Susannah Bates, (1738-1771)

Updated/Edited: 10 Mar 2016
(Hamilton/Pepper and Jackson Family lines)

This is the ancestry of Gran’s 5th Great-Grandmother, Susannah Bates, beginning with Gran’s 10th Great-Grandfather, John (Isaac?) Bates.

(Susannah Bates is the 7th great grandmother to Daniel “Dano” , Aidan, LillianLief , Callen and John Wyatt; John Bates is their 12th great grandfather!)

First Generation in the Virginia Colony

1. JOHN/ISAAC BATES+, was born at Canterbury, Kent, England on 23 May 1598 and died at Bruton Parish, Virginia on 21 Sep 1666. He married, at Charles River (now York) Virginia in 1624, ELIZABETH (_____).

Notes: John Bates arrived in Virginia in 1623.
Source Citation
Place: Virginia; Year: 1623; Page Number: 47
Source Information U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010.
Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.
“Stephen married Susanna Bates, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Bates of York County. John was born in Kent County, England in 1598[2] , and settled in Middletown, York County. John Bates, age 24, was listed among those of the muster of Mr. Abraham Peirsey [Percy], at Peirsey’s Hundred in1624. He was [p 425] included among the servants of Abraham Peirsey and had come to the colony on the Southampton in 1623. It is said that he married Elizabeth Winston; however the only reason for this conclusion appears to have been the fact that William Winston witnessed the will of John Bates. There does not seem to be any evidence that the Winstons and the Bates were in the same place at the early date that John and Elizabeth would have married. John and Elizabeth Bates had five children: George who married Mary and who died in 1677, John who died in 1701, Anne Bates who married a Mr. Belbie. Alse [Alice?] Bates, who married William Deane and died in 1677, and Susannah Bates who married Stephen Tarleton. It was through their son, George Bates, that the Bates family became associated with the Society of Friends and the Skimino Meeting. His grandchildren, John and Hannah, the children of John Bates, who also lived at Skimino[3] , (and died there in 1720) later married Susanna and Tarleton Fleming, respectively. The Bates family would be leaders in the Quaker movement. For two and a half centuries, they were to prove sturdy members of the Society and to furnish many members from their family roster. Many times the Bates’ home was the meeting house of the Quakers in the early days of the Society. John Bates I made his will on September 21, 1666 and died before January 24, 1667, when his will was proved in the York County court. William Winston, Robert Cobb, George Bates and William Dean witnessed his will. William Winston later owned land adjoining the land of Stephen Tarleton. Stephen and Susanna Bates Tarleton had six children: Susanna, who married Charles Fleming; Judith Tarleton who married John Woodson; Stephen Tarleton; John Tarleton, who married Susanna Fleming; Charles Tarleton and Elizabeth Tarleton, who married Stephen Hughes. Judith’s son Tarleton Woodson was later to marry his first cousin, Ursula Fleming, the daughter of Susanna Tarleton Fleming. It is interesting that Stephen would later become a vestryman of St. Peter’s Parish. While many of the inhabitants had not participated in Bacon’s Rebellion, the Blisland Grievances, or the Tobacco Riots, there were many who were sympathetic. It did not diminish those who did participate in the eyes of many of the citizens. Stephen was a member of the vestry while the Reverend John Carr was the minister in 1685 and continued in that capacity while the Reverend John Ball was the minister, beginning in 1687. The only record that has been found concerning Stephen’s death is the notation in the St. Peter’s Parish vestry minutes that James Moss was appointed to the vestry instead of Mr. Stephen Tarleton, deceased. Stephen had attended the vestry meeting of October 5, 1687, and James Moss attended the meeting held on March 31, 1688.” ~1637-1687 , Early Virginia Tidewater Virginia Families [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Davis, Virginia Lee Hutcheson. Tidewater Virginia Families. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. “So, on January 20, 1624, 24 year old John Isaac Bates set foot in Jamestown after crossing the Atlantic on the Southampton and became the first Bates family ancestor to come to America. He was one of 21 passengers on the ship that were servants of Abraham Piersey. Piersey’s two daughters aged 11 and 15 were also on board. To put the thinking in 1624 into perspective, Galileo was just inventing his telescope and working on the theory that the sun did not revolve around the earth but the opposite. It would be 8 years later before Galileo published a “novel” where one of the characters alleges that the earth revolves around the sun – a book that got him punished by the Pope via the Roman Inquisition.

