James and Agnes were apparently the first Yateses to reach Florida Territory. They and the whole family first left the Montgomery-Laurens-Emanuel County area of Georgia for Appling County and later went to Camden County, in the extreme southeast of the state. They "crawled" over into Duval County, Florida, living on Black Creek near Jacksonville, around 1840. They then settled on Shingle Creek, near present-day Disney World in 1853 (Ruth Yates Spence). They are listed in the 1860 Brevard County census. Their graves in the old Yates Cemetery were bulldozed in the 1960s or '70s for an orange grove, but Ruth Yates Spence remembers visiting them with her mother Lenora Lamb Yates and weeding the plots twice a year. The Yates family in Florida says their ancestors came from Georgia and Alabama, the Carolinas and Virginia (in reverse order). James, like his brother Burrell, married a Cherokee. More About JAMES YATES: Comment 1: 1850, Duval County, Fla. (Black Creek) census, p. 111 Comment 2: 1860, Brevard County, Fla. (Shingle Creek) census Fact 1: 1817, Laurens Co., Ga. Fact 2: 1805, Montgomery Co. Tax List Fact 3: 1820, Laurens Co. Census Fact 4: 1830, Appling Co., Ga. as James Yeats, p. 11 Fact 5: 1840, Camden County, Ga. census, p. 8 Occupation: Farmer, rancher Residence: Georgia and Kissimmee area of Florida Notes for AGNES "AGGIE" ROWLAND: According to great-granddaughter Ruth Yates Spence of Shingle Creek, Florida, Aggie Rowland was Cherokee. Her people came with James Yates to Florida, where the last of their children was born, and some of them still live in the Shingle Creek area. More About AGNES "AGGIE" ROWLAND: Ethnicity/Relig.: Cherokee James was born in 1776. James Yates ... 
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