John Bates immigrated to Virginia about 1771. He came as an indentured servant from England. He married Rebekah Beal in Maryland abt. 1777. He never finished his servitude, which was usually payment for passage across the ocean, but ran away and joined the Continental Army. After the war he purchased 300 acres in New Acquisition, South Carolina in 1783. His property was on the lower Fishing River near the Indian line. New Acquisition later became York.
Rebekah Beal is believed to be from Maryland. The following are their children:
John C. Bates, b. 1771, Virginia. Married Enda about 1820.
Mary Bates, b. 1780, Maryland. Married Robert Ellis 11 Sep 1807.
Zachariah N. Bates, b. 1781, Virginia. Married Lavinia about 1819.
Thomas A. Bates, b. 1783, Fishing Creek, York, SC. Thomas was never married but lived with his sister Elizabeth in 1850.
Robert Bates, b. 1790, Fishing Creek, York, SC. Married Catherine Rowell about 1820. He died in 1821.
Alenna Bates, b. 1 May 1794, Fishing Creek, York, SC. Married Richard Lawson Reeves in 1827.
Dicey Bates, b. 1799, Fishing Creek, York, SC. She was a twin with Isis. Married Robert Chambers.
Isis Bates, b. 1799, Fishing Creek, York, SC. Isis never married and lived with her father when he died. He left all his possesions to her.
Elizabeth Bates, b. 1800, Fishing Creek, York, SC. Elizabeth never married.
Allen Bates, b. 27 Oct 1803, Fishing Creek, York, SC. Married Letitia White in 1828.
David K. Bates, b. 1806, Fishing Creek, York, SC. Married Mary McHood in 1830. He was the son of John's second wife, Ms. Kennedy.