Ben, sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I have a daughter getting married and it has eaten a lot of time I would spend on the family tree. I am to busy adding a branch to look back , so to speak. But have got some time now that it is drawing near and all is ready except for the day!
I have run across the same line you spoke of. It don't fit for me. I realy wish I could offer you more help. But like you we have a common name and a dead end!
I think that my John Bates is in Indiana or maybe even Illinois. I don't know why I think that but, I do know that a few of the boys scattered after the Civil war and my thought is that if John had mill rights they may have gone to work with him in one fashion or another !
Let me know if you find a need for my line! Thank you