Horatio Gates

Horatio Lloyd Gates (1727 - 1806)

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Maj. Gen. Horatio Lloyd Gates
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Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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Horatio Gates is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P-164647
Rank: Major General
Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates served New York during the American Revolution
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Horatio Gates was christened on April 30, 1728, in the Parish of St Nicholas, Deptford, Greenwich borough, Kent county. His parents of record were Robert and Dorothea Gates. Evidence suggests that Dorothea was the granddaughter of John Hubbock, Sr. (d. 1692) postmaster at Fulham. Horatio Gates married his wife Elizabeth at St. Paul's Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1754.[1]

The French and Indian War (Seven Years War) During the French and Indian War, Gates joined his new company in the American Colony of Maryland in March of 1755, prior to the ill-fated expedition to control access to the Ohio Valley. The company was part of an army that General Edward Braddock would lead into the wilderness against the French and Indians. George Washington, Charles Lee, Thomas Gage and Daniel Morgan were also a part of this army. Braddock was defeated and killed in July 1755, and Gates was badly wounded by a bullet in the chest and was disabled for a long time afterward. After recovery, Gates early war experience was limited to commanding small companies, but due to his success at military administration, he was made brigade major to Brigadier General John Stanwix. After Stanwix left the command in 1760, Gates served under General Monckton in the capture of Martinique in 1762 and was given the honor of bringing the news of the victory to England.

Gates' wife Elizabeth died in the summer of 1783. In 1786 he married Mary Valens, a wealthy woman from Liverpool who had come to the colonies in 1773 with her sister and Rev. Bartholomew Booth, to operate a boy's boarding school in Maryland. Booth had been the curate for the "Chapel in the Woods," later to become Saint John's Church at Hagerstown, Maryland. He was elected to a single term in the New York State Legislature in 1800. Horatio died on April 10, 1806, and was buried in the Trinity Church graveyard on Wall Street, though the exact location of his grave is unknown.[2]

Death Notice: At New York, in the 79th year of his age, Major-General Horatio Gates, the Conqueror of Burgoyne. [3]


  • Gates County, North Carolina is named in the General's honor.
  • The town of Gates in Monroe County, New York is named in Gates' honor, as is Horatio Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, New York City, Gates Avenue, which runs from Ridgewood, Queens to around Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Gates Avenue in Jersey City and Gates County, North Carolina. The Gen. Horatio Gates House was his home during the Second Continental Congress at York, Pennsylvania.[4]


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  3. 21 April 1806 The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 25, page 92: Long Island, New York, deaths, as reported in the "Suffolk Gazette".
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  • Wikipedia:Horatio Gates
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed August 5, 2015), "Record of Horatio Gates", Ancestor # A043466.
  • Bilias, George (1964). George Washington's Generals. New York: William Morrow.
  • Mintz, Max M (1990). The Generals of Saratoga: John Burgoyne and Horatio Gates. Yale University Press.
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #5102
  • "United States Census, 1790", database with images, FamilySearch [1] Link]: accessed 24 March 2016), Horatio Gates, 1790
  • ExplorePAhistory.com: General Horatio Gates
  • Encyclopedia Britannica: Horatio Gates
  • LDS: FamilySearch.org, Pedigree Resource File ID: MZ75-M5R

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On 24 Feb 2018 at 00:55 GMT Carole Taylor wrote:

Hi, I was looking for him under the Rev War Officers, General Gates isn't there can we add him to the Category: Continental Army Generals, American Revolution  ??? Thank you Carole

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