Col. Thomas Pate III

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Thomas Pate, III

Birthplace: of, Leicester, England
Death: Died in Abingdon, Gloucester, VA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Pate; Sir John Pate; Jane John Pate and Jane Skipworth
Husband of Elizabeth Pate
Father of John Edward Pate; Matthew Pate; Thomas Pate; Elizabeth PATE; Mary PATE and 1 other

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About Col. Thomas Pate III

Birth: 1650, England Death: 1703 Yorktown York County Virginia, USA

House of Burgesses member. Thomas Pate was an active member of the Gloucester County society. He was the owner of the Richard Pate Plantation est. 1650, in Gloucester County, Virginia from 1672-1703. Pate was also vestryman and warden in Petsworth Parish from about 1675-1684. He was a member of the House of Burgesses from Gloucester County in 1684 and the Collector of Plantation Duty for the Colony of Virginia in 1686. Pate also owned the ferry and ordinary in Yorktown from 1694-1703.

Nathaniel Bacon, the leader of Bacon's Rebellion, died in Col. Pate's Gloucester home in 1676.

Family links:

 Thomas Pate (1630 - ____)

 Elizabeth Pate*

 John Pate*
 Matthew Pate (1685 - ____)*
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Inscription: Owner of the Richard Pate Plantation est. 1650, Gloucester County, 1672-1703.

Vestryman and Warden, Petsworth Parish, Gloucester Co., c. 1675-c. 1684.

Nathaniel Bacon, leader of Bacon's Rebellion, died in Col. Pate's Gloucester home, 1676.

Member, House of Burgesses, Gloucester Co., 1684.

Collector of Plantation Duty for the Colony of Virginia, 1686.

Owner of the ferry and ordinary in Yorktown, 1694-1703.


Burial: Grace Episcopal Churchyard Yorktown York County Virginia, USA

Created by: Dan Silva Record added: Sep 05, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 41616233 _____________________________________


Birth place also reported as London. Other sources list his birth as early as 1636.

"Col. Thomas Pate was born in England c. 1650. He was the son of Edward Pate, a London merchant, who was apparently well-connected. There was private correspondence between Edward and Baron Francis Howard, who was appointed Governor-General of Virginia by King Charles II in 1684. Upon arriving in Virginia, Sir Howard's first residence was in the home of Col. Pate in Gloucester County, Virginia.

Thomas was preceded to Virginia by his great-uncle Richard Pate in 1636 who later established an 1140-acre tobacco plantation in Gloucester County. Richard was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1653, the same year his nephew John Pate emigrated from England.

Upon Richard's death in 1657, with no sons, John inherited the plantation and proceeded to add another 1000 acres. In 1671, John was appointed to the Virginia Council of State by Gov. William Berkeley.

Thomas emigrated in 1672, shortly before his uncle John's death, and inherited the now 2100-acre tobacco plantation. His uncle John had a wife in England who never came to Virginia, and he perhaps had no sons there.

Thomas held a number of civil and military positions in Gloucester County, representing the county in the House of Burgesses in 1684. Nathaniel Bacon, leader of Bacon's Rebellion, died in Col. Pate's home in 1676.

In 1686, Thomas was appointed Collector of the Plantation Duty for the Colony of Virginia by the Earl of Rochester, Lord High Treasurer of England.

About 1690, he started ferry operations across the York River to what became the port city of Yorktown, primarily for export of tobacco to England. By 1694, he also owned an ordinary (inn) at the port of Yorktown, where he died in 1703."

For all descendants of Col. Thomas Pate, the Pate DNA Project, through its Pate Genealogical Convocation, has placed an impressive memorial marker for him in the beautiful and historic cemetery of Grace Episcopal Church (the original York Parish Church) in Yorktown. This marker was placed in September 2008 in one of the most desirable places in the cemetery, close to the church and next to the gravestone for George Read, gg-gf of George Washington.

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Col. Thomas Pate III's Timeline

of, Leicester, England
February 15, 1656
Age 20
of, Leicester, England
April 29, 1677
Age 41
Gloucester, VA, USA
April 1680
Age 44
Abingdon, Gloucester, VA
April 27, 1684
Age 48
of Abingdon, Gloucester, VA
February 20, 1685
Age 49
Abingon, Goucester, Virginia, United States
February 16, 1688
Age 52
Abingdon, Gloucester, VA
February 16, 1688
Age 52
Abingdon, Gloucester, VA
Age 67
Abingdon, Gloucester, VA