Minnesota Bates

1 March 1891–11 February 1989 (Age 97)
Mountain Cove District, Fayette, Virginia, United States

The Life of Minnesota

When Minnesota Bates was born on 1 March 1891, in Mountain Cove District, Fayette, Virginia, United States, her father, Ezra Barr Bates, was 25 and her mother, Medora Belle Legg, was 21. She had at least 3 sons and 2 daughters with James Calvin Smith. She lived in Shady Spring, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States in 1920 and Gideon District, Cabell, West Virginia, United States in 1940. She died on 11 February 1989, in Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 97, and was buried in Barboursville, Cabell, West Virginia, United States.

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James Calvin Smith
Minnesota Bates
Eileen Smith
Paul Smith
Doyle Elwood Smith
Robert Smith
Doris Davis

Spouse and Children



    Eileen Smith


    Paul Smith



    Robert Smith


    Doris Davis


Parents and Siblings

    Ezra Barr Bates





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World Events (8)

1894 · Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Age 3

On May 30, 18944 the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled. It is 73 feet high and over looks Libby Hill Park. the statue represents the 13 Confederate States.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Age 26

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

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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Sources (3)

  • Minnie Smith in household of James Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Minnie Smith in household of James C Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Minnesota Bates in household of Dora B. Bates, "United States Census, 1900"

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