John was born in Stoughton, Aug. 1, 1731; married Feb. 5, 1755, Abigail Makepeace, daughter of William and Experience (Aldrich) Makepeace, born in Norton, June 19, 1732. He was a blacksmith by trade, and settled in Norton, where he died Dec. 28, 1803. His wife died June 2, 1794. He was a private in Capt. George Makepeace's company, Col. John Daggett's regiment, in 1776, and served for twenty-five days. He was private in Capt. Samuel Robinson's company; enlisted June 21, 1778, and served twenty-two days at Rhode Island. Served in company raised to serve in Colonel Wade's regiment. He also served in Capt. Isaac Hodge's company. Colonel Carpenter's regiment; service frbm July 27, 1778, to Aug. 13, 1778; eighteen days at Rhode Island. This record is given for the father rather than the son, who was old enough to serve. As the son is reported to have been deformed and a hunchback, while the father was a strong, vigorous man, it has been generally supposed that the record belongs entirely to the father.
WILL OF JOHN PATTEN " In the name of God, Amen.
I John Patten of Norton in the County of Bristol in the Commonwealth of Mass. do make ordain and declare this instrument which is superinscribed with my name to be my last will and testament.
" First: I give and bequeath to my sons John Patten and William Patten all my wearing apparel to be equally divided between them. " 2d I also give to my son William Patten a small farm whjich I bought of Ebenezer Lazell and also a tract of land which I bought of Capt Israel Trow and also ten acres of land lying in Easton joining to Capt David Clapp's land to be measured off lengthways of the lot, each end to be in proportion to the lot which I own there. I also give to my son William one third of all my live stock and also my large bellows and a nailing stake and one half of my nailing tools and one shop hammer and tongs and one half of my scythes and scythes tackling and my small end plough and one set of horse tackling, one draft chain, one drawing knife, one broad and one narrow hoe, one iron shovel, two hay rakes, one third of my cider casts and old casts, one meat tub, one feather bed and bedstead and cord bolster and pillows, one coverled, two blankets, three pairs of sheets, two pairs of pillow cases, six dark chairs, one great chair, one iron pot, one small dish kettle, one pair of house tongs, one fire shovel, one pair of andirons and also my desk and all the oil and paint that I have on hand and half my coal. "3d. I give to my son Samuel Patten my great bible and my walking staff and four dollars. "4th. I give to my daughters Abigail Patten and Sarah Patten all my indoor movables and household furniture, excepting what I have heretofore disposed of and also excepting casts and tubs. "5th. I give to my daughter Susanna Jenks twenty five dollars to be paid by my executor. "6th. I give to my daughter Lucy Field twenty five dollars to be paid by my executor. "7th. I give to my son Daniel Patten all my real and personal estate, excepting what I have heretofore disposed of, and I do appoint my son Daniel Patten executor of this my last will and testament, and I also order my son Daniel Patten to pay to my son William Patten six hundred dollars in twelve months after my decease, and if not paid interest till paid, and also I order my son Daniel Patten to pay to my daughter Sarah Patten one hundred dollars in twelve months after my decease and if not paid interest until paid, the three last sums named are over and above what I have heretofore given them and also it is my will that my daughters Abigail and Sarah have liberty to live one in my son Williams' house and the other in my son Daniels house as long as single, and also it is my will that my son William and my daughters Abigail and Sarah have liberty to live on the provisions on hand at my decease nine months, if not expended before, and I also order my son Daniel to pay to my son Samuel the above mentioned legacies which I have given him and also impower my son Daniel to ask for and demand, recover and receive all that is in any way due to me from any person or persons, and I order my son Daniel to pay my just debts and funeral charges and I do ratify and confirm this instrument to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of Dec. in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and three. " (Signed) John Patten. " Signed, Sealed, Published declared by John Patten to be his last Will and Testament in presence of " Benjamin Blandin, " Ly Sander Makepeace. " Noah Clapp."
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