John Yates was born about 1615 in England and died in 1648 in Lower Norfolk County, Virginia. John Yates, aged twenty, is listed as passenger aboard the America Captain Barker, Master, 23 June, 1635 leaving the port of London, bound for Virginia. As was the custom, he had a certificate from the minister of the town of Gravesend stating his conformity to the discipline of the Church of England.
Eighteen year old Joan Jobe was aboard the same ship.
He received a patent for 150 acres of land on November 24,1636 for the transportation of himself, his wife Joane, and Richard Yates. 150 acres being a neck of land on the east side of the Elizabeth River and the south branch thereof. 
Richard Yates does not appear on the ship's list; it is very likely he was born in Virginia, and simply claimed as a headright by his father.
John Yates was church warden in Lynnhaven parish in 1642. In August, 1648 in Lower Norfolk County Joane Yates was granted administration of the estate of her deceased husband, John Yates.
According to Hotten, he was a ship's carpenter on the "Foxe" in 1646.
His wife's name was Joan, but Walter offers several alternative possibilities as to her identity. He died about 1648, and inventory of his estate was taken on November 13 of that year.
He married Joanne or Joan UNKNOWN. Died About 1666.
They had the following children:
i. Mary? YATES
3 ii. Richard YATES
4 iii. Frances YATES
5 iv. Joane? YATES
Complete transcript of her will as given by McIntosh:
...my sonne Richard Yates and likewise my daughter ffrancis Vallentine...Executors
unto my sonne Richard Yates daughter Jone Yates to my Daughters ffrances sone George Vallentine...land adjoning my grandfathers land in the merke called Baytree hole
to my Grandaughter Elizabeth Horne
to my Grandsonne Thomas Horne
to my Grandaughter Hanna Horne
to my Grandaughter Elizabeth Yates
to my Grandaughter Mary Yates
to my Grandsoone Richard Yates
to my Grandsonne John Markeham
to my Grandaugher Mary ffaushaw...and not for her husband
to William Retch for...
to my God Daughter Johanna Mortene
witnesses William Retchford, Martha Hatton, John Swaine, John Efreag., Wm. Mortene
George Ballantine 1663-1734 sold 75 acs of Bay Tree Hole Neck to Thomas Ballantine (Norfolk Co. record book 9, 547-548). Thomas Ballantine sold the 75 acs caleld Bay Tree Hole Neck to William Ballantine who sold to John Whiddon 15 Nov 1716
This person was created on 19 May 2010 through the import of My Family File.ged.
A significant amount of notes follow. My intent is to keep both my brother's notes intact as well as those from the merged profile to show continuity of information. Information on the wife and children do not have the same continuity, but sufficient overlap in children to assume there is only one wife. Should this prove untrue then the wives' information will need to be sorted while sorting the children into the correct family groups.
Here are my brother's (Dan Wright) compiled notes on information regarding this John Yates. Formatting has been lost leading to the information being hard to follow but I have tried to restore it to some degree. Additional notes can be found at: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/l/a/n/Gina-S-Lanier/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0333.html
He immigrated in 1635 and lived in Norfolk, VA. A detailed, twelve page report was sent to William A. Yates from Bertha P. Faust, dated 2 AP 1984.
The following is an E-mail from Elizabeth Harris, a biologist on the faculty of DukeUniversity, written in response to email@example.com and provided to us at http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/YATES/1998-07/0901919653
Most of it comes from some charts by Alice Granbery Walter, and I have not looked at any of the original documents myself yet. The chart numbers refer to the LDS catalogue. These are non-circulating from Salt Lake City, but a fellow researcher and I paid somebody there to photocopy them for us. Other sources are McIntosh's Norfolk Co. wills, Boddie's Historical Southern Families (mostly the ETHERIDGE articles).
