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Will of JAMES PATTERSON

Written 3 Oct 1735 Lancaster Co, PA; proved 11 Nov 1735

In the name of God Amen I James Patterson of the Township of Hempfield in the County of Lancaster & Province of Pennsylvania being weake & sick of body but of sound & perfect sence & memory thanks be to God for the same do make this my last Will & Testament as followeth viz. IMP I give & bequeath to my eldest Son Jams. Patterson all my land in Conyco creek all three hundred accres to have & to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns for ever. Secondly I give & bequeath to my Son Thomas Patterson all that Plantation & tract of Land in the manor of Conestoga were I now dwell containing about two hundred acres lately purchased by me from Ja. Logan To have & to hold the same to my Sd. Son Thomas his Heirs & Assigns forever. Thirdly I give and bequeath to each of my Daughters, Sarah, Susanah, & Rebecka one hundred pounds to be paid to each & every of them on the day of their mariage aftear they arive the age of sixteen years or else after they arive at the age of twenty one years. Lastly I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife, Susanah Patterson all the residue & remainder of my estate both real & personall to have & to hold to her & her heirs & assigns for ever and I do hereby appoint my s. Wife Sole Executrix of this my Last Will & Testam. as allso guardian over my said children untlll they arive at the age of twenty one years And my Will is that my s. Wife shall have & enjoy the Plantation whereon I now dwell & bequeathed to my Son Thomas as afores. untill my sd. Son shall arive at the age of twenty one years wth. all the issues & profitts thereof & I do hereby declare this to be my Last Will & Testament hereby revokeing all former or other wills heretofore by me made. Witness my hand & seal this third Day of October one thousand seven hundred and thrity five.
Jas Patterson {seal}

Signed Sealed & Published by the Testator as his Last Will & Testament he being of sound & disposing memory in the presence of us Ja. Wright
Ju. Samuel Bethel
Jon Emerson.

Lancaster the 11 Day of Nov. Anno Dom. 1735 Then personally appeared Samuel Bethel and John Emerson two of the Witnesses to the within Written Will and the said Samuel on his Solemn Affirmation and the said John on his Oath did Declare they saw and heard James Patterson the Testator within named Sign Seal Publish and Declare the same Will to be his Last Will and Testam. And that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge.
Coram Sa: Blunston Dep. Reg.

Be it remembered that on the 11th Day of November Anno Domini 1735 the Last Will and Testament of James Patterson Deceased was proved in due form of Law and Probate and Letters Testamentary were granted unto Susanah Patterson having First Sworn well and truly to Administer the said Deceas Estate and bring an Inventory thereof into the Registers Office in Lancaster County on or before the Eleventh Day of Dec. next And also to render an account when thereunto lawfully required Given under the Seal of the said Office. P Sa: Blunston Dep. Register


I've just begun looking at Lancaster county records, and don't know my Patterson in these years, so have nothing further for now.


Will of SAMUEL PATTERSON

Proved 8 Dec 1772, Lancaster Co, PA

Recorded in Will Book C, volume 1, pp 241-242.

