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History of the Pattillo Family (excerp from M.J. Miller)
Posted by: Gary Pattillo (ID *****7535) Date: December 27, 2007 at 15:37:04
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I recently inherited some family paperwork which included a 27 page packet of history of the Pattillo family. I'm not sure if this information can help anyone, but I have a family tree hand written on very old paper, along with other papers that were typed tracing George and Henry Pattillo on down through the generations. I'm not sure if it's complete, but here is an excerp from the front of the packet (please forgive syntax errors, I copied it as it was originally typed):

History of the Pattillo Family
       The Pattillo family is an ancient family, residing at Balumbie, near Dundee, in Scotland. During the reign of Lewis the VI of France, he came over into Scotland and Robert Pattillo, with several other men, joined the King’s “Archer Guards,” and so distinguished himself in an insurrection in Gascony, that the King promoted him, with the appointment of Governor of one of his Provinces. From this circumstance the Pattillo coat of arms was established, which is an unbent bow resting on a shield, the crescent, a mailed glove, with a rose in hand; the motto on which is, “Ft decerpta, D’at odorum.” During the persecution against the Huguenots that broke out on the revocation of the Edict of Nantz, one of the sons (George by name) of Robert Pattillo, escaped from France, and made his way to Dundee, where he found protection among his relatives in Scotland. There he married and reared three sons, William, George, and Henry. The Pattillo name was originally spelled “Pattullock,” which means in Scotch, “The foot of the Lake” – perhaps from the situation of the family residence – but about a hundred and sixty years ago, the greater part of the family changed the spelling to “Pattillo,” to correspond with the French pronunciation.
       The above face, we have from a correspondence with Robert and Augustus Pattillo, of Glasgow, Scotland (the supposed grandsons of Wm. Pattillo), who say that “all who bear the name of Pattillo are akin.” We have entire confidence in their correctness. The following facts are from my father, Samuel Pattillo.
       “My father, George Pattillo, aged about twenty and his brother, Henry Pattillo, about eighteen years old, came to America in the year 1740. My father had not been in America in a great while, before he was married to Martha Varner, of Pennsylvania. He afterwards settled in Charlotte Co. Virginia, where he reared the most of his family – five sons and three daughters – their names as follows: James, William, David, John, and Samuel – Sarah, Mary and Janet.
       “My father’s brother, Henry Pattillo, settled in North Carolina; and in time became an eminent Presbyterian minister. He married, and reared several children. All the Pattillos in America are descendants of those two brothers; the most of them being those from George Pattillo, my father, who was a devout, holy man, a Wesleyan Methodist – my mother of the same faith.”
       My father – Samuel Pattillo – was a Methodist preacher more than forty years, before he was called to his reward in 1844. He was twice married: first to Francis Hall – by whom there were nine children. Names – George, Alexander, Leory, Martha Reid, Wesley, Simon, James, Elizabeth, Urban and Fannie. His second wife was Martha Bailey, by whom there were eight children (three died in infancy). Named – Samuel, Henry, Mary Louise, Robert Fletcher, Benjamin, Alpheu and Mattie Janet.
M. J. Miller

If anyone wants more info from this packet, please let me know... I don't think I'd relish the idea of retyping the entire thing. Maybe if there's a demand, I'll scan the paperwork and put up links from my website for viewing.

- Gary Pattillo

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