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Joseph Bates Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3040

This collection houses primarily legal documents (including land transfers and deeds) documenting the Joseph Bates family from 1833 to 1919. There are also descriptions of each document and information about the Bates family provided by donor Jerry Brooks.

Dates

  • 1833-1919, 2007

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

3 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses primarily legal documents (including land transfers and deeds) documenting the Joseph Bates family from 1833 to 1919. There are also descriptions of each document and information about the Bates family provided by donor Jerry Brooks.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Bates was born in Washington County, Virginia, on May 6, 1777, to William and Margaret Young Bates. William (1737-1811) was elder in the Ebbing Springs Presbyterian Church and signed the Watauga Petition to the North Carolina Council, which was endorsed by the state in 1776. He also fought at the Battle of King's Mountain on October 7, 1780, along with his father-in-law Robert Young, Sr. and his neighbor Col. William Campbell.

Joseph married Mary King Gentry on January 8, 1798, and the couple settled in Bates Cove, Overton County, Tennessee, before the formation of the county in 1806. They had seven children: William Mitchell, Minerva King, Elizabeth, George W., Rev. Thomas Fletcher, Tennessee Dillard, and Joseph Benson Bates. Joseph served in the First Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Militia Infantry in 1813 and was trustee of the Pleasant Forest Academy. Mary died before 1830, but Joseph died April 2, 1849.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two boxes in two series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I. Background Information, 2007
  2. Series II. Original Documents, 1833-1919

Acquisition Note

Collection purchased by the UT Special Collections Library in March 2007.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480