In the name of God Amen. This twenty fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventy two I Samuel Patterson of the Province of Pennsylvania County of Lancaster and Township of Hanover being warned of my approaching disolution (?) by the encreasing of a long and wasting disorder although at present of perfect mind and memory and in my usual soundness of judgment (thanks be to Almighty God) I do this day make my last Will and Testament in manner following Imprimis I most humbly resign my soul to God my Creator & my body I give to the earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection at the last day and as for any burial I desire that it may decent and in Christian manner without any manner of extravagancy at the discretion of those who shall have the management thereof and as for what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of the same as follow -vizt - First I positively order all my legal debts to be paid and my funeral charges to be discharged. Item I bequesath to Mary my beloved wife all her cloathing and silver buckels and her bed and its furniture and spinning wheel and her choice of five cows out of my stock and all my sheep and all my wooden vessels and the three argent pewter plates the largest and the smaller pots and further I give and bequeath unto my said beloved wife the sum of forty pounds to be levied out of my estate and given to her immediately after my decease and all the rest of my estate be it more or less I bequeath to my five children vizt. my son James & my four daughters Martha Mary Elizabeth & Isabella to be divided among them allowing my son one third more than any of my daughters in the divide and my daughters each to have an equal share and I allow my son he appearing fit for a trade to be learned a trade and I leave it to the discretion of my Executors or his guardian to judge of his fitness for a trade and to choose what trade will answer him best. I positively order that all my children be taught to be good scholars and my books I order not be sold but divided among my wife and children allowing my son my Bible and arithmetick books over and above his divide of the rest and to my daughter Martha I do give all the rest of my pewter (save what is given to my wife) to be valued at its proper value and to answer so far of her part of my estate and I constitute and appoint my father & my brother William Executors and Mary my wife Executrix of this my last will and testament and I utterly revoke and disannul all former wills either in word or writing ratifying this and this only as my last Will & Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above-mentioned
Samuel Patterson

Sealed publihsed and declared by the above named Samuel Patterson as his last Will & Testament in presence of us
Joseph Hutcheson
James Espy
Benajmin Fulton

A codicil of the within Will
Whereas my daughter Isabella is dead since the righting of the within will I give and bequeath her part among my other children to be divided according to the within mencioned method but in case Providence sends a legal begot child I positively order it to enjoy the portion of the deceased child or have it divide according to the within mencioned order of division and further I give & bequeath to Mary my beloved wife a new wallnut chest and brass kettle purchased since the within will and as for my son James I order him to be put to my brother John at the age of fifteen to learn the art and mystery of the wavour trade providing the both live untill that time. In testimony hereof I set my hand and seal acknowledging ratifying and confirming this as a apart of this my last Will and Testament Sealed with my seal and dated this ninth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventy two.
Samuel Patterson

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the within mencioned Samuel Paterston as part of his last Will and Testament in presence of us -
James Espy, Robert Hutchison, John Sufiples??

Lancaster County
On the eighth day of December Anno Domini 1772 before me the subscriber personally appeared James Espy & Robert Hudson two of the subscribing witnesses to above codicil and on their corporal oath according to law did declare and say that they were present and saw & heard Samuel Patterson the Testator above named sign seal publish pronounce & declare the above writing to be his last will & codicil & that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge observation & belief. Edw. Shippen D. of R.

Lancaster County
On the eighth day of December Anno Domini 1772 before me the subscriber personally appeared the within named Joseph Hutcheson and James Espy two of the subscribing witnesses to the within will and on their corporal oath according to law did declare and say that they were present and saw & heard Samuel Patterson the Testator within named sign seal publish pronounce & declare the within writing as and for his last Will and Testament & that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge observation & belief. Edw. Shippen D. of R.

Be it remembered that on the eighth day of December Anno Domini 1772 the Will and Testament of Samuel Patterson late of Hanover Township in the County of Lancaster yeoman deceased was proved in due form of law and Letters Testamentary were granted to James Patterson William Patterson & Mary Patterson the Executors therein named they being first duly qualified well and truly to administer the estate of the Testator and to exhibit a true and perfect inventory thereof into the Registers Office at Lancaster on or before the eighth day of January next and to render a true and just account of their administration when thereto lawfully required Given under the seal of the said office. Edw Shippen D. of R.


I don't know my Patterson line in this period but it starts to look like we may trace to PA, so I have recently collected some records. Would like to hear from others with connections to Pattersons in this area in the 1700s.


Will of JOHN PATTERSON Sr.

