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Please to accept the accompanying presentation copy of a genea- 
logical work, "William Yates and His Descendants." 

The compiler would be gratified to receive your acknowledgment 

of its receipt. Yours truly, 

Edgar Yates. 
28 Sherman street, 
Everett, Mass., U. S. A. 




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WILLIAM YATES 
The Founder of the Family 



THE : YATES : BOOK 



WILLIAM YATES 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 



The History and Genealogy of WILLIAM 
YATES (1772-1868) of Greenwood; Me., 
and His Wife, Who Was Martha Morgan, 
Together with the Line of Her Descent 
from ROBERT MORGAN of Beverly;, \ 
Bv Ed par Yates, Member of the New- 
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THE LINE OF MARTHA MORGAN 



lOBERT MORGAN, the founder of the Beverly. Gloucester and New Glou- 
cester (Me.) families of the Morgan name, was of Welsh descent. There 
were Morgans in Wales a thousand years ago, and they gave the name to the sea- 
shore county where they dwelt, Glamorgan. A huge genealogy of the Morgan 
family in Wales is in print on the other side of the water. 

Robert 1 Morgan was bom in 1600 or 1601, for in a deposition (a) made by 
him early in 1671 he gave his age as 70 years. He first appears on record on this 
side of the water in 1636, when he was scheduled (b) for an allotment of land in 
Salem, Mass. He married Margaret, the daughter of Richard Norman senior (c), 
who was living at Salem as early as 1628. The first child recorded to them is 
Samuel, born in the fall of 1637 ( (1 ) . 

Robert Morgan was a cooper. He joined the church at Salem in 1650. When 
Beverly, where he lived, was set off from Salem, he wrote the early church rec- 
ords (e). His house stood where is now No 25 Hale street, Beverly, and a part 
of the old stone wall of his boundary line is still standing (f). He died in the 
latter part of 1672 (S) . You may read his will in the Essex county probate rec- 
ords. His widow married Samuel Fowler of Amesbury (h) and died between 
1690 and 1694 (i). 

Children (j) of Robert and Margaret (Norman) Morgan: 

Samuel 2 , (of whom presently). 

Luke, died without issue. 

Joseph, m. at Lynn, July 12, 1669, Deborah (k), daughter of John and Flor- 
ence Hart of Marblehead (i), and had Joseph Jr. (m), Jonathan (m), Deborah (ii), 
Robert, Benjamin, Abigail. Miriam, Moses and Sarah); d. about 1733 (o). 

Benjamin* d. without issue. 

Robert, bpt. Dec. 15, 1650; d. without issue (j). 

Bethia, bpt. May 29, 1653; m. Samuel Weed of Amesbury. 

Moses, d. without issue. 

Aaron, bpt. May 24, 1663; d. in childhood. 

Samuel 2 was one of the only two sous who left descendants. Like his fath- 
er, he was a cooper. He married (»»), Dec. 15, 1658, Elizabeth, daughter of Cap- 
tain William and Ann Dixey (q). He settled in Marblehead, a few T miles away, 
and lived there for twenty years, being at one time a selectman (r). He moved 

(a) Essex court files. Book xvii. Leaf 22 ( b ) Salem records: "'Fogg's list, Anno 1636- 



(ci Robert Morgan's will. Essex probate records: Tboinas Whittredge's will, Essex probate files 

( d i Depositions in Essex court files (e) "By mee Robert Morgan" (f) Statement of 

A. A. Galloupe. Beverly antiquary (g) Will dated Oct. 14. 1672; presented Nov. 10. 1672 

(A) Essex deeds, Book xi. Leaf 87 (i) Essex probate records, File 18746 (;) Samuel, 

Luke. Joseph and Benjamin were bpt. Salem 23:4:1050 (k) Savage (l) Essex court 

files. Book xviii. Leaf 58. See also Genealogical Quarterly for July, 1902 (m) Essex pro- 
bate records. Book 303, Leaf 169 (») Beverly baptisms, "Deborah Morgan Jur." Of the 

rest of the children the baptismal record names the parents (o) No. 79 iu Hale's lists (see 

Essex Inst. Hist. Coll.. Vols. 5 and 6) (p) Salem records, "15th 10th mo '58 (q) Essex 

probate records, estate of Elizabeth Morgan (r) Marblehead town records 1660- 78, passim — 



2 THE LINE OF MARTHA MORGAN 

back to Beverly in 1681 («), and lived there till his death. His wife died Feb. 24, 

1690 (m), and he married Mary of Gloucester (t), who outlived him. He died 

the last of 1698 about 61 years old. His will is in the Essex county records. 
Children ( u ) of Samuel and Elizabeth (Dixey) Morgan: 

Samuel 3 , bpt. Sept. 26, 1666 (of whom presently). 

Joseph, bpt, Sept. 26, 1666; killed in King Phillip's War. 

Luke, "my second son Luke"; m. Susannah ; adm. granted her as his 

widow Feb. 1, 1714. 

Robert, bpt. at Salem May 8, 1670; married (1) July 8, 1692, Anna Ober, who 

d. April 2, 1702; (2) Jan. 7, 1703, Mary Thorndike, who d. in 1732; (3) , 

who d. Dec. 31, 1763. aged 98; he d. July 16, 1762, aged 93. 

John, bpt. July, 1673; was in Canada expedition of 1690; d. without issue. 

William, "my fourth son William"; d. about 1699 without issue. 

Elizabeth, "my daughter Elizabeth"; m. March 23, 1695, Benjamin Wallis; she 
und her three children were killed in the Indian massacre at Furpooduck. Aug. 10, 
1703. 

Joseph, bpt. Oct. 2, 1681; m. (int. Aug. 11, 1700) Elizabeth Wallis; she and 
her two children were killed at Purpooduck massacre; he apparently d. without 
further issue. 

Anna, bpt. Aug. 9, 1685; m. Hezekiah Ober. 

Samuel 3 was a cooper, just as were his father and grandfather. In fact, 
one of Samuel's sons, a grandson and a great-grandson were coopers, making six 
generations of them at one trade. This Samuel lived in Beverly. In 1690 he 
and his brother John and cousin Joseph Jr. went on the Canada expedition, to cap- 
ture Quebec. In a petition to the governor and council in 1692 he sets forth how 
in that expedition he "received a Shott in the Legg, whereby the bone was broke 
and not only one year's painful time undergone and Lost but also Yo'r Petitioner 
forever disenabled." On Dec. 22, 1692, he married Sarah, daughter of Select- 
man Zachariah and Mary (Dodge) Herrick. He didn't live long, dying early in 
1700 beinf about 40, leaving three children, the oldest a boy of 6, and a widow 
to whom a fourth child was born a few weeks after the husband's death. Chil- 
dren (v) of Samuel and Sarah (Herrick) Morgan: 

John 4 , b. Sept. 3, 1693; m. step-sister Sarah, dau. of Lieut. Thomas and Char- 
ity (Livermore) Whittredge: lived in Beverly; d. July 18, 1752; widow d. Jan., 1762. 

Luke. b. Feb. 7, 1695 (of whom presently). 

Sarah, b. Jan. 1, 1697; m. 3&fiXai^3l2k&. J:hn Prince. 

Samuel, b. April 22, 1700; m. (1) Jan. 26, 1720, Joanna Stone; (2) Mrs. Hannah 
(Foster) Carter. May 18, 1732; lived in Manchester; adm. granted April 21, 1746. 
He was Lieut. Morgan, and was at the taking of Louisburg (see Pepperrell papers). 

Luke 4 was a carpenter and farmer. His mother, left a widow, had married 
Lieutenant Thomas Whittredge. a widower with six children, to whom she bore 
two children, so the family cousisted of "your children, my children and our chil- 
dren." On March 6, 1718, young Luke, then 23, married Ruth Stone, a Bever- 
ly girl, daughter of Nathaniel Jr. and Mary (Balch) Stone. They at once remov- 
ed to Gloucester, settling in the southwesterly part of the town, near the Man- 
chester line. Here Luke and Ruth lived all their days. When his brother 
Samuel of Manchester died in 1746, Luke took two of his children. John and Is- 
rael, into his own family. Luke's wife died April 16, 1772, and he followed her 
on June 16. 1776. His administration proceedings are in the Essex county pro- 
bate records. They show that his married daughter Ruth cared for him in his 

(8) Essex deeds, Book vl, Leaf 60 (*) Beverly church records July 24, 1092 (u) Where 

there is no baptismal record, the will is quoted as authority—- («) Beverly town records ; hs- 
Sx probate records estate of Samuel Morgan, Jr. (w) Gloucester town records, except Ben- 



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later days, and to her the court apportioned the homestead. Children (w) of 
Luke and Ruth (Stone) Morgan : 

William 5 , b. Sept. 1, 1719; m. Feb. 5, 1746, Hannah Day; d. Feb. 12. 1799. 

Hannah, b. July 29, 1721. 

Luke, b. Feb. 5, 1724 (of whom presently). 

Benjamin, m. before 1750 and had many children; drowned 1774. 

Nathaniel, b. Oct. 29, 1731; d. Jan. 2(5, 1744. 

Ruth, b. Oct. 9, 1735; m. March 27, 1764, Thomas Russell; was widowin 1792. 

Luke 5 was a tailor, and until the middle of the Revolutionary war dwelt in 
Gloucester on the westerly side of Annisquam River. Dec. 1, 1747, he married 
a neighbor, Martha Pulcif er, daughter of David and Mary (Maxwell) Fulcif er and 
grand-daughter of John and Joanna (Kent) Fulcif er and of David and Sarah (Lum- 
mus) Maxwell. He acquired considerable property in Gloucester, and invested 
some in New Gloucester, Me., lands. In 1762, his wife's aunt, Martha Maxwell 
of Wenham, left her some property by will, and Luke and Martha named their 
next child John Maxwell Morgan. In 1778 he lost his sons Solomon and Luke, 
the latter by drowning at sea. His oldest son was already down in Maine , and 
in the following year, being then 55 years old, he removed to New Gloucester 
with his wife and children John M., Sarah and Martha. In 1798 he was taxed 
on a house and 250 acres of land. Both he and his wife were living there in 1805. 
She died there May 14, 1808. 

Children (x) of Luke and Martha (Fulcifer) Morgan : 

Samuel 6 , b. Oct. 3, 1748 (of whom presently) . 
Solomon, b. Oct. 25, 1751; d. December, 1778. 
Martha, b. April 1, 1755. 

Luke, b. Oct. 25, 1759; drowned at sea, 1778, "under 20." 
Sarah, b. Dec. 9, 1761. 

John Maxie, b. April 20, 1765; m. April 19, 1787, Saran Tarbox of New Glou- 
cester; d. Oct . 5, 1842. 

Molly, bpt. October, 1767. 

Samuel 6 Morgan was married in Gloucester west parish on Nov. 12, 1772, to 
Judith, eldest daughter of Samuel and Keziah (Bray) Dennen. This Samuel Den- 
nen was the son of Job , who was the son of George and Hannah (Dike) Dennen, 
and George was probably the son of Nicholas Dennen. Keziah Bray was the 
daughter of Moses and Mary (Woodbury) Bray and grand-daughter of Thomas and 
Mary (Emerson) Bray and great-grand-daughter of Thomas and Mary Bray. All 
these Brays and Dennens were of Gloucester. Si»muel and Judith had a baby 
Judith baptized in Gloucester west parish on September 18, 1774, but it did not 
live. A month after Bunker Hill, he enlisted in a Gloucester seacoast defence 
company and served till the last day of the year 1775. In the meantime his wife 
had another Judith, born in what is now Minot, Me., where her father and moth- 
er had settled, and where Samuel the next year joined her, signing with his fel- 
low townsmen on July 22, 1776, the patriots' agreement of resistance. In 1779 
Samuel Morgan and his brother-in-law, Job Dennen, enlisted under Col. Mitch- 
ell and took part in the ill-fated Ba^aduce expedition. Samuel Morgan was 
living as late as 1800. His home was in the southern part of Minot, doubtless 
near what is still called Morgan's brook. A thorough search fails to disclose 
his tombstone. Children (y) of Samuel and Judith (Dennen) Morgan: 

jamin, for whom Essex probate records. Book 35 >. Leaf 352 (x) Gloucester town records (the 
original), except Molly, for whom West parish baptismal records (y) Poland town records, ex- 
cept the first Judith, for whom West parish baptismal records (z) Solomon does not appear 



THE LINE OF MARTHA MORGAN 



Judith 7 , bpt. Gloucester west parish Sept. 18, 1774; d. iu infancy. 

Judith, b. Sept. 15, 1775: m. Hate-Evil Hall (and had Abigail. Hannah, Dor- 
cas, Hate-Evil. Ruth, Enoch. Paul, Nathan, Simeon. Betsy. Isaiah, Eliza Ann, 
and Lorenzo Dow), lived in Minot, Greenwood and Brooks, Me.: d. Nov. 30, 1853. 

Martha, b. Nov. 2, 1777 (of whom in connection with William Yates, whom 
she married). 

Samuel, b. Feb. 10, 1779; m. Elizabeth Vickery (and had Samuel, John, Da- 
vid, Simeon, Deborah, Almira, Betsy, Sally, Margery and perhaps others); lived 
in Greenwood, Me. 

[Solomon, b. : int. m. to Polly Rowe March 12, 1808 (and had Sally. Polly, 

Zacehcus, Rosamond (avIio married Jonathan Yates), Hannah, Bethia. Solomon. 
Judith and Mary Ann): she d. Feb. 27, 1825, and he m. (2) Pollythea Bradman of 
Minot, and had Meribah. Keziah, Jane B'. and John S.); he served in the Hebron 
company in the war of 1812. ] 7 - 

Luke, b. Jan. 26, 1785: m. Polly Herrick July 9, 1801 (and had Luke (b. March 
25, 1801), John, Oren, Moses, Eliza, Sophronia, Ruth, Mary, Lovisa and perhaps 
others); lived in Greenwood, Me.; wife d. 1857, aged 70. 

Mollv. b. Aug. 21, 1787. 

Sarah, b. Sept. 9. 1790. 

Simeon, b. Oct. 26, 1792. 

Nabby. b. Sept. 13, 1795; perhaps she who April 20, 1828, was published to 
William Dillingham of Freeport. Me. 

John, b. Oct, 1. 1797. 

among the children of Samuel and Judith Morgan on the Poland town records, but that he 
was the brother of Martha Morgan is positively known. Also very possibly Keziah Morgan, who 
on Sept. 17, ISoO, was published to Joseph Wi ham of Minot, was a later daughter of Samuel 
and Judith Morgan and granddaughter of Keziah Dennen. 



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THE LINE OF MARTHA MORGAN— Appendix. 



Note i. — It is the intention of the author to deposit with the New England 
Historic Genealogical Society, 18 Somerset street, Boston, his much more com- 
plete account (in typewritten MS.) of Robert Morgan and his early descendants. 

Note ii . — Following are the forebears of Luke Morgan Jr, almost all of 
them being of Beverly; also facsimiles of the autographs of all the Morgan line, 
with the exception of Luke Jr : 



£ [LUKE MORGAN— 

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SAMUEL MORGAN 



SAMUEL MORGAN- 
Elizabeth DIxey 



Sarah Herrick- 



ROBERT MORGAN 
Margaret Norman 
WILLIAM DIXEY 
Ann 

HENRY HERRICK 
Editha Laskin 
RICHARD DODGE 
Edith 
I NATHANIEL STONE— [JOHN STONE 



ZACHARY HERRICK— 
Mary Dodge 



Ruth Stone- 



NATH'L STONE Jr — 



[Remember Corning— 



Mary Balch- 



| BENJAMIN BALCH- 
I Sarah Gardner 



Abigail 

SAMUEL CORNING 

Elizabeth 

JOHN BALCH 



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heirs of Sergeant Samuel 
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Essex Probate File 
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Signature to guardian- 
ship bond for child of 
his brother Samuel, In 
1746. — Essex Probate 
File 18724. 



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Signature (dated 
Gloucester, Sept. 16, 
1775) to receipt for pay 
as Revolutionary soldier. 
— Mass. Revolutionary 
Rolls. 



HISTORT AND GENEALOGY OF 

WILLIAM and MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 



)LESSED be the man who invented names; it was the first great step in 
teaching the brotherhood of all mankind. For how could Inhabitant 376, 
948, 269, 537 feel any special interest in Inhabitant 369, 875, 632, 943 ? But the 
names of the ancestors of every man stream upward and outward like a great 
open fan, till they include thousands; and like another fan, spreading downward 
and outward, the name of some one man centuries ago spreads out and out till 
tens of thousands bear it. 

And if you had no name, who would you be? For one's name not only 
teaches brotherhood, but it embodies the very essence of personality and indi- 
viduality. Your name means to yourself (and to other people, too) a tightly 
hooped barrel of hopes, hates and happinesses. Your name? It's you. 

Who was the first Yates isn't known; very likely there were lots of him. 
For the name Yates is identical with that of Gates, and those who first bore the 
name were so called because they lived at or near the town or village gates. 
Bardsley, in his work on "English Surnames," says: 

The old provincialism for gate was yate. We are told of Griselda in the 
"Gierke's Tale" (Chaucer) that she went— 

"With glad chere to the yate", 
and Piers Plowman says our Lord came in through— 

"Both dove and yates 

To Peter and to these apostles." 

Our Yates, once written "atte Yate" (at the gate), by their numbers can bear tes- 
timony to the familiarity with which this expression was once used. 

To prove this derivation of the name Yates, the author then gives the follow- 
ing names found on the very oldest English records: 

"John atte Yate" (Calendarium Inqnisitionum Post Mortem). 
"John At-Yates" (History of Norfolk-Brometield). 
"Henry atte- Yate" (Writ's of Parliament). 
"Roger atte Vate" (Polls of Parliament). 

Substantially all English writers on the derivation of surnames give the same 



WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 7 

derivation to Yates as does Bardsley. One Ferguson, however, in speaking of 
the Teutonic origin of man}- English names, refers both Judd and Yett (Yate, 
Yates) to the tribal name Jute ; it was the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes who 
settled Engl and after driving back the original Britons beginning in the year 449 ; 
in fact, it was a little band of Jutes, under Hengst and Horsa, whose landing at 
Thanet in that year was the first step in making England Anglo-Saxon instead of 
Celtic. And so maybe, but not likely, we were those Jutes. 

Still another possible (but rather doubtful) derivation is that offered by Bar- 
ber in his work on ''British Family Surnames. 1 ' He says: 

Yates (see Gates). 

Gates — From Geet — a local name. Belgian or Anglo-Saxon, Getius: Nor- 
man-French, DeGeyt; Flemish, Gets; (personal name) a Goth. 

Yet, while we may be of the Jutes or the Goths, the probabilities are all in 
favor that we originally were just peaceful dwellers by the village gate or hedge. 

The first mention which the writer has personally found of the name is on the 
English Calendar of Rolls in the reign of King Edward III. It is on a "com- 
mission" or warrant bearing date Dec. 10, 1830, "on complaint by John de Mou- 
bray" that some 40 persons including "Adam atte Yate .... drove away 40 
horses and 300 sheep of his worth 100 pounds at Ingelton, county York; entered 
his free chaces and warrens at Kyrkeby Mallassart, Burton in Lonnesdale, Hov- 
yngham and Thresk; hunted there without a license; carried away deer from the 
chaces, and hares, rabbits and pheasants from the warrens, and assaulted his ser- 
vants." All England was turbulent and disorderly that year. Four years later 
mention is made of one John Yatte, showing the appearance of the single word 
as a surname. 

Not only is Yates a variation of Gates, but there are sub- varieties of the 
Yateses. The name is spelled Yate, Yetts, Yeates and Yeats. Yate and Yates 
appear to be the English form and pronunciation; Yetts and perhaps Yeats the 
Scotch. William Yates always wrote his name Yeats and always pronounced 
it as if spelled Yets: and the name on his tombstone is Yeats. Many of his chil- 
dren spelled their name that way for awhile, but later changed to Yates, and by 
the third generation every one of them wrote it Yates. 

Yateses are found in all parts of England and Scotland, and the name is far 
more common there than here. Ninety-three Yateses matriculated at Oxford 
University between 1500 and 1886, and of these Thomas Yate became principal 
of Brasenose College in 1660, and Lowther Yates was made vice-chancellor of 
the university in 1794. Some noted English Yateses are : John Ashton Yates, 
political economist and antiquary (1781-1863); William Yates, divine and oriental- 
ist (1792-1*45): Richard Yates, actor (d. 1796); Frederick H. Yates, actor (1797- 
1*12) : James Yates, political economist and antiquary (b. 1789). The British 
army and navy registers and the Church of England year-book show scores and 
scores of the name. There has even been a baronet of the name, all rigged out 
with a coat of arm*. This is Sir Edward Yate, who was made baronet of Buck- 
land on July 30. 1622. The title in turn was held by his son Sir John Yate, his 
grandson Sir Charles Yate and his great-grandson Sir John Yate, with whom it 
died in 1690, as he left no heir to it. Many have been knighted, and one of the 
name thus to be honored is now living, in the person of a distinguished East In- 
dian administrator, The Hon. Col. Charles Edward Yate, C.S.I. , CM. G ., The 



8 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

Residency, Quetta, Baluchistan, India. Edmund Yates, the famous English nov- 
elist and newspaper man, was born in 1828; and eminent Yateses now living in 
Great Britain are S. Levett- Yeats, the novelist, and W. Butler Yeats, the writer 
and advocate of the Gaelic renaissance in literature. 

