Thomas Lafayette Yates was a farmer, born in 1860 to parents English Lafayette Yates and Sarah Jane Morris in Scott County Arkansas. He married Polly Ann Qualls in Nov 1885 and had two children with her, Orville Isaac and Ordenie Elvira. After 1900 they moved to Haskell, Texas, where Thomas died in 1931 of pancreatic cancer.
Death Certificate for Thomas L Yates, b. 11 Sep 1860, d. 1 May 1931 in O'Brien Tx. The family member who stated that he was born in Haskell Texas might not have known about his childhood. Two months before his birth, his family lived in Tomlinson, Scott, Arkansas for the 1860 census.
1870 US Census, Horsehead Twnsp, Johnson Ark. Thomas L Yates in the household of E.L. Yates, his age 9, birthplace Ark.
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