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Edward Patterson (abt. 1601 - 1670)

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Edward Patterson aka Patteson
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven, Connecticut Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Jun 2011
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | Pequot War of 1637 | Christian, sailed March 1634/35 | Puritan Great Migration.

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Edward Patterson migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Edward Patterson, known in history as "The Mighty Man of Valour." [he fought in the Pequot War.]

"EDWARD PATTERSON, born in England about 1601, died in New Haven, Connecticut, October 31, 1670. On March 16, 1634 in the list of persons to be transported to New England in 'ye Ship Christian, de lo, John White, Master,' appears the name 'Edward Patterson, age 33,' and in 1637 he enlisted from Windsor, Connecticut, as a soldier in the Pequot War. In 1639 his name is among the original proprietors of New Haven, Connecticut, where his children were baptised. His wife was Elizabeth (surname not on record) and his children baptised in New Haven were: John, Baptised January, 1644, died young; and ELIZABETH, baptised July 12, 1644; died December 24, 1727; married, 1662, Thomas Smith. (Smith I.)"[1][2]

Edward Patteson was enrolled at London as a passenger for New England on the Christian. There is no direct evidence of his first residence, but it appears that he lived first in Saybrook before moving to New Haven. He served in the Pequot War under Capt. John Mason who was based at Saybrook. Anderson does not give a name for Edward's wife, but estimates they were married by about 1642. They had two children, Elizabeth who married Thomas Smith, and John. Anderson suggests that, based on the baptismal records for the two children, it is likely that Elizabeth was born about 1642 and that John was born later.[3]


  1. Bullard and Allied Families, Edgar Bullard, Detroit, 1930, pg 121.
  2. Donald Lines Jacobus, "Families of Ancient New Haven", Vol VI, page 1379 (Patterson Family).
  3. Robert Charles Anderson, “The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635”, Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011, Vol V, M-P, pages 387-389.

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On 2 Apr 2018 at 02:12 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

That's fine, Kay, thanks for adding it in other last name.

On 2 Apr 2018 at 00:59 GMT Kay (Johnson) Wilson wrote:

Cheryl, You're right about Anderson, but in many other sources it's been spelled 'Patterson'. This profile was created in 2011 before The Great Migration was written. I think there's value in leaving it 'Patterson' so that the change history is easily accessible. I've added 'Patteson' as an 'Other Last Name' for Edward.

On 2 Apr 2018 at 00:19 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Anderson spells the LNAB "Patteson." Although spelled many different in Anderson's featured article in The Great Migration, nowhere is it spelled "Patterson."

On 26 Dec 2016 at 16:47 GMT Kay (Johnson) Wilson wrote:

What is your source? Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration article about Edward says that he arrived in 1635 on the Christian.

On 26 Dec 2016 at 16:11 GMT Claudia Nageotte wrote:

I am not sure that the ship information is correct. I have Edward Patteson on the Hector arriving in 1637 with the rest of John Davenport's group who were the original founders of the New Haven Colony.

Edward is 17 degrees from Claude Monet, 16 degrees from Gigi Tanksley and 17 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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