Rev Samuel D. Bates

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Rev Samuel D. Bates

  • Birth 13 Oct 1828 Oneida County, New York, USA
  • Death 17 Sep 1886 Marion, Marion County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Marion, Marion County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Sharpless Sect. S43 L1
  • Memorial ID 60114127

Samuel D. Bates, D.D., was born to Daniel and Harriet N. (Hungerford) Bates. They were mar. in Oneida Co. NY, and in the fall of 1834 moved to Ohio, and settled in Trumbull Co., where his mother died in Feb. 1875, at age seventy-one. Their children: Samuel D., Ira H., Edward P. and Lyman M.
Samuel was reared on a farm but received his education at Geauga Seminary, which became a part of Hillsdale College, Mich.
He began to teach school when he was 19 yrs old and in 1848-49 taught the school at which James A. Garfield, afterwards President of the United States, was a pupil. Garfield was three yrs Mr. Bates' junior, and was persuaded to attend Gauaga, from which a friendship existed until President Garfield's tragic death. Of Mr. Bates, Garfield once said, "To him I owe more than to any other living man for what I am today."
On October 1, 1850, Samuel Bates was united in marriage with Miss Lodemy Brockett, dau of Alanson and Maria Brockett. Their children were: Elbert A, Harley A., and Harriet M. Bates.
He continued to teach until he entered the ministry of the Free Will Baptist Church in 1851. The first six years were spent in Trumbull Co. Ohio. In 1857 he came to Marion to accept the charge of the FWB church in that city. He remained in charge of the local church without interruption until 1876, and during his ministry of 19 years built up a strong congregation. He might be rightly termed the church builder of Marion County. When he came to Marion, the Free Will Baptist denomination worshiped in the old church located on Mt. Vernon avenue, but through his energy and executive ability the church on East Center street was built at a cost of $16,000, more than half of which was donated outside of the society. He also was connected with the erection of five other church edifices in the county. He organized the Grand Prairie Free Baptist Church, and was its pastor for nine years. He organized the Claridon Free will Baptist Church during the winter of 1870-71, and assisted in building the first church of that denomination in the township. When the building was destroyed by fire in 1876, he set to work with determination and rebuilt the church. He was pastor of the Claridon Church for 15 yrs, ministering to the wants of his people until a few months prior to his death. He was pastor of the Green Camp church for nine years and the Morral church for a time.
Mr. Bates was zealous in the cause of education as well as religion. He was a trustee of Hillsdale College for 15 years. In 1872 he was elected president of Ridgeville (Indiana) College and so continued up to the tme of his death.
For one year he taught in the Marion schools, while continuing with his ministerial duties, and for 20 yrs was a member of the Board of School Examiners.
In June 1884, Ohio Central College, at Iberia, in recognition of his thorough learning and earnest work in behalf of education, conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity.
Mr. Bates was small in stature, but of unlimited energy and enthusiasm. Kind of heart and social in manner, his every acquaintance was a friend and admirer.
He was a member of Cooper Post, No. 117, G.A.R., and was of the Masonic order.
---Marion County, Ohio, 1907 History, Biographies.


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  • Created by: wvy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60114127
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Samuel D. Bates (13 Oct 1828–17 Sep 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60114127, citing Marion Cemetery, Marion, Marion County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by wvy (contributor 46555353) .