Orange Co, NC 1790

Recorded in Will Book B, pp 128-9

In the name of God Amen. I, John Patterson, Senior of the County of Orange and State of North Carolina being through the abundant mercy and goodness of God tho weak in body yet of sound and perfect understanding and memory do constitute this my last will and testament and desire it may be received by all as such. First, I will that all my debts be paid by Executrix and Executor hereafter named. Item: I do give and bequeath unto my loving wife Margaret with whom I have lived a number of years peacably and in quiet, one horse to the value of twenty pounds, one feather bed, and furniture, and a negroe woman named Cate and after her death or marriage to be equally divided between my two sons David and Isaac. Item: To my daughter Jean the sum of five shillings to be paid by my Executrix and Ececutor. Item: I do give to my son William one hundred acres of land part of the tract I now live on. Item: I do give my son James the Plantation he now lives on containing three hundred acres. Item: I do give to my son John all wearing apparel except one great coat. Item: I do give to my daughter Margaret Abbot one Scarlet Cardinal or the value thereof in money. Item: I do give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Patterson the sum of five shillings to be paid by my Executors. Item: I do give to my daughter Agnes one horse to the value of twenty pound, one feather bed, and furniture, two cows and calves and one year old, one spinning wheel, also five pounds in money. Item: I do give and bequeath all the remaining part of my extate to my two sons David and Isaac, I do Constiture my wife Margaret and my son David Executors of this my last will and testament and trustees for my son Isaac. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of July 1790.
John PATTERSON


This will was provided by Dan Devaney in Hawaii; John Patterson is in his wife's line.
I see that John is also the line of Bill Putman.

Will of NATHANIEL PATTERSON

Written 25 Dec 1789 Orange Co, NC; proved May 1791.

In the name of God Amen. I Nathaniel Patterson of Orange County and State of North Carolina yeoman being in a weak sickly state of body but of perfect mind and memory to publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first let all my just debts and funral expences be paid and discharged etc. First I recommend my Soul to Almighty God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and appointed and as touching such worldly Estate as God has given me in this world I leave and dispose of in the way and manner following that is to say

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Issabel one third of all the yearly rents or profits of the Lands and Tenements or six pounds yearly year by year during her life as also bed & beding all and singular what she shall choose for to bead also her saddle mare called Pall or twenty five pounds in good money of this State also her choice of the cattle and cow with the profits arising therefrom, also her choice of all the household furniture or one third part thereof except what I shall hereafter nominate, also the old negroe wench called Mary to be under the direction of my said wife for life. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Jenny Ward one year after my decease twenty shillings current money of this State. I give and bequeath all my deeded lands to my Son William containing one hundred and fifty acres with all and singular the improvements & employments of houses and debts dues and demands due except what I have before given or hereafter shall give. I give and bequeath to John Wards son, of my daughter Margaret Swift deceased ten shillings current money of this State. Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Susannah Ray twenty shillings current money of this State. Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elisabeth Baker twenty shillings current money of this State. Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary her beding of every kind with that colt called Paddy with a womans saddle and bridle as also a cow and calf also a chest the value of twenty shillings and a handform of soling when she marrise at her mothers discretion to teaing furniture what my wife sees cause to give her. All and singular things after my just debts are paid I give and bequeath to my beloved son before named William all and singular creatures of every kind such as horses cows sheep and swine except what is already given and willed to my Wife and Daughters.

I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Issabel and my Son William and John Ray my son in law to be my Sole Executors to this my last Will and Testament revoking all and singular Wills by me made declaring this my last as witness my hand and seal as also by and with the consent of my wife this 25th day of December 1789. Signed by each of us my reason for appointing three Executors is that they should serve as consuls.
Nath'l Patterson
Issabel Patterson

Witness present: William Hodge junr; Andrew Murdock } Jurat

Wm Patterson Exr qualified

State of North Carolina, Orange County. May Term 1791.
The Execution of the above Will was duly proved in open Court by the oath of Andrew Murdock one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Abner Bruce CC



