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Sarah Helen (Flowers) Yates (1771 - 1854)

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Sarah Helen Yates formerly Flowers
Born in North Carolinamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in North Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 9 Feb 2020 | Created 20 Mar 2019
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Sarah Flowers Yates lived a long and interesting life. When she died in 1854, she had long outlived her husband, some of her children, and most of her siblings. She and Luke were married about 1787, as their eldest child's birthdate was 1789.

In 1829, Luke Yates died, leaving Sarah a widow. She took into her home a lady named Sarah Rogers, and in 186 the county government of Columbus co. NC provided her $10 compensation for the board and burying of Sarah Rogers.

In 1844, Sarah sued her son-in-law Absalom Powell and won. In 1848, she petitioned the U.S. House of Representatives for compensation for the estate of her deceased father-in-law, Capt. John Yates. It seems that during the American Revolution, Capt. Yates had seized hogs from a Tory captain, David Godwin, and given the hogs to the American army, for which he had not been paid.


  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Sarah Yates, Wilkes county, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • The births of her children are recorded in the Luke Yates Family Bible. Luke and eleven of their children were baptized in 1818 at Brown Marsh Church in Bladen co. NC. Sarah was not among them, and may have already been baptized. Source: Brown Marsh Church, historical records, mimeographed by Wanda Suggs Campbell, 1970.

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