Aaron Gates was born August 31, 1753 at East Haddam and was baptized the following year on April 14. He was the son of Bezaleel Gates and his wifeMary Brainerd.
Marriage and Family
On May 9, 1776 he married Elizabeth Johnson - she was the daughter of Caleb Johnson and his wife Mary Cook of East Hampton. (On pages 494 & 495 there is an extensive explanation as to Elizabeth's nativity in the book "Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines" by Ferris.)
Children of Aaron and Elizabeth Gates
Henry was born May 10 or 11, 1777. On June 2, 1803 he married Clara Emmons, daughter of Dr. Jeremiah and Lydia (Ackley) Emmons. He died May 29, 1860.
Aaron was born August 12, 1780 at East Haddam (although his birth record is at East Hartland). On July 25 at East Hartland he married Ruth Beman. (see Beman on p. 114 of Dawes-Gates). He died April 4, 1850 at Barkhamsted, Connecticut.
Elizabeth was born June 29, 1784 at Hartland, Connecticut. On November 1, 1804 she married Reuben Beman. They lived in the vicinity of Tunnel, Broome County, New York. She died February 17, 1873 at that place.
Mary was born June 1 or 21, 1786 at Hartland, Connecticut. On October 5, 1809 she married George Case, Jr. of Granby, Hartford County, Connecticut. They resided in Broome County, New York.
Jabez Giddings was born June 29, 1789 at Hartland, Connecticut. He was known as "Gideon Gates" on his marriage license. He was married on October 12, 1812 at Derby, Connecticut to Lucy Blinn of Wethersfield. They resided in the vicinity of Detroit, Michigan and moved there between 1813 and 1816.
Samuel was born June 7, 1793 at Hartland, Connecticut. On December 31, 1818 he married Lucy Cowdrey. He died on September 16, 1864 at East Hartland, Connecticut.
John was born December 28, 1795. On March 18, 1818 he married Deborah Bushnell, daughter of Jedediah and Deborah (Giddings) Bushnell. He died June 20, 1883 at Hartland.
Huldah was born March 10, 14, or 17, 1798 or 1799. She married (1st) Tacitus D. Church, son of Abishai and Phebe Church of Hartland. She was married on November 17, 1851 to (2nd) Gordon L. Beckley probably in New York.
Aaron served in the Revolutionary war. He was in a unit raised in May of 1776 - the East Haddam company, commanded by Eliphalet Holmes which was called a unit of minute men.
Aaron was a farmer.
About 1780, following the Revolutionary War, they along with several other families moved westward. Aaron and Elizabeth settled in East Hartland, Connecticut where he purchased land on April 12, 1784. They became members of the church in East Hartland on January 20, 1788 and he later became a deacon.
Ferris, Mary Dalton, ‘’’”Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Mary Beman (Gates) Dawes. Gates and Allied Families.”’’’ (Privately Printed) 1931. Vol. II, pp 21 - 24.see at hathitrust