Yates and Others

Common Ancestor Yates

Common Ancestor Yates

Male Abt 1690 -

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  • Name Common Ancestor Yates 
    Born Abt 1690 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I27798  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2020 

     1. William Yates,   b. Abt 1720
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2022 
    Family ID F7236  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • November 1, 2015: Notes on Yates search strategy

      As it continue my focus on seeking common ancestors among our respective Yates paternal lines it has finally become clear we need to include a deep dive into the pool of persons and families who were either executed, forcefully removed or voluntarily removed themselves at the conclusion of hostilities between Britain and American Forces circa 1775-1790.

      As we continue to seek out our connections it continues to puzzle me that a significant sized grouping of Yates ancestors are absent from our findings. Yes, we still hunt for the undiscovered; records are being found and new relationships are found daily and yet may produce the desired result.
      However, we would be remiss not to also include our friends and family who remained loyal to their King and also fought for what they thought was right. I am a proud 5th great Grandson of such a notable warrior man who became so fierce in his patriot hanging activities during the conflict that in 1783 he and his colleague was found guilty of treason and sentenced to hang in May 1783.

      Some of the same friends and neighbors who found him guilty subsequently petitioned the Governor and my Ancestor Grandfather was pardon for his crimes. We have perfect primary source evidence of all this as it is contained in the Legislative Records of North Carolina.

      All of this stuff that came before us is just history and we should not allow labels and bias preclude considering another valid search avenue for our lost common Yates ancestors.

      One or more of us will be required to develop search skills needed to identify and search the archives and sources favorable to our need for Loyalist information similar to how one develops skills useful in other specialized areas focusing on a time period, circumstance or result. The purpose of this note is to claim this area of search as an unmet need to be addressed.

      Additionally, it is imperative that when searching we broaden our searches to include all versions of the name Yates and it derivatives. For simplicity I have converted all versions of Yates to the one of Yates. Strong arguments can be made that the name Gates and other like name should also be included but I have resisted in doing so at this time. I am cautioning myself however when we look at matching trees and search findings that we must keep in our minds that the answer we seek may be right in front of us but we don't recognize it.

      Ron Yates
      Charlotte, NC