Elizabeth Patton Pension Application
North Carolina, Asheville
Elizabeth Patton, decd, widow of Robert Patton who died on the 1st March 1813
of Burke Co. in the State of N. C. who was a Captain of Cavalry in the ----
commanded by Captain ------ of the ------ commanded by ------- in the Revolution
war for 7 mo 25 days
Inscribed on the roll of Asheville at the rate of 193 Dollars 83 Cents per
annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1836.
_____ from H150
Certificate of Pension issued this 21st day of June 1853 and sent to __ol Ames.
Arrears to this 4th of Present
Semi-anl allowance ending --------
Revolutionary Claim Act
July 7, 1833
Recorded by ______ __eightman
Book D Vol __ Page 297
Elizabeth Patton, decd, widow of Robert Patton who was a Captain of Cavalry in the
Inscribed on the roll at the rate of 150 Dollars --- Cents per
annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1843 and ending 9th June 1844
when she died.
Certificate of Pension issued thr 8th day of May 1843 and sent to __ __ ____ Esq.
[Acts of March 3 1843]
& June 17, 1844
Recorded by ______ __eightman
Book _? Vol 2 Page 159
Payable to Robert Patton, James Patton, Mary Jeffrys, Margaret ______,
Elizabeth Patton, Charity Moore, Mary Ann Quinn, and Cynthia Hall/Wall
only surviving children of Elizabeth Patton decd.
Margaret Patten was born the 11 day of Januery in the year of our Lord 1785
Robert Patten was born the 1 day of March in the year of our Lord 1787 (1785 further right
Mary Patten was born the 2 day of April in the year of our Lord 1789
Elizabeth Patten was born the 11 day of July in the year of our Lord 1791
James Patten was born the 20 of Febury in the year of our Lord 1795
Charity Patten was born the 2_? day of May in the year of our Lord 1796
Mary Ann Patten was born November the _? day in the year of our Lord 1798
Cynthia Patten was born 21? day of November in the year of our Lord 1800
In order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress of 7th July 1838 entitled "An
Act granting half pay and Pensions to certain widows."
State of North Carolina
Burke County Court of Pleas and quarter seddions
July Session 1841
On this 22nd day of July A. D. 1841 personally appeared in open court Elizabeth
Patton a resident of the County of Burke and State of North Carolina aged seventy-
five years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the
following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision of the act
of Congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled "An act granting half pay and pensions to
certain widows." That she is the widow of Robert Patton who served in the war of the
Revolution as the Capt of cavalry and as a soldier in the Militia. As to the particulars
of the service rendered the United States during the Revolution, she has no personal
knowledge and is enabled to speak of it only from what she understood from her
husband and other persons with who she frequently heard him converse on the subject.
She has no recollection of hearing him say when or under whom he first entered the
service but is satisfied from every thing she has heard him say (as well as many
others) that he was one amongst the first men in North Carolina to take up arms in
his Country's Rights and is also satisfied from evidence hereinto attached and from
other sources that he continued in the service of his country (while there was is lined
through) until the close of the war.
She is inclined to believe and does believe that the first tour of duty performed
by him was in the character of "Indian Spy". That William Morrison had a company who
was engaged in search of the Indians in the western part of North Carolina and that
her Husband performed at least one tour of (3) three months under the __ Capt
Morrison. She recollects to have heard her Husband frequently speak about his trip to
the western part of the state against the Indians. A stream in Buncomb County called
(now called Hominy) was so called from the fact that during his trip as above a large
Indian was shot either by him or one of the men with him and on examining him it was
discovered that a large quantity of Hominy came out of the bullet hole. Her Husband
may have performed and she thinks did perform more than one tour against the Indians
but as she cannot distintly recollect with whom he served will content herself with
stating as she has done the tour served under Capt Morrison. This may or it may not
have been the first tour was performed by Robert Patton. The first time she was
heard him spoken of was by her Brother William Dysard who had left Mecklenburg where
my father James Dysard lived and come to Burke I think in the year 1779 or 1780. On
his return I frequently heard him speak of Capt Robert Patton ("and" lined through). My
brother William was killed at ("the" lined through) Cowans Ford by the British not more
than 12 miles from my fathers and I remember distinctly to have heard the firing of
guns at the time.
