San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Arrived at San Diego Presidio
March 27, 1828
An officer in the War of 1812
Born in Kentucky August 25, 1782
Died near this spot April 24, 1828
First American buried in California soil
Commemorating also his son
James Ohio Pattie
Jesse Ferguson, William Pope,
Richard Laughlin, James Puter,
Nathaniel Pryor and Isaac Slover
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1856.
Location. 32° 45.541′ N, 117° 11.675′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Presidio Drive. Marker is located on the grounds of the Serra Museum at Presidio Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2727 Presidio Drive, San Diego CA 92103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Diego Presidio Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Fray Junipero Serra (within shouting distance of George White Marston (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Junipero Serra Museum (about 500 feet away); Site with Many Cultures / Un Sitio de Muchas Culturas (about 500 feet away); Serra Palm (about 500 feet away); La Playa Trail (about 500 feet away); Derby Dike (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
Also see . . . Guide to the Pattie Party Memorial Plaque Records. Notes about this marker from the San Diego History Center Document Collection.
“Sylvester Pattie and his son, James Ohio Pattie, led a trapping expedition to New Mexico in 1824. In 1827, the Patties, along with Nathaniel Pryor, Richard Laughlin, William Pope, Isaac Slover, Jesse Ferguston, James Puter and several others left Santa Fe on a trapping expedition that led into Arizona and California. The party reached the junctions of the Colorado and Gila rivers on December 1, 1827. Being told by the Yuman Indians that there were Christians down river, the party began following the Colorado River southward. On February 16, 1828, the party buried their traps and furs and started westward across the Baja desert.
Sylvester’s son James Pattie was later enlisted by Echeandia to help inoculate Californians against smallpox; however, his claim to have vaccinated 20,000 people seems a bit ambitious. Pattie returned to the East in 1830 and published his story, "Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie of Kentucky," which became “the first Western potboiler.” The story of the Pattie Party’s imprisonment and his father’s death remained relatively unknown in San Diego until researchers associated with the San Diego Historical Society began to gather information in the early twentieth century. Isaac Frazee, a Long Beach resident, spearheaded the movement for recognition of the Pattie Party by the placement of a plaque on Presidio Hill. Frazee was the grandson of Ephraim Frazee and nephew of Dr. Lewis J. Frazee, who both knew and grew up with Sylvester Pattie
— San Diego Historical Society
(Submitted on July 5, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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