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William I. Bates

     WILLIAM I. BATES one of the prominent and influential farmers of Gilmer Township, residing on section 2, was born in Tennessee, in 1828, and is a son of Joseph and Nancy B. Bates. His parents were both natives of Tennessee, the former born in 1806, the latter in 1807. The maternal grandfather was one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War and was ninety years of age at the time of his death. The Bates family numbered fourteen children, of whom ten are yet living, our subject and his twin sister being the oldest. In 1830, the father emigrated to Illinois and is one of the honored pioneers of this locality. In the earlier days he was a preacher of the Presbyterian Church for some time. In the days when Scott, Cass, and Morgan Counties were one, he was elected Assessor of one-half of Morgan County, just after its organization, and for eight years held the office of Justice of the Peace. As time passed, his financial condition improved, and at his death he was the owner of a valuable farm and considerable town property. His death occurred in 1888, and his wife passed away in 1891.
     Our subject was reared amid the wild scenes of the frontier and was early inured to the arduous labor of farming raw prairie. When he began life for himself, he engaged in farming in Camp Point Township, where he improved a tract of land. He afterward removed to Hancock County, and purchasing one hundred and sixty acres, developed therefrom a good farm, upon which he resided for twenty years. On the expiration of that period, we find him in Chicago, where he was engaged in the live-stock business. On selling out, he came to Adams County and resumed agriculture pursuits, which he carried on in his own interest for ten years. He was then appointed Superintendent of the Adams County Poor Farm and filled that position with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of all concerned.
     In the year 1851, Mr. Bates was married to Miss Mary Robinson, who was born in Illinois in 1830. They became the parents of nine children, seven of whom are yet living. All were educated in the schools of Hancock County and three of the children have engaged in teaching. The eldest son is Dr. Bates, of Camp Point, who was graduated from the Chicago Medical College and had now successfully practiced for ten years.
     In early life, Mr. Bates was a supporter of the Democratic party, but on account of his strong temperance principles, is Prohibitionist in sentiment. Socially, he is a Knight Templar Mason and himself, wife and children are all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to the support of which he contributes liberally. The poor and needy have ever found in him a friend. He is charitable and benevolent, generous, warm-hearted and true. His life is well worthy of emulation, and by his upright, honorable career he has won many warm friends.
     (death dates are wrong for William and Mary Ann)

[Source:Portrait and Biographical Record of Adams County, Illinois containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1892, transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

The Quincy Whig
Thursday, Jun 29, 1911
Page 5
     CAMP POINT, Ill., June 27. - Mexico had her rebellion, England has her coronation, Taft has his silver wedding anniversary, but of far more vital interest to the Bates family of Camp Point is the celebration of the sixtieth wedding anniversary of that genial old couple, their parents.
     William I. Bates was born in Tennessee in 1829, but in the spring of 1830 he came to Illinois, where he has resided ever since. Marian Robertson was born in Camp Point township in 1832. June 27, 1851, they were married in Camp Point township. In 1854 they moved to Hancock county where they remained for 22 years. Here their seven children were born – four sons and three daughters. The sons are Dr. A. D., Dr. O. L., Joseph M., and W. E., all of Camp Point; the daughters are Mrs. Jas. R. Guthrie, of Camp Point, (deceased); Mrs. Jas. McAnulty, of St. Joseph, Mo., and Mrs. Lee Meyers, of Columbus township.
     In 1876 the family moved to Camp Point township, where they have resided ever since. Mr. Bates, of late years living just at the edge of the village of Camp Point, has been engaged in gardening to a very successful degree.
     An Athlete When A Boy
     Mr. Bates, when a youth, was an athlete of renown having no close competition among his rural rivals. It is said to have been one of his favorite pastimes to run and jump over a wagon with the bed on it. While he is now 82 years of age, he is very proud of the fact that he had not seen a sick day for 54 years until he had the misfortune to fall on the ice and fracture his hip last January. But he has nearly recovered the use of the injured member and now feels that in a very short time he will be able to handle any of the Bates family.
     Has Valuable Statistics
     Mr. Bates has on file a close record of the temperature, wind, rainfall, etc., for the last 25 years, constituting a very valuable climate record of this region, during that period. While he has this material all files away on paper, when he is called upon in regard to some particular season, he looks back through the archives of his mind rather than those of his written records.
     Family Reunion Held
     A family reunion was held in the afternoon at the pretty Bailey Park, of Chautauqua fame, when many happy reminiscences were renewed, after which a bounteous basket dinner, prepared by the children, was enjoyed, About thirty were present, including all the children and having four generations represented. This is an event which few persons are permitted to enjoy, but judging from the general health and agility of both Mr. And Mrs. Bates together with the past record of their ancestors, the future still has in store for them many more years of happiness and comfort.
[transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Marriages of Adams County, Illinois 1825-1860
Bates, William J. married Robertson, Mary Ann 27 Jun 1851 by Abernathy, Henry C. (Abernethy) (H. L., H. C.) MG

[Source: Marriages of Adams County, Illinois Vol IV, transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Cemeteries of Adams County Vol V
Evergreen Cemetery
Row 8 Bates, William I. 1828-1913
Mary A. 1831-1913

[Source: Cemeteries of Adams County, Illinois Vol V, transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

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