John Bates, Jr.

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John Bates, Jr.

Birthplace: Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: May 01, 1722 (53)
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts (Smallpox)
Place of Burial: Also known as: Forefathers Burying Ground, Old Burying Ground, Intersection of Westford St. and Littleton Rd., Chelmsford Center, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Roger Bates, I and Mary Bates (Farewell)
Husband of Deborah Bates
Father of Mary Spalding; Deborah Fletcher (Bates); Edward Bates; Hannah Reed; John Bates and 4 others
Brother of Mary Cleveland; Elizabeth Richardson; Lidiah Lydia Bates; Sarah Hildreth and Rebecca Bates

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About John Bates, Jr.

Is buried in Unitarian Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA (

John Jr. married Deborah Spaulding in 1693. They had eight children, Deborah, Hannah, Mary, Betty, John (whose name appears on the Chelmsford monument), Jonathan, Robert and Edward. In 1702 they bought land at what is now 26 Worthen Street and built a house which stood until 1915. Tragedy struck in 1722 when smallpox spread through the family, killing many of them. The town record of April 23, 1722 makes explicit the understanding of contagion: ordering the quarantine of the family, building a wall built across the road leading to their property, and posting a warning. The devastation of the family can be seen in the dates of many of the Bates graves in Chelmsford. John Sr. and John Jr. died within a month of each other as did several others. Presumably the quarantine of the family succeeded as there is no record of an epidemic in the town at the time.

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John Bates, Jr.'s Timeline

December 22, 1668
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
October 21, 1694
Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
April 14, 1696
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, MA
November 24, 1700
Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts
November 29, 1706
Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
March 31, 1709
Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts
January 16, 1711
Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts
May 5, 1713
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America