It helps one to understand how widely the Yates families are scattered in the 
United States to note in the Postal Guide the post-offices that they have given 
the name to. These are : Yates, Ala. ; Yates, Mich. ;Yates, Ga. ; Yates, Mo. ; Yates, 
N.Y.; Yates, Okla. ; Yatesville, Penn.; Yates Centre, Kan.; Yates City, 111 . ; 
Yateston, Tenn.; Yatesboro, Penn.; Yates Landing, 111., and Yatesville, Ga. 
There is a Yates county in New York state, in the western central part. 

Some of the Yates name were among the earliest pioneers in this country, 
and at least two were living here when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. The 
first Yates to discover America, so far as the records show, was "Ferdinando 
Yate, gent," who arrived at Jamestown in the Virginia colony on the ship Mar- 
garet in December of 1619, and wrote back to England a letter telling what a 
beautiful country it was. He returned to England on the ship Supply, on April 
3, 162 l. a The next Yates to reach Virginia was Edward Yates, a boy of 14, who 
with about 50 other young fellows arrived in the ship Duty in May of 1620. b A 
census taken of the Virginia colony three years later shows also a "Mr. Yates" 
living at Elizabeth City and Leonard Yates living at Flowerdieu Hundred. A 
few years later others came, and their names appear in the Virginia land grants. d 
One of these was John Yates, who in 1636 was granted 350 acres in Elizabeth 
City county and whom one authority has supposed to be the founder of the Mid- 
dlesex county Yateses in that state, although alater writer has apparently shown 
an entirely different origin. The head of this family was the Rev. Bartholomew 
Yates (1676-1734), a graduate of Oxford University, who was professor of Di- 
vinity in William and Mary College. e His son, the Rev. William Yates, was 
president of that ancient college from 1761 to 1764. Bishop Meade of Virginia 
wrote of him half a century ago as "one of that family which so abounded in 
ministers," and Goode, in his "Virginia Cousins," says of him that the Rev. 
William Yates, who married Eliza Randolph, and his brother, the Rev. Robert 
Yates, who married Eliza's sister, Mary Randolph, were "ancestors of most of 
the Yates family of Virginia." 

Dr. Michael Yates, a native of England, was of Virginia before the Revolu- 
tion. He settled in Caroline county, and married Martha, sister of Chief Jus- 
tice Marshall. Some of their descendants were early in Kentucky and Illinois, 
and it of this family that were born two governors of Illinois. The first of 
these, Richard Yates, was congressman from 1850 to 1854, war governor from 

(a) Alexander Brown's "The First Republic in America," pp. 370-374, 414. 

(b) Hotten's "Lists" for the name; Brown's "First Republic" for the date of com- 
ing of the Duty, the date of 1619 in the "Lists" being an error. 

(c) Hotten's "Lists." It contains also several other early comers to America of 
the name. 

(d) A list of the land grants to those of the name in Virginia from 1036 to 1773 
is given in an article on the family in the Richmond Standard of March 20, 1880. A 
book containing the clipping is in the rooms of the N. E. Hist. Gen. Society, 18 Somerset 
street, Boston. 

(e) The Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol. vii., pp. 91-94, 330-332, contains a care- 
ful genealogy of the earlier descendants of the Rev. Bartholomew Yates, and also traces 
the connection between these and John Orfeur Yates, the stirps of the Virginia family 
concerning which Miss A. E. Terrill published the book "Memorials of a Family in 
England and Virginia, A. D. 1771-1851." See also Saunders' "Early Settlers of Alabama." 



WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 9 

18G0 to 1864 and United States senator from 1865 to 1871. Richard Yates, Jr., 
his son, was governor of Illinois from 1901 to 1905. f 

Another famous family of the name is that of eastern New York. These 
are the descendants of Joseph Yates, who settled in Albany soon after the sur- 
render of the province by the Dutch to the English in 1664. Here he married 
Hubertje Marselis Van Bommel, and his children all married people with names 
just like that, so Hanna in his work on the Scotch-Irish rightly says the New 
YorkYateses areDutch. But it turned out to be fine stock. Joseph, son of Colonel 
Christoffel and Jauetje (Bratt) Yates, another of the same family, was the first 
mayor of Schenectady, then judge of the state supreme court and tinally gover- 
nor of New York state, 1823-4. Robert Yates, another of the same family, was 
a meml er of the convention that framed the Constitution of the United States, 
although he withdrew and would not sign; subsequently he became chief justice 
of Xew York state supreme court. One of his sons was secretary of state in 
New York. Many of this family were prominent in the Revolutionary war, and 
many others have greatly distinguished themselves in public life since. Two 
of them were among the founders of Union College, Schenectady; another was 
a professor there, and 26 have been graduated from the institution. g 

The first Yates in Pennsylvania appears to have been James from Walton in 
Lancashire, who landed at Philadelphia in 1684. h Possibly it was his grandson 
that was the James Yates who in 1737, with another pioneer named Marshall, 
made that ' 'Indian walk" or boimdary-line run famous in Pennsylvania history, 
going between sunrise and sunset on one day and sunrise and noon of the next, 
86 miles through the woods. 1 Famous in another way is Jasper Yates, from 
Yorkshire, England, who came to Pennsylvania in 1697, and three years later was 
a member of the council of Governor William Penn. His grandson Jasper, who 
lived in Lancaster, Penn., was famous in the Revolution, married a cousin of the 
wife of Benedict Arnold, and from 1791 till his death in 1817, was judge of the 
supreme court of Pennsylvania, "wearing silk knee-breeches and a gentleman's 
sword at his hip. "J 

In Maryland, George Yates was of Anne Arundel county in 1669, and was 
afterwards deputy surveyor-general for the county; John Yates was of Dorches- 
ter county in 1677, and Robert Yates, aged 30, was of Charles county in 1686. In 
North Carolina, William Yates of Bertie county made his will Dec. 23, 1751, and 
James Yates of Carteret county made his Nov. 8, 1750. k In New Jersey, there 
were Yates families at Cape May in 1762. Without going further into detail, it 
may be said that there were families of the name in nearly all of the 13 colonies 
long before the Revolutionary war.i Eor all that the name does not seem a com- 

(f) Power's "Early Settlers of Sangamon County, 111.," has a genealogy of the earlier 
geneations of this Illinois and Kentucky family. 

(g) Pearson's "First Settlers of Schenectady" has a genealogy of this family down 
to about 1800. Much concerning individual members of the family may be found in Mun- 
sell's "History of Albany and Schenectady Counties." 

(h) Pennsylvania Magazine, Vol. viii., p. 333. 

(i) The Indians had given a deed of land beginning at the Delaware River and thence 
running westerly to a point as far as a man could walk in a day and a half. The suc- 
cessors of William Penn gathered in some of the Indians' best land by that terrific walk. 

(j) Pennsylvania Magazine, Vols, ii-vii., contains a very complete historical and 
genealogical account of the earlier generations of this family. 

(k) North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. i., with wills of 
descendants in Vol. ii. 

(1) Francis Yates in 1641 removed from Wethersfield, Conn., to Stamford, Conn., 



10 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

mon one, the Yates in this country who tries to trace his ancestry will find that he 
has undertaken as serious a task as if his name were Smith or Brown or Jones. 

The first Yates to settle in Massachusetts was John Yates, who the Duxbury 
records show had a son John born there to his wife Mary on Aug. 15, 1650. 
He removed to Eastham, on Cape Cod, and there died. Administration was 
granted his widow Mary on June 8, 1651. John Yates of Eastham, probably 
his grandson, married Abigail Rogers and very likely founded the long line of 
Yateses on Cape Cod. Josiah, John, Joseph and Isaiah Yates, all from Cape 
Cod, were soldiers in the Revolutionary war, and on the Massachusetts rolls ap- 
pear also the names of James, Barzillai, Thomas and another John, as well as 
that of George, who was lieutenant of Plummer's company, McCobb's regiment, 
in the Bagaduce expedition and was one of the Round Pond Yateses. 

The Round Pond Yateses were the earliest of the name in Maine . James 
Yates, their progenitor, settled upon a tract of land lying north of Round Pond 
harbor in Bristol in 1742. In his will and on his tombstone the name is spelled 
Yeats. His granddaughter, Betsey (Yates) Boole, who was about two years old 
when he died and nearly twelve when his wife died, told Professor Johnston, 
the historian of Bristol, that he came from Yorkshire, England, when quite young 
and that he met in Boston Jane McNay whom he married. She also stated that 
he had a brother Thomas in Rhode Island and a brother George in South Caroli- 
na. The records of Attleboro, Mass. (near the Rhode Island line), and Lincoln 
county deeds furnish some evidence that he had a brother Thomas whose daugh- 
ter married a Robbins. James Yates's wife's name was Jane or Jean; but no 
record of the marriage has yet been found. He died April 7, 1793, aged 93 years, 
and she died Dec. 31, 1802, aged 85 years. They were buried in that part of 
Bristol which afterwards became Bremen, and the old slate memorials still mark 
their graves. m 

One other Yates family was founded in Maine before 1800, namely, the Stand- 
ish group. This group is descended from John Yates of Cape Cod, before mention- 
ed. On Sept. 9, 1781, Levi Wilder of Lancaster, Mass., deeded to John Yates 
"of Cape Cod in the county of Barnstable, yeoman," for 22 pounds in money, 30 
acres of land in Pearsonstown, now Standish. The direct tax of 1798 shows that 
John Yates of Standish was assessed on a house valued at $90 and 30 acres of 
land valued at $ 300. 

says Hinman ; and Savag'e adds: "I judge him the same who was of Hempstead in 1647. 
was made a freeman of Connecticut in 165S, and perhaps later a resident of Westchester 
in the province of New York, where he made his will in 16S2, naming five children. Mary, 
John, Dinah. Jonathan and Dorothy. George, made freeman of Connecticut in 165S. may 
have been n brother of the preceding." Southampton. L. I., records mention one William 
Yates of Hempstead in 1663. Cue Richard Yatt was of those 20 who early signed 
articles at Lynn and went to Long Island to settle at Southampton, say Lewis and New- 
hall in their history of Lynn. His name, however, is not found in the Southampton 
records. 

(m) Their children were: Elizabeth, b. Jan. 10, 1739; Sarah, b. June 17. 1741; 
Jane. b. Mav 2. 1743; George J., b. April 23. 174S ; Mary. b. Nov. 2, 1750; Margaret, 
b. Nov. 10. 1752; Samuel, b. Feb. 2, 1755; Rachel, b. Dec. 14, 1756; Lydia, b. 
Jan. 25, 1759. 

of the two sons, George James married Nancy Richards and had: Jane. b. 

Nov. 1. 1773; George J., b. Nov. 5, 1774; Nancy, b. April 10, 1776; James, b. 

Mav 20. 1778: William, b. July 17. 17S0 ; George W., b. April 22. 1782; Sally. 

b. Feb. 22. 1785; Samuel, b. Aug. 4, 1788; Betsey, b. Nov. 29, 1791; Lydia, b. 

May 5. 1704. 

The other son, Samuel, married Margaret Johnston and had : Thomas, b. Dec. 

2. 1781; James, b. Dec. 9. 1784; John, b. Aug. 23. 1787; George, b. May 16. 

1789; Samuel, b. April 22. 1701; William, b. April 6, 1793; Zenas. b. May 2. 

1795: Pollv, b. June 26, 1797; Andrew, b. Nov. 18, 1799; Margaret, b. Sept. 

26, 1802. 



WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 11 

In the winter of 1775-76 one James Yates, signing his name twice "James 
Yeats" on pay orders" (now on file in the New Hampshire Revolutionary war 
archives), served" in Captain Titus Salter's company, Colonel Joshua Wingate's 
regiment, of the four months troops then stationed at Fort Washington, a mile 
below Portsmouth, N. H., to protect the harbor from any attack by the king's 
troops. This company was largely Portsmouth men. No other Yates appears 
on the New Hampshire Revolutionary records, and » careful examination of all 
the Portsmouth church records, and town records, as well as of the indexes of 
deeds and probate records of that county (Rockingham) fails to disclose the name 
Yates until well into the following century. Who was this "James Yeats"? 



THE STORY OF WILLIAM YATES 

William Yates, the founder of this family, was born August 30, 1772. That 
fact he himself set down in his family Bible. But the exact place of his birth 
is not known, no record of it having yet been found. 

Gilman Cordwell, of Greenwood, Me., born in 1832, and at this time (1906) 
living, is the son of Sally (Yates) Cordwell and grandson of William Yates. 
From his birth he lived within a mile of his grandfather's home. He was 36 
when his grandfather died. He writes as follows : 

"I have heard my grandfather say that he was born in Scotland." 

The name Yates is almost as common in the Scotch Lowlands as it is in Eng- 
land. But while the English spelling is commonly Yates or Yate and the pro- 
nunciation the same as in rhyme with gates or gate, the Scotch pronunciation is 
always "Yetts" and the spelling is Yetts or Yeats, to conform to the pronunciation. 
As already stated, William Yates always pronounced his name as if spelled 
"Yetts" and always spelled it Yeats, and was very insistent upon both the pronun- 
ciation and the spelling. Dr. Octavius K. Yates, another grandson, living in 

(n) New Hampshire Revolutionary War Rolls, Vol. i, pp. 257-8: 

Fort Washington, Feby 16th 1776. 
Sir 

Please to pay unto Capt. Titus Salter or his order the Ballance due unto us on the 
Matross company pay Role delivered in by him & his Receipt Shal be a Sufficient discharge 
from Your Most Humble Servants 

To Nicholas Gilman Esqr 

Receiver Generall at James Yeats 
Exeter 

Sir please pay unto Capt Titus Salter or his order the respective Sums due unto us. 
Agreeable to his pay Role commencing January 1st 1776 and you'l Oblidge 

Your most Humble Servants 
To Nicholas Gilman Esqr 

Receiver Generall att Exeter James Yeats 

Fort Washington 

Feby 17: 1776 

(o) New Hampshire Revolutionary War Rolls, Vol. i, p. 227 : 
(Col. Joshua Wingate's Return of the Troops Stationed for the Defence of Piscataqua 

Harbor, November, 1775.) 
A Return of Capt Titus Salter's company of Artillery at Fort Washington Novr 5th 1775. 

Privates 

James Yeates 



12 WILLIAM AXD MAETHA (MOKGAX) YATES 

West Paris, adjoining the town of Greenwood, where William Yates lived and/ 
died, has also the tradition that his grandfather was born in Scotland. 

Another, but doubtful, tradition makes him a native of Portsmouth, England. 
Lapham's History of Paris (Me.), written in the '70s, very soon after William 
Yates's death and when many of his children were still living, says : "William 
Yates was born in Portsmouth, England." And William's son George, born in 
1813, knowing nothing of Lapham's book, in a letter written in 1892 said: 

I will write what I have heard my father say about his boyhood. I have 
heard him say that he was born in Portsmouth, England. About the time of the 
Revolutionary War there was a colony or convoy of three or four vessels came 
to this country and landed in Portsmouth, X. H. His parents came with the 
convoy. William Yates and James Yates were the only children. His brother, 
James Yates, settled in St. John. N". B., and raised a large family. Some of his 
sons were hardware dealers. ^ His parents' names I cannot remember if I heard 
him say or not. 

Unfortunately, the facts do not bear out so clear a tradition. At the time of 
the birth of William Yates, there were two parishes in Portsmouth, England — 
St. Thomas and St. Mary Portsea. A careful examination of the baptismal and 
marriage registers of these two parishes, while disclosing Yateses in each parish, 
does not show the baptismal record of this William Yates. The tradition is ev- 
erywhere clear that William Yates was born across the water, and it is certain 
that as a boy he was of Portsmouth, X H., and itis possible, and even likely, that 
the Portsmouth, England, birth tradition mistakenly arose from the Portsmouth, 
X.H., boyhood. 

The circumstances under which little William came to this country and also 
those under which he went to work as a farmer's boy in Portsmouth, X.H., are 
also surrounded with a haze of varying traditions. Sylvester Yates, his young- 
est son, born in 1820, said to the writer: "I have heard my father say his fath- 
er bound him out to a farmer who lived near Portsmouth, X. H. This man 
treated him so that finally father ran away. He was caught and brought back, 
but told the farmer that the next time he ran away they wouldn't catch him. Af- 
terwards he ran away again, and that time they didn't catch him." Martha 
(Yates) Littlefield, the youngest daughter, born in 1821, said to the writer: <4 I 
have heard father tell how he was bound out to an Irishman when he was very 
small, and how the Irishman abused him so that he ran away." There were many 
Scotch-Irish in that part of Xew Hampshire. It will be noticed that two of the 
sons, George and Sylvester, agree in the statement that William's father was of 
Portsmouth or its vicinity, and this with the similarity of the spelling of the name 
Yeats gives color to the possibility once held as a fact by the writer (see Ameri- 
can Ancestry, viii, 90) that William Yeats was the son of James Yeats, the mys- 
terious Xew Hampshire Revolutionary soldier. 

On the other hand, two of his grandsons, Judge Edward M.Yates aud Gilbert 
W. Yates, agreed in saying that they never heard William Yates speak of his pa- 
rents at all. any more than as if he knew not wno they were. Both were of the 
impression that he worked for the Xew Hampshire farmer for wages and was 

(p) I judge this an error. The New Brunswick Magazine. Vol. iv. p. 237, says that there 
came to St. John "at the beginning of the century many young Scotchmen who in after times 
became substantia] merchants, among them . . . Alexander Yeats." A firm named Yeats 
bee me dealers in iron and steel. George Yates lived in Washington county, not far from 
St. John. 



WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 13 

| not bound out at all ; they never heard him speak of being bound out. They 
i agreed in saying that the farmer worked him hard and that he got very little 
/ schooling as compared with other boys in the neighborhood. Judge Yates, who 
as a boy was almost as much at his grandfather's as at home, said: "I always 
had the impression that he was a sort of castaway, a homeless boy, who in some 
way drifted to this country and got work in Portsmouth. " Lapham, in his his- 
tory of Paris, already referred to, says: "It is said that he came to this country 
when a mere boy, in a sailing vessel, landing at Boston. After remaining there 
a while, he drifted to Maine." Lapham, it will be seen, passes over his Ports- 
mouth life, many stories of which William Yates was wont to tell to his grand- 
children. Here is one of them told by Gilbert W. Yates : The farmer was slack 
about having firewood on hand for the kitchen fireplace. His wife stood it as 
as long as she could, and then one noon when they were called for dinner they 
found on the table raw meat, raw potatoes and unbaked biscuit. The farmer 
put in the next few days getting up wood. 

The binding-out of children was very common then, and "likely" boys were 
frequently advertised in the columns of the New Hampshire Gazette. Q If lit- 
tle William was really bound out, instead of being a free laborer, the binding-out 
was certaiuly done either by his parents or parent or else by the town authorities, 
and whenever the bound-out boy ran away — like a slave out of slavery — his mas- 
ter put a notice in the New Hampshire Gazette like this one, which was printed 
on August 3, 1782: 

RAN AWAY FROM THE SUBSCRIBER, on the first Inst, an apprentice boy 
named Samuel Fish, about 15 years old; above middling for stature; had on when 
he went away, a cloth coloured homespun jacket without sleeves, a pair 
of tow cloth long trowsers, a large brim'd felt hatt. Whoever will take up said 
Runaway, and convey him to me again, shall receive threepence lawful money 
as a reward for their pains. 

Salisbury, July 13, 1782. JOHN WEBSTER, Jun'r. 

The size of the reward — threepence — indicates that these advertisements were 
put in merely to cover the law and not with any expectation of having the boy 
caught and brought back. There are a great many like this in the flies of the 
New Hampshire Gazette, but search has failed to disclose any reward for Wil- 
liam Yates. The flies at the Portsmouth Atheneum, although perhaps as nearly 
perfect as any now in existence, are still very incomplete, whole months being 
missing in some places. 

At any rate, when he was maybe 15 years old, he got out of Portsmouth and 
put 50 miles between himself and his master before stopping, going to work in a 

| brickyard at Saccarappa, near Portland, Me. Later he drove stage somewhere 
around Portland. Lapham in his history places him for a short time at North 

i Yarmouth. "When he was 18 or 19," said Sylvester Yates, "a man named Hawk 
or Hawks, who had been a sort of sutler in the Revolutionary war, coaxed him 

/ off down to Minot." 

