History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884
William Bates Biography
Capt. Wm. J. Bates, ship carpenter, Erie, was born in Goderich, Ontario, March 24, 1839. At twenty, he moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where he learned his present business, and after following it there for 4 years came to Erie; he was united in marriage, Dec. 11, 1860, with Mary Ann Klein, who was born and reared in New London, Conn. To Mr. and Mrs. Bates have been born 9 sons and 4 daughters - Charles Henry, Alice M. (wife of Samuel Berringer, a merchant of Erie), Wm. J., Jr., Edwin John, Walter Edward, Norman Everett and Mary Elizabeth living. The deceased are George Francis, Nellie Capitola, Francis Albert, an infant and twin boys, Frederick Charles and Francis Earl, born Jan. 7, 1884; the former died Jan. 14, 1884, and the latter Feb. 25, 1884.
The family belong to the Episcopal Church. Mr. Bates is an active member of the K. of. P., A.O.U.W. and I.O.O.F. societies.
Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884
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