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Stephen Yates (abt. 1756 - 1835)

Captain Stephen Yates aka Yeatts
Born about in Virginiamap
Husband of — married 1773 in Pittsylvania, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Pittsylvania, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Jan 2016
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This profile is part of the Pittsylvania County, Virginia One Place Study.


Stephen's birth date has been listed as 1746 and also as 1757. He passed away in 1835.

Some have said that he is a son of a John Yates and his wife Elizabeth. 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 that John and his wife Elizabeth. Compiled genealogies are second-class sources. What is needed is a copy of original documents defining the relationship.[1]

Efforts to merge this profile with any profile associated with John and Elizabeth Yates will be rejected for this reason.

I have a professional researcher looking for documents which show the true relationship. Updates will be posted when available.


  1. Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Wills, 1767-1820, Lela C. Adams and Virginia Bassett (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc, 1986): p. 247: Elizabeth Yeates. 3 Sept 1793, prob 21 Sept 1795. Son John Yeates and heirs, son George Yeates and heirs, son Elijah Yeates and heirs, daughter Hannah, wife of William Shelton, daughter Anna Gibson, wife of Richard Gibson, and heirs, daughter Martha Watts. Exec.: John and Elijah Yates. Wit: George Adams, Jonathan Elliott, William Ross. Sec: Jonathan Elliott and David Owen.
  • "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 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 ( : 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.

Virginia Department of Historic Resources page on Yates Tavern: *

According to: INTIMATE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY VIRGINIA. compiled by Frances Hallam Hurt 1976 and posted at
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.

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As written above, the bio leaves the impression that, likewise, there is no actual evidence that Richard Yates was the father. Living in the general area is rather weak, for either man. Also, the link for Yates Tavern no longer works.
posted by John Yates
The link for Yates Tavern on the VA DHR site has been fixed. As for the rest, the evidence is not just "living in the general area." I will post information when I am ready to do so.
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.
Stephen & Lydia had 11 children. James Tarpley Yates Born 1778 i
posted by Mary J. Murray

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