"Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZW4-321 : accessed 31 July 2015), James Yates and Susan Nicely, 06 Jul 1820; citing Grainger, Tennessee, United States, county courthouses, Tennessee; FHL microfilm .
"United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCDX-NFM : accessed 15 June 2015), James Yates, Grainger county, Grainger, Tennessee, United States; citing family 704, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Mildred Fowler's notes on the Roach/Roche family researched with Alfred L. Roach of Tulsa OK
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDDM-568 : 17 October 2014), James Yates, Tennessee, United States; citing p. 16, family 109, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,029.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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