Joel Gardner Gates

10 May 1795–10 December 1869 (Age 74)
Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Joel Gardner

When Joel Gardner Gates was born on 10 May 1795, in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Isaiah Gates, was 24 and his mother, Susanna Hapgood, was 17. He married Eunice Piper on 27 August 1812, in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 10 December 1869, in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Joel Gardner Gates
Eunice Piper
Marriage: 27 August 1812
Rufus H. Gates
George E Gates
Emily Gates
Eliza Gates
Franklin Gates
Mary Esther Gates

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27 August 1812
Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 5

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 8

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 24

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

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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  • Joel Gates, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Joel Gates, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"
  • Joel Gates, "United States Census, 1850"

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