George Yate I

George Joseph Yate I (abt. 1640 - 1691)

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George Joseph Yate I aka Yates
Born about in Ufton Court, Berkshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married (to ) in Anne Arundel, MDmap
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Died in All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel County, Marylandmap
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George was not named in the will of his grandfather Thomas Yate, but additional probate material of 1658 states that Thomas Yate left two minor grandchildren, George and Elizabeth Yate, both wards of their mother Elizabeth Yate. [1]
  • The Yate family of Anne Arundel County, MD, began with George Yate, Gentry, who settled there on or before 1664. He was a scion of an armorial family of Great Britain, which is proved by the fact that he willed to his eldest son" my silver seal with my Coat of Arms Ingraven thereon," (Wills, Liber 2, folio 228, Hall of Records, Annapolis). Unfortunately the original will has not been preserved to ascertain if he placed in wax his arms beside his signature - a custom of the early Maryland gentry. Nor have any known private documents come down to the present generation with the seal to establish which branch of the English or Irish Yate families he belonged. Furthermore, no old silver has been found by the family displaying the crest or the arms. It was probably a goat's head of some form as that was the most common for the name Yate, particularly in Berkshire. Harry Wright Newman, Anne Arundel Gentry, 2 vols., Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1990, Vol 2, pp. 517-542.
  • It is generally accepted, however that he was of the English branch, in as much as he was a "cousin" of Jerome Whyte, Esq., one time Surveyor General of the Province and Deputy Governor. During a controversy over a land survey of George Saughier, Gent., Jerome Whyte stated on Mar 13, 1670/1, the land be laid out by my cousin George Yate, who is best informed of the situation thereof." (Land Office, Liber 12, Folio 5589, Annapolis). George Yate was always styled "Gent," and was educated, being well versed in mathematics for he was His Lordship’s Deputy Surveyor with Anne Arundel County as his district. He always signed his name George Yate without the s --the latter being added by later generations.
  • He participated in the punitive expedition against the Nanticoke Indians of the Eastern Shore, and for his service he received by vote of the General Assembly in November 1678, 40 lbs of tobacco. (Archives of Maryland, Vol. 7, p.96). By this small amount of tobacco, it is believed that he served in a minor capacity and not as a commissioned officer. At a meeting of the Privy Council held on 22 Nov 1671, it was shown that "George Yate, Deputy Surveyor in Anne Arundel County" in a survey for John Fowellton on 17 May 1670 had inadvertently given a bound oak on the land of Gabriel Scott as a land mark instead of Gabriel Parrott. (Archives of Maryland, Vol..5., p., 99.
  • The following appears under his signature. (Chancery Court Proceedings, Liber CD, folio 230, Land Office, Annapolis). "To the Right Honorable the Lord Proprietor of Maryland and Avalon: Lord Baron of Baltimore & c, 15 Mar 1678/9. By virtue of a Special Warrant bearing a date of the twentieth day of Feb 1677 ..... that I, George Yate, Deputy Surveyor under Baker Brooke, Esq., Surveyor General, have laid out and re-surveyed for William Hunt a parcel of land called Maidstone afterward possessed and held of one William Crosley for 350 acres of land as it appears. Beginneth .... and now laid out for 450 acres of land more or less To be held of the Manor of Ann Arundel. Signed, George Yate, Deputy Surveyor."
  • George continued as Deputy Surveyor under Vincent Lowe until 26 Jun 1684 when he was declared incapable to officiate as Deputy Surveyor because of lameness and other problems. (Archives of Maryland, Vol. 51, p. 227).
  • George Yate was one of the largest patentees of land in the Province during the late seventeenth century, and before his death had acquired a landed estate exceeding several thousands of acres. Yate's Inheritance on the south side of the Patapsco became the seat of his descendants. Yate's Forbearance near the main falls of the Patapsco also involved his descendants.


George Yate immigrated by 1665 to Anne Arundel County, Maryland. [2] He served as the Deputy Surveyor for Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties, Maryland, under his cousin Jerome White, Esq., Surveryor General. [3]


He married Mary Wells, widow of Capt. Thomas Stockett. [4] Thomas Stockett died in 1671. [5]


Yate took up several tracts of land with names that reflected his English origins:
in 1666 he patented Lyford in TA Co;
in 1668 he patented Ufton Court,
and in 1678 he patented Denchworth, both in BA Co. [6]
In 1684 he patented a tract called Yate's Forebearance containing 770- acres. [7]


George Yate, son of John Yate and Mary Tettershall, died between June 6, 1691 (signed his will), and Nov 11, 1691 (will was proved), in Anne Arundel, Maryland. [8]
In his will, proved 1691 in Anne Arundel Co., he named his wife Mary and the following children:
i. George
ii. John
iii. Anne.[9]