As to the ___ tour performed by Robert Patton Deponent is unable to say when it was
but from his discharges and other papers relating to his service she is satisfied
that as Capt he served two tours of three months each if not longer. That soon after
the passage of the act of Congress of 7th June 1832, she advised that her Husband's
Pension could be obtained that she then had a commission which he held as Captain of
a company cavalry during the War of the Revolution and several other written evidences
his service. That after she had laid them before a Gentleman of the Bar and was told
that her Husband being then dead and having died before the passage of the law was not
entitled to recieve any think (as written), she considered them of no value and threw
them carelessly away so that at this time she is unable to offer any other written
evidence of his service other than the receipts hereunto attached. One of the tours
during which he served as Captain I recollect to have heard him say that he was at
Monk's Corner and that after he left there he marched his company to Cross Creek in
North Carolina and before his return joined Gen'l Rutherford's troops. I remember to
have heard him state that Genl McDowell or Col McDowell was with him when he first
sett out but ("from" lined through) that a part of his company were left behind and
that he either went back or remained on the way four or five days waiting for ____ (may be "the others".
I cannot pretend to say what other officers were with him altho I have frequently
heard him speak of them. Nor do I know any person by whom his services during this
tour can be established except Saml Patton of Buncomb Co.
The last tour that I recollect to have heard him say he was engaged in was in the
Fall or ________ (Summer? Autumn?) of the year 1780. I have often heard him say that
he was Captain of a Horse Company in the battle of "Kings Mountain" on the line
between No and So Ca. The officers under whom he served and the men under his command
I have frequently heard his name but by reason of old age and the consequent loss of
memory I am unable to give any think (as written) like a satisfactory history of his
service. The whole period of his services which I have endeavored as well as I am able
to speak of in this Declaration amounts to three tours of 3 mos each and I am fully
convinced and satisfied in my own mind that if the services of Robert Patton during
the War of the Revolution could be as fully sett forth as he could do, (line through)
were he living, it would be considered equal to 12 months or more in actual service in
defence of his country.
She further swears that she was married to the said Robert Patton in the year 1782 or
1783 (she thinks the former) but the month or day of the month she is unable to say.
That her Husband Capt Robert Patton died on the 18th day of March in the year 1813.
That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but that the marriage
took place previous to the first day of January seventeen hundred and ninety four viz
at or near the time above stated.
(Signed) Elizabeth Patten
Sworn to in open court July 22nd 1841
J. J. Erwin? Clerk
July 11, 1938
Miss Mary Greenlee
The data which follow are found in pension claim, W-4758, based on services of
Robert Patton in the Revolutionary War.
Robert Patton served three months as Indian Spy in Captain William Morrison's
North Carolina Company, date of this service not given. In 1780, he served as
Captain of a company raised in Burke County, North Carolina, a part of the time
under Colonel Charles McDowell, was in a skirmish at Monck's Corner and in the
battle of King's Mountain, length of this service six months.
Robert Patton married in 1782 or 1783, Elizabeth, daughter of James Dysart who
resided in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, during the Revolutionary War.
Robert Patton died March 18, 1813, in Burke County, North Carolina, aged then
sixty-five years, four months and eight days. He was buried in the burying ground
of Drucilla old Church, McDowell County, North Carolina.
Elizabeth Patton, widow of the above noted officer, was allowed pension on her
application executed July 22, 18 41, at which time she resided in Burke County,
She died June 9, 1844, aged seventy-eight years, four months and nine days; she
was buried beside her husband.
The following data regarding the children of Robert Patton and his wife, Elizabeth,
Margaret born January 14, 1785
Robert " March 1, 1787
Mary " April 2, 1789
Elizabeth " July 11, 1791
James " February 20, 1795
Charity " May 24, 1796
(family data continued)
Mary Ann born November 4, 1798
Cynthia " November 8, 1802
The following children survived their mother: James Patton, who resided in McDowell
County, North Carolina, in 1853; Robert Patton; Mary Jeffrys or Jeffers; Margaret
Conway; Elizabeth Pearson; Mary Ann Queen or Quinn; Cynthia Hall, and Charity Moore,
wife of John Moore.
In 1843, the John Moore noted above was a resident of McDowell County, North
William Dysart, a brother of the officer's (Robert Patton's) wife, was killed in
the battle of Cowan's Ford; John Dysart, another brother was in the battle of King's
Mountain and moved west later; James Dysart, another brother, was born in 1768 and
was living in 1841.
In 1840, Samuel Patton was a resident of Buncombe County, North Carolina; no
relationship between him and the family of Captain Robert Patton was stated.
Very truly yours
A. D. Hiller,
to the Administrator