Will of REBECCA PATTERSON

Written Aug 1801, proved 5 Aug 1805 Lancaster Co PA

In the name of God Amen. I Rebecca Patterson of Rapho Township Lancaster County and State of Pennsylvania being weak in body but of sound and retaining mind and memory and apprehensive of my approaching change from time to eternity do make this my last will and testament in manner following, first I recommend my soul to God and my body to the dust in sure hope of the resurrection to life eternal through the merits of Jesus Christ, and my body to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my hereafter named executors, and all my just debts and burial expences to be duly paid and discharged, and all the residue and remainder of my worldly estate to be distributed in manner herein after directed, to wit, I then give and bequeath to my brother Samuel Patterson the sum of sixty pounds to be paid him one year after my decease, I give and bequeath to my said brother Samuel the sum of thirty pounds to be placed at his discretion in a secure manner as a standing stock for the support of the Gospel in associate Reformed Congregation in the said township of Rapho. I give and bequeath to my nephew Arther Patterson, son of said brother Samuel the sum of twenty pounds in money, likewise my walnut chest my bedstead bed and bedding with one pair of fine sheets which was sister Janes, I likewise give unto my niece said Arthur's wife Elizabeth my Calico gown with a running vine, I give and bequeath to my nephew James Patterson son of my said brother Samuel the sum of twenty pounds in money, to be paid him one year after my decease likewise my new chest and my little yellow box, I bequeath to my niece Rebecca Henderson, daughter of my said brother Samuel my silver set shoe buckles, I give and bequeath to my nephew Samuel Patterson, son of my said brother Samuel the sum of twenty pounds in money to be paid one year after my decease likewise my two chairs and my old chest, I give and bequeath unto my Sister Ellenor Moore one hundred pounds in money, to be paid her one year after my decease, likewise my calico Rapper, Cambrick apron, black Barcelona handkerchief, my blue merren petticoat and my coating cloak, I give and bequeath unto my sister Elizabeth Thom, the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid her one year after my decease, likewise my black silk gown, black silk cloak, black silk gloves, and lawn apron I give and bequeath to my niece Jane Tate the sum of forty pounds to be paid her one year after my decease, likewise one of my remaining calico gowns, I give and bequeath unto my niece Ellenor Dysart, daughter of my brother William Patterson deceased, the sum of forty pounds to be paid one year after my decease. I bequeath the remainder of my cloths, to be equally divided among the aforesaid female legatees if there should be any remainder, I give it to be divided among the aforesaid legatees in proportion to the specified sums bequeathed to each, and if it should so happen, that my estate should fall short at my decease of the amount of the aforesaid legacies I then allow each legacy to be reduced in proportion to their specified sum to answer the deficiencies. And lastly I nominate and appoint my nephew Arthur Patterson and Samuel Patterson, sons of my brother Samuel Patterson to be the Executors of this my last will and testament, giving and granting unto them my said Executors or the survivors of them all my full authority to transact every necessary business for the accomplishing and executing of the within premises. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and one --
Rebecca Patterson [her mark] {seal}

Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us - four words in the 2d page crossed out before perfecting, one word interlined in the first page.
Patrick Hayes, Tobias Miller

Lancaster County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fs, I, George Rofs Esquire for the Probat of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for the said County of Lancaster, do hereby appoint James Duncan Esquire Register for the Probat of Wills and Granting Letters of Administration in and for the County of Adams in the Commonwealth aforesaid to administer unto a certain Patrick Hays in the usual form and legal manner an oath or affirmation respecting a certain instrument in writing hereunto annexed purporting to be the testament and last will of Rebecca Patterson late of Rapho township in the County of Lancaster aforesaid deceased, to which said instrument in writing the said Patrick Hayes is the Surviving Subscribing witness to the execution thereof - Given under my hand and the Seal of the Register's Office at Lancaster the fifth day of August Anno Domini 1805 —
G. Rofs, Register (should Rofs be Ross?)

This is one of the Lancaster wills that was very badly typed up at some point, so I have not kept its spelling. I don't know my line at this point and have nothing further on Rebecca's family - but what a terrific will for setting out relationships. Note that the date of writing is blank in the county's copy, just as here.


