17 March 2015
Tombstone Tuesday - George Gates 1810-1877
George Gates, my 4th great grandfather is buried in Roselawn Cemetery, Preble County, Ohio. George is a mystery man - as I have no clue who his parents are. With him dying 22 OCT 1877, there was no real death certificate so locating parents names isn't possible that way. Let me tell you what I do know.
George was born 17 JAN 1810, from calculations based on his age at the time of death (67y/9m/5d). Some sources say he was from Adams County, Pennsylvania others say Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
I have two "obits" for George, one I know the source of, the other came in an email, but the address so longer works. They basically give the same info -
George Gates, died October 22, near Lewisburg, age 67 years 9 months, 5 days. Born in Adams Co., Pennsylvania in 1810, emigrated to Ohio in 1827. Married Feb. 13, 1840. Had 9 children. Totally blind for 4 years. Buried at Lewisburg.
[This "obit" was found in my obits in an email letter. Email address is no longer working.]
From the Dayton Daily Journal, Nov. 2, 1877, Pg. 1, Col. 6:
"GATES, Near Lewisburg, Preble County, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1877. Mr. George Gates, Aged 67 years 9 months 5 days."
So as you can see neither leads me to his parents. Here's the rest of what I know....
He marries Luezer (yep, that's her name!) Fowler, daughter of Joseph Fowler on 13 FEB 1840 in Preble County, Ohio.
They are the parents of 9 children -
Hannah Angeline (my ancestor), Minerva, Oliver, Elzina, Francis, George, Mary, Martin and Elmira. All married and had families except Mary Isabella.
Luezer is buried with him as well. But her stone and story are a different day, different blog entry.
Do you know George? IS he perhaps in your file? Maybe your ancestor married into the family?
Can you help locate the family that George came from? I'd love to hear from you if you do!