Born circa 1735 (+-10 years)
John Paterson was a pioneer of Gaspe, Quebec, Canada, ancestor of most
English Gaspesians, and ancestor of thousands throughout Canada, the
USA, and beyond.
Who was he? Where did he come from? Did he serve in the Seven
Years War? Was he with Wolfe in Gaspe in 1758? Who was his wife?
Where did they marry? What of the three daughters on the 1765
census? Why did he choose to make his home some miles up
the South West Arm? The questions abound.
The precious few facts known about John provide few clues to
the answers. It is probably safe to say research has been ongoing
for at least the last fifty years, as successive generations of
his descendants have sought to solve the mystery. Sometimes it's
seemed there were answers, only to have subsequent research refute
them. There has been progress, yes, and hope, always; the quest
This website has been created for the express purpose of
disseminating available information; these pages present the few
documented facts, share research done, and suggest that yet to be
done. Visitors are encouraged to share their knowledge and ideas.
There is an open invitation to participate in or support
collaborative efforts to finally answer the question: who was John
Paterson? Where did he come from? 2014 marks the 250th anniversary
of John's arrival in Gaspe. Will there be answers to celebrate?