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GATES family in Buncombe County, NC

GATES family in Buncombe County, NC

Anita Summers (View posts)
Posted: 995640980000
Classification: Query
I am interested in any information the Gates family in Buncombe County, NC. My ancestor is Peter Austin Gates (b1816), son of Silas Valentine Gates (b1782), grandson of Hezekiah Gates (b1757), g-grandson of Charles Gates (b1738).

Peter Austin Gates married Sarah Brooks. They moved to Gilmer County, Georgia before 1850. Sarah's obituary states that the Gates family lived in Buncombe County at Gates Ferry. I have not yet found any information about where Gates Ferry was located, but I know that the family owned land on the French Broad River. I find it interesting that a Charles Gates (who may have been part of this same family)ran a ferry in Gwinnett County, GA.

As mentioned above, I have a copy of Sarah Brooks Gates' obituary which I would be happy to share. I also have pages from my great-grandfather's Bible, one of which lists older births and marriages, including Hezekiah Gates (b1757) and Silas Valentine Gates (b1782). I will be happy to share copies with anyone who is researching this family. Send your name and mailing address to

I would love to hear from anyone who has information about where this family lived before coming to Buncombe County, their migration route through VA,NC,SC,GA, and where Charles, Hezekiah, and Silas V. might have been buried. I would also like to find out anything about Gates Ferry and where it was located.

Re: GATES family in Buncombe County, NC

Posted: 1338304050000
Classification: Query
Surnames: GATES
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Re: GATES family in Buncombe County, NC

Posted: 1354061667000
Classification: Query
Anita, your Peter Austin is an uncle to my Peter Austin, 1847-1911. Your Peter's brother Silas Vanentine is my g-g-g grandfather. He is burried in Love Cemetery in St. Joe Arkansas. My Peter's son was William Silas, his son (my grandfather) was Jesse Austin, my father was Austin Joseph. I am Donald Carson Gates. My son is Austin Reid Gates and his son (my grandson) is Jesse Austin Gates.

If you find any good information on the Gates Family in Buncombe County NC, I would certainly appreciate your sharing.

YOur Cousin
Carson Gates
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