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Monroe Oates
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Birth: Jun. 30, 1832
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 1900
Pope County
Arkansas, USA

Rev. Monroe Oates

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Reverend Monroe Oates, son of John Oates III and the former Miss Elizabeth Reid McClure, was born June 30, 1832, at the foot of Crowder's Mountain in Gaston County, North Carolina. His preparation for college was at Lancaster Academy in South Carolina. In 1855, Monroe graduated from Erskine College and then studied theology at Erskine Theologian Seminary in Due West, South Carolina; finishing the course in 1858.

Monroe Oates received license from the First Presbytery to preach on Sept. 7, 1858. That year he visited Arkansas, and preached in Drew, Hemstead, Pope and Fulton Counties. The next two years he supplied churches in Virginia, principally New Lebanon, Monroe Co.

On Sept. 6, 1860, Rev. Monroe Oates was happily married to Miss Amanda Susan Harper, daughter of Capt. J. F. Harper of Rockbridge Co., Va. From October, '60 to October, '61, Rev. Oates supplied Pleasant Grove Church in Decatur Co., Georgia; then the Synod directed him to spend the next year in the First and Virginia Presbyteries, but as he could not reach his appointments in Virginia on account of the war, he spent the year supplying Smyrna, S. C, and Knob Creek, N. C The First Presbytery ordained him in 1862, and installed him pastor of Smyrna Nov. 5, 1863.

In 1864 he entered the military service of South Carolina Militia, but was honorably discharged after a few weeks. Rev. Oates demitted the pastoral charge of Smyrna Sept. 3, 1867, and moved to Pottsville, Pope County, Arkansas in December 1967 and was installed pastor of Pisgah, Monday, August 31, 1868. This relation continued until Jan. I, 1900. This was a happy settlement and the church prospered, though it sustained heavy losses by the removal of its members to other fields. Mr. Oates took frequent and long trips on horseback to visit vacancies. For some years he paid a visit annually to Prosperity and New Hope—a horseback ride of several days through a mountainous country. For about 20 years he visited Zion in Yell Co., 30 miles away on 5th Sabbaths and at other times occasionally. For 28 years he was clerk of the Arkansas Presbytery, rarely ever missing a meeting. He was careful in writing and keeping the minutes. He was the delegate of the Synod to General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States at Little Rock, Ark., in 1873. During the year 1900 he felt that the end was near and was anxious to see the new pastor installed to succeed him. His desire was gratified, when Rev. J. W. Carson's installation took place November 6th and Rev. Oates died the next morning on November 7th 1900.

Rev. Monroe Oates had been pastor of Pisgah A.R.P. Church for 32 years and where he was buried.
Family links: 
  John Oates (1786 - 1858)
  Elizabeth Reid McClure Oates (1788 - 1841)
  Amanda Susan Harper Oates (1841 - 1918)
  Henry Oates (____ - 1909)*
  Elizabeth Reid Oates Oates (1817 - 1867)*
  Joseph Dixon Oates (1823 - 1862)*
  Monroe Oates (1832 - 1900)
  Calvin Grier Oates (1843 - 1914)**
  Samuel Wiley Oates (1844 - 1863)**
  Margaret Elizabeth Oates (1846 - 1846)**
*Calculated relationship
Pisgah Cemetery
Pope County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Ron Turner
Record added: Feb 02, 2011
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Monroe Oates
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Monroe Oates
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Monroe Oates
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