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Franklin E. and Elizabeth (Kesler) Bates, his wife, came from Fayette County, West Virginia, about the year 1857, and settled on a tract of forest land on lower Reedy not far from "Three Forks" in. the same year. He was. a veteran of the War of 1812; enlisted and met his death in the Civil War. They had some sons and daughters, the first two or three of whom were born in Fayette County, Western Virginia. A daughter, Margaret A., married Jacob M. Leasher, Decem-ber 6, 1867. A son, John H. Bates, married Miss Fluvana McClung in Roane County, March 4, 1872; she a daughter of Mortimor M. MeClung and wife, of near Reedy. A daughter Fannie married and made her home "back in Fayette County."

The children of Margaret A. and Jacob M. Leasher were several sons and daughters; of these are remembered Ceorge, Roland and Cyrus. There were some daughters, but we fail to get their names.

Source: History of Roane County, West Virginia, 1774-1927, William H. Bishop, Esq. p 444
Submitter: Sandy Spradling, October 1, 1999

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