Patrick Houstoun (or Houston), the second son of Patrick Houstoun and Isobel Johnstoun, was baptised 24 June 1697 at Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Although he is frequently referred to as being from Glasgow, family tradition is that he actually grew up at Paisley (situated about ten miles from Glasgow, in the county of Renfrewshire). His father was a merchant in Glasgow, and during 1698-1699 served as a M.P. from Renfrewshire.
According to Richardson, Patrick Houstoun "matriculated at Glasgow University for the class of humanity and literature in 1713", although the University has no record of his graduation. He became a burgess and guild brethren of Glasgow 19 April 1718, and by 1730 was the chamberlain of Kinneil in West Lothian.
In early March 1734, Patrick Houstoun immigrated to Georgia, later settling in Savannah. He was initially granted 500 acres of land on the Great Ogeechee River, later moving to Savannah where Patrick carried on the family tradition by earning his living as a merchant and also as an Indian trader. In 1736 he was granted an additional 500 acres of land, this time at Rosdue, situated between the Vernon and the Little Ogeechee Rivers.
Patrick succeeded his cousin, Sir John Houstoun, as the 5th baronet in 1751. Unfortunately, he did not inherit any of the family estates along with the title. He was actively engaged in Georgia politics and, in 1755, served as the president of the Royal Council of Georgia. He also sat on the Upper House of Assembly (which met daily when the Council was in session), was the register of grants and receiver of quit rents, and served as the commissioner for the defense of the colonies.
Marriage and Children
Patrick married Priscilla Dunbar sometime before 26 January 1740/1. Pricilla was the daughter of James Dunbar and his wife Jannet and was baptized in Inverness, Scotland 21 (or 31) October 1711. She was the sister of Captain George Dunbar who, for a number of years, ferried settlers back and forth between Scotland and the southern colonies. On 18 October 1735 she left her family in Inverness and sailed to the colonies under her brother's care. George Dunbar had himself received a grant for 500 acres of land just south of Savannah in Frederica. Priscilla was granted a small piece of that property on which a home was constructed for her, and where her brother stayed with her whenever he was not at sea. Patrick Houstoun, an acquaintance of Capt Dunbar's, frequently visited him at Frederica. The only written record that can be found of the marriage of Patrick and Priscilla is a notation which the Earl of Egmont made in his Journal dated 26 January 1740/1, in which he wrote that on that day "Houstoun had written Harmon Verelst from Frederica that 'he was settled on the lot of Capt Dunbar's sister whom he had marryed.'" By this marriage the home at Frederica was added to the plantation Rosdue as an additional residence of the Houstoun family.
Patrick Houstoun died 5 February 1762 at Savannah. His will (which appointed Priscilla as his sole executrix) was probated 15 April of the same year. He was survived by his wife, who died 26 February 1775. They were both buried at Savannah.
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Richardson uses an anglicized form (i.e. 'Houston') of the Scottish surname 'Houstoun.' The subject of this profile was identified as 'Houstoun' in all official documents (including christening records, guild membership records, immigration records, and probate records), as were all of his children and his own parents. It is WikiTree's policy to use the surname which was actually used during the lifetime of the person being profiled.
↑ 2.02.12.22.32.42.5 Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd ed. (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), vol. 2, p. 407 HOUSTON 19. Patrick Houston
↑ Anderson, James R. The Burgesses and Guild Brethren of Glasgow 1573-1750. Edinburgh: Scottish Record Society (1925), p. 335 available online.
↑ Johnston, Edith Duncan. The Houstouns of Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press (1950), p.24 available online.
↑ 10.010.110.2 David Dobson, The Original Scots Colonists of Early America 1612-1783. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. (1989). Online at Ancestry.com page 137: "#2824 Houstoun, Patrick, b. 1698, Paisley Renfrewshire, merchant edu. Glasgow Uni, res Glasgow, pts. Patrick Houstoun, sh. 1734, sett. Savannah Ga,, m. Priscilla Dunbar, d. 5 Feb 1762 Ga, bd Bonadventure, Ga pr1762 A.83. (PRO.CO5.670.101)".
↑ Cokayne, G.E. Complete Baronetage. Exeter: William Pollard and Co. Ltd. (1904), vol. 4, p. 269 available online.
↑ Georgia Historical Society: Profile of Patrick Houstoun, from Dictionary of Georgia Biography.
↑ "Scotland Select Births and baptisms 1564-1950", Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Provo, UT 2013: Priscilla Dunbar. Baptism date: 31 October 1711; Baptism place: Inverness, Scotland; Father: James Dunbar; Mother: Jannet Dunbar; FHL film #: 990666, 990667. available online by subscription.
↑Manuscripts of the Earl of Egmont. Diary of Viscount Percival, afterwards first Earl of Egmont. London: HMSO (1920), vol. 3, p. 214 available online.
↑ Georgia Historical Society. Patrick Houston in The Houstons of Georgia, available online.
↑ "Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992", Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Provo, UT 2015: Patrick Houstoun. Probate date: 29 Nov 1785; Probate place: Chatham, Georgia; Inferred death year: c 1785; Inferred death place: Georgia, USA; Case #: 4 available online by subscription.
↑Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Provo, UT 2015. Sir George Houstoun. Probate date: 1 Oct 1795; Probate place: Chatham, Georgia; Inferred death year: 1795; Inferred death place: Georgia, US; Case #:87-H available online by subscription.
↑Biographical Dictionary for the United States Congress 1774-2005... (Washington, DC: US Govt Printing Office, 1961). Online at HathiTrust, page 1081. Entry for John Houstoun.
↑ William J. Northern. Men of Mark in Georgia. Atlanta: A.B. Caldwell (1907), pp. 167-172 available online.
↑ American History (online) from Revolution to Reconstruction. A Biography of William Houstoun 1755-1813.available here.
↑Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992. published by Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Provo, UT 2015. Sir Patrick Houstoun. Probate date: 15 Apr 1762; Probate place: Georgia, USA; Inferred death year: c 1762; Inferred death place: Georgia, USA available online by subscription.
Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City, UT: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City, UT: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
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