Thomas Yates, Sr., was born in 1752 in Bedford County, Virginia, the eldest son of John Yates and his wife, possibly Elizabeth Kilgore.
He married Rebecca Ragsdale, the daughter of William Ragsdale and Ann Parker Ragsdale, in Orange County, North Carolina, on December 22, 1776. (This area is now Caswell County, NC).
During the Revolutionary War, Thomas joined the North Carolina troops from Hillsborough District in Orange County in October of 1776, serving as a private and an ensign. He later drew a pension, Certificate 13993, under the Act of June 7, 1832. In 1777, Caswell County, North Carolina was formed from part of Orange County.
Thomas, in 1778, registers the purchase of 250 acres of land in Caswell County on the north side of Country Line Creek and Hico Creek. The family remained in Caswell County until 1792 when he sold his land and moved to the Western Territory, an area that is now Cross Plains in Robertson County, Tennessee. He is recorded in deed records as having bought and sold land in Robertson County from 1792 to 1832, shortly before his death.
Thomas and Rebecca had a family of 10 children. Most of them left the area eventually except his son Lewis, to whose children Thomas deeded 116 acres of land in November of 1833.
Thomas died in Robertson County on March 15, 1834. His widow Rebecca died in November of 1844. They are probably buried without markers in the Randolph Cemetery in Cross Plains, Tennessee.
Source of the biography is from FamilySearch.org Person ID - L8S5-H1P. Sources cited there are listed below also.
Listed in the Calloway County, Kentucky Death Record (1852) for Henrietta Yates Crabtree as her father.
The National Archives; Washington, D.C.; Ledgers of Payments, 1818-1872, to U.S. Pensioners Under Acts of 1818 Through 1858 From Records of the Office of the Third Auditor of the Treasury; Record Group Title: Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury; Record Group Number: 217; Series Number: T718; Roll Number: 15
Ledgers of Payments, 1818-1872, to U.S. Pensioners Under Acts of 1818 Through 1858 From Records of the Office of the Third Auditor of the Treasury, 1818-1872. NARA microform publication T718. 23 rolls. Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, 1775-1978, Record Group 217. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Pension Payment Roll of Veterans of the Revolutionary War and the Regular Army and Navy, 3/1801 - 9/1815. NARA microform publication M1786. 1 Roll. NAI: 2600769. Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773–2007, Record Group 15. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.
Kentucky. Kentucky Birth, Marriage and Death Records – Microfilm (1852-1910). Microfilm rolls #994027-994058. Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Kentucky. Birth and Death Records: Covington, Lexington, Louisville, and Newport – Microfilm (before 1911). Microfilm rolls #7007125-7007131, 7011804-7011813, 7012974-7013570, 7015456-7015462. Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Kentucky. Vital Statistics Original Death Certificates – Microfilm (1911-1964). Microfilm rolls #7016130-7041803. Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky.
The Ragsdale Family in England and America, by Mrs. Blake Ragsdale Van Leer; p. 34-35; FHL Reference No. US/CAN/ 929.273/R128w.
The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, 198; p.615 FHL Reference No. US/CAN/ 975.6575/H2h.
Ancestry.com. North Carolina and Tennessee, Early Land Records, 1753-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Tennessee. Division of Archives, Land Office, and Museum. Early Tennessee/North Carolina Land Records, 1783–1927, Record Group 50. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tenn.
Carpenter, Evelyn Yates. John Yates and His Descendants to 1989. Clarksville, Tenn: Jostens Pub. Co., 1989.
Yates, Donald N. The Bear Went Over The Mountain, Genealogy and Social History of a Southern U.S. Family... Princeton, NJ: The Cherokee Press, 1995
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Thomas 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 Thomas:
Col. Thomas Yates served in the Revolutionary War where he drew a pension, which his wife continued to draw after his death. Thomas took the Oath of Allegiance in 1777 in Caswell County, NC. He and his family lived in Caswell County from 1777 to 1792 before they moved to Robertson County, TN. [DAR Ancestor]