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Patten, John, Jr., 1825-1903



  • Existence: 1825-1903

Biographical History

John Patten Jr. (1825-1903) was farmer and sheriff in Sanpete County, Utah, and a representative to the Utah Territorial Legislature.

John Patten Jr. was born on June 20, 1825 in Fairplay, Indiana to John Patten Sr. (1787-1847) and Hannah Ingersoll (1787-1853). His family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832 in Indiana; moved to Jackson County, Missouri in 1833; and later moved to Lee County, Iowa. While in Iowa, John worked in the Wisconsin Pineries. His father died suddenly in 1847 while his family was in Winter Quarters, Nebraska. John's family joined the Aaron Johnson Company and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1850. His family located in Manti, Utah, and he assisted in building the fort there. John took part in the Walker and Black Hawk Indian wars; was a representative to the Utah Territorial Legislature; sheriff of Sanpete County; and, a member of the Manti City Council. Patten married Candace Smith in 1853 and they had five children together. He later married Candace's widowed sister, Emily Smith Taylor. Emily had five children from her previous marriage, and John and Emily would have two more children together. Patten helped dig the irrigation pond in Manti Canyon known as the "Patten Reservoir" and helped construct the "Patten Ditch" that carried water along the eastern foothills of Sanpete County from Manti to Ephraim. During the 1880s, John Patten became disenchanted with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and apostatized; he became active in the Manti Parish of the Presbyterian Church. John Patten Jr. died November 27, 1903 in Manti, Utah.


Find-a-Grave, via WWW, Oct. 22, 2013 (John Patten. b. Jun. 20, 1825, in Fairplay, Ind. to John Patten and Hannah Ingersoll; family joined the LDS Church and moved to Jackson County, Miss. In 1833; moved to Iowa; worked in the Wisconsin Pineries; father died suddenly in Winter Quarters, Neb. On April 12, 1847 and was buried in pioneer cemetery; family came to Utah in 1850 in Aaron Johnson Company; located in Manti, Utah; assisted in building the fort; took part in Black Hawk and Walker Indian wars; representative to Utah Territorial Legislature; sheriff of Sanpete County; member of Manti City Council; married Candace Smith and had five children; later married Emily Smith Taylor; Emily had five children from previous marriage)

John Patten, Sr. and John Patten, Jr. papers, Oct. 22, 2013 (father joined LDS Church and was ordained an elder in 1832 in Fairplay, Ind.; father bought land in Lee County, Iowa in 1840)

FamilySearch, via WWW, Oct. 22, 2013 (married Candace Smith in 1853)

FamilySearch – Photos and Stories, via WWW, Oct. 22, 2013 (John and Emily had two children together; Patten helped dig Patten Reservoir and Patten Ditch; during 1880s apostatized from Mormon Church; active in Presbyterian Church in Manti; d. Nov. 27, 1903 and was buried in Manti Cemetery)

Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848, vol. 34, p. 98 (occupation was farmer in 1850 and 1870 census)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

John Patten, Sr. and John Patten, Jr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 128
Scope and Contents Materials include papers of John Patten, Sr. and his son John Patten, Jr., early converts to the Mormon Church from Indiana. Papers of John Patten, Sr. include a land deed, ordination certificate, receipt, and genealogical records. Papers of John Patten, Jr. include a patriarchal blessing by Isaac Morley, receipts, and an ordination certifcate. Dated 1827-1900.
Dates: 1827-1900