All my people in the Norfolk/Currituck area converge on Maximilian Cuthrell and Margaret Ballentine, who married in Norfolk in 1817, and then moved to Davie County NC. I worked on the Norfolk area records a few years back,but lately have been concentrating on the Davie Co. connections.:
First Generation --------------------------------------------- 1. John YATES. Born About 1595 in England. Died About 1648 in Virginia. (Alice Granbery Walter chart 1202): he was b. ca. 1595, d. before November 1648. He was in Lower Norfolk Co. in 1636 (see court record books B30), and was a Ship's Carpenter in the Foxe in 1646 (see Hotten 111, court record books B32a). His inventory taken 13 Nov 1648 by Thos. Sayer, Rich. Smith, James Warner & John Finch. It was exhibited in Court by Joanne Yates.
Chart 1205: John Yates shipwright b ca. 1599 (Hotten 111) In Lower Norfolk Co. b. ca 1595 (Book B ff 30, 32a) Ship carpenter in the "Foxe" in 1646, d bef 15 Aug 1648 (B 82a LNc) Inventory as described above. Total value of inventory 19,751 lb tob (Bf 94 p. 101)
"Did he marry before 1620 and have issue John GATER (YATES?) b. 1620" (Hotten 111, 112, m. bef 1649 Mary ____; 24 Jul 1635 in the "Assurance" to be transported to Virginia from Gravesend: Jo: Gater 36 yrs, Joan Gater 23 years & Jo: Gater 15 yrs et als. (Hotten 111,112)
He did marry bef 1636 Joanne/Jone/Johanna; see her notes
There seems to be some confusion over whether John Yates and John Gater are the same person, father and son, or two entirely different and unrelated people. See Walter chart 1205 for a lengthy discourse.
There seems to be no doubt in her chart however that John Yates b about 1595 was the father of Richard, Frances, and Johanna or Hannah Yates, and that Frances Yates m. (2) George Ballentine.
See the following sources cited by Alice Granbery Walter: Hotten, List of Emigrants to America pp 41, 111 Land Patent Books, Virginia State Library, 1PB 340, 389, 399, 536, 578, 636; 2PB 29; 3 PB 264, 175; 4 PB 518 Lower Norfolk Co. court records E f 20, C f 4 1a
Boddie 14:33-35 cites essentially the same records.
He married Joanne ??. Born See Notes. Died About 1666.
Alice Granbery Walter chart 1202 lists several possible women named Joanne, Joan, Johanna who could be this person:
Joan Gater b. before 1612, trans to VA in the Assurance 24 Jul 1635 with John GATER
Joane WILKINSON b. 1615 trans to the N side of Charles River in 1639 by George Minifye Esq. and one of the Council of State
Joan JOBE b. 1617, trans to VA in the America with John YATES b. 1615 et als. (Hotten 111, 112, 96; patent book 1:704. Joane JOBE 22 May 1637 was a hd right in the patent to Thomas DAVIS in Upper New Norfolk Co. upon S side of the Eastern Br of Elisabeth River (patent book 1:424)
Her will was dated 22 Oct 1664, proved 1666 ("Efl1 p20" - can't figure out what this is from her list of abbreviations; McIntosh vol. 1, p. 23, lists it as Norfolk Co. Book E f. 11, dated 22 October 1664, no probate date) "to dau. Frances' son George VALLENTINE land in the Merke called Bay Tree Hole"
Johanna Yates (her daughter?) left her granddaughter Jane/Jone Yates WHIDDON the house and orchard she lived in
George Ballantine 1663-1734 sold 75 acres of Bay Tree Hole Neck to Thomas Ballantine (Norfolk Co. record book 9, 547-548). Thomas Ballantine sold the 75 acres called Bay Tree Hole Neck to William Ballantine who sold to John Whiddon 15 Nov 1716
Complete transcript of her will as given by McIntosh: ...my sonne Richard Yates and likewise my daughter Francis Vallentine...Executors unto my sonne Richard Yates daughter Jone Yates to my Daughters Frances son George Vallentine...land adjoining my grandfathers land in the merke called Baytree hole to my Granddaughter Elizabeth Horne to my Grandson Thomas Horne to my Granddaughter Hanna Horne to my Granddaughter Elizabeth Yates to my Granddaughter Mary Yates to my Grandson Richard Yates to my Grandson John Markeham to my Granddaughter Mary Faushaw...and not for her husband to William Retch for... to my God Daughter J ohanna Mortene witnesses William Retchford, Martha Hatton, John Swaine, John Efreag., Wm. Mortene
They had the following children: 2 i. Mary? YATES 3 ii. Richard YATES 4 iii. Frances YATES 5 iv. Joane? YATES
Second Generation --------------------------------------------- 2. Mary? YATES. Born About 1628. Died See Notes. Had four children in 1652/3, cited as deceased in March 1652/3 (Lower Norfolk Co. court record book 3:30), had four children by then, so must have married by about 1644-46 and therefore must have been born by about 1628-1630.
