Amos Gates

1805–1837 (Age 32)
New York, United States

The Life of Amos

Amos Gates was born in 1805, in New York, United States. He married Eunice Bernice Wattles in 1829, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He died in 1837, in Joliet, Will, Illinois, United States, at the age of 32.

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Amos Gates
Eunice Bernice Wattles
Marriage: 1829
Mary Almira Gates
Louisa Gates

Spouse and Children

New York, United States


    Mary Almira Gates


    Louisa Gates


World Events (8)


Age 3

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Age 7

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Age 13

Illinois is the 21st state.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. The Middle English singular gate is from the Old English plural, gatu, of geat ‘gate’ ( see Yates ). Since medieval gates were normally arranged in pairs, fastened in the center, the Old English plural came to function as a singular, and a new Middle English plural ending in -s was formed. In some cases the name may refer specifically to the Sussex place Eastergate (i.e. ‘eastern gate’), known also as Gates in the 13th and 14th centuries, when surnames were being acquired.2 Americanized spelling of German Götz ( see Goetz ).3 Translated form of French Barrière ( see Barriere ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Amos Lewis Gates in entry for Mary Almyra Cornish, "Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001"
  • Amos Lewis Gates in entry for Mary Almyra Cornish, "Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990"
  • Amos Lewis Cates in entry for Mary Almyra Cornish, "Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990"

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