Mary Bates

18 May 1769–10 March 1836 (Age 66)
Morris, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Bates was born on 18 May 1769, in Morris, New Jersey, United States, her father, Ephraim B Bates, was 24 and her mother, Susannah Clark, was 24. She married John Irvin Voorhees about 1790, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 7 daughters. She died on 10 March 1836, in Noble, Ohio, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Noble, Ohio, United States.

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John Irvin Voorhees
Mary Bates
Marriage: about 1790
Dolly Vorheis
Mary Ann Vorheis
Daniel Voorhees
Aaron B Vorhies
Deborah Vorhies
Ephraim Vorhies
Susanna Vorheis
John Vorheis
Daniel J Vorhies
Dolly Vorhies
Mary Vorheis
Issac Voorhies
William Daily Vorhies
Phoebe Vorheis
Ephraim Vorhies

Spouse and Children

about 1790
Pennsylvania, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 6

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 7

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1787 · New Jersey Plan

Age 18

Also referred to as the Small State Plan, the New Jersey Plan was an important piece of legislation that William Paterson presented during the Constitutional Convention. The plan was created because states with smaller populations were concerned about their representation in the United States government. The New Jersey plan proposed, among other things, that each state would have one equal vote. This was in contrast to the Virginia Plan, which suggested that appointment for Congress should be proportional to state population. The Connecticut Compromise merged the two plans, allowing for two "houses" of congress: one with proportional representation, and the other with equal power from each state (as the New Jersey Plan had suggested).

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Bate ( see Bartholomew ).2 Americanized form of German Betz . See also Betts .

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

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From Lucas County Bits of History

From the Lucas & Wayne Counties History of 1913 James P. Vorhies Among the residents of Lucas, Iowa, there are none more widely and favorably known that Mr. and Mrs. James P. Vorhies, who have made th …

Sources (3)

  • Maria Voorhees in entry for Henry W. Voorhees, "New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949"
  • Mary Bates French Vorhies, "Find A Grave Index"
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

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