John S. Bates


JOHN S. BATES, formerly a well known citizen of Steubenville, but now of Cross Creek township, Jefferson county, Ohio was born in Steubenville, August 10, 1833. He is the son of John S. and Sarah (Beany) Bates, both natives of England, who were married at Steubenville. John S. was the youngest of four children and is the only one living. He was about one year old when his father died, after which his mother married James Morgan, by whom she had two children, both of whom are living. Mr. Morgan died April 1, 1855 after which she married Reasey Kennel, who is now deceased. She is still living, her home being in Steubenville and she is now eighty years of age. During his youth Mr. Bates followed teaming and worked some at the brick mason's trade at Steubenville. At twenty years of age he went to California where he remained four years and a half, chiefly occupies in teaming. Returning to Steubenville late in 1858 he engaged in the coal business until March 1889 when he removed to a farm in Cross Creek township about one mile from the city. His time is now divided between farming and the coal business. Mr. Bates was married March 11, 1862 to Ann J. Moore, by whom he has six children: George Ann, John O., Lettie M., Harry M., Lizzie W. and Mary R. Mr. and Mrs. Bates are members of the Episcopal church. In politics he is a republican.

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