William B Gates

Male4 October 1794–12 April 1860

Brief Life History of William B

When William B Gates was born on 4 October 1794, in Mercer, Kentucky, United States, his father, James Gates, was 24 and his mother, Betty Robertson, was 32. He married Elizabeth Betsy Vermillion on 29 March 1824, in Mercer, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Deepwater Township, Henry, Missouri, United States in 1850 and Nelson, Kentucky, United States in 1860. He died on 12 April 1860, in Deepwater, Henry, Missouri, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Henry, Missouri, United States.

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William B Gates
Elizabeth Betsy Vermillion
Marriage: 29 March 1824
James Cornelious Gates
Martha Elizabeth Gates
Chesley Vermillion Gates
Cyntha Ann Gates
William Robertson Gates
Mahlon Bowers Gates
Lucy Agnes Gates
Elizabeth Jane Gates
John William Gates

Sources (9)

  • Wm Gates, "United States Census, 1840"
  • William Gates, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William B Gates, "Find A Grave Index"

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  • Marriage
    29 March 1824Mercer, Kentucky, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (8)

    1796 · Wilderness Road Opens to Wagons

    Age 2

    In 1796, the Wilderness Road opened up for wagon use. The route was used by colonial and early settlers to reach Kentucky from the East. It started in Virginia, and went southward to Tennessee and then went north to Kentucky. The main danger of this route was Native American attacks.

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 6

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


    Age 18

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

    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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