Hector Patten1

d. 1780
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5th great-granduncle of Ruth Minerva Fairfield.
7th great-granduncle of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Fairfield and Allied Families
     Hector Patten was born in Northern Ireland.1 He was the son of NN Patten.1 He married first NN Suter.2 Marriage intentions for Hector Patten and Margaret Shear were published on 19 May 1733 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.3 They married on 19 May 1733 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.4 He married third Mary Armstrong, a widow, before 11 March 1735/36 at Falmouth, Maine.5 It is said Hector Patten died in 1780 at the mouth of the Penobscot, township "No. 6", later called, Surry.1
     Hector Patten emigrated in 1727 from Dimbo (Dunboe), near Coleraine, county Derry (Londonderry), Ireland, according to his grandson, Robert Patten of Topsham.2 Soon afterward, but whether before or after the death of this second wife is uncertain, he left Boston and settled in Falmouth, Maine, in the south parish which was then called by its Indian name Purpoodock and where there was a large colony of his fellow Ulstermen of Scotch descent.5 On 11 March 1735/36, when he sold to Capt. Dominicus Jordan the north-east pew in the parish meeting-house he refers to Mary as "my now married wife."6 By 1738 Patten had moved his family to Biddeford where he purchased from Martin Jameson forty acres of land "eastward of Rogers garden" for £135 on 15 December 1739.7 He was then called "yeoman alias mason."5 His name appears on the Biddeford tax lists from 1738 to 1753.1 In July 1751, Hector Patten was in court for not frequenting public worship, and, giving a satisfactory reason, was acquitted. He was, of course, a Presbyterian, and may have been, as his grandson said, an elder of that church in Ireland in July 1751.1 In 1755, Hector and Mary Patten disposed of their Rogers Garden homestead to Ebenezer Bran and, according to tradition, joined their son Matthew at North Yarmouth where Matthew had bought a farm the year before, and later going with this son to the mouth of the Penobscot.1

Child of Hector Patten and NN Suter


  1. [S726] Walter Goodwin Davis, "The Ancestry of James Patten," Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966): A Reprinting, in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-Ancestor Compendia (plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants) compiled by Maine's Foremost Genealogist, 1916-1963), (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996), 3, 98.
  2. [S726] Walter Goodwin Davis, "The Ancestry of James Patten," MMF, 3, 97, citing information given by Hector's grandson Robert Patten, to Robert's son John, who committed it to writing in 1830 when Robert was in his eighty-seventh year.
  3. [S729] Massachusetts Registry Department Boston, compiler, Boston Marriages from 1700 to 1751 (Boston: Municiple Print, 1898), 220, "Hector Patting and Margaret Shear."
  4. [S726] Walter Goodwin Davis, "The Ancestry of James Patten," MMF, 3, 97, Davis gives this as a marriage date, but it is recorded in the city records as intentions.
  5. [S726] Walter Goodwin Davis, "The Ancestry of James Patten," MMF, 3, 97.
  6. [S726] Walter Goodwin Davis, "The Ancestry of James Patten," MMF, 3, 97, citing York Deeds 20:12.
  7. [S726] Walter Goodwin Davis, "The Ancestry of James Patten," MMF, 3, 97, citing York Deeds, 19: 331.