Will of JAMES PATTERSON

Written 26 Feb 1793 Augusta Co VA; proved 29 Sep 1807

In the name of God, Amen. I James Patterson of the State of Virginia and County of Augusta, being now far advanced in years, but of perfect mind and memory thanks to God for it and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die and after death the judgment, I do hereby make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, and first, I recommend my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be buried in a christian and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as for what worldly goods it hath pleased God to bestow on me in this life it is my will and desire it be disposed of as follows and first, I allow all my just debts, together with my funeral charges to be discharged as soon as it can be done with conveniency after my decease. And first I leave and bequeath unto my two sons Joseph and Matthew Patterson the whole of all my iron utensils on my plantation at my decease and to be equally divided between them, and I leave and bequeath unto my son Joseph a wagon now in the way of making and I allow my daughter Elizabeth Gray the sum of five pounds out of my personal estate. I allow Elin Henderson my granddaughter, Archibald Henderson's daughter the sum of ten pounds out of my personal estate and I allow Ellin Dickey her grandmother's chest. I allow my daughter Isbald Dickey my large iron kettle and I allow my pewter to be equally divided between four of my children, to wit, Joseph Patterson, Matthew Patterson and Isbald Dickey, Ellen Henderson, and I allow my son Joseph to get one of my feather beds and my son Matthew another, and my daughter Ellin Henderson another, the beds to be divided at the discretion of my executors. I allow my large bible to my son Joseph and the remainder of my books to be equally divided among all my children except Wilson's Catechism and Boston on the covenants to be for my daughter Isbald and to stand for her share. I allow my wearing apparel to be equally divided between my two sons Joseph and Matthew Patterson and the remainder of my personal estate I allow to be sold at public auction and to be equallly divided between my son Joseph Patterson, Matthew Patterson, Isbald Dickey and Elin Henderson, and I allow my real estate to be disposed of as follows, to wit, my two slaves Peter and Rose I give and bequeath unto my daughter Isbald Dickey to be for her and her heirs or assigns forever, providing John Dickey find another slave equal in value to Peter and him or her to be for my son Joseph after he receives the forementioned Peter and Rose, and he the said Dickey is not to separate or part the said Peter and Rose as they are agreed to be man and wife and the remainder of my real estate to wit, my lands, I allow to be sold by my Executors and I do hereby this last will and testament I impower them or any one of them to make a clear and sufficient title to any person or persons purchasing the same the said Executors is to make sale of said land at such a time as they think it may be sold to the best advantage for said legatees. I allow my two grandsons, Joseph Patterson and James Patterson both sons to my son Joseph to receive the one third of the price of said land when obtained and of this one third I allow Joseph to have double as much as James and the remainder of the price of said land, I allow my son Matthew Patterson to get it as soon as the land can be sold till advantage and the price obtained and I do by these presents constitute and appoint my trusty and beloved friends John Dickey and John Bell Executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke and disannul all former will or wills ratifying and confirming this only to be my last will and testament
as witness my hand and seal this twenty-sixth day of February, the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three.
James Patterson

Witness present: James Young, Francis Brown, Robert Young

At a court continued and held for Augusta County September the 29th 1807, this last will and testament of James Patterson dec'd was proved by the oath of Francis Brown a witness thereto and ordered to be recorded as to the personal estate, and on the motion of John Dickey and John Bell the Executors therein named, who made oath according to law, and together with Andrew Anderson and Martin Coiner their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of three thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate of said will in due form as to the personal estate of the said decedent.


I do not know if James Patterson is part of my family tree. I have been looking at Patterson wills of the VA and NC frontier as well as of TN when I can find them, so I copied this when in Augusta county. It interests me because there is a son named Matthew, and the earliest "sure" ancestor I know of is Matthew Patterson probably b TN who raised his family in Shannon Co MO. I'd like to hear from anyone with a known connection to the James of this will!

Will of MARY PATTERSON

Proved Lancaster Co, PA 5 Dec 1809.