.Summing up the agreeing traditions concerning the early life of William 
Yates, it may be said that he was born on Aug. 30, 1772, somewhere in Great 

(q) From the New Hampshire Gazette of June 29, 1782: 

TO BE BOUND, a likely Boy to a good Farmer in the country 
till he is twenty-one Years of Age, to learn the Farming Busi- 
ness. He is now about eight years of Age. Enquire at the 
Printing office in Portsmouth. 



14 WILLIAM AND MAETHA (MORGAN) YATES 

Britain and very probably in Scotland; that he came to this country when a mer< 
boy; that he knew certainly very little and perhaps nothing of his father anc 
mother (although that he knew his birth-date must be borne in mind) ; that witl 
little schooling he worked hard for a farmer in or near Portsmouth, N. H., anc 
that when 18 or 19 he appeared in what is now Minot, Me. 

Thus far, aside from his birth-date in his own Bible, the story of Willian 
Yates has been entirely tradition. The statement that he was "coaxed off dowi 
to Minot by a man named Hawk or Hawks" is corroborated by the fact that then 
was at that time in Minot one Joseph Hawkes, possibly the son of Edward 
Minot was then a part of one huge unincorporated township called Bakerstown. 
which included what is now Minot, Poland, Mechanic Fallb, Auburn and a pari 
of Danville. Bakerstown was incorporated as Poland in 1795, and Minot was' 
set oft from it in 1802. 

Into this backwoods section, when it wds only a wilderness where wild beasts 
roamed and wandering Indians still hunted, had come in 1775 Samuel and Keziah 
Dennen of Gloucester, with their brood of children, including their eldest daugh- 
ter Judith, the young wife of Samuel Morgan of Gloucester. 1- Andhere the young 
husband joined her the next year, when his term of enlistment as a H evolutiona- 
ry soldier had expired. And here it was, when the news of the signing of the 
Declaration of Independence was received, that Samuel Dennen 8 and his oldest 
son and namesake and his son-in-law Samuel Morgan and 19 others of these pio- 
neers gathered at the house of John Nevens and put their patriotism on paper 
in the following historic document, 1 still in existence: 

A memorandum of an Egreement maid and Concluded by and between us the subscribers 
as follows viz as we are now mat at uir John Nevinses in Bnerstown so called in the 
province of the masetusit Bay and County of Cumberland and think as it Eapirs to us propr 
to be on our gard in ordr to secure our Livs and propertys as the anemy is ganing towards 
us and we dwo this twenty sacend day of July one thousend seven hundred and seventy six 
mutly and vorlenteirly ingag and promes to stand by sd town in making a Compny in sd 
town and will from time to time and all times obay such offisers as we shall apoint over us 
and be our proporshineble parts of Cost and Charge that shall arise by Reson of the war or 
aney outher thing for the Banifeet of sd town as Witnes of our hands 
Samuel Dennen. Joel Haskell, John Glover, Arcn Davis, Elezer Grant, Samuel Dennen, 

Nath'll Bayley, John Nevens, Moses Emery, Stephen Rollins, Daniel Lane, Zebulon Davis, 

Edm'd Bayley, Michial Tool, Samuel Morgan, Job Tucker, Nemeiher Tucker, John Hodgh, 

John Prince, Benj Lane jun, George Frances, Joseph Frances. 

Here Samuel Morgan, who in youth had been a fisherman on the Grand Banks, 
settled down to clearing laud and creating a home, and here his family and child- 

(r) In Cumberland county (Me.) deeds, on Jan. 5, 17S4, Samuel Morgan of Bakerstown 
had confirmed to him by warrantee deed 50 acres of land lying in Lot 8 in Bakerstown, 
'"now in the occupation of the said Samuel." The consideration was 7 pounds, Samuel 
Morgan having' bought it by auction at an administrator's sale July 1, 1783, Benjamin An- 
drews of Boston having been the owner. Eight weeks later Samuel Morgan sold tfTe land 
to David Andrews for .1>G5. his wife "Judaih Morgan" signing with her mark. On Jan. 22, 
1799, Samuel Morgan of Poland (as it was then) bought from William Cordwell of Poland 

for $100 "one-half of a lot or parcel of land, being part of Lot 78 on the county 

road." one boundary running "thence north to the county road." On Nov. 6. 1S00. Samuel 
Morgan sold the same to Ichabod Benson for $183. There is nothing of record to show that 
S muel Morgan and his wife did not die there in Minot, and J. W. Penney, Esq., a member 
of t lie Maine Historical Society, with an especially complete knowledge of the burial places 
of Bakerstown Revolutionary soldiers, holds it probable that Samuel Morgan was buried in 
the liod^e burying-ground, so called, near where lie lived in Minot. 

(s) The records of the West parish in Gloucester, Mass., show the marriage of Samuel 
Dennen and Keziah Bray on March 14. 1754, and the same records show the following 
baptisms of (he Children of Samuel: Judith, Nov. 17, 1754; Abigail, Oct. 17, 1750; Samuel, 
Dec 81, 1758; Job. Aug. 17, 1700; Miry. Oct. 24, 17G2 ; Hannah. June, 1700; George, 
June. 170!); Simeon, Aug. IS, 1771; Abigail, May 17, 1774. 

(t) A book describing the exercises at the Poland Centennial in 1895 contains a photo- 
graphic reproduction of this patriotic document, showing all the signatures, 22 In number. 



WILLTAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 15 

ren grew up. "Judeth, the Daughter of Samuel Morgan and Judeth his wife 
was born in Poland September 15, 1775," say the old town records; and the next 
entry is: "Martha, the daughter of Samuel Morgan and Judeth his wife tvasborn 
in Poland November 2, 1777." This was the girl whom William Yates later 
married. Her father and her uncle Job Dennen served in the attack on Baga- 
duce in 1779. A few years later Job sold his land to his mother" and went back 
to Gloucester; and it is from George and Simeon, the younger sous, that the pres- 
ent Dennens in that section are descended. "Old Daddy Morgan," as his de- 
scendants knew him, was still living in what is now Minot as late as 1800, and it 
is probable that he died there. 

All that is known of the marriage of William Yates to Martha Morgan is the 
entry on the "Marriages" page in his family Bible, looking like this ; 

William Yeats & | 
Martha Morgan j 
May 1794 

She was but a slip of a girl, 16 years old, about the age at which her older 
sister Judith had been married to Hate-Evil Hall . 

While nothing is known directly of the life of either William Yates or Martha 
Morgan while in Minot, the fact that they were always strong Methodists and 
Poland (Minot) was the birthplace of Methodism in that part of Maine makes it 
very probable that they were converted to Methodism, about the time of their 
marriage, in the wave of religious fervor that followed the visit to that section 
in 1794 of the intrepid Jesse Lee. In prayer-meetings, in his later years, William 
Yates used often to speak of the "glorious times they used to have down at Old 
Daddy Morgan's," referring to the religious meetings held at the Morgan home- 
stead. For there was no church then; and in Poland still is standing the Nehe- 
niiah Strout house with its kitchen sanctuary where Jesse Lee sowed his seed 
and which continued to be used as the local Methodist place of worship until the 
first church was built a generation later. v 

While there is nothing of record to show it, it is likely that the youthful cou- 
ple (he was 21 and she 16) left the old homestead soon after their marriage to 
make a home somewhere for themselves. Their first child, William Jr, was 
born Dec. 27, 1795, and it is the tradition in his family and is also given as a fact 
by Lapham that he was born in Norway. But David Noyes, who early wrote a 
history of the town of Norway, gives (from records since destroyed by fire) a list 
of taxpayers in Norway in 1794, and William Yates' name does not appear on it. 
Moreover, the name of William Yates does not appear among the petitioners of 
1795 for the incorporation of Norway; and stronger evidence still, it does not 
appear on the poll tax assessed there in 1796. 

But wherever they were for the first two years after marriage, the year 1797 
does show them living in Norway. Noyes says : "In order to show who 
were the inhabitants of the town at the time of its incorporation (March 9, 1797), 
I here give the names and standing on the first valuation and assessment of the 

(u) See Cumberland county (Me.) deeds. March 27, 1782, Job Dennen of Bakerstown, 
for 5 pounds, "paid to me by my mother Keziah Dennen of said town," quitclaims to 5U 
acres in Bakerstown bought of Job Tucker. On June 30, 17S4, "Keziah Dennen (wife of 
Samuel Dennen) of Bakerstown" conveys the same to Payn Elwel. 

(v) A good account of early Methodism in Bakerstown, written by J. W. Penney, Esq., 
may be found in Zion's Herald of April 12, 1905. 



16 WILLTAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

first tax after the organization of the town." In the names that follow is thai 
of William Yates. 

Here, then, in a rude log cabin far in the woods in the northern part of tin 
town of Norway, more than 20 miles from Old Daddy Morgan's home in MinotJ 
the young couple were living. This part of the town was then known as Lee'! 
grant, and included 6000 acres. It was tax free, and had been granted by Massa-j 
chusetts in 1785 to Arthur Lee, a Virginian, for his services as the agent of Mass- 
achusetts in Great Britain, succeeding Benjamin Franklin. But Lee was dead 
and his heirs weren't looking after his grant, and people were settling on it re- 
gardless of ownership. Says Noyes: "The few settlers on the Lee grant were 
what are termed squatters, and occupied without any title." 

The Massachusetts record of the "Direct Tax of 1798," levied by the United 
States/ contains the following among the assessments for land in Norway that 
year: 

Occupant or possessor — William Yates. 

Reputed owner — Arthur Lee heirs. 

Amount of land — 100 acres (exempt from taxation). 

The same list shows that the other "squatters" on the Lee grant were Josiab 
Bartlett, Moses Abbott, Daniel Knight, David Morse, Josiah Bartlett Jr, Jacob 
Tubbs, William Dunlap, Joshua Pool, Thomas Furlong and Francis Upton. 
Tubbs later bought from the Lee heirs and stayed there; many of the others fol- 
lowed William Yates to township No. 4, next north, of which William Yates and 
Thomas Furlong were the earliest settlers, going thither in 1802. 

It is a pity that no history of the town of Greenwood has ever been written, 
although every town that touches it (except perhaps Albany) has been fully writ- 
ten up. The writer has gathered many facts regarding the early history of the 
town from the Massachusetts archives and from the records of the trustees of 
Phillips Andover Academy, but can refer to them here only briefly, except such 
as touch upon the story of William Yates. 

On Feb. 27, 1797, Massachusetts granted to the trustees of Phillips Academy,} 
just as to many other academies, a half township in the district of Maine. Oni 
May 15 in that year, the trustees voted that "the Hon'ble Mr. Phillips employ a* 
suitable person to look out a half township of land in the district of Maine . . . 
and give him such instructions as he shall judge proper." This was doubtless 
done and the application followed for the desired location. The selection may 
have been made upon the suggestion of young Uriah Holt, a student, whose parents 
lived in Albany. On Feb. 16, 1799, the chairman of the Eastern land commis- 
sion issued instructions to "Lothrop Lewis Esq'r surveyor ... at the request 
and expense of the Trustees of Phillips Academy to survey and lay out for the 
uses of said academy 11,520 acres of land in the SE'ly part of township No. 
4 . . . and make return of the same with an accurate plan thereof .... and to 1 
return a certificate thereof with said plan." The certificate was returned, and ! 
it shows that the plan was returned with it ; but the plan itself has disappeared 
from tlie archives, no oue knows where. The deed to the trustees of the academy, 
with hounds according to Lewis' plan, was signed by the commissioners March 
19, 1800, and is in the Massachusetts archives. 

( \\ ) This tax-list. Vol. II. of which is practically a directory of all the citizens of 
Maine in 1798, is in the vault of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 18 Somerset 
street, Boston. 



WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 17 

I Then old Sam Farrar, the academy treasurer, who, as his books later showed, 
used to carry a great many of the academy's accounts in his head, opened a ledg- 
er account with "Lauds in the District of Maine." He put down the trustees' 
estimate of their worth as £550 and elsewhere as $ 1833.33. His first en- 
try is in July. 1800: "Rec'd of Benja' Flynt in full for a lot of land No. 8 in 
6th range . . . 31-12-8." This shows that the trustees had the land sur- 
veyed into ranges and lots. All early deeds refer to the plan of 1799 of Uriah 
Holt, surveyor, who at first lived over in Albany and later removed to Norway ; 
and the books a little later show an entry of $19*3.66 for ^expenses of surveying 
and lotting said land." But just as the state plan has disappeared, so is Holt's 
plan not to be found anywhere among the archives of Andover Academy, nor is 
there any plan of the academy grant, as such, on file at the Oxford county regis- 
try of deeds. 

On July 8, 1800, in the same month that the treasurer got his first money out 
of the grant on Elynt's speculative purchase, the trustees appointed a committee 
"to determine as they shall think proper respecting opening a road through the 

half township from Norway towards Bethel (and) whether anything 

shall be given by the trustees towards building mills in the academy half town- 
ship." At ther next annual meeting, held July 7, 1801, a report was received 
regarding the road and the mills, and "Jacob Abbott was requested to act as 
agent with President on that business." At the meeting of the trustees in 
1802, it was voted that the committee on the sale of lands, -appoint an agent near 
the premises to take care of and to manage the affairs and business of the said 
half township." 

This agent appears to have been the afore-mentioned Uriah Holt, who held his 
job until he was an old man, collecting on the notes given for the land and turn- 
ing the money over to Sam Farrar minus a fat commission. That the grant was 
a little mint to the academy is shown by the entry in the treasurer's books 15 years 
later of "the amount of the sales of the land over and above what the grant was 
first estimated, §3256.83;" and an inventory of the academy's property taken in 
1841 shows the entry, ;i Half township notes, $ 4238. 83." The names of some of 
the earliest settlers of Greenwood appear on the treasurer's books. x 

The first actual settlers on the academy grant were William Yates and Thom- 
as F'urlong. Tradition has varied a little as to whether they came in 1801 or 
1802. Charles H. Yates, son of Samuel, William's fourth child, wrote in 1906: 
' ; I remember hearing my father say he was born in Norway and that he was born 
in 1802." Samuel's birth-date was the 23d of February, which would fix the 
spring of 1802 as the probable period of the moving to the new home, although 
William Yates may have built his log house in the previous autumn. The Fur- 
long habitation was less than a mile distant. 

(x) "Nov. 20, 1805 — Rec'd of Edw. Wells Jan. 23, 1805. $132.43; of Alexander Hills 
Jan. Ti, 1805, $40 ; of Holt on notes of others, $33 ; of Maj. Cummings on WorkV note. $5U ; 

of Holt Anl. IT. $20 Aug. 19. 1806 — Rec'd of Timo : Patch on notes. $20 ; of Win 

Works in full. $04.00; of Holt on notes, $120. — ■ Rec'd note of Major John Cummings 

for land in half township, note dated Feb. 7, 1800, $5500. Andover, Aug. 18. 18D7 — ■ 

Notes Receivable Dr. to Sundry Acco : — To lands in the district of Maine, for Thomas Fur- 
long 3 notes prom.. $168.25; Jonah Hills do do do $224.73; William Ye its do do do $102.34; 
Daniel Cummings do do do $112.47; Samuel Niles do do do $101.00; Thoma-; Cowan do do do 
$359.73; Jona. Guerney do do do $221.07; William Dunlap do do do $300.70; Timothy 
Palch. amount due, $85.13." A little later credit is given for "'Simeon Sanbourn's notes, 
dated March 14, 1808. $379.16; Calvin Cole's notes, dated March 1, 1811, $240.49; Stephen 
Latham's notes, dated March 29. 1800 (?), $112.30." 



18 WILLTAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

Here, then, with his wife and four little children, the oldest a boy of 6 and the 
youngest an infant, William Yates began in the unbroken wilderness a clearing 
that was to become the great farm on which he passed the rest of a long and 
useful life. On the broad eastern slope of a great hill afterwards called Patch 
mountain, for miles to the east his new home overlooked an unbroken forest. A 
half dozen miles below him in Norway there* were some dozens of families, al- 
though, as Noyes says in his history, "they were thinly scattered about in small 
clearings dotted here and there with little huts, log houses and log hovels, many 
of them surrounded with large families of young children, many times poorly clad 
and poorly fed." To the east, in the town of Woodstock, the first family had 
come in 1798; to the north there were no settlers nearer than Bethel, 10 miles 
distant; to the west stretched the forest-clad mountains of Albany. Greenwood 
had before remained unsettled because, as Isaac P. Noyes said, "the cussed town 
is so hilly that you can't leave a cart anywhere in it without trigging a wheel." 

Many were the stories of those days thyt Martha Yates used to tell. Dr. O. K. 
Yates said : "Grandmother used to tell how they moved into the cabin before 
grandfather had a door made, and at first there was only a quilt hung up at night 
to keep creatures out." Bears, loupcerviers and catamounts or "Indian devils" 
were numerous in the woods. Gilbert Yates said : "I have heard grandmother 
tell how when she saw a bear at the edge of the clearing or heard one in the 
bushes, she used to scare the bear away by clapping together two flat stones 
she kept in the dooryard for that purpose, at the same time calling, 'Here, Tige! Here, 
Tige !' as if she had a dog." Charles Morgan, her grand-nephew, said: "Aunt 
Patty said that one still morning the children heard a dog barking over in Wood- 
stock, and they ran to her half scared to death at the cry of an animal they had 
never heard before." The growl of the bear and the wailing yell of the cata- 
mount they had heard often, but the bow-wow of the dog was something new- 
One day when grandfather was away, following the blazed path to Norway with 
a bag of corn on his back to get it ground at the mill, the yells of a catamount 
coming nearer made grandmother get the children into the house. She barred 
the wooden door, just as the beast glided across the clearing. He sniffed at the 
the door and then put a f orepaw on the ledge of the square hole that served for 
a window and looked in. With her children behind her, grandmother stood there 
facing him with grandfather's axe uplifted at her shoulder, ready to split the 
catamount's head if he tried to climb in. 

A year or two later other settlers began coming into town, for the academy 
trustees were accommodating people. Sam Farrar's book of academy accounts 
says: "Aug. 20, 1805, P'd Uriah Holt for work done on the road through the 

half township, $78.57. Aug. 19, 1806, P'd Simeon Sanborn for building mills 

in the half township, $120.00. Aug. 18, 1807, P'd William Yeats and others 

for work done on the road in the half township, $100.33. Aug. 22 r 1808. P'd 

Samuel Morgan for work on the half township Dec. 22, 1807, $18.79." The 
mills were undoubtedly on Sanborn's brook, where the old road crossed it on 
the way through to Bethel. The town grew fast, for the soil was found to be 
fertile even if the hills were high. In the war of 1812 the Greenwood company 
which marched to Portland numbered 33 men.y The census of 1810 showed 273 
men, women and children in town, says Lapham. Maybe the census man over- 
counted, for the petition for incorporation, 2 five years later, speaks of the town 






WILLIAM AND MARTHA YATES AND THEIR OLD HOME 



WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 19 

as containing "48 families and 280 inhabitants." They asked to be incorporat- 
ed as Russia, but were given the name of Greenwood. King's Annals of Oxford 
says it was called after Alexander Greenwood, a Hebron man and noted land sur- 
veyor. 

William Yates, then 42, and his eldest son, William Jr, were of the Greenwood 
militia company that marched to Portland in the fall of 1814, to defend the place 
against a threatened British attack. Said Henry P. Warren in his historical ad- 
dress at the Waterford centennial, Sept. 1, 1875 : "The men, singly and in squads? 
started for Portland, taking their accoutrements with them. They were in bar- 
racks near Vaughan's bridge for a while; they afterward encamped near Port- 
land pier .... They were kept busy on intrenchments which were thrown up 
at Fish point, near the Grand Trunk Railway yard. They were drilled daily and 
did some picket duty." They were there a week, and then went home, as the 
scare had subsided. For many years the widow of William Yates Jr drew a 
government pension for his services that week. 

Already the inhabitants of Greenwood had organized a plantation form of 
government, as Plantation No. 4, and at the second meeting held on June 3, 1813, 
the records show that "William Yeats" was among those elected to be fence- 
viewers On March 7, 1814, he was of those chosen surveyors of highways. 
On April 14 of the same year it was "voted that the next meeting shall be holden 
at the school house near Wm Yeates's." On April 3, 1815, it was "voted to al- 
low .... William Yates for conveying the town's stock of ammunition, etc., 
to Capt. Flint's, one dollar." Then came the incorporation as a town, already 
referred to, and at the meeting of the citizens of the new town on March 23, 1816, 
it was voted "that William Yates .... shall be a school committee." On July 
27 of that same year the town records make reference to "the burying ground 
near William Yates." This burying ground was given to the town jointly by him- 
self and Israel Herrick, and lay at the boundary of theirfarms. On June3, 1817, 
William Yates was drawn as a juror for the circuit court of common pleas for 
Oxford county. 

Meanwhile he was bringing up a large family, and paying a little at a time for 
his farm, occasional entries being made on the book of the academy treasurer 
Early in 1814, he received his deed, reading like this, as appears by a copy in the 
Oxford county registry of deeds : 

(y) Following is the roster of the Greenwood company as it appears in the Massachusetts 
archives, adjutant-general's office : 

Capt. Isaac Flint's co.. Col. Wm. Ryerson's R'g't Mass Militia. War of 1812. Raised in 
Greenwood and in service at Portland 13th to 24th Sept. 1814. with 3 days for Travel. 
Isaic Flint. Capt; John Small, Lieut; Amos Young, Ens; Frederic Coburn, Sergt; Cyprian 
Cole, Sergt ; John Sanborn, Sergt ; John Cummines. Sergt ; Rufus Richardson. Corp ; Jon- 
athan Cole, Corn. Privates — William Berry. Benjamin Bacon, Elijah Caldwell. JeRse 
Cross, Levi Cole, Edmund (?) Frost, Thomas Furlong, James French, Samuel B. Gurney, 
Charles Hills. Benjamin Hicks. John Lane. Samuel D. Morgan. James Nutting*. Asa Pack- 
ard. David Sanflborn, Fcxwell Swan. Josiah Stevens, Paul Wentworth, William Work, 
William Yates, William Yeates Jr. Charles Young, Asa Young. 

(z) The petition follows: li petitioners, being inhabitants of Plantation Number 

Four in the county of Oxford, which contains forty eight families and two hundred and 

eighty inhabitants pray incorporate town by the name of Russia; the 

aforesaid plantation being bounded as follows On the north by Bethel on the west by Albany 
on the south by Norway and on the east by Paris and Woodstock. March 24th, 1815. 
William Yeats, Reuben Hersey, John Sanborn, Cyprian Cole, James French, Simeon Sanborn, 
Noah Tobey, Paul Wentworth. Israel Herrick, Asa Hicks, Charles Young, Benjamin Bacon, 
Amos Young. Asa Young, Jesse Cross, John Small, William Cordwill, Stephen Sanborn, 
Frederick Coburn, Calvin Cole, Eleazer Cole. Rufus Richardson, Isaac Flint, James Nut- 
ting, Jonas Stevens, Thomas Furlong, Nathaniel Ring, William Noyes, Foxwell Swan, 
Alexander Mills. 



20 WILLTAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that we, the Trustees of Phillips 
Academy, hi consideration of One Hundred Dollars to us paid by William 
Yeats of the Phillips Academy half township, so called, in the county of Ox- 
ford and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yeoman, the receipt whereof we do 
hereby acknowledge, have remised, released and forever quitclaimed, and do, for 
ourselves and our successors, remise, release and forever quitclaim unto the said 
AA T illiam Yeats, his heirs aud assigns, a certain lot of land in the said half towu- 
ship, being lot No. 8 in the third range, as they were laid out by Uriah Holt, E^q, 
n the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine. 

To have and to hold 

In witness whereof this twenty-sixth day of January in the 

year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen. 
Signed, sealed and delivered 
in presence of us 

Timothy Ballard SAMUEL FARRAR, Treasurer of (Seal) 

Mark Newman Phillips Academy 

Essex ss. Jany 27th 1814 Then appeared .... 

Mark Newman, Just, of Peace. 
Oxford ss. Reed April 29, 1814, and recorded from the original 

pr Joseph Rust, Regr. 

Just when his log cabin was succeeded by his great square house with its im- 
mense brick chimney cannot be definitely stated, but the fact that it had this 
brick chimney shows that it was uot built in the very early days of the settle- 
ment, and the size of the house would indicate that it was meant to accommodate 
the needs of a very large family. However, it is one of the oldest houses in 
Greenwood, and possibly there are none older. In the latter part of the centu- 
ry the old chimney with its huge fire-place was torn out; and about the same 
time the old sash, with their tiny window-panes, gave place to larger ones. 

Already the fervent Methodism of William Yates was making itself felt in the 
new town, and we can imagine that the earliest meetings were held at his house. 
"He was first licensed to exhort, and then to preach," says Laphani; and David 
Noyes, writing in 1852, says : 'As early as 1815, and for some time after, Ed- 
ward Whittle and William Yates of Greenwood, often afterwards known as Fath- 
er Whittle and Father Yates, used to come to Norway and preach and exhort 
among the brethren, and many converts to their faith were made undei their hum- 
ble teachings." Gilbert Yates said: "Grandfather used to work as hard 
as man can six days a week and then go down to North Norway on Sunday 
and preach two long sermons." Lapham says: "Though a hard-working far- 
mer through the week he held meetings in Greenwood or adjoining towns, in- 
cluding Norway, nearly every Sabbath ." 

From the old farmhouse went forth 12 sturdy sons and daughters, and it 
shows the stamina of the stock that all of his children (save little Daniel, who 
died in infancy) grew to manhood and womanhood, reared families and left de- 
scendants. For William Yates was by all reports a man of tremendous vitality 
and tireless energy. He was a glutton for work, and kept it up into extreme 
old age. The writer recalls seeing him when long past 1)0 coming up the road 
on the three-mile walk from liis own home, and saying in response to the lifted 
hat and salutation of "How do you do, Sir?" "Oh, I'm tol'able. tol'able." 

In their old age. William Yates aud his wife were cared for by their daughter 
Maatha, and afterwards by their son Jonathan. In all his long life he scarce 
ever knew what it was to be sick. He had the erysipelas in one arm when past 



WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 21 

90, but recovered entirely. He died without ever having lost a tooth, and his 
were unusually strong, so that it was always said that he "had double teeth all 
the way around." He worked in the garden four days before he died. He was 
a short, thickset man with broad shoulders aud thick loins — "barrel bodied, "they 
called him. He was not more than 5 feet 4 inches tall, his legs being short and 
muscular. His mouth was wide, and his chin was broad, square and determin- 
ed. His eyes were blue, and very sharpand bright. In middlelife he used glasses, 
but in later years he could see perfectly without them. His head was of abnor- 
mally large size. He was no singer. He ne^er used tobacco and liquor seldom, 
if ever. In words he was plain-spoken; in statement he was dogmatic, and illy 
brooked contradiction. In temper he was somewhat irascible. He hated lazi- 
ness in others. He despised the man who complained or grumbled. He never 
felt tired, and he didn't see why other people should feel tired. "It is better to 
wear out than rust out," was one of his favorite phrase sir his old age; and so he 
always kept at it. As a preacher, he was earnest and straightforward, and de- 
lighted hi "pitching into things." 

The following reminiscences of William Yates and his wife are by Edward 
M. Yates, a favorite grandson: 

"Next south and near to Isaac Patch's farm, on the south-easterly slope of 
what was then called Patch Mountain, in Greenwood, lived my grandfather Wil- 
liam Yates. As one of the first settlers of the town his original log house stood 
farther north, on a part of the land which now constitutes what is known as the 
Patch farm. The house then occupied by my grandfather — seventy years ago — 
was built after the simple style of that time, one story, on a little plateau at the 
base of a towering cliff which rose almost perpendicularly on the westerly side 
of the house, affording shelter from the north-westerly gales. While grandfath- 
er's house was so located as to catch the earliest rays of the morning sun, at 4 
o'clock in the afternoon it was sunset at the Yates homestead, the sun sinking 
out of sight behind the beetling cliff on the west. The old homestead was built 
on the substantial plan of those days, large on the ground, shingled and clap- 
boarded with shaved lumber, with one of those old-time massive chimneys rising 
from its centre, resting upon an arch in the cellar having a capacity of sev- 
eral hundred bushels of potatoes, apples and other farm products, which harvest 
time always found filled to overflowing. The house was divided into three square 
rooms, a bedroom and a buttery on the ground floor, the upstairs being one open 
room, except as it might be divided by hanging quilts. The great kitchen was 
unfinished, or rather it was finished in the style then prevailing among back- 
woodsmen. Pine sheathing separated it from the rooms adjoining, and overhead 
among the great beams were crooknecks holding the ancient muskets, of which 
every family then had a full quota, and thickly hung were long straight poles, 
loaded with traces of yellow corn, drying apples and pumpkin. This was the fam- 
ily living room. Rarely did a caller see the inside of the great 'best room,' 
with its spare bed, the white sanded floor and the great fire-place with its brass- 
mounted andirons . 

"I visited the home of my grandparents several times each year of my early 
boyhood and became nearly as familiar with the goings on there as with those 
of my own. As I first knew grandfather's home the family was made up as fol- 
lows: Besides grandfather and grandmother, were Sylvester and Martha, the 



22 WILLTAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

youngest son and daughter ; Moses Verrill, the fatherless son of aunt Polly Ver- 
rill, whose husband had deserted her ; Kilborn and Samuel Yates, the motherless 
sons of uncle William Yates Jr. 'Sam' was about my own age and my favorite 
cousin and playmate; Kilborn was a few years older. 

"The old homestead in which a family of 12 children had been reared was still 
'home' and rallying centre for the stalwart men aid women who having grown 
to maturity in it had gone out to make homes of their own; hence it was not oft- 
en that a visitor there did not flud some one or more of them under the family 
roof -tree. 

"Grandfather was a strict disciplinarian in his household. The entire family, 
grandmother included, called him 'Sir,' when speaking of him, und 'Father.' 
when speaking to him. Every member of the household must be present at fam- 
ily prayers in the morning, and at each meal all must take their places at table 
and stand while a blessing was invoked. 'Sir' always laid out the farm work 
each morning, and he was quite likely to allot the lion's share to himself. A wil- 
ling worker always won his esteem. He seldom took part in the family conver- 
sation except to express his hatred of laziness or his admiration of a willing 
worker. When resting at the noon hour or at the evening fireside he would en- 
tertain us small boys with stories of his early life and struggles to obtain a live- 
lihood, and it has been the regret of my life that his account of himself thus giv- 
en had not been gathered up by some of us who then heard it for those who were 
to come after him. 

"Strict and severe as grandfather sometimes was towards the younger mem- 
bers of his household, we always knew there was a 'balm in Gilead' for every 
wound thus inflicted. It was Grandmother. And a dear grandmother she was. 
Low voiced and gentle, she moved about the house carrying her burden of care 
and toil, yet she always found time to bestow a word of encouragement and cheer 
upon those of her flock who might be in any distress. From her great heart of ten- 
derness and sympathy she shed bright rays of comfort and blessing all about her. 
If ever she erred it might be from a disposition to minimize the short comings of 
those bound to her by ties of blood. Grandmother Yates was an angel of sweet- 
ness and light. Her home was a model of neatness and thrift. When I knew 
her she had reared to maturity twelve stalwart boys and girls amid the privations 
and discouragements of a home in the backwoods of Maine, yet her voice was 
low and tender as a woman's should be; she was not soured; her natural force was 
not abated. Grandmother had a tender ear for music. Although entirely without 
musical training she gave voice in song to the psalms and simple melodies of that 
time with tenderness and power. She possessed a full, true contralto voice of 
rare purity and depth, which those who came after her to the third and fourth 
generation inherit in some measure today. At evening time when the labors of 
the day were ended she would sit within the shadow of the great fire-place and 
softly croon some familiar air, keeping time with her foot. We little folks al- 
ways knew that all was well with grandmother when she was 'singing to her- 
self.' It was an inspiration to hear her. While grandmother was the soul of 
music, grandfather could not sing a note. 

"As a preacher I remember grandfather well. He spoke with deliberation but 
easily and never in a high tone of voice. His sermons were argumentative and 
often enforced by an apt story or pithy anecdote. While he was always very 



WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 23 

much in earnest he seldom indulged in expressions of 'feeling,' and could not 
be fairly called a 'shouting Methodist.' 

"Grandmother was different. She frequently took a prominent part in the so- 
cial meetings, was a ready speaker and made her appeals to listeners with much 
earnestness and often with displays of emotion. On such occasions as on none 
other she would give full utterance to her splendid vocal powers, and as a closing 
appeal after one of grandfather's more quiet sermons her words never failed to 
deeply interest those present. 

"The remarkable fact that both grandfather and grandmother Yates lived 
well into the nineties without organic disease, suggests an inquiry as to their 
manner of living. As I remember them they ate plain food at regular hours, 
kept their bodies carefully protected, retired and rose early, worked incessantly 
but never hurried. During the last twenty years of his life grandather retired 
each night without supper. To sum up : They began life with healthy bodies; 
they lived without extravagant use of any of life's" blessings, and with consciences 
void of offence; they left to their descendants a heritage of rare bodily health 
and vigor and a life record of moral uprightness." 

William Yates and wife are buried in the town's first burying ground, about 
one-eighth of a mile from the old homestead. Marble stones mark the spot. Fol- 
lowing are the inscriptions: 



WILLIAM YEATS MARTHA 

Died wife of 

Sept. 30, 1868 William Yeats 

DIED 
^]t. 96 Yrs. 1 Mo. Mar. 10, 1869 

iEt. 92vrs. 5 mos. 



The birth-date record of William Yates' family, as entered by him in his Bible 
in his later years and doubtless from memory, contains two or three palpable er- 
rors. It is given below, but immediately following each erroneous entry is given 
the correct date, as taken from the children's own records. The marriages of 
the children are also added to his record: 



1 William Yates, b. Aug. 30, 1772; m. Mav 1794 ; d. Sept. 30, 1868. 
Martha Yates, b. Oct. 2, 1776 (Nov. 2, 1777); d. March 10, 1869. 

2 William Yates Jr, b. Dec. 27, 1796 (1795); m. (1) Dorcas Hall, (2) Priscilla 

Robbins, (3) Mrs. Abigail (Cole) Estes. 

3 Sally Yates, b. May 8, 1797; m. Francis Cordwell. 

4 James Yates b. Aug 1, 1799; m. Emma Cole. 

5 Samuel Yates, b. Feb. 23, 1801 (1802); m. Esther Smith. 

6 Polly Yates, b. Oct. 2, 1803 ; m. (1) Peter Verrill, (2) Newell Gammon. 

7 Moses Yates, b. May (16), 1805; m. Martha Whittle. 

8 Hannah Yates, b. Feb. 5, 1807; m. John Brown. 
Daniel Yates, b. Dec. 30, 1809 (? 1808); d. in infancy. 

9 Jonathan Yates, b. March 23, 1810; m. Rosamond Morgan. 



24 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

10 George Yates, b. Nov. 15, 1813; m. (1) LydiaAnn Bryant, (2) Mary B.Brown. 

11 Stephen Yates, b. March 25, 1815; m. Ann Cole. 

12 Sylvester Yates, b. Jan. 2, 1820; m. (l)Ruth Morgan, (2) Harriet Verrill, (3) 

Frances Lombard. 

13 Martha Yates, b. Dec. 3, 1824; m. (1) Jonathan Leavitt, (2) George M. Lit- 

tlefield. 



NOTE AS TO WILLIAM YATEis' BOYHOOD 

Since the foregoing was put in type, Judge Edward M. Yates has communi- 
cated the following theory as to the boyhood of William Yates, which appears 
to the compiler to be in every way probable: 

"While I frequently beard grandfather speak of his early life in or near to 
'Portsmouth', he never gave it the annex of 'New Hampshire.' But as I then 
knew little or nothing of any other Portsmouth I believed that he referred 
to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. At this distance and in the light of facts I am 
now led to believe that grandfather never lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 
at all; that wherever he was born, his early years were spent near Portsmouth, 
England; that there if anywhere he was apprenticed or 'bound out' by his parents 
or somebody else; that if he ran away it was as a stowaway aboard ship bound 
from Portsmouth, England, for Boston; that he drifted to Maine, since wheu his 
record is less obscure. 

"Much of the apparent mystery touching the early life of grandfather Yates 
arises from the fusion or confusion of Portsmouths. If he had ever lived in two 
Portsmouths he would most likely have made the fact known to some member 
of his family, and especially when detailing incidents in his early life would he 
have stated to which Portsmouth he referred. Apparently grandfather presum- 
ed that his family knew as well as himself that he came across the water from 
Portsmouth, England, and that being the only Portsmouth he had ever lived in or 
near to, he did not think it necessary to locate it, and this he rarely if ever did. 
Asa matter of fact he never claimed to have lived in any Portsmouth, only near 
to it. 

"While we may never know absolutely where grandfather Yates was born or 
what his precise nationality was, a careful consideration of the facts thus far 
developed leads to the conclusion that he was born of English parents, near to or 
on Scottish ground. Take the following peculiarities of his life which are dis- 
tinctly Scottish: His own spelling and pronunciation of his name — Y-e-a-t-s, 
pronounced 'Yetts, * forms which grandfather strictly followed all his life ; the 
appellation of Sir or Sire, indicating both in Scotland and England headship of 
the family; his strict and peculiar observance of family worship, especially of 
standing at table while the blessing was invoked. This latter habit was pecul- 
iarly Scotch. In the days of the Covenanters to protecttheir lives, worshippers 
entered upon the performance of all religious exercises, as did the ancient Jews, 
standing, armed and ready for instant defence. Back of all this is the significant 
fact that the only instance of record wherein grandfather named his birthplace 
was his statement made toG.G Cordwell, his grandson, that he was born in Scot- 
land. While evidence that grandfather was born in Scotland would seem to be 
conclusive, the other significant fact that his speech was clean-cut English with- 
out the faintest symptom of the Scottish clip, is strong presumptive evidence of his 
English pareutage; therefore in the absence of more definite information, I ad- 
here to my conclusions as already expressed, namely, that Grandfather Yates was 
born of English parents near to or on Scottish soil; that in his early teens he was 
apprenticed as a laborer near Portsmouth, England ; that soon thereafter became 
over the sea as a stowaway, landing in Boston and drifting thence to Maine." 




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CHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 25 



CHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 

AND THEIR FAMILIES 

Of William and Martha Yates there were 13 children and 72 grand- 
children. All these have generally been short, thickset people, with wide 
head and full face, and with the straight, thick and broad-nostritled nose 
that goes with deep, sound lungs. With their heritage of sound bodies has 
come also a marked capability for day's works. If some of the men have 
been steam-engines in breeches, no less of the women and girls have been 
dynamos in skirts. Most of the family have been good talkers. Some 
of them have possessed a constructive imagination such as appears to have 
belonged to Old Daddy Morgan, the fisherman. Through him, every one 
is of Revolutionary stock. Among the grandsons have been a national 
bank president, a distinguished clergyman and public speaker, two doc- 
tors, an editor and judge, together with many others who have been hon- 
ored by their fellow-citizens in various ways ; and the succeeding genera- 
tions are of good promise. The eldest grandson was born in 1818; the 
youngest in 1884. One son-in-law and two daughters-in-law were living 
in the year 1906. 

Of every descendant of William Yates that was born Yates the family 
record is given in this book. Where such married and had children, a 
record is given farther along in the book, in a paragraph numbered to cor- 
respond with the number against the name in the birth record. Or, from 
a numbered paragraph, one can turn back and find the birth record. The 
little figure after the name shows of what generation that person is, count- 
ing W 7 illiam as generation 1. Thus Gweneth 6 Yates (Alvah, 5 Herbert, 4 Wil- 
liam, 3 William, 2 William 1 ) means Gweneth Yates, daughter of Alvah Yates, 
son of Herbert Yates, son of William Yates, son of William Yates, sou of 
William Yates the founder of the family. 

There were in 1906 some 400 descendants of William Yates, and this 
book gives the names of substantially all of them except such as are grand- 
children, etc., of his daughters Sally, Polly and Hannah. 



2. William 2 Yates Jr (lVilliam x ), according to his own Bible record, 
was born Dec. 27, 1795. On Dec. 5, i8r7, he married his cousin, Dorcas 
Hall of Greenwood, born Feb. 14, 1796, daughter of Hate-Evil and Judith 
(Morgan) Hall. a He removed at once to Norway, and there his eldest son 
was born. A few mouths later he removed to Oxford, near the Paris 



(a) Hate-Evil Hall was the son of Hate-Evil and Ruth (Winslow) Hall and grandson of 
Hate-Evil and Sarah (Furbish) Hall and great-grandson of Hate-Evil and Mary (Cromwell) 
Hall and gr?at-great-grandson of Deacon John Hall of Dover, N. H.. born 1017. Ruth Win- 
Blow's father Job was the son of James, the son of Job. the son of Kenelm, brother of 
Edward Winslow, who came over in the Mayflower and is famous as a governor of the 
Plymouth colony. (The Winslow Family, Vol. 2, pp. 020 and 932-33.) 



