It’s Madness Monday and this is my first article contribution. (Thanks to Footnote Maven for this wonderful poster!)
Miles Yates was born approximately 1820-1825 and married Deborah Holmes in Roane County, TN on 28 August 1840. Family story has it that he was a “dandy and a fop” from Nashville, and abandoned Deborah and their son James Knox Polk Yates who was born in 1842, also in Roane County, TN.
Now ususally, I don’t give much credence to family stories, but it happens that my grandfather, Will Knox Yates too his father James William Milburn Yates from Howell County, MO to Roane County so he could visit his father JKP Yates before he passed away in 1918. My point is, my grandfather probably came back and told his sisters and older brother what he had been told about Miles Yates. Also, in 1937 James W. M. Yates moved from Missouri here to Washington to live with some of his children. I imagine that conversations about family and relationships were a hot topics.
The name Yates is just about as Smith when it comes to genealogical research. (And, lucky me, I have two Smith lines too!) Finding Miles Yates for the right age group has been fruitless so far. There are many Miles Yateses, but none that I’ve been able to connect to our line. I even found the name spelled Aytes for JKP Yates in one census. It’s all uphill from here!
Source: James K. P. Yates’ death certificate states the name of his father as Miles Yates. (State of Tennessee, Death Certificate for James Knox Polk YATES, (#394).
Source: Miles Yates and Deborah Holmes – Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Other participants in Madness Monday are:
Amy Crooks of Untangled Family Roots.
Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family.