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Erastus Spellman Bates
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1830
Wayne County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 5, 1888
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA

Eratus Spellman Bates parents are Henry and Mary (Lillie) Bates. they moved from Bethleham, Penn to Illinois in 1840. Wratus and Mary had two children, Albert James and Charles Henry in Rockton, Illinois. Eratus was a farmer and a shoemaker. He had about 120 acres of land. He passed away on his land.
Eratus S. Bates of Rockton, Sudden Death
He goes out to the field last night- found sitting against a tree dead- a companion of the early Macks. "Eratus S. Bates, of Rockton, one of the best known and earliest settlers of the county, has looked over his farm in which he tool such pride, for the last time. He resided five miles west of Rockton. Last night after finishing his chores about 7 o'clock he went out into a field to put some liniment on the foot of a colt who had been injured on a barbed wire fence. Not returning for some time his wife grew alarmed, and arousing the hired man, who had retired, they went to search for him with a lantern, between 8 and 9 o'clock. they came upon him in a sitting position, leaning against a willow tree about 80 rods south if the house. He was dead, Dr. Markley, who arrived from Shirland in less tan half an hour, pronounced it neuralgia of the heart. Mr. Bates had never been very strong, and for years had not been able to do a hard day's work. He superintended his farm, however, and took greast pleasure in ti. It consists of 120 acres and is one of the best kept farms in the county."

"Deceased was one of our very first settlers. He was born in Honesdale, Pa in 1832 and came to this county with his father in 1840. They lived in Mackton, Illinois first and the young man used to go fishing with the half-breed children of Stephen Mack and his squaw wife. "Ho-wo-he=go." He was the best posted man in that part of the county in the history of this county in the days of the Winnebago Indians. No man was more beloved; all his neighbors adored him, and there never has been a word of hostility passed between him or any man. His wife survives him and two sons, Albert, who has a farm in the town of Owen, and Charles, who has been running the home farm in partnership with his father. The latter was married May 24 to Miss Kittie Boswell, the couple are now in New Yrok on their wedding trip, where the sad news was telegraphed him this morning. Mrs. Bates is greatly affected, and has been out of her head from the shock. They were members of the Bapist Church of rockton. The coronery was sent for this morining and held an inquest, but the facts all appear as in the above." 
Family links: 
  Henry N. Bates (1803 - 1851)
  Mary Lillie Bates (1809 - 1862)
  Mary Helen Hatch Bates (1836 - 1905)
  Albert James Bates (1856 - 1893)*
  Charles Henry Bates (1860 - 1926)*
  Erastus Spellman Bates (1830 - 1888)
  Jonathan Calvin Bates (1834 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Phillips Cemetery
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Feb 09, 2005
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