26 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

boundary line, where he was a inillman. Here the rest of his children 
were born. His wife died March 5, 1835, and on May 1, 1836, he married 
Priscilla Robbins, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Robbins. For 
many years he kept a general store at Welchville, a village in Oxford. He 
brought up his wife's niece, Frances Priscilla Lombard. The Oxford town 
records show him a resident of the town as late as 1846. Thence he re- 
moved to South Paris adjoining, and a few years later to Steep Falls, in the 
town of Norway. Here his second wife died about 1865, and about 1869 he 
married a third time, being then 74 years old. This third wife was Mrs. 
Abigail (Cole) Estes, born June 15, i8r9, daughter of Captain Jonathan and 
Abigail (Whitman) Cole of Woodstock. Her first husband, Henry H. 
Packard, had died in middle life, and she had then married Alfred Estes, 
from whom she was subsequently divorced. For a short time William 
Yates and she lived in the town of Woodstock, but later they separated, 
and he went to Gorham, N. H., to live with his children there. He died 
there, from a shock, at the home of his daughter Emeline, on July 2, 1873. 
He much resembled his father ; was short and stocky, with bluish-gray 
eyes, smooth shaven, with short and quick step, rapid in speech, a great 
talker, and always at work, even in his last years. He was a lifelong and 
earnest Methodist. A grand-daughter said: " Pie looked like his father 
and like his own sou William, and some like Uncle Freeman. How he 
could make his eyes snap ! We children used to watch his eyes to see how 
fast he winked when he was excited or talking fast. " 
Children 1 * of William Jr and Dorcas (Hall) Yates: 

14. Freeman 3 Yates, b. May r, 1818 ; m. Mary Hall. 

15. Mary Yates, b. Ian. 14, 1820; m. Milton W. Chapman. 

Emeline M. Yates, b. Sept. 22, 1821 ; m. (1) Dec. 1, 1853, H. Alton 
Blodgett, (2) Ezekiel Jackson ; d. without issue Feb. 19, 1900. 

16. William Kilburn Yates, b. Jan. 28, 1826; m. Zilpha Dustin. 
Denison S. Yates, b. May 23, 1827; d. young. 

Samuel S. Yates, b. June 3, 1829 ; m. Aug. 9, 1852, Sarah P. Carlton ; 
served in Civil war, storekeeper at Steep Falls, Norway, and hotel- 
keeper at Gorham, N. H.; d. without issue. 

3. Sally 2 Yates ( William}), second child aud eldest daughter, was born 
in Norway May 8, 1797. She married Francis L. Cordwell of Greenwood, 
son of William and Tryphosa (Leigh) Cordwell. He was a farmer and 
mason, and lived in the southwestern part of Greenwood, on the road from 
Patch mountain. Sally (Yates) Cordwell was a tall, spare woman, a great 
worker, and in her later years a sufferer from asthma, inherited from her 
mother. She died Dec. 21, 1856, and her husband died May 11, 1883, "JEt. 
88 yrs 9 mos 18 days." They are buried in the old Yates burying ground, 
where lie her father and mother. 

(b) Births from family Bible record of William Yates, Jr. 

(c) Loiter from Oilman Cordwell: "The Cordwells came from Capo Ann. My grand- 
father, William Cordwell, lived at one time in Minot. It was he who in 1S15 signed the 
petition for tlie incorporation of Greenwood. His daughter Eunice married Daniel Verrill. 
and his son Elijah was in the Greenwood company in the war of 1S12. Grandfather was not 
in the Revolutionary war." William Cordwell was living on the Bridgham purchase in Minot 
in 180:5. In 170!), William Cordwell of Poland (now in Minot) deeded land to Samuel Mor- 
gan (see Note "r" previous i. A William Cordwell was early in Bakerstown (afterwards 
Poland and Minot). and served in the Bagaduce expedition in 1770. Cordwells (commonly 
spelled Caldwell) are numerous on Cape Ann. descendants of John of Ipswich, l(ir>4, who m. 
Sarah Dillingham. 



CHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 27 



Children* 1 of Frauds L. and Sally (Yates) Cordwell : 

John Sylvester 3 Cordwell, b. Dec. 15, 1819; d. Feb. 17, 1820. 
Roxanna Atwood Cordwell, b. March 2, 1821 ; m. Charles W. Brooks. 
Charlotte Ann Cordwell, b. Oct. 10, 1822 ; m. George Wiggins. 
Sally Whitman Cordwell, b. Nov. 14, 1824; m. Frank O. Staples. 
Stephen A. Cordwell, b. May 31, 1830; m. Lucretia Grant. 
George Gilman Cordwell, b. Dec. 5, 1832 ; m. Esther E. Bennett. 
Hannah B. Cordwell, b. Feb. 14, 1835 ; d. Aug. 1, 1855. 
William Marchiel Cordwell, b. April 22, 1837 ; d. young. 
Otis Nelson Cordwell, b. May 16, 1841 ; d. July 12, 1842. 

4. James 2 Yates ( William 1 ), third child and second son, was born in 
Norway Aug. I, 1799. He married Emma, daughter of Calvin and Betsey 
(Swau) Cole. e She was born in Paris Aug. 25, 1801, and they were married 
Feb. 20, 1822. He was a miller, and was in Paris, in Norway (1836) and at 
Locke's Mills in the northern part of Greenwood. He was a Republican 
in politics, and both he and his wife were Methodists. His last years 
were passed at the home of his son, Dr. O. K. Yates, at West Paris, where 
he died on July 7, 1879. His wife survived him several years, dying at the 
age of 87. 

Children 1 ' of James and Emma (Cole) Yates : 

Hannah M. 3 Yates, b. June 7, 1828 ; d. young. 
17. Octavus K. Yates, b. Sept. 25, 1831 ; m. Elizabeth D. Felt. 

Lovina J. Yates, b. July 29, 1834 ; m. Benjamin Waterhouse of Green- 
wood : d. without issue July 16, 1855. 
Calvin Yates, b. June 6. 1836 ; d. young. 

5. Samuel 2 Yates ( William 1 ), fourth child and third son, was born in 
Norway Feb. 23, 1802. and in 1826 went to Calais in eastern Maine. There, 
in May, r828, he married Esther Smith, born March 20, 1808, daughter of 
Moses and Relief (Libby) Smith.? About 183 1 he removed to Princeton, 
in central Washington county, settled across Big Lake and cleared a farm. 
He worked his farm in the summer and did lumbering in the winter. He 
died in May, 1881, and his wife in July, 1885 (another informant says "in 
July, 1886 "), and they are buried in Princeton. He was a robust man, of 
powerful physique, the tallest and strongest of William Yates' sons. He 
was one of the pioneer settlers in that part of Princeton. He visited his 
boyhood home in Oxford county in the '50s. 

Children 11 of Samuel and Esther (Smith) Yates : 

(d) Births from Greenwood town records. 

(e) Calvin Cole and bis brother Cyprian, the father-in-law of Stephen Yates, were sons 
of Eleazer and Lucy (Shurtleff) Cole of Bridgewater, Mass., says Lapbam's Woodstock. 
Eleazer was son of Joseph and Mary (Stephens) Cole of Bridgewater, says Mitchell's History 
of Bridgewater. and Joseph appears to have been a descendant of James and Mary Cole of 
Plymouth, 1633. Betsey Swan was dau. of William and Lucy (Bobbins) Swan, he a Revo- 
lutionary soldier, born at Cambridge in 1737 and great-grandson of John Swan the immi- 
grant, says Lapham. 

(f) Births from Greenwood town records. 

(g) Letter from Mrs. Sarah (Brown) Yates: "Mr. Charles Yates' grandfather's name 
was Moses Smith ; he belonged in England. His grandmother was Relief Libby before 
marriagfe." This Relief .Libby, her sister Dorcas Libby (who married Samuel Brown) and 
their brother Theophilus Libby (who married Patty Sprague and had Henrietta, the Rev. 
James, Sarah Ann, Richard and Theophilus) were three of the old Libby family of Scarboro, 
Me., who went down to the eastern border. They were the children of Theophilus and 
Hannah (Berry) Libby of Scarboro, he the sou of Samuel and Elizabeth (Hubbard) Libby, 
he the son of Samuel and Mary (Libby) Libby, he the son of David and Eleanor Libby, be 
the son of John Libby. who was born in England about 1602 and settled in Scarboro (see 
The Libby Family). Theophilus Libby, the brother, died in Princeton. 

(h) Births (years) furnished by Mrs. Martha (Yates) Gould; completed dates are from 
individual records. 



28 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

William 3 Yates, b. 1830; d. 1850. 

18. George Yates, b. July 10, 1832; in. Mary J. Brown. 

19. Charles H. Yates, b. Dec. 3, 1834 ; m. Sarah Brown. 

Osgood Yates, b. 1837 ; m. Susan Deborah Brown ; served in Civil 
war ; d. in 1888 in Seattle, Wash. Child : Ivor, 4 b. 1878; d. young. 

Thomas Yates, b. 1839; m. Mary Jane, dau. of James and Sarah 
(Lane) Libby ; d. 1877, she 1867. Child : Isabel, 4 b. 1865 ; d. 1883. 

20. Mary Yates, b. 184 1 ; in. David Cass. 

John Yates, b. 1844 ; served in the Civil war; unm. ; lived in Seattle. 

21. Stephen Emery Yates, b. July 13, 1847; m. (1) Dora Perkins, (2) 

Sarah Fenlason. 

22. Elizabeth Yates, b. 1850 ; m. William Gould. 

23. Martha Yates, b. Aug. 20, 1852; m. Gorham Gould. 

6. Polly 2 Yates {IVilliam 1 ), fifth child and second daughter, was born 
in the log cabin in Greenwood Oct. 2, 1803. She married, first, Peter, son 
of Daniel and Eunice (Cordwell) Verrill, 1 but after the birth of their son, 
Moses Y., the husband deserted her, and " Little Mode," as the child was 
called, was cared for by his grandparents. On April 14, 1838, " Mr. Newel 
Gammon of Oxford and Mifrs Polly Variel of Greenwood" received their 
marriage license from the town clerk of Greenwood. Newell Gammon 
was a son of William and Polly (Hasty) Gammon. J He served in the 
"Madawaska war." He was a cooper, and lived in Poland, Miuot and 
neighboring towns. Polly Gammon — or Mary H., as her family record 
gives it — died Feb. 1, 1873 ; and Newell Gammon, who was born May 22, 
1804, died May 5, 1900, being in his 96t.l1 year. 

Child* of Peter and Polly (Yates) Verrill : 

Moses Y. 3 Verrill, b. Aug. 18, 1822 ; m. Martha Ricker. 
Children 1 of Newell and Polly (Yates) Gammon : 

Martha Albina 3 Gammon, b. Sept. 14, 1839 \ m - Benjamin Daicy of 

Poland. 
Mary A. Gammon, b. May 23, 1841 ; m. (1) Charles Henry Smith of 

Poland, (2) Joseph Beaupre of Auburn. 
Oscar F. Gammon, b. March 11, 1843 \ m - (0 Luciuda Judkins, (2) 

Maria Judkins, both of Norway, sisters. 
Harriet Li. Gammon, b. March 18, 1845; m. Ira Kneeland of Harrison. 
Olive Jane Gammon, b. Oct. 12, 1848 ; d. Dec. 16, 1863. 

7. Moses 2 Yates ( William 1 } > sixth child and fourth son, was born May 
16, 1805. On May 13, 1828, he married Martha, eldest child of the Rev. 
Edward Millwood and Elizabeth (Higgius) Whittle" 1 of Greenwood. He 

(i) For Eunice Cordwell see Note "c." "Peter Verrill. born March 2. 1S11. son of 
Daniel and Eunice Verrill." say the Greenwood records. Georgia Drew Merrill's History of 
Androscoggin County says that one Samuel Verrill. of Welsh ancestry, came from Cape Ann 
to New Gloucester about 17(J0, and later removed to Bakerstown. locating near what is now 
Minot Centre. He died in 1821. aged 90. Eesides six daughters he had Samuel, Davis. 
William and Daniel, who married Eunice Cordwell. 

(j) Letter from Zachius M. Gammon of Rumford Falls: "My grandfather's name was 
William Gammon : his native place was Harrison. Me. ; he lived and died in Stoneham, Me. 
My grandmother's name was Polly Hasty: her native place was Gape Elizabeth." Mci.ellan's 
History of Gorham says that William Gammon married Molly Hasty on Dec. S, 179S. It 
says that William was the seventh child of Joseph and Elizabeth Gammon, who bought land 
in Gorham in 1703. was many yens constable and tax-collector, and was living as late as 
1801. This Joseph and his brother Philip came to America from England when quite young. 
living at first in Cape Elizabeth and Scarboro. 

(k) Birth from Greenwood town records. 

(1) Records furnished by Oscar F. Gammon. 

fin) Well fleet town records: "Edward Whittle of S. Carolina and Elizabeth Higgins 2d 
of Wellfleet were married by Samuel Waterman. Esq., Sept. 4, ISO:?." His parents are said 
to have come from the north of Ireland, and he lived with his widowed mother at Alexandria, 




MOSES YATES 



CHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 29 

had already, Aug. 17, 1827, bought a farm near his father's and at the head 
of Mud pond, "the easterly half of lot numbered 9 in the fourth range," 
and here he built him a house. His first child was born here. He then 
purchased the lot numbered 10 in the seventh range, using part of his 
first house and barn to build his new dwelling. Here he cleared the land 
and in time made one of the finest farms in town. He was a very hard- 
working man, with a very robust constitution. Even at 85 his vigor 
seemed very little abated. He was felling trees in the woods when he was 
attacked with the pneumonia which caused his death. The summer that 
he was 80 his son was sick, and he did all the haying alone, with the slight 
assistance of a city grandson in driving on the horse-rake, loading, taking 
away, etc. He was a thickset, slow-moving man, with black, wavy hair 
and bine eyes. His head was abnormally wide, his size being between 73-4 
and 8. In middle life he suffered much from asthma, but later was free 
from it. He and his wife were lifelong members of the Methodist church. 
He was a fine singer, and in his youthful days used to play the fife at mus- 
ters. He never drank liquor, but always used tobacco. He was always 
gentle, kind-hearted, patient, honest and upright. His word was like his 
bond, and the whole town felt it. His wife, who was born on Chebeague 
island in Portland harbor, Oct. 3, 1804, died April 8, 1886. He died Nov. 4, 
1890. They are buried in the cemetery in the Martin neighborhood in 
Greenwood, where are also the tombstones of his wife's father and mother. 
Children 11 of Moses and Martha (Whittle) Yates: 

24. Edward Millwood 3 Yates, b. Dec. 28, 1830; m. Rose Ann Skillin. 

25. Gilbert William Yates, b. Aug. 5, 1835 ; m. Laura E. Emmons. 

8. Hannah 2 Yates (IVilliam 1 ), seventh child and third daughter, was 
born Feb. 5, 1807, and on Aug. 8, 1830, was married to John, sou of Samuel 
and Ruth (Dean) Brown of Oxford. John Brown was born Oct. 8, 1809. 
For the first years of their married life the young couple lived on a farm in 
the town of Poland, in the part known as Pigeon Hill, and here their chil- 
dren were born. He died Oct. 8, 1845, when but 36 years old, at his 
father's home in Oxford. On May 4, 1849, the wife followed him. Rela- 

Va., though born in Charleston, S. C, March 11, 1766 — an only child. When he was 19 he 
became a Methodist, over which he and his mother separated. His license to preach, signed 
by Bishop Whatcote, is dated at Baltimore, March 8, 1786. For years he was a travelling' 
preacher in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The records of the M. E. General Conference show 
that in 1801 he was stationed at Huntingdon in the Baltimore district. The records of the 
New England Conference show that in 1802 he was stationed at Provincetown and in 1803 
at Norton. The next year his connection with the conference was severed, and he went to 
Portland, Me., where he learned the trade of painter, preaching on Chebeague Island (see 
History of Methodism in Maine.) Nov. 30, 1811, he sold his house on Brown street in 
Portland, "reserving the right to occupy until the last day of March next" (Cumberland 
Deeds, 63. 269), and removed to Bethel. Me. Three years later he came to Green wood ; 
the town records, April 1, 1816, say: "Chose Edward M. Whittle tytheingman." Reference 
to his early preaching in connection with William Yates has already been made. He created 
a splendid farm on the slope overlooking Hicks Pond, where he died April 15, 1864, at the 
extreme age of 98 years 1 month 4 days. (See Zion's Herald for obituary.) His wife died 
March 10, 1861. She was daughter of Enoch and Mary (Atkins) Higgins and descended 
from Richard Higgins of Plymouth, 1623. Edward M. Whittle's children were, besides 
Martha: Richard, m. Lydia Poole and "Died Aug. 9. 1857, ae. 51 yrs 8ms"; Edward, b. 
S -pt. 15, 1806, m. Caroline Hobbs and d. Aug. 5, 1888: Mary, b. Dec. 17, 1S07, m. Joseph 
Stevens and d. April 24, 1898. The Whittles and all other descendants of Mary (Atkins) 
Higgins can claim Mayflower descent from Stephen Hopkins and his daughter Constance 
Snow, whose daughter Mary (Snow) Paine was the great-grandmother of the Thankful 
| Paine who married Joseph Atkins and had daughter Mary, 
(n) Births from Greenwood town records. 

(o) King's Annals of Oxford says in substance that Samuel Brown was of Middleboro, 
JMass.. a Revolutionary soldier and pensioner, and that his wife, Ruth Dean, was daughter 
lof Josiah and Mary Dean of Taunton. According to the Hebron records they had 12 children. 



30 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN') YATES 

tives cared for the smaller children. Hannah (Yates) Brown is buried in 
the Yates burying ground in Greenwood, as are her son Ainsworth and her 
daughter Agnes. 

Children 5 of John and Hannah (Yates) Brown : 

Esther A. 3 Brown, b. Oct. 30, 1830; m. Oct. 23, 1859, Dennis Herrick 
of Greenwood (and had Rawson, Agnes and Ernest — see Herrick 
Genealogy). 

John Horace Brown, b. April 7, 1833 ; went West and m.; had George 
of Butte, Mont., and others. 

Augusta M. Brown, b. Jan. 7, 1835; m. Andrew Kempton of Stone- 
ham; d. without issue Jan. 7, 1899. 

Hortensia E. Brown, b. Sept. 17, 1838; m. Lorenzo D. King of Ox- 
ford (and had Alice). 

Ainsworth Appleton Brown, b. Aug. 25, 1840; served in Civil war ; 
d. unm. July 27, 1863, at " 22 yrs 4 mos 22 days " says tombstone. 

Agnes M. Brown, b. Aug. 15, 1842 ; d. Aug. 14, 1859. 

9. Jonathan 2 Yates {William*), ninth child and sixth son, was born 
March 23, 1810. On the Minot town records appears this: "Jonathan 
Yates of Greenwood and Rosamond G. Morgan of Minot informed of their 
intention of marriage April 19, 1832." She was his cousin, the daughter 
of Solomon and Polly (Rowe**) Morgan (see p. 4), and was born June 5, 
1814. He was a farmer, and lived in Greenwood, near by his father and 
mother, whom he cared for in their extreme old age. When Jonathan 
Yates was himself an old man, he fell off the roof of a building and broke 
his hip, being always lame thereafter. He died April 8, 18S7, and his wife 
died Aug. 16, 1889. He was short, thickset, a good worker with fame as a 
boss teamster, immensely good-natured, "dry" and jovial. He was a 
remarkably fine singer, and was an unlicensed Methodist preacher. 

Children 1- of Jonathan and Rosamond (Morgan) Yates: 

26. Justin M. 3 Yates, b. July 18, 1836 ; m. Sabrina Frost. 

27. Irene V. Yates, b. Aug. 20, 1839; m. (1) Scribner, (2) Cyrus 

Edward Hurd. 
Martha P. Yates, b. Julys, 1843 ; d. Jan. 24, 1849. 
Charles H. Yates, b. May 20, 1846 ; d. Jan. 4, 1848. 

28. Martha Frances Yates, b. Feb. 8, 1850 ; m. Zachary T. Swan. 

29. John Leon Yates, b. March 3r, 1852 ; m. Mrs. Jennie Starbird. 
Dora B. Yates, b. Feb. 29, 1856; d. Nov. 21, 1886. 

10. George 2 Yates {William 1 ), tenth child and seventh son, was born 
Nov. 15, 1813. From childhood he had a fever sore on his leg, which made 
him delicate and his mother's favorite. He was a stage-driver on the line 
between Portland, Me., and Portsmouth, N. H., when he met and married 
Lydia, daughter of Stephen and Ann (Mason) Bryant 8 of Biddeford, Me., 
Oct. 3, 1836. A few years later he left Biddeford and began a wandering 
life, being a fisherman on Gloucester vessels part of the time. Then he 

(p) Births from Oxford town records. 

(q) King says that Polly Rowe, b. Aug. 24, 17SG. was the daughter of Zacheus and 
Bethiah Rowe. and that Zacheus was in Hebron before the incorporation. 

(r) Births from Greenwood town records. 

(s) Biddeford records: "Stephen and Ann Bryant the births of their Children 

Lydia Ann Bryant their daughter born March 6, 1S15." Tombstone says: "Mar. G, 1810." 
Stephen Bryant 3d, Mr*. Yates' father, was the son of Stephen. Jr. (a soldier in the Revo- 
lutionary war) and Miriam (Davis) Bryant, he the son of Stephen and Lydia (Whitney) 
Brvant/ he the son of David and Elizabeth Bryant, who about 1720 came to York county 
from Plymouth, where he was the son of Stephen and Mehitabel Bryant and grandson of 
Stephen Bryant, 1632, who m. Abigail, dau. of John Shaw. 



CHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 31 

went to Washington county in eastern Maine, where his brother Samuel 
lived. In the Civil war he served in D company, Sixth regiment, from 
Sept. 17, 1862, until March 27, 1863, on which date he was discharged for 
"disability." For his disability he later drew a pension. On May 28, 
1864, being 50 years of age, he married Mary R. Brown, then 18. She was 
born Feb. 6, 1846, daughter of Enoch and Sophronia (Farrer) Brown* of 
Princeton. George Yates thenceforth lived in and near Grand Lake 
Stream, a dozen miles above Princeton, in a lumbering and fish and game 
region, a great country. His youngest child was born in his 68th year. 
In a letter in 1892 he wrote : 

About my mother's history : Her mother was a Denning, and her 
father's name was Morgan ; I have often heard them talk about Old Daddy 
Morgan. He used to follow fishing, and I have often heard them relate 
Old Daddy Morgan's fish stories. Old Uncle George Denning [his grand- 
mother's brother] named me George Denning Yates, and they used to call 
me Denning. But I changed it, and put W in as my middle name instead 
of D, and have alwavs gone by the name of George W. They call me Cap- 
tain because I was on a steamboat that ran here on the lakes years ago. 

George Yates died at Grand Lake Stream July 24, 1895. The widow 
subsequently married L. E. Tupper of Topsfield, Me., and was living in 1906. 
Children 11 of George and Lydia Ann (Bryant) Yates: 

30. Frederick 3 Yates, b. April 8, 1839 ; m. Susan L. Sawyer. 

William P. Yates, b. Sept. 10, 1842; m. Chestina, dau. of David and 
Harriet (Mason) Osgood; clerk, real estate owner, Biddeford, Me. 

Children^ of George and Mary (Brown) Yates : 

31. Edith A. 3 Yates, b. Sept. 28, 1865 ; m. Frank W. Bagley. 

32. Sophronia Yates, b. Feb. 16, 1867; in. Ira W. Smith. 

33. Wallace W. Yates, b. Jan. 14, 1869; m. Agnes E. Fleming. 

34. Charles R. Yates, b. Sept. 28, 187: ; m. Adella Gower. 

35. Priscilla M. Yates, b. June 25, 1873 ; m. Ellsworth Beach. 
George Yates, b. May 6, 1876 ; d. young. 

36. Beldin A. Yates, b. Aug. 24, 1878 ; m. Mabel Cox. 

37. Carrie A. Yates, b. Jan. j, 1880; m. (1) George Palmer, (2) James 

Bacon. 
Ethel Yates, b. Aug. 19, i88r ; d. young. 

11. Stephen 2 Yates (William^), eleventh child and eighth son, was 
born March 25, 1815. As a blacksmith's apprentice he "bought his time." 
When he was 24 (published " March the 9, 1839," an d " certificate of the 
same given April the 1, 1839"), he married Ann G., daughter of Cyprian 
and Lovisa (Perham) Cole w of Greenwood. He kept a blacksmith shop 
at Locke's Mills in Greenwood, and here his children were born. He re- 
ft) Letter from Mrs. Sarah (Brown) Yates: "My father, Enoch Brown, was born in 
Alexander, Me., 1809. His father was Samuel Brown, born in 1769; his mother was Dorcas 
Libby. born in 178G. Grandfather Brown belonged in St. David's N. B., and he was the 
son of James Brown of England. My mother, Sophronia Farrer, who was born in St. David's 
in 1823, was the daughter of Abner and Susan (Sherman) Farrer of St. David's." Three 
sisters, Sarah, Deborah and Mary R. Brown, all married Yateses, and their grandmother, 
born Dorcas Libby, was sister to Samuel Yates' wife's mother. (See' Note "g"' for the 
Libbys. ) 

(u) Births from personal records. 

(v) Births from "Grandmother Brown's Bible or texts book," in possession of Mrs. 
Carrie (Yates) Bacon. 

(w) See Note "e." Lovicy Perham, b. Feb. 20, 1794, was daughter of Lemuel and 
Betsey (Gurney) Perham of Woodstock and seventh in descent from John Perham of 
Chelmsford, says Lapham. 



32 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

moved to Lawrence, Mass., in 1848, and aided in putting in the iron-work 
in the great dam across the Merrimac. For many years he was employed 
in the machine shops of the Pacific and Everett mills. He was an 
especially skilled workman in the tempering of steel. Then for several 
years he kept a shoe store in partnership, the firm being Stowell & Yates. 
They were burned out, and he went into a blacksmith shop on Broadway, 
South Lawrence. Here, a tireless worker at 70, he was taken with the ill- 
ness which caused his death on Sept. 5, 1885. There was an adopted 
daughter, Elizabeth Yates, child of Lewis B. Stowell of Paris, taken into 
the family after the death of Stephen's eldest children. His wife, Ann, 
died in Lawrence on April 3, 1872, aged 55 years 4 months 8 days. 
Children x of Stephen D. and Ann (Cole) Yates : 

Orrington 3 Yates, b. ; d. young. 

Elizabeth Ann Yates, b. ; d. young. 

38. Eugene Stephen Yates, b. Oct. 22, 1845,; m. Cora Elliott. 

39. Annette L. Yates, b. Oct. 4, 1847 ; m. John W. Shaw. 

12. Sylvester 2 Yates ( William 1 ), twelfth child and ninth son, was born 
Jan. 2, 1820. As the youngest son, he stayed with the old folks. He mar- 
ried, first, his cousin Ruth, daughter of Luke and Polly (Herrick) Morgan 
(see p. 4). Her tombstoue reads : " Ruth, wife of Silvester C. Yeates, 
died March 23, 1852, yEt. 33 yrs 6 mos 23 days." He next married Harriet, 
daughter of Cyrus Verrill of Minot ; she died in October, 1862. Both 
these wives died at his father's, where he lived. He then married, Sept. 
1, 1864, Frances Priscilla Lombard, born at Magalloway, P. Q., daughter of 
John and Rebecca (Robbins) Lombard. He farmed it on the place next 
above Dennis Herrick's, " over across " from his brother Moses. Here 
most of his children were born. He was a slow-moving, medium-sized 
man, of splendid physique, and bearded like a Norwegian king. He was 
a good talker and a fine fisherman (I have been fishing with him). He 
was in his 65th year when his youngest son was boru. He died Sept. 20, 
1897, having outlived all his brothers and sisters. The widow, born on 
Feb. 19, 1842, married Calvin Cole of Greenwood, and was living in 1906. 

Children^ of Sylvester and Frances (Lombard) Yates : 

Ida 3 Yates, b. Norway July 4, 1865 ; m. 1883 Willie Judkins ; d. Jan. 
31, 1889, without issue. 

40. Lena Yates, b. July 8, 1869; m. Royal Martin. 

41. John Yates, b. July 13, 1874; m. Grace Knapp. 

42. Tessie Yates, b. July 23, 1876; m. Isaac Judkins. 
William Yates, b. Nov. 1, 1881. 

43. Grover C. Yates, b. March 23, 1885 ; m. Bertha Bisbee. 

13. Martha 2 Yates ( William^), thirteenth and youngest child and 
fourth daughter, was born Dec. 3, 1824. She married, first, Jonathan 
Leavitt, a most estimable and promising young man, who was later killed 
by the kick of a horse, in Lovell, where he kept store. His tombstone in 
the Yates burying ground reads : "Jonathan Leavitt, Died March 25, 1852, 
2Et. 30 Yrs 6 Mos." Half a dozen years later the widow married a fine- 
looking, black-eyed six-footer of 21, George M. Littlefield, son of James 

(x) Births from personal records. 

(y) Births from record furnished by Frances (Lombard) Yates, the mother. 



CHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 33 

and Hannah (Young) Littlefield. 2 Their only child, Nina, was born Sept. 
24, 1861 ; and on Nov. 4 of that year, then 23 according to the military rec- 
ord, he enlisted in the Civil war. He had a gallant war record in D com- 
pany of the Fifth Maine and in C company of the First Maine Veteran 
Infantry, of which he was second lieutenant. He was honorably dis- 
charged July 7, 1865. After the war he and his wife moved to Lewiston, 
Me. In that city Martha (Yates) Littlefield remained the rest of her life, 
supporting herself and educating her daughter. She was a patient and 
gentle woman, esteemed by all who knew her. She lies in the Yates 
burying ground, beside her first husband, her tombstone being inscribed : 
" Martha F. Littlefield. Born Dec. 3, 1824. Died June 16, 1893." In Feb- 
ruary, 1906, George M. Littlefield, a pensioner, was living alone in the 
small town of Fossil, in southwestern Wyoming. 

Child (Greenwood town records) of George M. and Martha (Yates) 
Littlefield : 

Nina Littlefield, b. Sept. 24. 1861 ; m. July 11, 1895, Daniel P., son of 
John and Ann (Pierce) Eaton of Lewiston, Me. 



GRANDCHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 

AND THEIR FAMILIES 

14. Freeman 3 Yates (William? William 1 ), firstborn of William and 
Dorcas (Hall) Yates, was born in Norway, Me., May 1, 1818. He became 
a preacher in the Maine conference of the Methodist Episcopal church 
when he was but a month over 21. The conference records for 1839, 
Bishops Waugh and Soule presiding, show on June 26 the entry : " Ad- 
mitted on trial : Freeman Yates." A brilliant speaker and energetic 
pastor, he received in turn some of the best appointments in the confer- 
ence, as follows : 1839, Baldwin ; 1840, Cornish ; 1841, South Gorham ; 
1842, South Berwick ; 1843, York ; * 844-5, Bowdoinham ; 1846, East Hal- 
lowell ; 1847, Lubec. Meanwhile, on Nov. 5. 1841, he had married Mary 
Lowell Hall, born Oct. 15, 1818, daughter of James and Hannah (Lowell) 
Hall and grand-daughter of William and Comfort (Riggs) Hall and great- 
grand-daughter of Daniel and Lorana (Winslow) Hall and great-great- 
grand-daughter of Hate-Evil and Sarah (Furbish) Hall, Lorana Winslow 
being the sister of Ruth Winslow (see note "a" on p. 25). While stationed 
at South Berwick, he held an extended debate on " Endless Punishment " 
with the celebrated Universalist divine, the Rev. Eben Francis, then sta- 
tioned at Dover, N. H., the discussion later appearing in book form, a copy 
of it being in the Boston public library. In 1848 he severed his connection 

(z) Mrs. James A. Littlefield. Blue Hill, Me., sister-in-law of George M. : "My husband 
and George were the only children of James and Hannah Thayer (Young) Littlefield of 
Waterville, Me. Father Littlefield's folks belonged in Searsport or Frankfort ; he had a 
brother Thomas and a brother Jere and sisters Phebe and Maria. I think the family was 
originally from York county. Mother Littlefield was born April 2, 1S06. and died in Water- 
ville in October, 1895. Her father was of Shapleigh, Y<»rk county, Me." 



34 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

with the conference and thenceforth gave his time to lecturing and working 
in the temperance cause, which was the burning public question of that 
time. Related to Neal Dow, he was prominently associated with him in 
the agitation that eventually placed the " Maine law " on the statute book. 
He published a temperance paper called " The Fountain and Journal." 
He had much to do with the organizing of the Sons of Temperance, and 
there is published an address which he delivered before the meeting of that 
body. He received a call to Michigan, and entered earnestly into the 
temperance work in that state, publishing a temperance paper, and con- 
tinuing the work of preacher and temperance lecturer. Later he lectured 
in other states in the west and southwest. At the outbreak of the Civil 
war he was in Louisiana, and was pressed into the service of the Confed- 
eracy. He finally got back to the north through the help of General 
Neal Dow, and, broken in health, retired to Windham, Me., where, on 
March 31, 1864, at the age of 45, he died. His wife died Oct. 8, 1895. 
Children of Freeman and Mary (Hall) Yates : 

44. Mary Elizabeth 4 Yates, b. Dec. ir, 1842 ; m. Allen D. French. 

45. Ella Louise Yates, b. March 22, 1S51 ; m. (1) Charles E. Gray, (2) 

Wilson M. Ward. 

15. Mary 3 Yates ( William,' 2 William' 1 ), second child and eldest daugh- 
ter, was born in Oxford, Me., Jan. 14, 1820. On May 27, 1847, s h- e married 
Milton Walker Chapman of Bethel. He was born Nov. 13, 182 1, a son of 
Deacon Edmund and Hitty (Gould) Chapman and grandson of the Rev. 
Eliphaz and Hannah (Jackman) Chapman who moved from Methuen, 
Mass., to Bethel in 1791 and who was the great-grandson of Edward Chap- 
man of Ipswich, 1644. (See Chapman genealogy in Maine Genealogist 
and Biographer, vol. iii., part 4.) The first three and last two children 
of Mary (Yates) Chapman were born in Bethel, the others in Milan, N. H. 
In the Civil war Mr. Chapman enlisted in D company, Sixteenth Maine, on 
Aug. 14, 1862 ; later he was reported absent sick, and in June, 1863, he was 
discharged. He died from consumption on Sept. 28, 1868. The widow 
brought up the children, and they were a great comfort to her in her old 
age. She died in Portland on April 29, 1900, at the age of 80. 

Children of Milton W. and Mary (Yates) Chapman: 

Florilla Emeline 4 Chapman, b. Aug. 28, 1848 ; m. in Norway June 
12, 1870, FitzRoy Bennett, who d. in Portland, Me., Jan. 28, 1904. 
Children: Alice Pearl, 5 b. June 16, 1880; d. in infancy. Veda Al- 
berta, b. Feb. 6, 1883. 

Mary Elizabeth Chapman, b. Nov. 23, 1850; m. Oct. 3, 1868, Milton 
Penley of Bethel. Two adopted children, Blanche and Jeannette. 

Ada Adelia Chapman, b. July n, 1852 ; m. Jan. 9, 1869, Nathan New- 
man Penley of Norway ; d. Gorham, N. H., Feb. 25, 1875. Child : 
A daughter, d. in infancy. 

Jotham Sewall Chapman, b. March 15, 1854; m. March 8, 1885. Cora 
Jackson of Newry, Me. Children : Philip Sheridan, b. March 18, 
1888. Sydney Milton, b. Jan. 17, 1890. Ruth Virginia, b. Nov. 7, 
1903 ; d. June 4, 1905. 

Ella Frances Chapman, b. April 10, 1856; m. July 5, 1873, Robert J. 
Cross of Gorham, N. H.; d. in Baird, Tex., Nov. 4, 1887. Children: 
Ada Adelia, m. April 30, 1894, Llewellyn A. Lloyd, who later died, 




MRS. MARY (YATES) CHAPMAN 



GRANDCHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 35 



leaving her a widow with one son 6 b. March 13, 1895. Sarah Eliz- 
abeth, m. July 26, 1900, M. J. Murphy and had a daughter b. March 
7, 1902. Both lived in Marshall, Tex., near their father. 

William Edmond Chapman, b. July 13, 1858; m. July 19, 1882, Eliz- 
abeth Abbie Winslow of Saccarappa, Me.; lived in Portland, Me. 
Children : Grace Maud, b. June 16, 1883. Ada May, b. Sept. 5, 
1885 ; m. Aug. 10, 1904, Frederick F. Cushing. Ella Frances, b. 
April ti, 1890; d. Sept. ir, 1896. Gladys, b. Feb. 24, 1895. Mona 
Dorothy, b. Aug. 25, 1899. Muriel, b. Sept 13, 1902. Elizabeth 
Winters, b. Feb. 21, 1905. 

Milton Chapmau, b. Nov. 6, 1861 ; d. in infancy. 

Fred Milton Chapman, b. June 23, 1864; m. Oct. 27, 1884, Eva Hall 
of Portland ; d. in Portland Oct. 11, 1901. Children : William 
Nathan, b. Feb. 8, 1886. Carl Richard, b. Sept. 1, 1894. Mildred, 
b. July 3, 1896 ; d. infant. Ruth, b. April 20, 1898; d. infant. 

16. William Kilburn 3 Yates (William* William 1 ), fourth child and 
second son, was born Jan. 28, 1826. On Jan. 20, 1848, in Andover, Mass., 
he married Zilpha B. Dustin, who was born in Hanover, Me., March 1, 1831. 
She was the daughter of Chandler Russell and Charlotte (Bean) Dustin 
and grand-daughter of Ezekiel and Ruth (York) Dustin and great-grand- 
daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Swan) Dustin (who came from Methuen 
to Bethel in 1798, says Dr. N. T. True) and a descendant of the heroic Han- 
nah Dustin, whose monument adorns the city of Haverhill, Mass. In the 
Civil war William K. Yates enlisted in the Fifth New Hampshire, and was 
fatally wounded at the battle of Antietam in September, 1862, dying ten 
days later, " not sensing enough to send us any word or say anything ex- 
cept to wish he could live to do more service." He left a wife, a ten-year- 
old son and a baby boy. The widow married, second, March 30, 1865, 
Solomon J. Hayward, whom she survived, and was living at Milan, N. H., 
in 1906. 

Children of William K. and Zilpha B. (Dustin) Yates : 

46. Herbert A. 4 Yates, b. Feb. 19, 1851 ; m. (r) Ida Anderson, (2) Mary 
Rogers, (3) Eva Fuller, (4) Myrtle Estes. 
Alvah N. Yates, b. Sept. 8, 1861 ; d. Sept. 8, 1866. 



17. Octavius K. 3 Yates {James, 2 William 1 ) was born on Sept. 25, 1833, 
according to his family record. He was graduated from the Bethel high 
school, was in trade in Auburn and was a recruiting officer during the Civil 
war. He was in Ford's Theatre in Washington the night President Lin- 
coln was shot, and was an eye-witness of the assassination. After the war 
he went to Bothwell, Canada, where he engaged in the oil business, became 
a subject of Queen Victoria and held local office. Returning to Maine, he 
studied medicine under eminent practitioners in Portland, and was gradu- 
ated from the Maine Medical School in 1870. He established himself in 
medical practice at West Paris, and became widely known throughout the 
county for his skill, being still in active practice at this time (1906). He 
married July 25, 1852, Elizabeth D., daughter of Artemas and Desire 
(Stevens) Felt (see Felt Genealogy), born in Greenwood, Jan. 24, 1835, 

Children of Octavius K. and Elizabeth (Felt) Yates : 

Llewellyn James 4 Yates, b. July 25, 1853; d. Aug. 27, [876. 



36 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

Alton Yates, b. April 12, 1857 ; d. July 29, 1858. 
Edgar Lincoln Yates, b. May 7, 1861 ; d. July 7, 1861. 
Myrtle D. Yates, b. July 29, 1875 , m. Jan. 29, 1895, Dr. Fred. E. 
Wheeler; d. without issue Jan. 14, 1901. 



18. George 3 Yates {Samuel? William 1 ), second child and second son, 
was born July 10, 1832. He grew up in Princeton, and always lived in that 
vicinity, working as a lumberman and on the river. On Oct. 18, 1859, l ie 
married Mary J. Brown, born July 27, 1842, daughter of Ephraim and 
Phebe (Farrer) Brown. He was a Democrat, was of the Advent faith, and 
was a member of Lewy's Island lodge of Masons. 

Children of George and Mary J. (Brown) Yates : 

William 4 Yates, b. Nov. 30, i860; m. Sept. 20, 1879, Livona, dau. of 
Theophilus and Lena (Sprague) Libby ; d. without issue May 23, 
1888. 

Oscar Yates, b. Aug. 8, 1862 ; m. (1) Sept. 3, 1888, Flora, dau. of Ed- 
ward and Martha E. (Taylor) Jameson, who d. without issue Jan. 
21, 1899, (2) April 2, 1902, Venetia, dau. of Albert L. and Alice S. 
(Brown) Jones; lived in Princeton. 

47. Addie Yates, b. May 20, 1866; m. Leslie Jameson. 

19. Charles H. 3 Yates {Samuel, 2 William 1 ), third child and third son, 
was born Dec. 3, 1834, and married Dec. 2, 1857, Sarah Brown. She was 
born March 19, 1S42, the daughter of Enoch and Sophronia (Farrer) Brown 
(see note "t"). Charles Yates lived at Princeton. He was for several 
years president of the North Washington agricultural society. 

Children of Charles H. and Sarah (Brown) Yates : 

48. Fannie 4 Yates, b. Feb. 26, i860; m. (1) Ephraim Crosby, (2) Richard 

Edgerly. 
Fidelia Yates, b. 1862 ; d. November, 1880. 

49. Minnie Yates, b. Sept. 23, 1864; m. George Andrews. 

50. Dollie Yates, b. Nov. 16, 1866 ; m. Augustus Andrews. 

20. Mary 3 Yates (Samuel, 2 William 1 ), sixth child and eldest daughter, 
born in 1841, married David, son of David and Ellen (Marsh) Cass. She 
died June 11, 1879, and he Sept. 8, 1899. 

