Joseph C Patterson born 1749

Joseph Patterson was born about 1749 in Londonderry, NH.  He was the son of Alexander Patterson of Bush Mills, Ireland.  His mother, Elizabeth Arbuckle, was born on the ship crossing the Atlantic from Scotland.  Alexander helped settle Londonderry, and Elizabeth was well educated and taught school.  Joseph had at least six older and four younger brothers and sisters. 

Joseph married Susannah Duncan in 1777 in Londonderry.  She was the daughter of William Duncan and Naomi Bell who were both from Ballymony, Ireland but of Scottish descent.  Joseph and Susannah had at least 11 children.  She died 23 March 1812 in Henniker NH.

Joseph was a Revolutionary War soldier and received a pension, as he was determined to be an invalid and one half disabled. The physicians who examined him testified that he had been struck by a musket ball entering behind the ear and passing out by the angle of the mouth, which caused his hearing to be considerably impaired. Other documents are more specific, saying that he was wounded in 1776 in White Plains, that the shot to his head made him deaf on that side, and that he suffered from constant pain in his head, and “painful sensations” when he takes cold. 

Part of Joseph’s application process includes a statement that he was contacted a Jonathan Grant who offered to help him get his invalid pension, in exchange for two thirds of what Joseph was going to get.  Joseph honored that agreement for a while, but eventually found that he needed the entire amount to support his large family. He filed a protest against Jonathan Grant and his agent, complaining that the agreement was unjust and cruel.  He alleged that Grant took the power of attorney, and paid Joseph nothing.  Joseph alleged that Grant took $500 of his pension and refused to return his pension certificate to him. 

Grant answered the accusations saying that he did owe Patterson $200 and would pay it.  Grant said he had been hired by Patterson to apply for the pension and it appears that his statement is now an attempt to negotiate a settlement.  Another man testified that according to bank records, Patterson had not been receiving his payments, that he was now “reduced and worth nothing and is old and very in firm and needs all his own pension.”  It appears that Joseph Patterson did eventually get his pension, at the rate of $48 per year, until he died, on 4 February 1831 in Henniker.    


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