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Col. Christopher Yates

Col. Christopher Yates

Male 1737 - 1785  (48 years)

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  • Name Christopher Yates 
    Prefix Col. 
    Born 8 Jul 1737  Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Sep 1785  Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Vale Cemetery, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11548  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2016 

    Father Joseph Christoffel Yates,   b. 20 Apr 1707, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1748, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Eva Fonda,   b. 16 Oct 1707, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1746, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1729  Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jannetje Andriese Bradt,   b. 28 Aug 1743, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1823, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 16 Oct 1761 
    Children 
     1. Eva Christoffel Yates,   b. 14 Feb 1762, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1801, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     2. Elisabeth Bradt Yates,   b. 7 May 1763, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1824, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     3. Helena Yates,   b. 16 Nov 1766, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1819, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     4. Gov. Joseph Christopher Yates,   b. 9 Nov 1768, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1837, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     5. Henry Christopher Yates, Sr.,   b. 7 Oct 1770, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1854, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     6. Andreas Christoffelse Yates,   b. 17 Jan 1773, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1844, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     7. Annatje Yates,   b. 12 Mar 1775, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1850, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     8. Jellis Fonda Yates,   b. 1 Apr 1781, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Col. Johannes Barentse Yates,   b. 1 Feb 1784, Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F4870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • YATES, CHRISTOPHER Ancestor #: A129419 Service: NEW YORK Rank(s): DEPUTY, QUARTERMASTER GENERAL Birth: 7-8-1737 ALPLAUS ALBANY CO NEW YORK Death: 9-1-1785 SCHENECTADY ALBANY CO NEW YORK Service Description: 1) GEN SCHUYLER,ALBANY MIL.

      YATES, CHRISTOPHER - Born July 8, 1737, at the old homestead in Alplaus; died September 1, 1785; Buried in Vale Cemetery. During the Revolution he lived in the house built by himself now No. 26 Front Street. In this house was born his son, Joseph C., first mayor of Schenectady (1798) and governor of New York State (1823-1824).

      Christopher Yates was a surveyor by profession and "one of the best informed and most efficient patriots in the Mohawk Valley." On May 6, 1775, he was elected a member of the first Committee of Safety and at the first meeting on the ninth was chosen chairman of the Board. On May 24 he was appointed one of a committee to go to Guy Park to deliver an answer to a speech made by the Mohawk Indians. On June 30 he was appointed by the Provincial Congress one of a committee to determine the ranks of the various officers serving in the New York regiments. On July 26 a letter was addressed to him by the Committee asking whether or not he had resigned from the Board, and on August 9 he tendered his resignation. On November 7 he was elected a member of the second Committee of Safety, and on December 29, was appointed deputy clerk of the Board.

      On January 13, 1776, he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 2d Albany County Militia, and on March 5 Henry Glen was instructed to apply to Congress for his commission. On May 7, 1776, he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety. From the fall of 1776 to July 8, 1777, he was in command when detachments of the regiment were on duty at Fort Ann. It is claimed that about this time Yates served on the staff of General Schuyler as a deputy quartermaster-general and that he was afterwards promoted to the rank of colonel. The evidence to support this claim is contained in letters from General Schuyler, Benedict Arnold, Governor Morgan Lewis, etc., which were at one time in the possession of Judge A. A. Yates of this city. No evidence of this detail and appointment is to be found on the regimental rolls. After the evacuation of Fort Ann (July 8) he had command of a body of Schenectady militia engaged in felling trees to stop the progress of General Burgoyne's army.

      He served throughout the campaign and with General Arnold selected the American position at Bemis Heights. On October 19 he was appointed by the State Committee of Safety one of a committee to repair to Albany to confer with General Philip Schuyler regarding means for checking the advance of the enemy on the northern and western frontiers. He served during the rest of the war in the Quartermaster's Department as a deputy, for the most part of the time stationed at Saratoga. In June, 1779, he was engaged in forwarding the baggage of General Clinton's brigade.

      Source: A History of Schenectady During the Revolution by Willis T. Hanson, Jr. Brattleboro, VT: E. L. Hildreth & Co., 1916

      Christopher Yates, second, son of Joseph, second, and great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was one of the well-to-do residents of Schenectady in his day. While serving as a Lieutenant in the Provincial army, he was wounded at the siege of Ticonderoga in the French War. He served as a Captain under Sir William Johnson in the engagement at Fort Niagara, and received from King George III. a land grant of nine thousand acres. His term of service as member of the first Provincial Congress expired just six days prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Entering the Continental army as a Colonel, he served as Assistant Department Quartermaster under General Philip Schuyler, and participated in the battle of Saratoga. He reared five sons, each of whom performed some notable achievement.

      Joseph C. Yates, the eldest son, was one of the founders of Union College and Governor of New York, 1823-25; John B. served as Colonel of a cavalry regiment in the War of 1812, was member of Congress from Madison County, and built the Welland Canal; Henry was a State Senator from Albany; Christopher was the founder of St. George's Lodge, F. & A. M., Schenectady; and Andrew, Judge Yates's grandfather, known as the Rev. Andrew Yates, D. D., was one of the first professors at Union College.