||Robert Yates was a New Netherland Descendant 1674-1776.|
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Robbert was a son of Joseph Yates and Huybertje Marselis. He was born November 4, 1688, in Albany, New York. He was baptized in the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany on 11 November 1688, recorded as "Robbert, of Jedts. By Judik Marselisz."
He settled at Schenectady, New York, in 1711. He was a merchant and also had a tan-yard.
Robert died March 4, 1748, in his 60th year, and is buried in Vale Cemetery in Schenectady. He was originally interred at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady; burials there were moved to Vale Cemetery in 1879. The inscription on his gravestone reads: 
Robert Yates is believed to have built the house at 109 Union St. in the Stockade Historic District of Schenectady that the Schenectady County Historical Society believes to be the oldest house in Schenectady, built in 1725 within the town stockade. In 2011 the house was described as a two-story structure with 12 rooms (including 19th- and 20th-century additions), with a total size of 3,000 square feet. It had been owned by members of the Yates family since it was built, but was being offered for sale at an asking price of $319,000. According to records with the Schenectady County Historical Society, Robert Yates lived in the house until his death in 1748, and he willed the house to his youngest son, Abraham. A state historic marker in front of the house reportedly calls it the “home of Abraham Yates.” 
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