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Madison C. Bates
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Birth: Jul. 7, 1836
Morgan County
Illinois, USA
Death: 1927

Son of Joseph H & Nancy B (Goodpasture) Bates; President, People's Bank of Abingdon 1879-83

History of Knox County Illinois
Madison C. Bates, now living retired in Galesburg, well merits the rest which is his, because his life has been an active and useful one, characterized by earnest labor and by successful accomplishment along several lines. He was born in Morgan county, Illinois, in 1836, and is therefore today one of the oldest native residents of the state. His birth occurred near where the city of Jacksonville now stands. Six years before his father, Joseph H. Bates, had removed to that county from Tennessee and after residing in Morgan county for about sixteen years, he took his family to Adams county, settling near Camp Point, where he lived for a number of years, devoting his time and energies during that period to farming. Madison C. Bates was educated in the public schools of Adams county and in Cherry Grove Commons. He received excellent home training which developed in him habits of industry, perseverance and determination. Following his marriage he purchased a farm in Cedar township and took up agricultural pursuits on his own account. He has resided continuously in Knox county since 1861 save for the period of eight years spent in Oberlin, Ohio, and several years in Toulon, Illinois. He has not confined his attention entirely to agricultural pursuits, for he was instrumental in organizing the First National Bank of Abingdon and became its first president, serving for five years. When he went to Ohio to live he disposed of his farm and since his return has lived retired in Galesburg. It was on the 16th of May, 1861, that Mr. Bates was united in marriage to Miss Emma Lattimer, a daughter of George G. Lattimer, of Cedar township, Knox county, who came to this state from Tennessee. He was a son of Joseph Lattimer who brought the family from Tennessee in the fall of 1832, making the journey by wagon. That was the year of the Black Hawk war in which he served as a soldier, and in this section of the state there were many evidences of pioneer life at that early period, the family experiencing all of the hardships incident to residence on the frontier. In his family were eight children of whom five reached years of maturity. One of these, William D. Lattimer, attended Knox College and after his graduation there entered the Albany (New York) Law School, from which he was in due time graduated. He then enlisted in the Civil war, serving in the quartermaster's department, but while at the front was stricken with yellow fever and was buried at sea, off Fortress Monroe. The three surviving members of the family of George Lattimer are: Mrs. Emma Bates; Mrs. Mire E. Patten, of Enid, Oklahoma; and Mrs. D. B. Miller, of Abingdon. George G. Lattimer, the father of Mrs. Bates, was a young man when he accompanied the family to Illinois. While en route, in Sangamon county, he met Miss Rebecca Drennan, his future wife, subsequently returning to that county where he married her. They made the journey to Knox county on horseČback and here spent their remaining days, Mr. Lattimer following the occupation of farming. They provided their children with good educational privileges, making it possible for them to attend the seminary located near what is now Abingdon or, as it was known in an early day, Cherry Grove. Mr. Lattimer assisted in establishing that school and was very liberal in its support. Unto the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bates there were born five children: George L., who is now in Africa; Mrs. Ula G. Lee, who was a missionary in Turkey for twenty years; Mary D., the wife of Dr. A. I. Sargent; Harriet B., the wife of W. E. Gould, of Kewanee, Illinois; and Madison C., professor of English in the State College at Brookings, South Dakota. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bates hold membership in the Central Congregational church of Galesburg and in former years he was identified with the Masonic fraternity but has been demitted. His political allegiance has been given to the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and while he has never been a politician in the sense of office-seeking he has always kept well informed on the questions and issues of the day and for seven years filled the office of supervisor from Cedar township. In 1911, he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding, on which occasion all of the family were united at a reunion.
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  Emma Minerva Latimer Bates (1840 - 1917)*
  George Griswold Latimer Bates (1863 - 1940)*
  Eula Goodpasture Bates Lee (1865 - 1957)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Husband of Emma
Cherry Grove Cemetery
Knox County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Jim Ferris
Originally Created by: Florence Banks
Record added: May 09, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5433752
Madison C. Bates
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Madison C. Bates
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