In the name of God amen. I Mary Patterson of Sadsbury township, Lancaster County and State of Pennsylvania being frail & infirm of body altho sound and perfect in mind and memory and calling to remembrance that it is apointed to all once to die, and after that to come into Judgment further believing that it to be an incumbent duty to put my huse in orden while in a proper condition for so doing Imprimis I comit my soul to God who gave and my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be intered in a decent maner at the discretion of my Executors Item I will that my debts funeral expences Doctor's bills &c be duly paid out of what worldly substance God hath endowed me with and as to what may remain thereof I will and bequeath in manner and form as followeth.

Imprimis to my beloved daughter Jeney Patterson alias Jeney Bowers wife of David Bowers the sum of one spanish milled dollar and as to what may remain after the sale of all my clothing beeding & all my other property of whatsoever kind and nature I will that the same be equally divided amongst my other surviving children, viz Jane Patterson, William Patterson, John Patterson and Margaret Patterson alias Margaret Harris and Mary Patterson and it is my will that all the above mentioned bequests be paid in one yeare after my decease or after that when demanded and I do further hereby constitute and apoint my beloved friends John McClure of Bart township and my daughter Marry Patterson, Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills or Testiments by me made if any such should appear declaring this and no other to be my last will and Testament including the interlinations &c.
Mary Patterson [her mark] {seal}

Signed sealed published and Declared by the aforesaid Mary Patterson to be her last will and testament in the presence of us the Subscribers Jos Walkr, Thomas McCluer, David Hoar.

Lancaster County fs. On the 5th day of December Anno Domini 1809 before me the subscriber personally appeared Thomas McClure and David Hoar two of the subscribing witnesses to the within will who being duly qualified according to law did declare and say that they were present and saw and heard Mary Patterson the Testatrix therein named sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the within writing as and for her last will and testament.



Will of WILLIAM PATTERSON

Lincoln Co TN Jan 1835

In the name of God, Amen. I William Patterson of the County of Lincoln and State of Tennessee, Being weak as to body but of sound memory and calling to mind the fatality of human nature - Believing that we are all born to die - Do make and ordain this my last will and testament. First of All, I recommend it to Almighty God who gave it. Secondly, I wish to be buried in a decent like manner at the discretion of my Friends, I expect there will money & notes found among my papers to defray all my just debt. If not, I want them first paid out of the property which God has been blessed [sic!] to bestow on me in this life at the discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned. It is my will and bequeath that the balance of the property both real and personal shall remain in one joint stock until my eldest son now living arrives at the age of twenty one years of age which is John C. Patterson, or Maria H. Patterson marries or becomes of age at which time or times I bequeath all my property to be valued and divided equally between my beloved wife Rachel and each of the then surviving Heirs after which it is my request that all the balance of the lots set apart should again fall into one common stock and remain so until sone one of the Heirs should arrive of age or get married as before stated observing that when any of the female Heirs gets married they are intended to be allowed an equal part of the estate at that time except four hundred dollars, which is intended to be applied in a negro girl one horse bridle and saddle which negro girl that I intend and have given to her her lifetime and then to the heirs of her body forever I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Eliza one negro girl named Judean one horse bridle and saddle on the same condition that I allowed Maria Henderson Patterson as above stated they being the only two surviving daughters at this time. My sons John C. Patterson, William D. Patterson, David S. Patterson, James H. Patterson and Logan M. Patterson are to have equal shares of the estate with their Mother and to be at their disposal after they arrive at age or after the intermarriage of the widow. Should any of my children die before being married or arriving of age then the property to be equally divided among the living. I appoint my wellbeloved wife Rachel and my son John C. Patterson as Executrix and Executor of this my last will and testament. Witness my hand and seal this 17th April 1833. [seal]

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us [no witnesses' names copied into the will book!]
For the Probate of the above see Minute docket at January Term 1835 Page 196.
Recorded 23rd July 1835.



As with the previous will, I know of no connection to my line - but am still looking! Some Williams and Johns in TN must tie in.


Will of JOHN PATTERSON

Greenbrier Co VA (now WV), recorded June Term 1844

Greenbrier County State of Virginia.