Children of David and Mary (Yates) Cass : 

Leander 4 Cass, b. March 18, i860; m. in Minneapolis July 8, 1887, 
Regula Stussi; d. Stillwater Minn., Feb. 25, 1898. Children : 
Anna Ethel. 3 Gertrude Edna. Leander. 

Amelia Cass, b. ; d. at 2 years. 

Ida Cass, b. Nov. 16, 1863 ; m. Sept. 10, 1879, John, son of Milford and 
Matilda (Brown) Crosby. Children : Osburn, b. May 12, 1880. 
Lillian, b. Sept. 7, 1882 ; d. June 19, 1895. Ralph, b. May 27, 1885 ; 
d. Nov. 9, 1905. Etta, b. April 3, 188S. Maude, b. June 11, 1890. 
David, b. Sept. 10, 1892. Coburn, b. March 9, 1895. 

Nettie Cass, b. June 4, 186- ; m. Henry A. Mercier ; d. June 7, 1889, 
"at 23." Children: Erne ; m. Frank Kidder, and had Elmer. 6 
Elmer. 

Delia Cass, b. Sept. 22, 1874 ; m. Henry Mercier. Children : Steph- 
en. Grace. Albert. Leander. James. Alice. Esther. 

Mary Cass, b. April 2, 1878; m. Albert Wood of Kingman. Chil- 
dren : Nettie. Pauline. 

21. Stephen Emery 3 Yates (Samuel, 2 William 1 ), eighth child and 



GRANDCHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 37 

seventh son, was born July 13, 1847. At the age of 17, on Dec. 29, 1864, 
he was mustered in with F company of the First Maine Sharpshooters ; 
later was transferred to the Twentieth Maine, and served till the end of the 
war. May 24, 1871, he married Dora, daughter of Henry and Annie D. 
(Hall) Perkins, and she bore him two children. In January, 1882, they 
were divorced ; and on Sept. 24, 1883, he married Sarah, daughter of Dea- 
con Jedediah Fenlason : her mother was a Richardson. Stephen Yates 
lived at Grand Lake Stream. 

Children of Stephen E. and Dora (Perkins) Yates : 

5r. Chester E. 4 Yates, b. Aug. 4, 1873; m. Ruth E. Smith. 
52. Etta A. Yates, b. Sept. 11, 1876 ; m. Orin A. Fitch. 

Children of Stephen E. and Sarah (Fenlason) Yates: 

Irving Yates, b. Nov. 13, 1884. 

Percy Yates, b. May 2, 1886. 

Eugene Arthur Yates, b. April 8, 1888. 

22. Elizabeth 3 Yates {Samuel? William^), ninth child and second 
daughter, was born in 1850, and Nov. 15, 1868, she married William Gould. 
His father, William A. Gould, was from Leeds, Me., and his mother, Mary 
A. Elden, was from Buxton, Me. William Gould lived at Grand Lake 
Stream. 

Children of William and Elizabeth (Yates) Gould : 

Georgia 4 Gould, b. April 13, 1874; m. Baker. 

Fred E. Gould, b. Sept. 26, 1877. 

Esther J. Gould, b. March 29, i88r ; m. Seamous. 

Chester W. Gould, b. March 29, i88r. 
Guy H. Gould, b. April r4, 1890. 
Ralph A. Gould, b. May 2, 1892. 
James M. Gould, b. July 12, 1894. 

23. Martha 3 Yates {Samuel? William 1 ), tenth child and third daugh- 
ter, was born Aug. 20, 1852. Nov. 26, 1870, she married Gorham K. Gould, 
brother of William. Mr. Gould was born in Baring; Me., Nov. 17, 1843. 
He became a member of Lewy's Island lodge of Masons July 15, 1868. 
Lived at Grand Lake Stream. 

Children of Gorham and Martha (Yates) Gould : 

Esther Jane 4 Gould, b. May 9, 1872 ; d. April 17, 1875. 

Frank L. Gould, b. April 3, 1874 ; m. Mabel Bacon. Children : 

Stephen L., d. young. Elizabeth S. 
Olive M. Gould, b. Feb. 19, 1878 ; m. Herbert Bacon. 
Apphia L. Gould, b. March 20, 1880; m. Price Robinson. Children : 

Mildred. Ruth, d. young. Victor. 
Laura E. Gould, b. Dec. 12, 1884; d. Jan. 30, 1889. 
Flora Y. Gould, b. Dec. 21, 1889; d. Dec. 28, 1891. 
Elden K. Gould, ) . . , Q 

Hill M. Gould! [b. Aug. i 4f 1892. 

Elsie B. Gould, b. Aug. 27, 1896. 



24. Edward Millwood 3 Yates {Moses? William 1 ) the elder son, was 
born in Greenwood Dec. 28, 1830, and learned the printer's trade in Port- 
land. On June 9, 1852, in Ellsworth, Me., he married Rose Ann, daugh- 
ter of Josiah and Sally (Libby) Skillin of Biddeford, born in Westbrook, 



38 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

Me., Dec. n, 1830. (See Skillin and Libby Genealogies.) In the year 
1853, together with C. O. Furbush, a young printer, he started the Machias 
Union, the first weekly paper in the shire town of Washington county. 
Subsequently, owing to ill health, he sold out to Mr. Furbush. In the 
Civil war he enlisted from Machias in the First Maine Heavy Artillery. 
On account of his beautifully clear penmanship and other qualifications he 
was detailed as confidential clerk at the department headquarters in Wash- 
ington, and served to the close of the war. He obtained priceless relics of 
Lincoln. Returning to Maine after the war, he worked on the Lewiston 
Journal, and then from 1868 he was for ten years foreman of the Portland 
Transcript. In 1883 he became editor of the Biddeford Weekly and Daily 
Journal, the leading Republican paper in York county, Me. From this 
position he retired in 1894, being succeeded by his elder son. In Old 
Orchard, where he lived, he was prominent in town affairs, and held every 
leading town office in turn. In 1895 he was appointed trial justice by Gov- 
ernor Cleaves, being reappointed in 1902, at the expiration of his first 
term. He and his wife were Methodists. He was a Mason, an Odd Fellow 
and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1906 he was the 
oldest surviving member of the Yates family. 

Children of Edward M. and Rose Ann (Skillin) Yates : 

53. Edgar Allan Poe 4 Yates, b. March 1, 1856; m. Flora L. Richmond. 
Willie Clarence Yates, b. Dec. 17, 1857 ; d. Feb. 7, 1877. 

54. Oscar Hubert Yates, b. Sept. 22, i860 ; m. Clara May Fogg. 

25. Gilbert William 3 Yates {Moses? William 1 ), younger son, was 
born Aug. 5, 1835. As a young man he went on a whaling voyage to the 
Pacific ocean, and later worked in Boston as driver and milkman. (I re- 
call his old whale-tooth pipe, and the flying-fish's "wings" mounted in 
an old Bible.) Returning, he went back on the farm with his father, and 
thenceforward lived there. Nov. 24, 1872, he married Laura E. Emmons 
of Greenwood, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Shepard) Emmons. Jacob 
and his wife came to Greenwood about the time of the building of the 
Grand Trunk railway, and were from Kennebunk, he without much doubt 
a descendant of Ebenezer and Mary (Huff) Emmons of Arundel (Kenne- 
buukport), 1726, he the grandson of Thomas Emmons of Boston, the first 
of the name here. Laura Yates died Feb. 28, 1894. Gilbert Yates at 71 
was in good health, with his thick black hair just beginning to turn. 
Children of Gilbert W. and Laura (Emmons) Yates : 

Wilbur Fisk 4 Yates, b. Sept. 16, 1873; m. Nov. 25, 1897, Lois Mu- 
setta, dau. of Newell and Loviua May (Cummings) Swan ; a farmer 
and lived in Greenwood. 
55. Linnie May Yates, b. Feb. 22, 1875 ; m. George C. Cole. 
Lendall Bishop Yates, b. Dec. 16, 1876 ; d. in infancy. 
Lendall Bishop Yates, b. Nov. i4, 1879 ; m. Aug. 30, 1902, Edna, dau. 
of Timothy and Emma (Needham) Heath, she dying Feb. 23, 1904 ; 
lived in Greenwood. 
Willie Clarence Yates, b. July 31, 1881. 
Estes Gilbert Yates, b. March 11, 1884. 
Laura Viva Yates, b. Nov. 4, 1891. 



26. Justin M. :i Yates {Jonathan? William^), eldest child, was born 




REV. FREEMAN YATES 
JUDGE E. M. YATES DR. O. K. YATES 

EDGAR YATES 



GRANDCHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 39 

July 18, 1836. May 18, i86r, he married Sabritia Frost, who could lift a 

barrel of flour over the tailboard of a wagon. He died June 18, 1903. 

He was a farmer and lived in Greenwood. 

Children of Justin and Sabrina (Frost) Yates: 

Ainsworth Appleton 4 Yates, b. March 25, 1870. 
Peter Yates, b. April 16, 1873. 

27. Irene V. 3 Yates (Jonathan* William 1 ) eldest daughter, was born 
Aug. 20, 1839. She married, first, one Scribner of Waterford, and after- 
wards Cyrus E. Hurd. She lived in Auburn, Me. 

Child of and Irene (Yates) Scribner : 

May Rosamond 4 Scribner, b. ; m. (1) Joseph Stockman. 

28. Martha Frances 3 Yates (Jonathan, 12 William^), fifth child, was 
born Feb. 8, 1850, in South Paris. On Sept. 17, 1869, she married Zachary 
T. Swan, who was born in Woodstock Jan. 9, 1849, sotl °f Fessenden and 
Helen M. (Crockett) Swan. They lived at Bryant's Pond and Livermore 
Falls, Me. 

Children of Zachary and Martha F. (Yates) Swan : 

Fidelia R. 4 Swan, b. June 7, 1870 ; m. Frank D. Whittum ; d. Dec. 

21, 1888. 

Lenora A. Swan, b. Feb. 1, 1872; d. Dec. 13, 1888. 
Charles H. Swan, b. Sept. 7, 1875 ; m. Ida A. Swan. 
Harry J. G. Swan, b. Sept. 7, 1877 ; d. April 9, 1880. 
Hubert J. Swan, b. April 9, 1879; d. Aug. 16, 1881. 
Harold W. Swan, b. June 20, 1881 ; m. Bessie E. Robbins. 
Bernard Z. Swan, b. July 4, 1883; d. Sept 17, 1885. 
Cora M. Swan, b. May 23, 1885 ; m. Ernest L. Strout. 
Helen M. Swan, b. Nov. 15, 1892. 

29. John Leon 3 Yates (Jonathan , 2 IVilliam 1 ), sixth child and third 
son, was born March 31, 1852, in Greenwood. On Oct 25, 1876, he married 
Mrs. Jennie S'arbird, daughter of Daniel and Hannah (Larrabee) McDan- 
iels. They lived in Auburn. Jennie Yates died Sept. 10, 1901. John L. 
Yates was a marble letterer, and lived in 1906 in Somersworth, N. H. 

Child of John L. and Jennie (McDaniels) Yates : 

56. Perley O. 4 Yates, b. Jan, 5, 1878; m. Mrs. Margaret (Hatton) Smith. 



30. Frederick 3 Yates (George 2 William}), elder son of George and 
Lydia Ann (Bryant) Yates, was born in Biddeford April 8, 1839. When 
a dozen years old he began his business career by keeping a refreshment 
and news stand on the steamboat that ran between Saco and Biddeford 
Pool. Later, under his uncle Luther Bryant he learned the trade of 
painter. At the outbreak of the Civil war he cast his maiden vote for the 
Democratic ticket, and lost his situation as boss painter for doing it. In 
the war he was part of the time at Beaufort and Newbern, N. C, at the lat- 
ter place as hotel steward. On his return, he opened the Yates House, a 
summer hotel at Biddeford Pool ; and afterwards for many years he ran 
the Biddeford House, the principal hotel of the city. The Yates House 
at the Pool was destroyed by fire. He finally sold out his hotel business 
and devoted himself to the management of real estate. In 1906 he was 



40 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

manager of the Biddeford Opera House and chief owner and manager of 
the great ocean pier at Old Orchard, both of which he had managed for 
some 3 7 ears previous. He was also president of the Biddeford National 
Bank, and had been for many years. He had been a member of the board 
of aldermen and president of that body. On the Lawrence, Mass., records 
appears the marriage entry, "Fredrick Yeats and Miss Susan Sawyer, Dec. 
5, i860." She was born in 1841, daughter of John and Sally P. (Smith) 
Sawyer, and died in 1902. 

Children of Frederick and Susan L. (Sawyer) Yates : 

57. Cora P. 4 Yates, b. Jan. 9, 1862; m. Cyprien Lacroix. 

58. Annabel F. Yates, b. June 16, 1868; m. James P. Rundle. 



31. Edith A. 3 Yates {George? William*), eldest child of George and 
Mary (Brown) Yates, was born Sept. 28, 1865, and was married Aug. 14, 
1882, to Frank W. Bagley of Cooper, Me. She died at Red Beach, Me., on 
March 23, 1902. 

Children of Frank and Edith (Yates) Bagley : 

Lula Maude 4 Bagley, b. Oct. 11, 1883. 

George W. Bagley, b. March ir, 1885. 

Wellington Eugene Bagley, b. Oct. 10, 1886. 

Lillian Edith Bagley, b. April 26, 1889; in. March 3, 1906, John W. 

H. Bacon. 
Ralph Clifton Bagley, b. Nov. 9, 1891. 
Hazen Francis Bagley, b. April 6, 1893 ; d. Aug. 24, 1900. 

32. Sophronia 4 Yates (George? William*), second child, was born Feb. 
16, 1867, and was married April 4, 1884, to Ira W. Smith, son of Zealous 
and Martha (Davis) Smith. Lived at Grand Lake Stream. 

Children of Ira W. and Sophronia (Yates) Smith : 

Martha E. 4 Smith, b. Nov. 1, 1886. 
Nellie M. Smith, b. March 26, 1889. 
Zealous A. Smith, b. Aug. 13, 1891. 
George W. Smith, b. June 8, 1895. 
Helen A. Smith, b. March 3, 1893. 
Ernest E. Smith, b. April 30, 1897. 
Edith A. Smith, b. July 13, 1899. 
Ada M. Smith, b. Jan. 16, 1902. 

33. Wallace W. 3 Yates (George? William 1 ), third child and eldest son, 
was born in Princeton Jan. 14, 1869. On July 10, 1893, he married Agnes 
E., daughter of Joseph A. and Mary S. (Dexter) Fleming. Lived at Grand 
Lake Stream. 

Children of Wallace and Agnes (Fleming) Yates : 

Grace Evelyn 4 Yates, b. Feb. 19, 1894. 
Stella Amanda Yates, b. Oct. 10, 1895. 
Guy Alden Yates, b. July 22, 1898. 
Arthur Roland Yates, b. Oct. 13, 1900. 
Ola Bell Yates, b. Jan. 12, 1905. 

34. Charles Ross 3 Yates (George? William*), fourth child and second 
son, was born in Princeton Aug. 23, 1871 (personal record). On March 21, 
1889, he married Adella, daughter of John and Dorcas (Brown) Gower. 
Lived at Grand Lake Stream. 




; ' -' - '.■' :,■/■', 




FREDERICK YATES 



GRANDCHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 41 

Children of Charles Ross and Adella (Gower) Yates : 

Addie L. 4 Yates, b. June 6, 1890. 

Manley N. Yates, b. Feb. 1, 1893. 

John Everett Yates, b. Jan. 12, 1895. 

George Donald Yates, b. Sept. 19, 1897. 

Alpa W. Yates, b. Nov. 15, 1899 ; d. Dec. 26, 1899. 

Doris E. Yates, b. Sept. 21, 1904. 

35. Priscilla M. 3 Yates (George, 2 William 1 ), fifth child and third 
daughter, was born June 25, 1873. Sept. 13, 1890, she married Ellsworth, 
son of Benjamin and Berenice (Johnson) Beach. Lived at Grand Lake 
Stream. 

Children of Ellsworth and Priscilla (Yates) Beach : 

Ralph D. 4 Beach, b. April 24, 1892. 

Lemuel Beach, b. Nov. 9, 1894. 

Priscilla M. Beach, b. June 24, 1896. 

Walter L. Beach, b. May 16, 1897. 

Arthur V. Beach, b. June 25, 1898. 

Howard E. Beach,), . d. Oct. 6,1900. 

Richard E. Beach, ( D * Aug ' I? > I9 °° ' d. Oct. 10, 1900. 

Benjamin F. Beach, b. Oct. 13, 1901. 

Edith E. Beach, b. Oct. 25, 1903. 

Lavonia E. Beach, b. Nov. 28, 1904. 

36. Beldin A. 3 Yates (George, 2 William 1 ), seventh child and fourth 
son, was born in Princeton Aug. 24, 1878. Oct. 3, 1903, he married Mabel, 
daughter of Frederick B. and Helena A. (Gaskell) Cox. Lived at Grand 
Lake Stream. 

Children of Beldin and Mabel (Cox) Yates : 

Vivian Geraldine 4 Yates, b. Oct. 5, 1904; d. Sept. 12, 1905. 
Victor Gordon Yates, b. Jan. 12, 1906. 

37. Carrie 3 Yates (George, 2 William}'), eighth child and fourth daugh- 
ter, was born in Dixie, Me., Jan. 1, 1880. Dec. 24, 1895, she married 
George Palmer, from Prince Edward Island, son of David and Ellen 
(Grame) Palmer, he of Nova Scotia and she of Prince Edward Island. HB 
HI she then married, June 21, 1903, James, 
son of James M. and Isabelle (Blakely) Bacon. Lived at Grand Lake 
Stream. 

Children of George and Carrie (Yates) Palmer : 

Mary Ellen 4 Palmer, b. Nov. 2, 1896. 
Margaret Jessie Palmer, b. Jan. 19, 1898. 

Child of James and Carrie (Yates) Bacon : 

Isabel Bernice 4 Bacon, b. April 30, 1905. 



38. Eugene Stephen 3 Yates (Stephen, 2 William}) the only son surviv- 
ing childhood, was born in Greenwood Oct. 22, 1845. He was graduated 
from the high school in Lawrence, Mass., in 1864, and at once enlisted for 
the Civil war, serving as corporal. He studied medicine at Harvard and 
Cincinnati, and was graduated from the Bellevue Hospital Medical College 
in New York city in 1872. He established himself in the practice of medi- 
cine in Lawrence. He was elected city physician Jan. 20, 1879, for a term 



42 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

of three years ; he also served on the board of health. Besides practising 
medicine, he owned an apothecary store. He was a member of the Odd 
Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Grand Army of the Republic. On 
May 6, 1872, he married Cora G., daughter of George B. and Abigail (Ben- 
nett) Elliott of Concord, N. H. He died in Lawrence July 28, 1886, at the 
age of 40. His wife, who survived him, studied medicine at the College of 
Physicians and Surgeons in Boston, and in 1906 was practising medicine in 
Pawtucket, R. I. 

Child of Eugene S. and Cora (Elliott) Yates : 

Rollin Eugene 4 Yates, b. Sept. 10, 1879 5 studied dentistry ; removed 
to southern California. 

39. Annette L. 3 Yates {Stephen? William}} was born at Locke's Mills 
Oct. 4, 1847. On Sept. 27, 1879, in Lawrence, she married John W., son 
of William and Martha (Winterbottom) Shaw of England. Lived in 
Lawrence. 

Children of John W. and Annette L. (Yates) Shaw: 

Orrington Garfield 4 Shaw, b. Nov. 26, 1880. 
John William Shaw, b. Jan. 15, 1883. 
Frank Stephen Shaw, b. Nov. 16, 1886. 



40. Lena 3 Yates {Sylvester? William 1 }, second child and second daugh- 
ter, was born in Greenwood July 8, 1869. July 17, 1892, she married Royal, 
son of Lyman R. and Harriet E. (Herrick) Martin of Greenwood (see the 
Herrick Genealogy). Lived in Greenwood. 

Children of Royal and Lena (Yates) Martin : 

Flora Ellen 4 Martin, b. Feb. 20, 1893. 
Irving Freeman Martin, b. July 26, 1895. 
Linda Bell Martin, b. Oct. 21, 1899. 
Charles L. Martin, b. Aug. 20, 1902. 

41. lohn 3 Yates (Sylvester? William^}, third child and eldest son, was 
born in Greenwood July 13, 1874. Jul) 7 13, 1897, he married Grace, the 
daughter of Joseph A. and Lucinda G. (Bennett) Knapp of Bethel, Me. 
John Yates was a butcher and meat dealer, and lived in Colebrook, N. H. 

Children of John and Grace (Knapp) Yates : 

Arietta Grace 4 Yates, b. Jan. 22, 1898. 
Alta Regiua Yates, b. Sept. 15, 1899. 

