Hi Elizabeth, I am a field editor for Lost Treasure magazine published in Oklahoma, although my nest is in the California Sierras. I have been doing research on Wm. Bates, aka: "Bloody Bill Bates." In searching other genealogy web sites I have found little on the man. It appears the White culture only recognized him as a Tory outlaw who is alleged to have been linked to numerous murders, kidnappings and robberies in Greenville County, S.C. Beyond that scant bit of info. little else is known of the man. He is mentioned in 3 or 4 books on South Carolina history, again in each case only receiving a brief mention.
To answer another posters question... Why was he called "Bloody Bill"? According to Native American oral history William Bates was the son of a Scotch Irishman, John Bates of York County, Virginia who in 1715 married Sussanah Fleming, a Powhattan Indian, his mother. Wm. Bates, whose Indian name is believed to have been White Owl, along with Chickamauga Indians led by Dragging Canoe attacked and captured Gowen's Fort in 1781. Whites at the fort who were seized as prisoners are said to have given him the epitaph"Bloody Bill" because of his native skill in "Indian techniques of captivity and torture."
William Bates is listed as a licensed Indian Trader and Translator from South Carolina between 1750 - 1754. Circa 1750 Bates married a Cherokee Indian woman, was adopted into the tribe and lived in the Cherokee up country of South Carolina... (Present day Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee and York counties.)The White culture records that after the Revolutionary War Bloody Bill took up residence near Sandy Plains, N.C. where he became a "noted horse thief." (Dr. J.B.O. Landrum, c. 1897) According to Native American oral history Bates was arrested and held at Wood's Fort where he was murdered in November 1781. The official White version of his death states that he was killed during an escape attempt.