There is nothing about William Bates in vital records, or in Pope’s Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire. In the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, page 82, mentions William Bates bought land at New Castle, New Hampshire from Elizabeth Fabes in 1704, and his two daughters Mary and Judith. No mention in Hollick’s New Englanders in the 1600s or the Genealogical Dictionary of New England. Also, there is no mention of William Bates in the New Hampshire State and Provincial Papers. No hits on the NEHGS database. Nothing!
I found lots of information online, but none with reliable sources, about William Bates. My favorite was a marriage with a wife named WALLIS. Where did this come from?*
William Bates is my 8th great grandfather. His daughter Mary is my 7th great grandmother. Mary Bates married Jotham Berry on 11 November 1731 in Rye, New Hampshire. The rest of this lineage is very straightforward, with lots of sources for births, marriages and deaths. I’d love to know more about William, and his ancestry.
My BATES genealogy:
Generation 1: William Bates, born about 1675, died before 1731; married Unknown. Two daughters
Generation 2: Mary Bates, born about 1712, married on 11 November 1731 in Rye, New Hampshire to Jotham Berry as his first wife. He was the son of Samuel Berry and Abigail Webster, born abut 1711 and died after 1790 (his second wife was Tryphene Philbrick, widow of John Saunders). Six children with Mary Bates.
Generation 3: Rachel Berry m. Ithamar Mace
Generation 4: Abigail Mace m. Simon Locke
Generation 5: Richard Locke m. Margaret Welch
Generation 6: Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 7: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 8: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 9: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)
*UPDATE! At noon today I found a private message on Facebook from genealogist Nancy Riley referencing the History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire: From its settlement in 1638, to the autumn of 1892, Volume II, page 1047 "Marriages - William Beats and Mary Walles, September 10, 1702" - So this is the source for the marriage of William Bates to Mary Wallis! Thanks, Nancy!
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ BATES of New Castle (Great Island), New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 18, 2016, (
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/06/surname-saturday-bates-of-new-castle.html: accessed [access date]).