EPHRAIM BATES (1744 - 1834)

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Birthplace: Morristown, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA
Death: Died in Sarahsville, Noble, Ohio, USA
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Birth: May 24, 1743 Morristown Morris County New Jersey, USA

Death: Jan. 2, 1834 Sarahsville Noble County Ohio, USA

"The first entry of land in the township was made in 1809 on section 12 by Ephraim Bates." - History of Noble County, Ohio

Ephraim was one of the first settlers west of the Allegheny Mounts in Fayette County, Pa.

He and his sons were among the earliest settlers of Noble County, Ohio.

Ephraim had one of the earliest orchards in this part of the country, and some of the trees he planted still stand. He built the first mill in the township, a rude "corn cracker" of sorts. Prior to this, the township depended on flower and meal upon two horse mills.

Ephraim also served in the Revolutionary War.He 1st enlisted in April 1777 for six months at Catfish Camp, Va., serving in the 1st Battalion (Eastern Battalion) of the New Jersey militia. He re-enlisted June 1st, 1778 and served as sergeant in the "Rangers of the Frontier" and a member of Capt. Cross's Virginia Militia until the end of the war.

His uncle, David, later became Captain of of the 1st Battalion.

With his wife, Susanna Clark, they had several children; Isaac Clark Bates Sr. Polly Bates Vorhies William Bates Anna Bates Dilley Timothy Bates Daniel Bates Ezekieal Bates John Bates Amos Bates Ephraim


14. EPHRAIM 6 BATES (WILLIAM5, JOSEPH4, WILLIAM3, JEREMIAH2, WILLIAM1)1 was born May 24, 1743 in Morristown, New Jersey1, and died January 02, 1834 in Sarahsville, Noble Co., Ohio1. He married (1) UNKNOWN. He married (2) SUSANNAH CLARK1 Bef. 1770. She was born 17451, and died Aft. 18431.

Notes for EPHRAIM BATES: Joined Rockaway Parish Church in 1768; in April 1777, he enlisted for Revoluntionary Service at Catfish Camp, Va. ( now Washington County, PA.) for a term of 6 months in Captain Henry Enoch's Company under Major David Rogers of Va.; reinlisted June 1, 1778 as Sergeant in Captain Cross' Company under Colonel Broadhead for 6 months; served until close of the War as a "Ranger on the Frontier" for which he drew "Depreciation Pay". He received a warrant for 400 acres of land near his home in Washington COunty on Feb 21 1786. in his application for a pension, he said he lived there until 1797, then moved to Ohio County, VA. (now West Va.) for 6 months, then to Belmont County, Ohio for 12 years. The exact date of his migration to Ohio is unknown, but in 1809 he entered 160 acres of goverment land in the vicinity of Sarahsville. The land patent, dated October 20, 1815, was written on sheepskin and signed by James Madison, president, and Joseph Meigs, commissioner of the General Land Office in Zanesville. Ephraim set out one of the earliest orchards in that part of the Country. He built the first mill in the Township, a corn cracker of a crude sort, but a great convenience to the settlers. It was in operation in 1814. When the Bates family came to Ohio, they cleared and tilled land and built homes of the finest timbers, put on clapboard roofs, fastened the boards where they overlapped by means of poles, and laid puncheon floors. (History of Noble County, Ohio) He was granted a pension on March 26, 1833.

More About EPHRAIM BATES: Baptism: July 06, 1745


Children of EPHRAIM BATES and UNKNOWN are:

 	i. 	  	DANIEL7 BATES2, d. Iowa; m. UNKNOWN COSNER.
 	ii. 	  	MARTIN BATES3, d. Carlisle, Monroe County, Ohio; m. NANCY ARCHER, December 01, 1824, Morgan County, Ohio.
 	iii. 	  	EDMOND BATES4,5, d. Grundy County, Iowa; m. HANNAH MCCANN.
 	iv. 	  	ELIZABETH BATES6,7.