Alice Granbery Walter lists her as Johanna or Hannah Yates, and does not list a child of John and Joane named Mary; Boddie thinks the woman who married Thomas Horne, and whose dates match the above, was Mary, and that her sister Joane was unmarried at the time of their mother's death in 1664, says that she is specifically named as Joane Yates in the will. I'm going with the Boddie interpretation here, but advise caution!
Boddie: On March 1, 1660/1 Joan Yates, grandmother of the orphans of Thomas Horne, complained of their ill usage by Thomas Lovell "their father-in-law" (book D, 288) [Thomas was the third husband of Thomas Horne's second wife, Jane; see her file]. Mary and Thomas Horne were over 14 in 1661, as they chose guardians in that year (D:298, 307), and Mary married in 1661/2 (D, 337). In 1662 Thomas Lovell was ordered to give up the estates of the orphans Thomas and Elizabeth Horne to their grandmother Joan Yates, and the estate of Joanna Horne, orphan, to George Valentine (D, 341, 343). Taken together these records indicate that Mary (?) Yates and Thomas Horne had four children, Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth, and Joanna or Hannah.
She married Thomas HORNE. Born Before 1628. Died About 1658.
(He) married Jane, widow of Peter Wigglesworth (AGW; Boddie says Rigglesworth), after 16 Mar 1652/3; see her notes.
They had the following children: 6 i. Hannah HORNE 7 ii. Mary HORNE 8 iii. Elizabeth HORNE 9 iv. Thomas HORNE
3. Richard YATES. Born Before 1628. Died About 1679.
Of age in 1649 (sold land), so born by 1628. His will dated 22 Nov 1678, proved 21 May 1679, wit. Edward Etheridge and Jno. Edwards. He married Jane or Jone Smith before 1648. Chart 1203 says she was Jane, sister of Peter Smith (5DB100). In May 1689 Joan (Jane) Yates says she is widow of Richard Yates and gives her power of attorney to her brother Peter Smith. She says she is very old and feeble (5DB100). In 1663 they were in Lower Norfolk Co. VA, and were Quakers (see Lower Norfolk County Antiquary 4, 78, 79, 110)
Boddie: Elizabeth, Mary and Richard Yates are named as grandchildren in Joan Yates' will 1664.
Richard deeded land to Thomas Horne, his brother-in-law, on Dec. 17, 1649 (book C, 30).
Boddie says that Richard and Jane were arrested in 1662, 1663, and early in 1664 for attending Quaker meetings (book D, 360, 3741, 386). Boddie says his will (book 4, 50; McIntosh, vol. 1, p. 64) mentions his wife Jane, son-in-law John Whiden; son Richard Yates, decd.; grandson Richard Etheridge; daughters Jane, Elizabeth and Mary Yates; grandson John Whiden; granddaughter Jane Whiden; granddaughters Elizabeth Etheridge and Mary Leake; youngest daughter Faith Yates; and land to be divided between sons-in-law Francis Leake and Marmaduke Etheridge and their wives "my daughters Mary and Elizabeth".
