James was born about 1821 in White County Tennessee to parents Thomas Yates and Phebe Combs. He inherited the farm where he was raised and operated it through 1880, where he remained single, living with his sisters Nancy and Sally.
[1850 US Census], White, Tn. Thomas Yates household (name age birthplace): Thomas 84 Va, Phebe 65 Va, James 29 Tn, Nancy 26 Tn, Sarah 23 Tn.
[1880 US Census], Household of James Yates (name relation to James age): James Yates self 55, Nancy Yates sister 55, Sarah Yates sister 53, Susanna E. Yates niece 13. Record at Ancestry.com, Year: 1880; Census Place: District 6, White, Tennessee; Roll: 1285; Page: 457B; Enumeration District: 143
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or 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 James: