Thomas Gates, Esquire, who lived in 1327 in Higheaster and Thursteubie, Essex, England, was the progenitor of the Gates family.
(II) William, son of Thomas Gates, was the father of children:
Sir Geoffrey, mentioned below.
(III) Sir Geoffrey, son of William Gates, married Agnes, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Baldington, of Aldersbury, county Oxford, England, and has a son, William.
(IV) William (2) son of Sir Geoffrey Gates, married Mabel, daughter and heiress of Thomas Capdow, of Higheaster, Essex, England, and his wife Ann, daughter and heiress to Thomas Fleming, of Essex.
1. Sir Geoffrey, mentioned below.
2. Anne, married Thomas Darcy, uncle to Thomas, Lord Darcy of Chick.
(V) Sir Geoffrey (2) son of William (2) Gates, married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Clapton, Knight, of Kentwell, Sussex, England.
1. Sir John, married Mary, daughter of Sir Edward Denny.
2. Geoffrey, mentioned below.
5. Dorothy, married Sir Thomas Josselyn, of Josselyn Hall.
(VI) Geoffrey (3) son of Sir Geoffrey (2) Gates, married a Pascall of Essex, England.
Geoffrey, mentioned below; Henry, John.
(VII) Geoffrey (4), son of Geoffrey (3) Gates, married Joan Wentworth, and had one child: Peter, mentioned below.
(VIII) Peter, son of Geoffrey (4) Gates, was of London, England. He married Mary Josselyn and had a son Thomas, mentioned below.
(IX) Thomas (2) son of Peter Gates, was of Norwich, Norfolk county, England. He had a son Stephen, mentioned below.
(X) Stephen, son of Thomas (2) Gates, was born in England and was the immigrant ancestor. He came from Hingham, England, to Hingham, Mass., in the ship "Diligent" of Ipswich, England, 1638. He was accompanied by his wife, Ann (Hill) Gates, and two children. He removed from Hingham to Lancaster, Mass., at the settlement of that town and was there in 1655, and subsequently went to Cambridge, Mass., where he died in 1662.
He was admitted a freeman in 1653. His will, dated June 9, 1662, was proved Oct. 7, 1662.
Stephen Jr. received the house and lot in Lancaster, his wife and son Simon received the place in Cambridge and his son Thomas was to remain with them at his pleasure. Ann Gates, his widow, married (second) Richard Woodward, of Watertown, in 1663. Ann was known as Gates after the death of her second husband, and she died at Stow, Feb. 5, 1682-83.
1. Elizabeth, born in England, died Aug. 3, 1704 at Hingham; married Nov. 29, 1647, John Lasell.
2. Mary, married, 1658, John Maynard, of Sudbury, who died Dec. 22, 1711.
3. Stephen, born 1640.
4. Thomas, 1642, see below
5. Simon, 1645, died April 21, 1695, at Brockton, Mass.
6. Isaac, baptized May 3, 1646, died Sept. 3, 1651.
7. Rebecca, baptized May 3, 1646; died Jan. 1650.
(XI) Thomas (3) son of Stephen Gates, was born in 1642. He married, July 6, 1670, Elizabeth Freeman. They lived at Stow, Marlborough and Sudbury, Mass. In 1703 they went to Norwich, Conn., to that part which afterwards became Preston.
1. Elizabeth, born 1671, at Marlborough.
2. Sarah, 1673, at Marlborough.
3. John, 1678, mentioned below.
4. Joseph, March 16, 1680-81, at Sudbury.
5. Josiah, 1682, at Stow.
6. Deborah, 1684, at Stow.
7. Anna, 1686, at Stow.
8. Abigal, 1689, at Stow.
11. Caleb, died Sept. 3, 1774.
(XII) John, son of Thomas (3) Gates, was born 1678, at Sudbury, and married _____. He settled at Stow, and is said to have been the first John among the descendants from Stephen.
Children, born at Stow:
Hezekiah, Ephraim, Samuel, John, mentioned below; Mary.
(XIII) John (2) son of John (1) Gates, was born at Stow, and married Mary _____.
Children, born at Stow:
1. Hannah, Sept. 6, 1737.
2. Josiah, March 24, 1739.
3. Dorothy, Dec. 11, 1740.
4. Damaris, Jan. 9, 1745-46.
5. John, Sept. 12, 1748.
6. Caleb, July 14, 1751, mentioned below.
7. Mary, April 25, 1753.
8. Thomas, June 5, 1755.
(XIV) Caleb, son of John (2) Gates, was born July 14, 1751, at Stow, and married March 10, 1776, Mindwell Oak, or Oaks, of Bolton, Mass. She was born March 23, 1746, died Nov. 22, 1826. He died Aug. 11, 1827, at Acton, Vermont.
Children, born at Stow:
1. Achsah, March 8, 1777.
2. Artemas, April 25, 1780.
3. Josiah, mentioned below.
(XV) Josiah, son of Caleb Gates, was born Oct. 9, 1783, at Stow, and married Jan. 8, 1803, Sabra Holden. She was born Dec. 23, 1782, died Dec. 10 or 13, 1815. They removed to Acton, Vermont, and then to Reading, Vermont. He died at Reading, March 10, 1812.
1. Artemas, born Feb. 14, 1803, at Acton.
2. Josiah, Aug. 31, 1805, at Acton.
3. John Davis, Feb. 26, 1806, at Acton.
4. Caleb, mentioned below.
(XVI) Caleb (2) son of Josiah Gates, was born at Reading, Jan. 26, 1811. His father died when he was a year old, and he received no education except what he obtained through his own efforts. he was bound out as a boy, and came to Gouverneur, New York, and the surrounding section when fifteen years old. He was a carpenter and millwright, and part of his life had a farm in Gouverneur. In politics he was a Republican, and in religion a Baptist.
He married, in 1857, Harriet Miller, born in 1837, died in 1897. He died Sept., 1890, at Massena Springs, N.Y., where he had gone for his health.
1. Abram Caleb, born March 1840, mentioned below.
2. Cornelia Sabra, Nov. 8, 1843, married Jarvis M. Sparks, born in England, children: Jay Sparks, Edward, Harriet E.
(XVII) Abram Caleb, son of Caleb (2) Gates, was born in Gouverneur, N.Y. March 1840. He was educated in the town schools, and at Wesleyan Seminary. He afterwards worked on a farm till twenty-one years old. He then bought a farm, and still has large farming interests. [this was pub in 1910]. He was in the meat business with Mr. Sparks, his brother-in-law, for about five years, and in the grocery business for three years. He also bought and dealt in butter and cheese. From 1880, for four years, he was keeper at Dannemore Prison, and was active in all the duties of the prison. He was appointed superintendent of the poor at St. Lawrence county in 1905, and since that time at the county buildings at Canton, N.Y. He has charge of the county farm of some three hundred acres. He has served as school trustee at Governeur, and as president of the corporation. He was postmaster at Governeur for four years under President Harrison, and has always been active in the interests of the town and of the Republican party.
He is a member of Gouverneur Blue Lodge, No. 217, Free and Accepted Masons; Governeur Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Marble City Commandery, No. 63, Knights Templar; Media Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Watertown; St. Lawrence Lodge of Perfectiona at Norwood, N.Y.
He married, July 14, 1881, Fannie, daughter of James Johnson, of Gouverneur.
Nettie Harriet, born in 1882, at Gouverneur.