Ezekiel was a son of Mary Carver and Gamaliel Bates. He was the youngest of 14 siblings: Lydia, Gamaliel, Mary P., Calvin, Hannah, James, John B., Rebecca, Deborah, Deborah, Reuben, Betsey, Rufus and Abigail. Two of whom were still living, very advanced in years, at the time of Ezekiel's death.
At 15 yrs.old he apprenticed under Jacob Capron to learn the trade of a house carpenter. At 21 he made his own way in Boston, MA. A few years later he was sent out to the West Indies with the first cargo of ice that was ever shipped from New England. That was also his last voyage. When he returned he married Lois Daggett on December 6, 1821. Their children were: Jesse Daggett, Gamaliel T. (died Nov. 28, 1829), John T., Mary A. & Pamela C. They also had an infant son, unamed, that died Oct. 20, 1829, one month before Gamaliel T. (Cambridge, MA)
He was a master builder and contractor in Boston, of the firm "Bates & Kelsey" until 1849. During that time "he had the honor of building hte first railroad passenger depot ever erected in the United States, --for the Boston and Worcester Railroad". He became a Mason while in Boston and was master of a lodge there in 1834 &35. He was the highest Mason in town of East Attleboro when, in 1859 the charter for the lodge was reinstated. The lodge in Attleboro, which is still active, honored Ezekiel by naming it after him. His picture is there today.
One said of him, "he was strong and robust, of good morals, a benevolent disposition, buoyant spirits and a refined sense of honor and justice.....characteristics which have been the distinguishing traits of his life."
He died from paralysis, which lasted over a period of more than the last 3 months of his life. The funeral was at the 2nd Congregational Church, under the charge of Bristol and Ezekiel Bates lodges, in the presence of hundreds of people.
Gravesite Details Thank you to Karen Young, also a relative of Ezekiel's, for taking the photo of his portrait and of the gravesite.