DURING THE WAR YEARS Rev. War Soldier Reuben Bates (1731-1800) headed the only Bates family located in Louisa Co., VA from 1775 until 1800.
He, and three of his sons served in the Rev. War from Louisa Co., VA.
1.Reuben Bates Sr. (1731-1800)soldier whose pay was picked upby his neighbor ex-officer William Duval, who lived in Louisa Co., VA from 1781 until October 1783 per his pension application
2.Son James Bates (1762-1825, resided in Louisa Co., VA. engaged as a substitute for a period of 18 months.He had previously served for three years in the 14th VA Regt., Continental Line.He was described as six feet, one inch tall,with black hair, grey eyes, and a dark complexion .
3.Son William Bates (1764-1846)Pension application, rejected because he failed to prove 6 month service
4.John Bates - Louisa Co., VA records - Certificate authorizing pension for Catherine Bates, widow of John Bates, drummer in the 3rd VA Regt.
To answer your question. The DAR has RECANTED their original rejection of the applicants documentation back to Rev. War Soldier Reuben Bates Sr. (1731-1800).No problem there.
DAR moves the goal posts. According to the DAR, the LAST HURDLE was to identify the Mister Duval who picked up soldier pay due Rev. War Soldier Reuben Bates.That was accomplished, according to his pension, ex-officer William Duval was one and the same as MISTER DUVALL, who picked-up doldier pay due his neighbor Reuben bates of Louisa Co., VA.