Captain James Patton

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 From the , Smithfield Review  , Volume 19. 2015.  The Drapers Meadow s Settlement  ( 1746 - 1756 ) part 2,   As County  Lieutenant,  Col. James Patton  was the highest  ranking  Milita officer in Augusta County by 1754. Col. John  Buchanan  and Major Andrew Lewis  were his immediate subordinates. Although Patton was deeply  concerned  about  his  grant, this was the start of a turbulent  period in which the  activities of the land companies  would   be  greatly  curtailed, and he was forced  to focus  more heavily  on protecting  the Frontier  Family's  who had settled  there  under his  audpices.

In Late July 1755, Col. Patton made a final Journey to the Drapers Meadows Settlement with a convoy of militiamen, including Captain William Preston, to supply the community with ammunition for protection against the French Led Native Americans, who had already attacked a number of settlers on New River earlier in the month.

For reasons that are unclear , Patton apparently visited the Draper and Ingles family's alone, without a guard. On Wednesday, 30 July, according to William Preston, James Patton was killed by Native, probably at the house of William and Mary Ingles, which may have stood somewhere in the vicinity of the Duck Pond And Solitude on what is now the VPI & SU campus.

The Drapers Meadows Massacre was first reported publicly in the Virginia Gazette on August 8, 1755. The Smithfield Reviews, are Written and Sold on Campus , at Virginia Tech. There are many Volumes, on the Studies in the History of the region West of the Blue Ridge. Enjoy sincerely G J Floyd, Patton was my 7 x. Grandfather , Also the Mary Ingles Trail is located along the New River, you can ride Mountain Bikes along the kept, up trails, National Park Service, Glen Jean WV. Mary traveled along New River, papaw Patton was visiting that day, its been told,, he was scalped, Robbed, and Murdered, his Grave were abouts, are Unknown. Not sure if it was keep secret on purpose, or just the ones that knew didn't record it. Also any Records of the Dutch lady that escaped with Mary, would be greatly appreciated, VA Tech, Smithfield Museum, is trying to find any of her kin as well. Still living today.

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Captain James Patton's Timeline

1692
July 8, 1692
Newtown-Limavady, Donegal, Ireland
1728
1728
Age 35
1728
Age 35
Province of Virginia
1742
1742
Age 49
Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States
1755
July 30, 1755
Age 63
Draper's Meadows, Virginia