Richard YATES. Born Before 1628. Died About 1679. Of age in 1649 (sold land), so born by 1628.
He married Jane or Jone Smith before 1648. Chart 1203 says she was Jane, sister of Peter Smith.
He married Jane SMITH. They had the following children:
i. Jane YATES
ii. Richard YATES
iii. Elizabeth YATES
iv. Mary YATES
v. Faith YATES
Boddie: Elizabeth, Mary and Richard Yates are named as grandchildren in Joan Yates' will 1664.
In 1663 they were in Lower Norfolk Co. VA, and were Quakers (see Lower Norfolk County Antiquary 4, 78, 79, 110)
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 Etheridg.
His will dated 22 Nov 1678, proved 21 May 1679, wit. Edward Etheridge and Jno. Edwards.
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.
Boddie says that Richard and Jane were arrested in 1662, 1663, and early in 1664 for attending Quaker meetings (book D, 360, 3741, 386).)
County in Genrall for breach of he Sabboth & Linhaven prish especially for not pvidinge a Reader though recomanded by Act of Assembly the breach of wch day we sappose is through want of sufficient & able ministers to teach & instruct us. Wee therefore hartely desire some speedy course may be taken therein that or great want may be suplied soe that Sectaries (if any be wthin he prcincts of or County may freely come) if not constrained to such place or places as shalbe appointed for ye true Worshipp & service of God. Wee for or parts oare ready & shalbe willinge to contribute thereunto to the uttermost of or abilities And doe hope yt he rest of the Inhabitants of the sd County Wilbe willinge to doe the Like
As for Virginia, there were Quakers here from 1656, at which time Elizabeth Harris, one of Fox's missionaries, founded settlements of Friends along the James River. The movement spread rapidly eastward into Isle of Wight, Nansemond and Lower Norfolk Counties. Since the Virginia Quakers, like their English brethren, flouted civil obedience, the magistrates became increasingly hostile. After the restoration of Charles II in 1660, at which time the arch royalist, Sir William Berkeley, again became Virginia's governor, the persecution became intense.
Since the Quakers had become particularly numerous in Lower Norfolk County (now the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake), Berkeley fired off a steamy missive to the ``gentlemen of the County of Lower Norfolk in 1663, enjoining them to use every effort to root out ``ye abominal seede of ye Quakers. Berkeley's hatred of the sect was echoed by Henry Beecher, a Lower Norfolk County Anglican who declared of one dissenter: ``It would be better for that Quaker dog to go stark naked into a red hot oven than to put his foot on my plantation.
Even so, the Virginia Quakers continued to thrive, and by 1672, when George Fox was on his missionary journey to North America, he preached to a great concourse of Lower Norfolk County people at the Elizabeth River plantation of John Porter, an event he described in his journal as "precious and glorious.
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