Died unmarried

 	v. 	  	HARRIET BATES7.
 	vi. 	  	EZEKIEL BATES8, d. Homestead at Mud Run; m. JAN YOHO.


 	vii. 	  	ANNE7 BATES8,9, m. WILLIAM DILLEY.
	More About ANNE BATES:

Residence: Cleveland, Ohio

 	viii. 	  	AMOS BATES10,11, m. MARY NOBLE, 1816, Morgan County, Ohio.
	Notes for AMOS BATES:

enlisted with John for the War of 1812 and did not return

 	ix. 	  	EZEKIEL BATES12,13, b. Pennsylvania; m. ROSANNA JOHNSTON, 1917, Morgan County, Ohio; b. Virginia.

was amiller. founded the village of Sarahsville, Ohio, was twice married, but died without issue. Lived in Center Township. He was once awarded a large kettle for being th ugliest man in Zanesville.

15. x. MARY (POLLY) BATES, b. March 15, 1769; d. March 10, 1836, Senecaville, Guernsey County, Ohio.

 	xi. 	  	WILLIAM BATES14, b. September 02, 1770, Pennsylvania; d. September 12, 1853, Grant County, Indiana; m. ELIZABETH GIBBS, May 16, 1799, Bedford County, Virginia; b. Pennsylvania.

William Bates settled in Guernsey County on Bates Branch; he moved from Pennsylvania and was known as a bear hunter. Later he went west.

Source of Marriage date; "Marriage of some Virginia residents, 1607-1800", "Marriage Bonds of Bedford County, Virginia 1755-1800"

16. xii. SR. ISAAC CLARK BATES, b. September 22, 1770, Morris County, New Jersey; d. April 06, 1839, Wayne, Kosciusko County, Indiana.

 	xiii. 	  	JR. EPHRAIM BATES, b. 1778; m. ELSIE UNKNOWN.

Lived on Mud Run in Seneca Township. Maple sugar trees grew on his land and he made sugar and molasses. This story indicates the character of Ephraim, Jr. He said to have disliked braggarts. WHile in Pennsylvania helping his brother, Timothy, drive hogs across the ountains to Baltimore, he came upon a tavern-keeper boasting that he had the best featherbeds. Ephraim told him he had never slept in a featherbed and offered him 50 cents for its use. The man took him up and showed him to the room, whereupon Ephraim ripped opened the featherbed and crawled in. The next morning, he brushed off the feathers, ate his breakfast and left on his journy. The group had not gone far, when the landlord overtook them and demanded pay for the featherbed. Ephraim said "I gave you 50 cents to sleep in your featherbed and I paid you the money, so you may return." The others agreed as to the facts, so the landlord returned without more pay. Elsie, wife of Ephraim, possessed rare courage. Once while Ephraim was away, their dog found a bear up a tree and was stirred up over it. Elsie investigated and encouraged the dog to keep the bear in the tree until Ephraim returned, whereupon Ephraim shot the bear. Ephraim's sons were expert gunsmiths and violin makers.


Burial: On old homestead

17. xiv. TIMOTHY BATES, b. November 29, 1778, Fayette Co., Penn.; d. June 15, 1869, Seneca Township, Noble Co., Ohio.

 	xv. 	  	JR. EPHRAIM BATES15.
 	xvi. 	  	WILLIAM BATES15.

18. xvii. DANIEL BATES.

 	xviii. 	  	JOHN BATES15.
	Notes for JOHN BATES:

was a veteran of The War of 1812 and did not return. Source: O. D. Bates, 1977


For the next part of our history we go to the records and story of William of Hanover’s son Ephraim who came to Noble County in Ohio with his sons. They settled on farms, started now communities and many passed on to states further west as we shall see.

Much of this was hunted up and written by Dighton M. Bates who walked around over the Noble County hills with his cane to write this for us. It is not interesting to some but very fascinating to others. It was lost and hunted up by myself and I hope to pass it on so others may read it also.

Ephraim Bates of Sarahsville, Ohio

This first part is the main facts and names of Ephraim’s descendants made from a Bates Bulletin by the Boston public Library on a photo static copy.

