Isaac Leonard Bates

Updated: 04 January 2009

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Isaac Leonard Bates ( 12 Jul 1835 - 18 Jan 1927) was born in Syracuse, Oswego, NY and died in Groton, Brown, SD and is buried in the Groton Cemetery, Brown, SD. He married Emily Lorainia Adams (10 April 1839 - 08 Sep 1911) on 22 Feb 1866. They had three children:

1. Franklin Adams Bates ( 06 Sep 1867 - 28 Aug 1924) married Laura Perkins (23 Sep 18??). They had a son Franklin Perkins Bates.

2. Sarah Sophia Bates (18 Sep 1869 - 10 Feb 1970) married Jason Dustin Feller (27 Mar 1869 - 31 Jul 1942). They had Violet Ethel Feller, Emily Laura Feller, Edith Sarah Feller, and a son.

3. Minnie Leonora Bates ( 14 Jun 1876 - 28 Nov 1965) married William Henry Anstiss (05 Aug 1869 - 24 Dec 1959). They had Frank Bates Anstiss, Minnie Calista Anstiss, Leonard Clyde Anstiss, Alyce Emily Anstiss, William Howard Anstiss, Emerson Adams Anstiss, Mabel Lenora Anstiss, Maurice Leonard Anstiss, and Vance Meredith Anstiss.

Isaac Leonard Bates was a 2nd Lt. of Co. C, 3rd MI Cavalry. He enlisted in the Army 17 Sep 1861 and was discharged 5 Oct 1865. Between 1866-1869 he resided in Porter, MI, in Schoolcraft, MI from 1869-1886 and then settled in Garden Prairie, Andover PO, Brown County, SD. Bates Township is named for him. The 3rd MI Calvary fought at New Madrid, Island #10, Shiloh, against Nathan Bedford Forest at Corinth and Iuka, and other locations in TN, MS, AL, & AR. (NOTE: the links above for the 3rd MI Cavalry are two separate and distinct sites. Be sure to visit each!)

More information on Isaac Leonard Bates, including photographs can be found at Sunny's. (NOTE: AOL has shut down their websites as of October 2008)

Photograph of Emily & Isaac L. Bates

Portrait of Isaac Leonard Bates and Emily L. Adams (about 1886) Questionable whether this is Isaac & Emily.

Photograph of Sarah Bates and Cousins (Archie Adams, 2nd from left and Horace Chester Adams, 2nd from right)

Minnie Leonora Bates and Horace Chester Adams. They were first cousins.

Minnie Leonora Bates about 1896. (Back reads "Minnie Anstiss")

Photograph of Grandpa Isaac L. Bates and Sisters (Caroline & Augusta)

Portrait of Isaac Leonard Bates (Back of photo has "Grandpa, My Grandfater Bates")

Portrait of Isaac Leonard Bates with 4 generations. Back has "Isaac Bates, Minnie Bates Anstiss, Calista "Tootie" Anstiss Nichols, Marian Nichols (Davis) about 1918"

Portrait of Frank Bates Anstiss, about 2 years old. (1899?)

Frank Bates Anstiss, 1943. (Back reads "Taken last Oct 1943, 17th Ave.") Santa Cruz, CA

Photograph (about 1918) of Frank Bates Anstiss with his street car, #17 on Pacific Avenue at Sycamore Street by the "Car Barns", Santa Cruz, CA. Streetcars were scrapped in 1924.

Anstiss Residence, Groton, SD. 1909. (Back reads "About 1909, possibly. Frank 12, Clyde 8, Calista 10, Minnie, Howard 6, Emerson 3. The Groton Studio, Groton, SD.)

William Henry Anstiss, circa 1920. William was married to Minnie Leonora Bates and was the father of Frank Bates Anstiss.

Garden Prairie Band, Groton, SD about 1887. Back (L-R): Delbert Ragle, Will Denholm, Will Holliday, Walter Cornell, Thurlo J. Feller, Ed Haywood, Joe Donovan. Center Row (L-R): Chancy Haywood, John Emery, George Holder, Alvin Feller, Jason Dustin Feller. Front: Left end is Claude Ragles, Right End is Andy Denholm. (Note: Jason Dustin Feller married Sarah Sophia Bates, daughter of Isaac Leonard and Emily Lorainia (Adams) Bates.

Portrait of Alvin Howard Adams. Coast Guard service photo taken about 1950. (Back reads: "Alvin Yutch Adams")