Michael was born about 1722 in either Baltimore County, Maryland or King William County, Virginia (became Caroline County in 1728). He is the son of George Yates and Anne Guiney. He passed away about 1789 in Caroline County, Virginia.
Michael married Martha Marshall before 1754 in either Caroline or Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
5 October 1754 - "Indenture made 5 October 1754 between Michael Yates and Martha his wife, ... of one part to James Nelson of Spotsylvania County of the other part the said doth fully freely and absolutely grant bargain and sell release and confirm unto the said James Nelson 670 acres being part of a patent granted to Michael Ginney lying in Spotsylvania County."
9 November 1775 - Michael Yates was elected to the Committee of Safety, Caroline County, Virginia with 80 votes. He was re-elected on 1 February 1776 with 100 votes.
1777 COURT: Spotsylvania Co, VA, 8 Aug. George Yates gave bond of L500as security for Michael Yates as guardian for an orphan Mollie Butler. At some time guardianship passed to his son Dr. George Yates.
1777 COURT: Caroline Co, VA, Order Book 1777-1780, 11 Dec, Folio 37. "On motion of Doctor Michael Yates and for reasons appearing to the Court leave is granted to inoculate his family at the house of George Yates deceased."
1779 COURT: Caroline Co, VA, Order Book 1777-1780, 9 Dec, Folio 205. "It appearing to the Court that Doctor Michael Yates was allowed the sum often pounds for medicine and attending Henry Raines and John Ross, two sick soldiers in the Service of the United States, but that he had never received any satisfaction for the same, ordered that it be now certified to the Treasurer for payment thereof."
1782 TAX: Caroline County, Virginia - in Michael's household were two males over 21 and 20 slaves
1789 Court: Will of Michael Yates proved in Sep Court (Court Minute Book1787-1791, folio 205).
↑Proceedings of the committees of safety of Caroline and Southampton counties, Virginia, 1774-1776. Bulletin of the Virginia State Library; v. 17, no.3. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Division of Purchase and Printing, 1929.page 135, 136