David Gates

Brief Life History of David

When David Gates was born on 19 April 1820, in Belmont, Goshen Township, Belmont, Ohio, United States, his father, Valentine Gates, was 32 and his mother, Mary Jane Elliott, was 26. He married Nancy Barrett about 1838. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Center Township, Monroe, Ohio, United States for about 10 years and Dayton Township, Van Buren, Missouri, United States in 1880. He died on 4 July 1883, in Creighton, Van Buren, Missouri, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Creighton, Van Buren, Missouri, United States.

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David Gates
Nancy Barrett
Marriage: about 1838
Grant Gates
Margaret Gates
Lewis Gates
Clarinda Gates
Leander Gates
Mahala Davis Gates
Francis Marion Gates
Ulysses Grant Gates

Sources (6)

  • David Gates, "United States Census, 1850"
  • David Gates, "Find A Grave Index"
  • David Gill in entry for Benjamin F Baughn and Mahala D Gates, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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World Events (7)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.


Historical Boundaries 1833: Van Buren created from Jackson and Lafayette counties 1849: Renamed Cass County


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Gate with plural or excrescent -s. The English surname Gate has three possible origins: (i) a topographic name from Middle English gate ‘gate’ (Old English geat, dative plural gatum), denoting someone who lived by a gate or set of gates (possibly sometimes an occupational name for a gate keeper; compre Yates); (ii) in northern England, the East Midlands, and East Anglia, a topographic name from Middle English gate ‘street, road, path’ (Old Norse gata) for someone who lived by a road (compare Street ); (iii) a nickname meaning ‘goat’, from northern Middle English gate, gait (Old English gāt, Old Norse geitr).

Americanized form of German Götz (see Goetz ).

Americanized form (translation into English) of French Barrière (see Barriere ).

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

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