John Robert Yates was the son of Chesley Yates and Mary Barksdale. He was married to Miriam Snell. 
John Robert Yates was a tobacco farmer for much of his later life, also working as an auctioneer. Earlier in life he was a postmaster in Brookneal. (source: personal family knowledge of Katherine Benbow)
Alternative death location given
FindAGrave.com memorial #60972821 in Wickliffe Cemetery, Brookneal, Campbell County, Virginia, USA
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMND-PRX : accessed 11 January 2016), John R Yates in household of Mary A Yates, Banister District, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States; citing sheet 8B, family 125, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,722.
"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6ZW-D77 : accessed 11 January 2016), John Robert Yates, 1917-1918; citing Pittsylvania County no 1, Virginia, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,985,043.
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