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Rev William Washington Patton
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Birth: Feb. 23, 1824
Cedar Springs
Abbeville County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 6, 1849
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA

Rev. William Washington Patton, son of William Patton and Jane Kennedy, was born near Cedar Spring, Abbeville District, South Carolina on the 23rd day of February 1824.

The educational opportunities of his times were limited and after a few years in the common schools of the neighborhood, he was sent to the Academy at Due West, South Carolina, then presided over by the Rev. J. S. Pressly. Here he was prepared for college, and in the fall of 1838, at the age of 14 years, he, in company with his brother Frank, and two other young friends, went to Oxford, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University, in 1842, with the highest honors of his class.

The fall after his graduation he entered Erskine Theological Seminary at Due West, South Carolina and was licensed in the Spring 1844 to preach at Cedar Springs Associate Reformed Presbyterian at Cedar Springs. He led a very busy life, preaching in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky. He was ordained in 1846, and soon after his ordination was ordered by Synod to go to Texas in company with Rev. J. M. Young, for the purpose of exploring that country and establishing mission stations.

In 1848 he went to New York, where he spent the greater part of the winter and spring of 1849 preaching and studing at Columbia Theological Seminary. Being desirous of securing a settlement in the West, he was sent by the Northern Branch of the A. R. Church to St. Louis in the summer of 1849. At that time the cholera was devastating the city, and he was urged by relatives and friends to leave for a place of safety. But in a letter just before his death he replied that he could not leave his charge when they were sick and dying all around him and more than at any other time needed the consolation of the Gospel. He said the Roman Catholic Priests were everywhere ministering to the sick and the dying, and surely a minister of the Gospel could not be less faithful. Like the Roman Sentinel he remained faithful to his post until he was cut down by the terrible scourge, cholera, on the 6th of July, 1849, aged 25 years and a few months.

Rev. William Washington Patton was buried in the Presbyterian Old Meeting House Cemetery in the village of Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri.

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices:
"Departed this life in St. Louis on Friday, the 6th of July, the Rev. W. W. Patton. He fell victim to the cholera. Mr. Patton was born and raised in Cedar Spring, Abbeville District, S. C., graduated at Oxford, Ohio, studied theology at Erskine Seminary, Due West, was licensed by Second Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Synod of the South, and preached extensively in S. C., N. C., Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and in the winter of 1845 or 1846, in company with Rev. James M. Young of Alabama, by direction of Synod, explored Texas. Wishing to effect a settlement of the North or West, he spent the spring and part of the summer of last year in New York and New England. Thence through Ohio to St. Louis. Thence to Springfield, Ohio where he spent the winter. In the month of June, he returned to St. Louis, and there fell a victim to the plague. His age was about 26 or 27."

From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863

Family links: 
  Jane Kennedy Patton (1797 - 1844)
  William Washington Patton (1824 - 1849)
  Rebecca Amanda Patton Wideman (1825 - 1879)*
  Edmund Lewis Patton (1827 - 1907)*
  Katherine Patton Kennedy (1831 - 1906)*
  Isaac Alexander Proudfit Patton (1833 - 1837)*
*Calculated relationship
Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Apr 26, 2012
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