The son of Seth and Fannie (Vorse) Gates, was born in Madrid , St. Lawrence County, N. Y., November 18, 1807 . Seth Gates' father, Silas Gates, was a Revolutionary War veteran, and was killed in New London , Conn. , at the time that city was destroyed by Benedict Arnold.

The subject of this sketch removed with his father's family to Ashtabula County , Ohio , in 1815, and in 1836 he came to Warren County, Ill., his father following in a year or two. He resided in Monmouth for a while and while here hewed the heavy timbers for the frame courthouse erected in Monmouth late in the 30's. He bought land on Section 1, Monmouth Township , and Section 6, Coldbrook Township , residing first on the former tract, then removing across the road to the other. Mr. Gates was Supervisor from Coldbrook Township in 1863-64 and 1871- 73, and served on the most important committees of the board, always discharging the trust reposed in him with credit to himself and honor to the constituents he represented.

Mr. Gates was married April 5th, 1846 , to Miss Nancy Black, daughter of Samuel and Rachel (Smith) Black, who was born in Bond County, Ill., April 11, 1825 , and came to Warren County in 1837, making her home first in Kelly Town­ ship . To them were born eight children, all of whom are living. They are: Charles W. Gates, of Athena, Oregon; Mrs. Caroline Odell, of Grass Valley, Cal.; Mrs. Carolie Gifford, of Rantoul, Ill.; Henry C. Gates, of Surprise, Neb.; Wilson S. Gates, of Hermon, Ill.; Mrs. Nettie Howat, of Canton, Ill.; Mrs. Irene Moffet, of Monmouth, Ill.; and Lee F. Gates, of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Gates died at his Coldbrook home August 15, 1874. His widow resides in Monmouth with her daughter, Mrs. Irene Moffet.


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