Children of John/Isaac and Elizabeth (Winston) Bates:
2.   i. GEORGE² BATES+, b. in VA in 1625; d. York, VA on 24 Apr 1677
2.  ii. JOHN² BATES, d. in 1701
2. iii. ANNE² BATES,
2. iv. ALICE² BATES,
2.   v. SUSANNAH² BATES+, b. in VA

Second Generation

2. i. GEORGE² BATES+, (John¹)was born in VA in 1625 and died at York, VA on 24 Apr 1677. He married, in Virginia in 1643, MARY SMITH BREWER.

Children of George and Mary Smith (Brewer) Bates:
3. i. JAMES³ BATES, b. in 1650; d. 1723
3. i. JOHN³ BATES+, b. 1655;
3. iii. HANNAH³ BATES, b. 1677
3. iv. GEORGE³ BATES, b. 1677

2. v. SUSANNAH² BATES+,(John¹), b. in VA

Third Generation

3.   i. JAMES³ BATES, was born in Virginia in 1650 and died in 1723

3.  ii. JOHN³ BATES+, was born in Virginia in 1655. He married in York County, Virginia in 1681, ELIZABETH DANIEL.

Children of John and Elizabeth (Daniel) Bates:
4. i.   ANNE BATES,
4. ii.  JOHN BATES,
4. iii. ISAAC BATES,

3. iii. HANNAH³ BATES, b. 1677

3.  iv. GEORGE³ BATES, b. 1677

Fourth Generation


“John Isaac Bates died on March 3, 1666 at the age of 68. He had a will, a copy of which is reproduced below with grammar and spelling unchanged.
“In the name of God, Amen

I John Bates of the County of York in Middletowne parish being very sick and weak yet in perfect memorie do here make my last will and testament. FIRST I comitt my soul to my Creator and Redeemer, Next my body to the earth to be buried in Xtian burial at ye disposing of my wife and for my other worldly estate as followeth, ITEM I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Anne Bellbee one pide cowe called Primrose to be delivered after my decease. ITEM I give and bequeath to my sonne George Bates one cowe called Souarkin to be delivered after my decease. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my daughter Alse Deane one two year old Heifer called Marigold to be delivered to her after my decease. ITEM I give and bequeath unto John Bates my youngest sonne one cowe called Cole and one two year old heifer called Stone and one cowe calf to be delivered him after my decease, and likewise one featherbed, bowlster and likewise I give all my land which I now hold by patent unto my said sonne John Bates, likewise I give unto my sonne John Bates one younge sowe with pigge to be delivered after my decease. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth Bates all my other estate moveable not moveable and likewise my will is that my wife shall enjoy my land during her life. Furthermore I make my wife Elizabeth Bates my whole sole Executrix of what estate I have not bequeathed to my children, and I doe appoint my oldest son George Bates my overseer of this my last will and Testament to see it performed, as witness my hand this 21st day of September 1666 Furthermore I the sd. John Bates do bequeath to my wife Elizabeth three barrells and a halfe of corne to be at her disposing. I doe give and bequeath to my sonne George Bates my best hatt and Cloth coat and breeches. I doe give and bequeath to my sonne John Bates one hogshead of tobacco and one young horse, my son in respect thereof to pay all my debts in Generall.
“Note that oldest son George Bates, was appointed “overseer”. Also, note that the will is

dated after his death – so either the will should have been dated 1665 or his date of death should have been 1667…..”