Biography of J. T. Bates
Allen County, OH Biographies

J. T. BATES, proprietor of stone quarry, P. O. Bluffton, was born in Allen County, Ohio, April 27, 1837, son of Elijah and Nancy (Chandeler) Bates, natives of Virginia, the former of English descent, who had been a farmer all his life, and the latter of Irish descent. Our subject, the sixth in a family of eleven children, was reared on the farm, receiving his schooling in the log schoolhouse in Bath Township, this county, and worked on the farm until he was twenty seven years old. He then went to Lima, Ohio, and worked by the day for a time. In 1874 he came to Bluffton, and opened a stone quarry, which he has conducted successfully to the present time. Mr. Bates was united in mar riage in 1860, with Miss Susanna Bope, whose parents were Germans (her father, George Bope, was a farmer in Allen County). This union has beeu blessed with six children: William H. (a telegraph operator in Colorado, and who learned telegraphy at Bluffton under Myron Rounsavell, who is the agent here for the Lake Erie & Western Railroad), Tempa .J., Nannie May, Elijah H., Bertha B. and John Earl. Mr. and Mrs. Bates are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Republican in politics; has served as supervisor and township trustee of Richland.

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