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Thomas Patten (1770-1827)

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Later Thomas Wilson

of Bank Hall, Warrington, Lancashire

1770 Born in Warrington son of Colonel Thomas Patten and his wife Dorothea (nee Bold)[1] and grandson of Thomas Patten Junior, builder of Bank Hall, Warrington[2]

1790 Copper ore had been mined at Ecton in the Manifold Valley from the mid-18th century. In 1790 Thomas Patten (which one?) bought a tin-plate factory alongside the river at Oakamoor and developed a large copper works (Cheadle Copper and Brass Co). The Froghall to Uttoxeter canal was built in 1799-1811, linking Oakamoor to the Caldon Canal. The Cheadle Copper Co. thrived in the 19th century, specialising in copper wire. It finally closed in the 1960s.[3]

1800 Thomas assumed the sole surname of Wilson in accordance with the will of his cousin, Thomas Wilson (only surviving son of Bishop Thomas Wilson and his wife Mary (daughter of Thomas Patten; d.1705)), to whose estates he succeeded.

1800 Thomas Wilson (late Patten) married Elizabeth Hyde in Manchester[4]

1801 Birth of son Thomas

1802 Birth of son John on 26 April

1827 Died in Cheltenham

Bank Hall - in the centre of Warrington - is now the Town Hall.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Family tree on Ancestry
  2. History of Bank Hall [1]
  3. [2] Peak District Information - Oakamoor, Staffordshire
  4. Manchester Marriages
  • Biography of John Wilson-Patten, ODNB, and Thomas Wilson, ODNB