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Richard Yates (bef. 1628 - abt. 1679)

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Richard Yates
Born before in Lyford, Berkshire, Englandmap
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Died about in Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, British Colonial Americamap
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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".)[1]

McIntosh names witnesses Jno. Edwards and Edward Etheridg.

His will dated 22 Nov 1678, proved 21 May 1679, wit. Edward Etheridge and Jno. Edwards.

RICHARD YATES of Eliz. River in ye County of Lower
Norfolk in Virge Shipwrite . . . Booke 4 f. 50. dated 22 Nov. 1678. proved 21 May 1679.
. . . unto my loving wife Jane Yates all my Estate . . . during her natural life Excepting :one gun now in the possession of my Sonne In Law Jno. Whiden . . . Likewise one gun :that was my Sonne Richard Yates Late decd I give unto my unto my grandson Richard :Etheridge . . .
. . . and for my three daughters (viz) Jane, Elizabeth & Mary Yates . . .
. . . my grandson Jno. Whidon . . .
. . . my grand daughter Jane Whidon . . .
. . . my two grand daughters (viz) Eliz. Etheridge and Mary Leak . . .
. . . my daughter faith yates, the youngest . . .
. . . my land in deepe Creek now in ye possession and occupation of francis Leak and : marneduck Etheridge . . . equall division . . . unto ye sd. Leak and ye sd. Etheridge (my :Sonnes in Law) during their and my daughters their wifes Life . . . then to descent to :next hyer of ye bodyes of my Said daughters Elizabeth and Mary their wives . . .
witnesses: Jno. Edwards.
Edward Etheridg.
Richard Yates & Seale.[2][3]

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).)[4]

From the Church In Lower Norfolk Co., VA. Records: THE CHURCH IN LOWER NORFOLK COUNTY, VA (Lower Norfolk Co., VA Antiquary)
Record at r 16 die February Ao, 1662 Wee of ye Jury of Enquest doe prsent he whole

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

Item, wee doe prsent John Wilkinson for not havinge his Children baptized, who willfully and obstinately refuse the same.
Item, we prsent Richard Pinner for absentinge himselfe from ye Publique place appointed for the readinge of service.
Item, Wee prsent Richard Yates for the like
Item, Wee prsent Beniamin fforby for the like
Item, Wee prsent James Simmons for the like
Item, We prsent Robte Springe for the like
The Jury: Thomas fullcher foreman, William Capps, Richard Joanes, Thomas hardinge, James Thelaball, Geroge ffowler, George Ashwell,
These are all prsent to give in their prsentmts. At a Court held the ffifteenth day of June in the fifteenth yere of the Raigne of a Sor ainne Lord Kinge Charles the Second our England &c Anno dm 1663 Lower Norff PresentFrom the Church In Lower Norfolk Co., VA. Records: THE CHURCH IN LOWER NORFOLK COUNTY, VA (Lower Norfolk Co., VA Antiquary)

...excerpts from


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.

The Virginian-Pilot on June 4, 1996.


Husband: Richard Yates
Date: BEF 1648[5]
Data Changed:
Date: 26 APR 2006
Time: 13:04:00
Husband: John Yates
Wife: Joan Gater
Date: WFT 1670-1710[6]
Child: John Gater Yates
Child: Richard Yates
Child: Mary Yates
Child: Frances Yates
Child: Jone Yates
Data Changed:
Date: 26 APR 2006
Time: 13:04:00
  • Fact: Burial ( 1679)

This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import.[7] It's a rough draft and needs to be edited.


  1. Boddie, Mrs. John Bennett, ed., Historical Southern Families, vols. XIV and XV, 1970.
  2. Brief Abstract of Lower Norfolk County and Norfolk County Wills, 1637-, Volume 1 By Charles Fleming McIntosh
  4. Boddie, Mrs. John Bennett, ed., Historical Southern Families, vols. XIV and XV, 1970.
  5. Source: #S0002
  6. Source: #S0002
  7. Yates-2016 was created by Rick Watts through the import of RickWatts.ged on Jun 11, 2014. This comment and citation can be deleted after the biography has been edited and primary sources are included.

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