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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
orphans-brothers and sisters of his wifewhom
he has trained to habits of industry
and usefulness, and provided for in proportion
to his means and their wants.
Mr. Fowler was married in 1872, to Miss
Emaline Patty, who was born in Arkansas, and
who accompanied her mother, Mrs. Delilah
Patty, to Texas, her father having died in
California a number of years ago. Mr. and
Mrs. Fowler have had ten children: Walter
G.; Ella,-who died at the age of seven years:
Frederick Dow; Edgar; Addie Lou; Bertie
May; Pearl; Daniel Webster; Charles B.,
and one that died in infancy.
Mr. Fowler is a member of tile Masonic
fraternity, being Junior Deacon of Milano
Lodge, No. 605, and he is also a member of
the Knights of Honor, Lodge No. 506, at
Cameron. Both lie and his wife belong to
the Methodist Church, in which he has served
as Steward and Trustee, and in the affairs of
which he takes an active interest.
Wt H TILLIAM BENSON BATES, an enterprising
and successful farmner and
stock dealer of Lyons, Burleson
county, Texas, is a native of Cherokee county,
Georgia, where he was born October 23,
1847. On his father's side, he is of Irish
origin and of English descent on his mother's
side. His paternal great grand-father William
Bates was a native of the Emerald Isle
and a gun-smith by trade, although much of
his life was spent in farming. He emigrated
to America some time during the latter part
of the last century and settled in Virginia,
where he became a man of wealth and influence.
He was a Captain in the Revolutionary
war and was a man of unusual ability.
He held several important official positions
in Virginia, having been at one time a memnber
of the Legislature of that State. He lost
most of his property in the Revolutionary
war, and afterward removed to South Carolina,
where, at one time, he owned two farms
on the Tugaloo river, but in his old age he
became poor and when he died owned only a
small farm and a mill. He survived to a
good old age, dying in South Carolina, in
1821, greatly mourned by all who knew him.
He had three brothers: Daniel, also a soldier
in the Revolutionary war; Phlegmin and
Mathew. Great grandmother Bates' maiden
name was Mary Royall. She was a widow
with one child when she married William
Bates. Her first husband, named Barton,
was a Tory and died in Savannah. She survived
Mr. Bates many years, dying at an advanced
age. His son, Stephen Bates, who
was the grandfather of the subject of this
sketch, was born in Virginia in 1778, and
when a young man went to South Carolina,
where he married a Miss Cox and settled
down to planting and distilling and lived for
a number of years. In later life, he removed
to Georgia, in which State he died at the advanced
age of seventy-four. He had ten
children, among whom were: William F.,
George, James M., J. R., Peggy and Sallie.
The second of these, James M., was the
father of William Benson, of this article.
James M. Bates was born in South Carolina,
January 23, 1811. In 1832, he accompanied
his parents to Georgia, where he learned the
trade of a wood workman, and followed this
business mainly in the line of bridge building
for a number of years. He was a fine
workman and fond of his trade, at which he
was reasonably prosperous. In after life, he
engaged in agricultural pursuits, and now
lives on a fine farm in northern Alabama,
surrounded by all the comforts of life and in
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/851/?rotate=90: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .