Family Stories

John Yates


One hundred ninety-five years ago, May 13, 1816,  John Yates died in Washington County, Kentucky.  He was the son of John Estes Yates, born in Caroline County, Virginia, and Elizabeth Gaines, born in Culpeper County, Virginia.  John Estes Yates was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. 

John Yates married Henrietta Cambron November 6, 1798, in Washington County, Kentucky.  They lived in the southwestern part of the county and were parishioners of St. Rose Catholic Church.  Their daughter, Mary “Polly” Yates married William Peter Montgomery.

Although the exact cause of death is unsure, his will was written April 24th – less than three weeks before the date of death.  A portion of the will reads as follows:

‘I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Henrietta, all my estate, real and personal, during her natural life on condition hereafter named.  It is my will she should school my children, those that have not any schooling to have two years, and whenever any of my children arrive at age or marry to have out of my estate one horse fit for use, one cow and bed and furniture, and after the death of my wife the residue of my estate, real and personal, to be equally divided among all my children.  And lastly, I do appoint my wife Henrietta and Henry Fenwick executors to this my last will and testament.  (The will can be found in the Washington County Will Book B, Page 530.)

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  1. I, Dottie Porter Himes, am the 4th great-grand niece of John Yates. He was the son of Thomas Yates, I and Mary French. I am related through John Yates brother, Thomas Yates. II and unknown wife. Thomas Yates II, had Stephen Yates, and his son was John Raphael Yates born abt 1797 who married Matilda Carrico, their daughter Anna Mary Yates married Philip Clements and their daughter Matilda Jane Clements was my grandmother who married James Henry Porter, the great great grandson of Philip Porter. James Henry Porter’s father was Guy Henry Porter I, his father was Dr. Henry B. Porter, and his father was Philip Porter. Both of my parents who were Guy Henry Porter (named after his grandfather, Guy Henry Porter I) and Mary Elizabeth Young were born in KY. So I related to many of your postings on Kentucky Kindred/

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