||Ann (Neave) Gates migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See The Great Migration (Series 2), by R. C. Anderson, vol. 7, p. 530)|
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That her name was Ann Veare has been suggested from a particular interpretation of handwriting in the Hingham, England, parish register recording their marriage:
But a 2009 article questions the accuracy of "Veare" and suggests instead that she was Ann Neave.
Some online pedigrees identify the wife of Stephen Gates as Ann Hill; the origin of this claim is not known.
In 1638, Stephen and Ann Gates and three children sailed from Hingham, Norfolk, England, to America in 1638 aboard the Diligent of Ipswich, John Martin, master. They settled at first in Hingham, Massachusetts, where Stephen Gates received a grant of 3 acres for a house lot, 12 acres for a “great lott”, and 3 acres for a planting lot. At least four more children were born in Hingham, Massachusetts. All four of these children were baptized at the Hingham church in 1646. 
In 1647 Stephen Gates received an additional grant of half an acre of salt marsh. In 1648 he sold his land to William Hersey, but remained in Hingham for some time. Stephen and Ann Gates were among the early settlers of Lancaster, Massachusetts, where Stephen Gates subscribed to town orders on 3 April 1654 and was admitted freeman in 1656. In 1658, Stephen Gates lived in Sudbury, Massachusetts. As of 9 June 1662, when Stephen Gates made his will, Stephen and Ann Gates were residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stephen Gates died in Cambridge in 1662, before 29 September 1662, when his estate was inventoried. After his death (on 19 January 1662/3, which is January 19, 1663 in the modern style), the Cambridge committee for seating the meeting house provided that "Goodie Gates" (that is, Ann) would be seated at the end of the Deacon's seats in the Cambridge meeting house.
After the death of her second husband, Ann apparently was known primarily as Ann Gates. She made a will in April 1682 in which she called herself Ann Gates and noted "my last Husband's name was Woodward but I generally went by the name of Gates notwithstanding." In the will she described herself as a resident of Pompasitacutt, referring to Stow, Massachusetts, which was then called Ponpositicut. She died in Stow on February 19, 1683 (Stow town records record the death of Anne Woodward on 19 Feb. 1682, interpreted as 1682/3 or 1683 in the modern style) or February 5, 1683 (Marlborough, Massachusetts, town records state that Widow Hannah Gates died 5 Feb. 1682, interpreted as 1682/3).
There are seven known children of Ann and Stephen Gates:
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On 23 Dec 2017 at 15:44 GMT Anne B wrote:
On 20 Dec 2017 at 18:59 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
On 4 May 2015 at 13:58 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
On 24 Aug 2014 at 18:56 GMT Paula J wrote:
On 24 Aug 2014 at 18:55 GMT Paula J wrote:
This information also suggests that we detach Stephen Gates from the parents currently there, and attach Eustace Gates and Rose Wright as his parents.
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