Emily Lorania Adams

Updated: 04 January 2009

Emily Lorania (b April 10, 1839 - Porter Twp, Mich.) (d 1911 - Mich) She married Isaac Leonard Bates on February 22, 1866. Isaac Bates was second lieutenant in Co. C. Third Michigan Calvary during the Civil War. Three children were borne to this marriage: Franklin Adams, Sarah Sophia, and Minnie Leonara. Isaac passed away January 18, 1927.

From a history written for the family reunion books:

Emily Lorainia Adams was born in Porter, Van Buren County, Michigan on 10 April 1839. On 22 February 1866 she married Isaac Leonard Bates who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was a 2nd Lieut. of Co. C 3rd Michigan Cavalry. He enlisted on 17 September 1861 and was discharged on 05 October 1865 at New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mr. Bates' regiments took a leading part in 29 major engagements and skirmishes during the war, the battles ranging from New Madrid, MO on 13 March 1862, to Jack's Creek, TN on 24 December 1863. Shortly after the engagement at Jack's Creek the regiment returned to Michigan on veteran's furlough, and on its return to the front was actively identified with the battles and skirmishes in the southwest, including the battle of Mobile, Alabama and the surrender of the last Confederate troops under General Richard Taylor.

It is the record of his regiment that it did more active service in ten states, occupying more territory and marching more miles than any regiment that left Michigan.

Emily and Isaac had three children. Dr. Franklin Adams Bates graduated from Still College of Osteopathy and practiced in Geneva, NB. He served a term as mayor of that city. He married Laura Perkins and had a son, Frank.

Sarah Sophia Bates married Jason D. Feller on 12 August 1895. She was a graduate of the State Normal School in Madison, SD. She was the first teacher in the new school house in Bates Township (named after Isaac Leonard Bates).

Minnie Leonora Bates married William H. Anstiss on 07 April 1896. She graduated with honor at Burlington, IA and was a music teacher.