The Pate Family in Colonial Virginia
"Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography"
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915
This book includes articles on Richard Pate and John Pate of Gloucester County.
Richard was a member of the House of Burgesses for Gloster (sic) in 1653 (p. 302). He patented 1154 acres of land on the north side of York River.
Col. John Pate, nephew of Richard Pate, was appointed a justice of Gloucester in 1660 and became a Councillor of State in 1670 (p. 131). In 1672, his nephew, Thomas Pate, was appointed administrator of his “considerable estate” (p. 131).
On p. 132, a biography of Nathaniel Bacon states that his Rebellion ended upon “his death in Gloucester County at Major Pate’s place, on Poropotank Creek, October 26, 1676.”
"The General Assembly of Virginia, 1619 - 1978:
A Bicentennial Register of Members"
Virginia State Library, 1978
Richard Pate, House of Burgesses, 1653, Gloster (sic) County (p. 31)
John Pate, Council of State, 1671-1672 (p. xx)
Thomas Pate, House of Burgesses, 1684, Gloucester County (p. 47)
Jeremiah Pate, House of Delegates, 1785-1786, Halifax County (p. 156)
"The Vestry Book of Petsworth Parish:
Gloucester County, Virginia, 1677 - 1793"
Virginia State Library, 1933
Thomas Pate’s name appears on p. 1, January 23, 1677, as a member of the vestry and church warden. His name appears a number of times through p. 27, referred to as Major or Colonel.
On October 3, 1705, John Pate, son of Col. Thomas Pate deceased, was chosen as a vestryman. He is first listed as a member of the vestry on April 23, 1706. On October 9, 1706, it is noted that he is deceased.
"Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia"
Virginia State Library, 1979
This book contains many references to Pate’s, the first dated April 19, 1670, though primarily to Col. John Pate and Capt. Thomas Pate.
The first mention notes John Pate as an attorney for the administration of several estates (p. 208).
On November 20, 1671, in the Governor’s Chamber, John Pate was sworn in as one of the Councils of State by Sir William Berkeley, Governor. He was one of five members present in General Court at James Citty (sic) on November 21, 1671 (p. 282).
On November 8, 1672, it is recorded that John Pate had died “possessed of a considerable estate.” His nephew, Thomas Pate, was appointed administrator (p. 331).
John Pate and Robert Beverley were granted 6000 acres of land on the “branches of Mattapony River and Rappahannock River” on November 25, 1671 (p. 290). On October 1, 1674, the grant was declared a joint tenancy and the land belonged to Captain Beverley on the death of John Pate (p. 386).
"The Papers of Francis Howard:
Baron Howard of Effingham, 1643 - 1695"
Virginia State Library, 1989
In February 1684, Howard arrived from England on appointment of King Charles II as Governor General of Virginia. His first residence was at the home of Col. Thomas Pate, which he described as “a very good house … at lest 2 miles round open, and hilly”, and further wrote that “the Councell meets me here next weeke” (p. 51). (Misspellings in original.)
In March 1684, he wrote a letter to Edward Pate in England (p. 70). In the letter, he mentions “a gentleman sent to congratulate my arrival from Lord Baltemore (sic)”. He then writes: “Your sonne is goeing for Maryland with this Gentleman that came from thence. He is very oblidgeing to me, and I doe and will study to serve him what lyes in my power; and have done it in some measure . . .” (Misspellings in original.) In a footnote, it is stated that “Edward Pate was a London merchant. His brother John ( -1681) had been a member of the Council of State in Virginia and his son Thomas was a justice of the peace in Gloucester County.”
"Kegley’s Virginia Frontier, 1740 - 1783"
The Southwest Virginia Historical Society, 1938
A 1758 pay list for services in the French and Indian War included the following Pate’s: Jeremiah, John, Matthew, Anthony, and Jacob from Bedford County and Thomas of Lunenburg County (p. 257).
On p. 263, there is a list of “additional names of men who did actual service”, noted as being “from Eckenrode’s List of Colonial Soldiers.” This list contains the following: “John Pate, Thomas Pate, etc., Hening 7, 205, 210.”
"Montgomery County, Virginia:
The First Hundred Years"
Iberian Publishing Company, Athens, Georgia
A list of Daniel Triggs Company, March 31, 1781, included the following Pate’s: Adam, Thomas, Thomas Jr., John, and Jacob.
Note: This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all relevant writings on the Pate family in Colonial Virginia. It was compiled entirely from books and writings in my own possession and is only intended to be illustrative of our family's participation in its early history.
A. J. Pate
Pate DNA Project
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