|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1721|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 1805|
Husband of Deborah Olmsted and son of Samuel Gates & Esther Hungerford.
JAMES GATES born August 29, 1721 in East Haddam, CT, baptized September 3, 1721, married, November 6, 1743, DEBORAH OLMSTED. In 1760 he was called "Captain Gates." On February 5, 1762 he was chosen deacon of the First Church of East Haddam, and he was elected town clerk in 1766, 1767, and 1768. About 1771 or 1772, he moved to Richmond, Berkshire County, MA where he was again chosen deacon, February 21, 1785, and he held that office for twenty years until his death. He was also a Justice of the Peace and represented the town of Richmond in the Massachusetts legislature.
Part of his biography, which appears in History of Berkshire County, reads as follows: As a Justice of the Peace, as a representative of the State Legislature, to which he was often appointed, and in various capacities in which he acted as a friend and father of the town, he was greatly honored with the esteem and confidence of the people.
He died in Richmond, January 4, 1805, aged 84 and was buried at the Cone Hill Cemetery. His grave is listed in Abstracts of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots by Patricia Law Hatcher.
Deborah Olmstead Gates (1721 - 1799)*
Mary Gates Austin (1748 - 1818)*
Samuel Gates (1754 - 1826)*
Cone Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 02, 2008
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