The identity of this man is under research. An old compiled genealogy lists the father of Stephen Yates as a particular John Yates and his wife Elizabeth. I have viewed the wills for both supposed parents, and, while each parent lists their children by name, neither lists a Stephen. And, since Elizabeth died before John, there is no possibility of a posthumous child.
Efforts to merge this profile with any profile for John or Elizabeth Yates will be rejected for this reason. Compiled genealogies are NOT reliable, and this is a prime example.
This man is not the same man as Yates-86. There need to be documents to indicate any kind of link, and there are none. There are only a few superficial similarities in names, which are probably coincidental. One should not base assumptions on such coincidences. I have already rejected this suggested match.
I have a professional researcher looking for documents which show the true relationship. Updates will be posted when available.
(update) John Yates appears as a "witness to a 1774 deed for land on Elkhorn Creek and witnessed a 1776 deed alongside others from that same area. This John Yates also bought land on Elkhorn Creek in 1780. He sold that land in 1787 and bought another tract the same day on Mill Creek, near Stephen Yates. He bought another tract on Shockoe Creek in 1791 and sold his Mill Creek land in 1792, when his wife, Alice, relinquished her dower rights. Stephen Yates signed as witness for a second purchase of land on Shockoe Creek in 1795. Shockoe Creek is east of Chatham and just west of Elkhorn Creek and Mill Creek is to the northwest. All are tributaries of the Banister River."
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