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John Yates (abt. 1715 - bef. 1778)

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John Yates
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Categories: Pittsylvania County, Virginia | NSDAR Patriot Ancestors.


John Yates (of Dan River) was born about 1715 and died before 23 April 1778 when his will was proved. He married Elizabeth (there is no proof that her maiden name was Kilgore), b. 1718, d. 1795. They both died in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

25 June 1747 - Brunswick county, Virginia - 204 acres on the south side of Dan River.
15 July 1760 - Halifax county, Virginia - 154 acres adjoining his old surveyed land on the south side of Dan River.
1 March 1773 - Pittsylvania county, Virginia - 348 acres on the south branch of Dan River adjoining land of Wilson, Hughs &c.

John Yates had a plantation on the Dan River near the Danville Riverside Drive.

Revolutionary War
Ancestor #: A207777
Birth: ANTE 1727
Service Source: MAG OF VA GEN, VOL 23, NO 1, P 5
Service Description: 1) OATH OF ALLEGIANCE, 1777
Residence: 1) County: PITTSYLVANIA CO - State: VIRGINIA
Spouse: 1) ELIZABETH Unknown
Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed May 31, 2018), "Record of John Yates", Ancestor # A207777.

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN Yates Pittsylvania County, Virginia D & W 5, page 439 Made: 24 October 1777 Recorded: 23 April 1778 I, John Yates of the County of Pittsylvania County and Colony of Virginia, being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect memory do first give my soul to God and my body to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and now I dispose of my worldly estate as follows to wit. First, I leave unto my beloved wife, Elizabeth Yates, during her life all of my estate, real and personal, and after her decease the Negroes and land to be divided as follows:
First I give unto my eldest son John Yates and his heirs a part of my land where on I now live, beginning at my corner tree on Hugh's Creek and taking the full mouth of the land up Dan River to a branch at the lower end of my plantation and a Negro man named Bob.
ITEM: I give unto my son George Yates and his heirs another part of the land whereon I now dwell beginning where my son John's land ends, and running with the branch to the back line likewise a part of a survey last made adjoining where I now dwell and extending up to Thomas Watts line but the land on the river is to extend upwards to a branch that runs below Gibson's plantation and with the said branch to the back line and a Negro man named Sam and all my Smith's tools.
ITEM: I give unto my son Elijah Yates and his heirs forever all the remainder of the tract of land, whereon I now dwell beginning at the branch below Gibson's and running up the river including all the remainder of the two tracts whereon I now dwell and a Negro Judith.
ITEM: I give unto my daughter Hannah Shelton, wife of William Shelton and her heirs two Negroes married Big Cate and her daughter Chloe.
ITEM: I give unto my daughter Ann Gibson and her heirs one Negro girl named Esther. Likewise I give unto her and her heirs forever all the remainder of a tract of land whereon she now dwells adjoining a made line between her and the plantation where Thomas Watts lived allowing one hundred acres to the plantation where Thomas Watts lived.
ITEM: I give unto my daughter Martha Watts and her heirs one hundred acres of land whereon she lived and all the stock of horses, cattle, hogs and sheep and all my household furniture and a Negro woman called Little Cate to be divided among my children at the discretion of my wife at or before her decease. I also appoint my wife Elizabeth Yates and William Shelton executors of this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all other wills and this only to be taken for my last will as witness my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of October in the year 1777.

his JOHN X Yates mark

Sealed and acknowledged in presence of George Rop Tom Elliot Thomas X Wright

Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820, Compiler: Lela C. Adams, (Southern Historical Press, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, 1986), p. 21, Will of John Yates.

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 23rd day of April 1778 The within last will and testament of John Yates deceased was exhibited into court by Elizabeth Yates and William Shelton executrix and exor. herein named and proved by the oaths of the two of the witness thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executrix and exor. who made oath according to law certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form of law giving security whereupon they together with JOHN WILSON the security entered into bond acknowledged the same according to law. Teste WILL TUNSTALL clk.


  • Will of Pittsylvania County, Virginia

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On 5 Aug 2018 at 01:01 GMT Tina (King) Hall wrote:

There is a total lack of evidence providing who this man's parents were and where he was born as well as when he was born. The 1715 date is an estimate based on the ages of his children. Since there is no proof of parentage, there is also no proof that he is the third in a line of Johns. This is my direct line. John and Elizabeth are my 6th great-grandparents and I have been researching them since 1999.

On 4 Jul 2018 at 04:27 GMT Susan (Knight) Gore wrote:

Yates-3207 and Yates-942 do not represent the same person because: If there is another John Yates that marries Elizabeth Kilgore then these are two different people. I doubt the birth and death dates of the two John's should be the same. I think they have been confused.

On 27 Jun 2018 at 21:11 GMT Debra (Downs) Allison wrote:

Yates-3207 and Yates-942 appear to represent the same person because: The details on the Find A Grave confirm that this is indeed a duplicate

On 31 May 2018 at 15:58 GMT Susan (Knight) Gore wrote:

There is no proof for her maiden name being Kilgore.

On 25 May 2017 at 18:33 GMT Susan (Knight) Gore wrote:

Is there any documentation for the parents who are connected here?

On 22 Apr 2017 at 02:10 GMT Susan (Knight) Gore wrote:

Yates-2020 and Yates-942 appear to represent the same person because: duplicate

On 22 Apr 2017 at 01:53 GMT Rebecca (Musteen) Johnson wrote:

Susan, I'll make a note to double-check. It's possible I confused this John Estes Yates birth year of 1777 with John Yates III death year. Also, I've done less research on the Yates than my Mustain line. It seem they may have intermarried like our Mustains and Sheltons.

Here we have John Yates Estes.

Thanks for drawing my attention to this possible error. In the meantime, I'll post this note on John Yates profile also. Regards, Rebecca

On 21 Apr 2017 at 17:43 GMT Susan (Knight) Gore wrote:

What is the documentation for his middle name?

On 21 May 2016 at 22:56 GMT Rebecca (Musteen) Johnson wrote:

Yates-3294 and Yates-942 appear to represent the same person because: Hello, it seems I've created a duplicate record for John Yates (Yates-3294), when you had Yates-942 set up.

I'm John's 6th great-granddaughter. Can you merge the profiles?

Also, do I need to be on your trusted list to add info and any family connections to him? Or just have the privacy settings oped to allow edits? Thank you.

On 8 Mar 2015 at 22:48 GMT John Floyd wrote:

Yeatts-81 and Yates-942 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be the same person, because they have the same birth and death date and other vital information look the same.

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