Born in the Thirteen Colonies, Pattinson lived in Sandwich, Upper Canada. He was involved in the timber trade. Pattinson married Phillis Elinor Askin, the daughter of John Askin. He was a captain in the militia during the War of 1812. Pattinson was a justice of the peace for the Western District. He died in Albany, New York.
- Becoming Prominent: Leadership in Upper Canada, 1791-1841, J.K. Johnson (1989)
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