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Welcome to the Bates Family Page

Updated: 06 May 2012 


If you have information (births, marriages, deaths, obituaries, photographs, diaries, family history, etc.) on the Bates and related families please contact Jim Adams at adamsmckain @


Kathy Linderholm had a website with Bates information that has been taken down by AOL but can be found in this archive.


Connection to the Adams family: Isaac Leonard Bates married Emily Lorania Adams (b April 10, 1839 - Porter Twp, Mich.) (d 1911 - Mich) on February 22, 1866. Isaac Bates was second lieutenant in Co. C. Third Michigan Calvary during the Civil War. Three children were borne to this marriage: Franklin Adams, Sarah Sophia, and Minnie Leonara. Isaac passed away January 18, 1927.


From a history written for the family reunion books:

  Emily Lorainia Adams was born in Porter, Van Buren County, Michigan on 10 April 1839. On 22 February 1866 she married Isaac Leonard Bates who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was a 2nd Lieut. of Co. C 3rd Michigan Cavalry. He enlisted on 17 September 1861 and was discharged on 05 October 1865 at New Orleans, Louisiana.


  Mr. Bates' regiments took a leading part in 29 major engagements and skirmishes during the war, the battles ranging from New Madrid, MO on 13 March 1862, to Jack's Creek, TN on 24 December 1863. Shortly after the engagement at Jack's Creek the regiment returned to Michigan on veteran's furlough, and on its return to the front was actively identified with the battles and skirmishes in the southwest, including the battle of Mobile, Alabama and the surrender of the last Confederate troops under General Richard Taylor.


  It is the record of his regiment that it did more active service in ten states, occupying more territory and marching more miles than any regiment that left Michigan.


  Emily and Isaac had three children. Dr. Franklin Adams Bates graduated from Still College of Osteopathy and practiced in Geneva, NB. He served a term as mayor of that city. He married Laura Perkins and had a son, Frank.


  Sarah Sophia Bates married Jason D. Feller on 12 August 1895. She was a graduate of the State Normal School in Madison, SD. She was the first teacher in the new school house in Bates Township (named after Isaac Leonard Bates).


  Minnie Leonora Bates married William H. Anstiss on 07 April 1896. She graduated with honor at Burlington, IA and was a music teacher.

South Dakota Historical Records at


Glen & Joyce Ragels Family Tree at (You will need a subscription to view). The tree begins with Jarius Bates and Zurina Sophia Phelps.


Blankenbaker Family tree at


Shannon-Scott Family tree at


Samuel Bates (09 Nov 1738) married Eunice Sherman (06 Oct 1744 - 26 Jul 1775) and had a son Rufus.

Rufus Bates (09 Dec 1765) married Lucy Fay (27 Sep 1767) on 24 Dec 1789 in Brimfield, Hampshire, MA. They had a son, Jarius Bates.

Jarius Bates (16 Jul 1794 - 08 Aug 1870) married Zurina Sophia Phelps (d. 1840) and had:

  1. Isaac Leonard Bates (b. 12 July 1835, d. 18 January 1927) married Emily Lorainia Adams (b. 10 April 1839, d. 08 Sep 1911) on 22 Feb 1866 in Porter. Portrait of Emily L. Adams & Isaac Leonard Bates.
  2. Augusta Bates (1833 - ) married Mr. Soule
  3. Brother Bates (1830 - )
  4. Betsy Elizabeth Bates (1833 - )
  5. Caroline Emily Bates (1833 - 1921) married Solomon Abraham Kusel (1825 - 1905). They had a son, Isaac Newton Kusel (1854 - 1884)


Isaac Leonard Bates and Emily Lorainia Adams had 3 children:

  1. Franklin Adams Bates (b. 06 Sep 1867, d. 28 Aug 1924) married Laura Perkins (b. 23 Sep.)
  2. Sarah Sophia Bates (b. 18 Sep 1869, d. 10 Feb 1970) married Jason Dustin Feller (b. 27 Mar 1869, d. 31 July 1942). They had 4 children: Violet Ethel Feller, Emily Laura Feller, Edith Sarah Feller, and a son.
  3. Minnie Leonora Bates (b. 14 June 1876, d. 28 Nov 1965) married William Henry Anstiss (b. 05 Aug 1869, d. 24 Dec 1959). They had 9 children.


Article on Edith Sarah Feller Johnson: (25 Feb 1976)

Mrs. Johnson is 76 Mother of the Year

Mrs. Raymond (Edith) Johnson of Groton has been selected Mother of the Year 1976 for the Groton area. Her name has been entered in state competition with the State Mother to be announced in March. The State Mother will go to national competition.

Mrs. Johnson will be honored at a tea in the Governor's mansion in April and at the local Jaycette salad luncheon later this spring. The Groton Jaycettes have sponsored a candidate for Mother of the Year for the past nine years.

Edith Johnson was born December 8, 1908 at rural Andover, Scotland Township, to Jason and Sarah Feller, a family rich in pioneer heritage. She attended rural school and graduated from Groton High School in 1927. After receiving a two-year teaching certificate from Northern, she taught a year at both Columbia and Pierpont. In 1933, she was married to Ray Johnson. The Johnsons have three children: Mrs. Nickolas (Jeanne) Capozzoli of New York, Mrs. Rex (Joanne) May, and Jerald Wayne Johnson. {rest of article missing--please submit to Jim Adams for inclusion}