Ephraim Bates, b. May 24, 1744, at Morristown and baptized there July 6, 1745, by Rev. Timothy Johnes. We find him joining the Rockaway Parish Church in 1768, and a few years later he is settled near the border between Pa. and Va. In April, 1777, he enlisted for Revolutionary service at Catfish Camp, Va. (Now Washington Co. Pa.) for a term of six months in Capt. Henry Enoch’s Company under Major David Rogers of Va. Re enlisted June 1, 1778, as a sergeant in Capt. Cross’ Company, under Col. Broadhead. This term was also for six months, which he served until the close of the war as a “Ranger on the Frontiers” for which he drew “Depreciation Pay”. He received a warrant for 400 acres of land near his home in Washington Co. on February 21, 1786. The exact date of his migration to Ohio is not known, but in 1809 he entered 160 acres of govt. land in the vicinity of Sarahsville. Some of his sons had preceded him to Ohio. He was allowed a pension March 26, 1833, and died January 2,

1834, at Sarahsville, a village founded by his son Ezekiel. His wife’s name was Susannah.


I. Isaac, b. 1770

II. Timothy, b. Nov. 29, 1778

III. Polly, m. John Vorheis and had issue.

IV. William, untraced

V. Anne, m. William Dilley,

VI. Ephraim

VII Daniel

VIII. John, veteran of the war of 1812

IX. Amos, who with his brother John, enlisted for the War of 1812 and did not return.

X. Ezekiel, founded the village of Sarahsville, Was twice married but died without issue


COPY   From the Madge Bates Collection, Summerfield, Ohio, 1962


As was stated earlier in our history Ephriam was in the Revolutionary War and his home at the time was in Washington County, Pa.

He made the first entry of land in Seneca Twp. in Noble Co., Ohio in 1809 on Section 12, township 7, range 9 or Guernsey County, as Guernsey County was later divided into part of Noble. The land was on what was later the old fair ground at Sarahsville. The patent was written on sheepskin and was signed by James Madison, president and Josiah Meigs, commissioner of the general land office at Zanesville, and dated October 20, 1815. However, the land had been settled years ago.

James Dye made the next entry of land. Ephriam faithfully served his country during the war, and after the war he moved to the place where Sarahsville now stands, and of course was the first to drive a wagon over that route, cutting the timber as he went.

Ephriam and his son Daniel entered 160 acres of government land in what was then part of Guernsey County. He cleared the land and set out one of the earliest orchards in this part or the country.

Mr. Bates built the first mill in the township, a corn cracker of a rude sort, but a great convenience to the settlers nevertheless. The mill was in operation in 1814. Ezekiel Bates, son of Ephriam was the founder of Sarahsville.

Mr. Bates and his wife Susanna raised a large family which was a very essential factor in the settlement of the uninhabited forest areas. Their children were Isaac, who lived many years near Sarahsville, but died in Indiana; Polly, who married John Vorhies, and lived in Noble Co. ; William, who settled in Guernsey Co. , and then moved away; Anna, who married William Dilley and lived in Cleveland, Ohio; Timothy, one of the pioneer settlers of Seneca Town­ship; Ephriam also lived in Seneca Township; Daniel and Ezekiel, who lived in Center Township; and John and Amos who went as soldiers in the war of 1812 and were probably killed as their whereabouts have never been known since.

Ephriam Bates died in Sarahsville January 2, 1834 and was buried in the cemetery on William McWilliams’s place. His wife, Susanna, lived to a very advanced age, died and was buried beside her husband.

When the Bates family first came to this section of the state they found the land heavily timbered. The clearing and tilling of the land developed strong robust men, who, though not so handsome as some of their posterity, had large hearts, and generally large feet. They built their houses out of the finest and largest logs, put the clapboard roofs on and fastened the boards where they overlapped by means of poles, and laid the puncheon floors as smoothly as possible.

These were not beautiful houses but what did Ephriam Bates care for that? Ezekiel, the youngest, surely would have been out of place in a beautiful house, since he had been awarded a kettle for being the ugliest man the people had ever seen in Zanesville. He was one or the founders of Sarahsville and late in life built a fine brick house near where the old depot stood.

