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Capt John (Van Petten) Van Patten
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1739
Death: Jan. 10, 1809
Charlton
Saratoga County
New York, USA

Capt. John served in the Revolutionary War. Several of his brothers, nephews and cousins served under him. His sword has been preserved and housed at Fort Hardy Park, Schuylerville, NY. See the article on the right. According to Jim Kinney of the Saratogian newspaper, Don Keefer a descendant relative wanted it displayed in a small museum where it would be kept on display. Capt. John was cited for bravery by Horatio Gates and, according to family lore, was selected to carry news of Burgoynes capture and surrender from what is now Schuylerville to Albany. In Willis T. Hanson's book on "A History of Schenectady", pg.22, he is shown as the Third Company Captain of the Minutemen raised for the Revolution in Schenectady.
The following generously sent by John E Sherman #47749330:
Johannes Nicolaase "John" Van Petten (later known as Van Patten) was born September 29, 1739 at Glenville, Albany County, NY to Nicolas Claese Van Petten and Rebecca Groot. He married Neeltje S. "Nelly" Vedder July 10, 1762 in the Reformed Dutch Church at Schenectady, Schenectady County, NY and their children were: Rebecca, Maria, Nicholas J., Sarah, Simon J., Elisabeth, Eva and Arent. John served his country during the Revolutionary War and on May 27, 1775, he was elected Captain of the 3rd Company of Schenectady Militia, and on October 20, a commission was issued in his name by the Provincial Congress (when he was 36 years old). In January 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown and had service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. On April 1, 1777, he was elected overseer of highways at Schenectady. In 1778, he was at Switzbergh, in 1779 at Fort Paris, in 1780 in command of a detachment in pursuit of Sir John Johnson. In his company were brothers, nephews and cousins - more than twenty all together. He also served with Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr under General George Washington. His family lived on a farm John had cleared north of Glenville and his house had pillars across the front. During the War, his wife sometimes could hear the guns and cannons of battle and would hide her children in the haystack. John died January 10, 1809 at the age of sixty nine and was buried near his home in what is now the Teunis Swart Farm, West Charlton, Saratoga County, NY, USA.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Nicholas Claese Van Petten (1690 - 1777)
  Rebecca Groot Van Petten (1692 - 1777)
 
 Spouse:
  Nelly Vedder (Van Petten) Van Patten (1741 - 1805)
 
 Children:
  Maria Van Patten Van Etten (1766 - 1805)*
  Nicholas John Van Patter (1769 - 1819)*
  Simon John Van Patten (1776 - 1851)*
  Eva Van Patten Vaneps (1781 - ____)*
 
 Siblings:
  Frederick Nicholas Van Petten (1712 - 1771)*
  Nicholas N. Van Petten (1716 - 1790)*
  Simon Nicholas Van Petten (1722 - 1790)*
  Catherina Van Petten Swart (1725 - ____)*
  John (Van Petten) Van Patten (1739 - 1809)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"IS THIS THE FATE THAT ALL MUST DIE? WILL DEATH NO AGES SPARE?"
 
Note: My 5th great grand uncle
 
Burial:
Teunis Swart Cemetery
Charlton
Saratoga County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Dave Peck
Record added: Oct 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43750497
Capt John <i>(Van Petten)</i> Van Patten
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Capt John <i>(Van Petten)</i> Van Patten
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Capt John <i>(Van Petten)</i> Van Patten
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Rest in Peace and thank you for your service GGGG GrandfattherVan Patten.
- Teresa Finn
 Added: Jul. 19, 2016
Honoring the Captain's Revolutionary War service.
- Jay Wright
 Added: Dec. 29, 2015
My 7th Great Uncle
- Dave Walz
 Added: Nov. 7, 2014
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