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William Yates (1720 - abt. 1764)

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Rev. William Yates
Born in Middlesex, Virginiamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died about in Gloucester, Virginiamap
Profile last modified 1 Jul 2019 | Created 25 Mar 2011
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William Yates was born on 10 Dec 1720 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex, Virginia to parents Bartholomew Yates and Sarah Stanard. He graduated from William and Mary College and was ordained as an Anglican Minister on 1 Apr 1745. He was Rector of Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia, in 1758; of Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, Virginia, of James City Parish 1745-1755; and the 5th President of William and Mary College, 1761-1764. He was a member of the Virginia Governor's Council.

He married Elizabeth Alice Randolph on 27 Mar 1745 in Gloucester, Virginia. Children: Edmund Randolph, Elizabeth, William, Clara, Lucy. He died on 5 Oct 1764 in Gloucester, Virginia.

"It is proper to state, in connection with this, that at a later period, the date not known, a brick church was built on the road from Jamestown to Williamsburg, called 'Main Church', in which Bishop Madison preached in the concluding years of his ministry. He doubtless preached at Jamestown in the earlier part of it. The Main Church has recently disappeared. Underneath it was found a brick vault, containing the remains of some unknown ones who were buried there."

"Since the above was written I have received the following information: - 'The last minister of the 'Main Church' before Bishop Madison was the Rev. Mr. Bland, afterward of Norfolk. His wife was a daughter of the Rev. William Yates, who was for a short time President of William and Mary College. When the church was taken down, a piece of timber broke the arch of a vault containing a coffin, with a plate on which was inscribed 'Elizabeth Bland,' with a vacant space sufficient for another coffin." -From "Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia"


Will of William Yates of the Parish of Bruton. Virginia Miscellaneous Wills, Box I (1675-1819), w. 5 Sep 1764, p. James City County, 8 Oct 1764. Digital image at -

wife Elizabeth Yates - “... I give to my beloved wife my whole estate to dispose of as she pleases for ever.”
“I agreed to give Mr William Bland such a sum and a negro, but as my letters to his father will show that it was on condition that he lived and my Daughter two (sic) till after they were settled, by which time had God spared my life, I should have, more than probably, been doubly able: but since he has not, and the condition cannot be in force on my part - I think if twenty pounds current money be added to what he has received he will have his full share or at least this is all I intended him had my Daughter have died before they were settled in the world.”
no executors named
Wit: W. _?_, Emmanuel Jones, _?_ Meriton


  • Christ Church Parish Virginia Births
  • William and Mary Quarterly, [[1]]

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On 8 Apr 2018 at 12:29 GMT Jim Miller wrote:

Yates-4360 and Yates-298 appear to represent the same person because: Clearly same person; thank you.

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