Timothy Bates conducted a love affair between Ezekiel and a Barnesville lady, whom Ezekiel married for his second wife. Timothy told the lady that his brother was a widower and had a fine home just ready for her. She finally consented to let Ezekiel come and see her, but when she saw him she was almost sorry she had consented. At last she plucked up courage and married him. Ezekiel Bates raised no children of his own, but gave a home to the unfortunate ones who were cast upon the world. We will now take the sons of Ephriam, and their families one at a time. It is the best way to keep the records straight.


Ephriam Bates, Jr., entered land on Mud Run, in Seneca Twp., Noble County. He cleared a portion of this land and built a comfortable home. As there were a great many sugar trees on his land he manufactured maple sugar and molasses.

Mr. Bates was a strong man, with a large lip and an exceeding course voice. His wife, Elsie, was a woman of rare courage. One day while Ephriam was away on business, the dog found a bear up a tree above the house and was making much ado about it. Mrs. Bates left her work and went to see what the trouble was. When she saw the bear she encouraged the dog and kept doing so through the day. In this way the bear was kept in the tree until Mr. Bates came home in the evening and shot it.

These parents raised seven children. Daniel, Martin, David, Edmond, Ezekiel, Betsy and Harriet. David died when a young man., Martin, Betsy and Harriet never married; Edmond married Hannah McCann; Daniel married a Casner, Ezekiel married Jane Yoho. Ezekiel raised one son and three daughters. The son is Dr. Calvin Bates, of Columbus, Ohio. Ezekiel died at the old homestead on Mud Run; Daniel died in Iowa; Edmond died in Iowa; Martin died at John Enoch’s near Carlisle. These men were gunsmiths, and their make of guns were among the best. They also made violins.

Ephriam Bates, Jr., was a man that disliked a boaster and always tried to get even with them. He helped his brother, Timothy, drive hogs across the mountains to Baltimore. It took about one month to make the round trip.

On one occasion while passing through Pennsylvania, Ephriam came in contact with a boastful tavern keeper. The fellow was greatly exaggerating the quality of his feather beds when Ephriam told him he would give him fifty cents to sleep in the best feather bed he had as he had never slept in a feather bed before in his life.

The landlord consented to the terms and showed Mr. Bates upstairs to his room, When the landlord had left him he ripped open the feather bed and crawled in, and he really slept in a feather bed that night. The next morning he arose, brushed off the feathers, went down stairs, ate his breakfast and continued his journey with the company and drove of hogs, but before they had got far they were overtaken by the landlord who demanded more pay for his feather bed.

“I gave you fifty cents for sleeping in your feather bed as I agreed to do and so you may return” said Mr. Bates, when he had heard what the landlord had to say. The balance of the company bore Bates out in his statement and so the landlord had to return without more pay for his bed.

Daniel, son of Ephriam Bates, Jr. had five children, two sons and three daughters. William and David the two sons and two of the daughters went to Guthrie Center, Iowa. Elizabeth, the remaining daughter married Ambrose Danford and now is a widow and resides in Carlisle, Ohio (1912)

William, the older or the sons was a soldier in the Civil war. Edmond Bates raised two sons, William and Daniel, both of whom made the state or Iowa their home. Ephriam Bates, Jr., his wife, Elsie three of his sons, Martin, David and Ezekiel and his two daughters, Betsy and Harriet, were all buried in a family cemetery on the homestead on Mud Run. A solid stone wall was afterwards built around this cemetery by John Youngblue, of Fredricksdale.

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May 24, 1744
Morristown, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA
July 6, 1745
Age 1
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
March 15, 1769
Age 24
Noble, Ohio, USA
September 22, 1770
Age 26
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Age 25
New Jersey, USA
September 2, 1772
Age 28
Bedford, Virginia, USA
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Amwell, Washington, Pennsylvania, USA
January 18, 1775
Age 30
Catfish Camp, , Virginia, USA
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