I think it is important to remind everyone, that right now, at least I do not know for sure which John Bates that immigrated from England is our John. We have several possibilities that I have found:
- John Bates who came to Maryland as an indentured servant in 1771, aged 27 years. He ran away and did not finish his servitude.
- John Bates' who came to Maryland/Virgina as indentured servants in 1764, 67, 70, and 75.
This is the place where I am stuck right now. From later census records we know that John was born between 1740 and 1749 in England, and married Rebekah Beal in Maryland about 1777.