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

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

Dates: 1827-1900

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.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.2 linear ft.) : 11 items
  • Creator: Patten, John, Jr., 1825-1903. -- Patten, John, Sr., 1787-1847
  • Call Number: MSS SC 128
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Arranged chronologically.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John Patten, Sr. and John Patten, Jr. papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Holograph and photocopy.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 128; John Patten, Sr. and John Patten, Jr. papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 128, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1974.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1974.
Subject Terms
Patten family; Patten, John, Jr., 1825-1903--Archives; Patten, John, Sr., 1787-1847--Archives; Home and Family; Lee County (Iowa)--History; Manti (Utah); Mormons--Indiana--History; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Certificates; Deeds; Genealogies; Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church); Receipts (Acknowledgments)
Processing Information
Processed; Elisa Visick; 2010.
Appraisal Information
Mormon Church history (The Archives of the Mormon Experience.)
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Finding Aid Title
Patten (John, Sr.) and Patten (John, Jr.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elisa Visick
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-13T14:15-0700
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Biographical History

John Patten, Sr. (1787-1847) was an early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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.

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.

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