Relatives of the Famous Buried at St. George’s

  1. General George Patton

A cousin Anthony Buck Patton and is wife Virginia are buried at St George’s.  Virginia was a Coakley and the St. George’s has  a fenced off area for the Coakley and Pattons

Both General Patton and Anthony Patton are descended from Robert William Patton (1750-1828) born in Scotland

He married Ann Gordon Patton (1770-1832) and had two children John Mercer Patton (1797-1858) and William Farley Patton.   The former is a direct ancestor of General George Patton and the latter of Anthony Patton.

John Mercer Patton  was a US Congressman and Governor of Virginia and born in Fredericksburg. He was a politician and the great-grandfather of World War II General George S. Patton Jr. He graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1818, but never practiced, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced to practice law in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In 1830, he was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Philip P. Barbour, reelected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second through Twenty-fourth Congresses and as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress, serving until 1848.

His brothers included  George Smith Patton (1833 – 1864) who died after the 3rd battle of Winchester in 1864. He was the paternal grandfather of General Patton.

George Smith Patton (1856-1927), a son of George Smith, above   was General Patton’s father.

Anthony Patton’s relative was  Dr. William Farley Patton who married Harriet Buck in 1835 and died in 1884 and served in the Confederate Navy

  1. Colonel John Dandridge – father-in-law of George Washington

He was a brother of Colonel William Dandridge of the Council, was born in 1700 and came to Virginia about 1722.

He had grant of a water front lot in Hampton, Elizabeth City County. His children were all born there. He served as County Clerk, which is those days (Colonial days) was considered a very lucrative position.

Colonel Dandridge married Frances Jones, daughter of Orlando Jones on July 22, 1830. He was the father of Martha Dandridge who married first Daniel Parks Custis, second George Washington. He died on August 31, 1756, aged 56 years. Historians do not seem to know why he died in Fredericksburg. Some state that he was here visiting his daughter, Martha who married General Washington, but that cannot be true because he died more than two years before his daughter was married. He may have been  here attending races at “Chatham”, held by William Fitzhugh. In Saint George’s graveyard, near the northeast corner of the church Colonel Dandridge is buried. His grave is marked by a flat stone, about four feet from the church, and with the following inscription: No. 5. Here lies the body of Colonel John Dandridge, Of New Kent County, who departed this life the 31st day of August, 1756, aged 56 years.

Below is a letter written by George Washington to Charles Carter of Fredericksburg: “Dear Sir: When Mrs. Washington was at the Church of Fredericksburg she perceived the Tomb of her father, the late John Dandridge Esquire, in a ruinous condition, and being desirous of having it done up again. Will you permit me, my dear Sir, to request the favor of you to engage a workman to do this. The cost I will remit so soon as it is known, and you shall inform me of the execution. I would thank you for ascertaining the price before hand, having from disinclination to dispute accounts, felt, in too many instances, the expansion, of Tradesman’s consciences when no previous agreement has been made. My best wishes in which Mrs. Washington joins me, are tendered to Mrs. Carter. With much truth, I am Dear Sir

  1. William Paul, brother of John Paul Jones

William Paul was a son of a Scotch gardener on the estate of Lord Selkirk at Kircudlright, Scotland, and brother of John Paul Jones. William Paul conducted a tailor shop in Fredericksburg.

William prospered sufficiently to purchase from Thomas Blanton, a carpenter, a house and lot in Fredericksburg in June 1770. It stood on a substantial parcel at the corner of Caroline Street and Lafayette Boulevard (then called Prussia Street), with a lot frontage of approximately 90 feet. There, William lived and worked until his death.  The home is still standing.

The last four years of his life were trouble-ridden. He was in court more than once, presumably suing clients. About the time he acquired the house, he also acquired a wife, Fanny, and a stormy marriage it was. In September, she departed from their new home, and he took an ad in the Virginia Gazette–published in Williamsburg and distributed throughout the colony–“forewarning all persons from trusting her and from harbouring or concealing her if they would avoid being prosecuted.” Fanny, however, responded in October in the Gazette with a declaration, co-signed by 10 leading merchants in the town, that she had run up no debts. “Neither am I concealed,” she wrote, “but appear as usual, and I am resolved to recover what is legally due from William Paul.”

Then in November, William Paul filed a complaint against Edward Davis, his indentured servant, who had run away and been captured. (The court added another five years to his servitude.) William Paul made his will in 1772, leaving all of his property to his sister, Mary Young, and her two oldest children in Abigland, in the Parish of Kirkbeen, in Stewarty of Galloway, North Briton, and their heirs forever.

He died in 1773, and his executors, (as appointed by him) William Templeman and Isaac Heslop declined to serve, and it was not until November, 1774, that anything was done about the estate. It is assumed that John Paul Jones arrived here then. Records indicate that William Paul only owned property within the town of Fredericksburg]

Did John Paul place the gravestone here ? Not proven but possible just before he was summoned north to Philadelphia to begin new career.

Filed with the Executive Archives of the State of Virginia is an interesting letter from Judge Francis T. Brooke to General Lambert in which he mentions that William Paul was a Scotch tailor, and that he made clothes for him. He also states that when William Paul died he saw John Paul Jones in the tailor shop when he went to get his clothes. At the time he did not know that he was Paul Jones, but later on knew that it was him from his pictures.

In November, 1774, John Atkinson qualified as an executor of the estate it is supposed at the instance of John Paul  with John Waller, Jr., as surety, who was afterwards released and Charles Yates became his surety. His estate in town consisted of his houses and lots, his merchandise and accounts due him, which must have been worth twelve or fifteen hundred dollars. Therefore the bond of $2,500 was sufficient only for his possessions in town, and no other is alluded to or mentioned in his will.

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