Rev. William Yates

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Rev. William Yates

Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Gloucester County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia
Place of Burial: York, Gloucester County, VIrginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Reverend Bartholomew Yates and Sarah Yates (Stanard)
Husband of Elizabeth A. Yates
Father of Elizabeth Bland of VA; Lt. Col. William Yates; Edmund Randolph Yates; Mary Dean Hamblin and Lucy Yates
Brother of Robert Yates, Rev.; Frances Robinson/ Reade and Catherine Walker

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About Rev. William Yates

Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 stating he was "President William Yates", referring to William & Mary College.

William Yates[2] was born on December 10, 1720 in Gloucester County, Virginia.[3] He died on October 5, 1764 in Williamsburg, Virginia and is buried at the Abingdon Episcopal Church Cemetery in White Marsh, Virginia.[4] He was the fourth child and the second son of Rev. Bartholomew Yates,[3] a 1698 graduate of Brasenose College. He was the long term minister of Christ Church parish, Middlesex, Virginia and continued in that place until his death. He was appointed a visitor of William and Mary College in 1723, and Professor of Divinity in 1729. His mother was Sarah Stanard, the daughter of William Stanard of Middlesex County, Virginia.[5]

He educated at William and Mary College, at which he was elected usher of the grammar school on April 10, 1744. He was ordained by Edmund Gibson, Bishop of London on Apr. 1, 1745. He served as Anglican clergyman at the following parishes: James City Parish, James City, Virginia; Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, Virginia; and Abington Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia. He was also a member of Governor’s Council. He ascended to the presidency as the Board of Visitors attempted to wield greater influence over the College. President Yates largely complied with the wishes of the Visitors, and the College expanded the faculty during this time.

Noted descendants include:

  • Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow, a Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist.
  • Roger Atkinson Pryor, was both an American politician and a Confederate politician serving as a congressman on both sides.
  • He was also a jurist, serving in the New York Supreme Court, a lawyer, and newspaper editor. Pryor is also known for being a Confederate Brigadier General during the American Civil War.
  • Luke Pryor, was a U.S. senator from the state of Alabama


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Rev. William Yates's Timeline

December 10, 1720
Gloucester County, Province of Virginia
Age 19
James City, Virginia, United States
Age 23
Age 29
Gloucester, Virginia
October 5, 1764
Age 43
Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia
York, Gloucester County, VIrginia, United States