John Patterson


“Here lies the body of JOHN PATTERSON who died September 10th 1814  Aged 34 years.”

Section - Section 5
ID -66

Birth -1780

Death - 1814

Age - Age 21-40

Gender - Male

Profession - Merchant

Veteran - War of 1812

Data -

[1] Merchant. John Patterson and Company 3500 wt Cheese
3000 wt Soal Lether
80 pairs shoes
20 boxes candle soap
20 barrels whiskey
Quantity of bar iron

[2 ] I have in my possession a letter written by Ann J. Carter, great-niece of John Patterson from which I have selected interesting facts, and have not quoted the letter verbatim.

John Patterson never married but lived with his sister, Mrs. John James, wife of   Captain John James of Matthews County, on what was known then as “Gunnery   Green”.  Captain John James owned three vessels the “Contented”, the “Anne Elizabeth” and the “Delight”.  Most of Captain James’ voyages were to the West   Indian Islands from Cuba down to the smallest.

There is nothing left at “Gunnery Green” of the lovely gardens which were filled with lilies, roses, larkspurs, hollyhocks and periwinkle.  These gardens   extended to the spring, which is known as “Gunnery Spring” and still furnishes delicious, healthy water.  This spring is southeast of Fredericksburg and on the  outskirts of the town.  There is no trace left of the old Patterson home, but in  those days the Elite of Fredericksburg would assemble on the “Gunnery Green” and  have pleasant chats and a cup of tea.

John Patterson was a very successful merchant on Main Street.  In the War of  1812, when the British were expected to land at Acquia Creek and march to   Fredericksburg, John Patterson with a company of volunteers went to repel the invaders.  He was taken with camp fever and brought home ill.  He told Mrs. James (his sister) that he never expected to marry but that he wanted to live  for her sake and her childrens.  He died at the age of thirty-four, and had a  grand funeral for he was very popular.

We can visualize on the “Gunnery Green”, (in 1814) a beautiful garden of flowers the long porch to the house where Mr. Patterson resided, crowded with Masons  and other citizens.  Their servants Matilda and her brother Jared with tears  streaming down their cheeks, carrying around waiters of wine.  As was the custom  at that time, the glasses tied around the stems with crape, and cake in papers  sealed with black sealing wax.  In great solemnity the funeral guest drank the wine and ate the cake.  Then a procession was formed and all that remained of  John Patterson was borned to Saint George’ss Episcopal graveyard by the music of  the drum and fife playing the sweet mournful strains of “Rosalin Castle” and
there interred with Masonic rites.

John Patterson’s grave is marked by a medium height brown stone with fluted top,about ten feet from the alley, in the middle of the graveyard, and the following  inscription:  marked number 6.

Sources -

[1] Virginia Herald 12/10/1805. 1×1

[2] Sue Gordon on Patterson

Notes - N/A;


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