla was born in 1717. Even that wouldn't matter, though, if I could find a  birth record, because the calendar shift means a record can be off by one year. It could be that Deborah died soon after giving birth to Priscilla.

What I was hoping to find, failing a birth record, was a mention of her in one of the many genealogies written about these early families.
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On Findmypast the marriage certificate has her name Presilla, would that be a typo or maybe alater child ? Couldn’t find any more.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Spelling was pretty variable back then. I've tried searching under several variant spellings and have come up empty handed. Thank you for looking.

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