Born: December 27, 1868, Franklin County, Alabama.
Died: June 16, 1932, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frauley Keith, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Bessemer, Alabama.
John was the son of Aaron Thomas Patton and Sallie Morgan, and husband of Eugenia Emma Letson.
Educated in the public schools, he began studying music at age 12. He was elected chorister of his church and Sunday school at age 15, and began teaching singing schools at age 17.
In 1891, he attended the Vernon, Alabama, session of the Southern Normal Musical Institute directed by Anthony Showalter. He attended another session in Eden, Alabama, in 1893, and received his diploma at Showalter’s home in Dalton, Georgia, in 1895.
He helped Showalter edit the Revival Choir in 1894, and worked on several song books afterward.
He eventually became vice president of the Showalter-Patton Company, and a director of the A. J. Showalter Company.
Showalter’s 1904 book said he
now teaches more normal music schools than any other man living.