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Byron DeKalb Bates
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Birth: Dec. 6, 1846
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 6, 1942
Appanoose County
Iowa, USA

Son of Mathew M. and Mary Ann Lister-Bates, he married 1) Elizabeth Hudson or Hutchinson in Oct 1867; 2) Etta Anderson 18 Mar 1875; 4) Sarah Jane Tyler-Brown in Aug 1895.
1880 census of Liberty, Putnam, Mo lists wife Mary, with Lusinda, Mary A., and Manda.
1885 census of Moulton, Appanoose, Iowa lists Laura A., Lucinda J., Joseph C., Mary A., Amanda B.
1910 census of Liberty, Putnam, Missouri lists Sarah J., and Leslie E., also stepson Fred O. Brown. Note that this is his fourth marriage!
1920 census of Liberty, Putnam, Missouri lists Sarah J., Leslie E., and his wife Golda

The Other Is Edward Streepy near Udell, Appanoose County's Last Remaining Veteran

This morning, Monday, July 6, just two days after the Independence Day which he helped to preserve, Byron Bates, one of Appanoose county's two remaining Civil War veterans, answered the call of taps.

Shuck 99 Years Old.
His death followed in a little more than a year the death of William Shuck at Unionville, who died at the age of 99. For the past several years Mr. Shuck, Mr. Bates, and Edward Streepy formed the trio of men honored at each Memorial Day occasion, as the survivors of the Civil war in this county. With Mr. Bates' death Mr. Streepy, who will be 98 this fall, is the last surviving Veteran of the Blue in this county.
Mr. Bates had been in failing health for some time. When visited on Memorial Day of this year and the day prior to Memorial by local patriotic organization members, Mr. Bates was in feeble health. However, he was able to take notice of the passing of the occasion and was happy over the attention paid him.

Died Peacefully at Home.
This morning at 7:25 a.m. Mr. Bates died peacefully at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. H. Harrison, at Cincinnati, where he had made his home for some time. Born on December 6, 1846, Mr. Bates enlisted in the Civil War with Co. D of the Illinois 54th Volunteer Infantry. He served with distinction in many engagements of the national strife. While he was not wounded seriously at any time he suffered injuries to his eyes that seriously injured his vision. Prior to his death he was able to see but very little. According to relatives here today he was 18 years of age at the time he enlisted and he served for approximately two years.
In death he is survived by the following children: Mrs. Eva Harrison, of Cincinnati, Mrs. Amanda Barnes of Chicago, Joseph Bates of Mendota, and Leslie Bates whose whereabouts at this time is unknown. It is believed that an older daughter [Lucinda J.] has passed on and no word has been received from her for a long period of time.

Full Military Rites Planned.
Full millitary rites will be accorded the deceased at services to be conducted Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Cincinnati.
Mr. Bates had lived for a time in Winchester, Illinois, after being mustered out of the service and had later moved to the Mendota, Missouri, vicinity where he had resided until some five or six years ago when he moved to this county to be with his daughter.
With the advent of Mr. Bates here and with the advent of William Shuck to Appanoose from Davis county, this locality boasted one of the largest representations of Civil War veterans of any county in the state. In many counties there were no living Civil War veterans while Appanoose counted three. On Memorials Day it was the practice to hold a special celebration at the Streepy home near Udell, where Mr. Streepy lived and where he would meet together with Mr. Bates and Mr. Shuck. The three men were well known and the passing of Mr. Shuck and now the death of Mr. Bates, is widely mourned.

Serious Health Recently.
Mr. Bates had been in quite serious ill health for the past nine weeks and it had been known for some little time that his recovery was extremely doubtful.
It so happens that the two men, who were residents of other localities have passed on being survived by Mr. Streepy, whose residence has been Appanoose county since and before the war.
As services are held, and another and the greatest war of all times is in progress, this county halts reverently for a moment in the mad rush to mourn the passing of one of the Grand Old Boys of the Blue. 
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Appanoose County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Burt
Record added: Mar 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25645987
Byron DeKalb Bates
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