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Patten, John, Sr., 1787-1847



  • Existence: 1787-1847

Biographical History

John Patten Sr. (1787-1847) was an early convert to the Mormon Church in Indiana and served on the high council in Iowa Territory.

John Patten Sr. was born April 14, 1787, in Westmoreland, New Hampshire to Benoni Patten and Edith Cole. In 1812 he married Abigail Stiles, who died nine years later in 1821 after bearing five children. John remarried in 1824 to Hannah Ingersoll, and they had six children together. In 1832, his family joined the Mormon Church while living in Fairplay, Indiana and John was ordained an elder. They moved to Jackson County, Missouri and experienced the persecutions of the Church there. They later moved to Lee County, Iowa, and John was called as a member of the high council in the Iowa Territory. On April 12, 1847, while his family was stationed at Winter Quarters preparing to migrate to the Great Basin, John Patten died suddenly and was buried in the pioneer cemetery.


Find-a-Grave, via WWW, Oct. 22, 2013 (John Patten. b. Apr. 14, 1787, in Westmoreland, New Hampshire to Benoni Patten and Edith Cole; married Abigail Stiles in 1812; she died in 1821; bore five children; remarried in 1824 to Hannah Ingersoll; had six children together; joined to Mormon Church; removed to Jackson County, Miss.; moved to Iowa; died suddenly in Winter Quarters, Neb. On April 12, 1847; buried in pioneer cemetery)

John Patten, Sr. and John Patten, Jr. papers, Oct. 22, 2013 (joined Mormon Church and was ordained an elder in 1832 in Fairplay, Ind.)

Membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 18301-1848, p. 95 (Patten served on high council in Iowa Territory)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

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

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSSSC128
Dates: 1827-1900

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