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John William Patterson (1763 - 1837)

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John William Patterson
Born in Newry, County Down, Irelandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Abbeville County, South Carolina, United Statesmap
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Died in Preble, Ohio, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Oct 2013
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John Patterson participated in the American Revolution



John was born in 1763. He passed away in 1837. Served as substitute for his father, Samuel, in The Revolutionary War in 1778.

In the years 1806 and 1807, several families, members of the Associate Reformed church, emigrated from the States of Kentucky and South Carolina, and settled in Israel township in the midst of the Beech Woods. In September 1808, the people assembled in the double log barn of David McDill's and a church of nearly fifty members was organized.[1]

Pension Application

The State of Ohio Preble County Court of Common Pleas September Term 1832

On this 18th day of September in the year of our Lord 1832 personally appeared before the honorable the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Preble in the State of Ohio John Patterson aged sixty nine years a resident of the County aforesaid who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June the 7th 1832. That in the month of August 1778 he entered the service of the United States as a substitute for his father Samuel Patterson in 96 district South Carolina and Captain Cowan's Company of militia of Col Reed's Regiment and General Williamson's [Andrew Williamson's] Brigade. The force rendezvoused at Beaverdam Creek in Georgia deponent served on this tour three months during which time he was engaged in defending the country against the aggression of the Cherokees at the end of the three months he received a written discharge signed by Lieutenant Davis who at that time had command of the company in place of Captain Cowan during this tour deponent assisted to destroy the corn of the Indians and to burn seven Indian towns. In April 1780 deponent was drafted to go to Charleston under Captain Cowan who then belonged to Col Pikens' [sic, Andrew Pickens'] Regiment, when this draft had proceeded about eighty miles on the way to Charleston they were met by an express informing them the city had surrendered. Col Pikins then marched his men to Camden, he was out on this tour about one month. In September of the same year deponent went to Soap Creek in Georgia and volunteered to serve in Captain Dun's [sic, Joseph Dunn's] company of Colonel Clark's [sic, Elijah Clarke's] Regiment. He was with Col Clarke when he took possession of the town of Augusta but was soon driven away by the British, he continued in the service on this tour until after the battle of King's Mountain which was on the seventh of October. After this battle the company under Captain Dunn dispersed being all volunteers for no definite time deponent with three others went to Mecklenburg County in North Carolina and remained with his friends until January 1781. When Lord Cornwallis commenced his march to Virginia deponent volunteered to serve for six weeks in a light horse company under the command of Captain Grimes of Col Irwin's [?] Regiment he was engaged in guarding the forts on the Catawba River about one week, he was then marched to Guilford Court house. Near Guilford his company joined the forces under General Green [sic, Nathanael Greene]. During this tour he was engaged in several skirmishes with the British but was in no general engagement. At the end of the six weeks for which he had volunteered he received a written discharge from Captain Grimes in March 1781. In the summer of 1781 he enlisted in the State troops of South Carolina for 10 months in Captain Francis Moore's company of light horse, Col Middleton's Regiment and General Sumpter' [sic, Thomas Sumter's,] Brigade. In March 1782 when deponent's time expired was discharged by Captain Moore at Orangeburg on Edisto [River] to prove this ten months service he has procured the deposition of William Caldwell who served during the same ten months with deponent. Deponent knows of no witnesses living by whom he can prove the rest of his services but he has been long known to Rev. Alexander Porter, John Foster, David Macdill and others who reside in his neighborhood and by whom he can as he believes prove that he sustains a good character for truth and veracity and that he has always been reputed and believed in his neighborhood to have been a soldier of the revolution. The written discharges which deponent received from his officers have been lost. He has a written record of his age by which it appears that he was born in Ireland in January 1763. After the war deponent lived in South Carolina until the year Eighteen hundred and seven when he came to Preble County in the State of Ohio where he has since resided and still resides. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year foresaid.
S/ John Patterson
S/ J. C. Hawkins, Clerk [Alexander Porter, a clergyman, John Foster and David Macdill gave the standard supporting affidavit.]

The State of Ohio Butler County Before me a Justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid and came personally William Caldwell

Wm Caldwell a resident of said County who being duly sworn deposes and saith that he was acquainted with John Patterson who now resides in the County of Preble during the War of the revolution. This deponent served a tour of 10 months during the war of the Revolution with said John Patterson in the Regiment of Colonel Middleton in the State Troops of South Carolina in the year 1781 and 1782 under the command of General Sumter. Said John Patterson belonged to the company commanded by Captain Francis Moore and deponent belonged to the company of Captain Smith -- deponent has been acquainted with said Patterson since his residence in the State of Ohio which has been about 25 years deponent had not seen said Patterson from the time that he was discharged at Orangeburg in South Carolina until he married him in the State of Ohio -- And further he says not.
Sworn & subscribed before me this 24th day of August A.D. 1832
S/ William Hunt

State of Ohio Preble County: Court of Common Pleas of the term of March 1833

Personally appeared in open court John Patterson who has sworn to and subscribed the foregoing declaration and said John Patterson being duly sworn deposes and saith that he served during the war of the revolution 15 months and 2 weeks the first tour he served in Captain Cowan's company 3 months -- the 2nd tour he served one month under Captain Cowan. The 3rd tour he served 6 weeks in the company of Captain Dunn in the forces commanded by Colonel Clark. The last tour I served 10 months in the light horse as stated in the foregoing declaration. The whole time which I served was 15 months and 2 weeks as a private soldier in the war of the Revolution & for such service I claim a pension.
Sworn & subscribed in open court this 20th March 1833
S/ John Patterson S/ J. C. Hawkins, Clerk.


  1. History of Preble County, Ohio: with illustrations and biographical sketches, pg 233

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  • "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 August 2015), John Patterson, Dixon, Preble, Ohio, United States; citing 318, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 138; FHL microfilm 337,949.

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On 16 Jun 2018 at 19:13 GMT Catherine (Willhite) V wrote:

Patterson-9128 and Patterson-3891 appear to represent the same person because: Same person?

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