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(From "Frederick Padden Founded Our Town")
Little was known of John Patten and his family, where they came from, or where they went. They lived in the shanty but a short time, then built a second one in Dresden Township, where the family spent the winter of 1853-54. Later in the fall of 1853, Israel Martin and his wife moved into the first shanty and stayed until spring when the Pattens and Martins moved away.
On September 21, 1854, Frederick Padden and his family moved into the little empty shack on the bank of the creek.
Frederick Padden, pioneer, first permanent settler in Fredericksburg, first hotel keeper, first mill builder and owner, first roadmaster and first postmaster - he gave his name to the town and township.
More settlers came in the fall and the next spring - Lewis Padden, a brother of Frederick, Christopher C. Stone, J.K. Kroninger, Jesse F. Appleberry, Thomas P. Vokes, George Hillson, Daniel Bloxham, James Potter, Godfrey Vail and others came with their families to the new settlement and to the country nearby.
Frederick & Julia Padden are buried in the West Cemetery in Fredericksburg.