PAIRED-UP Actually, there should be no contention.this Reuben Bates of Louisa Co.,VA and Mr. Duval (officer William Duval)of Louisa Co. per his Pensionand 1783 tax record, were "PAIRED-UP" in several records.
1. In Book (Vol. 176 Page 94) under the following heading "A list of Soldiers of the Virginia Line etc." In 1783, Mr. Duval picked up soldier pay due Reuben Bates.
2. 1783 Louisa Co., VA Personal Property Tax, there was only one REUBEN BATES, and only one DUVAL (William Duval) in Louisa Co., VA.And William Duval's Pension proves he was in Louisa Co. in the year 1783.
Pardon my boast, but some say I'm the authority on the Bates of Virginia, with a pretty extensive resume.
Saying, I have identified for the DAR each and every REUBEN BATES living in Virginia during the War period. There are very few, and none can be paired-up with officer William Duval except Reuben Bates Sr (1731-1800) of Louisa Co.
DAR tried to pair-up officer William Duval with Reuben Bates of Loudown Co., but in writing admitted they were wrong.
The Reuben Bates family was the only Bates family recorded in Louisa Co., during the War years. say from 1775 thru 1783.This Bates family had a War record rarely exceeded Reuben Bates SR, and three of his sons served in the Rev. War,
I will not stand idly by and see his War Record disrespected by the DAR.I will bring the matter up forever and probably in the HEREAFTER in honor thy mother and father fashion.