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John Van Ness Yates

John Van Ness Yates

Male 1779 - 1839  (59 years)

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  • Name John Van Ness Yates 
    Born 18 Dec 1779  Columbia, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Honor 1818 
    New York lawyer, Democratic-Republican politician, and Secretary of State from 1818 to 1826. 
    Died 10 Jan 1839  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I22992  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2013 

    Father Chief Justice Robert Yates,   b. 17 Mar 1738, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1801, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Jane Van Ness,   b. 1739, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1818, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 5 Mar 1765  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5135  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eliza Ross Cunningham,   b. 16 Jan 1789, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1847, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 7 Jun 1806  Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jane Maria Yates,   b. 1807, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1870, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. Robert Clinton Yates,   b. 3 Jun 1810, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1869, Cuyahoga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     3. Eliza Yates,   b. 12 Oct 1812, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1837, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     4. John C. Yates,   b. 31 Dec 1813, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1843, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2022 
    Family ID F5139  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830 about John Van Ness Yates Name: John Van Ness Yates Dates: 1801-1825 Location: Albany New York Title: Secretary of State Occupation(s): attorney counsellor legal professions(a) legal professions(a) Gender: Male Address(es): 110, State, Albany, New York Office Holdings: Other Office(s): Secretary of State Source Date: 1824 Source Info: Listed in T.V. Cuyler's Albany Directory, for the year 1824, 1824, CUYLER, Tobias V.. Albany; Printed by E. & E. Hosford

      John Van Ness Yates Birth: 1779 Death: 1839 Family links: Spouse: Eliza Ross Cunningham Yates (1789 - 1847)* Note: New York Secretary of State, lawyer, anti-Federalist Burial: Albany Rural Cemetery Menands Albany County New York, USA Plot: Section, 8, Lot 1 Created by: PaulaAnne Record added: Sep 20, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 5788384

      Regarding his headstone: Jeryl77 adds on 25 Sep 2011 There are fours sides to this stone. (1) Died September 9, 1801 ROBERT YATES ------ JANE YATES 1818 (2) Died Aug 12, 1843 In the 30th Year of his age JOHN C. YATES (3) Died Jan 10 1839 Ages 59 years JOHN V.N. YATES (4) Died April 29, 1847 ELIZA ROSS YATES

      John Van Ness Yates by Stefan Bielinski John Van Ness Yates was born in December 1779. He was the son of Robert and Janet Van Ness Yates. Son of an prominent attorney and jurist, he grew up in his father's upper State Street. He also became a lawyer after clerking in the Court Street office of John V. Henry. Losing his pre-eminent father before he reached his twenty-second birthday, John continued to live with his mother at 110 State Street. After her death in 1818, he remained in the house with his wife and children until his death. In 1806, he married Elizabeth Ross Cunningham. In 1801, he was one of the first trustees of the United Presbyterian Church. John V.N. Yates was a man of great capacity and held a number of offices and positions - all of which were based in Albany. He was appointed captain and raised a light infantry company in 1806. In January 1808, he was among those invited to the funeral of Henry J. Bleecker. Master in chancery - 1808. Recorder of the city in 1809 and served with some interruption until 1816. In 1813, the first city directory identified him as the city recorder and living in the Yates house at 110 State Street. Secretary of State, 1818-26. Co-author of a history of New York State. In 1830, the city directory still listed him as a "counsellor" and living at 110 State Street. Albany native John Van Ness Yates died in January 1839 at the age of sixty. biography in-progress notes the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John Van Ness Yates is CAP biography number 4483. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The most extensive sketch of his life appears in the Bicentennial History of Albany, pp. 134-35. Because of the lifespan (1779-1839) of this important personage, we are unable to actively pursue his story! Gorham A. Worth later characterized him as "a man of talents, both natural and acquired. He was equal to the duties of any station, and to the difficulties of any task. He was a wit, a poet, a belles-lettres scholar, and a boon companion, whose joke was ever ready, and whose laugh was contagious. He wanted nothing but industry and self-respect, [sic] to have made him eminent as a lawyer. His associations were beneath him, not only in point of talent, but in character; yet they affected his interests rather than his principles. He possessed the readiest apprehension and the most retentive memory, of any man I ever knew. All that he had ever read, and he had read a great deal, was at his fingers ends. He was often consulted by the younger members of the bar, while walking in the streets; and, without a moment's hesitation, would take out his pencil and write down what was the law in the case, and where it was to be found - volume, chapter and verse. From these frequent street consultations, he was called The Walking LIbrary." Printed in Worth's Random Recollections of Albany pp. 65-66.

      Yates Family Headstone, Albany Rural Cemetery; There are fours sides to this stone. (1) Died September 9, 1801 ROBERT YATES ------ JANE YATES 1818 (2) Died Aug 12, 1843 In the 30th Year of his age JOHN C. YATES (3) Died Jan 10 1839 Ages 59 years JOHN V.N. YATES (4) Died April 29, 1847 ELIZA ROSS YATES 24 Sept 2011 Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY Section 8; Jeryl77 originally shared this 25 Sep 2011