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The earliest reference to any one bearing the name is only 55 years after the Norman Conquest of 1066, Richard of Chelmsford, county of Essex, in the year 1119. The location was Dagenham an estate which he had by reason of his marriage to an unnamed "daughter of ------- and co-heiress" of Dagenham Court. Chelmsford is Northeasterly from London, on the old Roman road, near an arm of the North sea. The estate, the possession of which at that time was most likely by grant from the Conqueror, at least held by his consent, was also called Pattine or Patten. In 1376 John Patten a descendant is found there. In the reign of Henry VI (1422-1462) John's grandson was Nicholas and was styled "Lord of Dagenham." This alone indicates a succession of occupation of well over 300 years. In that lapse of time 8 or 10 generations of Pattens would have flourished, multiplied and have become dispersed over the country.
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Moore, Howard Parker, "The Patten families: genealogies of the Pattens from the north of Ireland, usually called "Scotch-Irish," with some branches of English ancestry settling in Maine and New Hampshire" (1939). Books and Publications. 25.