Who are the parents of Joseph Yates (1805-1863)?

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Many geneologists claim that Joseph was son of William Yates, Jr and Mary Wimberly. The family researchers that [Jim Yates follows]believe that Joseph was son of Peter Yates and Susannah Barber. Our researchers were persuaded by North Carolina Yates researchers that claim that William Jr and Mary Wimberly never left North Carolina. Yates-3291and Yates-2689 appear to be mergeable if one can find the real parents.  They have the same birth and death dates and places,but the squabble on his parentage frustrates the situation.  Which set of parents can be confirmed as Joseph Yates' parents?
WikiTree profile: Joseph Yates
in Genealogy Help by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)

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I would say you can rule out William Yates Jr & Mary Wimberly. I have not found a will for Peter Yates.


There is a profile on Wikitree for a Peter R Yeates, which may be his father.
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
selected by David Hughey
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The probate record for the listed father does not mention him:


by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
It doesn't mention any of the children born in GA that are currently attached to him. "Patsy" could be a nickname for Martha. There seems to be a William Joseph named but there is both a William and a Joseph currently attached to him. I'd say that the evidence is pretty strong that these aren't his children.

I believe it says: William, Aeles...not William Joseph. Their is an Ales found in Chatam, listed as a relatve to William.


This mentions Alsey :


It appears that The parents listed are incorrect.
If you look at the A in Alexander and the J in John, it looks more like a J to me, but I could certainly be wrong. It may be Eli, Alexander, William, Joseph, John, and Brantly (Brantby?) or it could be first and middle names for the sons. Eli Alexander, William Joseph, and John Brantly. In any case, it does not look as if this William and Mary Yates ever moved to Georgia and had children there.
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There are several ways to approach this.

1. Is there evidence that William Yates Jr. disappeared from records (census, tax, land, etc) at the same time a William Yates shows up in similar records in Georgia where a William Yates had not previously been recorded?

2. Is there recorded evidence that other family members of either William or Mary Tye migrated to the same area of Georgia at the same time? (People rarely traveled that far from home back then without other people from their home area, usually relatives. This was usually due to looking for greener pastures, often literally.)

3. The 1800 and 1810 censuses seem to place William in Chatham County, NC. Where he supposedly died in 1820.

4. Both William and Mary are buried in Chatham County, NC.

I would say the circumstantial evidence is fairly strong that these are not the parents of any children born and raised in GA and I don't see any similar evidence that supports the strong possibility that they could be if that makes sense.
by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)

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