John Roger Bates, I

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John Roger Bates, I

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Death: April 11, 1722 (81)
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America (Smallpox)
Place of Burial: Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Bates and Lydia Fletcher
Husband of Mary Bates (Farewell)
Father of Mary Cleveland; John Bates, Jr.; Elizabeth Richardson; Lidiah Lydia Bates; Sarah Hildreth and 1 other
Half brother of Lydia Fiske; Joshua Fletcher; Paul Fletcher; Sarah Fletcher; Lt. William Fletcher, Jr. and 5 others

Occupation: In his will, dated July 18, 1716 calls himself a cooper. Baptised January 23 1641/2, cooper
Managed by: Todd Jeffrey Kirk
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Immediate Family

About John Roger Bates, I

John, was born in 1641 and baptized in the First Church of Boston. Mr. Fletcher raised John along with the children he had with Lydia: Joshua, Lydia, Samuel and Paul. Thus began the Bates history in Chelmsford. All of the children were presented to the church in Chelmsford in 1656.

John was about 15 years old. Like his biological father, Edward, he became a cooper and is mentioned several times in town records for doing diverse jobs such as "mending the stox" and repairing the town sundial. He married Mary Farwell in 1668 and began to raise a family. At one point, he applied for permission to build a pew in the church. Permission was granted, "providing it don't damnifie the alley." Like his father, he was also something of a free spirit, frequently in trouble with the pious congregation and with the minister of the church, the Reverend John Fiske. The minister kept a detailed notebook documenting all of the important events in the congregation. John's name comes up several times, along with that of his half-brother Joshua. These young men got in much trouble together, refusing to go to church,creating disturbances, and not

showing proper contrition. A Mrs. Fletcher, probably their mother, was mentioned for speaking too freely about her children, calling them "rogue, rascal and hell-bound." She was admonished for this as was Joshua, but John was excommunicated.

However, when he was called upon to serve in the army as a Lieutenant in the Chelmsford Garrison in King Philip's War, he apparently thought again about his "state of grace" and sought to make amends. The Rev. Fiske details this in the last entry of his notebook, dated May 7, 1675. "John bates he being pressed to go upon his country's service against the Indians came in the morning to me touched with his sin and his condition in regard of the church censure…not knowing how God would dispose of him…" After a few tries the Rev. Fiske was finally satisfied with the confession and John was welcomed back into the congregation.

The John Bates family was quartered in one of the garrison houses for protection during the war. Fortunately they did survive and prospered. They were given considerable land and built a house and a cider mill. Their children were John Jr., Mary, Elisabeth, Lidiah, Sarah, and Rebecca.


http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bates-2234 - includes sources

Died of smallpox. As did his son and grandson.

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John Roger Bates, I's Timeline

1641
January 15, 1641
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
1643
January 23, 1643
Age 2
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
January 23, 1643
Age 2
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
January 23, 1643
Age 2
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
January 23, 1643
Age 2
Boston,Suffolk,MA
1667
May 8, 1667
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1668
December 22, 1668
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1671
December 22, 1671
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1673
February 25, 1673
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States