Biography of Ira B. Bates
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Bates, Ira B., Kendall. - Samuel Bates, the first permanent white settler in the town of Kendall, was born in Haddam, Conn., August 9, 1760. He served three and one half years in the Revolutionary War, in a New Hampshire regiment, being with Washington at Valley Forge, and was under General Sullivan in his memorable expedition against the Indians in Western New York. While in this latter service he reached the Genesee River and shooting a duck he was obliged to cross to get it. The locality impressed him so favorably that he resolved to emigrate hither as soon as possible, but upon leaving the army he resided first in Randolph, Vt., and subsequently in Burlington, whence be came to Kendall in 1812 and located lot 111, where his grandson, Ira B., now lives. The first year he cleared a small plat and built a log house, and in 1813 he sowed two acres of wheat and returned to Burlington, Vt. In June, 1814, he brought his family to his pioneer home, where he died August 21, 1822. June 1, 1786, he married Abigail Willard, who died January 1, 1831. Their children were Clarissa, born December 10, 1787; Lindamind, born December 27. 1789; Henry Willard, and Ira B., who died July 26, 1828, aged twenty five. Henry Willard Bates, born in Randolph, Vt, February 4, 1794, came to Kendall in 1814, was a captain in the State militia, and married Sally Clough, who died December 16, 1832, leaving children: Julia (Mrs. C. C. Johnson); Henry C., who died November 29, 1847; Royal, Almira (Mrs. A. G. Scherick), and Samuel E., all deceased; and Sarah L, wife of W. S. Benham, both of whom were drowned in Lake Michigan in the Alpena disaster. In 1833 he married Tamma, widow of Daniel Beebe, who survives, and who bore him two children, Col. Willard W., and Ira B. Mr. Bates died December 12, 1887, on the homestead. William Bates enlisted in Company K., 8th N. Y. H. A., 13th N. Y. Infantry, and was promoted lieutenant; served in the 25th N. Y. Infantry, as captain and was wounded; and was transferred to the 8th N. Y. H. A., became lieutenant colonel, and upon Colonel Porter's death was made colonel, receiving his commission the day he died, June 24, 1864, from a wound received at the battle of Cold Harbor. Colonel Bates inherited sterling soldierly qualities. He was six feet high and weighed 230 pounds. His widow drew a colonel's pension. Ira B. Bates, born May 5, 1846, married, first, January 17, 1867, Emma A., daughter of Charles Barrows of flamlin, by whom he had one child, Emma B. Mrs. Bates died January 3, 1873, and October 20, 1878, he married Emily L., daughter of William R. Bassett. Mr. Bates was supervisor of Kendall in 1885-86.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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