WILLIAM M. BATES.
Few citizens now living in Madison township, Carroll county, Indiana, have had a larger part in the political
and civic life of Carroll county than William M. Bates, assessor of Madison township for nine years, assessor of
Carroll county for four years and township trustee for four years. These many honors not only indicate the high
regard in which Mr. Bates is held by the people of Carroll county, but they also indicate somewhat the conscientious
service he has performed in positions of public trust and responsibility. He owns the old Billy Maxwell farm, comprising
one hundred and twenty five acres of fine land in section No. 22, which he has repaired and put into modern conditions.
His home is an elegant brick house, standing back from the road and somewhat hidden by a number of large trees.
It is a beautiful country place and here the Bates family have lived for many years.
William M. Bates was born on March 18, 1848, in Butler county, Ohio. He is the son of Ozro and Mary (Hartman) Bates,
the former of whom was born in Vermont and who came with his parents to Cincinnati, where his father and mother
died of the cholera. Ozro Bates had three brothers and two sisters: Nathaniel was at one time mayor of Council
Bluffs, Iowa; Peter was killed at Pueblo in the Mexican War; the others were, Smith, Sarah and Ann. After the death
of his father and mother, Ozro Bates was bound out until twenty one years old, or until the time of his marriage,
after which he came to Marion county, Indiana, and cleared one hundred and sixty acres of land north of Indianapolis.
He lost this land as a consequence of having gone on another man's bond. He served as justice of the peace in Marion
county for eight years and in 1872 came to Carroll county, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land
west of Ockley, in Madison township. There he lived the remainder of his life. He was a Democrat in politics and
a member of the Methodist church. By, his marriage to Mary Hartman, in 1840, during the Harrison and Tyler campaign,
there were born eight children, as follow: One died in infancy; Nathaniel, who is living at Rensselaer, served
in the Civil War under Generals Thomas and Grant, and was postmaster of Rensselaer; David lives in Clay county,
Texas; William M. was the fourth born; Dr. S. L. lives near Kansas City, Missouri; Dr. Joseph W. is deceased; Suzanna
B. married J. H. Brown and died on May 20, 1915, in Terre Haute, Indiana; Mary, deceased, was the wife of George
Rovabough. The mother of these children was a native of Pennsylvania, who came to Ohio with her parents. They settled
in Preble county, Ohio, where she was married to Ozro Bates.
William M. Bates received a good common school education and, after finishing his education, went to Texas with
his brother and entered land in that state. Upon selling out their holdings in Texas, they came back to Madison
township. Mr. Bates farmed for his father until the latter's death and then purchased the land which his parents
had owned. He farmed this for a short time, and then sold out and purchased the one hundredand twenty five acre
farm where he now lives.
On November 23, 1887, William M. Bates was married to Alice Miller, a native of Madison township and the daughter
of George and Mary (Abernapth) Miller, who were natives of Carroll county, Indiana. George Miller was a soldier
in the Civil War, having enlisted voluntarily at a time when men were being drafted in this county. Mr. and Mrs.
Bates have had two children, Eva and Ren, who are both single and live at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Bates participate in the services of the Methodist Episcopal and United Brethern churches. Mr. Bates
has always been identified with the Democratic party and has been prominent in the councils of his party in Carroll
county. He is a successful farmer, a good citizen and an upright man, one whom the people of Madison township have
been pleased to honor.
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Carroll County, IN
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