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Patterson, Samuel, Captain (1767-1849) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: Patterson, Samuel, Captain (1767-1849)

Historical Note:

Samuel Patterson was born in Pownalborough, ME (now Dresden), on February 5,

1767.  He was the son of Capt. James and Margaret (Howard) Patterson of Cushnoc (near Augusta) and the grandson of Dea. David Patterson, who settled in Augusta with Col. John North in 1735.  Samuel was at sea by at least the 1790's and in command of local coasting vessels.  About 1797 or 1798 he seems to have switched to making longer transatlantic voyages, although he did make additional coasting voyages into the early nineteenth century.  Many of the vessels he commanded were owned by Wiscasset business men.  (A list of the vessels he commanded precedes the Container List.)  He apparently did not own vessels himself.  Patterson lived in Wiscasset until about 1823, when he moved to Augusta this appears to have coincided with the end of his active sailing career.  He died in Augusta in January, 1849.

            On September 4, 1808, he married Mary Tinkham (?-1870), daughter of Maj. Seth Tinkham of Wiscasset.  They had eleven children:

                        Joseph Wood (1809-?) m. 1834 Mary J. Sawyer 6 children

                        Mary (1811-1814)

                        Samuel (1814-?) m. 1838 Sophronia Gorden 1 child

                        Mary Elizabeth (1816-1873) m. 1835 Joseph E. Gannett 14 children

                        James Howard (1818-?) m. 1862 Hannah Neal he later dropped Patterson

                                    from his name and was the preserver of these papers

                        Catherine Woodman (1820-?) m. 1839 Samuel B. Morse 6 children

                        Margaret (1822-?) m. 1842 George F. Cooke 5 children

                        Sarah Bowman (1824-1841)

                        Octavia Bowman (1826-?)

                        Harriet Newell (1828-?) m. 1861 Otis Taylor 6 children

                        William Henry (1832-?) m. 1858 Anna Castle.

After their marriage the Pattersons boarded with her father and others until 1811, when they set up their own household.  Later, when he was not at sea, Patterson was involved with farming and mills, although his exact relationship with the Birch Point Mills in Wiscasset remains unclear from the papers themselves.  He frequently had boarders living with the family, and bought lottery tickets for canals.

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