Stephen was born about 1746. He passed away about 1836.
Many have said that he is a son of John Yates and his wife Elizabeth. However, neither person's will mentions a son named Stephen, and Elizabeth's will was written after her husband's so that seems to eliminate the chance of a posthumous child. I would like to know if anyone has a copy of an original source document proving that Stephen is a child of John and his wife Elizabeth.
Compiled genealogies are second-class sources. What is needed is a copy of original documents defining the relationship.
"United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH5J-NLW : accessed 11 January 2016), Stephen Yates, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States; citing 340, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 201; FHL microfilm 29,680.
"United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHBW-K7M : accessed 11 January 2016), Stephen Yeates, Regiment 107, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States; citing p. 86, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 573; FHL microfilm 29,691.
Roster of Revoluntionary Soldiers from Pittsylvania County, Virginia
This roster of Pittsylvania soldiers has been compiled with great difficulty. It is hoped that this list will be the beginning and descendents will add to it. Names have been drawn from private letters, pension papers, and genealogies, and from the following sources:
Thomas Carter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
Encyclopedia of the American Revolution by Mark Boatner, and McKay
History of Pittsylvania County by Maud Carter Clement. J.P. Bell. 1919
Historical Register of Virginians in Revolution by John H. Gwaltmey 1938
List of Revolutionary Soldiers of Virginia by H.J. Eckenrode
Revolutionary Land Records. Vol 1 Virginia by Gaius Marcus 1936
Virginis Militia in Revoluntionary War by J.T. McAllister. 1913
Records in the Clerk's Office of Pittsylvania Sounty
Virginia State Archives
National Archives. (The National Archives contain the records of those
who applied for the Pension act of 1932 and in some cases contains considerably more information than given here) Those marked with a * applied for a pension, which required a written record of their military activities in the war:
YATES, Stephen, Capt. Va. State Line.
[This excerpt from YATES - YEATTS From 1599 - 2000, shown in Sources, below.] In 1815, Stephen Yates Sr. and his son, Samuel, received a license to operate an ordinary at Yates Tavern, Gretna, VA.
Elizabeth, b. 1772, m. Amos Watson
Stephen, b. 1774, m. Polly Hall
Samuel, b. 1776, d. 1836, m. 1795 to Mary (Polly) Davis, b.1770, d. 1858
Samuel is buried at the Yates Tavern, Gretna, VA. (Note: I've seen Samuel's year of death as 1836 and 1858.)
YATES – YEATTS FROM 1599 – 2000, Compiled by Dail Yeatts, 2008, His research sources are listed at the end of his 3-page PDF overview. Those sources are: 1) Dr. Donald Panther Yeatts’ book, The Bear Went Over The Mountain, Cherokee Press; 2) John K. Nelson, A Blessed Company, The University of North Carolina; and 3) Bertha Foust, The Genealogy of Foust, Grubb, Yeatts, Short, Tucker, Families of Pittsylvania County Virginia, Self Published.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Stephen 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 Stephen:
Yates-2984 and Yeatts-42 are not ready to be merged because: Yeattts-42 gives information as to the parents of the man which I believe is wrong. First someone needs to show source documents which prove that Stephen was the son of John and Elizabeth, as neither will mentions him. And I've addressed that issue on the profile for Yates-2984.