If I have not replied to you at your email address I apologize. I just tripped over this post today and a reply would be long over due. I've really fallen behind on some of my Gates research but the Henry N Gates I have been researching, most likely would not have been born as early as 1801. There are other Henry Gates with similar time frames which has made searching a bit confusing at times. After looking at this with another researcher during the summer we think his father was probably Bailey Gates b 1800 (wife Delilah Acton b 1805), which means his grandfather may have been Henry Gates b 1771 (wife Matilda Johnson b 1781). Does any of this seem reasonable to you?