Samuel Gates

16 August 1760–5 September 1854 (Age 94)
Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Samuel

When Samuel Gates was born on 16 August 1760, in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Captain Silas Gates, was 33 and his mother, Elizabeth Bragg, was 29. He married Lucretia Williams on 25 February 1781, in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 5 September 1854, in Lunenburg, Essex, Vermont, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Lunenburg Corner Cemetery, Lunenburg, Essex, Vermont, United States.

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Samuel Gates
1760–1854
Lucretia Williams
1762–1853
Marriage: 25 February 1781
Samuel B. Gates
1783–1870
William Gates
1786–1842
Catharine Gates
1788–1844

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MARRIAGE
25 February 1781
Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
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World Events (8)

1776

Age 16

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 16

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 26

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

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)

  • Samuel Gates, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Saml Gates in entry for Samuel Gates, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"
  • Samuel Gates in entry for Samuel Gates, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"

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