In the name of God Amen I George Yate of Anne Arundel County in the Province of Maryland being weak in Body but of perfect mind and Memory Praise be God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in form and manner following: First I bequeath my Soul to Almighty and my Body to the Earth to be buried after the discretion of my exec. thereafter named. Item: I give and bequeath unto my son George Yates and John Yates all my seven hundred and seventy acres of land Called Yates His Forbearance lying on the north side of Patapsco River to be equally divided between them the said George Yate and John Yate their heirs and assigns forever. Item: I give and bequeath unto my son John Yate all the remaining part of Padworth Farm in sole to him the said John Yate his heirs and assign for ever and in case of his mortality before he cometh to the age of twenty one years then my will is that my son George possess the said land to him and his heirs and assign forever. Item: I give and bequeath unto my son George Yate one hundred and forty acres of land called Forbearance lying on the falls of Patapsco River in Baltimore County to him and his the said George Yate his heirs and assigns for ever. Item: I give and bequeath unto my son George Yate my silver Seal Ring with my coat of Arms ingraven thereon. Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Yate all my three hundred and sixty acres of Land Called Charley lying in the north east branch in Baltimore County to her heirs and assigns forever, and in case of her mortality before marriage then my will is that the same be equally divided between my two sons George Yate and John Yate to them and their heirs and assigns forever. Item: I give unto my daughter (step) Elizabeth Plummer my two hundred acres of land being part unsold of Eight hundred acres of land called Rich Lovell and also my one hundred and eighteen acres called Lovell addition both parcels lying in Baltimore County which said land I give and bequeath unto my said Daughter Elizabeth her heirs and assigns forever. Item: I give and bequeath unto my Dear Loving Wife Mary Yate my two hundred acres of land called the Range lying in Anne Arundel County to her the said Mary Yate and her assigns forever. Like wise I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary Yate my eighty and three acres of Land Called Hogg Harbor lying on the north branch of Putuxin River in Anne Arundel county and one other Tract of Land lying on the said Branch Containing one hundred and thirteen acres all which Three Tracts of land I give unto my said wife Mary Yate and her assigns for ever. item: I give and bequeath unto my Dear Loving Wife all my whole Personal Estate Only five pounds except Sterling money of England the Which I bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Yate, which my will is that she be paid at the Day of Marriage or at the age of Sixteen Years. All the remainder of my personal Estate I give unto my said Wife Mary Yale forever. Item: I Constitute Ordain and appoint my dear Wife Mary Yate Sole Executor of this my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I do hereto Set my hand & Seal this Sixth day of June in the Year of our Lord one Thousand six hundred Ninety and One. (signed) George Yate Seal Signed and Sealed in the Presents of Us: George Burges - Arthur Herring Signed Phillips Dennis William Robert Morres James X Duglas Edward Cools Proved in Open Court by the oaths of Geo. Burges, Arthur Herring and Robert Moores Nov. the 11th H Bonner Reg


  1. Douglas Richaedson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd edition, Vol IV page 397
  2. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, vol IV, page 397
  3. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, vol IV, page 397
  4. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, vol IV, page 397
  5. The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland, page 94
  6. The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland Author: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2004. Original data - Warfield, J. D.. The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland : a genealogical and biographical review from wills, deeds and church records. Baltimore, Md.: Koh Note: Includes index.
  7. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, vol IV, page 397
  8. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, vol IV, page 397
  9. British Roots of Maryland Families; p. 524. entered 2013 Dec 01

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Douglas Richardson,Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, 2nd edition, 4 vols., ed., Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), Vol I, p xxiii-xxix

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On 23 Apr 2018 at 07:26 GMT Dave Rutherford wrote:

Yates-4888 and Yate-17 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge these duplicate profiles.

On 26 Jan 2018 at 00:08 GMT Debra (Downs) Allison wrote:

Also mentioned in the Book - The Royal Descents of 600 Immingrants by Gary Boyd Roberts 2006

page 374 of "The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants" showing lineage of George Joseph Yates Sr, direct descendant of King Henry III of England.

On 20 Jan 2016 at 21:58 GMT R. D. Flowers wrote:

This man was my mmmmf mmfff.

I am SO glad that his profile and connections are much improved.

Looking at his children, much could be improved still: Anne Yates-32 should, I think be merged into Ann Yate-313. Elizabeth Yate-33 should, I think, be merged into her "aunt" Elizabeth Yates-315. John Yate-36 and John Yates-815 should, I think, be merged into John Yates-323.

I see no substantial data conflict between any suggested merge partners, except bet. Yates-815 and Yates-323. 815 appears to be wrong, with brother Geo. Yate II's exact date and place of death appearing for him (John).

I hope someone can do some or all of this if you agree.

On 21 Aug 2015 at 18:39 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Hi R.D. Flowers:

Magna Carta Ancestry by Douglas Richardson, and The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, show that Yate-35 and Yate-17 are both profiles of the immigrant ancestor, George Yate, surveyor, born in England, minor in 1658, father of George, Elizabeth, Ann and John, and husband of Mary Wells, widow of Thomas Stockett.

Yate-34 and Yates-316 are duplicates of Yate-16, the son of the immigrant, sibling to John, Elizabeth and Ann, and husband of Rachel Warfield.

Richardson doesn't list the wives of George Yate the son, Rachel Warfield and Elizabeth Tucker would need to be sourced elsewhere.

On 21 Aug 2015 at 18:19 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Yate-35 and Yate-17 appear to represent the same person because: George Yate the surveyor was b. in England, immigrated 1665. Father of George, John, Elizabeth and Ann.

On 21 Aug 2015 at 14:43 GMT R. D. Flowers wrote:


Shouldn't this Yate-17 be merged with -16, -34, and -35 ?

Although this one has the best data, they surely are all stabs at the same person. I am a descendant through GY II, Samuel Y., Mary Ann Yates Money, Kezia Money Tunnel, etc., btw.

On 1 Jul 2015 at 12:53 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

This person should not have the PGM tag on his profile, came circa 1665.

On 12 Jan 2015 at 06:46 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote:

British roots of American Families p. 524 - the citation is in the biospace for the text that is used from this book . It can be viewed on or checked out at a library.

On 12 Jan 2015 at 00:42 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:

Would a profile manager please add a source to confirm Gateway Ancestor? Thank you!

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