McIntosh names witnesses Jno. Edwards and Edward Etheridge.
He married Jane SMITH.
They had the following children: 10 i. Jane YATES 11 ii. Richard YATES 12 iii. Elizabeth YATES 13 iv. Mary YATES 14 v. Faith YATES
4. Frances YATES. Born Before 1641.
See Lower Norfolk Co. court records D 90, marriage ca. Aug. 1657 to Richard Markham; he died in 1660 (D 270), his widow granted probate of his will 17 Dec 1660. She married (2) before 16 Jun 1662 (D343) George Ballentine alias Valentine. Also see DB 6:205, C55.
The 1662 record refers to receipt by George Valentine/Ballentine of the estate of his wife's niece, Joanna Horne, an orphan, under court order to Thomas Lovell, the third husband of Joanna's father's second wife Jane. [see Jane's, and Mary Yates' files]
She first married Richard MARKHAM, About 1657. Died 1660.
Alice Granbery Walter chart 1205: He was born before 1639 if 18 when married Died in 1660 (D 270 LNc) His widow granted probate of his will 17 Dec 1660 (D 270)
Boddie says that on 18 Aug 1657 he gave notice of his intention to Mary Frances Yates (Norfolk Co. book D, p. 90). He died in 1660. Their son, John Markham, is mentioned in the will of his grandmother Joan Yates.
They had the following children: 15 i. John MARKHAM
She second married George BALLENTINE. Born About 1635. Died About 1702.
George's children from Alice Granbery Walter, chart 1202. He married Frances before 16 Jun 1662 according to this chart.
His will dated 2 Sep 1700, proved 15 May 1702, names "my wife Frances' granddaughter Margaret Markham"
mentioned in Lower Norfolk Co. court record book C, p. 55, 4 Feb. 1652/53, "Geroge Valentine servant of Christopher Burrow decd. having three more years to serve"
Notes from Becky Bonner 9/95, see Samuel Cherry's notes for complete references:
68 George BALLENTINE/VALENTINE Sr. Died About 1702 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA. Sources59,64, 70,82. He married Frances YATES, About 1657.
69 Frances YATES. Sources59,64,71,67,82.
Boddie refers to him consistently as Valentine, not Ballentine.
McIntosh, vol. 1, p. 177: George Ballintine Sr of the Southern Branch of Elizabeth River in the County of Norfolk... Book 6 f. 206 dated 2 Sept. 1700, proved 15 May 1702 by John Portlocke & Thomas Nash I first make my Two Sons, Thomas and William Ballintine Joynt Executors... Unto my Sonn George, one Putter Dish and the other Putter Dish unto my Sonn John Ballintine... unto my Sonn Alexander Ballintine a great table unto my Sonn Richard Ballantine the little table unto my well beloved Daughter Mary the wife of Roger Hodges a Gold Ring... unto my Loving Daughter Dorothy wife of John Creekmore a looking Glass and Candle Coup... unto my Loving Daughter Frances wife of Henry Deale a Silver Dram Coup unto my Sonn Daniell the best feather bed...my great bible... my Granddaughter Mary Hodges...one trunk unto my Wives grand Daughter Margarett Macklanan one Ewe wife Frances Son David bee at age at Sixteen witnesses Thomas Nash, John P--[torn]]--ke
They had the following children: 16 i. Frances BALLENTINE 17 ii. George BALLENTINE 18 iii. Thomas BALLENTINE 19 iv. William BALLENTINE 20 v. John BALLENTINE 21 vi. Alexander BALLENTINE 22 vii. Richard BALLENTINE 23 viii. Daniel BALLENTINE 24 ix. David BALLENTINE 25 x. Mary BALLENTINE 26 xi. Dorothy BALLENTINE
5. Joane? YATES. Died 1645/1646. According to Boddie, living and unmarried at the time of her mother's will in 1664; see notes on her sister Mary.
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