The Bible of Ralph Gates is in the possession of Anna May Flath of Texas, and she has sent the following transcription of it to me and has graciously given her permission to submit this information; the notes in ( ) are hers unless otherwise noted. Anna is a descendant of Samantha Elvira Gates, daughter of Henry Gates and Eleanor Rock, and I am a descendant of their son Henry. Adina Watkins Dyer.
Links are to scanned images of the Bible.
See The Descendants of Ralph Gates and Jane Wiley for more information on this family.
Underneath that line is scrawled "to PM", and under the "Lew/G" signature line is "L 9/6"
Underneath the "L 9/6" appears to be a "B" and "G"
On the same page is "James
Gates is The"
"James (abo?) Proprietor of This Bible Wrote by L Harper"
Back of this page has what
looks like (question marks are ours,
this page included in image of 2nd page below):
"? iso ?" pd is 15th
2nd page attached to front of Bible has:
James Gates his
Book sined to him
James Gates 1802 (Note: this time name is on a signature line)
Below signature line is "Ralph Gates"
and "James Gates"
On 3rd attached page at front of Bible:
his Book 18003" (sic)
"Rozey An Gates was Born
the 5 of June _____ 1819
James Gates Jr. was born
the 20 of February 1820
John Gates Jr. was born
the 22 of September 1822
Henry Gates Jr. was born
the 29 of February 1824"
Gates was born the
7th of October 1825"
"Ralph Gates (Jr.?) was
born the 15th of
On the back of that page reads:
his Book 18(?)8
"William Gates w(sic)
was born May the 3
the (sic) 1829"
(Note: These are the children of Henry and Eleanor Gates- Adina)
__________________________"James Gates his Book
the Holy Bible"
On two loose pages from the Bible, I deciphered the following: (138k)"James Gates
(?) to sound mo(?)
James Gates his Book 1802
(Started?) his Book
(?ally?) (?) the D(???)"
"James Gates his Book (on a signature line)"
__________________________"Ralph Gates his Book
for he bought hit 1802"
2nd of the two loose leaf pages (attached to each other and from but not attached to the Bible, no image available ):
Ralph Gates was
born the 15th of
On the back of that page: (132k)
"John Wesley Longnecker
was born february the 10
died June the 9 1843"
"Harrison Alexander Gates was born the
22 Day of October 1831"
"Samantha Elvira Gates was
Born the 23 Day of May 1836"
On the last page of the Old Testament - No image available
Ralph Gates was born ? December 1752 (? is Anna's, unreadable)
Jun?* Gates was born 29 September 1753 (ditto) (*Adina's note: Jun? should be Jane)
Back of last page of Old Testament
James Gates was born the 25 day of 1780 (0 filled in, might be a 1)
John Gates was born the 10 day of November 1780
Henry Gates was born the 20 day of December 1789
Ellen Gates was born the 16 day of October 179A (What year?)
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