42. Tessie 3 Yates (Sylvester? William^} was born in Greenwood July 
23, 1876. She married Isaac Judkins. She died in December, 1897. 

Child of Isaac and Tessie (Yates) Judkins: 

Gertrude 4 Judkins, b. Dec. 5, 1894. 

43. Grover Cleveland 3 Yates (Sylvester? William 1 } , youngest of the 
grandchildren of William Yates, was born in Greenwood March 23, 1885, 
about two weeks after the first inauguration of President Cleveland, after 
whom he was named. From boyhood h« was brought up by Isaac Noyes, 
a Greenwood farmer. Nov. 29, 1905, he married Bertha Bisbee of Green- 
wood, daughter of Walter and Arvilda (York) Bisbee. Walter Bisbee was 
the son of Orrin Bisbee, who was born Nov. 21, 1834, son of Sewell and Milla 



GRANDCHILDREN OF WILLIAM YATES 43 

(Whitman) Bisbee, she of Woodstock and he born Aug. 13, 1802. Sewell 
Bisbee was the son of Rowse and Hannah (Carrell) Bisbee. Rowse Bisbee 
was born Oct. 10, 1775, the son of Charles and Beulah (Howland) Bisbee 
from Pembroke, Mass., early settlers in Woodstock ; and this Charles 
Bisbee was the great-great-grandson of Thomas Bisbee, who came from 
England to Scituate, Mass., in 1634, with his wife, six children and three 
servants. 



THE FOURTH GENERATION 

AND THEIR FAMILIES 

44. Mary Elizabeth 4 Yates (Freeman, 3 William* William 1 ) was born 
in South Berwick, Me., Dec. 11, 1842. On Nov. 14, 1863, in Lincolnville, 
Me., she married Allen Drinkwater French, third son of Abel and Jane 
Drinkwater French. For a time they lived in Belfast, Me., and here all 
their children were born. In 1880 they removed to Colorado, but two 
years later they returned to New England, and made a home in Waltham, 
Mass. She died suddenly March 31, 1903, while on a voyage to Trinidad, 
British West Indies, to visit a son. 

Children of Allen D. and Mary Elizabeth (Yates) French : 

Clarence Freeman 5 French, b. Aug. 20, 1864 ; was graduated from 
Tufts College, class of 1889; m. in Waltham July 25, 1891, Alice 
Lydia Bates, dau. of Joseph Curtis and Charlotte Elizabeth (Moul- 
ton) Bates, b. Waltham Sept. 17, 1866 ; lawyer in Boston ; lived in 
Waltham. Children : Joseph Allen, b. Aug. 2, 1892. Herbert 
Moulton, b. July 17, 1894. George Lowell, b. April 26, 1896. Clar- 
ence Bates, b. April 12, 1898. Alice Elizabeth, b. April 1, 1901. 
Curtis Bradford, b. Sept. 24, 1903. 

Herbert Allen French, b. May 8, 1866 ; m. in Waltham June 22, 1892, 
Clara Adelia Comstock, dau. of John Newton and Sarah Ann (Bax- 
ter) Comstock, b. June 26, 1867; newspaperman, San Francisco. 
Child : Winslow Hall, b. Oct. 16, 1897. 

Erminnie Angelia French, b. Feb. 9, 1868 ; teacher in Waltham, and 
prominent in the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Oscar Leroy French, b. May 8, 1871 ; d. Ju*ly 11, 1872. 

Allen Evander French, b. March 12, 1873; m. in Waltham Oct. 18, 
1898, Dorothy Evans ; civil engineer, Rio de Janeiro, South Amer- 
ica. Child : Gwendolen Erminnie, b. Boston Sept. 24, 1899. 

45. Ella Louise 4 Yates {Freeman 3 , William* William*) was born in 
Gardiner, Me., March 22, 1851. She married, first, Charles E. Gray ; and, 
seeond, Wilson M. Ward of Windham, Me. 

Child of Charles E. and Ella (Yates) Gray : 

William Freeman 5 Gray, b. Aug. 30, 1873 ; d. in infancy. 

46. Herbert A. 4 Yates ( William 3 , William, 2 William 1 ) was born Feb. 
19, 185T. He married, first, June 16, 1872, Ida Anderson, daughter of John 
of Milan, N. H. ; she died in January, 1873. He married, second, Mary 
Rogers, from whom he was subsequently divorced. He married, third, 



44 WILLIAM AND MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

Dec. 12, 1882, Eva, daughter of Luther and Fannie M. (Carletou) Fuller of 
Colebrook, N. H. ; she bore him three children, and died Sept. 26, 1896. 
Meanwhile he married, fourth, Nov. 19, 1893, Myrtle, daughter of Joseph 
and Jane (Farr) Estes. 

Children of Herbert and Eva (Fuller) Yates : 

59. Alvah W. 5 Yates, b. Jan. 8, 1884; m. Erne Chappell. 

60. Alice F. Yates, b. May 2, 1886 ; m. Artemas M. Sawyer. 
Nellie L. Yates, b. Sept. 18, if" 



47. Addie 4 Yates (George, 2 Samuel, 2 William x ) was born May 20, 1866. 
On Aug. 12, 1886, she married Leslie Jameson, born March 9, 1866, son of 
Edward and Martha E. (Taylor) Jameson. Lived near Princeton, Me. 

Children of Leslie and Addie (Yates) Jameson : 

Chester L. 5 Jameson, b. Feb. 7, 1887. 

Nina May Jameson, b. Dec. 12, 1892 ; d. Aug. 12, 1893. 

Mary M. Jameson, b. March 4, 1895. 

Nina E. Jameson, b. June 23, 1898. 

Elsie Lena Jameson, b. May 20, 1903. 

48. Fannie Yates 4 (Charles, 2 Samuel, 2 William 1 ) was born Feb. 26, 
i860. She married, first, in 1876, Ephraim, son of Mil ford and Matilda 
(Brown) Crosby, and bore him three daughters. He died March 16, 1884. 
She married, second, Sept. 20, 1891, Richard, son of Joseph and Maria 
(Sprague) Edgerly. They lived in Princeton, and had an adopted sou, Dex- 
ter W. Edgerly. 

Children of Ephraim and Fannie (Yates) Crosby : 

Vashti M. 5 Crosby, b. 1877; teacher in New Bedford, Mass. 

Ada Belle Crosby, b. July 19, 1879 '■> m - Nov. 27, 1902, Edward, son 
of Nelson and Josephine (Williams) Dow. Children : Vinal 
Curtis, 6 b. 1903. Doris E., b. 1904. 

Eva Gene Crosby, b. June 20, 1881 ; m. Dec. 25, 1900, Andrew, sou of 
George and Eliza (Bagley) Williams; lived at Wait, Me. Chil- 
dren : Wadsworth Harris, b. 1901. Dorothy, b. 1903. Madeline 
Frances and Merle Franklin (twins), b. Feb. 22, 1906. 

49. Minnie 4 Yates (Charles, 2 Samuel 2 IVilliam 1 ) was born in Planta- 
tion No. 21 on Sept. 23, 1864. Nov. 9, 1882, she married George E., son of 
Israel and Jane (Keezer) Andrews. 

Children of George E. and Minnie (Yates) Andrews: 

Gertrude 5 Andrews, b. Feb. 28, 1884; m. Burnham McGraw. Chil- 
dren : Burnham, b. 1903. Irene, b. 1905. 

George Andrews, b. Sept. 6, 1885 ; m. Grace Taylor. 

Isabel Andrews, b. Oct. 4, 1886; m. Henry Taylor. Children : Levi. 
Dor. aid Andrews. 

Ada Evelyn Andrews, b. July 16, 1890 ; d. Oct. 10, 1890. 

Charles Israel Andrews, b. April 2, 1893. 

Clara Jane Andrews, b. June 5, 1899. 

50. Dollie 4 Yates (Charles, 2 Samuel, 2 IVilliam 1 ) was born Nov. 16, 
1866. Sept. 30, 1884, she married Augustus, also son of Israel and Jane 
(Keezer) Andrews. They lived in Princeton. 

Children of Augustus and Dollie (Yates) Andrews : 
Harley 5 Andrews, b. Tuesday, July 14, 1885. 




EDWARD MILLWOOD YATES 2d 



THE FOURTH GENERATION 45 

Harry Andrews, b. Tuesday, July 30, 1889. 

Vergie Andrews, b. Tuesday, April 12, 1892. 

Ivor Andrews, b. Thursday, March 26, 1896. 

Addie Andrews, b. Tuesday, April 16, 1900 ; d. Sept. 5, 1900. 

Sheldon Andrews, b. Tuesday, March 10, 1903. 

51. Chester E. 4 Yates {Stephen E.? Samuel? William}) was born Aug. 
4, 1873. On Oct. 24, 1892, he married Ruth, daughter of Hiram F. and 
Helen (Bryant) Smith. Lived at Princeton. 

Child of Chester E. and Ruth (Smith) Yates : 

Earl Raymond 5 Yates, b. June 12, 1894. 

52. Etta A. 4 Yates {Stephen E.? Samuel? William^) was born in 
Princeton Sept. ir, 1876. On Jan. 19, 1895, she married Orin A., son of 
Briggs and Maria (Kneeland) Fitch. Lived at Princeton. 

Children of Orin A. and Etta (Yates) Fitch : 

James Philip 5 Fitch, b. Jan. 9, 1896. 

Dora Edwina Fitch, b. Jan. 14, 1899. 

Maria Fitch, b. June 12, 1901 ; d. Oct. 11, 1901. 

Etta Belle Fitch, b. June 20, 1904. 



53. Edgar 4 Yates {Edward M.? Moses, 2 William 1 ) was born in Bidde- 
ford, Me., March 1, 1856. On Sept. 24, 1879, at Cape Elizabeth, Me., he 
married Flora Louisa, daughter of Sylvester and Eliza Brickett (Eastman) 
Richmond (see Richmond and Eastman Genealogies), born in Richfield, 
Wis., Jan. 10, i860. Printer, teacher, newspaper man. In 1906 Bowdoin 
College conferred on him the degree of A. B., as of the class of 1876. He 
lived in Everett, Mass. , 

Child of Edgar and Flora L. (Richmond) Yates : 

Edward Millwood 5 Yates 2d, b. in Boston Aug. 9, 1889; d. in Saco, 
Me., Aug. 9, 1895. 

54. Oscar H. 4 Yates {Edward M.? Moses? William^) was born in 
Greenwood, Me., Sept. 22, i860. Sept. 20, 1892, he married Clara May 
Fogg, born in Maiden, Mass., May 17, I872, daughter of George and Mary 
Ann (Morse) Fogg, he born in Readfield, Me., son of Timothy and Fran- 
ces Fogg, he born in Raymond, N. H. Hardware dealer at Old Orchard. 

Children of Oscar and Clara M. (Fogg) Yates : 

Carleton Allan 5 Yates, b. Sept. 14, 1893. 
Stanley Paul Yates, b. July 15, 1900. 

55. Linnie May 4 Yates {Gilbert? Moses? William^) was born in Green- 
wood Feb. 22, 1875. On Oct. 16, 1894, she married George C. Cole, sou of 
George C. and Inez A. (Cummings) Cole and grandson of Luther Cole and 
great-grandson of Calvin Cole (see note " e ")• They lived on the Moses 
Yates place in Greenwood, which was destroyed by fire on the night of Jan. 
7, 1906. After that they lived on the Dennis Herrick place. 

Children of George C. and Linnie M. (Yates) Cole : 

Leo George 5 Cole, b. July 1, 1896. 
Ruth Linnie Cole, b. Nov. 11, 1901. 



56. Perley O. 4 Yates {John Leo?i? Jonathan? William 1 ) was born in 
Auburn, Me., Jan. 5, 1878. On June 26, 1895, he married Mrs. Margaret 



46 WILLIAM AXD MARTHA (MORGAN) YATES 

Smith, whose maiden name was Margaret Hannah Hatton, daughter of 
Richard and Euphemia (Taylor) Hatton. Shoemaker, and lived in East 
Manchester, N. H. 

Child of Perley 0. and Margaret (Hatton) Yates: 

Raymond Dexter 5 Yates, b. March 25, 1897. 



57. Cora P. 4 Yates {Frederick* George? William 1 ) was born Jan. 9, 
1862. June 27, 1885, under her baptismal name of Marie Margaret Yates, 
she was married by the Rev. Father Dupont of Biddeford to Cyprien La- 
croix of that city. She died in Saco, Me., March 21, 1901. 

Child of Cyprien and Cora P. (Yates) Lacroix : 

Alice Yates 5 Lacroix, b. Feb. 21, 1888; d. Dec. 16, 1899. 

58. Annabel F. 4 Yates {Frederick? George? William 1 ) was born June 
16, 1868. She married James P. Rundle, son of Richard and Ellen Kelly 
Rundle of England, on Sept. 16, 1896. She died April 3, 1904. 

Child of James P. and Annabel (Yates) Rundle : 

Frederick R. 5 Rundle, b. June 29, 1898 ; d. Aug. 8, 1899. 



THE FIFTH GENERATION 

AND THEIR FAMILIES 

59. Alvah W. 5 Yates {Herbert? William? William? William 1 ) was 
born Jau. 8, 1884. April 13, 1902, he married Effie, daughter of Melvin 
and Lois (McKenney) Chappell. Lived in Montreal. 

Child of Alvah ' W. and Effie (Chappell) Yates : 

Gweneth Eva 6 Yates, b; July 4, 1903. 

60. Alice F. 5 Yates {Herbert? William? William? William}) was 
born May 2, 1886, and on Sept 30, 1903, married Artemas M., son of 
William and Jennie L. (Farnam) Sawyer of Canada. Lived at Bury, 
in the Province of Quebec. 

Child of Artemas and Alice (Yates) Sawyer : 

Freda Eva 6 Sawyer, b. Nov. 16, 1904. 



Erratum : On page 25, for " the youngest in 1884 " read " the youngest 
in 1885." 

Addendum : On page 37, in the record of children of William and Eliz- 
abeth (Yates) Gould, the first three lines are to read : 

Georgia 4 Gould, b. April 13, 1874; m. John William Baker. Chil- 
dren : Cyrus Frederic. Viola Mary. Herniou Adlen. Samuel 
Jason. Kenneth Edward. 
Fred E. Gould, b. Sept. 26, 1877; m. Lottie Augusta Filch. Chil- 
dren : Hermon P. Freeman. Charles Everett. 
Esther J. GouM, b. March 29, 18S1 ; m. Asa Seamons. Child : Ches- 
ter Raymond. 



INDEX OF NAMES 



Being the Families Herein Mentioned Other Than Yates. 



Abbott 1G IT 
Anderson 35 43 
Andrews 14 36 44 

Arnold 9 
Atkins 29 
Baton 19 31 37 40 
BatAey 31 40 44 
Baker 2 37 4G 
Balch 2 5 
Ballard 20 
Bartlett 1G 
Bates 43 
Baxter 43 
Bayley 14 
Beach 31 41 
Bean o3 
Beaupre 28 
Bennett 27 34 42 
Benson 14 
Berry 19 27 
Bisbee 32 42 43 
Blakely 41 
Blodgett 20 
Boole 10 
Bradman 4 
Bratt 9 
Bray 3 14 
Brooks 27 
Brown 23 27 28 29 
36 40 
Brynnt 23 30 31 39 
Caldwell 19 
Carlton 26 44 
Carrell 43 
Carter 2 
Onss 2s ::<; 
Chapman 26 34 
Chappell 44 46 
Coburn 19 
Cole 17 19 23 26 
31 32 38 
Comstock 43 
Cordwell 11 14 19 
26 
Corning 5 
Cowan 17 
Cox 31 41 
Cromwell 25 
Crosby 36 44 
Cross 19 34 
Cumminers 17 19 3S 
dishing 35 
Daiov 28 
Davis 14 30 40 
Dav 3 
Donn 29 

Dennen 3 4 14 15 
Dexter 40 
Dike 3 

Dillingham 4 26 
Dixev 1 2 5 
Dodsre 2 5 
!>ow 44 
Dunlap 16 17 
Dustin 26 35 
T^stman 45 
Fa ton 33 
Fdarerlv 36 44 
El don 37 



Elliott 32 42 

Eiwel 15 

Emerson 3 

Emery 14 

Emmons 29 38 
41 Bstes 23 26 35 44 

Evans 43 

Farnam 46 

Parr 44 

Farrar 17 18 20 

Fairer 31 36 

Felt 27 35 

Fenlason 28 37 

Fitch 37 45 46 

Fleming 31 40 

Flint 19 

Flvnt 17 

Fogg 38 45 

Foster 2 

Fowler 1 

Frances 14 

French 19 34 43 

Frost 19 30 39 

Fuller 35 44 

Furbish 25 33 

Furbush 38 

Furlong 16 17 19 

Gammon 23 2S 
31 Gardner 5 

44 Gaskell 41 

45 Gates 6 7 
Glover 14 

Gould 27 28 34 37 
Gower 31 40 41 
Gray 34 43 
Grant 14 27 
Grame 41 
Gurnev 17 19 31 
Hall 4 15 23 25 26 33 

27 34 35 37 
45 Hart 1 

Haskell 14 
23 Hasty 28 

28 H'tton 39 46 
Hawks 13 14 
Havward 35 
Heath 38 

Herrick 2 4 5 19 23 
30 32 42 45 

Hersey 19 
45 Hicks 19 

Hi sarins 28 29 

Hills 17 19 

Hobbs 29 

Hod ere 14 

Holt 16 17 18 20 
31 Hopkins 29 

Howland 43 

Hubbard 27 

Huff 38 

Hurd 30 39 

Jackman 34 

Jackson 26 34 

Jameson 36 44 

Johnson 41 

Johnston 10 

Jones 36 

Tndkins 98 32 42 

Keezer 44 



Kempton 30 
Kent 3 
Kidder 36 
King 30 
Knapp 32 42 
Kneeland 28 45 
Knight 16 
Lacroix 40 46 
Lane 14 19 28 
Laskin 5 
Larrabee 39 
Latham 17 
Leavitt 32 
Leigh 26 
Lewis 16 

Libby 27 28 31 36 
Littlefield 12 23 32 
Livermore 2 
Llovd 34 

Lombard 23 26 32 
Lowell 33 
Lummns 3 
Marsh 36 
.Marshall 8 9 
Martin 32 42 
Mason 30 31 
Maxwell 3 
McDaniels 39 
McGraw 44 
?\IcKenuev 46 
McNay 10 
Mercier 36 
Mills 19 
Morgan 12 3 4 5 

15 16 18 19 23 

26 30 31 32 
Morse 16 45 
Mouhrav 7 
Moulton 43 
Mnrnhy 35 
Xeedham 38 
Nevens 14 
Newman 20 
Niles 17 
Norman 1 5 
Noyes 18 19 42 
Nutting 19 
Ober 2 
Oserood 31 
Packard 19 26 
Paine 29 
Palmer 31 41 
Patch 17 21 
Penley 34 
Perham 31 
Perkins 28 37 
Phillips 16 
Pierce 33 
Pool 16 29 
Prince 14 
Pnlcifer 3 
Randolnh 8 
Richards 10 
Ri hardson 19 37 
Richmond 38 45 
Bicker 28 
Rierers 33 
Riner 19 
Robinson 37 



Bobbins 10 23 20 27 
32 39 

Rogers 10 35 43 

Rollins 14 

Rowe 4 30 

Rundle 40 46 

Russell 3 

Ryerson 19 

Sanborn 17 IS 19 

Sawyer 31 40 44 46 

Scribuer 30 39 

Seamons 37 46 

Shaw 30 32 42 

Shepard 38 

Shurtleff 27 
37 Skillin 29 37 3S 
33 Small 19 

Smith 23 27 28 31 37 
39 40 45 46 

Snow 29 

Sprague 27 36 44 

Starbird 30 39 

Staples 27 

Stephens 27 

Stevens 19 29 35 

Stockman 39 

Stone 2 3 5 

Stowell 32 

Strout 15 39 

Stussi 36 

Swan 19 27 30 35 38 
39 

Tar box 3 
14 Taylor 36 44 46 
25 Terrill 8 

Thorndike 2 

Tobev 19 

Tool 14 

Tubbs ]6 

Tucker 14 

Tupper 31 

Upton 16 

Van Bo mm el 9 

Verrill 23 26 2S 32 

Vickery 4 

Wallis 2 

Ward 34 43 

Waterhouse 27 

Webster 13 

Weed 1 

Wells 17 

Wentworth 19 

Wheeler 36 

Whitman 26 43 

Whitney 30 

Whittle 20 23 28 29 

Whittredge 12 5 

Whittum 39 

Wiggins 27 

Wilder 10 

Williams 44 

Winslow 25 33 35 

Winterbottom 42 

With am 4 

Wood 36 

Woodburv 3 

Works 17 19 

York 35 42 

Young 19 33 



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