Ancestor of the Week: Abraham Bates
Prompt of the Week: 52 Ancestors, Week 6 – Same Name
My great-uncle Roy Bates McGhee really disliked his middle name. Bates happened to be his grandfather’s middle name also (Abraham Bates Tower).
A.B. Tower had an uncle who was also named Abraham Bates Tower. The two Abraham Bates Towers lived in the same area of Southern Indiana back in the early 1800s. That led to some confusion for descendants in sorting out documents, dates, and news tidbits. My Abraham Tower married Nancy Angeline Long in 1858. His uncle married Delila Lynch in 1820.
I had to hunt quite a distance back to find where the Bates name entered the family tree. Nabby Bates, daughter of Abraham Bates, married Matthew Tower in Cummington, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1791, when she was 18 years old. It’s not surprising that the name Abraham Bates passed down through the Tower family for generations as a combination.
The First Abraham Bates on My Tree
Abraham Bates is my 5th great-grandfather. He was born on February 29, 1724, in Weymouth, Massachusetts and he married Sarah Tower on January 1, 1749, in that town. He died on August 7, 1806, in Cummington, Massachusetts, having lived a long life of 82 years. They had 12 children in 26 years, one was named Abraham Bates after his father.
You probably noticed my 5th great-grandmother was a Tower. The Towers and the Bates married into each others’ families quite a bit. It’s likely in small colonial towns you didn’t have a lot of choices when you reached marrying age.
Here’s the line
Daughter of Abraham Bates
Son of Abigail Nabby Bates
Son of Jonathan Warren Tower
Daughter of Abraham Bates Tower
Son of Viola Matilda TOWER
Daughter of Clarence Oliver MCGHEE
Amy Johnson Crow challenges genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.” This is week 6 of the 2020 challenge.