son of Col. Nelson & Rebecca Patteson
Sarah T. "Sally" McCormack was born 1794 in Lincoln Co, KY, and died 05 Dec 1852 in Giles Co, TN. She married Capt James Patteson, Sr. 26 Mar 1816 in Pulaski, Giles Co, TN, son of Nelson Patteson and Rebecca Marrham. He was born 29 Feb 1784 in Cumberland Co, VA, and died 03 Aug 1856 in Pulaski ,Giles Co, TN. Both buried in Patteson Cem, Pulaski, giles Co, TN. Most cemetery stones in Patteson Cem, Pulaski, Giles Co, TN were moved to Maplewood Cem, Pulaski, Giles Co, TN. James fought against the Creek Indians with Gen. Andrew Jackson; owned a hotel in Pulaski, Giles Co, TN
James and Sarah Married
26 Mar 1818 • Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee
To this union the following known children
1. John Nelson Patteson 1817–1886
2. Rebecca Catherine Patteson 1818–1830
3. Bernard Markham Patteson 1820–1900
4. Mary Anderson Patteson 1822–
5. James Masterson Patteson 1825–1829
6. Daniel McCormick Patteson 1826–1846
*7. Leanah Louise Patteson
8. James Franklin Patteson Jr 1830–1894
9. Alfred S Patteson 1833–1862
10. Esther Patteson 1853–
Capt. James Patteson was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He came to Giles County, Tennessee in 1808 as a young man of 24 years. He, his father, and his brothers raised corn that first year. James apparently was restless, however, and began an exploratory trip out west searching for lead mines in the Missouri Territory. He and the two friends who went with him prospected for a bit, then went to Fort Independence. From there they set out for Santa Fe, New Mexico. When they arrived there was general unrest and demonstrations, and they were arrested as being spies working for the French government. James was imprisoned in Chihuahua, Mexico for three years before being released. He was tortured and under constant threat of death for three years. A letter from his father, Nelson Patteson, given to James Madison by Nelson's friend John Eppes, had gotten the State Department involved, and that pressure finally got him released. Madison had stepped down as Secretary of State the year before.
James made his way from Mexico back to Pulaski, Tennessee through Natchitoches, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi, finally arriving in late 1812 or early 1813. In 1813 he joined Andrew Jackson's troops as a lieutenant in Capt. John Gordon's company of spies. He and his men had an important role in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend against the Creek Nation. It's probable that he also served at the Battle of New Orleans.
After his service in the War of 1812, James' life became considerably less dangerous. He married Sarah McCormack in Giles County in 1816 and raised his family there, as a well-to-do farmer, innkeeper, and landlord. He served in various capacities in public office in Pulaski and Giles County. After James' death, Sarah moved to Texas with her son Bernard Markham Patteson, and died there in Lamar County in 1863.
submitted by member Brian Bivona: 47066238
Capt James Patteson, Son of Nelson & Rebecca Patteson, born Feb 29th 1784, Died Aug 3 1856, Aged 72 Years 5 Months 2 Days
Sarah T. McCormack Patteson
1794–1852 (m. 1818)