I John Patterson being poor in health but sound in memory & mind do make ordain & constitute this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following -

In the name of God Amen. Item - To my well beloved wife Elizabeth Patterson I do leave all my lands & tenements during her natural life and at my wife's decease the land or tract on the low ground with one field on the further side of the mountain and spring on the mountain tract I leave to my four sons James, Henry, Lewis & Charles, and they four are to pay to my three daughters, Mary, Catherine & Elizabeth, to each one hundred dollars, and the girls are to live on the lands as long as they remain single. And the mountain tract I do leave (except as before excepted one field of 20 acres more or less and a spring which is to be added to the tract on the low ground) to my four other sons William, John, Thomas & Joseph equally. I also leave to my wife Elizabeth all my household & kitchen furniture of every kind & sort for the use of the family now living in the same, and the stock & tools of every kind I leave to those living on the farm not to be removed under any pretention whatever - only as each one now on the farm has a just right to -
John Patterson

Teste
Thomas Caraway
John Conner

Greenbrier County Court June Term 1844
This paper purporting to be the last will & testament of John Patterson dec'd was presented in Court & proved by the oaths of Thomas Caraway & John Conner subscribing witnesses thereto & the same is ordered to be recorded.
Teste - John Mathers


I have no further information on this family.


Will of SAMUEL PATTERSON

Written Augusta Co VA 2 May 1859

Know all men by the presents, that I Samuel Patterson of South River in the County of Augusta and the State of Virginia, Farmer, being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament, as follows: 1st, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret Patterson, One Thousand Dollars in money , one coloured man (named David) one coloured woman (named Kate) one horse, buggy and harness, and whatever household property she may wish that is in the house. 2nd, I give and bequeath to my son James A. four thousand dollars which is charged against him for the land he now holds. 3rd, I give and bequeath to my son George C. four thousand dollars in money, which is charged against him for the land he now holds. 4th, I give and bequeath to my son William four thousand dollars in money, which is charged against him. 5th, I give and bequeath to my son Samuel W. four thousand dollars in land and money which is charged against him. 6th, I give and bequeath to my son Solomon H. four thousand dollars in the land purchased of Wm Beard for him as the payments become due but he must account for the charges which are now against him on the book of six hundred and thirty six dollars. 7th, I give and bequeath to my son John L. four thousand dollars in money or bonds due for that amount. 8th, I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Ann, wife of James Dever, three thousand dollars in money, but she must account for the money charged against her amounting to sixteen hundred and sixty dollars and 42 c. 9th, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary three thousand dollars in money but she must account for the charge against her on the book of one hundred and twenty six dollars. 10th, I give and bequeath to my grandson and daughter, Daniel M. and Mary M. Keiser, five hundred dollars each, with interest from twelve months after the sale untill they become of age, to be retained in the Executor's hands. 11th, I request that all my land, slaves and other property, be sold at public sale, excepting the slaves, which are to be sold publickly to the heirs and the proceeds to be divided equally between the heirs (after the specified legacies are paid) except my grandson and daughter, Daniel M. and Mary M. Keiser which have all I intend for them. I hereby ordain and appoint my sons James A. and William as my Executors and Administrators of this my last will and testament, allowing some legal per cent for the settlement of the Estate & I give them full power to make all deeds and titles to lands & c. and I furthermore appoint H. G. McCansland as the commissioner with whom they are to settle up the Estate. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last will and Testament, in the presence of the witnesses named below, this 2nd day of May Eighteen hundred and fifty nine, A.D.
Samuel Patterson

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Samuel Patterson as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto
James Patterson
Hugh G. McCansland

This will is too late (1859) for the individuals therein to have any close connection to my line, as my Pattersons were in TN a couple generations before this, and in MO to stay by the 1820's. But I was looking in Augusta Co VA, so thought it should tie in to other Patterson records found there. I have some data on Tinkling Springs Presbyterian members, which include Pattersons, and can gather it up for anyone who is following these families.


 
 
 
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