Joshua Yates was born in 1800 in Wythe, Virginia, to Sarah (unknown maiden name), age 25, and Benjamin Thomas Yates, age 28.
He married Margaret Ghent in Ohio. They had seven children in 21 years.  In August 1820, he is living in Lee County, Virginia, with five people in his household.  By 1830, they had moved to Lawrence County, Kentucky. 
He died in 1842 at the age of 42.
↑ "U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900" Source Citation: Source number: 1598.284; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1
↑ "1820 United States Federal Census" Census Place: Lee, Virginia; Page: 138; NARA Roll: M33_130; Image: 265
Home in 1820 (City, County, State) Lee, Virginia, Enumeration Date August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Under 16 3, Free White Persons - Over 25 1, Total Free White Persons 5
↑ "1830 United States Federal Census" Census Place: Lawrence, Kentucky; Page: 289; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 38; Family History Film: 0007817
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Lawrence, Kentucky
Free White Persons - Under 20: 3, Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2, Total Free White Persons: 5
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Joshua 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.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Joshua: