Abt 1823 - Bef 1860 (~ 36 years)
||William P. Gates |
||Washington county, Texas, USA 
- His death date assumed because he is missing from the 1860 census.
Worth S. Ray, in his book entitled "Austin Colony Pioneers -- Including History of Bastrop, Fayette, Grimes, Montgomery and Washington Counties, Texas" says, p. 102, that William must have been the son of either Samuel or Amos Gates.
On Sun, 29 Oct 2000, Geraldine Talley geraldine-at-talleycomp.com> wrote:
"AMOS GATES, son of WILLIAM GATES, was born in 1798, it is said in the State of Kentucky, although the Gates family came originally from Lincoln County, North Carolina. . . ."
"THE GATES family stopped for a short time in Miller County, Ark., not far from the present Texarkana, and in the fall of 1821, they headed South in a body for Austin's Colony on the Brazos. In the latter part of December they met young Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches who supplied them with data relative to taking up lands in his colony, and then continued their journey. They found all the streams fordable until they reached the Brazos river near the later town of Washington between the 27th and 30th of December, 1821. Near the place where they had crossed the Trinity the party had met ANDREW ROBINSON, and his family, who finally, coming with them, established a ferry at LaBahia crossing and Washington. When Horatio Chriseman was appointed surveyor of Austin's colony in 1822, after having first run the lines of JOSIAH H. BELL, he surveyed the land that had been allotted to WILLIAM GATES and his son AMOS GATES. At the time AMOS GATES was 24 years of age. This land was five miles below the site of Old Washington on the Brazos established about 12 years later. Before the death of MOSES EVANS in 1853 he had sold AMOS GATES some of his land."
"AMOS GATES was about 85 years of age at the time of his death, which occurred on May 3, 1883. The following newspaper accounts of his death are of interest here: "
"AMOS GATES died at his residence near the town of WASHINGTON, on Thursday, the 3rd instant, at the great age of 84 years. He was the oldest settler of Washington County, and was the first white man to cross to the West side of the Brazos river. He was the advance guard of Austin's colony of 300 and arrived in what is now Washington County in 1821. He was the first white settler of that County, having settled the place on which he died, and lived there continuously until his death. He was a native of Kentucky."
"--BASTROP ADVERTISER, May 26, 1883 (p.1.column 3.)"
"AMOS GATES died on his farm near Washington a few days ago, aged 84 years; one of the advanced guard of Stephen F. Austin' s Colony. He came to Texas in 1819, and was the first white settler West of the Brazos River. He died on the farm originally settled by him."
"--GALVESTON DAILY NEWS, May 11, 1883 (p. 1. column 3)"
"ABRAHAM DILLARD and JOHN EARLY, on May 29, 1837, according to the probate records of Washington County, were appointed to appraise the estate of SAMUEL GATES, deceased, brother of AMOS GATES."
"WILLIAM P. GATES, according to the records, married July 24, 1847, (Miss or Mrs.) E. L. CLOUD, in Washington County. He must have been a son of either SAMUAL or AMOS GATES."
--Worth S. Ray. AUSTIN COLONY PIONEERS--Including history of Bastrop, Fayette, Grimes, Montgomery and Washington Counties, Texas.(p. 102)
** (note, Mr. Ray missed the fact that William and E.L. applied for their license on the 24th, but were married the next day .... also, on the marriage license, her name is clearly written as "Miss".
(Copied as written for CLOUD FAMILY genealogical research)
||May 2, 2011 |
||Elcena \ Elzena L. "E.L." Cloud, b. Abt 1823, Alabama, USA , d. |
||Jul 24, 1847
||Caney Bottom, Washington county, Texas, USA
- They applied for their marriage license on July 24th but the license says their marriage date was July 25th.
1850 census - TX, Washington cty, p 319, taken in NOV
Wm GATES, 27, GA
E.L. GATES, 27, AL
1860 census - TX, Austin cty, p 226, taken June
Jeremiah CLOUD, 74, GA
Elizabeth CLOUD, 72, GA
Francis Marion CLOUD, 29, AL
Elizabeth GATES, 12, TX
Nancy GATES, 10, TX
** Lura Black wrote: "Everyone seems to be showing that E. L. and William had two children named Elizabeth and Mary, but, this census shows it real clear as Elizabeth and Nancy."
|+||1. Elizabeth Gates, b. 1848, Austin county, Texas, USA , d. Jan 28, 1873 (Age 25 years)|
| ||2. Nancy (?Mary) Gates, b. 1850, Austin county, Texas, USA , d. |
- [S4251] 1850 US federal census, 1850 census - Washington County TX, page 319, taken in NOV.