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William Fleming BATES, son of Stephen and Sarah (COX) BATES was born circa 1802 in Pickens County, S.C. He was married in 1824, Pendleton District., S.C., to Mary A Whisnand. She was born about 1808 in Cherokee County, S.C., and was the daughter of Christopher WHISNAND. William BATES died in September 1879 at Big Fork, Polk County, Ark., and is buried in the Bates Cemetery near Big Fork. Mary (WHISNAND) BATES died about 1882 and was also buried at Bates Cemetery. On the 1880 census of Polk County, Ark., Mary Bates is listed as living in the household of her son-in-law, Zackariah Edwards. She is shown as age 69, born S.C., and both parents born N.C.

William and Mary BATES had the following children:

........... .Born ...Died .......Married
BATES, John Welsey 1828 1908 BAKER, Mary Lucinda
BATES, Mary A. E. 20 Apr 1836 6 Mar 1902 EDWARDS, Thomas Jefferson (1st)
BATES, Margaret Sarah 19 Mar 1841 16 Jan 1918 STANDRIDGE, Samuel
BATES, James M. 1842 . LEWIS, Mary
BATES, Eliza 1846 . *DILBECK, Marion A.
BATES, Nancy 1848 . PATTERSON, Abraham
BATES, Rachael Tursa 18 May, 1851 8 Mar 1930 EDWARDS, Zackariah Gibson

Bates Cemetery

The Bates Cemetery is located two or three miles southwest of Big Fork Post Office

The book, Cemetery Inscriptions of Polk County, Arkansas, (by Nixby Kannady and Loreda Daniel, 1984) has this to say about the Bates Cemetery. "Even though several attempts were made to find this cemetery, it could not be located. The following information was taken from an article written about 1969."

BATES, Aunt Ellen CRAWFORD in 1880
(by request)
BATES, Riles (her husband) BATES, Rhoda Edwards
(Wife of T. J. Bates)
BATES, Nancy Ann Bowen BATES, Clemmy
BATES, Earl, George (Infant)
(Children of Rile BATES)
BATES, Washington
BATES, Elisha Geo., Jr. Grandchildren of Eld. BATES:
Edna, Virgie, Lula, Frank, Alice Shelton & Baby
BATES, Ophelia
(Wife of Geo. Jr.)
BATES, Holly & Cansada
(children of Geo. & Ophelia)
CRAWFORD, Nancy Bates
(wife of John Crawford)
WARD, Mary Ellison Bates SMITH, Little Lurena
(daughter of Sallie Smith)
BATES, Geo., Sr. SMITH, Little Annie
(daughter of Jane Smith)
BATES, Tennie Walker
BATES, Aunt Sis Stags
(Wife of Geo. Bates, Sr.)

*1880 Federal Census - Mountain Twp - Polk Co Ark. - Page 107

DILBECK, Marion W M 39 Head Mar Farmer GA GA GA
DILBECK, Eliza W F 36 Wife Mar Keeps house GA GA GA
DILBECK, John R. W M 17 Son Single Works on farm AR GA GA
DILBECK, Mary; J. W F 16 Daughter Single Works in house AR GA GA
DILBECK, William J. W M 12 Son Single Works on farm AR GA GA
DILBECK, Martha L. W F 10 Daughter Single . AR GA GA
DILBECK, Samuel W. W M 9 Son Single . AR GA GA
DILBECK, William P. W M 8 Son Single . AR GA GA
DILBECK, Pascal W M 6 Son Single . AR GA GA
DILBECK, Alfred W M 3 Son Single . AR GA GA
DILBECK, Ida A. W F 1 Daughter Single .. AR GA GA

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